A lot of snow ushered in December this year! Thanks to our public works staff for working nights and weekends to clear roads, alleys and sidewalks. When accumulation exceeds 1.5 inches, plows will be out.  For more information and quick answers to common questions, click here. If you’d like to ride-along in a snow plow, email staff to get details and sign up. It’s free and last-minute (sometimes very early in the morning), but a great experience!

Plow

Other city news:

City council is working to finalize the 2020 budget and levy this month. A budget public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday’s Dec. 3 city council meeting and another on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Follow City of Crystal’s budget webpage or Facebook page for updates.

Does a neighbor or city business have a great holiday light display? Nominate them in the Crystal Sparkles contest!  Prizes for a single-family residence: first place- $100 & second place- $50; commercial business: first place- $100. Nominations must be received by Thursday, Dec. 12. Nominate online at www.crystalmn.gov/news/what_s_new/crystal_sparkles.

A special thanks to Sweet Taste of Italy for their nearly 20 years of great food — and they will be missed by many. The property they leased to was sold, and a Tumble Fresh laundromat is proposing to build there. Sweet Taste has another location in Brooklyn Park and a food truck (Kenny’s Meatball Wagon), and we hope to see their truck often at local events.

Events:

Winterfest: Sat., Dec. 7, 10:00am-Noon, Crystal Community Center. Free winter activities for all ages!  > Details

West Metro Fire Auxilliary Craft & Vendor Show: Sat. Dec. 14 at Fire Station 3 (across from Hy-Vee in New Hope). Proceeds benefit  West Metro fire fighters, families, staff of Crystal and New Hope. > Details

Coffee With a Cop: Sat, Dec. 21, 12:30 – 2:00 pm at the Crystal Cafe and Grill (2732 Douglas Drive). Join our police officers for some coffee and conversation!

New Year’s Eve Skate & Movie: Tues., Dec. 31, 12 PM – 3:30 PM at New Hope Ice Arena. Enjoy the 2019 live action remake of Aladdin, sponsored by Armstrong Cooper Youth Hockey Association. > Details

Have a great holiday season and enjoy the events and offerings around the area! For council meeting updates, visit my recap page — and City of Crystal’s website to view meetings and council packets.