The City of Blue Earth reminds commercial and residential property owners that pushing snow out of your driveway and across the roadway, pushing snow out of your driveway and then depositing it on the boulevard, and pushing snow and leaving it on the streets is dangerous and illegal.
Snow must stay on your property. The boulevards and right-of-way are owned by the City and used for removing snow from the streets and sidewalks only.
Violating this state law may result in fines to the property owner and person illegally placing the snow.
The City of Blue Earth understands the difficulty and inconvenience of residential and commercial snow removal but ask that you abide by these rules in order for Public Works crews to make progress during and after a snow event.
Please also be advised that collection containers cannot be within the curb line and need to be placed on driveways, sidewalks or areas specifically cleaned out on the boulevard. Trash and recycle bins in the street do not have reflective material on them and if an accident occurs, will be the responsibility of the property owner.
The snowplows cannot go around garbage cans as it leaves piles of snow inside the curb line. Each successive snowfall afterwards creates an ice berm blocking the snow and ice removal.
We apologize for striking cans, but snowplows need to maintain a speed of 15-20 mph (sometimes higher if the snow is wet and heavy) to allow the plows to scour and not push snow ahead. Our drivers have been instructed not to purposefully hit cans but if they are inside the curb line, they are not to veer around them unless it will cause harm to other property (parked car, mailbox).
The City Council has amended the city code relating to special vehicles on the roadway. (Ordinance # 21-09) The $25.00 permits are now granted from January 1 to December 31 of each year. Please remember to stop at City Hall and register your ATV and Golf carts in January to receive your new sticker each year. You can find the application on our Permits, Licensing, and Forms page. See Chapter 6, Subsection 620.07 of the City Code to read more.
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.
Subd. 1. The Public Works Supervisor will decide when to begin snow removal or ice control operations. The criteria for that decision are:
A. Snow accumulation of 2 inches or more; with some consideration given to total accumulations expected per snowfall. For example if 3 to 5 inches of total accumulation are expected the decision may be to wait until snow has stopped.
B. Drifting of snow that causes problems for travel.
C. Icy conditions, which seriously affect travel.
D. Time of snowfall in relationship to heavy use of streets. Subd. 2. Plowing Procedures. The snow will be plowed in a manner so as to minimize any traffic obstruction. The center of the roadway is normally plowed first. The snow shall then be pushed outward to the curb and onto the boulevard. When a plow goes on a bridge, the driver shall slow down so that snow does not go over the bridge if possible. In times of extreme snowfall, streets may not always immediately be completely cleared of snow.
640.03. Priorities and Schedule for Which Streets Will be Plowed.
Subd. 1. Initial Plowing. The city has classified city streets based on the street function, traffic volume, and importance to the welfare of the community. Those streets classified, as “Snow Emergency routes” will be plowed first. These are main roadways, which connect major sections of the city and provide access for emergency fire, police and medical services. Subd. 2. The second priority streets are those providing access throughout the residential area including schools, commercial businesses and churches. Subd. 3. The third priority is outlying areas such as the Industrial Park, Fairgrounds, etc. Subd. 4. Designated Emergency Routes.
West 1st Street ……….. from Main to County Road 16/Leland Parkway
West 2nd Street……….. from Main to Nicollet
7th Street……………… from East Street to Holland
East 10th Street……….. from Rice to Main
West 10th Street………. from Main to Nicollet
East 11th Street……….. from Rice to Main
14th Street……………… from Hwy 169 to River Road./ Valley Highland
South Rice Street……… from 7th to 17th Street
South Ramsey Street….. from 7th Street to 21st Street
Main Street……………. from Fairground Road to 14th Street
Nicollet Street………… from 1st Street to 10th Street
640.04. Snow Removal. The Public Works Supervisor will determine when snow will be removed by truck from areas where there is no room for snow storage such as the downtown business area and in areas where accumulated piles of snow create a hazardous condition. Snow removal operations normally will not commence until the initial plowing operation has been completed. The City will refrain from snow removal on windrowed streets around churches during church services, and other church function such as funerals, etc. Snow removal operations may be delayed depending on weather conditions, personnel and budget availability and other factors. The snow will be removed and hauled to a snow storage area. The snow storage area will be located so as to minimize environmental problems.
640.05. Snow Emergency.
Subd. 1. After the initial plowing of the city and the snow removal operation has been completed the City Clerk/Administrator or his/her designee will declare a snow emergency. Subd. 2. Parking Prohibited. During a snow emergency, parking is prohibited on north and south streets (including Royal Acres and Tanglewood) on even numbered days and east west streets (including Fairview & Childs Addition) on odd numbered days. Subd. 3. Exempt Areas. Church parking areas during church services and central business district parking areas during normal business hours will not be affected by snow emergency parking regulations. A snow emergency will remain in effect until such time as the emergency has been lifted. Subd. 4. Notice. The City Clerk/Administrator or his/her designee shall give reasonable notice to the public that a Snow Emergency is declared. Notice may be given by posting notice on the community bulletin board, by announcing on the radio, and by whatever means the council or the Clerk/Administrator or his/her designee determines to be reasonable. Notice that the Snow Emergency was lifted shall be similarly given.
