CITY OF MINNESOTA CITY CITY HALL, 149 MILL STREET - MINNESOTA CITY, MINNESOTA 55959 TINA FULL, CITY CLERK CITY OF MINNESOTA CITY NEWSLETTER 2019 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 ~ Christopher Pozanc (507)459-5228 Council ~ Joe Pellowski (507)458-8246 Council - Andres Clark (507) 459-3834 Council - Matt Tofstad (507) 459-2857 Clerk / Treasurer ~ Tina Full CITY CLERK Tina Full is the current City Clerk / Treasurer of Minnesota City. Tina can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 689-2480 or by mail P.O. Box 102 Minnesota City, MN 55959. Notice to voters The City of Minnesota City is now a mail ballot precinct for 2020 and years beyond. The Resolution was adapted at the November 5, 2019 Council meeting. Resolution number 2019-02: Resolution to Change Minnesota City’s Official Polling Place and to become a Mail in Ballot Precinct for any and all Local, State and Federal Elections being held in 2020 and beyond. The March 3, 2020 Presidential Nomination ballots will be mailed after Friday, January 17, 2020 and no later than February 17, 2020 for all registered voters. Each voter registered prior to 21 days before the election will be mailed a ballot. Any person registering after the 21 day pre-registration period should apply for an absentee ballot or vote in person at the office of the Winona County Auditor-Treasurer, 202 W. Third Street, Winona, MN. Ballots can be returned via the prepaid postage mailing envelope included with each voter ballot. Ballots can also be returned in person to the office of the Winona County Auditor-Treasurer at 202 W. Third Street, Winona, MN Monday through Friday, January 17 through February 28 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday February 29, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday March 2, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday March 3, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. A voter not pre-registered may apply for an absentee ballot or vote in person at the Winona County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office. Ballots will be counted when polls close at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at the office of the Winona County Auditor-Treasurer, 202 W. Third Street, Winona. Additional information can be obtained at the office of the Winona County Auditor-Treasurer, 202 W. Third Street, Winona, MN, 55987 or by calling 507-457-8830. FIRE DEPARTMENT CHICKEN BAR-B-QUE The Minnesota City Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its annual Chicken Bar-B-Que on Saturday April 27th. The meal consists of half chicken, baked beans, potato salad, a pickle and a roll. Cost is $9.00. Proceeds go towards equipment and training costs. Pre-sale tickets are available from all Dept. members or by calling Chief Troy Bierly 507-313-0439. LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL The Minnesota City baseball teams are currently full for the 2019 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. We do still have openings at both 8U and 14U. MINNESOTA CITY LITTLE LEAGUE CHICKEN Q Minnesota City Little League Baseball program will be having their annual chicken Q fundraiser on April 7th at the Elks Club from 11-4. Please consider supporting our local baseball program. The price is $9 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. MINNESOTA CITY PARK Keep an eye open this summer for some new updates the the City Park. 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 email@example.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. ***Please use low phosphate products. Our sewer system cannot break down phosphates like larger systems can.*** 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 2019 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com or O'Gradys at firstname.lastname@example.org.