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For Immediate Release 

 Dated:     November 30, 2016
  From:     City of Inver Grove Heights
 Contact:  Eric Carlson, Parks and Recreation Director

Inver Grove Heights Using the Power of the Sun to Reduce Electricity Costs

The City of Inver Grove Heights is working with two different companies to utilize the power of the sun to help reduce operational costs related to the use of electricity needed to provide municipal services with no capital investment on the City’s behalf.  The City uses approximately 8,000,000 kWh of electricity annually to power everything from streetlights, to parks, to City Hall, to the Veterans Memorial Community Center (VMCC).  The VMCC is the largest consumer in the City using 43% of the electricity.  Producing water for the City is the second largest electricity user at 32% (Water Treatment Plant, wells, water towers).  All of the energy the City uses cost the City $800,000 annually.

The City is taking two different approaches to utilize the power of the sun.  In one case, the City is working with Apex to place solar panels on the roof(s) of the VMCC, Grove, and City Hall.  The panels will produce an estimated 796,000 kWh of electricity annually saving the City approximately $27,000 each year.  Through a 25-year contract the panels are owned and operated by New Energy Equity LLC making them responsible for the capital investment and maintenance of the system.

In the second case, the City participated in a Community Solar Garden (CSG) Request for Proposal (RFP) process administered by the Metropolitan Council.  Community Solar Gardens are centrally located solar systems that provide electricity to participating subscribers.  The City has signed 10 contracts with NRG Energy to provide a total of 3,000,000 kWh annually and under the CSG Public Utilities Commission (PUC) rules the City is allocated no more than 20% of the CSG which are constructed in Northfield, Webster, and Pine Island.  If the cost of energy rises by only 1.7% annually the City will “break even” on the 10 contracts that have been signed.  Xcel’s average rate increase over the last few years has been 4.3%, and if energy continues to increase 4.3% each year the City is estimated to save $153,500 annually, or $3,840,000, over the 25-year period. 

If you have questions please contact the Parks and Recreation Director, Eric Carlson, at 651.450.2587 or email him at .


Inver Grove Heights Solar Project(s) Fact Sheet


Videos of the Solar Panels

VMCC/GROVE


CITY HALL


Photos of Solar Panels

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Photo/Video Courtesy of Aerial Pulse, Ryan Keihn
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For Immediate Release 

 Dated:     September 30, 2016
 From:      City of Inver Grove Heights
 Contact:  Sean Folmar, Interim Chief of Police, Inver Grove Heights Police Department

The Police Department would like to thank all of the community members that sent well wishes and treats to the department over the last few months.  We would also like to thank those who have asked “what are we doing to ensure this doesn’t happen here”, “is the IGHPD prepared to deal with these things”, and “is there anything we can do to help get you the training you need”.  All of your comments were taken seriously and that is why we are letting you know the City Council has approved an accelerated training plan in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).  

Over the next nine months each member of the IGHPD will go through very intense and interactive 40 hour training.  It gives an in-depth look at mental illness and its implications for law enforcement. It covers: schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, mood disorders, cognitive disorders, personality and substance disorders, suicide assessment, adolescent & elder issues, PTSD, excited delirium, suicide by cop, and mental health courts. Advocates and consumers of mental health services will speak on their experiences, there will be site visits to mental health hospitals and service providers in our area along with extensive role play exercises with professional actors. 

While there is never a way to determine where and when these things will happen, being trained and equipped for anything that may happen.  The biggest thing the community can do to help is, be supportive and remember to wait for factual information before rushing to judgment.



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For Immediate Release 

 Dated:     September 26, 2016
 From:      City of Inver Grove Heights
 Contact:  Sean Folmar, Interim Chief of Police, Inver Grove Heights Police Department

In the wake of the growing number of protests, some of which are due to officers involved in the use of force, we as a department need to be prepared to deal with something in our own community as well as being available to another agency asking for our help in their community. The department currently is not fully trained in crowd management and control, nor are we completely equipped for those activities. 

