Houston County Environmental Services will be having their annual fluorescent bulb collection at all five Houston County drop-off locations from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26. If you have any questions about the fluorescent bulb collection, please call (507) 725-5800.
On Wednesday, July 26, Traut Companies began drilling a new 600 gallon-per-minute well in the City park at 220 W. Adams Street. Construction of the well will take approximately three months. Regular work hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the development of Well No. 8, explosives will be used to create a cavity in the rock below ground. The well’s cavity will be located at an approximate depth ranging from 400 to 500 feet below ground. The well will be capped at the end of the project until the well house is constructed in 2021. The playground will be closed during construction of the well.
The City of Caledonia has been notified that there is a group called Center for Voter Information that is sending residents forms to request absentee ballots for the primary election and general election. These forms are being sent without voters requesting them. The forms are valid and will be delivered to the Houston County Auditor’s Office, but the forms are pre-checked to request absentee ballots for both the primary election August 11 and the General Election on November 3. Residents do not have to vote by absentee ballot for either election. Residents will be able to vote in-person for both the primary election and the General Election. The City of Caledonia also wants to inform our voters that there will be safety precautions taken for those that plan on voting in person. There will be individual voting booths for both elections, and the voting booths will be spaced out to maximize social distancing. There will also be plastic barriers between voters and election judges to minimize contact. Please call City Hall at (507) 725-3450 if you have any questions about the upcoming elections.
The City of Caledonia is seeking residents to serve as election judges for Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Election Judge Duties and Eligibility
Judges receive online training in a range of duties, including: greeting and registering voters, providing ballots, assisting voters as needed, overseeing ballot-counting machines, and compiling precinct voter statistics at the end of Election Day. In Caledonia, election judges are paid $11.50 an hour. Election judges are granted time off from work by law.
Potential judges must be eligible to vote in Minnesota; be able to read, write and speak English; and complete an online training session provided by local election officials. Most training is approximately two hours in length.
Interested persons can apply and learn more about serving as an election judge at City Hall.
Listed below is the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Caledonia Aquatic Center. The document gives an overview of the guidelines that will be followed when offering swimming lessons and open swim to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.
In order to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, the City of Caledonia will follow these guidelines when offering swimming lessons and open swim at the Caledonia Aquatic Center.
Capacity and distancing
The Caledonia Aquatic Center will not have more than 146 patrons at any time. This amount is 50% of the Aquatic Center’s capacity of 293.
The City will maintain a visitor log of Aquatic Center guests so that guests can be contacted if needed after they leave the pool.
Swimming lessons will be scheduled in advance.
Group swimming lessons will not have groups of more than 10 people, including both lifeguards and swimmers.
Patrons will be encouraged not to congregate while waiting for access and will be encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines.
Pool chairs will be spread out at least six feet in accordance with distancing requirements.
Patrons will not be allowed in the Caledonia Aquatic Center if they are sick or exhibit signs or symptoms of COVID-19, as defined by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-symptoms.pdf
If a patron becomes sick or starts showing symptoms of COVID-19 after being admitted to the Caledonia Aquatic Center, they will have to leave the facility and will not be given a refund.
Sanitizing stations will be provided at the entrance of the Caledonia Aquatic Center and at other key locations throughout the facility.
Swimming equipment such as goggles will not be distributed to patrons or shared by lifeguards.
Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized at least three times a day: between morning lessons and afternoon open swim; prior to evening open swim, and after pool closure. Frequently touched surfaces include but are not limited to hand rails, tables, door handles, deck furniture, drinking fountains, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
The Caledonia Aquatic Center will be cleaned using steriphene or hepacide quat.
The manager or assistant manager on duty at the Caledonia Aquatic Center will be designated to ensure that the guidelines and regulations are followed.
The City will post signage regarding the following:
The pool’s reduced capacity (146)
Reminding patrons about social distancing
Reminding patrons to wash their hands and to use sanitizing stations
Instructions on identifying the symptoms of COVID-19
Informing patrons that they will not be permitted to use the pool if they or any of their household members are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Water chemistry and maintenance
Chlorine will be used to disinfect the pool water at the Caledonia Aquatic Center.
