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									Your Guide to Living
   in Prior Lake

   2   Welcome
   3   2030 Vision & Strategic Plan
   4   City Government & Offices
   6   Communications, Home & Property
   8   Public Safety
   9   Miscellaneous Ordinances
  11   Streets, Utilities & Public Works
  12   Contact Information
         We hope this document answers your questions about the City of
         Prior Lake, but if you need additional information, contact us:

         BY PHONE : 952-447-9800 (M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
         BY MAIL : City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372
         BY E-MAIL :
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Greetings from the City of Prior Lake and our 23,000 friends and neighbors! We are happy you have chosen to be part of this
growing, quality community.

Prior Lake citizens enjoy year-round recreation and entertainment activities. The local lakes offer excellent fishing, boating,
sailing and swimming. Prior Lake is one of the largest lakes (approximately 1,340 acres) in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
In addition to our lake recreational opportunities, Prior Lake is home of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (a
sovereign nation and operator of Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel), four golf courses (The Wilds, Legends, Meadows at Mystic, and
Cleary Lake), and numerous public parks and trails. Regional attractions include venues such as Valleyfair Amusement Park,
Canterbury Park and the annual Renaissance Festival, all located in neighboring Shakopee. The people of Prior Lake value their
leisure time, and no other location in the Twin Cities can maximize that time like Prior Lake!

The City of Prior Lake is operated under a city council/manager form of government. The mayor and council serve staggered
terms and are elected every four years. The city manager is appointed by the elected officials and serves as the city's chief
administrative officer. The city operates a full-service community with professional departments including Administration,
Engineering/Public Works, Finance, Fire and Rescue, Recreation, Community Development and Natural Resources, Building
and Transporation Services and Police.

Prior Lake is a growing, dynamic community. Through the adoption of its 2030 Vision and Strategic Plan, the city council, city
staff and residents stated their dedication to enhancing the quality of life for current and future citizens by providing quality
services which result in a safe, secure community; recreation and leisure opportunities; preservation and effective use of lakes,
parks and other natural resources; economic vitality; and the promotion of partnerships, volunteerism and civic pride for the
community's diverse population.

On behalf of the city council and the city staff, welcome to Prior Lake. We are proud of our community and would like to help
make your adjustment as easy and as smooth as possible. If you ever need assistance or are interested in becoming involved with
your city government, please call us.


Ken Hedberg                               Richard Keeney (Deputy Mayor)                     Mike McGuire
Mayor                                     Councilmember                                     Councilmember
(612) 382-6143                            (612) 889-7114                                    Phone: (952) 447-3224                 
Term Expires: 12/31/16                    Term Expires: 12/31/16                            Term Expires: 12/31/14

Monique Morton                            Vanessa Soukup                                    Frank Boyles
Councilmember                             Councilmember                                     City Manager
(952) 250-995                             (612) 385-3686                                    (952) 447-9801                
Term Expires: 12/31/16                    Term Expires: 12/31/14
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                               About The 2030
                               Vision and
                               Strategic Plan
                                  ADOPTED FEB. 21, 2012

