2017 Road Weight Restrictions – Some Streets End April 17th

Spring weight restriction on City of Medina streets are currently being enforced.

All City of Medina streets are limited to 4-ton axle weight unless explicitly identified with a higher allowance. The following street map describes the weight restrictions of streets in the City.

Spring weight restrictions will end for some City streets at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017. The streets noted in red on the updated map will continue to be posted for a maximum of 4-ton axle weight until Monday, April 24, 2017.

In the case of any inconsistency between this map and posted signage, enforcement will be based upon posted signage.

The reason for the restrictions is to protect our roads and keep the cost of road repair down for all taxpayers. We ask all of our residents and business owners to keep an eye out for large trucks using the roads during this period. If you see them using a restricted road, please call 9-1-1 to report it immediately. Help protect our roads!

FEMA Updates Flood Hazard Maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently completed a multiyear project to re-examine flood risks throughout Hennepin County and develop electronic flood hazard maps, which will become effective on November 4, 2016.

Federal law mandates that any federally regulated or insured lender require any property with a structure within the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) on these maps to carry flood insurance.

Most mortgage lenders will check their loans when the updated maps become effective on November 4, 2016. Lenders will likely send a letter to all properties in SFHA, and other properties that are even close to the SFHA, to notify them that they must purchase flood insurance within 45 days. If a policy is not purchased within this time period, the lender will “force place” a policy, which is normally much more expensive.

Flood insurance is available through your agent or one of the agents listed by searching the “Agent Finder” section of FEMA’s Flood Insurance website, FloodSmart.gov. If you have any kind of risk for flood damages, both in or out of the floodplain, the city encourages you to purchase flood insurance.

If you live near a lake, stream, or large wetland, you are encouraged to investigate whether your property may be “newly mapped” within the SFHA. View the floodplain map  to find your property on the map.

What to do if you believe you’ve been inadvertently included in the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA)?

There are often scenarios where the boundaries of the floodplain do not accurately reflect the true topographic characteristics of a site. In addition, it is likely that lenders will be fairly conservative when determining if a property may require flood insurance.

In much of the county, the boundaries of the floodplain have not been updated with better elevation information since they were originally mapped in the early 1980’s. This newest map update merely digitized these areas – making them easier for everyone to view. If you believe your structure and/or parcel is higher than the actual flood elevation, there is a procedure for appeals known as a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA). Traditionally, a LOMA involves hiring a surveyor to verify the lowest ground touching the structure, deck or stairs is above the 100-year flood elevation.

Under the right circumstances, the city may be able to assist with collecting data rather than hiring a surveyor. City staff may be able to use LiDAR-derived contour elevations from the Minnesota DNR to verify that a structure is above the 100-year flood elevation.

If you have any questions, please contact City Planner Dusty Finke at 763-473-8846 or dusty.finke@ci.medina.mn.us.

 

Xcel Energy LED Street Lighting Upgrades

Xcel Energy has launched a multi-year effort to upgrade all Xcel Energy-owned cobra head, high-pressure sodium streetlights to LED solid-state units. The City of Medina has received notice that Xcel will be upgrading their street lights in Medina in April and May of 2017.

Learn more at: xcelenergy.com/LEDStreetLighting

2040 Comprehensive Plan Update

Over the past year, the City of Medina has been working diligently on updating our Comprehensive Plan. The Steering Committee has held 14 meetings, City Council, Planning and Park Commissioners have held meetings to review the plan, staff hosted four open houses, and public input has also been received and considered. The Executive Summary is now available for your review. The full draft of the Comprehensive Plan can be viewed at http://medinamn.us/2040-comprehensive-plan/.

Background

The Comprehensive Plan guides the future of the City, including the location and types of growth and development in the City. The Plan also advises future policy and investments in infrastructure and services such as transportation, parks, trails, recreation and water resources.

The Comprehensive Plan anticipates 950 additional households over the next 20 years, 250 of which are required to be higher-density housing such as apartments and townhomes. This is a substantial reduction of approximately 40-50% from what the City has previously planned.

Public Hearing

The Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a Public Hearing on the Comprehensive Plan on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. Prior to this meeting date, the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will review the feedback and discussions from the Open Houses and prepare a draft of the Plan.

