Small City, GIANT Living

Public Notices & Reminders

Brush/Compost Site Temporarily Closed

The brush/compost site has been temporarily closed as of Monday, August 13th to facilitate site cleanup of the non-allowed debris and so that the site can be sifted.  This process generates a good composted material which is then made available to the public.  The anticipated date for reopening the site for regular operations is on Tuesday, August 21st.  Updates will be posted as they are made available.

Union Pacific Railroad Crossing Closure

During the week of August 13th Union Pacific Railroad will be closing the railroad crossings at 2nd Street and Childs Street for track replacement.  They will create a temporary crossing only for emergency services.  No other access will be granted until the project is finished.  On Friday, August 24th the railroad crossing will be completely removed on Childs Street which will close this section at 8:00 a.m. for potentially 12 hours.

2018 Bituminous Seal Coat Project

Crack filling and seal coating is scheduled to be performed on the following streets on Thursday, August 9th to Saturday, August 11th.

  • 4th Street from Holland Street to Nicollet Street
  • 4th Street from Moore Street to Galbraith Street
  • 8th Street from Moore Street to Gorman Street
  • 10th Street from Main Street to Ramsey Street
  • 11th Street from Main Street to Moore Street
  • 11th Street from Galbraith Street to Ramsey Street
  • 12th Street from Main Street to Rice Street
  • Moore Street from 8th Street to 12th Street
  • Gorman Street from 7th Street to 14th Street
  • Highland Drive (added to the project)

No parking signs will be posted on the streets until the repairs have been made and vehicles are allowed to drive on them.  The street map can be viewed here.

Public Notice – Mosquito Spraying

Mosquito Spraying:

Please be advised that mosquito spraying will be done for the City of Blue Earth on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Spraying begins at dusk, keeping in mind weather permitting. If you have any questions, call City Hall 507-526-7336

News Release Regarding Storm Damage

The City of Blue Earth is requiring that all solicitors going door to door be registered with the City and provide a copy of valid identification.  There is no cost to be a registered solicitor.  The issuance of a solicitors permit is in no way an endorsement of the City of Blue Earth for the solicitor or the services they are proposing.  Property owners have no obligation to talk to solicitors and have every right to ask them to leave their property.

News Release from Chief Tom Fletcher

Information from the MN Department of Labor and Industry

Street Project Updates 07/20/18

Area 2 (South of 14th Street):
Street and underground utility work is now substantially complete.  Once CenterPoint’s contractor finishes with their gas line work in the area, Holtmeier will be back to finish cleanup and yard restoration.  It may be another couple of weeks before this can happen.

Later this fall or winter a contractor will be in to install liners in the sewer mains in this area.  This work will impact traffic but the street will remain open and no digging is anticipated.  It will all be done by access to the sewer through existing manholes.  More details regarding what to expect and the timing of this work will be forthcoming.  The final street resurfacing work is scheduled to be completed next spring.

Area 1 (North of 14th Street):
CenterPoint’s contractor will continue working in this area over the next several days.  Holtmeier plans to be back on site to continue with street and utility reconstruction the week of July 30th.  They will be starting at the intersection of Main and 13th and working east.  The remaining underground work in this area is expected to take 4-6 weeks, after which street construction will commence.  Completion of all work in this area is expected by mid-October.

Below is a link to the street project updates from July 13, 2018.

Street Project Updates July 13th, 2018

Recycling Roll Carts

Recycling roll carts are the property of B & B Sanitation, LLC. Removal of the cart is not permitted. Each cart is serial numbered accordingly to the property address. Any missing cart or additional carts needed will have an additional fee. When moving please leave the roll cart at the address and do not remove it. Call B & B Sanitation & Recycling LLC at 893-3873 if you have questions. View the 2018 Blue Earth Recycling Calendar.