Dear Prior Lake Citizens,

The 2030 Vision and Strategic Plan is the
most important document you will receive
from the City of Prior Lake. It defines what
our community will become by 2030 and the
incremental steps your Mayor, City Council,         It’s hard to build an 18 square-mile city with 22,000 residents, 100
City staff and community at large must take to      miles of roads, 1,000 acres of parkland, 80 miles of sidewalks and
get there. And it is based upon the teamwork        trails and 54 parks. The 2030 Vision and Strategic Plan document
of fellow citizens, elected officials, businesses    attempts to plan for just that. It represents the areas of strategic
owners, City staff and other experts.               importance identified by the 2011 Long-range Planning Committee and
As a Prior Lake citizen, you play a critical role   the planning process.
as we translate the Strategic Plan into reality     To start the process, communities must first imagine what they want
even though the initial planning process is         the future to be. Second, they must decide how they are going to make
complete. Your familiarity with the Vision will     this desired future a reality. Strategic planning is a process that brings
assure productive input, and, therefore, better     people together to think about the future, create a vision, and invent
implementation. Tell your friends, coworkers        ways to make this future happen through determination, community
and neighbors about the 2030 Vision. Only then      teamwork and disciplined actions. It is getting people together to
can our Vision become a reality.                    achieve common goals and aspirations, to transform visions into
The 2030 Vision and Strategic Plan process          The 2030 Vision and Strategic Plan is a document of what residents,
is a continuous journey. Over the last decade       business people, volunteers, councilmembers, committee members,
the plan and process has changed and evolved        City staff and others think. It is a broad blueprint for positive change
along with our hopes for the future. And it will    that defines our Vision and the key outcomes that must occur to make
continue to do so. Your City Council has agreed     Prior Lake a wonderful place to live, work and play for a lifetime.
to bring the community together to review and       Other implementation efforts and plans include the Comprehensive
update the plan every June in odd-numbered          Land Use Plan, financial plans, and development and redevelopment
years; and it will review the goals and provide     plans which are policy and decision-making tools that assist the
direction to staff every June in even-numbered      community, council and administration in achieving the Vision. But
years.                                              only a plan like the 2030 Vision and Strategic Plan will challenge
                                                    and stretch the community’s imagination in defining what is possible
Thank you to everyone who participated in this      and test its will to commit to a great and exciting, rather than “good
latest process, and thank you in advance for        enough,” future.
embracing your role toward implementing the
Vision. As your City Council and City staff, rest   Prior Lake: A Wonderful Place to Live, Work and Play for a
assured, we will vigorously pursue our role.        Lifetime.

Watch for progress and updates on the City’s
PLTV Government Access Cable Channel,
on the City’s website at www.cityofpriorlake.
                                                            MISSION STATEMENT:
com, via webcasting, in editions of the City’s       The mission of the City of Prior Lake is to enhance the quality of
newsletters, e-newsletters, on Facebook and           life for current and future citizens by providing quality services
Twitter and other information.
                                                     which result in a safe, secure community; recreation and leisure
Sincerely,                                           opportunities; preservation and effective use of lakes, parks and
                                                     other natural resources; economic vitality; and the promotion of
Your Prior Lake City Council and City Staff           partnerships, volunteerism and civic pride for the community's
                                                                             diverse population.
                                        YOUR GUIDE        TO   LIVING   IN   PRIOR LAKE                                        Page 4

                         PRIOR LAKE GOVERNMENT
The City of Prior Lake operates under the Minnesota Statutory Plan B form of government. This form of local governing provides
for a part-time elected mayor and city council, who set local policies and legislative priorities. Management of local affairs is
performed by an appointed full-time city manager and city staff.

City Council and Mayor: The mayor and four council members make up Prior Lake's elected City Council, which meets twice
monthly on the first and third Mondays at 6 p.m. at 4646 Dakota St. SE. For meeting information, visit
They serve four-year staggered terms and are elected at-large. Local elections in November of odd-numbered years.

City Manager: The city manager, the chief administrative officer of the city, is responsible to the city council for the proper
administration of all affairs of the city. The city manager is appointed by a majority vote of the city council for an indefinite term.
Departments under the city manager's authority include: Administration, Finance, Economic and Community Development,
Engineering, Public Works, Parks, Recreation, Personnel, Planning, Zoning and Building Inspections, Police, Fire and Emergency
Services.                                                                                                CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

                           PRIOR LAKE CITY OFFICES
                        Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.

                                                                                            Prior Lake
    Prior Lake City Hall                                                                    Maintenance Center
    4646 Dakota St. SE                                                                      17073 Adelmann St. SE
    (952) 447-9800                                                                          EMERGENCY: 911
                                                                                            NON-EMERGENCY: 447-9830

                                                                                         Prior Lake Fire Departments
   Prior Lake Police Department                                                          No. 1: 16776 Fish Point Rd. SE
   4649 Dakota St. SE                                                                    No. 2: 3906 Station Pl. NW
   EMERGENCY: 911                                                                        EMERGENCY: 911
   NON-EMERGENCY (8 am -4:30 pm): 440-3555                                               NON-EMERGENCY (8-4:30):
   NON-EMERGENCY (after hours): 445-1411                                                 (952) 447-9800

                                        YOUR GUIDE       TO   LIVING   IN   PRIOR LAKE                                    Page 5

Citizens' Advisory Boards, Commissions and
Committees: Boards, commissions and
committees are the backbone of local
government for all communities like Prior
Lake. The committees, comprised of
community volunteers, review policies and
proposals that affect Prior Lake citizens and
businesses, and make recommendations to the
city council.

