Public Hearing – Truth Taxation 2017




The Arlington City Council will hold a public hearing on its budget and on the amount of property taxes it is proposing to collect for the costs of services the City will provide in 2018.


All Arlington residents are invited to attend the public hearing of the City Council to express their opinions on the budget and on the proposed amount of the 2017 property taxes (collectible in 2018).  The hearing will be held on:


Monday, December 4, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter

Arlington Community Center – Council Chambers

204 Shamrock Drive




The Mayor and City Council of Arlington are seeking interested individuals (residents) to fill open positions on the following Committees/Boards/Commissions, which become effective January 2018:

Cemetery Committee (2 yr. term)

Community Center Committee (2 yr. term)

Economic Development Authority (EDA) (6 yr. term)

Library Committee (2 yr. term)

Parks Committee (2 yr. term)

Planning & Zoning Committee (3 yr. term)

Shade Tree Committee (1 yr. term)


For individuals who are interested in one or more of the above Committees, please contact the City Office, 204 Shamrock Drive, Arlington, MN or call 507-964-2378 for an Application for Appointment to Advisory Boards/Commissions/Committees form.  Forms also available on the City’s Web Site:  All applications must be turned into the City Office by Friday, December 1st at 4:00 pm.

Pat Melvin

City Administrator

2017 Arli-Dazzle

The Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce proudly presents: 


Arli-Dazzle will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, events planned all day with the parade starting at 5:30 pm (snow date Sunday, December 3rd).  Parade registrations can be submitted at:, or by contacting Scott Sorenson at (507) 381-6113 or Deadline for parade registration is Friday, November 24, 2017. A wide variety of activities are planned throughout the day.  Listing of events and full details are available on the Arli-Dazzle Facebook: or Arli-Dazzle’s website at:

Arli-Dazzle Raffle:

Raffle Tickets are now on sale and available for $10 from any Chamber Member/Business and the City Office. An Arli-Dazzle Button is included with the Raffle Ticket, or can be purchased separately for $2. Raffle winners will be announced after the parade. Your local businesses & Arli-Dazzle appreciate your support!

Over 30 prizes with a retail value exceeding $6,000! Prizes include: 

  • GRAND PRIZE: $1,000 CASH
  • 2nd Prize: i9200 Generator donated by Haggenmiller Lumber ($825 value)
  • 3rd Prize: Thomes Bros $750 Shopping Spree
  • 4th & 5th Prize: $250 Gift Certificate to Jerry’s Home Quality Foods
  • 6th & 7th Prize: $250 in Arlington Dollars.

Arli-Dazzle Event Schedule:

9:00 am Breakfast Treats with Santa ($2.00 entry fee) at the Arlington Community Center, reservations are required by November 24th, contact the Arlington Public Library 964-2490.
9:00 am Quilt Show at the Arlington Public Library, open until 7:00 pm. The public can bring a quilt or quilted item to display anytime during the week of Thanksgiving through December 1st.

9:00 am Arlington Museum open house sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society open until 3:00 pm.

10:00 am Santa Day at the Arlington Community Center until 1:00 pm. Come meet Santa & Mrs. Claus!

11:30 am Bethlehem Express at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church runs until 2:30 pm.

*12:00 pm (NEW EVENT) Outdoor Christmas Market in the Methodist Church Parking Lot until 5:30 pm. This outdoor event will feature handmade/hand-crafted items from local vendors! If you are interested in selling your homemade/hand​ ​crafted​ ​items, please register at No​ ​direct​ ​sale​ ​businesses allowed. 

12:30 pm “Dash Through the Snow” 5K Run & Walk, on Main St., register online at Winter souvenir with every entry!

1:00 pm Pre-Parade Festivities start on Main Street.

  • Ice Sculpturists, “Sakatah Carvers” of Waterville, MN – Marvel at the festive ice sculpture these talented artists will create throughout the afternoon.
  • Fish Camp – Tour our lighted display of area Fish Houses and warm up around the one of a kind Bonfire.
  • Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides – Take in the magic of Arli-Dazzle while touring Main Street on a Sleigh Ride.
  • Vintage Snowmobile Show – Come check out an array of unique vintage snowmobiles.
  • Santa’s Reindeer – Have your photo taken with Santa’s Reindeer.