Chlorine and other pool chemicals will be maintained according to guidelines established by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Emergency protocols and other safety considerations
Lifeguards will have access to bag value masks in case they are needed so that they will not have mouth-to-mouth contact while administering CPR.
Lifeguards will have access to the following additional personal protective equipment: Surgical masks, gloves, and eye protection. PPEs will be used in accordance with CDC guidelines to minimize transmission of disease.
Lifeguards will assume that patrons exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19—such as coughing and a fever—are COVID-19 positive until otherwise determined.
If a patron exhibits signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and is need of emergent medical assistance, lifeguards will call 911 to request ambulance response. Lifeguards will not provide any first aid or other non-emergent assistance to patrons exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Employee COVID-19 screening
Lifeguards will be told to stay home if they are sick and will be sent home if they arrive sick.
Lifeguards who begin to show symptoms of COVID-19 while at work will be sent home, and pool patrons will be notified that they may have been exposed to a lifeguard with symptoms of COVID-19.
The Caledonia Aquatic Center will open for the season on Monday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m. The pool will be open until 10 p.m., and admission will be free the first night. For opening night we request that children 9 and older attend after 7:30 p.m. to give the younger swimmers an opportunity to use the pool due to capacity restrictions.
The capacity of the pool will be 146 people based on Governor Walz’s executive order. Based on last year’s numbers, there may be some times in the afternoons when the pool capacity is reached. When reached, we will let people in as others leave.
Swimming lessons will start on June 22. There will be three sessions of lessons: June 22 – July 3, July 6 – July 17, and July 20 – July 31.
Group lessons: Monday – Thursday (Friday makeup)
10:00 a.m. (Levels 1-3)
11:00 a.m. (Levels 4-6)
Private lessons: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Lesson signups will be held on Saturday, June 13 at the City Auditorium from 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and on June 15 – June 19 at the Caledonia Aquatic Center (in the American Legion shelter) during pool hours.
Due to limited availability, lessons will be limited to youth living in the Caledonia School District unless there are extra slots. Parents will be required to sign a waiver of liability for their children in order to sign up for lessons. During swimming lessons, we ask that parents wait in the concession stand area or in the park.
Opening night: June 15 from 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Weekday Pool Hours: Monday – Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Open until 10:00 p.m. on Fridays)
Weekend Pool Hours: Saturday & Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Private pool parties available after 5:00 p.m.)
City Hall and the Police Department will be opening to the public starting on Wednesday, may 27 with their regular hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
The Public Library will also be opening on Wednesday, May 27 with limited hours from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The library director and Library Board have also put requirements in place for those that visit the Public Library. Only 10 people total will be allowed in the library at one time (with staff). For safety reasons, a mask is required for all patrons & staff. No mask, no entry. Computer usage is limited to 1 hour time slots per individual. No group entry into the library, individuals only. Social distancing practices and sanitizing will be enforced.
We are still encouraging residents to pay their utility bills online, by phone, or in the drop box outside of City Hall. The City will also continue to waive credit card service charges for utility bills paid over the phone. The City Auditorium will continue to be closed to the public until there is further guidance from the governor’s office for the number of persons allowed in indoor recreational facilities. We ask that everyone continues to practice good hygiene, use safe social distancing measures, and to stay home if you are not feeling well.
Hello everyone and thanks for your continued support of the CRSL. The Covid-19 virus has put a lot of difficulties on how we should proceed with our summer. We want to make a safe & educated decision with also giving hope to our youth to play sports at some point this summer. We have made NO decision on whether to continue or cancel the season as of now. We still plan on moving ahead with our season with some changes listed below if allowed.
*At this time it would be almost impossible to start the first of week of June. We will be following the Governors orders and making a smart decision based off of those orders. Were hopeful organizations can start to meet with their teams in late May or Early June.
*We are planning on running our 9U-13U baseball & softball programs in late June, all of July and the first 2 weeks of August. Under these circumstances the league will conclude Thursday August 13. (no dates have been set or finalized. dates will be finalized once approved by Governors orders.)
