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Public Notices & Reminders

City of Blue Earth Coronavirus Relief Fund – Round 3

The City of Blue Earth has allocated $100,000.00 in CARES Act Funds to be distributed to businesses located within the city limits of the City of Blue Earth, MN.  These grants are designed to provide immediate relief to businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  These funds are to reimburse businesses for costs due to Covid-19 closures, business interruptions, or other negative impacts to your business due to Covid-19.  Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis and will be made payable to the applicant in the amount of $1,000.  Additional information on the program can be found here.

Applications can be submitted to City Hall or the EDA office until October 26, 2020.
Please contact Amy Schaefer, Blue Earth EDA Specialist with any questions.
Phone: 515-578-0096 or via email at amy.schaefer@cedausa.com

Office Specialist Position

The City of Blue Earth is accepting applications from qualified persons for the fulltime position of Office Specialist.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020.  All applicants should send their resume, completed city employment application and supplemental form to City of Blue Earth, 125 West Sixth Street, PO Box 38, Blue Earth MN 56013.

Office Specialist job description
Required supplemental application form
City of Blue Earth employment application

Fitness Center, Library and Senior Center Updates

The Fitness Center is open.  Welcome back!

The new hours for the Blue Earth Community Library beginning on Monday, October 12, 2020 are as follows:
Monday  11am – 7pm
Tuesday 1pm – 7pm
Wednesday 11am – 7pm
Thursday 1pm – 7pm
Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturday 11am – 3pm

The Senior Center is open with hours from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with guidelines in place.  The option of curbside pick up of meals is still available.  Contact Senior Center Director Linda Jahnke at 526-3850 with your questions.

Extended Brush Site Hours

The extended hours for the City of Blue Earth’s brush site beginning on Friday, October 2, 2020 are as follows:
Tuesdays  12 pm – 7 pm (or sunset)
Thursdays  12 pm – 7 pm (or sunset)
Fridays  12 pm – 7 pm (or sunset)
Saturdays  8 am – 6 pm
Sundays  11 am – 4 pm

The brush site will remain open until weather conditions no longer cooperate.  More information can be found here.

City of Blue Earth Construction Projects Updates

The construction projects for the City of Blue Earth include the completion of the 2019 South Sailor Street improvements and the 2020 North Sailor Street and Leland Parkway/West 1st Street (CSAH 16) improvements.  Updates on the construction projects can be found here.  To sign up for updates, please enter your contact information in the area provided on this link.

Leaf Burning

The City does allow leaf burning, but with these restrictions:

  • Review the Leaf Burning Restrictions.
  • Fires must be at least 25 feet from structures, wood fences, hedges, brush, etc.
  • Fires must be at least 5 feet from a property line.
  • Fires are prohibited on streets, boulevards, or on public property.
  • Leaf burning is allowed September 15th – December 1st:
    Monday – Friday, 3 p.m. – dusk
    Saturday – Sunday, Noon – dusk

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.

City of Blue Earth Brush Site Hours

The brush site is open to the residents of Blue Earth to dispose of yard waste and brush.  The hours for the site are as follows:
Tuesdays 12:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays  12:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays  8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Please follow the signage and social distancing rules while at the site.

Golden Spike Business Park

Golden Spike Business ParkCome grow your business with us!

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.  Total of 52.37 acres available – 9.92 acres are improved with street, sewer and water and 42.45 acres are partially developed.  Contact Mary Kennedy, Economic Development Specialist, at 507.236.6425 or mary.kennedy@cedausa.com for additional information.

For more information about our public utilities, please visit Blue Earth Light and Water’s website.

City Dumpster Program

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 or by downloading it here.   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

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 2019 Blue Earth Recycling Calendar.

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.

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.