Chaska Safety Camp – Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18

The Chaska Police Department Safety Camp will be held Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  This camp is open to all Carver County youth entering Grades 2 – 4.  It is a two-day camp of fun-filled learning regarding safety.

Safety Camp will be held at the Chaska Fire Department (Two City Hall Plaza, Chaska, MN 55318).  The cost of $40 includes snack, lunch, and a camp t-shirt.

See the attached flyer and registration application for more details.

For additional questions, contact Officer Janke at 952-448-4200, or by email at [email protected].

Ironwood Park Innovative Stormwater Reuse Irrigation System

The Carver County Water Management Organization (CCWMO) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) require volume reduction and treatment of storm runoff from all new impervious surfaces associated with the Carver Elementary and Ironwood Park.  A stormwater reuse system was constructed to address the volume reduction requirements.  The system consists of a pond to provide treatment and storage of runoff, a pump station, and piping to convey the reuse water to the irrigation areas around the school and park.

The pump station has a control system that monitors flow, level, and pressure, which adjusts the pumping rate to meet the varying demand.  The station includes a treatment structure and a self-flushing filter to remove particles greater than 80 microns.  This provides water quality suitable for our irrigation systems.  Another significant benefit of the reuse of stormwater for irrigation is the reduction in demand on the City’s potable water system.  With this system, at no time will the City’s treated water be used to irrigate areas around Carver Elementary or Ironwood Park.

In order for the system to manage stormwater pond levels during heavy rain events, the irrigation system may activate.  This means that you might notice the irrigation system running during or after rain events; even running in the middle of the day and appear to be wasteful.  However, the system has been specifically designed this way to manage stormwater pond levels to help control runoff and prevent erosion.

If you have any questions regarding the City’s stormwater reuse system, please contact Brian Skok, Public Services Director, at 952-448-8736 or [email protected].

Main Street Bridge Likely to Close Wednesday

The Carver Public Services Department is making preparations to close the Main Street Bridge (CSAH 40) in historic downtown Carver by Wednesday, June 27.  The National Weather Service is predicting a crest on the Minnesota River at Jordan by this coming Friday or Saturday.  The Main Street Bridge provides a crossing for Spring Creek in historic downtown Carver.  Spring Creek is typically impacted with backwater from the Minnesota River when river levels are high.

Brian Skok, Public Services Director, will be providing a status and operations update at a City Council meeting on Monday, June 25 at 6:45 pm.

Public Services Technician II

The City of Carver is seeking applications for the position of Public Services Technician II.  Essential functions of the position include operation and maintenance of the municipal water infrastructure, sanitary sewer infrastructure, storm water, flood protection, municipal properties, fleet vehicles, and streets, with an emphasis on water and sanitary sewer (option C).

Starting salary is established by a collective bargaining agreement with a range of $24.24 to $30.21/hr.   All applicants must submit a cover letter and application. Applications will be accepted through July 5, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.  For a complete job description and application forms, please visit Cover letters and applications can be mailed or dropped off at the City of Carver, c/o Public Services Position, 801 Jonathan Carver Parkway, Carver, MN 55315. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Riverside Park – CLOSED

Due to the past precipitation and the forecasted precipitation expected, the river level is predicted to rise into flood stage by the end of this week and into next week. Therefore, Riverside Park, campsites, boat landing and archery range is and will remain closed until the water level has receded and the Park is functional and safe to use. Please check the City’s website for updates.


Ponds with a Purpose
Often the small ponds seen in cities and developments are thought of as landscaping features to add beauty or increase wildlife habitat. While the ponds do that, their actual purpose is more intentional; they exist to protect lakes and rivers from pollution. See more
If there are any questions, please contact [email protected]

Snakes at the library

RAD (Reptile and Amphibian Discovery) Zoo visits the Chaska, Chanhassen and Victoria libraries. How often do you see turtles, snakes, or even alligators at the library? Get an up-close look at some amazing reptiles with another fascinating visit from RAD Zoo.