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The League of Women Voters of Dakota County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences policy through education and advocacy. We meet monthly and also host candidate forums, issue forums, and other events of interest to the community. Please attend one of our meetings or contact us for more information!

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Observer Corps reports are submitted by LWV Dakota County members that volunteer their time to observe and take notes at government meetings of interest to Dakota County residents. While we strive for accuracy, these observations may be incomplete or inaccurate in some respects.

Meeting Summary: The Cliff Road study will examine the segment between Lexington Ave and Highway 3. Maps showed current and forecasted traffic. Visuals of potential roadway and intersection improvements were presented. Trail maps were also made available displaying topographic challenges. The open house introduced the study to the community. Goals, issues, and opportunities were part of the visual display boards. Dakota County Transportation, the City of Eagan, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Bolton & Menk were available for conversation.

The next public open house will be scheduled in April or May to review potential improvements. You can share your opinion with the project team and public here. You can sign up for email updates regarding the project here.



Observer Corps reports are submitted by LWV Dakota County members that volunteer their time to observe and take notes at government meetings of interest to Dakota County residents. While we strive for accuracy, these observations may be incomplete or inaccurate in some respects.

Additional Meeting Materials Meeting Summary: Meeting didn't begin until about 10:15 due to the preceding Community Services Committee meeting. Item 6.1 on the agenda explored the need for a feasibility study for the reintroduction of bison to Lebanon Hills Regional Park. This is a different and unique project as stated by Commissioner Workman.

Item 6.2 related to the 2040 Transportation Plan Update. Transportation trends, congestion mitigation, and arterial studies were presented. Infrastructure challenges and funding needs were addressed. Future public engagement and the Cliff Road study community engagement calendar was presented.

The Thompson County Park Master Plan was also discussed. It has not been updated since 2005. Discussion related to interpretative needs, operations analysis, and natural resources and management plan items, which were addressed by park staff.



Observer Corps reports are submitted by LWV Dakota County members that volunteer their time to observe and take notes at government meetings of interest to Dakota County residents. While we strive for accuracy, these observations may be incomplete or inaccurate in some respects.

Additional Meeting Materials Meeting Summary: New employees were warmly introduced and given time to share what they will be doing for the County. Career Success Programs were introduced and discussed. Priority is given to vocational readiness throughout the County. Needs are increasing in the areas of mental health, foster care, work force development, and social work. Kelly Harder addressed the employee and community concerns as a result of the current federal government shutdown. The annual point-in-time homeless count will be conducted in Dakota County on January 23. Kelly also addressed the overtime needs as a result of the current shutdown and what services are partnered with the federal government. There was positive feedback from the Commissioners after youth participants spoke about the benefits of the mentor programs they have been a part of.


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