Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tragic Accident in Mantorville

Yesterday morning a Mantorville resident lost his lift in a tragic work site accident. Mr. Darrel Faulkner passed after an accident involving his bicycle and a construction vehicle. The Dodge County Sheriff's office, Minnesota Highway Patrol and Kasson Police all responded to the incident within five minutes of the call. Care11, Fox47 and the Post Bulletin have more details on the incident. Mr. Faulkner served his community as a K-M Lion member and in other ways. Darrel's effort and support of our community will be greatly missed. Please keep the Faulkner family in your thoughts and prayer during this difficult time for them. 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Another Great NNO Event

This years event was a great success. We had a beautiful park and great weather. Thank You to everyone that helped make this a success and also to everyone that spent the evening with us. Not everyone got to see the cake before it was cut so I wanted to post a picture of it here.

Chestnut and 5th Water Line Break

We do have a waterline break in the City of Mantorville in the area of 5th Street West and Chestnut Street. If you are experiencing no water or low pressure, that is why. Crews are on there way in to fix it. You can expect for the water to be shut off for the next few hours.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Aug 6 National Night Out

Tuesday Aug 6th is our annual National Night Out. We will once again take time at the end of the summer to come together as neighbors. The National Night Out movement started to promote drug and crime awareness, focus on alternatives and bring communities together. This year we will be meeting at Riverside Park from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Come celebrate with us and touch base with your City Council and Staff. I hope to see everyone there.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Third and Fourth Streets Projects moving forward

The last few weeks have seen many setbacks and challenges with our on-going street projects. I wanted to share the latest communication we have had from the crew working on third street.

Subject: Mantorville, MN - 2019 Street & Utility Improvements project - week
of July 29th

Good Evening,

This email will serve as a notification of the work to expect within the
week for the 2019 Street & Utility Improvements project which encompasses
work within Walnut Street, 3rd Street, Clay Street and the intersections of
Clay St & 4th St and Walnut St & 4th St.

Construction items completed last week:

* All the underground utility lines have been constructed and are in

* The roadways have been constructed to aggregate base.
* Concrete curb & gutter has been constructed within the project and
concrete sidewalk work has begun.

Below are a list of Construction items scheduled to take place this week:

* Driveway and sidewalk construction will be taking place over the next
few days. Please do not drive on newly placed concrete for 7 days.
* Middle of this week, Elcor Construction will begin shaping the gravel
roadway in preparation for paving.

Please park on side roads and within the alleyway over the next week to
allow concrete driveway and roadway construction to take place.

* Paving is scheduled for the first part of next week.
* Ditch grading and restoration work to follow over the next few weeks.

This schedule is weather dependent and is subject to change.

*Reminder: Please mark garbage cans with your address and set them out near
the road the night prior to your scheduled garbage day. Elcor will bring
them to a central location to be collected and bring them back at the end of
the day.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at any time.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Gov. Walz to visit area

On June 29th I reached out to the Gov. Walz's office and asked about a State Emergency declaration. Last week a representative from Walz's administration toured the City. Last week Dodge County also submitted an official request for State and Federal consideration. Following up from these request
Governor Tim Walz will be coming to Dodge County to survey the damage to our area. I will be meeting with the Governor along with other Mayors in the area and Dodge County officials. These declaration will allow Mantorville to recover some of our flood related losses.

Volunteers available for cleanup and disposal

Local volunteers will be available the next couple of weeks helping clean up and carry out flood related debris. (mid July to end of July - specific dates and times will be updated at the end of this week). The debris that the volunteers carry out will be picked up by a local refuse hauler and will be covered under City, State and Federal dollars. Only those residents that were served by the volunteer groups will have their debris picked up over the next two weeks. You must be on the list of people that need help in order for the volunteers to assist. To be added to the list, call the Dodge County help line at (507)635-6420 and leave your name, address, best contact number and what damages you sustained as a result of the floods and what you need help with as far as removal. The volunteers will place the debris on the curb and the haulers will pick this up.

