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City Council uses this site to share information with the Community. Council is very active and have experiences and presentations to share with the public, so check it out!


For general questions, visit the City Talk page.


CURRENT INFORMATION. FOR YOU. FROM COUNCIL.


City Council uses this site to share information with the Community. Council is very active and have experiences and presentations to share with the public, so check it out!


For general questions, visit the City Talk page.


  • Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for All

    4 days ago
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    I have remained silent about my feelings regarding reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at Edina City Council meetings but continue to receive correspondence from people who are very concerned how we spend those 12.5 seconds on our agenda, so here are my thoughts.

    For context, I want to make it clear that I do not subscribe to any political party. I am a strong believer in supporting candidates who I believe will try to bring us together. Sadly, it is getting harder and harder to find those people.

    The Pledge had not been part of Edina City Council meetings, at...

    I have remained silent about my feelings regarding reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at Edina City Council meetings but continue to receive correspondence from people who are very concerned how we spend those 12.5 seconds on our agenda, so here are my thoughts.

    For context, I want to make it clear that I do not subscribe to any political party. I am a strong believer in supporting candidates who I believe will try to bring us together. Sadly, it is getting harder and harder to find those people.

    The Pledge had not been part of Edina City Council meetings, at least as far as current community members can recollect. When the question was proposed, I had never given it any thought and did not have a strong opinion. In the wave of correspondence received on the topic, I was most compelled by the messages from military Veterans who said it was important to them. That was enough for me.

    I do have a strong opinion about using time on our Council meeting agenda to debate the merits of the Pledge of Allegiance. That is why I was a proponent of keeping the item on our consent agenda during the July 16, 2019 Council meeting, thereby eliminating the opportunity for public debate on the topic.

    The role of a City Council is to make policy-level decisions on behalf of our constituents with the goal of providing an appropriate level of municipal services and future planning. We are not here to host ideological debates. It is no more appropriate for a City Council to debate the merits of the Pledge than it would be to debate the death penalty or abortion rights.

    I believe the Council voted wisely in instituting the Pledge on our agenda because it is the only scenario that allows freedom of expression on both sides of the debate. If you believe in the Pledge, you may stand up and join in. If you are opposed to the Pledge, you may choose to stay silent and remain seated.

    My hope is that we have an environment at our Edina City Council meetings where everyone can freely express themselves in a respectful manner and we can be compassionate toward each other. If people do not want to recite the pledge for whatever reason, I want them to feel comfortable.

    As for me, I still cling to the hope that society will reject divisiveness and those who promote it. That is why when I recite the Pledge, I will be adding emphasis on the words “Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.”

    - Council Member Mike Fischer

  • We are all connected

    about 1 month ago
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    Over the past year, Laurie and I have had the opportunity to travel several times between Edina and Southern Mississippi, and more recently to Kentucky to watch our son play baseball. Most of these trips involve following the path of the mighty Mississippi River as it winds its way South. As I drive along, I think about the many ways the river connects us, whether walking across the river in Itasca State Park in Northern Minnesota, standing on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, or at the base of the Arch in St. Louis.

    It has been especially difficult to...

    Over the past year, Laurie and I have had the opportunity to travel several times between Edina and Southern Mississippi, and more recently to Kentucky to watch our son play baseball. Most of these trips involve following the path of the mighty Mississippi River as it winds its way South. As I drive along, I think about the many ways the river connects us, whether walking across the river in Itasca State Park in Northern Minnesota, standing on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, or at the base of the Arch in St. Louis.

    It has been especially difficult to watch the devastating flooding along the Mississippi River as we have driven through Missouri, serving as a reminder for me that every decision we make in Edina (or any other city) has downstream impacts on people’s lives.

    As we plan for Edina’s future through our comprehensive plan, we will continue working together to refine topics like density and development standards in the Land Use and Community Design chapter, stormwater policies in the Water Resources chapter, and our overall commitment to sustainability.

    Hopefully our planning today will make Edina better tomorrow, with positive consequences for our neighbors down river.

    Photo of a riverside playground in Hannibal, Missouri. (Click the "We are all connected" headline to view.)

    Photo of underwater farmstead and farm fields along Highway 61 in Missouri. (Click the "We are all connected" headline to view.)

    - Council Member Mike Fischer
  • Let's Jump On The CloverRide!

    3 months ago
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    There are numerous items considered at any given Council meeting, on the Consent Agenda, which may not be noticed by the casual observer. Often, these are routine replacement requests or maintenance confirmations. The last Council meeting, however, included an item on the consent agenda which could be of interest to many.

    The Council voted unanimously to renew the service contract with DARTS to provide CloverRide, a fixed route circulator bus service, which serves southeast Edina on Fridays from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. CloverRide makes ten stops in a one hour loop, serving several neighborhoods, facilities, and retailers.

    This continues...

    There are numerous items considered at any given Council meeting, on the Consent Agenda, which may not be noticed by the casual observer. Often, these are routine replacement requests or maintenance confirmations. The last Council meeting, however, included an item on the consent agenda which could be of interest to many.

    The Council voted unanimously to renew the service contract with DARTS to provide CloverRide, a fixed route circulator bus service, which serves southeast Edina on Fridays from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. CloverRide makes ten stops in a one hour loop, serving several neighborhoods, facilities, and retailers.

    This continues the exploration of circulator bus service which has the potential of relieving traffic congestion if expanded in the future to other areas of the city. For more information, just go to the CloverRide webpage!

    -Council Member Ron Anderson


  • Council Connection Launched

    4 months ago

    In an effort to be as open and transparent as possible, Council Members will use this page to share ideas and thoughts, including information they learn from other groups, to city discussions.

    Council members are only sharing ideas on this public forum, not holding conversations with one another or with the community.

    This page is a pilot and city staff and Council will re-evaulate in six months.

    If you have questions, please visit the City Talk page.


    In an effort to be as open and transparent as possible, Council Members will use this page to share ideas and thoughts, including information they learn from other groups, to city discussions.

    Council members are only sharing ideas on this public forum, not holding conversations with one another or with the community.

    This page is a pilot and city staff and Council will re-evaulate in six months.

    If you have questions, please visit the City Talk page.