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Foley City Council Temporarily Allows Expanded Outdoor Seating; City Hall Open by Appointment Only
On May 21, the City Council passed an interim ordinance that would temporarily allow expanded outdoor seating. A permit is required and can be obtained by restricted businesses by contacting City Hall.
You can read the ordinance at this link: An Interim Ordinance Temporarily Allowing Expanded Outdoor Seating (May 21)
The council also voted to allow City Hall to open by appointment only until June 3. Call City Hall at 320-968-7260 to schedule an appointment.
Foley City Council Announces Closure of Municipal Swimming Pool for 2020 Season
After careful consideration, the Foley City Council voted reluctantly during their May 21 meeting to close the Foley Municipal Pool for the 2020 season.
“The City Council made the difficult decision tonight to close the pool for the 2020 season. We had postponed the decision of whether or not to open the pool for as long as we could in hopes that the situation with the COVID outbreak would improve.
Our staff was ready to move quickly, working extra hours if necessary, to get the pool ready even if opening day was delayed. Unfortunately, given the strict social distancing requirements from the Red Cross and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as no direction on when pools would be allowed to open from the Governor’s office, we have decided against opening the pool this summer.
We know how much our residents love the pool. Our staff and councilmembers are all very disappointed that we were not able to open the pool for our residents, especially for the children in our community who look forward to the pool every summer. We hope to reopen the pool in 2021.”
Picnic Areas, Skate Park, and Playground Equipment Open to Public
The city has decided to reopen the playground and picnic areas in Holdridge, Lion’s, and Norway Parks.
PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to use the park equipment, it will be at your own risk. The picnic tables, benches, and playground equipment will not be sanitized by city personnel. Please practice social distancing and remember to wash your hands frequently.
The bathrooms at Holdridge and Lion’s Park will remain closed at this time.
The City of Foley Responds to Coronavirus
- City Hall staff and Public Works will operate on staggered shifts until further notice.
- Administrative staff will continue to answer phones and emails to keep essential city business moving forward.
- Public Works will tend to essential services as required by the state order.
- Response times may increase as staff prioritizes workloads to focus on essential services.
- The city encourages everyone to use alternative methods of communication to help prevent the spread of viruses (phone, email, website, drop box, etc.).
- Follow city communications through our usual channels (website, Facebook, Twitter).
- Follow the advice of official county, state and federal organizations such as Benton County Public Health, Minnesota Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Stay home if you are sick, keep calm and wash your hands.
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Seasonal Water System Maintenance May Cause Temporary Water Discoloration
Foley Public Works will be flushing the city water system over the next few weeks as part of routine maintenance of the water system.
If you encounter discolored water during this period, you can run the cold, unsoftened tap for a few minutes to clear it up. The discoloration is not harmful to humans or animals.
The color change is due to water sitting in the larger mains and the iron settles out. The sediment sits on the bottom of the main until the water flow is increased. The flushing process stirs up the sedimentation in the pipe and the water turns black or brown.
This process also cleans out the stagnated water in the mains that have little water usage.
For more information: Foley Public Works, 320-968-4082
Nominations Needed for the 2020 Foley Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award
The Foley Area Chamber of Commerce has created a Citizen of the Year Award Program to recognize one person that has displayed outstanding dedication and contribution to the community during the preceding year. Members of the Foley Area Chamber of Commerce are to nominate a person whom they feel would deserve to receive the award. Forms must be completed and received no later than 5:00pm on May 1, 2020 to be eligible.
Foley City Council Votes to Raise Water/Sewer Rates and Fees for 2020
The Foley City Council voted unanimously during their Dec. 3 council meeting to raise the city water/sewer rates for 2020. The new 2020 rates are roughly the equivalent of a 5% increase over the 2019 rates.
Foley residents will see an increase to their minimum water/sewer bill from $87.69 to $92.73. This includes an increase in the Minnesota Test Fee from $1.59 per quarter to $2.43 per quarter. The increase in the MN Test Fee will begin with the January 2020 billing (prior to the rate increase), making the minimum water bill for only the January billing $88.53.
The City of Foley is systematically raising rates to fund an anticipated wastewater system upgrade as well as to qualify for state funding for the project. Without state funding, Foley residents would end up footing the entire bill for the anticipated multi-million wastewater improvement project.
Rates are effective upon publication, Jan. 1, 2020. Foley residents will see the new rates reflected in their first quarter 2020 water/sewer utility bills scheduled to arrive in mailboxes in April 2020
Sump Pump Water Discharge
To avoid creating water hazards for pedestrians and motorists, residents are requested to move sump pump discharge hoses away from sidewalks and roadways to the edge of road right-of-way, so water drains onto your lawn or yard.
To prevent water from pooling on properties and creating a nuisance for neighbors, it is recommended residents move their discharge hoses frequently so the water can be absorbed faster into the soil.
The City of Foley Code of Ordinances Section 1100 defines a public nuisance as anything that endangers the public safety. This includes anything that interferes with, obstructs, or renders dangerous for passage, any public highway or right-of-way, or waters used by the public.
For more information: Please contact Foley City Hall at 320-968-7260.
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