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Public Notices & Reminders

2019 Bituminous Seal Coat Project Update

Update on the newly seal-coated streets:  The loose rock will remain on the streets for approximately two weeks to give the oil time to penetrate the existing road and a chance to create a strong bind with the chip rocks making a solid surface.  After two weeks the Public Works Department will begin using the street sweeper to pick up the excess rock with the process taking a few weeks.  The public is encouraged to drive on the streets that were seal-coated because the additional traffic combined with warm temperatures will force the rock into the asphalt surface.  Click here for a map of the project area.  Please contact City Hall at 526-7336 with any questions.

Blue Earth Municipal Swimming Pool Hours

Please note that on Sunday, August 18th the Blue Earth Municipal Swimming Pool open swim hours will be 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The date of closure for the 2019 swimming season will be at the end of the day on Tuesday, August 27th.  Thank you for the awesome summer!

Brush Site Hours and Reminder

The brush site is open for the City of Blue Earth residents.  The hours are as follows:
Tuesday      Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday     Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday     8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Brush site use:  The brush site was built and maintained to service the needs of the residents and contractors removing trees, brush and yard waste from properties inside City limits ONLY!  This site is solely supported by property taxes inside City limits and is not open for refuse from other sources or others outside of City limits properties.  Contractors hauling from outside of City limits must have prior authorization from City Hall and there will be a disposal fee based on make up and quantity of waste.  Violations of this policy will result in fines and revocation of their site key.

Topdressing/composted soil is also available for pick up at the brush site at no charge to City residents.

North Sailor Street Improvements Update

North Sailor Street Improvements –  July 25, 2019 Construction Newsletter
July 8, 2019 Construction Newsletter

August 8, 2019 Sailor Street project update:  The gravel base work has been completed on 1st and Sailor Street.  On Wednesday, August 7th these sections were reopened to traffic and residents should now have temporary access back into their driveways.  There will be little to no work occurring for the next week or so.  Toward the end of next week crews will begin removals on 3rd Street and underground utility work is expected to resume on 3rd Street on Monday, August 19th.

The City of Blue Earth is undertaking a construction project to improve the city streets and utilities along North Sailor Street (from Third to First Street), Second Street (from T.H. 169 to East Street) and Third Street (from T.H. 169 to East Street).  The project will be broken into five phases and will include the removal and replacement of sanitary sewer, water and storm sewer facilities along with new street construction.  Please note that information and scheduling might change due to weather and unforeseen issues.  Bolton & Menk, Inc. is the City’s engineer for the project and will act as an extension of City Staff in monitoring construction work and interacting with the contractor daily.  Should any questions or concerns arise during the construction process, please contact one of the following Bolton & Menk’s representatives:

Wesley W. Brown, P.E., Blue Earth City Engineer
Cell Phone: (507) 381-0380
E-mail: wesley.brown@bolton-menk.com

Ben Rosol, Construction Representative
Cell Phone: (507) 236-6357
E-mail: benjamin.rosol@bolton-menk.com

 

2019 Blue Earth City Deer Hunt

The City of Blue Earth, in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources, has developed a Deer Control Program for 2019.  A controlled archery hunt will be conducted in designated areas within the City.  A total of 20 special permits will be issued by the City for a hunting period to occur between September 14th and December 31st.  If you are interested in participating in this controlled hunt, you may download an application form here or call 526-7336 to have the information mailed to you.  The City will be accepting applications for this program through September 2nd.  If you have any questions regarding the hunt please contact City Hall at 526-7336 or email Officer Haugh at thaugh@becity.org.

Golden Spike Business Park

Golden Spike Business ParkCome grow your business with us!

The Golden Spike Business Park is a city-owned park located directly off Highway 169 and Interstate 90 in Blue Earth.  Available land can be subdivided to suit prospective buyer’s needs.  Highway exposure is still available.  Total of 52.37 acres available – 9.92 acres are improved with street, sewer and water and 42.45 acres are partially developed.  Contact Mary Kennedy, Economic Development Specialist, at 507.236.6425 or mary.kennedy@cedausa.com for additional information.