Prior Lake residents are encouraged to apply
for board and commission vacancies. If an
opening occurs on an advisory board,
commission or committee, the opening is
advertised in the Prior Lake American. Applicants
are interviewed by select members of the city
council and/or city staff and are approved by
vote and confirmation by the city council.                          The PAC makes recommendations to the city
                                                                    council concerning parks, recreation and the
Contact City Hall at (952) 447-9800 to obtain                       trail system.
an agenda and to confirm the meeting time or
obtain an application to be considered for a
future board, commission or committee vacancy.

Following is an overview of Prior Lake's advisory boards, commissions and committees and their responsibilities:

 Planning Commission: The Planning Commission advises the city council on many matters involving the establishment and
enactment of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, zoning issues, and subdivisions. The group also reviews residential, commercial
and industrial development in the city. New proposals for developments are presented to the commission for review. Members
listen to the developer and any concerned citizens from the neighborhood, study the planning reports, and then make
recommendations to the City Council according to the goals and objectives of the comprehensive plan, applicable ordinances, and
the 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan. The commission meets the second and fourth Mondays at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Its meetings are
broadcast live on Channel 15.

 Economic Development Authority: The city council acts as the city’s Economic Development Authority (EDA), which
proposes specific economic development plans or projects to enhance the economic strength of the community. The EDA meets on
an as-needed basis at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The EDA has prepared a Tax Increment Policy, Downtown Redevelopment Proposal
and completed development of Waterfront Passage Business Park.

 Parks Advisory Committee: The Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) makes recommendations to the city council concerning
the parks, recreation and trail systems. Activities include long and short range planning, review of new developments and
recommendations for improvements. The committee meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Prior Lake City Hall
COuncil Chambers. The committee has recently assisted city staff with the reconstruction of Lakefront Park, and the development
of a new youth athletic complex at Thomas Ryan Memorial Park.

 Lake Advisory Committee: The Lake Advisory Committee is created to research, study, and make recommendations to the
city council regarding issues involving the lake. The Lake Advisory Committee consists of seven members, and meets on the third
Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at Prior Lake City Hall Council Chambers. The committee most recently prepared a surface water
ordinance, completed a review of lake access safety issues, studied water quality issues, and completed a Comprehensive Lake
Management Plan.
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                              CITY COMMUNICATIONS
Public Meeting Notices: Agendas for the city council and advisory
committee meetings are posted in the City Hall lobby, published in
the Prior Lake American (the city's official newspaper) and online.
Newsletter – Wavelength: The city newsletter, Wavelength, is
published four times a year as an insert in the Prior Lake American
newspaper. It contains helpful information for Prior Lake residents
about issues facing the city including local government services,
elections, local ordinances, road construction and parks and
recreation programs. If you have suggestions for articles, please
contact Communications Coordinator Michael Peterson, 447-9804.
Cable Television: Residents who subscribe to cable television service
can watch city council and planning commission meetings as live or
taped broadcasts on Prior Lake Television (PLTV). Special programs
about city government are also available including News from Inside
City Hall hosted by City Manager Frank Boyles. All public meetings
and shows are also available ondemand on the City website. For
more on PLTV, contact Communications Coordinator Michael
Peterson, 447-9804.
Website: The City of Prior Lake can be found at www. The website contains information on meeting
dates, agendas and minutes of City Council and Planning Commission meetings, business and economic development information,
and city services and departments. You can also subscribe to e-newsletters via email from the website.
Email Distribution List: If you’d like frequent news about the city, road construction, Club Prior (senior center), transit or
business, add your name to our city email distribution list online. It’s fast, easy and informative. You can also email mtpeterson@ with the word “subscribe” in the subject line to be added to the list.

                                  HOME AND PROPERTY
Address Numbers: House numbers as assigned by the City’s Building and Transportation Department are required, and must be posted on
your house where the front entrance is located. They should be a minimum of four inches tall and clearly visible from the street with vivid
contrast to their background. Help public safety officers find you in an emergency! For more information, call (952) 447-9850.

