Night to Unite – August 6th

Night to Unite1 400 x 250The 2019 Night to Unite neighborhood parties will be on Tuesday, August 6th. Night to Unite is a program established to take a stand against crime in our neighborhoods. How it works is that parties are held in your neighborhood, which gives our residents a chance to get to know their neighbors. Crime is solved and prevented by having neighbors watching out for each other and alert the police of suspicious activity. The benefits your neighborhood will derive from Night to Unite will most certainly extend well beyond the night so consider planning your party today!

If you’d like to set up a party in your neighborhood, please register with the Medina Police Department by July 25th.

Night to Unite Registration Form – Please register your party by July 25, 2019.

When you register your party with the city, we will arrange for the Medina Police, firefighters, and City Council members to stop by and participate in your party and the other neighborhood parties throughout the city.

Brockton Lane Reconstruction

Project Overview

The City of Medina and the City of Plymouth are working together to make improvements to Brockton Lane from Medina Road to Hamel Road. This project will include full reconstruction of the street and converting it from a rural to an urban design to accommodate recent growth, as well as the addition of a trail, turn lanes, utility, and drainage improvements.

Project Elements

  • Additional pedestrian facilities including a trail on the east side
  • Storm sewer improvements
  • Concrete curb and gutter installation
  • New pavement
  • Intersection improvements
  • Parking near Hamel Legion Park

Traffic Impacts

The project will be completed in three main stages. Updates on the timeline will posted as the project moves through each stage (Updated 7-9-19)

  • Stage 1 (44th Ave North to Medina Rd) – tentatively scheduled to conclude the week of July 15th
  • Stage 2 (Medina Road/Brockton Ln intersection)- tentatively scheduled to begin the week of July 22nd
  • Stage 3 (Hamel Rd to 44th Ave North).

Each stage will be closed to traffic while under construction, as well as access points along the construction area. Local access will be maintained for those directly served by Brockton Lane.

For More Information

For questions about the project, contact project manager Josh Eckstein at Joshec@bolton-menk.com

Brockton Lane Newsletter

More information can also be on the City of Plymouth’s website

Medina Celebration Day – Saturday, September 21st

Medina Celebration Day’s 20th Anniversary event will be held on Saturday, September 21st from 4:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at the Hamel Community Building, 3200 Mill Drive, Medina, MN 55340.

Celebration Day Image 400 x 250 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

4:00 p.m. – Event starts
Family fun activities to include bingo; face painting; rides on the antique fire truck and kids barrel train; Search & Rescue Dogs & Drone demonstrations; inflatable bounce houses; Touch-a-Truck; pumpkin decorating; kids games; bonfire with s’mores; Medina Business Expo and food for purchase. Most activities and vendors run from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

3:30 pm* – 5k Run or 1 Mile Walk – Register through the Thank MN Troops Block Party
*Hosted by Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund

4:30 p.m. – Patriot Parachute Jump into the park (weather permitting), presented by the Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund

5:30 p.m. – T6 Flyover, presented by the Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund

6:45-7:30 p.m. – THE BIG EPIC SHOW (a comical hip-hop show for kids)

8:00 p.m. – the GRAND FINALE of the evening will be a large FIREWORKS display, provided by donations from Medina Businesses.

BUSINESS EXPO REGISTRATION:

Letter to Businesses 2019

Registration Form for Business Expo

Questions? Want to Volunteer? Call or email Nicole Jacobson at 763-473-8853; Nicole.jacobson@medinamn.gov

No-Wake Restriction on Lake Independence

The City of Medina in accordance with Section 512 of the City Code notifies the public of the enforcement of the No-Wake restriction on Lake Independence because the water level for the Lake has been higher than 957.8 feet above sea level for at least three consecutive days.

You can monitor up-to-date water levels on Lake Independence at this link: https://www.lakeindependence.org/water-info

City’s Compost/Brush Site

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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A LIFE WELL LIVED: A TRIBUTE TO MAYOR BOB MITCHELL

Our dear and quite unique mayor, Bob Mitchell, passed away unexpectedly of acute myeloid leukemia on July 30, 2018.

