City Gives Green Light to Quarry Road Plans

     The Eagan City Council has approved a $1.2 million project to extend Quarry Road, which will connect a senior housing cooperative to the city’s new shopping area, and improve Quarry Park.
     Quarry Road currently dead ends at a lot to be developed. Extending the road would connect the undeveloped lot, Carbone’s Restaurant, and the Gramercy Park senior housing cooperative to a recently developed commercial area that includes a grocery store, restaurants, and retail stores.
     More than 10 percent of the project, about $136,500, is slated to be financed through a special assessment on property owners. The assessment would be about $1,200 to $2,600 per unit at the Gramercy senior housing cooperative. The rest, more than $1 million, would be paid for from city funds.
     The city plans to advertise bids for the project in November. Construction is slated for completion in the summer of 2018.
     City officials praised the project, saying it will bring long-awaited improvements to the area. It will also add a much-needed east-west connection between Coachman Road and Central Parkway, according to city officials.
     “I’m excited about the project,” Mayor Mike Maguire said at the July 5 city council meeting.
     The project will replace county road access, Yankee Doodle Road, to the senior development with access from a lower speed city street. The speed limit on the new road will be 30 miles per hour. The new road will also narrow at the Gramercy Park entrance from 42 feet to 24 feet to allow a pedestrian crosswalk.
     The project also includes trails and improvements at nearby Quarry Park. A baseball field at the rear of the park is slated to be moved closer to a soccer field. The baseball field, isolated in the rear of the park, was recently vandalized.
The Eagan City Council July 5 approved a plan that would move access to Gramercy Park senior housing from Yankee Doodle Road to a new extension of Quarry Road.

Two arrested for using stolen credit cards

   Two women have been charged in connection with the theft of credit cards from vehicles parked at local fitness centers, according to Dakota County Court records.
   Dominique Wegleitner, 30, of 860 Jessie St., St. Paul; and Latrice Hillman, 26, address unknown, were charged with felony theft and financial transaction card fraud, as well as misdemeanor criminal damage to property, according to court records. The charges stem from the investigation into thefts of credit cards stolen from vehicles at the Eagan YMCA and Lifetime Fitness last January.
   Wegleitner and Hillman are accused of using stolen credit cards to make thousands of dollars in purchases from local Target stores. According to the criminal complaints, sometime between 4:30 and 5:20 p.m. on Jan. 24, the two women drove up to an SUV parked at Lifetime Fitness in Eagan. Hillman then jumped out of the vehicle they were driving, smashed the window of the victim’s SUV and grabbed a purse from the vehicle. The two women then fled the scene.
   By the time the victim reported the crime, during the hour she was at the gym, her credit cards had already been used, according to court records.
   The investigation linked to another crime, a similar report of a purse and credit cards stolen from a vehicle parked at the Eagan YMCA on Jan. 17.
   The defendants have been summoned to appear in Dakota County Court on Sept. 18.