Progress on the Mantorville WWTP
As many of you know, Mantorville is working on aq high pressure Waste Water Treatment line connecting Mantorville's collection system to the treatment plant located in Kasson. I wanted to post some quick shot on the progress of this project.
The sections of pipe are fused together by melting the ends and sticking them together.
The sections to the right show a finished seam.
A young child holds a section of the new pipe to illustrate the size of the diameter for the new line.
Monday, April 24, 2017
April 24, 2017Projects:
With the return of warmer weather, the summer projects are under-way. The Waste Water Treatment plant project is continuing forward and the improvements on Stage Coach road are scheduled to start next week.I will be posting more pictures of the current project on my blog as well as last weeks article.
We do not want anyone hurt on the newly eroded cliffs so City Staff have removed any swing ropes, and a few dead trees. The Sheriff's office is aware of the current dangers on the cliff and will be helping the city with enforcing the no cliff diving rule. In the near future we will be installing no trespassing signs and no cliff diving signs and the Sheriff's office will be siting violators.
The Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities (SEMLM) meeting was held on April 20 this past week. The regional meeting was held in Mantorville this year and I have posted my remarks as the welcoming Mayor to my blog. The SEMLM serves the Minnesota counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona and was started in 1962. The group is cooperation between member Cities to bring awareness of common issues affecting Southern Minnesota to the attention of the State Legislature. Much like the joint ventures (City of Mantorville, City of Kasson and the KM School District) the group looks to leverage our collective voice in order to affect change.
The DCI published a nice article a few weeks back about the joint venture. This group is a collaboration between the City of Kasson, The City of Mantorville and the KM School district. The Joint Ventures board meet a week prior to the last article in the DCI and at that time we determined that the middle school, and Riverside park needed some new / updated basketball hoops. The group has ordered two new plexiglass back broads for Riverside park. These new back boards will be installed as soon as they arrive and the City of Mantorville has authorized the resurfacing and striping of the courts in Riverside park. As a reminder the Sheriff's office will continue to monitor any parking infringements on our courts including siting those that park on the surface of the courts. The City of Mantorville is making an investment in these resources and we want to keep them nice for everyone to enjoy.
Yours in service,
Mayor - City of Mantorville
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Welcome remarks for SEMLM April 20, 2017
7:00: Welcome from City of Mantorville
Thank you for that kind introduction. I would like to welcome all of you to our beautiful City. Mantorville's history dates back to before Minnesota was even a state. Mantorville was an important Stage Coach stop between the Mississippi and St. Paul. We have recently undergone a complete “re-branding” effort where we have identified color palette, imagery, core values and future aspirations. From this branding effort we have developed a new city wide logo and refocused our tourism marketing campaign. In keeping with the historical nature of Mantorville and the importance it played during the stage coach era, we have chosen to incorporate the image of a horse drawn coach into our new brand.
Our community is also home to the oldest working court house in the state. Last year the county made a considerable investment in a remodeling effort that took the design of the court room back to the original design, but also incorporated modern security features, this investment has insured that the oldest continually working court house will remain active and a vital part of the legal system in South East Minnesota.
Community feedback is very important to the City Council and myself and was a big factor in our levy rates and re-branding efforts. During the last six years, the City Council and myself have made a real effort to solicit input from our citizens. The City has frozen or reduced our tax levy rate even while the Legislature has reduced LGA levels. The new City brand took several surveys into account while determining the correct approach for our branding effort. Every election I go door to door asking about concerns our citizens have, what projects they would like to see and what their priorities are. i have encouraged my council members to do the same. We have used this input from our citizens to help guide us with projects and priorities. I would encourage each of you to soloist community feedback when ever possible. I would love to have additional discussions with anyone interested during the social hour tonight.
Thanks again for coming to Mantorville and I hope you are able to enjoy our community.
Now for the business portion of the meeting.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
April 13, 2017Happy Easter:
I hope everyone was able to have a fantastic and joyous Easter Celebration this past weekend. There was a celebration in Riverside park with the annual Easter Egg Hunt, this is always a popular event for the younger kids and I hope you were able to take part in the fun. The bad news is that we will have to wait another seven long months to get our skis and sleds out, but in that time we can look forward to our city celebrations, tuning our sleds, sharpening our skis and planing our next great winter vacation.
The opportunities to volunteer on a formal sub-committee with the city is getting more competitive. The City currently only has one position for a Fire Fighter and one park board member position available. The two remaining opportunities will go fast so secure your spot today by contacting City Hall and filling out a application form. There are also opportunists with the Marigold Days Committee, the Stage Coach Days and Tourism committees. The three sub committees just mentioned above are less structured and are more focused on a single activity or event. Any of the opportunities mentioned above are a great way to get involved with your community and give back to your neighbors. Please consider joining a committee today.
Safe Routes to School:
The SRTS group meet last Thursday and we disused plans on how to move forward, what the current SRTS plan is, grant funding and individual leaders for each segment of the plan. While the State Legislature still has outstanding business to conduct regarding the State budget, the School board, City of Kasson and the City of Mantorville will continue to examine ways for our students to get to class in the safest way possible and additionally provide for alternative travel options including walking and biking paths. A letter to your State Representative and or State Senator would be appropriate and ask them when a final budget will be presented.
Waste Water Treatment:
The progress on the new line to Kasson continues and the work is currently by the field next to the current bike path just south of the sub-division on the south side of Mantorville. The crew have experienced a few unanticipated delays due to the subterranean composition, however we have work though these issues and will continue to make additional progress this week. I will try and post some pictures of the current progress on my blog later this week.
The DCI published a nice article a few weeks back about the joint venture. This group is a collaboration between the City of Kasson, The City of Mantorville and the KM School district. The Joint Ventures board meet a week prior to the last article in the DCI and at that time we determined that the middle school, and Riverside park needed some new / updated basketball hoops. The group has ordered two new plexiglass back broads for Riverside park. These new back boards will be installed as soon as they arrive and the City of Mantorville has authorized the resurfacing and striping of the courts in Riverside park. As a reminder the Sheriff's office will continue to monitor for parking infringements on our courts including siting those that park on the surface of the courts. The City of Mantorville is making an investment in these resources and we want to keep them nice for everyone to enjoy.
Yours in service,
Mayor - City of Mantorville