Food Vendors (start at 1:00 pm): Come hungry & dine from one of ourmain food vendors including: Tollefson Family Pork, Green Isle Lion’s, Sugar Stone Creations, Taqueria Del Buen Pastor & Knights of Columbus.

1:00-2:00 pm Live Broadcast of Sibley Talk– Featuring Bob Thomes & Matt Nelson in front of Thomes Bros, corner of 4th Ave SW & W. Main St.

2:00-5:00 pm  Professional Caroling Group “Decantus” – Traditionally Dressed Christmas Carolers spreading Holiday Joy.

2:00 pm Sled Dogs– interact with a real live sled dog team!

2:30 pm Old-time Snowball Baseball Game featuring the Arlington Greys vs. the Mankato Baltics at Frenzel Park, 607 West Baker Street.

4:00 pm Amazing Hoopsters– of Hutchinson, MN, will provide a lighted “Hooping” performance on Main Street.4:00 pm Schell’s Hobo Christmas Quartet– Listen to some Christmas classics from this one of a kind quartet.

5:30 pm Arli-Dazzle Parade on Main St.- goes from west to east, starting at Hwy. 5 moving east through downtown and continue all the way to Cty. Rd. 17.

If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring any of the Arli-Dazzle events or activities, please contact Lyle Rud at 507-995-9314 or mail your contribution to: Arli-Dazzle Parade, c/o Arlington Chamber of Commerce PO Box 543, Arlington MN 55307.  Your donations, large or small, are all welcomed in helping ensure our treasured event sustains for many years!

Sibley County Town Hall Meeting

The Sibley County Town Hall event is coming to the Arlington Community Center on Thursday, November 16th from 6-9 pm. This will be our opportunity to collectively address the child care shortage. It’s important that local officials, employers, employees, and providers attend this event. It is free and dinner will be provided, but please register to attend at

What to do during a Power Outage?

Power Outage

Please contact City of Arlington Staff immediately when you are experiencing a power outage.

**DO NOT contact McLeod Cooperative Power, they cannot help you! **

Monday-Friday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) 507-964-2378
Emergency After-Hours (anytime) 507-327-6601

*In the event of a mass power outage, the “After-Hours” phone may be busy due to the amount of phone calls coming in. Customers are encouraged to leave a detailed message during this time and City Staff will call you back when they can.

Preliminary Tax Levy Set at 5.98%


At the September 18th meeting, the Arlington City Council approved a 5.98% preliminary tax levy increase for 2018. The Council, in partnership with its committees, departments and staff, will continue to review and revise the proposed budget in anticipation of reductions to the levy amount by December, when the Council adopts the final levy for 2018. As always, once the preliminary tax levy has been set, it cannot be increased, only decreased. The preliminary tax levy as proposed:

General Fund $587,634
Fire Pumper Loan $35,000
Comm. Ctr. Building Bond $61,000
2009 G.O. RF Bonds (Street & Utility) $47,000
2012 G.O. Bonds (Street & Utility) $5,000
2015 G.O. Bonds (Street & Utility) $70,000
2017 G.O. Bonds (Street & Utility) $51,800
Other Levies (Tax Abatement) $2,500

The proposed increase in the General fund levy reflects an increase in services and fees in a few departments, additional transfers, and anticipated health insurance premium and wage increases. The debt service portion of the preliminary levy reflects amounts sufficient to meet debt repayment requirements. The City Council will hold a Truth-in-Taxation hearing on Monday, December 4th to provide an overview of the proposed 2018 budget and take public comment prior to approving the final budget and tax levy.



dog catWith the warmer weather, more residents have been out walking their pets around the City. Residents should be aware of ordinance 283, The Keeping of Animals Within the City Limits. All animals kept or held within city limits must be physically controlled by a person or entity. If your pet is allowed outside, they must be caged, fenced in, or on a leash. Any cage, building, or leash must be of sufficient composition to reasonably prevent the animal from injuring any person or property. You may take your animal(s) on walks along the public streets, sidewalks and alleyways, as long as the animal is held by a leash to restrain the animal. No animal shall be allowed to trespass onto private property. If the animal conducts a bowel movement during its walk, the person controlling the dog must immediately pick up, remove and dispose of it in a garbage container located at your home.


Resident house watch information

Are you going away for the holidays or going on vacation this winter? Would you like the police to watch over your house when you are gone? Please fill out this form and return it to the Police Department at 108 4th Ave. NW. Take the stress out of your vacation.

Click here for the form. 



