Hamel Baseball Registration Now Open for 2020

Hamel Baseball registration is now open for the 2020 season until mid-March (based on availability). Please visit https://www.hamelbaseball.org/ for more information and to register.

A Low-Salt Diet for our Lakes and Streams

Salt on SidewalkA little salt goes a long way for managing snow and ice. But too much salt – which may be less than you think – can cause irreversible damage to nearby lakes and streams.

The danger of ice and snow on roads and sidewalks is a fact of life in Minnesota, and salt and sand can help reduce ice and add traction. When that snow inevitably melts, however, most of that salt and sand wash directly into nearby waters.

Currently, salt use is not regulated, but it poses a real threat to clean water. The chloride contained in one teaspoon of road salt can permanently pollute five gallons of water. Chloride upsets aquatic environments and can kill birds and some plants.

Many people use more salt than they need.  But using more salt does not melt more ice, or melt it faster. In reality, salt only works when there is enough snow or ice for it to react with and excess crystals will eventually become a pollutant. It’s best to use less than four pounds of salt per 1,000 square feet. One pound of salt fills up a 12-ounce coffee mug.

Want to protect your local lake or stream from chloride pollution? Here are some easy ways you can help:

  • Apply salt or other de-icers before snow storms, so you will need less later.
  • Shovel regularly (a great form of winter exercise) to minimize ice buildup.
  • Break up ice with an ice scraper before deciding if sand or a de-icer is necessary for traction – you may find that it’s not.
  • Use sand instead of salt in below 15 degree temperatures
  • Sweep up any salt that’s visible on dry pavement and use it elsewhere or throw it away.

By using salt wisely, you can save money, time and the environment without sacrificing safety. Learn more at www.minnehahacreek.org/salt

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: https://medinamn.us/citygov/departments/police-dept/parking/.

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.

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

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

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

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

Business
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.

TO VERIFY AN EMPLOYEE WITH THIS TYPE OF ID:
Chicago Regional Census Center
175 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60604
1-312-579-1500

Spring Clean-up Day Saturday April 25th

The City’s annual Spring Clean-up Day will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM (rain or shine). The event will take place at the Public Works/Police Facility at 600 Clydesdale Trail. Event details, pricing, and a list of accepted/non-accepted items can be found in the Spring Clean-up Day brochure (brochure coming soon).

The event will include:

  • Collection of accepted items for free/specified fees
  • Document Shredding Services (free for Medina residents)
  • Usable Bicycle Collection
  • Trees for sale
  • Free Lunch 10am-noon (Hotdogs and chips)
  • Prescription Take Back
  • Free Milkweed Seeds for Monarchs
  • Free Compost for Organics Customers (Bring your coupon from Randy’s)

Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting

Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at Medina City Hall. Property owners desiring to appeal your 2020 valuation or classification to the Medina Local Board of Appeals and Equalization must follow the three steps outlined below:

  • Step 1: Contact the City Assessor at (763) 473-3978. Contacting the City Assessor will allow you the opportunity to work out a valuation or classification change prior to the Local Board meeting. It will also allow the City Assessor time to bring any information or analysis on your property to the Local Board meeting.
  • Step 2: Complete the 2020 City Application prior to the Local Board meeting. If you have trouble accessing the PDF application, contact Jodi Gallup at jodi.gallup@medinamn.gov or call (763) 473-8850.
  • Step 3: Submit supporting evidence for a valuation or classification change. Supporting evidence may include comparable properties in your neighborhood or an appraisal.

More Information regarding appealing your valuation or classification can be found in this handout: Board of Appeal and Equalization – Information Handout 2020

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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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.

Registration Requirements:

  • ROW Permit Registration Form (Required annually + $100.00 fee)
  • 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 are 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.

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.