Monday, February 8, 2021

Tragic Weekend for Mantorville

 This last week Mantorville has experienced a tragic fire which resulted in the loss of life. The structure needed an additional fire call this weekend. The City is still working with relief organizations to support our residents immediate needs.

 The City Council also lost it's Deputy Mayor this last weekend. Luke Nash passed away over the weekend. Luke was a veteran, a former Dodge County Sheriff, former mayor of Mantorville, small business owner, community servant and loving husband and father. The City Council will miss his dedication, perspective and passion for our community. Please keep the Nash family in your prayers as they work through this very difficult time.

Because of the loss of our council member and the tragic fire in town, I have ordered the city and state flags lowered to half mass in honor of those lives which have been lost and those affected by these tragic events.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Tragic Fire in Mantorville

 

 Thursday morning around 6:30am a fire broke out in the apartment complex in Mantorville located at 507 Chestnut Street, The Sheriff's office was first on scene and were able to get several residents out of the structure. Mantorville Fire Department responded at 6:45am and quickly called in mutual aid. Departments from Byron, Dodge Center, Kasson and Mantorville were on scene working to control the fire and limit loss of life. Unfortunately,  the fire has claimed at least one life and sent others to the hospital. The apartment complex which had 12 units sustained substantial damage and the Fire Marshall is due on scene later today.

The City is reaching out to anyone affected by this tragic fire. The city will be working with state organizations to help anyone that needs housing assistance. Anyone needing assistance can contact City Hall at  (507) 635 - 5170 or email me at MantorvilleMayor@GMail.Com.

Our community has always been an open and caring community and in times like this we reach out to help our neighbors. If you would like to offer assistance or if you need assistance please reach out to the City or myself. Some additional help resources are:

For the more information on this situation refer to the news links below:

I wanted to acknowledge the efforts of the Dodge County Sheriff's office, Kasson Police Department, Dodge Center Ambulance, Kasson Fire Department, Byron Fire Department, Dodge Center Fire Department and our own Mantorville First Responders and Fire Departments. The combined efforts of these brave men and women helped limit the loss of life. I also wanted to thank everyone that offered our responders coffee, pizza or a warm place to recover. I would like to also recognize the Kasson Mantorville School district for making a school bus available as a warming shelter for those residents which were displaced by the fire.

The families which have been affected by this tragic fire will be in our hearts and prays in the following days and weeks. Please join me in saying a prayer and offering to help those in our community which are suffering.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

 

2021 State of the City, Mantorville Minnesota

Last year I started my State of the City with “Twenty-Nineteen is finally over and most of you are probably saying hooray”, little did we know what 2020 had in store for us. I attended the Chambers 2019 annual dinner (we canceled the 2020 meeting) and since that year was so challenging, I was asked to share something good about 2019. Mantorville saw historic flooding, wind damage and large hail damage, personally I had some challenges as well. When it came to my turn I said that my initial reaction to what was good about 2019 was that it was over! I then went on to say that if I had left my answer like that it would have been short sighted. With the Flooding the high winds and record-setting hail damage what I saw each time was our community coming together and neighbors helping neighbors. In my personal challenges too I have seen the true strength of a community like Mantorville with so many offers of help, support and prayers. Thank you one and all for everything you helped out with and the great offers of support, those have meant a great deal to my family.

The new year of 2020 brought hope and then almost immediately we were hit by both a pandemic and a heavy handed response to that virus that closed small businesses (some permanently) while the big box stores were exempted. We saw our neighbors struggling to save their small businesses while others lost their jobs outright because of the Governor's mandates. Just like in 2019, our community rallied together, offered help and support where they could and the City and EDA followed suit. The City offered deferments on water bills, the EDA obtained grant dollars to help our local community, the Fire Department had several programs to offer help and I had several correspondences with the Governors office regarding the impact of his emergency declarations. In one of those correspondences, I asked the Governor to consider pushing school decisions down to the local school board. Many other Mayors wrote similar letters and when the school impact was announced, the local advisory board approach was the one brought forward. I was asked to serve on the KM Advisory board and I agreed. The Advisory board has had several meetings and have been able to make decisions based on real data for our school environment. The ability for us to make these decisions at the local level has been instrumental in retaining our schools focus on quality education.