Sprinkling Ordinance: The intent of Prior Lake's Sprinkling Ordinance is to conserve water. Outdoor water usage (sprinkling, irrigation,
car washing, etc.) is restricted to an odd-even system effective May 1 to Oct. 1. Odd-numbered addresses may water outdoors on odd
calendar days before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Even-numbered addresses may water outdoors on even calendar days before 10 a.m. and after
5 p.m. Exceptions apply within the first 30 days of landscaping, newly seeded or sodded lawns. Private wells used for irrigation are exempt
from these restrictions. After being warned for the first offense, the second violation of this ordinance is $50, and is doubled each violation
thereafter. For more information, please call (952) 447-9830.

Garage Sales: A permit is not required for a garage sale sign, but they are prohibited on utility poles and in the public right-of-way. Signs
should not cause pedestrian or vehicular traffic safety problems. The garage sale signs may be displayed up to seven (7) days prior to the
garage sale. Help keep your community clean by removing your signs immediately after the end of the sale! For more information call (952)
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Block Parties: If you plan a block party, or outdoor concert, please contact the Police
                                                                                                         ALL   ABOUT...
Department for assistance at least 30 days prior to the event. Outdoor concert permits
are required. For more information call (952) 440-3555.                                                  HOME IMPROVEMENTS
Fence Construction: A no-fee zoning permit is required prior to the installation of a                     & BUILDING PERMITS
fence. The maximum fence height is 6 feet in the side or rear yard. Fences must be on        Most home improvements require building permits.
                                                                                             The purpose of the permit is to ensure that the
the property of the owner building it, and they cannot be placed on public right-of-way.     building project meets minimum safety, zoning and
Fences are limited to 4 feet in height and 50 percent opacity in front yards. A fence        aesthetic requirements enforced by the City of Prior
handout is available from the Community Development and Natural Resources                    Lake. The fees charged for building permits are used
Department. For more information call (952) 447-9810.                                        to defray the cost of code enforcement. For more
                                                                                             information, call 447-9850.
Inoperable "Junk"Vehicles: City code prohibits the parking, keeping or storing of
                                                                                             A permit IS REQUIRED for any of the
junk vehicles on any public street or alley, or on any private lands unless it is within a   following:
building or garage. For more information, please call Jesse Carrow at (952) 447-9811.         Re-roofing or residing
                                                                                              Building a deck or porch
Shed: A zoning permit is required prior to the construction or installation of a shed less    Installing a fireplace, chimney or wood stove
than 120 sq. ft. in area. It must be placed a minimum of 10 feet from the side and rear       Finishing rooms in a lower level
property lines. Sheds are prohibited in front yards, unless the property is a lakeshore       Adding a garage or room
                                                                                              Replacing a window involving a change in size
lot. For more information, contact the Community Development and Natural                      Doing electrical work
Resources Department at (952) 447-9810.                                                       Installing plumbing
                                                                                              Changing or installing heating or air conditioning
Open Burning: Prior Lake City Ordinance prohibits residents from disposing of refuse,         Installing a water softener or water heater
leaves, or other debris by open burning. Recreational fires can not exceed 3 feet by 3        Constructing a swimming pool
feet and must contain only clean burning natural wood. Any fire larger requires a permit      Building a retaining wall four feet in height or over
                                                                                              Building a shed or garage
from City Hall at (952) 447-9800. There is a $25 fee. Allow five to seven business days       ZONING PERMIT: Install a fence or patio
to process.                                                                                   ZONING PERMIT: Install a shed under 120 square
Weed Control: This ordinance helps to ensure that our community is a safe and
attractive place in which to live and work. City ordinance requires that residents control   A permit IS NOT REQUIRED to:
                                                                                              Replace cabinets in your kitchen or elsewhere
the growth of weeds and grass on their property. For more information call (952) 447-
                                                                                              Install carpet or other floor coverings
9892.                                                                                         Install wallpaper or paneling on finished surfaces
                                                                                              Redecorate without structural change
Flood Plain Ordinance Requirements: The flood plain ordinance regulates the use of            Build a doghouse
those properties that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has
identified on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) as being in a flood hazard area. For       If you are building a house, addition or deck, we
                                                                                             suggest you let the contractor take out the permit.
more information, contact the Community Development and Natural                              When the contractor signs the permit, he is
ResourcesDepartment at (952) 447-9810.                                                       guaranteeing he will do the work according to code.

