December 1st City Council Meeting

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Regular City Council Meeting: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM

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Meeting Packet

Winter Parking Regulations

City Code 340.05 prohibits parking on any public street from November 1st through March 31st during the hours of 1:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. If at all possible, the City plow crew would appreciate having no vehicles parked on City streets when snowfall occurs during the daytime to allow for better plowing services down your streets.

Read more about City parking regulations here:

Snow Plow & Ice Control Policy

The City adopted the attached Snow Plowing and Ice Control Policy to define and provide reasonable snow plowing and ice control services on City roads for routine travel and emergency services and to provide such services in a safe and cost effective manner while balancing personnel resources and environmental concerns.

Park & Planning Commission Openings

The City is seeking residents to serve on the Medina Park Commission and Planning Commission. Each commission currently has three appointments available, with terms expiring December 31, 2023. These commissions are volunteer recommending bodies to the City Council. The Park Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Deadline for applications is Monday, December 14th. (for first review)

Interested applicants can download and complete an application below:

Application for Park Commission

Application for Planning Commission

2020 Application for Planning Commission

Please return applications by email to or mail to Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24, Medina, MN 55340.

Questions can be directed to Jodi Gallup at or 763-473-8850.

Diamond Lake Regional Trail

Help plan the next regional trail! The Diamond Lake Regional Trail will be a new regional trail that extends from Wayzata to Rogers/Dayton area. Visit Three Rivers Park District website to learn more about the trail and provide your input on the trail alignment at: Share your feedback about the plan by November 30.

Proposed Trail Routes – Medina Section of Diamond Lake Regional Trail

Key Dates

November – Public Engagement, internal summary of the public input and route evaluations

December – Meet with City staff to review public input and discuss preferred route evaluation

January – Meet with Parks Commission to review public input and discuss preferred route evaluation

February – Seek City Council approval of a preferred route


COVID-19 City Response Page


6/15/20:  City Hall is open for in-person service at the service window located at the lower level planning entrance. To minimize the amount of people in the office at any given time, employees will continue to work a combination of hours from home and in the office. Please schedule an appointment with the appropriate employee/department to ensure you can receive proper service while visiting City Hall. Employee contact information can be found at:

5/18/20:  Playgrounds are open- Play equipment is not sanitized, use precautionary measures to keep your family safe.

3/17/20: City Council and Commissions begin to hold telephonic/virtual meetings pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 13D.021 – until further notice. Links to join upcoming meetings can be found at:

3/16/20: Mayor declares local emergency.

Mayoral Declaration No 2020-01 finding local emergency exists at the City of Medina, Minnesota

Mayor Statement and Determination Regarding Conducting Meetings by Telephone or Other Electronic Means

Resolution Extending Mayor Declared Local Emergency

(Excerpts from State Statutes in reference to emergency declarations and telephonic meetings)


Additional Resources and Information


Lifted: No-Wake Restriction on Lake Independence

On June 19, 2020, the City of Medina has lifted the enforcement of the No-Wake restriction on Lake Independence, because the water level for the Lake has not been higher than the DNR approved 958.2 feet above sea level.

You can monitor up-to-date water levels on Lake Independence at this link:

Support for Fire Department Services

COVID-19 FUNDING for Hamel Volunteer Fire Department – Medina Residents, We NEED you!

Due to the possible impacts of Covid-19 on the City’s budget, the general economy and our residents, the City is carefully monitoring all expense projections and budgets of those entities that provide services to the City. The Hamel Volunteer Fire Department (HFD) services 76% of the population of the City of Medina. City officials have advised the Hamel Volunteer Fire Department that the City most likely will not be willing to absorb the increased expenses presented in the Department’s proposed 2021 budget and accordingly, City officials have requested the 2021 budget to be revised to avoid any increased costs .  “It has been a blessing to witness our  community working together through this tragic time.  We’ve received home-made masks, girl scout cookies and other great items that we are very grateful for; however, we are a nonprofit.  We need help covering these increased costs.  We would be thankful for any amount someone can donate.” says Tim Lambrecht a Medina Resident and Volunteer Fire Fighter.

If a Medina resident is in a position where they can donate financially, they are encouraged to do so at:    You can also send a check or call the station at:  92 Hamel Road, Hamel, MN 55340    Phone:  (763) 478-6621

During this trying time, HFD needs more fire fighters!  Please visit for more information!

