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. 

ATTENTION ALL ARLINGTON RESIDENTS!! 
The City of Arlington has been notified that someone is calling around to business owners and residents claiming to be from the City of Arlington Electric Company and requesting that they go to the Dollar General to purchase a pre-paid credit card to pay their delinquent electric bill and if they do not call them back and pay their services will be turned off today. THIS IS NOT FROM THE CITY OFFICE. Please if anyone has received one of these calls, direct them to our office (507) 964-2378 and DO NOT pay these people, this is a scam!!

The Arlington Child Care Loan Program provides an incentive to new child care providers to provide services in the City of Arlington.

The program provides a matching forgivable loan for actual expenses relating to the cost of opening a child care business in the City of Arlington, up to $1,000 per child care provider. Qualifying expenses must be approved by the Sibley County Child Care Licensor and the Arlington EDA Director. Approved requests will be funded on a first-come/first-served basis until all funds are expended. In addition, the opportunity exists that the Arlington Economic Development Authority’s revolving loan programs could be available to assist with the costs of opening a child care business.

ELIGIBILITY
1. Only new child care providers located within the City of Arlington are eligible for the loan program.

2. All items for which the child care provider is requesting funds must be approved by the Sibley County Licensor and the Arlington EDA Director.

3. Items purchased prior to EDA approval will typically not be eligible for funding unless the EDA finds significant underlying purposes for work beginning prior to project approval (i.e. inability of quorum for a meeting, and the like).

4. Funds may be requested for the following items (up to):
 Licensing fee ($100)
 Background study fee ($100)
 Pre Licensing training ($175/per person)
 Ongoing training ($250/per person)
 Fire Marshal visit, if needed ($50)
 Smoke Detectors ($10/each)
 Fire extinguishers ($35 )
 Outlet plugs ($4)
 Stationary baby gate ($60)
 First aid kits ($15)
 Utensils/plates/cups ($30)
 Pack n Play ($120)
 Pack n Play sheet ($10)
 Cots ($120)
 High chair/booster seat ($40)
 Fluid Cleanup kit ($15)
 Potty seat/chair ($20)
 Monitor ($40)
 Toys for each age group ($200)
 Craft supplies ($200)
 Strollers ($100)

5. Other uses may also be eligible if prior approval is obtained by the Sibley County Licensor and the Arlington Economic Development Authority.

PROJECT GUIDELINES
Program oversight and authority for loan approval is delegated to the City of Arlington Economic Development Authority. The Economic Development Authority shall review loan applications and may approve loan issuance after considering the following guidelines:

1. Completed applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

2. Preference will be given to projects which:
 Will create new child care slots and reduce the gap in the number of child care slots in the City of Arlington.
 Demonstrate a ratio of private investment to public investment greater than 2:1

3. The proposed expense receipts must be submitted within (6) months of loan approval. If the receipts are not submitted within six months, the Applicant may resubmit a child care loan application for reconsideration.

LOAN DISBURSEMENT
Following loan approval the Lessee shall execute a promissory note. Awarded loan funds will be dispersed to the child care provider upon submittal of receipts or invoices for supplies purchased.

REPAYMENT OF LOAN
The amount of the loan (without interest) will be due and payable to the Arlington EDA one (1) year following the distribution of loan funds. If, however, the child care business to which the loan was granted remains in business in one (1) year following the distribution of loan funds, the loan shall be forgiven by the Arlington EDA.

 

Click here for full loan details and loan application. 

2018 Arlington City Council Goals

Economic development

  1. Acquire access to the south Industrial Park
  2. Conduct a housing study to identify the type of housing needed within the City
  3. Take steps to improve business retention and attraction

Communications

  1. Work to resolve the limited radio reception throughout the City
  2. Research options for replacing existing City phone system
  3. Review Information Technology Services based on customer service and functionality.

Strategic management

  1. Conduct a strategic planning process with input from the public
  2. Update the existing Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
  3. Develop a five year budget process

Organizational effectiveness

  1. Develop staff and management team
  2. Scan documents for retention in a management system and discard hard copy records.
  3. Streamline departments through updating job descriptions and cross-training

Recently ten homes in our community had their household drinking water tested for lead and copper, and the testing was conducted under rules adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, a few of the samples that were taken used improper sampling techniques, and therefore the City does not believe that the results accurately reflect the water supply system. As a result, more than ten percent of the homes tested, were above the federal action level for lead in drinking water. The City has undertaken the required corrective actions of public notification and an on-going education program, as well as increased testing requirements.

 

In promoting public awareness, we’ve included the enclosed brochure Important Information about Lead in your Drinking Water. The brochure provides information on the potential health effects, possible sources of lead in your drinking water, and simple steps to take to protect yourself from lead exposure.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.