For more information about our public utilities, please visit Blue Earth Light and Water’s website.

City Dumpster Program

The City of Blue Earth believes it is in the best interest of the residents to keep the City clean and free of garbage and nuisances of the like.  The City has leased eight 3-yard dumpsters and has made them available for residents to use.

Blue Earth residents may contact City Hall by telephone or in person to reserve a dumpster.  However no dumpster will be delivered until residents have acknowledged the dumpster policies and guidelines by signing a program policy agreement available at City Hall or by downloading it here.   For a list of unacceptable wastes click here.

Dumpsters will be made available for one week (Thursday through Thursday).  The dumpsters are picked up by B & B Sanitation, dumped and delivered to the next address on the reservation list.

Each resident with a unique City utility billing account may receive one dump of the dumpster free of charge each calendar year.  Every additional dump during the requested week shall cost the resident $89.00 which is paid to the City prior to the City scheduling the dump.  This one time per year dumpster service is funded by a franchise fee of $2.00 per month added to the residential utility bill issued by the Blue Earth Light and Water Department.

Recycling Roll Carts

Recycling roll carts are the property of B & B Sanitation, LLC. Removal of the cart is not permitted. Each cart is serial numbered accordingly to the property address. Any missing cart or additional carts needed will have an additional fee. When moving please leave the roll cart at the address and do not remove it. Call B & B Sanitation & Recycling LLC at 893-3873 if you have questions. View the 2019 Blue Earth Recycling Calendar.

Code Reminder: 640 Snow Removal/Ice Control

640.02. Snow Removal and Ice Control Operations.

           Subd. 1. The Public Works Supervisor will decide when to begin snow removal or ice control operations. The criteria for that decision are:
A. Snow accumulation of 2 inches or more; with some consideration given to total accumulations expected per snowfall. For example if 3 to 5 inches of total accumulation are expected the decision may be to wait until snow has stopped.
B. Drifting of snow that causes problems for travel.
C. Icy conditions, which seriously affect travel.
D. Time of snowfall in relationship to heavy use of streets.
           Subd. 2. Plowing Procedures. The snow will be plowed in a manner so as to minimize any traffic obstruction. The center of the roadway is normally plowed first. The snow shall then be pushed outward to the curb and onto the boulevard. When a plow goes on a bridge, the driver shall slow down so that snow does not go over the bridge if possible. In times of extreme snowfall, streets may not always immediately be completely cleared of snow.

640.03. Priorities and Schedule for Which Streets Will be Plowed.

           Subd. 1. Initial Plowing. The city has classified city streets based on the street function, traffic volume, and importance to the welfare of the community. Those streets classified, as “Snow Emergency routes” will be plowed first. These are main roadways, which connect major sections of the city and provide access for emergency fire, police and medical services.
           Subd. 2. The second priority streets are those providing access throughout the residential area including schools, commercial businesses and churches.
           Subd. 3. The third priority is outlying areas such as the Industrial Park, Fairgrounds, etc.
           Subd. 4. Designated Emergency Routes.

West 1st Street ……….. from Main to County Road 16/Leland Parkway
West 2nd Street……….. from Main to Nicollet
7th Street……………… from East Street to Holland
East 10th Street……….. from Rice to Main
West 10th Street………. from Main to Nicollet
East 11th Street……….. from Rice to Main
14th Street……………… from Hwy 169 to River Road./ Valley Highland
South Rice Street……… from 7th to 17th Street
South Ramsey Street….. from 7th Street to 21st Street
Main Street……………. from Fairground Road to 14th Street
Nicollet Street………… from 1st Street to 10th Street

640.04. Snow Removal. The Public Works Supervisor will determine when snow will be removed by truck from areas where there is no room for snow storage such as the downtown business area and in areas where accumulated piles of snow create a hazardous condition. Snow removal operations normally will not commence until the initial plowing operation has been completed. The City will refrain from snow removal on windrowed streets around churches during church services, and other church function such as funerals, etc. Snow removal operations may be delayed depending on weather conditions, personnel and budget availability and other factors. The snow will be removed and hauled to a snow storage area. The snow storage area will be located so as to minimize environmental problems.

