Dear Chanhassen Residents,
My Friday emails have been centered around what is happening in and around Chanhassen; however, I can’t ignore what has transpired in the Twin Cities this week. From the horrific and appalling images of Mr. George Floyd’s senseless death to the unimaginable destruction and devastation in Minneapolis/St. Paul, I recognize that emotions are raw. I will say, unequivocally, the City of Chanhassen WILL NOT tolerate neither racism in our community, nor senseless destruction of our city. Chanhassen will remain unified against intolerance and injustice.
Chanhassen has not received any direct threats; however, we are in close communication with the Carver County Sheriff’s Office who is thoroughly monitoring the situation and preparing for any unanticipated event.
Two weeks ago, a Proclamation was presented to City Council for consideration. The Proclamation was tabled at that meeting due to its generic nature and debatable intent. I reached out to business owners and community leaders to more clearly understand the ongoing impacts of the ever-changing Executive Orders over the past two weeks. After careful consideration of the information gathered, I felt a Chanhassen-focused letter to Governor Walz was a measured, appropriate response. The letter
was supported by City Council and has been sent to the Office of the Governor.
"Mayor for A Day" Winners
Elizabeth “Betsy” Burke from Chapel Hill Academy and Orion Valegh from Bluff Creek Elementary were the winners of this year’s “Mayor for a Day” Contest. Thank you to all of the 4th and 5th grade students who submitted a letter, it was fun to read your great ideas. Betsy and Orion are compassionate and caring kids who felt that spreading good will and taking care of people and pets in the community are important responsibilities of a Mayor. I was proud to meet two inspiring, future leaders!
Retirement of City Manager
Chanhassen’s long-time City Manager, Todd Gerhardt, submitted his letter of resignation on Tuesday, May 26th. Working closely with residents, council members, and mayors over the past 35-plus years, Todd has done an incredible job building Chanhassen. His dedication and love for this community was evident in his storied career. He will be greatly missed when he retires on June 30, 2020.
We are in the midst of challenging times. Please know that your city staff, public safety departments, and elected officials are working tirelessly and in close concert with each other to ensure the safety of Chanhassen.