In August, after hearing numerous concerns from residents and staff the City Council tasked the Planning and Zoning Commission with reviewing ordinance language relating to outdoor storage. Limits on types of outdoor storage, where items could be stored, and storage pad surfacing requirements were of particular concern.

The Planning Commission has for the past several months reviewed the existing standards. Replacement standards have been drafted and approved.

Standards were originally placed into effect to provide a baseline for outside storage throughout the City in an attempt to balance property owner rights and a desire for neat and orderly yards. The existing standards and the proposed revisions apply to all property in the City – residential, commercial, and industrial.

The proposed ordinance amendment further defines and clarifies what types of exterior storage are allowed in the City. The proposed amendment allows several types of outdoor storage without limit and a previous requirement regarding surfacing of outdoor storage pads in side and rear yards is proposed to be removed.

In addition, under the proposed amendment, boats and RV’s may be stored outdoors year round. However, if being stored outdoors in the off-season they will need to be screened from the view of adjacent public streets and alleys.

A copy of the proposed ordinance is available for review at City Hall during normal business hours.

Click here for the revised Ordinance.



Mayor Nagel’s 2017 Goals


With the awarding of the funding grant from Lions International, and with the generous matching funds from the City of Arlington and both the Arlington and the Green Isle Lions’ organizations, the remodeling project is scheduled to begin early this spring.  The community can look forward to a revitalized building with new restrooms, kitchen improvements, new forced air heating and cooling system, a new ceiling surface, new lighting, new entry doors, and additional windows to allow for increased natural light.  Our Senior Citizens group, which now uses the building on a weekly basis, will be relocated to another facility during the renovation project.


While the preparedness training component of the Tree Inventory Program has been completed, the tree inventory itself remains to be done.  With the help of the local Boy Scout Troop, the City Shade Tree Committee, and community volunteers; each tree, whether it is in a city park or along a city boulevard, will be inspected and cataloged.  Some trees may not require further attention, some may need a degree of pruning, and some will indeed need to be removed.  The next phase then will be implementing a replanting program to address areas that, for one reason or another, are in need of replacement of either boulevard or shade trees.  The ultimate goal is to greatly increase the diversity of the City’s tree population, which currently is heavily weighted toward maple and ash varieties.  This program is being carried out under the guidance and funding of the University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources.


After much research into which areas of the City should be considered for a significant street improvement project, it was decided to move forward with the area directly south of the 2015 project area.  Another area of the City under consideration was the East Baker Street and East Clinton Street area, which has notable storm sewer issues. However, to develop an improvement plan for this area will take a considerable amount of engineering effort to arrive at the best solution for the noted problems.

The selected project for 2017 will involve replacement of all water, storm sewer, and sanitary sewer service, as well as, work on some sidewalks, boulevard trees, curb and gutter, and complete street replacement.  As in the past, we will need to be sensitive to the affected property owners’ concerns relating to sidewalk and driveway work, as well as, necessary tree removal and replacement.  Concurrent work on the west side of the Sibley East School project will also need to be taken into consideration.


Due to currently being short staffed in our Police Department, and facing smaller than desired numbers in our Fire Department and our Ambulance Service, we are in a position to examine these areas of vital community services to determine if we can reach out to neighboring communities experiencing similar deficiencies, in an attempt to realign or share any of these services.  The shortage of ambulance personnel, with availability during daytime hours in small communities such as ours, needs to be addressed with innovative changes.  Similarly, with many of our firefighters being employed outside the local area during the normal work day, it becomes difficult for them to respond when a call goes out.  Retention of police officers in small communities will always be an issue.  We will examine any feasible means of delivering law enforcement that is in accordance with our City Charter and doesn’t compromise the safety and well-being of our residents. 


With the consulting assistance of recently contracted Municipal Development Group, and the expertise and energy of an experienced EDA Committee, it’s time to take a look at the entire scope of our economic development efforts.  I am urging our EDA Committee to focus on the following areas:  selling the former TSE admin building, assistance in finalizing the access route to the SW Industrial Park, identifying the need for future housing development and the potential location(s) of such, brainstorming potential uses for the soon-to-be vacant downtown Cemstone site, and determining potential future uses for all vacant city owned property.  It is imperative that business retention visits with members of our current business community routinely take place, as they are a vital asset, and deserve any assistance we can offer to retain and hopefully expand their current activity.

~Mayor Richard Nagel (