Continued effort of Investment

The city was able to continue working the street improvement plan, we had a record number of new building permits and were able to support those building efforts with infrastructure investments. The city is moving forward with a planning committee on the execution of the hiway 57 upgrade as it runs through Mantorville. The City started upgrades to our phone system and office space which will be completed in 2021. The city retired some older equipment as it reached it's end of life and has secured replacements to ensure uninterrupted service for our citizens.

The EDA secured a CEDA person to help write grants. We received the latest award letter of $5K from the SMIF grant in September and look forward to additional awards this year as well.

Commitment to Lower Taxes

The City is allowed to charge up to 1% of the taxable market value of a home. If the City were to charge the entire 1%, our “advertised levy rate” would be “100%” of that 1%. In other words a house with a taxable market value of  $100,000 would be tax by the City in the amount of $1,000. Over the last few years the City has either raised the levy by a small amount like 3% or held even with a 0% levy. Thanks to the City council and our committee chairs we were able to do something very few governing bodies ever do, lower the rate at which we tax our citizens. In fact, our rate for 2014 is lower than our rate for any of the last three years. The City has passed a “1%” levy DECREASE that sets our rate at almost halfs of the max the City is allowed or a dollar value of $530,034. In order to put this figure in perspective, I have included a table below that illustrates the tax levy amounts and levy rates. The table below breaks the tax levy down to cost per citizen.

Commitment to Service

Last year one of our Public Works employee was recognized. Mantorville's Joe Adams has been recognized for his hard work, dedication and attention to details. Joe was awarded the "State of MN Wastewater Operator Association Class D Award winner of the year". Great Job Joe, keep up the awesome work!

The office staff utilized masks and kept a presence in the office serving our citizens as the need came up in stead of closing shop.

Our public works staff worked on our meter replacement project and continued to work their daily plan ensuring the Mantorville's needs were meet through out the summer and now into the winter.

Plans for 2021-2022
  • Continued commitment to maintaining a low tax burden for Mantorville citizens.

  • Work on infrastructure projects to improve the look and appearance of the City and parks.

  • Increase efforts on infrastructure repair and upgrades now that the waste water project is complete

  • Work with MNDOT on HWY 57 project to bury electrical lines, upgrade lighting and improve sidewalks

  • Continue to serve on the KM School's COVID advisory committee

  • Help our businesses transition from “survival mode” to “prosper mode” during the COVID challenge

  • Continue work to offer more “Mantorville Care” grant funds to local businesses

  • Continue work with joint venture group to achieve cost sharing with Kasson and the School District

Our community rose to the challenge of 2020. Now, with last year behind us I am looking forward to 2021 and the many new promises it brings. The State of our City is strong and we will only continue to improve.

Yours in service,

Chuck Bradford

Mayor, City of Mantorville

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Dodge County offering Grants

 Mantorville businesses and non-profits may qualify for a grant offering from the county.

See the attached for details



Monday, January 11, 2021

Laura Qualey works for CEDA and has been assigned to Mantorville to work with our EDA. Laura sent out the following email to Mantorville Business owners. Any business owner interested in having a discussion with Laura should reach out to her and setup a time. This is a great resource we are offering our business community free of charge.

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Good morning, Mantorville!


Needless to say, 2020 was a tough year for all of you and on behalf of the Mantorville EDA, I wanted to extend an invitation to all of you business owners for some free business coaching from me! This can be anything from talking about social media, marketing/advertising, to reviewing your current business model and identifying ways to make your business/organization run smoother or more efficiently. 

My usual day in Mantorville is Tuesday every week, so if you're interested in meeting virtually, or in person (masked of course and appropriately distanced), I'd love to have the opportunity to do so.  Please reach out to me so we can get something scheduled. 

After meeting with as many of you as possible, I'd like to be able to determine some trainings or webinars that would be impactful for your business and the community!

Hope you are all staying healthy in the new year!

--

www.cedausa.com
  

Laura Qualey
Community & Business Development Specialist
Community and Economic Development Associates

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Hubble House Awarded "Best Restaurant"

 Two television stations have recently covered our local Hubble House and recognized them as one of the best restaurants. The links to the two news articles are located below. Congratulations to our local business the Hubble House.

Thank you Terry for sharing the links to the Articles:

 

  1. KSTP Video               https://kstp.com/so-minnesota/so-minnesota-the-hubble-house-in-mantorville-january-4-2021/5965049/

 

  1. KTTC – 24 restaurants in Rochester and the Rochester area were nominated for Best Restaurant.  The Hubbell House was the Winner.