                                                                                             If you sign for the permit, you are responsible for
Shoreland Zoning Requirements: Aditional requirements apply to the use of                    correcting his work if it should fall short of standards.
properties within 1,000 feet of a lake. For instance, residential uses can only have 30      Do make sure that your contractor has a permit and
percent of the lot covered with hard surface (e.g., house, driveway, patio, etc.), and       that he calls for inspections. An inspection card is
                                                                                             issued and should be displayed near the work area.
most structures must be set back 75 feet from the ordinary high water level of the lake.     When an inspection is done, our inspector will sign
The shoreland regulations are based upon state law. For more information, contact the        the card.
Community Development and Natural Resources Department at (952) 447-9810.
                                                                                             If you are planning a home improvement project,
Zoning Ordinance: The City is divided into agricultural, residential, commercial and         contact the Building and Transportation Services

                                                                                             Department at 447-9850 a few weeks before you
industrial zoning districts that regulate land use and development density. If a developer
                                                                                             plan to start for information regarding specific zoning
builds on a certain property within the community, the developer must adhere to the          and building code requirements. The Building and
specific regulations attached to the zoning of the property. For information about           Transportation Services Department can provide you
setbacks and other zoning requirements applicable to your property, contact the              with informational handouts that explain in detail
Community Development and Natural Resources Department at (952) 447-9810.                    how to design, construct, and obtain a permit for
                                                                                             most home improvement projects.
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                                                         PUBLIC SAFETY
                             Outdoor warning sirens are used in Prior Lake,        Sirens are activated for
                             as well as in other cities in Scott County, to        three types of National
                             provide citizens with the most effective storm        Weather Service storm
                             warnings possible. The sirens can be used for         warnings:
                                                                                    Severe Thunderstorm
                             other emergencies also, such as a hazardous           Warning
 OUTDOOR SIRENS ARE          chemical spill that might require residents to         Very Severe
    LOCATED AT:              evacuate their homes. According to a statewide        Thunderstorm
16280 Duluth Ave.
5560 Cedarwood St.
                             policy, the sirens are tested at 1 p.m. the first     Warning (75+
                             Wednesday of each month.                              MPH winds)
5634 Luther Rd.                                                                   Tornado
16776 Fish Point Rd.                                                             Warning
14649 Glendale Ave.        Residents are urged to seek shelter when they
                                                                                   (a tornado
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd.     hear the sirens and turn on a radio or TV for         has been
3765 Willowwood St.        emergency information. When the sirens are            sighted)
13701 Pike Lake Tr.        sounding for severe weather, radio or TV
16323 Hasca Ave.
13780 McKenna Rd.
                             announcements will provide information regarding the type of storm and appropriate safety
15800 Fremont Ave.         precautions to take.
14998 Wilds Pkwy.
15079 Manitou Rd.          Please do not telephone the Police Department, National Weather Service, radio or TV stations when
16730 Northwood Rd.        you hear the sirens. Turn on your radio or TV for information. Sirens are never used to announce an
1522 Belmont Ave.          "all clear,” this announcement is only made over radio or TV. For more information, please call (952)
                             440-3555. The City mainains a Web page dedicated to emegency preparedness available at www.