Metropolitan Mosquito Control District

MMCD Trucks and helicopters will be out in neighborhoods and parks and with more people at home, they may be more visible this year.

Metro Mosquito Control District inspecting for mosquitoesWarmer weather means that mosquito season is quickly approaching and the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD) will be out conducting surveillance and treatment activities to reduce the risk of disease and annoyance in an environmentally-sensitive manner.

Each year the field staff at MMCD monitors and treats wetlands that breed mosquitoes with a fleet of trucks and helicopters. The difference in 2020 is that due to the Minnesota “Stay-at-Home” order and other precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, more people may be home to notice MMCD activities in local neighborhoods and parks.

At times MMCD employees may need to cross private property for access to check and treat areas for mosquito larvae. Mosquito control staff will be practicing social distancing, wearing masks when near people, and working individually as often as possible. MMCD management asks the community to please stay at least 6 feet away from field staff and ensure children and pets are kept at a distance. If you have questions about mosquito control activities or concerns about an employee, please call the MMCD front desk at (651) 645-9149 or visit

Some of the activities that MMCD may be doing in your community include:

  • Wetland surveillance – determining if ponds or swamps have mosquito larvae present.
  • Catchbasin surveillance – pulling off grates and inspecting neighborhood catch basins to determine if mosquito larvae are present.
  • Ground larval treatments – applying control materials to a wetland with a hand spreader or backpack.
  • Helicopter larval treatments – applying control materials to a wetland via helicopter.
  • Catchbasin treatments – applying control materials to neighborhood catchbasins.
  • Setting or collecting traps – surveillance helps MMCD determine where and what types of mosquitoes are active.

The control materials and methods used by MMCD are regularly tested for safety and only applied when surveillance indicates they would be effective. They are designed specifically to target mosquito larvae or adults with minimal impacts on non-target insects. The control materials are not harmful to people, pets, or wildlife. For a complete list of control materials used, please visit

The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District appreciates your support during this unprecedented time. For information about how MMCD is adapting to take COVID-19 precautions or for tips on how to reduce mosquitoes near your home, please visit

Tamarack Drive Visioning Study

A study is underway for the Tamarack Drive corridor from Hamel Road to Meander Road. The study includes defining a future road connection between Highway 55 and Meander Road. The purpose of the study is to create a cohesive plan that can be provided to property owners and developers guiding the look and feel of the corridor, street section, right-of-way needs, public utilities, and vehicular access spacing as this area develops.

We would like your input to help define the overall look and feel of Tamarack Drive between Highway 55 and Meander Road before the area develops.

Virtual Open House – Held on April 14th

View Recording of the Virtual Open House

Presentation for Tamarack Drive Visioning Study Open House

How to Participate in Survey

1st Survey and Idea Wall closed on April 20. Thank you for your responses.

2nd Survey Available until May 18th

2020 Census

The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The results of the census determine the number of seats for each state in the U.S. House of Representatives and are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Federal agencies use the results to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds each year.

Why the Census is Important

Census data determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as districts for state government.

Census data guides federal spending allocation of approximately $589 billion to local communities every year.

Census data helps plan roads, schools, hospitals, senior centers, and emergency services to best serve changing populations.

Census data assists businesses in locating factories & stores, recruiting employees, and conducting market research.

How the 2020 Census will Invite Everyone to Respond

Every household will have the option to respond by responding online, by mail, or by phone.  Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census from either a postal worker or a census worker.

2020 Census Fact Sheet: How Census Invites Everyone

Address Canvassing to Start in August 2019; What is address canvassing?
Address canvassing is the process by which the U.S. Census Bureau validates, corrects, or deletes existing Census Bureau addresses, adds missing addresses, and adds or corrects locations of specific addresses before a decennial census. In previous address canvassing operations, field representatives traversed every road and visited each residential address in the United States. At this time, only select addresses will be canvassed. Census Bureau employees will not be asking for information about individuals but rather about addresses and habitable locations.

How to verify employment
We realize that Census workers may draw the attention of residents or law enforcement personnel who are concerned about the presence of strangers in their neighborhoods. Each temporary decennial Census employee will have an official identification card with the employees name, picture, and an expiration date. Regional level staff can be identified by their Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card. Both temporary and regional level staff can be identified by their laptop computer with a Census Bureau logo on the top, and a black canvas bag with a Census Bureau logo.

Chicago Regional Census Center
175 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60604