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Community Center Attendant

JOB POSTING

The City of Arlington is currently accepting applications for part-time Community Center Attendants.  The City is looking to establish a “pool” of eligible employees who are willing to work weekend afternoons/evenings.  The position is primarily responsible for monitoring a variety of activities at the Arlington Community Center including weddings, dances and other events.  Minimum Qualifications: 18 years of age and older, having a high school diploma or a GED equivalent; Certified in CPR/First Aid or ability to obtain in 60 days; and must be willing to work weekend nights.  Desired Qualifications:  Individuals with the aforementioned skills, who can communicate with our Spanish-speaking customers.  30-35 functions/yr.; Shifts 4-6 hours in length. No guaranteed or set hours.

Starting Salary is $25.00/hour; no benefits.  For required application and job description, contact Arlington City Office, 204 Shamrock Drive, Arlington, MN 55307 – (507) 964-2378 Positions open until filled.  The City of Arlington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Click Here for Application

Mayor Nagel’s 2017 Goals

1.  COMPLETE THE RENOVATION OF THE SENIOR CITIZENS BUILDING AT FOUR SEASONS PARK.

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.

2.  MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PROCESS OF INVENTORYING ALL TREES LOCATED ON CITY BOULEVARDS AND IN CITY PARKS.

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.

3.  BEGIN THE CONSTRUCTION PHASE OF THE 2017 STREET AND UTILITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.

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.

4.  EXAMINE ALL OPTIONS FOR DELIVERY OF AMBULANCE SERVICE, FIRE AND POLICE PROTECTION.

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. 

5.  TAKE A FRESH LOOK AT ARLINGTON’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS

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 (rnagel@arlingtonmn.com)

 

CLEAN ENERGY CHOICE

With Clean Energy Choice, residential customers have a choice to buy more renewable energy from the City of Arlington. What is renewable energy you ask? Renewable energy is generated from wind, solar, bioenergy and water resources. Did you know that today 17% of your home’s electricity comes from renewable energy and it is required by the State of Minnesota to do so. This new program will replace the City’s current Green Power program and is a revised version of the existing Clean Energy Choice program. By signing up for Clean Energy Choice, it’s a quick and easy way to ensure you are increasing your renewable energy source for only a few extra dollars a month. The main benefits of the program are as follows:

  • Low Cost – A fixed monthly fee of $1 per month for 50% renewable energy,

                                                                     $2 per month for 75% renewable energy, or

                                                                     $3 per month for 100% renewable energy.

  • The program and pricing is simple – the monthly fee is fixed and not based on energy usage. 
  • It’s easy to sign up for the program—go to the website https:/www.cleanenergychoice.com/arlington/
  • Subscription is monthly and you can cancel at any time!

The Clean Energy Choice program currently is only for residential customers. MMPA is working on developing a new renewable program option for commercial and industrial customers.  If you are a commercial customer currently on the Green Power Program, you will remain on that program. If you have any questions or want to sign up for Clean Energy Choice please call the City Office at (507) 964-2378.

 

REVISED STANDARDS FOR OUTDOOR STORAGE

REVISED STANDARDS FOR OUTDOOR STORAGE

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.

 

 

2017 City of Arlington Budget

To see a full listing of the 2017 budget, click the link below.
Click here for the full 2017 City of Arlington Budget.

Proposed 2017 Street & Utility Project

2017-suClick the link below to find out more information about the proposed 2017 Street & Utility Project as present to the City Council at the December 5, 2016 council meeting.

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2 in Snow Fall Notice

NOTICE TO ARLINGTON RESIDENTS

VEHICLES, TRAILERS – The City of Arlington will be hauling and plowing snow anytime there is a snowfall of two (2) inches or more.  We ask that all residents park all vehicle(s) and trailer(s) off the streets and avenues until they are plowed curb to curb, or they will be ticketed and towed.  In accordance with the terms of Section 4 of Ordinance 216, vehicles that interfere with City maintenance activity, such as snow removal, may be towed to a designated area at the expense of the owner.  The vehicle may be impounded until all parking fines, towing and storage charges have been paid.  Unclaimed vehicles shall be sold and the proceeds applied first against such fines and charges.  Repeat violators will be towed without additional notice.

SIDEWALKS – Per City Ordinance 178:  Accumulation of snow or ice on public sidewalks constitutes a public nuisance.  It is unlawful for any person to remove snow or ice from private property and place on public property.  The property owner or occupant of the abutting property is required to remove snow and ice from all public sidewalks within 12 hours after such snow or ice has eased to be deposited upon such sidewalk.  Failure to remove the snow or ice within 24 hours may be a cause for the City to do so itself.  If the City, or an agent assigned by the City, has to remove the snow, the City will bill the property owner accordingly.  Unpaid bills for snow removal will be a cause for a special assessment against the property.

BUSINESS DISTRICT PARKING – In the event of snow accumulation, vehicles are to PARK PARALLEL TO THE STREET in the business district (Main Street and side streets) until such time that the entire street (curb to curb) has been cleared of snow.

DUMPSTERS – No dumpster shall be placed in the public right-of-way during the winter snow season, which is defined as the period from November 1 to the next following April 1.

SNOWMOBILES & ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES (ATVs) – City ordinance requires that snowmobiles and ATVs must use public roadways, streets, or alleys by the most direct route when entering or leaving town.  Snowmobiles and ATVs are not to be operated on sidewalks or boulevards, nor are they to be operated on private property without prior consent of the property owner.  No snowmobile or ATV shall be operated on any cemetery land or city park or recreation area.  Speed is not to exceed 15 miles per hour within city limits.  Also, please be aware that the TC&W Railroad, Minnesota Prairie Line, and Minnesota Valley Rail Authority prohibit snowmobiles and ATVs to operate on or traverse their property.

If this snowmobile/ATV ordinance is violated, a fine will be imposed or the City Council will consider eliminating all snowmobile and ATV travel within the City limits.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

ENFORCEMENT IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE.

BY ORDER OF THE CITY OF ARLINGTON

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. 

DO YOUR PETS NEED A LEASH?

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.