Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Outgoing Roseville Council member Jeff Johnson's son Jake competed on American Idol last year. Now, he's looking planning the next steps of his music career and auditioning for NBC's "The Voice."
Jake Johnson, a Roseville High graduate and son of outgoing Roseville Council member Jeff Johnson, has a theory about why American Idol gave him the boot in the Hollywood round of its 2012 season. “It was poor song choice on my part,” Johnson said about picking “She’s Not There” by The Zombies. “I could have mellowed it out a little more than I did: It’s not a very appealing song when you sing it acoustic and don’t try to change the melody.” But the 20-year-old isn’t bitter about the early departure. He said he’s thankful for the opportunity to work with talented musicians, to make lasting friendships with contestants (including drummer Reed Grimm) and to take a peek behind the camera of a television spectacle. “There’s a lot of drama …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Counting down the most-read city council stories of the year in Roseville, as measured by visitors to our site.
10. Council Candidates Air Views on Wal-Mart Store, Retail Development At a forum sponsored by the Minnesota League of Women Voters, Roseville council candidates spoke openly about their views on the Wal-Mart store in particular and retail development in general. 9. Roseville City Council Takes a Stand on Marriage Amendment The council voted unanimously to oppose the proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. 8. Roseville's Pust Loses DFL Endorsement for House District 42B Council member Tammy Pust was unsuccessful in her bid for higher office. 7. A Good Decision for Pour Decisions: Roseville Council Approves Taproom License The council created a special taproom category in its …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
The outgoing Roseville council member falks about her accomplishments, the city staff and future plans.
Roseville Patch recently conducted a Q and A by e-mail with outgoing Roseville City Council member Tammy Pust. Pust, who has been on the Council since 2006, earlier this year decided not to file for re-election. Below, is our interview with her: Patch: What are you most proud of accomplishing on the city council? Pust: I’m proud of a lot of my work: But most of all, I’m proud that I was able to help communicate to the public what their city government does and how it works. Throughout my years on the Council, people often stopped me out in the community and thanked me for being a calm, direct and rational voice during Council discussions, a voice that allowed them to better understand what was going on and why. I consider that very high …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Council's vote came at its Monday meeting.
The Roseville Council raised utility rates by 15.7 percent, an increase of $17.12 per quarter for an average single family home that uses 72,000 gallons of water in a year. The figures include recycling, storm sewer, sanitary sewer and the base fee for water. The council tabled a decision on water usage rates to its January meeting. The council voted unanimously in favor of the rate increases even though Council member Tammy McGehee expressed reservations about the action. She said the increases were consistent with a trend of overburdening Roseville residents. “It doesn’t seem to me a feasible business plan to go along for a period of time and then all of a sudden impose expenditures in a two-year period of raising things $4 million,” she…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Patch spoke to the outgoing Roseville council member as he nears his last meeting.
Editor's note: The city of Roseville is hosting a public reception for outgoing council members Jeff Johnson and Tammy Pust at 5:15 p.m. Monday (Dec. 10) at City Hall. That evening will be the last meeting for Johnson and Pust. Pust has been on the Council since January 2006; Johnson has served on the City Council since January 2009. Neither sought re-election this year. The following story is Johnson's reflections about his time in office. What’s are you most proud of accomplishing on the city council? The Capital Improvement Task Force [CIP] was really something that from my business perspective needed to be done, it was my recommendation two years ago, and we had some tough things for the community to swallow, but it was really the …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The $17.3 million tax levy is 15.4 percent higher than it was in 2012.
The Roseville Council voted unanimously to adopt a $45 million 2013 budget at its Monday meeting that includes a $17.3 million tax levy. The preliminary tax levy is a 15.4 percent increase compared with 2012. Much of the increase comes from $1.6 million in debt service costs from 2011 and 2012 bonds related to the new fire station and the park renewal program. A resident living in a median-valued, single-family homes will pay $4.97 more per month in 2013 than in 2012 in property taxes. A $700,000 Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) levy also approved Monday will raise taxes by an additional $1.28 per month for a median-valued home. Before council members voted on the budget, they listened to the comments of Roseville residents, who …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Applebee's, Don Pablo's, Granite City and Outback Steakhouse among those businesses winning liquor license renewal.
The Roseville Council last week approved liquor license renewals for 77 local businesses in six different categories. Here's a list of the 25 bars and restaurants that were granted a renewal for on-sale and Sunday liquor sales:
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Roseville brewery hopes the Roseville Council will lower the fee. But the micro-brewer is worried it's already too late to open for the holidays.
The bar stools are purchased, the chalkboard menu is colored and the beer is ready. But Pour Decisions Brewery is claiming the taproom liquor license fee required by the city of Roseville—$7,200 per year for a full-week license—is too high to afford. The brewery has been selling bottles from its 1744 Terrace Drive location since late October, and in July the Roseville Council granted Pour Decisions a special “taproom liquor license” to allow it to sell beer without selling food from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. But the cost of a taproom liquor license was not discussed by the council, and city staff are saying it will cost the same as the license for restaurants. (Bars are prohibited in Roseville, and a city statute gives a wine-only license a…
Monday, November 5, 2012
Roseville candidates respond to Patch's survey.
Name : Ms. Alice Hausman Place of residence : 1447 Chelmsford St., St. Paul, MN 55108 Attended college : Yes College : Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska Degree : B.S. University : Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois Degree : MA in education Job titles held : teacher, hospital department manager Employers : multiple states and schools for teaching, United and Childrens Hospitals in St. Paul Party affiliation : Democrat Running for a: State office Running for position: State Representative Chamber/district: District 66 Incumbent: Yes Previous elective offices : NA Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA Address 1447 Chelmsford St. St. Paul MN 55108 Name : Jon Commers Website : www.alicehausman.org
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Roseville Community Engagement Task Force presented findings and recommendations on variety of methods for communicating with the public.
The Roseville Neighborhood and Community Engagement Task Force presented its final recommendations to the Roseville Council at its meeting last week. Here are the highlights of its recommendations: 1) Integrate Citizen Engagement into City Hall Culture 1.1 Policy Intent or Practice: The city should work to enrich and strengthen civic engagement at city hall, and encourage employees and elected officials to appreciate civic engagement as an asset. 2) Increase Effective Public Participation in City Council and Commissions 2.1 Policy Intent or Practice: The city should foster public participation at both the council and commission level. 2.2 Policy Intent or Practice: The city should widely publicize openings on all commissions and ad hoc …