Medina OKs money for map support

Storm water ponds. Where are they? Medina city officials want to know because not all of them are easy to find and they eventually must be cleaned out.

In Medina’s case, records of some storm water ponds are buried amongst mounds of data about locations of city infrastructure, such as water and sewer mains, road signs and fire hydrants. Some of these ponds have been gathering sediment from storm water for many years. They might have reached a point where they pose a water pollution hazard.

Now city officials have decided it is time to arrange storm water pond and other infrastructure data into usable form, so developers, city planners and public works crews can see where things are.

In other words, put everything on a map.

The Medina City Council on Wednesday, Feb. 5, approved up to $12,000 to pay for infrastructure mapping support from WSB city engineers. Medina Public Works Director Steve Scherer said Medina must meet a deadline for reporting storm water pond information this year. The rest of the infrastructure mapping will take place this year and in future years.

Scherer said Medina has had infrastructure mapping as a goal for five years. The city has attempted to do this task in house using several interns. Medina now needs help in completing the task.

After the meeting, City Administrator Scott Johnson said Medina has gathered the necessary infrastructure data. Without a map, it is difficult for the city to use the information.

Storm water ponds pose a future financial problem for Medina and other area cities, such as Independence. Water resources specialists from Hakanson Anderson and Associates have warned both cities that Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wants these storm water treatment ponds cleaned out. The MPCA made this messy job a requirement for renewal of a city’s national pollutant discharge elimination system permit.

The first step is for cities to report storm water pond information to the MPCA. Then the pond cleanup process can begin, and the MPCA will require it.

Hakanson Anderson engineers have said pond cleanup could be costly, and the exact cost won’t be known until the exact number and size of clogged ponds is known.

Once the infrastructure database is in usable form, Medina will be able to update it when the city adds new infrastructure and replaces aging infrastructure, Scherer said. This information will help Medina do long-range financial planning rather than reacting when something needs to be replaced.

The Medina City Council also took up other business on Feb. 5.

The city council:

APPROVED $600 for a direct mail survey of residents about their interest in using a potential bus rapid transit service with a stop in the vicinity of the Medina Entertainment Center. The survey also will be printed in the Medina city newsletter and posted online at ci.medina.mn.us.

APPROVED raffle permits for Turn In Poachers Inc. on March 2 and Water for People on April 26. Both raffles will take place at the Medina Entertainment Center.

APPROVED a concession services agreement for the Church of St. Anne at Hamel Legion Park.

APPOINTED Nate Pearson to the Medina Park Commission.

ACCEPTED an $18,250 donation from the Hamel Volunteer Fire Department Relief Association and earmarked the money for equipment funding.

CALLED for a 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, meeting at the Hamel Community Building for the Medina Business Forum and business tours.

Contact Susan Van Cleaf at susan.vancleaf@ecm-inc.com

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