9-1-1 Emergency System: If you have a police, fire or medical emergency, simply dial "9-1-1" on any telephone, and your call will
automatically be routed to the Scott County dispatcher. You may also use "9-1-1" to report an emergency in another community.
The telephone number and address of the location from which you are calling is automatically displayed on a screen in the dispatch
center and aids the dispatcher in quickly sending the proper assistance in response to your call.
Non-Emergency Police: If you need assistance for a non-emergency situation or are seeking information, call the Police
Department's non-emergency number between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at (952) 440-3555 or after hours at (952) 445-1411.
Fire Protection: The Prior Lake Volunteer Fire Department provides excellent fire protection for all city property owners. The
Insurance Service Organization has assigned an excellent
Class Five rating which earns lower insurance premiums
for residents and businesses.
The Fire Department has a force of 41 trained
professional volunteer firefighters and one full-time fire
chief, Doug Hartman. They are currently dispatched from
one fire station: Fire Station No. 1, 16776 Fish Point
Road. Fire Station No. 2, at County Rd. 21 and Fountain
Hills Dr. in Jeffers Waterfront serves the Northwest part
of the City and opened June 2008.
Fire Extinguishers: The Prior Lake City Hall is a drop
off site for Central Fire Protection, Inc. Just drop off
your fire extinguisher at City Hall and it will be checked
and serviced by Central. We will call you when it is
ready and you will by billed directly by Central.
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Police Services: The Prior Lake Police Department, located at 4649 Dakota St. SE, provides full service
community-oriented policing. This philosophy embraces partnerships between law enforcement and the
community. The police department includes 23 sworn officers, two part-time community service officers and four
support staff. One of the officers is assigned to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, another as a
resource officer for Hidden Oaks Middle School. Seasonal park patrol officers are employed to assist park users and
provide enforcement of ordinances in the community's parks. The department also maintains a Web page for lost
and found dogs under police at

D.A.R.E.: The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program goes directly into the schools to help fifth graders develop the
skills they need to recognize and resist pressures to experiment with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Lessons deal with building
self esteem, recognizing and handling stress, understanding consequences of behavior, resisting pro-drug media messages and
identifying alternatives to drug use. Parents, educators and community leaders are invited to a special graduation ceremony
following the 17-week program. For more information, please call (952) 440-3555.

Neighborhood Watch: Neighborhood Watch was created to obtain citizen involvement in discouraging and preventing residential
crime. It operates to educate participants in the principles of deterrence, delay and detection. The program depends on a
communication network organized with three levels of participants – the residents, block captains and co-captains, and a
representative from the Police Department. For more information, please call 440-3555.

House Watch: If you would like the Prior Lake police to watch your house while you are on vacation, please give them a call at
440-3555. They will be sure to frequently patrol your home while you're away.

Lock-Outs: If you find yourself locked out of your vehicle, you can give the Prior Lake police a call. They will by happy to come
to you with their lock-out tools and assist you free of charge.

Curfew Regulations - Under Age: The City of Prior Lake enforces a daily curfew for minors according to the following schedule:
Age 16 - 17: .............................12 am - 5 am
Under Age 16:............................10 pm - 5 am
For more information, please call (952) 440-3555.

Dog and Cat Regulations: Licenses are required for dogs over 3 months of age. Rabies vaccinations are required to obtain
licenses. No more than three dogs and/or cats may be kept without a kennel license. Dogs and cats must always be controlled. It is
the responsibility of the owner to prevent their dog or cat from committing acts which constitute a nuisance, including noise,
chasing vehicles, destroying property, fighting other dogs or cats, or to leave waste on public or private property. Citations may be
issued to the owner if the animal is creating a nuisance. For more information, please call (952) 440-3555.

Hunting and Firearm Regulations: The City of Prior Lake adopts Minnesota Statutes section 624.714 concerning carrying of
weapons without a permit. Except for special hunts approved by the City by written permit, NO DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS IS
PERMITTED WITHIN THE CORPORATE CITY LIMITS OF PRIOR LAKE. For more information on corporate boundaries or
special hunts, contact the Prior Lake Police Department at (952) 440-3555.

Noise Ordinance: No combustion engines, except chain saws shall be operated within the city without a muffler which must be
securely attached. Chain saws shall be operated in platted or residential areas only to trim, fell or cut up trees on the premises and
not for cutting imported wood, trees or logs, or for commercial purposes.

                   Equipment and construction activities are permitted on public or private property only
                  between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday - Saturdays, and between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays
                  and legal holidays. For more information on specific limitations, see city ordinance 605.1000.
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Recreational Vehicles: All-terrain vehicles, trail bikes,
motorized bicycles, go-carts and the like are prohibited from
any public property, any residential zoning district, in any place
in a careless, reckless, or negligent manner which endangers
persons or property or creates a loud, unnecessary or unusual
noise which disturbs, annoys or interferes with the peace and
quiet of persons.