 

https://kttc.com/kttc-fan-favorites-2021/#/gallery

Saturday, January 9, 2021

State of Hockey, Mantorville Division

 Minnesota is know as the "State of Hockey". What is a "State of Hockey" without a rink?

The 2021 "All City Skating Rink" is now open in Mantorville. Enjoy our beautiful blue skating rink.

Mantorville Aerial Rink Photo

Blue Ice Rink


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year

 Well, we made it! In a few hours 2020 is history.

Lets hope 2021 is NOTHING like 2020, remember to celebrate responsibly tonight. 

Next month I will post my yearly "State of the City" with highlights and accomplishments from this past year.  Have fun tonight and remember to play it safe tonight.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Sunday, December 20, 2020

EDA has an Open Spot

 The Mantorville Economic Development Authority currently has an open spot. The EDA administers the CARES funds, has a revolving loan fund and promotes business and tourism within the community of Mantorville. Anyone interested in helping out the EDA is encouraged to submit an application to City hall. Commissioners do not need to be a resident of Mantorville proper; however, first preference would be given to city residents all others considerations being equal.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Thank You Henry Blair

After 9 years of dedication to the City, Henry Blair will be leaving our council. I have appreciated his insight, dedication and hard work over the past nine years. Henry might be leaving the council but I know his passion for our community will be invested in other areas of our town and I look forward to our continued friendship as we continue to help the City in different ways. I presented Henry the following certificate to Henry at our last meeting of the year. 



Friday, December 18, 2020

Mayor Proclaims a White Christmas

 For all of those romantic "White Christmas" fans and for those of us that just love snow, I  made the following proclamation today.



Friday, December 11, 2020

 Mss Kaplan, one of the teachers at the KM High School is looking for individuals that are willing to help out with personalizing and having a taped interview to help bring relevance to the material the students are learning about. I think this is a great opportunity to help our students keep their subject matter relevant. I have attached the email she sent and would encourage anyone interested in helping out to contact the school.

Hello Mayor Bradford:

My name is Ashley Kaplan and this is my second year serving as the Teaching and Learning Coach at Kasson-Mantorville High School. Every morning we start our day at the high school in BRIDGE, which is our advisory time. We recently launched a Social Emotional Curriculum called Habitudes (Habits/Attitudes). I attached a document that outlines the lessons we will be implementing with students. To help make the curriculum more meaningful and relevant to our students, we are wanting to bring in a community connection component. 

We are asking for nominations for KM community members that exemplify the principles we are learning about this year through the Habitudes program (see pdf). Would you be willing to share the nomination form with others in the Mantorville community?

Here is the NOMINATION FORM

We would love to interview community members and show the video to our students after each Habitudes lesson.  Here is an example of the first and only KM Community Conversations video that we have created so far: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI9m7bkxCw8. Our first principle was Character, and we interviewed Jeff Bernards.

Thank you so much for your time. I am very excited about the work we are doing at KMHS to help our students be successful, and I know bringing in community members will help us to have a greater impact. 

Thank you,
Ashley Kaplan


--
Ashley Kaplan
Teaching and Learning Coach
Kasson-Mantorville High School

*Futuristic*Achiever*Learner*Focus*Input

"Every KoMet, Every Day."

 


 

Monday, December 7, 2020

A Day To Live In Infamy

The flags all around our nation today were at half staff. We remember the cowardly attack on a nation at peace that dragged the United State into the second World War.

"YESTERDAY, December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American Island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack." -- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, December 8, 1941

On December 7 every year we remember the lives lost at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the brave men and women who served our armed forces during the second World War. We must never forget the cost of freedom nor the sacrifices made by the "Greatest Generation". We must honor the sacrifices already made with our own dedication and commitment to our nation and her principals.


Sunday, December 6, 2020

Happy St. Nicoli Day

 December 6 is celebrated in Poland as St. Nicoia day, and marks the start of the Christmas celebrations. The children are left a single present to open to celebrate St. Nic's birthday. The 4th century bishop that is credited with the legend of "Santa Clause", St Nicolia of Bari was know for his extreme generosity and this reputation help give rise to the legend. So lets all welcome the Christmas season. Happy St. Nicolia day everyone.