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Three Rivers Park District is looking to acquire the outline land area. (Graphic courtesy of Three Rivers Park District)

The City of Minnetrista was awarded the Meritorious Achievement Award at the Governor’s Safety Awards ceremony on May 8 a the 85 annual Minnesota Safety & Health Conference. The city was one of two cities to earn the award and one of 170 employers in the state according to Cassandra Tabor, Director of Administration.

The annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored private and public Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performances since 1934. Applicants are judged on their progress in a comprehensive safety program, which includes training, engagement and assessment as well as their injury data over the last three years.

“I’d like to thank the members of the safety committee who have been apart of the safety committee for the last three years, which is the time frame for this award,” City Administrator Michael Barone said. “Paul Falls, our police chief and also Brad Carlson from our Police Department...I’d also like to thank our public works staff...Then of course Cassandra who leads the safety committee.”

Barone recognized the changes Tabor has made since her time as a city staff began in 2015 noting that she has saved the city approximately $10,000 per year.

The Three Rivers Park District attended the meeting to give the city and update on their activities within Minnetrista as well as starting the discussion about a proposed acquisition on Little Long Lake. Kelly Grissman from Three Rivers informed the council they were approached by a property owner interested in selling their property to them.

According to Grissman, Three Rivers acquired 18 acres of land back in Nov. 2018 and since then the property owner of the adjacent land, approximately 16 acres of vacant land right on the shoreline of Little Long Lake. Three Rivers expressed interested in acquiring this land; however, this would be the last plot of land they’re planning to acquire for some time.

Grissman also discussed the continuing developments and updates to their land and trails. Baker-Carver Regional Trail is moving forward with design and construction of the missing sections of the trail and connecting Carver Park Reserve and Lake Minnetonka Regional Park. The trail is expected to be completed by 2021.

“[The] new mountain bike system will be under construction probably later this summer and hopefully open by the fall or spring of next year in Carver. Your residents would be able to access it through this new regional trail connection,” she said.

Three Rivers is also working collaboratively with Lifetime One Track Mind to construct a new 10-mile bike system in the western third of Carver Park Reserve. They will also be working with Minnetrista to better understand the needs of the city and how they can work together.

“We’ll be working with your staff to figure out how do we best engage you and your residents in some type of community engagement process to better understand what your local needs are. Then to evaluate whether they have a role within the regional system...It’s in our best interest to be collaborative with the city,” Grissman said to the council.

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