Hours or Refuse Collection: The hours of refuse collection for
the City of Prior Lake are between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday
through Saturday. Refuse collection is not permitted on Sundays
except from 9 a.m. until noon in commercial districts or in
other zoning districts with prior written consent of the city
manager following the conclusion of special city-wide events.

Parks Ordinance: All parks, except Memorial Park and The Ponds, will close at 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following day. Memorial
and Ponds parks will close at 11 p.m. each day until 5 a.m. the following day. The city manager has the authority to order a park
closed should it be necessary to preserve the health, welfare and/or safety of a park visitor or the park facility. Contact the parks
and recreation department for details at 447-9820. Littering and destruction of plants or wildlife is prohibited. Dogs and cats are
permitted to enter public parks only if under the control of the owner. The owner must clean up and dispose of any animal waste.

Snowmobile Regulations: City code provisions relating to vehicular traffic apply to the operation of snowmobiles upon streets and
highways. Snowmobiles may be operated in the ditch but not the roadway of Highway 13, except to cross. On county roads,
snowmobiles may be operated in the ditch along the outside bank but not on the roadway except to cross, and where there is curb
or sidewalk without a ditch, travel is not allowed on the roadway surface. Snowmobiles may be operated on city streets with the
exception of Main Avenue, in single file, at no more than 10 miles per hour. Within the City, snowmobile operation is prohibited on
sidewalks, pedestrian trails, on any school or church property, within the boundaries of all city parks, and on bike paths unless they
are marked as official snowmobile trails. For more information, please call (952) 440-3555.

Surface Water Regulations: The ordinance is intended to safeguard lake users including boaters, skiers, swimmers, fisher persons
and other outdoor enthusiasts. Key provisions of the ordinance include:
40 mile per hour speed limit on the lake from sunrise to one hour after sunset, weekends and holiday, between Memorial and
Labor Day.
20 mile per hour speed limit on the lake from one hour after sunset to sunrise, Monday through Sunday for the entire boating
A perpetual no-wake zone within 150 feet of the shoreline around all portions of the lake. There are two exceptions to the
no-wake zone: 1) A watercraft towing a person on water skis, inner tube, aqua plane or similar device may operate within the
no-wake zone when launching or landing that person in the most direct and safe route. This exemption is authorized by the Scott
County Sheriff's Office. A group or organization such as the Prior Lake Ski Club may seek an exemption for the entire season in
order that they can operate their jump or slalom course within the 150 foot zone. 2) Swimmers using inflatable devices may not do
so outside of the 150 foot no-wake zone unless accompanied by a boat.
If water levels reach above 904 feet above sea level, the city will impose additional slow no-wake restrictions over the
remainder of the lake to protect life and property. Such restrictions are effective upon publication in the local newspaper or at a
date specified. All access ramps must be posted with such restrictions. Restrictions remain in effect until high water levels subside
to below 904 feet for three consecutive days. Enforcement of the ordinance is the responsibility of the Scott County Sheriff's
For more information, please call (952) 445-7750.

No-Phosphorus Fertilizer Ordinance: No-Phosphorus fertilizer is required to be used on lawns, except for newly established
lawns the first growing season and lawns deficient of phosphorus. Commercial fertilizer applicators must by licensed with the City
of Prior Lake beginning January 1 2001. No fertilizer may be applied within 15 feet of lakes and wetlands. For more information,
please call the Engineering Department at (952) 447-9830.
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Snow Plowing and Ice Removal: Homeowners are responsible
for keeping their sidewalks clear of ice and snow. Streets and
municipal parking lots are usually plowed within 10 to 12 hours
after a snowfall. Major thoroughfares and neighborhood collector
streets are given priority, followed by residential streets. For more
information, please call (952) 447-9830.

Winter Driving and Parking Regulations: The City of Prior
Lake street maintenance staff urges residents to be extremely
cautious when snow removal and sanding operations are
underway. All vehicles should stay a minimum of 75 feet (four car
lengths) behind all maintenance units.
                                                                        The Maintenance Center is no longer open for walk-in traffic.
The City of Prior Lake snow removal parking ordinance goes            Anyone wishing to meet with Public Works staff should make
into effect each year on Nov. 1 and ends the following year on        an appointment by calling the main Public Works phone
March 31. The ordinance makes it illegal to park on a public          number at (952) 447-9830.
street from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. The ordinance was created for the
safety of the community and to keep the streets clear of vehicles every night to allow for fast and safe plowing operations. If you
have any questions or concerns regarding this ordinance, please call the Prior Lake Police Department at (952) 440-3555.