*Our 14U programs will run late June, and all of July. The season will conclude July 30.
*HS division can’t not start until July and will most likely run 4/5 weeks only in July. Fees will be changed at the appropriate time.
*New rules and game management tasks are being constructed and approved currently to have a safe and fun summer.
*Moving forward we will have an update weekly on Monday evenings. This updates will provide our newest information pertaining to the league.
The City of Caledonia would like to remind its residents to be sure that your fire pit is up to City Code standards before putting them to use. Listed below is the Caledonia City Code regarding fire pits and open burning restrictions. If you have any additional questions regarding fire pits, please contact our Public Works & Zoning Director, Casey Klug at (507) 725-3462.
93.19. – OPEN BURNING RESTRICTED.
No person shall allow, cause, or permit open burning, except that open burning is permitted in the following circumstances:
(A) Disaster rubbish. The open burning of rubbish, including landscape waste, for the duration of the community disaster period in cases where an officially declared emergency condition exists.
(B) Recreational fires. Open fires for cooking, heating, recreation and ceremonies, provided the fire has a total fuel area of two feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height. Fuel is limited to clear wood (no chemicals or additives) or charcoal. Recreational fires cannot be conducted within ten feet of a structure or combustible material, unless contained in an enclosed barbecue grill or a commercially manufactured patio burner, which has legs elevating the unit off the ground and has the burning area completely enclosed with screen. Recreational fires must be fully extinguished by 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and shall not burn between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
(C) Training fires. Fires set for the purpose of bona fide training of public or industrial employees in fire fighting methods, provided that the training fires are conducted in compliance with rules established by the State Department of Natural Resources.
(D) Variance. Any person wishing to conduct open burning of materials not permitted herein may make application for a variance to the Fire Chief.
(E) The storage of gasoline in overhead farm-type storage tanks is prohibited in all areas, except those zoned agricultural and except in the agricultural districts, it is prohibited to keep in above ground storage more than 15 gallons of gasoline. No more than five gallons of gasoline shall be kept in private garages or other buildings attached to resident dwellings in the city.
(F) All gasoline storage containers shall be constructed of materials marked of a color consistent with laws, rules, and regulations of the state thereunto appertaining.
(G) All state, county and local burn bans will supersede this section.
The City was approached by the Community Education office earlier this week about them providing a T-Ball/Pee Wee program this summer. In the interest of our youth in Caledonia, we have decided to have them provide this program. Our intent is to have all participate in one program so as not to have friends playing apart. We did not want people having to decide which program their children would be participating in.
If you have already signed up for our program, we will be refunding you in full. If you only registered one child for T-Ball or Pee Wees, we will void the check that you provided for registration fees. If you registered one child for Pee Wees and another child for a different age group, we will void your current check and would like you to send us a new check for your child that is currently registered for 9U – 14U.
Caledonia Community Education will be sending out their information ASAP, so please be looking out for that.
If you are wondering on whether your child should participate in Pee Wees or our baseball/softball program, here are some points to ponder:
Boy: We have had Pee Wees age group as 6-8 with the birth date being 4/30. If you have a 7/8 year old, you may want to consider registering him in the 9 & Under baseball program. This would depend on how many years your son has participated in our program and if you feel that he is ready for a more competitive level of play. Last year, we had 2 teams in the 9U division of the Coulee Region Sports League: one was all 9 year old players, the other was 8/7 year old players. Please bear in mind that the parents of the 7 year old players felt that they would benefit in a more competitive league: 2 games/week, some home and some away, with 1-2 practices a week.
Girl: If you have an 8 year old and feel that she is ready to play in a more competitive atmosphere, you might want to consider signing her up for the 10 & Under Softball program. As with Baseball, games would be home and away 2 nights a week with 1-2 practices a week. I don’t feel that a 7 year old would do well in this league.
Please note that our registration for Softball/Baseball deadline is April 25. We will be getting information from the Coulee Region Sports League on April 25 concerning how the summer program will proceed due to the pandemic.
If you have questions about the Community Education program, please contact Gretchen Linzmeier at firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, the City wants to provide a fun and safe program for our youth in the summer. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.