The City Council recognized the need and approved not only the purchase of the needed equipment, but the training as well.  By the end of 2016, the department will be equipped and trained to handle almost any crowd control issue that we may be required or asked to.  We will be trained in the following: 
  • History of riotous behavior
  • Demonstrator tactics
  • Intelligence gathering
  • Planning
  • Crisis decision making
  • Conflict management
  • Legal issues and civil disorder
  • Community relations
  • Strategies and tactics
  • Chemical agents
  • Less-lethal munitions
  • Mass arrests
  • Mobile field forces and mobile tactics

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For Immediate Release 

 Dated:     September 22, 2016
 From:      City of Inver Grove Heights
 Contact:  Sean Folmar, Interim Chief of Police, Inver Grove Heights Police Department

Minnesota law allows us to notify members of our community of certain predatory offenders when they move into or out of our community.  We had previously held a community meeting in reference to John Joseph Kramer (2/11/61) moving into our city.  On September 21, 2016 we were notified that Mr. Kramer has now moved out of our city.  This does not mean he cannot visit our city, it just means he does not reside here anymore.  Mr. Kramer is compliant with his registration for his new address.  
Because it is not possible for us to personally notify everyone in the community that may have/had an interest in this information, please help us by sharing the information with any of your friends, neighbors, and community members you think may be interested in knowing he has moved out.
  
We are not permitted by law to disclose the new city of residence, but if you have any questions feel free to contact the Inver Grove Heights Police Department at (651)-450-2525 or the Minnesota Department of Corrections Level 3 Predatory Offender website at www.doc.state.mn.us.  If Mr. Kramer were ever to move back into our city, another community notification process would take place. 

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________For Immediate Release 

 Dated:     August 30, 2016
 From:      City of Inver Grove Heights
 Contact:  Sean Folmar, Interim Chief of Police, Inver Grove Heights Police Department


Good Afternoon Inver Grove Heights, late yesterday afternoon we received information from the MN Department of Corrections regarding Level 3 Predatory Offender John Joseph Kramer. Mr. Kramer moved into Inver Grove Heights on August 29, 2016. 
In accordance with Minnesota Statute 244.052, we are able to share with you that Level 3 predatory offender John Joseph Kramer moved into Inver Grove Heights in the vicinity of 65th Street East and Craig Avenue East.

A community meeting is scheduled for September 7th, 2016 at 6pm at the Inver Grove Heights City Hall Council Chambers, 8150 Barbara Ave. to discuss Mr. Kramer's transition into our community.

At this meeting we will have representatives from the Inver Grove Heights Police Department, MN Department of Corrections, Dakota County Community Corrections, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, and 360 Communities to provide information and answer questions and provide information on personal and public safety.

We understand that receiving notification of an offender moving into our community is upsetting. The intent of this notification is not to increase your fear in the community, but in furtherance of our belief that an informed public is a safer public. We encourage anyone with interest to attend the community meeting to obtain the necessary information to educate your family, friends, neighbors, and other community members of the importance of personal safety.

The fact sheet and letter contains public information regarding Mr. Kramer. For questions about predatory offenders and community notification, please visit www.doc.state.mn.us and click on "Search for Offenders."


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For Immediate Release

Dated:     August 24, 2016
From:      City of Inver Grove Heights
Contact:  Joe Lynch, City Administrator
 
On Monday, August 22, 2016, the City Council directed Administration to conduct an internal investigation of Inver Grove Heights’ Police Chief, Larry Stanger, through an independent investigator. Details regarding the potential internal employment investigation will not be discussed per Data Practice Act. 

Lieutenant Sean Folmar will continue as the Interim Chief until the matter is resolved.  He has been the Interim Police Chief since April 14, 2016.  

The Police Department has strong, experienced leadership. We assure our residents that the Police Department continues to strive to protect the lives and property of our community. 



For Immediate Release

Dated:     August 11, 2016
From:      City of Inver Grove Heights
Contact:  Joe Lynch, City Administrator


The City has been informed concerning Scott County’s decision not to proceed with criminal charges against Inver Grove Heights’ Police Chief, Larry Stanger. Scott County’s criminal investigation is complete.  However, the City will consider whether to move forward with an internal investigation.  Details regarding the potential internal employment investigation will not be discussed per Data Practice Act.

Lieutenant Sean Folmar has been acting as interim Police Chief since April 14, 2016. Lieutenant Folmar has been with the Inver Grove Heights Police Department since 1995.  He has been a Lieutenant for five years.  The Interim Chief will be in place until the matter is resolved.

We assure the community that the Inver Grove Heights’ Police Department continues to have strong respected leadership.  Interim Chief Folmar is engaged with the public and staff; he is committed to the safety and protection of our City.   


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