640.06. Work Schedule for Snowplow Operators. Snowplow operators will be expected to work 8 to 12 hour shifts. In severe snow emergencies, operators sometimes have to work in excess of 8 to 12 hour shifts. However, because of safety concerns, no operator shall work more than a 16-hour shift in any 24-hour period. Operators will take a 15-minute break every 2 hours with a half-hour meal break after 4 hours.
640.07. Weather Conditions. Snow and ice control operations will be conducted only when weather conditions do not endanger the safety of city employees and equipment. Factors that may delay snow and ice control operations include severe cold, significant winds and limited visibility.
640.08. Use of Sand, Salt and Other Chemicals. The City will use sand, salt and other chemicals when there are hazardous ice or slippery conditions. The City is concerned about the effect of such chemicals on the environment and may limit its use for that reason.
640.09. Sidewalks. The City will maintain some of the sidewalks in the city. As there are a limited number of personnel available, the City will only maintain these sidewalks after the streets have been plowed or the City may choose to contract out the snow removal of city sidewalks. Sidewalks within the City that have not been cleared of snow 24 hours after a snowfall will be cleared of snow by the City at the resident’s expense. Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays shall not be included in calculating the 24 hour time period. (Section 640.09 amended per Ordinance 00-06 passed 4-18-00.)
640.10. Mailboxes. In those instances in which the U.S. Postal Service does not provide door to door delivery, it is necessary for property owners to install mail boxes on city owned right-of-way immediately adjacent to the street curb. While the installation of mailboxes on city owned right-of-way is permitted, the mailbox owner assumes all risk of damage except where a mailbox is damaged through contact by snow removal vehicles. If a mailbox is damaged due to direct contact by a snow removal vehicle, the City, at its option, will repair or replace at a cost not to exceed $30.00. Also, additional cleaning around mailboxes is the resident’s responsibility.
640.11. Responsibility. The Police Department will monitor the street conditions and inform the Public Works Department of hazardous street conditions after normal work hours. Also will assist the Public Works Department by enforcing parking regulations during snow plowing and snow emergency periods.
Subd. 1. The penalty for the first violation of the on-street snow emergency parking ban is a written warning. Subd. 2. The penalty for the second violation of the on-street snow emergency parking ban is a $25 ticket. Subd. 3. The penalty for the third and each subsequent violation of the on-street snow emergency parking ban is a $25 ticket and towing the vehicle. The owner is responsible for towing costs.
We are excited to announce the MyBlueEarth app for Blue Earth residents to stay connected. You can either download the app to your mobile device or sign in through our website under the City drop down menu>MyBlueEarth. For further instructions click here.
The Golden Spike Business Park is a city-owned park located directly off Highway 169 and Interstate 90 in Blue Earth. Available land can be subdivided to suit prospective buyer’s needs. Highway exposure is still available. Contact Amy Schaefer, Economic Development Specialist, at 507-526-6275 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
The City of Blue Earth believes it is in the best interest of the residents to keep the City clean and free of garbage and nuisances of the like. The City has leased eight 3-yard dumpsters and has made them available for residents to use.
Blue Earth residents may contact City Hall by telephone or in person to reserve a dumpster. However no dumpster will be delivered until residents have acknowledged the dumpster policies and guidelines by signing a program policy agreement available at City Hall. For a list of unacceptable wastes click here.
Dumpsters will be made available for one week (Thursday through Thursday). The dumpsters are picked up by B & B Sanitation, dumped and delivered to the next address on the reservation list.
Each resident with a unique City utility billing account may receive one dump of the dumpster free of charge each calendar year. Every additional dump during the requested week shall cost the resident $89.00 which is paid to the City prior to the City scheduling the dump. This one time per year dumpster service is funded by a franchise fee of $2.00 per month added to the residential utility bill issued by the Blue Earth Light and Water Department.
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 2022 Blue Earth Recycling Schedule.
City Code allows the keeping of up to three (3) dogs or up to four (4) cats on the same premises, whether owned by the same person or not. The keeping of four (4) 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 four (4) 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 four (4) 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 registration fee is $30.00 every three years.
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 $100.00 – first offense $150.00 – second offense $ 200.00 – third offense.
The following is declared to be a nuisance affecting public peace and safety.
Subd. 1 Snow and Ice Removal. All snow and ice not removed from public sidewalks twenty-four (24) hours, exclusive of Saturday, Sundays or Legal Holidays, after the snow or other precipitation causing the condition has ceased to fall.
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.
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.