640.05. Snow Emergency.

           Subd. 1. After the initial plowing of the city and the snow removal operation has been completed the City Clerk/Administrator or his/her designee will declare a snow emergency.
           Subd. 2. Parking Prohibited. During a snow emergency, parking is prohibited on north and south streets (including Royal Acres and Tanglewood) on even numbered days and east west streets (including Fairview & Childs Addition) on odd numbered days.
           Subd. 3. Exempt Areas. Church parking areas during church services and central business district parking areas during normal business hours will not be affected by snow emergency parking regulations. A snow emergency will remain in effect until such time as the emergency has been lifted.
           Subd. 4. Notice. The City Clerk/Administrator or his/her designee shall give reasonable notice to the public that a Snow Emergency is declared. Notice may be given by posting notice on the community bulletin board, by announcing on the radio, and by whatever means the council or the Clerk/Administrator or his/her designee determines to be reasonable. Notice that the Snow Emergency was lifted shall be similarly given.

640.06. Work Schedule for Snowplow Operators. Snowplow operators will be expected to work 8 to 12 hour shifts. In severe snow emergencies, operators sometimes have to work in excess of 8 to 12 hour shifts. However, because of safety concerns, no operator shall work more than a 16-hour shift in any 24-hour period. Operators will take a 15-minute break every 2 hours with a half-hour meal break after 4 hours.

640.07. Weather Conditions. Snow and ice control operations will be conducted only when weather conditions do not endanger the safety of city employees and equipment. Factors that may delay snow and ice control operations include severe cold, significant winds and limited visibility.

640.08. Use of Sand, Salt and Other Chemicals. The City will use sand, salt and other chemicals when there are hazardous ice or slippery conditions. The City is concerned about the effect of such chemicals on the environment and may limit its use for that reason.

640.09. Sidewalks. The City will maintain some of the sidewalks in the city. As there are a limited number of personnel available, the City will only maintain these sidewalks after the streets have been plowed or the City may choose to contract out the snow removal of city sidewalks. Sidewalks within the City that have not been cleared of snow 24 hours after a snowfall will be cleared of snow by the City at the resident’s expense. Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays shall not be included in calculating the 24 hour time period. (Section 640.09 amended per Ordinance 00-06 passed 4-18-00.)

640.10. Mailboxes. In those instances in which the U.S. Postal Service does not provide door to door delivery, it is necessary for property owners to install mail boxes on city owned right-of-way immediately adjacent to the street curb. While the installation of mailboxes on city owned right-of-way is permitted, the mailbox owner assumes all risk of damage except where a mailbox is damaged through contact by snow removal vehicles. If a mailbox is damaged due to direct contact by a snow removal vehicle, the City, at its option, will repair or replace at a cost not to exceed $30.00. Also, additional cleaning around mailboxes is the resident’s responsibility.

640.11. Responsibility. The Police Department will monitor the street conditions and inform the Public Works Department of hazardous street conditions after normal work hours. Also will assist the Public Works Department by enforcing parking regulations during snow plowing and snow emergency periods.

640.12. Penalties.

           Subd. 1. The penalty for the first violation of the on-street snow emergency parking ban is a written warning.
           Subd. 2. The penalty for the second violation of the on-street snow emergency parking ban is a $25 ticket.
           Subd. 3. The penalty for the third and each subsequent violation of the on-street snow emergency parking ban is a $25 ticket and towing the vehicle. The owner is responsible for towing costs.

