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Seasonal Water System Maintenance May Cause Temporary Water Discoloration
Foley Public Works will be flushing the city water system this spring 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. If you have any questions, please call Foley Public Works at 320-968-4082.
The City of Foley is expected to add 300 to 800 new residents and 120 to 325 new households by the year 2040. Most of this growth will likely occur after investments are made to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility. This includes a pipe that will run from Foley to the regional treatment facility in St. Cloud. The project will address aging infrastructure needs, while adding capacity for future development. The project is currently on track for construction to start late summer or fall of 2021 with completion in 2022.
Foley City Council Votes to Raise Sewer Rate and Fees for 2021
The Foley City Council voted unanimously during their Jan. 5 council meeting to raise the city sewer rate for 2021. The new 2021 sewer rate is roughly the equivalent of a 10% increase over the 2020 rates.
Foley residents will see an increase to their minimum water/sewer bill from $92.73 to $97.63.
Rates are effective upon publication, Jan. 1, 2021. Foley residents will see the new rates reflected in their first quarter 2021 water/sewer utility bills scheduled to arrive in mailboxes in April 2021.
The Benton County Government Center provides DMV services and has now reopened
Notice of City Board Positions Available
As of January 1, 2021, there will be positions available on various City boards. The terms of these positions vary from one to four years. Anyone interested in being considered for appointment or with questions please contact City Hall at 320-968-7260, or P.O. Box 709, Foley, MN 56329.
- Health Board
- Library Board
- Planning Commission
- Economic Development Authority
Rural Broadband Coalition Launches Speed Test Initiative
- Take the Test: http://mnruralbroadbandcoalition.com/speedtest
- Read More About It: https://www.lmc.org/news-publications/news/all/broadband-speed-test/
The City of Foley Responds to Coronavirus
- Per the Governor’s order, masks must be worn inside public buildings. People with medical conditions are exempt from wearing a mask.
- 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.
Resources For Small Businesses
MnDOT Hwy 23 – Foley to Milaca Project Information
MnDOT will improve 13.5 miles of Highway 23 from Foley to Milaca in 2022.
For more information:
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.
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.
Sump Pump Water Discharge
To avoid creating water and/or ice 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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