Bob was everything a mayor should be: he listened (rather than judged), he was respectful (rather than pretentious), he critically analyzed all available information before making tough decisions (rather than reflexively imposing personal preferences), he thanked people for their contributions (often with a hand-penned note), he welcomed all who entered City Hall (regardless of age), and with his very unique sense of humor, he always made us laugh.

Bob was proud of the City of Medina.  He was happy to grill hotdogs on Clean-Up Day, show Boy Scouts what mayors really do, cut ribbons at opening ceremonies and ride shotgun with police officers on Night to Unite.  He often took time at City Council meetings to share a bit of personal wisdom, and to speak of our good fortune to live in Medina and to be Americans.   Bob reminded us, by his words and conduct, of the utmost importance of civility and kindness in the public arena.

Bob was a gentle man who believed that giving was more important than having or taking. And he gave back in many ways.  In addition to his public service, Bob was a dedicated member of the boards of Global Minnesota, the Trust for Public Land and the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library.

Above all, Bob was a consummate family man.  He often spoke of Lucy, his wife of more than 40 years, with a twinkle in his eye reminiscent of someone recounting the details of his first date.   After witnessing the tribute his children, Ella, Ned and David, paid to Bob at the memorial service on August 3, 2018, I have no doubt that Bob was a special dad who (through example and not lecture) gifted to his offspring a love of nature, a thirst for adventure, intellectual curiosity and an appreciation of the Golden Rule.

Before and after our Council sessions, and during breaks from our sometimes tedious deliberations on city business, Bob’s skill at story telling revealed his love of exploration.  We discovered that this humble man, slight in physical build, had raced cars, jumped horses, bicycled through Myanmar, attacked mountains on skis, tethered himself to trapeze artists and bungee cords, and traveled the world, often to places the rest of us would not dream of touring, usually joined by any combination of Lucy, Ella, Ned and David.

After serving on the Medina Planning Commission, Bob was elected to the City Council; he was a member of the Council from 1985 to 1992.  He was elected mayor in 2014 and represented us all, as mayor, with good humor and kindness, for four years.  His wit, intellect, good teachings and integrity will be missed deeply by all of us at City Hall.  We, with his family, celebrate Bob’s exceptional life: a life well lived.

-Kathleen Martin, Acting Mayor
August 4, 2018

©All rights reserved/Kathleen Martin 2018

Other Tributes to Mayor Mitchell:

‘He liked to go fast. And he did:’ Medina Mayor Bob Mitchell remembered for being stalwart – Published in Lakeshore Weekly online on August 7, 2018

Medina Mayor Mitchell dies – Published in Crow River News on August 2, 2018

Obituary for Robert G. Mitchell, Jr. – Published in the Star Tribune on July 31, 2018

 

Right-of-Way Permits

The City of Medina requires companies requesting a Right-of-Way (ROW) Permit to register annually at the beginning of each year.

Required:

  • ROW Permit Registration Form (Annually – $100.00 fee starting in 2019)
  • Certificate of Insurance naming the City of Medina as additional insured (dates must be updated annually to reflect current license year)
  • $50,000 performance bond (either the general contractor or subcontractor will need to provide)
  • To the extent known, the City is also requesting each ROW user to file a construction and major maintenance plan for underground facilities, with the locations and estimated beginning and end dates of all projects to be commenced during that calendar year.

For each job an application and permit fee is required:

To learn more: Section 410 of Medina’s City Code regulates Right-of-Way Management

Questions? Contact Public Works Director Steve Scherer at 763-473-8842 or steve.scherer@medinamn.gov.

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.

The City’s Storm Water Utility

stormwater 400 x 250The Storm Water Utility is an independent City fund devoted to managing Medina’s storm water issues.  Monies in this fund cannot be used for other purposes, similar to the management of the City’s existing water and sewer utility funds. The attached letter to residents summarizes the key points of the storm water utility.

For more information on the City of Medina’s Storm Water, please visit the Stormwater Utility Page.