July 7th City Council Meeting

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July 7, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting at 7:00 PM – Held Telephonically/Virtually

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Meeting Packet

Arrowhead Drive Project: Detour June 29 – July 2

From: Monday June 29th through Thursday July 2nd, Canadian Pacific railroad will be performing maintenance on the railroad crossing panels on Arrowhead Drive near TH 55. During this time, the City will also begin a project to construct safety improvements adjacent to the railroad crossing. In order to facilitate this work next week, a full closure of Arrowhead Drive will be required in the proximity of the crossing. A detour will be posted to re-direct traffic from Arrowhead Drive along TH 55 to Pinto Drive and then along Hamel Road. The City’s project will continue after the 4th of July holiday weekend for several weeks, but with one lane open in each direction along Arrowhead Drive. Feel free to contact Jim Stremel, City Engineer, with any questions you may have about the project at (612) 419-1549 or jstremel@wsbeng.com.


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: https://www.lakeindependence.org/water-info

Clean-Up Day – New Date: July 18th

The City’s annual Spring Clean-up Day that was scheduled in April had to be postponed due to COVID-19. The new event date has now been scheduled for Saturday, July 18th from 8 a.m. to Noon at 600 Clydesdale Trail. We will change the event layout to have limited contact by having a single file drop off. We will have limited staff at the event, so we ask that residents bring family members with them to unload their own items into the appropriate disposal piles. There will be no food or beverages served and no trees for sale. The event will be limited to the items listed below.

The July 18th event will include:

  • Collection of accepted items for free/specified fees (scrap metal, electronics, appliances, tires, bulky items such as carpet, furniture, etc.) – Click here for updated flyer with full list of accepted items and fees
  • Document Shredding Services (free for Medina residents)
  • Organics Customers: Please bring your coupon to the event for a free bag of compost (while supplies last)

Where to bring other items:

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 MMCD.org.

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 MMCD.org.

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 MMCD.org.

Hackamore Road Improvement Project

The cities of Medina and Corcoran are in the planning stages for future improvements to Hackamore Road from west of County Rd 116 to east of County Rd 101.  Improvements being considered include widening, turn lanes and trail connections.  It is anticipated that improvements will be constructed in phases over multiple years, potentially beginning in 2021.

You are invited to help guide the design of these improvements and provide your feedback.  To maintain the health and safety of the community and respect CDC guidelines regarding public gatherings due to COVID-19, two online opportunities are available:

For questions or comments, contact Dusty Finke, Planning Director, at 763-473-8846 or dusty.finke@medinamn.gov or Steve Scherer, Public Works Director, at 763-473-8842 or steve.scherer@medinamn.gov

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

COVID-19 City Response Page


6/15/20:  City Hall open for in-person service at service window in 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: https://medinamn.us/contact-us/staff-directory/.

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: https://medinamn.us/citygov/agenda-n-minutes/featured-page-3/.

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


Free Assistance for Businesses/Entrepreneurs

Are you thinking about starting your own business or are you currently operating a small business and interested in FREE technical assistance?
Medina has partnered with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) to offer the Open to Business program. This program provides FREE one-on-one assistance from MCCD’s expert staff, customized to meet the specific needs of each entrepreneur. This can include creating a business plan, suggestions on financial management and bookkeeping practices, assisting with marketing, and referrals for financing. MCCD also administers a small business loan fund which provides capital to expand local businesses.

For more information please visit www.opentobusinessmn.org or contact Rob Smolund from MCCD at rsmolund@mccdmn.org or (612) 789-7337 ext. 260.

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