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CITY OF MINNESOTA CITY
CITY HALL, 149 MILL STREET - MINNESOTA CITY, MINNESOTA 55959
TINA FULL, CITY CLERK

CITY OF MINNESOTA CITY NEWSLETTER
2017

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
The City Council meets the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday of every month at 7:00 at the Minnesota City Hall, 149 Mill St.

CITY OF MINNESOTA CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Mayor ~ Don O’Neil (507)689-2016
Council ~ Jim Whalen (507)410-2205
Council ~ Brian Ebbinger (507)254-9567
Council ~ Christopher Pozanc(507)459-5228
Council ~ Joe Pellowski (507)458-8246
Clerk / Treasurer ~ Tina Full

CITY CLERK
Tina Full is the current City Clerk / Treasurer of Minnesota City. Tina can be contacted by email mncity@hbci.com, phone 689-2480 or by mail P.O. Box 102 Minnesota City, MN 55959.

STAND STILL PARADE AND MINNESOTA CITY DAY
On May 20, 2017 Minnesota City will be celebrating its 165th anniversary of its founding. A day of festivities is planned including a Stand Still Parade to be held on Mill Street from 10 am to 1 pm.
A Stand Still Parade is where the entries are assigned a spot and the spectators walk along the route and visit with them. Just opposite from the normal parade but much more engaging.
Letters have gone out to area festivals, car clubs, those with tractors to show, clown clubs and a few food vendors. We hope for a nice turnout. Three area long- time residents will be honored. A color guard will be placed at the beginning of the parade.

Mill Street will be closed from 9 am to 1:30 pm that day for this event to be held. Please start to make plans for those of you that live on Mill Street and thank you for helping to make it a special day for the residents of Minnesota City and surrounding area.

More details to follow next month.
Contact: Susan Althoff 507-689-2281 or oldhouse73@hbci.com

FIRE DEPARTMENT CHICKEN BAR-B-QUE
The Minnesota City Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its annual Chicken Bar-B-Que on Saturday April 29th. The meal consists of half chicken, baked beans, potato salad, a pickle and a roll. Cost is $8.00. Proceeds go towards equipment and training costs. Pre-sale tickets are available from all Dept. members or by calling Chief Jay Bade 507-450-4437.

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
The Minnesota City baseball teams are currently full for the 2017 season, but if any kids from Minnesota City are still interested in playing this season they should log onto the Minnesota City Youth Baseball webpage for more details.

MINNESOTA CITY LITTLE LEAGUE CHICKEN Q
Minnesota City Little League Baseball program will be having their annual chicken Q fundraiser on April 9th at the Elks Club from 11-4. Please consider supporting our local baseball program. The price is $8 and walk up sales are welcome!!!

FIREWORKS
According to Minnesota Statute 624.20, it is still illegal to possess, offer for sale or use explosive and aerial fireworks intended for public display. Prohibited fireworks include firecrackers of any size, including lady fingers, black cats, M80s, and cherry bombs. Also prohibited are aerial devices such as bottle rockets, sky rockets, missiles, roman candles, aerial spinners, planes, parachutes, UFOs, chasers, mortars and aerial shells. These consumer fireworks cannot be used on public property nor are they allowed to be used within the city limits.

PERMIT AND FEE SCHEDULES
Building permits are required within the City for additions, remodeling, replacing siding and windows, sidewalks, or concrete work. Permits are currently not required for general maintenance items or re-shingling a roof. Building permits must be approved by the City Council at a regular meeting before you can begin the project. Applications for a building permit can be obtained from Mayor Don O’Neil at Don’s Auto Body or from the City Clerk at email mncity@hbci.com or by mail P.O. Box 102 Minnesota City, MN 55959. The current fees for a single home residential addition or garage are $50 or for a smaller improvement or exterior changes such as siding or storage shed are $20.

WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT
The care and maintenance of the wastewater collection system and treatment plant is the responsibility of all users. Misuse of the system will increase the monthly user fees by adding more maintenance costs. The collection system has very low daily flows to keep wastewater mains flushed out. It is up to all users to do their part in proper use of the pumps and the wastewater system. Misuse can be traced back to the source.
Things that can and will cause problems in the system are items that do not break down naturally. There are many items but here are a few major ones:
• Cloth rags
• Baby wipes
• Baby diapers
• Cooking grease and oils
• Feminine hygiene products
• Paper towels
• Paint
• Condoms
• Any plastic
• Needles and Prescription Drugs
We have been having issues of homeowners flushing feminine items and flushable wipes down the drains. Our system cannot handle these items. Please do not flush these or any of the above items. If these items continue to get flushed down the drain, the monthly sewer service fee will go up as pumps will have to be replaced more often.

WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT BILLING CYCLE
All wastewater service connections into the municipal wastewater system should already be hooked up. Payments can be dropped off at Don’s Auto Body or mailed to the City of Minnesota City at 149 Mill St., P.O. Box 102, Minnesota City, MN 55959. Payments can be made monthly or multiple months can be paid at one time. Please include the payment stub with your name and address written on the stub. Any questions can be directed to the City Clerk or any of the council members listed above.

DOG LICENSES ARE NOW DUE FOR 2017
City ordinance requires that all dog owners must purchase a license for their dogs 6 months or older. A rabies certificate must be presented when making the license application. Dogs should receive an initial rabies vaccination at 4-6 months of age with a booster one year later and then a rabies vaccination every 2 years thereafter. The license is $5.00 for a spayed or neutered dog and $10.00 for a dog who has not been spayed or neutered. After May 1, a late fee of $10.00 will be added. Licenses can be obtained by contacting the City Clerk (mncity@hbci.com) 689-2480 or by mail P.O. Box 102 Minnesota City, MN 55959) or at Don’s Auto Body.

MINNESOTA CITY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
The MCHA is using the two back rooms of the Historic Baptist Church on Mill Street to house their archives and displays. Tax deductible donations may be sent to MCHA, PO Box 21, Minnesota City, MN, 55959.

The MCHA meets monthly on the second Saturday at 9:30 AM at the Minnesota City City Hall, 149 Mill St. (from October to April) and at the Historic First Baptist Church, 140 Mill St.(from May to September).

If anyone has information or suggestions for the website - www.minnesotacity.org - please email them to the city clerk at mncity@hbci.com or O'Gradys at mgogrady@embarqmail.com.