Join the Online Conversation at MySidewalk

Stay involved and up-to-date with the Comprehensive Plan anytime electronically. Click the link below to contribute ideas and join the online conversation.

https://medinacompplan.mysidewalk.com/

Steering Committee Meeting Materials

November 14, 2016 – Agenda and Packet

August 30, 2016 – Agenda and Packet

August 3, 2016 – Agenda & Packet (Joint City Council & Planning Commission Meeting)

June 10, 2016 – Agenda and Packet

May 25, 2016 – Agenda and Packet

May 9, 2016 – Agenda and Packet & Meeting Notes/Summary

April 21, 2016 – Agenda and Packet & Meeting Notes/Summary

March 2, 2016 – Agenda and Packet & Meeting Notes/Summary

February 26, 2016 – Agenda and  Packet & Meeting Notes/Summary

February 24, 2016 – Agenda and Packet & Meeting Notes/Summary

February 10, 2016 – Agenda and Packet & Meeting Notes/Summary

January 6, 2016 – Agenda and Packet & Meeting Notes/Summary

November 19, 2015 – Agenda and Packet & Meeting Notes/Summary

November 12, 2015 – Agenda & Meeting Notes/Summary

October 29, 2015 – Agenda & Meeting Notes/Summary

Internet Service in Medina

CenturyLink now has faster internet speeds of up to 40 Mbps available in some parts of Medina. Call 866-926-8375 to find out if your home can upgrade to these faster speeds.

High speed internet service is mainly provided by three companies: Mediacom, (800) 332-0245, CenturyLink (formerly Qwest) (800) 475-7526 or Frontier (800) 921-8101 (for the very western portion of the City prefixed with 479 (the Independence Beach area). Certain areas of the city currently do not have access to high speed internet. Residents in these areas typically use data cards from their cellular phone providers or a satellite internet provider.

The Medina City Council adopted a separate franchise agreement with Mediacom for cable TV, internet, and phone service for residents starting January 1, 2014.  Medina and Mediacom have agreed to extend the system build out in Medina per the following language from the Franchise Agreement over the next three years.

Monarchs & Milkweed

young-milkweedThe Monarch Butterfly Population

The Monarch butterfly populations have plummeted by as much as 90% in the past 20 years and are on the cusp of moving toward protection on the Endangered Species Act.

One of the primary reasons for this decline is the decrease in milkweed plants, which grow easily in Minnesota. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on the underside of the milkweed plant and it is the only source of food for the monarch caterpillar. If you have milkweed growing in your yards and fields, please don’t pull it, and let it grow. Planting milkweed is one of the easiest ways that we can make a difference for the monarchs.

Residents that are interested in planting milkweed in their yards to help the Monarch butterflies can pick up a bag of seeds, free of charge, while supplies last, at City Hall, 2052 County Road 24, Medina, MN 55340 during regular business hours M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Additional resources on the Monarch Butterfly can be found below:

http://www.monarchjointventure.org/resources/publications/ – View a number of publications on Monarchs and Milkweed

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/index.html – This organization was started by Karen Oberhauser at the U of M who has studied the Monarchs for years

http://www.nwf.org/Pollinators/Monarch/Milkweed-Resources.aspx – The National Wildlife Federation explains the importance of milkweed.

http://www.saveourmonarchs.org/ – This organization is out of Edina, MN, and is working to provide milkweed seeds for planting. The site also does a great job of explaining the importance of milkweed.

http://www.nwf.org/Pollinators/Monarch/Communities.aspx – The National Wildlife Federation provides practical examples of what communities can do to help protect the Monarch butterflies.

 

Links for Purchasing Bulk Milkweed Seeds

http://www.prairiemoon.com/seeds/

http://www.prairieresto.com

http://www.saveourmonarchs.org/store/c4/Get_Seeds.html

 

City Brush & Composting Piles

Residents may drop off brush or compost Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (except holidays) and Friday 7 a.m. to Monday 3:30 p.m. (open all weekend during daylight hours).

It is located behind the shop building northwest of City Hall, 2052 County Road 24, Medina, MN 55340.

Accepted Items

Brush Pile – brush, woody shrubs, vines, Christmas trees & large logs

Compost Pile – leaves and grass clippings (no bags & no straw)

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Xcel Energy Power Grid Upgrades (previously Hollydale Project)

Xcel Energy has been studying ways to address electric reliability issues in the Plymouth area, and has three new alternatives (view details at the link below) to address the power grid deficiencies. In 2011, Excel Energy proposed the Hollydale project, an upgrade of an existing 69 kilovolt (kV) line to a larger 115kV line in the Plymouth area to address electric reliability problems. They withdrew that proposal in order to identify a smaller scale solution to correct the electric reliability issues in the area and to provide sufficient capacity to meet long-term needs.

The city of Plymouth population has quadrupled over the last 40 years. Since 1990, the population has grown from 50,000 to over 75,000 residents. The growth has driven electricity demand in the area. A strong local power grid is necessary to ensure that Xcel Energy is able to provide reliable electric service to the community.

More information on the proposed alternatives can be found at this link: http://www.transmission.xcelenergy.com/Projects/Minnesota/Plymouth-Project