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Election 2020 Information for Benton County residents.
- Residents voting in person on Nov. 3 are encouraged to make sure you are registered to vote prior to Election Day to avoid long wait times.
- Regular polling places will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Absentee (early) voting: Apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail for this election. Ballots will be sent beginning Sept. 18. Allow extra time to receive your ballot.
For more information on how and where to vote: Benton County Elections
City of Foley Passes Resolution in Support of the Bonding Bill
The Foley City Council passed a resolution on Monday, Sept. 1, in support of the Bonding Bill.
For more information: Resolution in Support of Bonding Bill
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.
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 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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