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Public Notices & Reminders

Brush Site Closing For the 2018 Season

Saturday, November 17, 2018 will be the last scheduled hours for the brush site to be open.  Please contact City Hall after that date between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. if you need access to the brush site.

Vegetative material can be hauled to the City Brush Site on:
Tuesdays:      1 p.m. – 7 p.m. (or sunset)
Thursdays:     1 p.m. – 7 p.m. (or sunset)
Fridays:          1 p.m. – 7 p.m. (or sunset)
Saturdays:      8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

In the interest of Public Health, all residents are encouraged to find alternative measures to burning.  The City Ordinance allows burning of leaves from 3:00 p.m. until dusk except on Saturday and Sunday when burning is allowed from noon to dusk beginning September 15 through December 1.  All fires shall be completely extinguished by dusk and shall not be less than twenty-five (25) feet away from any structure, wood fence, hedge or brush and not less than five (5) feet away from any property line.  The burning of leaves is prohibited on city streets, boulevards and any public property by private citizens.  Leaf burning is prohibited in certain areas to protect the health of patients in the United Hospital District facility within a two (2) block area surrounding the hospital facility in Blue Earth, Minnesota.

A Reminder To All City Residents Regarding Dumping In Streets

City Ordinance 810.02. Obstructions, Fire, Dumping, Signs and Other Structures.
Subd. 3. Dumping in Streets.
  It is a misdemeanor for any person to throw or deposit in any street or any other public place any nails, dirt, glass, tin cans, metal scraps, garbage, leaves, grass or tree limbs, shreds or rubbish, or to empty any water containing salt or other injurious chemical thereon.  It is a violation of this Subsection to haul any soil or material, not adequately enclosed or covered, thereby permitting the same to fall upon the streets.

Street Project Updates 10/08/18

Project Timeline
Starting October 8th, 9th and 10th the lining of the sewer will take place starting on 15th Street.  The process will involve temporary closure of your sanitary sewer service, thus reducing or eliminating water use for a few hours will be necessary.  Crew will provide 24 hour notice for when water use should be reduced or eliminated.  During this time the crew may need to work late into the evening to allow for the liner material to cure properly.  As always your patience is appreciated.

Holtmeier Construction has now completed the sanitary and water service installations in Area 1.  With the underground utilities complete, crews will now move on to grading and base for street construction.  Pending any additional rain delays, curb and gutter is scheduled for the week of October 8th.  Utility work in the 14th Street intersection is still scheduled to be completed last, as this will require another temporary roadway closure and traffic detour.

Below is a link to the street projects updates from September 25, 2018.

Street Project Updates September 25, 2018

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

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.