The City of Caledonia will receive a $7 million grant towards its new wastewater treatment facility as part of the $1.87 billion jobs and infrastructure bonding bill passed this week by the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate. The grant was made possible thanks to Representative Greg Davids and Senator Jeremy Miller, who advocated on behalf of the City of Caledonia and its residents to include funding in the bill. Caledonia Mayor DeWayne “Tank” Schroeder said the grant was “very good news” and thanked legislators Representative Davids and Senator Miller for making this happen. “This will help the citizens of Caledonia and our future,” Mayor Schroeder said. City Clerk/Administrator Adam Swann also thanked Representative Davids and Senator Miller and commended them for their help getting funding for the project in a very short amount of time. Swann also thanked Harry Merickel and Amy Zipko, research consultants for the House of Representatives, for their assistance. Swann said, “Replacing the City’s obsolete wastewater treatment plant, constructed in 1962, is critical to helping the City comply with MPCA guidelines, and the grant will make the project possible.” Swann also said the grant would help reduce the impact on Caledonia’s rate payers. The City worked with Tim Korby of HR Green to submit the City’s funding request to its legislators.
The City of Caledonia Diseased Tree Disposal Site will be open for anyone wishing to haul their materials to the dump at their own convenience from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily starting Monday, October 12 through the end of the season. In addition, the Diseased Tree Disposal Site will still be open regular hours during fall cleanup. Regular hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Tree Site will be open until Wednesday, November 4, or longer as weather permits.
Fall Cleanup is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 26 and end on Friday, October 30. Residents shall be responsible for having their items set at the curbside by Friday, October 30. The Street Department will make one final sweep of the City on Friday, October 30, but will not return to collect any items which may have been placed at the curb after 7:00 a.m. on that day. Only acceptable materials will be collected.
City Crews will make one pass on each street Monday, November 2 to collect pumpkins placed by the curb.
Acceptable items for composting include grass, vegetables, leaves, and other kinds of vegetation in its natural state. These items should be placed by the curb in containers such as biodegradable bags or cardboard boxes, not garbage containers. In an effort to become more environmentally friendly, the City of Caledonia is requiring residents to use paper biodegradable 30 gallon leaf bags. Bags are available at the local hardware/grocery store. The weight limit for each bag or box shall be 40lbs. Leaves & grass MUST be put in the proper container or they will not be collected. Tree branches and brush will be accepted so long as they are cut into pieces not to exceed four feet in length and six inches in diameter and are tied into bundles. The City will NOT collect materials which are not cut or bundled as prescribed. Plastic bags will NOT be collected.
Examples of items which shall not be collected are dirt, rocks, concrete, furniture, dimension lumber, blacktop, and garbage.
Questions concerning the Fall Cleanup may be directed to the City Clerk’s Office at 725-3450, or the Street Department at 725-2060.
The City wishes everyone a safe and happy fall season!
Alternate side parking is a traffic control plan to facilitate snow plowing/removal during designated winter months, requiring all motor vehicles, trailers, wagons, dumpsters and all other obstacles to snow plowing vehicles to park on opposite sides of the street every other day.
City Code requires that when parking on any public roadway between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. (early morning hours), all residents and visitors must park on the even numbered side of any public roadway on even-numbered days and the odd-numbered side of any public roadway on odd-numbered days.
Alternate Side Parking Winter Period: The alternate side parking winter period of the City shall be from November 1 through March 31.
Violators may be fined and/or towed. Alternate side parking regulations apply regardless of weather conditions.
Alternate side parking regulations do not apply to those streets in which parking is allowed on one side only.
For more information, please stop by City Hall or call (507) 725-3450.
-Call the Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 507-725-5803 to request an absentee ballot application. We will mail you an application. You can return the completed absentee ballot application by mail or drop it in the Houston County drop box located at the west entrance of the Courthouse marked ‘Official Election Ballot Drop Box’.
In addition, many residents have received unsolicited absentee ballot applications in the mail. These applications do not originate from the Houston County Auditor’s Office. They are mailed from organizations with a goal of encouraging everyone to vote (some are non-partisan, some are). These absentee ballot applications request the identical information as those distributed by the Auditor’s Office and the Secretary of State, so you may complete these applications and return them to Houston County. Ensure your completed application is addressed to Houston County Auditor/Treasurer, 304 South Marshall Street, Rm 116, Caledonia, MN 55921.
If you are a registered voter in a mail balloting precinct (Caledonia Township, Brownsville City, Brownsville Township, Union Township, Mound Prairie Township, or Spring Grove Township), you will automatically receive your ballot and instructions in the mail during the last week of September.
If you register to vote after October 13th for the General Election, you will get non-registered materials. You may also register at the polling place on Election Day.
Once you have received your absentee ballot, follow the instructions included in your packet to complete your ballot and ballot envelopes. Voted ballots may be placed in the Houston County drop box located at the west entrance of the Courthouse marked ‘Official Election Ballot Drop Box’, returned in-person to the Auditor’s office or mailed in the U.S. Mail. If dropping off or returning in-person, you must do so on or before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3rd.
All mailed ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3rd in order for your ballot to count in the election. We will be accepting ballots through the mail up to 7 days after the election as long as they are postmarked by November 3rd . If you have any questions, please contact the Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 507-725-5803 or email email@example.com.
DONNA I. TREHUS HOUSTON COUNTY AUDITOR-TREASURER –ELECTIONS
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.
The City of Caledonia would like to remind their residents that all eligible voters who have not yet cast their ballot will able to vote in person from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3 at the City Auditorium.