December 1st City Council Meeting

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Regular City Council Meeting: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM

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Agenda

Meeting Packet

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.

Park & Planning Commission Openings

The City is seeking residents to serve on the Medina Park Commission and Planning Commission. Each commission currently has three appointments available, with terms expiring December 31, 2023. These commissions are volunteer recommending bodies to the City Council. The Park Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Deadline for applications is Monday, December 14th. (for first review)

Interested applicants can download and complete an application below:

Application for Park Commission

Application for Planning Commission

2020 Application for Planning Commission

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.

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.

Diamond Lake Regional Trail

Help plan the next regional trail! The Diamond Lake Regional Trail will be a new regional trail that extends from Wayzata to Rogers/Dayton area. Visit Three Rivers Park District website to learn more about the trail and provide your input on the trail alignment at: https://www.letstalkthreerivers.org/diamond-lake-regional-trail-master-plan. Share your feedback about the plan by November 30.

Proposed Trail Routes – Medina Section of Diamond Lake Regional Trail

Key Dates

November – Public Engagement, internal summary of the public input and route evaluations

December – Meet with City staff to review public input and discuss preferred route evaluation

January – Meet with Parks Commission to review public input and discuss preferred route evaluation

February – Seek City Council approval of a preferred route

 

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

 

Lifted: No-Wake Restriction on Lake Independence

On June 19, 2020, the City of Medina has lifted the enforcement of the No-Wake restriction on Lake Independence, because the water level for the Lake has not been higher than the DNR approved 958.2 feet above sea level.

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

Metropolitan Mosquito Control District

MMCD Trucks and helicopters will be out in neighborhoods and parks and with more people at home, they may be more visible this year.

Metro Mosquito Control District inspecting for mosquitoesWarmer weather means that mosquito season is quickly approaching and the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD) will be out conducting surveillance and treatment activities to reduce the risk of disease and annoyance in an environmentally-sensitive manner.

Each year the field staff at MMCD monitors and treats wetlands that breed mosquitoes with a fleet of trucks and helicopters. The difference in 2020 is that due to the Minnesota “Stay-at-Home” order and other precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, more people may be home to notice MMCD activities in local neighborhoods and parks.

At times MMCD employees may need to cross private property for access to check and treat areas for mosquito larvae. Mosquito control staff will be practicing social distancing, wearing masks when near people, and working individually as often as possible. MMCD management asks the community to please stay at least 6 feet away from field staff and ensure children and pets are kept at a distance. If you have questions about mosquito control activities or concerns about an employee, please call the MMCD front desk at (651) 645-9149 or visit MMCD.org.

Some of the activities that MMCD may be doing in your community include:

  • Wetland surveillance – determining if ponds or swamps have mosquito larvae present.
  • Catchbasin surveillance – pulling off grates and inspecting neighborhood catch basins to determine if mosquito larvae are present.
  • Ground larval treatments – applying control materials to a wetland with a hand spreader or backpack.
  • Helicopter larval treatments – applying control materials to a wetland via helicopter.
  • Catchbasin treatments – applying control materials to neighborhood catchbasins.
  • Setting or collecting traps – surveillance helps MMCD determine where and what types of mosquitoes are active.

The control materials and methods used by MMCD are regularly tested for safety and only applied when surveillance indicates they would be effective. They are designed specifically to target mosquito larvae or adults with minimal impacts on non-target insects. The control materials are not harmful to people, pets, or wildlife. For a complete list of control materials used, please visit MMCD.org.

The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District appreciates your support during this unprecedented time. For information about how MMCD is adapting to take COVID-19 precautions or for tips on how to reduce mosquitoes near your home, please visit MMCD.org.

Hackamore Road Improvement Project

The cities of Medina and Corcoran are in the planning stages for future improvements to Hackamore Road from west of County Rd 116 to east of County Rd 101.  Improvements being considered include widening, turn lanes and trail connections.  It is anticipated that improvements will be constructed in phases over multiple years, potentially beginning in 2021.

You are invited to help guide the design of these improvements and provide your feedback.  To maintain the health and safety of the community and respect CDC guidelines regarding public gatherings due to COVID-19, two online opportunities are available:

For questions or comments, contact Dusty Finke, Planning Director, at 763-473-8846 or dusty.finke@medinamn.gov or Steve Scherer, Public Works Director, at 763-473-8842 or steve.scherer@medinamn.gov

Tamarack Drive Visioning Study

A study is underway for the Tamarack Drive corridor from Hamel Road to Meander Road. The study includes defining a future road connection between Highway 55 and Meander Road. The purpose of the study is to create a cohesive plan that can be provided to property owners and developers guiding the look and feel of the corridor, street section, right-of-way needs, public utilities, and vehicular access spacing as this area develops.

We would like your input to help define the overall look and feel of Tamarack Drive between Highway 55 and Meander Road before the area develops.

Virtual Open House – Held on April 14th

View Recording of the Virtual Open House

Presentation for Tamarack Drive Visioning Study Open House

How to Participate in Survey

1st Survey and Idea Wall closed on April 20. Thank you for your responses.

2nd Survey Available until May 18th