Code Reminder: Section 510.03 – Grass and Weeds

It is unlawful for the owner, occupant or agent of the owner of any lot or parcel of land within the City to allow grass and weeds to exceed a height of five (5) inches, measured from the base at ground level to the tip of each stalk, stem, blade or leaf, to grow upon his or her land.  Grass and weeds taller than five (5) inches shall be considered a nuisance.

If such owner, occupant or agent fails to comply with said height limitation, notice of the violation shall be given to him or her from a City officer or employee.  The notice shall state that the owner or occupant has three (3) days to abate the nuisance or the City will cut the grass or weeds at the expense of the owner.  The notice shall also state that the owner has a right to appeal the order to abate the nuisance within three (3) days.  If the nuisance has not been abated within three (3) days of such notice, and no appeal of the order has been made, the City shall cause such grass and weeds to be cut and the expense thereof shall be billed to the property owner due upon receipt of the bill.  In the event of non-payment by the property owner, the amount due after September 1 of each year, plus interest, shall be certified by the Council to the County Auditor for collection as a special assessment against the affected property.

Code Reminder: 520.07 Storage of Refuse and/or Garbage Within City Limits.

Subd. 3.  Dumpsters used for construction, remodeling or moving purposes. An owner and/or occupant of any premises, dwelling, business establishment or industry located in the City of Blue Earth may place a refuse or garbage container or dumpster upon their property for the purposes of disposing of non-biological dry items only due to a construction project, a remodeling project or because of a move from or to the premises after obtaining a permit for said containers from the City. Said permit shall be valid for a period of thirty (30) days only and may be renewed upon proof to the City that said container or dumpster has been emptied prior to the renewal date.

Code Reminder: 1040.02 Exterior Storage

Subd. 1.  Residential Districts. In Residential Districts all materials and equipment shall be stored within a building or fully screened so as not to be visible from adjoining properties, except for the following: laundry drying, recreational equipment, construction/landscaping materials and equipment currently (within a period of thirty-six (36) hours) being used on the premises, agricultural equipment and materials if these are to be used or intended for use on the premises, off street parking of passenger automobiles and pickup trucks, boats and non-commercial, personal, recreational travel trailers are permissible if stored in the rear yard.

Code Reminder: 360.02 Dogs and Cats

City Code allows the keeping of up to two (2) dogs or up to four (4) cats on the same premises, whether owned by the same person or not.  The keeping of three (3) or more dogs or five (5) or more cats shall constitute a “kennel”; except that a fresh litter of pups or kittens may be kept for a period of three (3) months before such keeping shall be deemed to be a “kennel”.

Kennels Prohibited. Because the keeping of three (3) or more dogs or five (5) or more cats on the same premises is subject to great abuse, causing discomfort to persons of the area, by way of smell, noise, hazard, and general aesthetic depreciation, the keeping of three (3) or more dogs or five (5) or more cats on the premises is hereby declared to be a nuisance and no person shall keep or maintain a kennel within the City.

All dogs and cats over the age of six (6) months must be registered annually with the City. Applicants for registration shall file a completed application form provided by the City and shall also provide proof of anti-rabies vaccination of the dog or cat to be registered. The annual registration fee is $5.00.

It is unlawful for any person who owns, harbors or keeps a dog or cat to allow the animal to run at large. Dogs or cats on a leash and accompanied by a responsible person so as to be effectively restrained by command as by leash, shall be permitted on streets or public land unless the City has posted an area with signs reading “Dogs and Cats Prohibited” or similar language.

It is unlawful for any owner or caretaker of any dog or other animal to allow such animal to defecate on any property, not owned by him or her without cleaning up after the animal and disposing of the waste in a proper manner.   

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or harbor a dog which habitually barks or cries.  Habitual barking shall be defined as barking for repeated intervals of at least five (5) minutes with less than one (1) minute of interruption. Such barking must also be audible off the owner’s or caretaker’s premises.

The Administrative Fine for animal running at large, habitual barking, damage to property and animal waste is $50.00 – first offense     $100.00 – second offense     $150.00 – third offense.