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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON IMPROVEMENTS

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON IMPROVEMENTS

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

TIME AND PLACE: Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Arlington, Minnesota, will meet at the City Hall in the City of Arlington, Minnesota, at 6:30 o’clock p.m. on April 3rd, 2017, to consider the construction of the 2017 Circle Drive Street & Utility Improvements

NATURE OF IMPROVEMENT: The construction of sanitary sewer, watermain, storm sewer and street improvements

ESTIMATED COST: The total estimated cost of said improvements is $282,310.

AREA PROPOSED TO BE ASSESSED: The area proposed to be assessed for such improvements is as follows: Circle Drive (Co Rd 12 south to second access to Cemestone driveway)

AUTHORITY: The Council proposes to proceed under the authority granted by Minn. Stat. §§ 429.011 to 429.111

A reasonable estimate of the impact of the assessment for each project area will be available at the hearing. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvement will be heard at this meeting

 

DATED:  March 6, 2017.

BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL

/s/                                                       

City Administrator

 

BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION OPEN BOOK MEETING

CITY OF ARLINGTON
SIBLEY COUNTY
ARLINGTON, MINNESOTA

 

**IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION**
THE LOCAL BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION
OPEN BOOK MEETING

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sibley County Assessor’s Office (Courthouse)
400 Court Avenue, Gaylord, MN  55334

 

Notice is hereby given, that the Open Book Meeting of the Board of Appeal and Equalization for Arlington City shall meet on Thursday, April 20th, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sibley County Assessor’s Office.  The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether taxable property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor, and to determine whether corrections need to be made.  Please make an appointment by calling the Sibley County Assessor’s Office at 507.237.4078 or e-mail Assessor1@co.sibley.mn.us.

 

If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact the assessor’s office to discuss your concerns.  If you are still not satisfied with the valuation or classification after discussing it with the assessor, you may appear before the local board of appeal and equalization.  The board shall review the valuation, classification, or both if necessary, and shall correct it as needed.  Generally, an appearance before the local board of appeal and equalization is required by law before an appeal can be taken to the county board of appeal and equalization.

 

Maintenance Supervisor- Wanted

JOB POSTING

The City of Arlington is currently accepting applications for a full-time Maintenance Supervisor in the Public Works Department.  The position oversees operation of the City’s streets, parks, cemetery, and grounds. The position is responsible for budget development and supervision of subordinates. The position is responsible for performing various types of semi-skilled and skilled labor and the operation of light to medium equipment involved in the repair and maintenance of the City streets, parks, and other municipal property. Minimum Qualifications:  High School Diploma or G.E.D. plus two years of public works or related experience.  Desired:  Previous management or supervisory experience.  Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota Class “B” or higher CDL or the ability to obtain one in one month.  Must possess and maintain a valid Class “C” Boiler’s License or the ability to obtain one in one year.  Must possess and maintain a valid license for pesticide, herbicide, and insecticide application or obtain one in one year. Salary range based on experience and qualifications: $15.11 – $23.68/hour plus benefits. See below for the required application, supplemental questions and job description or contact Arlington City Offices, 204 Shamrock Drive, Arlington, MN 55307 – (507) 964-2378.  Review of materials will begin March 30, 2017 and will continue until position is filled.  The City of Arlington is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Click here for full job description. 

Click here for Supplemental questionnaire. 

Click here for Job Application. 

 

Mowing Positions (New Pay)

Mowing/Weed Trimming Positions— The season will start tentatively May 1st and run approximately 24 weeks, subject to growing season (dryness, wetness, early/late frost). The hours for lawn mowing/trimming are Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Areas to be mowed/trimmed include all City parks, the public cemetery, and around City buildings. No weekend or evening mowing/trimming will be permitted. Approximately 32 hours per week will be spent mowing/trimming and maintaining equipment (oil changes, clean out decks, etc.). The seasonal part-time wage is $11.00 per hour and applicants must be 18 years or older to apply and have a valid drivers license. The City is preferably looking for individuals to mow/trim for the entire season, but applications will be accepted for backup mowers to help throughout the season, as needed.

DEADLINE: All applications must be returned by 12:00 pm Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Click here for an application. 

 

P & Z Public Hearing

CITY OF ARLINGTON

PLANNING & ZONING COMMITTEE

PUBLIC HEARING

 

The Arlington Planning & Zoning Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:01 p.m. or as soon thereafter, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 204 Shamrock Drive to consider the following matter that requires a public hearing.

APPLICANT                
Pilot Travel Centers LLC
Warren Dressen, Property Owner

REQUEST                   
To review and consider the application for a Conditional Use Permit to allow a urea solution production operation. Solute will be delivered by transport trucks and mixed with water in a prefabricated metal building at the site. The finish product will be shipped out in rail cars. The solution is non-flammable, non-toxic, and not hazardous.

LEGAL                        
Lot 5 and part of lots 4 & 6, Arlington Industrial Park, City of Arlington, Sibley County MN. Parcel # 31.0843.000

 

Any person desiring to comment on these matters is invited to do so in writing or orally at the time of the public hearing. Inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Smith-Strack, Zoning Administrator, at 507-964-2378 during normal business hours. Written comments should be sent to the Zoning Administrator at 204 Shamrock Drive, Arlington MN 55307.

 

 

 

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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