Water and Sewer Bills:
Water and sewer bills are
mailed to residents every two
months on the first of the
even months during the year
(i.e. 2/1, 4/1, etc.). Please
call the water billing office at
(952) 447-9844 with any
                                   Above is the City of Prior Lake's new Water Treatment Facility that opened in March 2009.

Swimming Pool Impact on
Sewer and Water Bill: It is important for those residents who have swimming pools to consider when they should fill their pool
so that a majority of the water used does not get charged the sewer rate. The summer bills have a sewer rate cap whereby the
sewer charge is applied up to a maximum of 150% of the average of your winter billings (i.e., if you average 20,000 gallons your
cap for the sewer charge would be 30,000 gallons. All water used in excess of this amount would be charged the water rate but
would not be charged the sewer rate).

This can be a fairly significant savings depending upon each individual household's outside water use habits during summertime.
The June 1st water and sewer bill is the last billing cycle that contributes to this average calculation so it is important that you do
not inflate the usage by the water used to fill a swimming pool. Therefore you should delay the filling of your
swimming pool until MAY 24.

In most cases the average filling of swimming pools does not occur until after this date so the majority of residents would avoid
the sewage charge on this. But in the case of El Nino you never know when the summer heat up will begin. Therefore you might
want to cut out this information and paste it above the refrigerator as a reminder.

Call Water Billing at (952) 447-9844 with any questions you may have regarding this topic or any other billing related questions.
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                                             CONTACT INFORMATION
   Utility Providers
The following provide service for Prior Lake

Cable television
Mediacom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       800-332-0245
Integra Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       952-226-7000
Xcel Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       800-895-4999
Minnesota Valley Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           952-492-2313
Shakopee Public Utilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          952-445-1988
Centerpoint Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          612-372-4720
Integra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   952-226-7000
Qwest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     800-475-7526
Mediacom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       866-777-1670
City of Prior Lake Public Works. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              952-447-9830
   Account Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            952-447-9844
   Water Outages/Repairs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             952-447-9830
   Refuse Haulers                                                                                  The Prior Lake/Savage Area School District (ISD 719)
                                                                                                   serves Prior Lake. Below is a listing of district schools,
The following private refuse haulers serve Prior Lake:                                             including one high school, one middle school and six
Allied Waste Twin Cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          651-686-5675   elementary schools:
Buckingham Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           952-226-6441
                                                                                                                        District Services Center
Dick's Sanitation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       952-469-2239
                                                                                                                        4540 Tower Street SE, Prior Lake
Waste Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            952-882-2300
                                                                                                    Edgewood Kindergarten
   City Departments                                                                                 4540 Tower Street SE, Prior Lake
For general city information during regular business                                                Five Hawks Elementary
hours, you may contact the following departments                                                    16620 Five Hawks Ave SE, Prior Lake
directly at:                                                                                        Glendale Elementary
Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       (952) 447-9800     6601 Connelly Parkway, Savage
Building and Transportation Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               (952) 447-9850     952-226-0200
Engineering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     (952) 447-9830     Grainwood Elementary
Finance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   (952) 447-9840     5061 Minnesota St, Prior Lake
Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     (952) 447-9820
                                                                                                    Jeffers Pond Elementary
Community Development and Natural Resources . . . . . .                          (952) 447-9810     14800 Jeffers Pass NW, Prior Lake
Water Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          (952) 447-9830     952-226-0600
Parks Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        (952) 447-9830     Westwood Elementary
                                                                                                    5370 Westwood Dr SE, Prior Lake
   Additional information                                                                           Twin Oaks Middle School
                                                                                                    15860 Fish Point Rd SE, Prior Lake
For more information about the City of Prior Lake,                                                  952-226-0500
visit its website at                                                       Hidden Oaks Middle School              Prior Lake High School
                                                                                                    15855 Fish Point Rd SE, Prior Lake 7575 W. 150th St., Savage
                                                                                                    952-226-0700                           952-226-8600

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