Code Reminder: 360.02 Dogs and Cats

City Code allows the keeping of up to two (2) dogs or up to four (4) cats on the same premises, whether owned by the same person or not.  The keeping of three (3) or more dogs or five (5) or more cats shall constitute a “kennel”; except that a fresh litter of pups or kittens may be kept for a period of three (3) months before such keeping shall be deemed to be a “kennel”.

Kennels Prohibited. Because the keeping of three (3) or more dogs or five (5) or more cats on the same premises is subject to great abuse, causing discomfort to persons of the area, by way of smell, noise, hazard, and general aesthetic depreciation, the keeping of three (3) or more dogs or five (5) or more cats on the premises is hereby declared to be a nuisance and no person shall keep or maintain a kennel within the City.

All dogs and cats over the age of six (6) months must be registered annually with the City. Applicants for registration shall file a completed application form provided by the City and shall also provide proof of anti-rabies vaccination of the dog or cat to be registered. The annual registration fee is $5.00.

It is unlawful for any person who owns, harbors or keeps a dog or cat to allow the animal to run at large. Dogs or cats on a leash and accompanied by a responsible person so as to be effectively restrained by command as by leash, shall be permitted on streets or public land unless the City has posted an area with signs reading “Dogs and Cats Prohibited” or similar language.

It is unlawful for any owner or caretaker of any dog or other animal to allow such animal to defecate on any property, not owned by him or her without cleaning up after the animal and disposing of the waste in a proper manner.   

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or harbor a dog which habitually barks or cries.  Habitual barking shall be defined as barking for repeated intervals of at least five (5) minutes with less than one (1) minute of interruption. Such barking must also be audible off the owner’s or caretaker’s premises.

The Administrative Fine for animal running at large, habitual barking, damage to property and animal waste is $50.00 – first offense     $100.00 – second offense     $150.00 – third offense.

Code Reminder: Section 510.03 – Grass and Weeds

It is unlawful for the owner, occupant or agent of the owner of any lot or parcel of land within the City to allow grass and weeds to exceed a height of five (5) inches, measured from the base at ground level to the tip of each stalk, stem, blade or leaf, to grow upon his or her land.  Grass and weeds taller than five (5) inches shall be considered a nuisance.

If such owner, occupant or agent fails to comply with said height limitation, notice of the violation shall be given to him or her from a City officer or employee.  The notice shall state that the owner or occupant has three (3) days to abate the nuisance or the City will cut the grass or weeds at the expense of the owner.  The notice shall also state that the owner has a right to appeal the order to abate the nuisance within three (3) days.  If the nuisance has not been abated within three (3) days of such notice, and no appeal of the order has been made, the City shall cause such grass and weeds to be cut and the expense thereof shall be billed to the property owner due upon receipt of the bill.  In the event of non-payment by the property owner, the amount due after September 1 of each year, plus interest, shall be certified by the Council to the County Auditor for collection as a special assessment against the affected property.

Code Reminder: 520.07 Storage of Refuse and/or Garbage Within City Limits.

Subd. 3.  Dumpsters used for construction, remodeling or moving purposes. An owner and/or occupant of any premises, dwelling, business establishment or industry located in the City of Blue Earth may place a refuse or garbage container or dumpster upon their property for the purposes of disposing of non-biological dry items only due to a construction project, a remodeling project or because of a move from or to the premises after obtaining a permit for said containers from the City. Said permit shall be valid for a period of thirty (30) days only and may be renewed upon proof to the City that said container or dumpster has been emptied prior to the renewal date.

Code Reminder: 1040.02 Exterior Storage

Subd. 1.  Residential Districts. In Residential Districts all materials and equipment shall be stored within a building or fully screened so as not to be visible from adjoining properties, except for the following: laundry drying, recreational equipment, construction/landscaping materials and equipment currently (within a period of thirty-six (36) hours) being used on the premises, agricultural equipment and materials if these are to be used or intended for use on the premises, off street parking of passenger automobiles and pickup trucks, boats and non-commercial, personal, recreational travel trailers are permissible if stored in the rear yard.