Dodge County is issuing badges that will identify legitimate volunteers so residents know they are working with an approved group. Anyone attempting to sell services or is missing a badge is not authorized and should be reported to local Law Enforcement.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Dodge County Volunteer Assistance available

All Dodge County Residents: Volunteer organizations will be coming to Dodge County during the next few weeks to assist residents and communities in recovering from the flood(s). These teams will be contacting residents to find out what type of assistance they need and trying to arrange times to help out. It is important that you contact the Dodge County Hotline so your name can be put on the list. If you haven't done so already, call (507) 635-6420 and leave your name, address, best contact number and what damages you sustained as a result of the floods and what you need help with. Volunteers can only reach out to those that are on the list.

These volunteer teams will NOT try to sell you anything so if someone contacts you trying to sell you something, they are not legitimate. Report those to Law Enforcement. All volunteer teams will have identification badges indicating they are registered with Dodge County. We will post the list of groups/organizations coming to town as we are made aware.

Even if you don't need help but have sustained damage, it is important for you to contact the hotline number above so we can track all the damage. The Dodge County Assessment Teams will be out this week looking at damaged homes to get a better understanding and try to get more assistance.

Happy Belated 4th of July

With the events of the last few weeks it was easy to forget to take time to celebrate our Nations birthday. I hope everyone took time to reflect of just how lucky we are to live in this nation. I couldn't think of more appropriate words for this holiday than the lyrics of Justin Moore "Ones that didn't make it back home". Thank you to all veterans for your duty and sacrifice.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Park still unsafe

After the flooding that occurred last Friday, Riverside Park remains closed and off-limits due to unsafe and unhealthy conditions at the park. Please do not enter the park until the City is able to clean it up.
Riverside Park Playground After Flood

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Park Flooded after June 28 rain

The picture below was taken after the high water mark from the flood that occurred after the rain on June 28.
Riverside Park, June 28, 2019

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Emergency Declaration Declared

Yesterday Morning I declared a sate of emergency for the City of Mantorville. This declaration will help us to obtain State and Federal aid to help in our recovery efforts. Below is a copy of my declaration.


Whereas, the Mayor of Mantorville finds that the following situation exists:
  • Significant City-wide flooding impacting public and private property as a result of flooding event of June 28, 2019.
Whereas, the Mayor finds that the situation is sudden and unforeseen and could not have been anticipated;

Whereas, the Mayor finds that conditions in the city have worsened considerably as a result of the situation;

Whereas, the Mayor finds that this situation threatens the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the community;

Whereas, the Mayor finds that the situation has resulted in catastrophic loss to public and private property or will cause such loss if not immediately addressed; and

Whereas, the Mayor finds that traditional sources of relief are not able to repair or prevent the injury or loss.

Now, therefore, the Mayor declares this situation to be a local emergency effective at 12:01 am on June 28, 2019.

This declaration of a local emergency will invoke the city’s disaster plan. The portions that are necessary for response to and recovery from the emergency must be used.

Mayor Chuck Bradford

City Clerk Treasurer Camille C. Reber

Friday, June 28, 2019

Red. Cross Buckets

Saturday from 9:00am to noon the Red Cross handing out bailing buckets for bailing out basements. Anyone who would like a tecovery kit can pick one up at the Fire Hall tomarrow.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Main break 9th and Walnut

Tuesday: June 18, 21:43 hrts.
We have a water main break on 9th and Walnut. Our crew is on site and is in the process of conducting repairs. Hopefully only 4 or 5 houses in the area are affected and we anticipate getting this fixed shortly.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Big Storm hits our Region

The night of June 4 a large storm went through our area toppling large trees, damaging vehicles and tearing off shingles. The EDA meeting was still held and during that meeting we were already receiving reports of insurance chasers. Some of the individuals that approach home owners are legitimate and are just looking for work; however, there are those that are also just looking for the "down payment". Any reliable carpenter will provide references and will work with your insurance company. You can check the Better Business Bureau and also ask your neighbors. Beware of the scammers. Red flags include a large up front payment, anyone that only accepts cash payments or "doesn't do" insurance work. Report any losses directly to your insurance company and keep them in the loop on any work that you are planning on making a claim on. The insurance companies also are likely to know some of the more prevalent scams, so make sure to talk with them over any concerns you might have. One simple rule is: "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!"