March 2nd City Council Meetings

Anyone can join the meetings to view presentations and participate by clicking the link below. You can join as a guest in a browser (no need to create an account) or using the Microsoft Teams App.

Meeting of City Council & Park Commission to continue the review of
The Diamond Lake Regional Trail:  Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 6:00 PM

6 PM Virtual Meeting Link:  Click here to join the meeting

For telephone audio only:  Dial 1-612-517-3122; Enter Conference ID: 467 458 820#

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Regular Meeting of City Council:  Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:00 PM

7PM Virtual Meeting Link:  Click here to join the meeting

For telephone audio only:  Dial 1-612-517-3122; Enter Conference ID: 274 962 111#

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT WATER QUALITY?

 

Announcing Clean Waters – a series of educational fact sheets put out by Public Works with focus on protecting Medina’s water resources.  To learn more or see how you can contribute photos for upcoming issues visit: https://medinamn.us/svcs/environment/cleanwaters/

A picture is worth a thousand words – below are just a few, submitted by residents, that capture why we’re so passionate about protecting our wetlands.

Lake Independence – Photo Credit: Shrirang Joshi

Photo Credit: Hadassah Zohara

Photo Credit: Hadassah Zohara

Photo Credit: Robin Reid

Photo Credit: Hadassah Zohara

Photo Credit – Mandi Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Julie Rumsey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Diamond Lake Regional Trail

Three Rivers Park District has recently completed six-months of extensive public engagement to collect feedback on the potential routes to create a master plan for the future development of a north-south regional trail through the western portion of Hennepin County. Identified as the Diamond Lake Regional Trail, it will travel 20 miles through Dayton, Rogers, Corcoran, Medina, Long Lake, Orono, and Wayzata. The vision for the trail is a 10-foot-wide paved, multi-use trail that will connect natural areas, other regional trails, and local parks and trails. Trail use include biking, hiking, dog walking, running, and in-line skating.

Establishing a master trail plan with identified preferred routes will help local officials secure the land for the trail as development occurs over several years or decades. The Diamond Lake Regional trail will be constructed in segments over the course of many years as development occurs and land can be secured along the trail route.

Next Steps: Three Rivers Park District presented a summary of the public input and route evaluations to the Medina City Council and Park Commission at virtual public meeting on February 16, 2021 and February 23, 2021, and the City heard public comments.  The meeting will be continued on March 2, 2021 at 6 PM to allow for discussion and questions from the Medina City Council and Park Commission.

Meeting of City Council & Park Commission to continue the review of
The Diamond Lake Regional Trail:  Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 6:00 PM

6 PM Virtual Meeting Link:  Click here to join the meeting

For telephone audio only:  Dial 1-612-517-3122; Enter Conference ID: 467 458 820#

Visit Three Rivers Park District website to learn more about the trail and review the public input on the trail alignment at: https://www.letstalkthreerivers.org/diamond-lake-regional-trail-master-plan.

Key Dates

All of 2020 – Public Engagement

January 2021 – Summary of the public input and route evaluations

February 16 & 23, 2021 – Meet with Park Commission/Council to review public input and discuss preferred route evaluation

March/April 2021 – Seek City Council approval of a preferred route

 

Clean-Up Day – April 24th

The City’s annual Spring Clean-up Day will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 8 a.m. to Noon at 600 Clydesdale Trail.

The April 24th event will include:

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

Where to bring other items:

New Hours & Locking Gate for Compost/Brush Site

The City’s brush/compost site will be open daily (including weekends) from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The gate will be closed and locked every day after 3:30 p.m. to limit contractors and non-residents from dumping illegally.

It is located behind the shop building northwest of City Hall, 2052 County Road 24, Medina, MN 55340.

Accepted Items

Brush Pile – trees, branches, brush, bushes, and other natural wood products (woody shrubs, vines, Christmas trees & large logs)

Compost Pile – grass clippings, leaves, mulch, flowers, weeds, sod, garden waste and holiday greens (no bags & no straw)

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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.

2021 Spring Weight Restrictions

Road weight restrictions are usually posted in early spring. When spring arrives, the frozen aggregate base and the soil under the aggregate base thaw out and become saturated.  Under these conditions the pavement weakens, and the capacity of the roadway is reduced.  It is during this time that heavy vehicles driving on the roadway damage the roadway more than any other time of the year.

Please watch this web page for up-to-date information on which streets are posted and when those streets get lifted.

The reason for the restrictions is to protect our roads and keep the cost of road repair down for all taxpayers. We ask all of our residents and business owners to keep an eye out for large trucks using the roads during this period. If you see them using a restricted road, please call 9-1-1 to report it immediately. Help protect our roads!

COVID-19 City Response Page

UPDATES

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: 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

 

Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting

The Medina Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting will be held telephonically/virtually on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. There will be no physical meeting, so residents wishing to participate must do so by calling into the meeting after completing the three steps below in advance of the meeting date.

Property owners desiring to appeal your 2021 valuation or classification to the Medina Local Board of Appeals and Equalization must follow the three steps outlined below:

  • Step 1: To begin the appeal process, you must first 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 2021 City Application prior to the Local Board meeting and email it to scott.johnson@medinamn.gov before 4:30 p.m. on April 7th.
  • Step 3: Submit supporting evidence for a valuation or classification change along with your application to the email address above. Supporting evidence may include comparable properties in your neighborhood or an appraisal.

Appearing before the BoardYou may appear before the Board on April 7, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. during the virtual meeting (call-in instructions to be posted closer to meeting date) or by letter by submitting an application and supporting evidence before 4:30 p.m. on April 7th.

Instructions during the telephonic meeting: The meeting moderator will mute all microphones to keep ambient noise to a minimum. If you would like to speak to appeal your property value or classification, please send an email with your name and property address within the first ten minutes of the meeting to Mayor Kathleen Martin (kathleen.martin@medinamn.gov) or City Administrator Scott Johnson (scott.johnson@medinamn.gov). When it is your turn to address the Board, you will be called upon to unmute your microphone, when you are done speaking, you should re-mute your microphone.

Reconvened Meeting Date: The City Council has scheduled a continuation of the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting to be held on April 20, 2021 at 6 p.m. This meeting will allow the board to reconvene at a later date for the purpose of considering the appeals that were presented on April 7th, but new appeals will not be heard at the reconvened meeting. All appeals must first be brought to the April 7th meeting.

More Information regarding appealing your valuation or classification can be found in this handout: Board of Appeal and Equalization – Informational Handout for 2021