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Dear ratepayers of Shakopee Public Utilities

Dear ratepayers of Shakopee Public Utilities

Authors: Deb Amundson and Mathew MeyerWe are both nearing the end of our terms as commissioners appointed by the Shakopee City Council to the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission. It has been a challenging, yet fulfilling, opportunity for each of us to serve our...

The election may be over…

The election may be over…

Author: Friends of SPUC        But we are not done. While Shakopee citizens overwhelmingly voted to keep an independent Shakopee Public Utilities Commission, the efforts to undermine it continue. Here are just a few reasons why we plan to continue as Friends of SPUC....

The real crime? Burying the truth until after the vote.

The real crime? Burying the truth until after the vote.

Author: Mathew Meyer       For those following the continuing issues involving SPUC and the City’s failed referendum, you may remember that City officials suggested there was “criminal” activity at SPU, thus justifying their campaign to acquire SPUC’s financial...

Thank you, Shakopee.

Thank you, Shakopee.

Author: Debra Amundson        We are sincerely grateful to Shakopee citizens for their vote of confidence in defeating the referendum to abolish the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission. The voter turnout was exceptional this year. And Shakopee voters did their...

What planet are you on, Mars?

What planet are you on, Mars?

Author: Renee Schmid, Former SPU Finance Director     FACT CHECK: Bill Mars' Facebook post regarding his request for SPU funds Mayor Mars is fond of the word "fact," but doesn't state facts in his Facebook post. Here are the actual facts. Fact: Elections are held in...

Bags of extra SPU money sitting around? Not so much.

Bags of extra SPU money sitting around? Not so much.

Author: Terry Joos     Yet another inappropriate financial request from Mayor Mars Bill Mars approached me in the fall of 2018. He was looking for a donation to the City of half a million dollars for naming rights to the new community center pool. At that time, I told...

Don’t trust the two Bills.

Don’t trust the two Bills.

An opinion piece by Toby Berens      Local government should be a democratic process where different ideas should be considered. In my opinion, people in Shakopee are not getting this process anymore. Let me explain. Bill Reynolds, our city administrator, seems to...

Don’t hand the “SPU credit card” to the City.

Don’t hand the “SPU credit card” to the City.

Author: multiple Friends of SPUC    Since when is saving for the future a bad thing? Why does Shakopee Public Utilities have so much in reserves? The answer is actually quite simple. The Commission plans for the future. Customer demand for water and electricity...

SPU: Shakopee’s Treasure – Not the City’s Treasury

SPU: Shakopee’s Treasure – Not the City’s Treasury

Author: Barry Kirchmeier     Recently the Shakopee City Council decided to place on the ballot the issue of eliminating the Shakopee Public Utilities as an independent entity that provides electricity and water to the residents of Shakopee. This action was taken in...

It’s about the money. It’s always been about the money.

It’s about the money. It’s always been about the money.

Author: Renee Schmid, former Finance Director, Shakopee Public Utilities    In 2015, I was the finance director for the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission and had served in this role for eight years. At that time, some Shakopee residents were upset that Mayor Tabke...

“Maybe we’re not the ones going rogue here.”

“Maybe we’re not the ones going rogue here.”

This clip is taken from the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission meeting on March 2, 2020. Follow the debate regarding the successful attempt to stack the Commission by City Councilors Brennan and Whiting. This clip includes discussion by Commissioner Mathew Meyer...

A letter to the editor becomes a letter to our blog.

A letter to the editor becomes a letter to our blog.

Authors: 13 former SPU employees    Will Shakopee Valley News print both sides of the referendum issue? Introduction by the Friends of SPUC Committee: This was submitted to the Shakopee Valley News as a paid letter to the editor by the undersigned former Shakopee...

Does Shakopee need a water treatment plant?

Does Shakopee need a water treatment plant?

Author: Mark Miller   Do chickens need sweaters? Lately there has been a lot of information put out about Shakopee’s water and the City’s plan if the citizens vote to abolish the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission. There have been statements made about the safety...

Where there’s no smoke, start a fire.

Where there’s no smoke, start a fire.

Author: Steve Clay  As a former Shakopee City Council member in the late ‘80s to early ‘90s and again for a couple of four-year terms ending a few years ago, as well as being a Council Liaison to the Shakopee Public Utilities (SPU) Commission for a number of years and...

SPU Staff Responses to City Website Posting

SPU Staff Responses to City Website Posting

Author: Shakopee Public Utilities Staff Members. Original source document.About the Ballot QuestionWhat are the City Council's main concerns with Shakopee Public Utilities Commission? In its Aug. 18 vote to add a ballot question abolishing SPUC, the City Council...

Why doesn’t the City Council trust the Shakopee voters?

Why doesn’t the City Council trust the Shakopee voters?

Author: Mathew Meyer   The United States is considered the first major representative democracy in the world. And our state and local governments have followed these principles since our country’s founding. This form of government means that citizens appoint their...

Will Shakopee get hosed by the City Council?

Will Shakopee get hosed by the City Council?

This post originally appeared on the Meyer Law Office blog on June 27, 2019. After 68 years in existence, the Shakopee Public Utilities (SPU) Commission has been under attack by the City Council since its December 2018 meeting. Partly about policy, these attacks have...

The Shocking Truth About SPU Electric Rates

The Shocking Truth About SPU Electric Rates

This post originally appeared on the Meyer Law Office blog on June 28, 2019. Shakopee’s citizens are now learning more about the economic realities and fairness of the Shakopee Public Utilities’ water fees and charges. Squirrel! But some are now shifting the debate to...

Are the nitrate levels high in Shakopee’s water?

Are the nitrate levels high in Shakopee’s water?

This post originally appeared on the Meyer Law Office blog on February 28, 2020. Here’s my long, complex answer to this question. No. See for yourself. Review the report, “Quarterly Nitrate Testing Results: October 3, 2019.”

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