Park & Planning Commission Vacancies

The City is seeking residents to serve on the Medina Park Commission and Planning Commission. Each commission currently has two appointments available, with terms expiring December 31, 2021. These commissions are volunteer recommending bodies to the City Council.  The Park Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Medina City Hall. The Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Medina City Hall.

Interested applicants can download and complete an application below:

2019 Application for Park Commission – Application Deadline (for first review): Friday, December 14th

2019 Application for Planning Commission – Application Deadline (for first review): Friday, December 14th

Please return applications by email to jodi.gallup@medinamn.gov or mail to Medina City Hall, 2052 County Road 24, Medina, MN 55340.

Questions can be directed to Jodi Gallup at jodi.gallup@medinamn.gov or 763-473-8850.

Fall Hydrant Maintenance & Flushing

hydrant UPDATED 10/16/18: Public Works will be flushing in the Hamel area, south of Hwy 55

You may experience discoloration while the watermain in front of your property is being flushed, as well as fluctuation in water pressure. If you experience water discoloration, run your outside faucet until it is clear.

Hydrant maintenance and flushing is scheduled throughout October for account numbers beginning with 01 & 03.

Independence Beach, accounts beginning with 02, will follow their regular monthly flushing schedule which is the second Thursday of each month from 9 am – 2 pm.

 

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2018 Election Information

General Election
November 6, 2018
Polls Open 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

 

View the Election Page for more information on:

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View Sample Ballots for November 6th General Election

Voter Registration

Absentee/Early Voting

Local Candidates/Candidate Forum/Campaign Finance

Questions? Call Election Coordinator Jodi Gallup at 763-473-8850 or email jodi.gallup@medinamn.gov

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.

To register and apply for a ROW Permit, please submit the following information:

  • 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)
    • 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.
  • ROW Permit Application (Application and $100.00 permit fee for each job)

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 Open to Business Image 400 x 250assistance?
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 contact Rob Smolund from MCCD at rsmolund@mccdmn.org or (612) 789-7337 ext. 260.

Updated Hours: 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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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.

 

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.