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

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 8-16-19)

  • Stage 1 (44th Ave North to Medina Rd) – complete
  • Stage 2 (Medina Road/Brockton Ln intersection)- began 7/23 – utility construction currently underway – paving of intersection scheduled at the same time as Brockton Lane base paving
  • Stage 3 (Hamel Rd to 44th Ave North)- TBD

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. in Hamel Legion Park, 3200 Mill Street, Medina, MN 55340. Click here for printable flyer.

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. – Vintage Aircraft 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 Medina Businesses 2019

Registration Form for Medina Business Expo

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

Fall Hydrant Flushing Begins Sept 9th

Hydrant flushing is going to begin early this year in September due to the amount of rain, causing delays in other projects.  Flushing will begin September 9th west of Pinto Dr/County Rd 116 between the hours of 9am- 3pm.

You may experience discoloration while the watermain near 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 September 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.

 

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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Medina’s Parks & Trails Need Your Feedback

Create your own user feedback survey

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.