Posted 10/23/2021 at 9:20 a.m.
The testing facility in Detroit Lakes has notified the City that the water samples have been cleared and the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted.
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The Ortonville High school in cooperation with the Ortonville clean-up committee is offering a one-day tree branch and leaf service to citizens of Ortonville.
The School has setup an online form to complete at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcmzVvF2R8POJz7kr2K23w8wx_MmWtFoPdttf68puywO6XbA/viewform
The Big Stone County Office of Emergency Management is working with U-Spatial at the University of Minnesota Duluth to update the county’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP). The plan assesses the natural hazards that pose risk to the county, such as tornadoes, straight line winds, ice storms, blizzards, wildfire, flooding, and extreme temperatures and identifies ways to minimize the damage of future events. As the county works to update the plan, it wants to hear from the public.
The Big Stone County MHMP is a multi-jurisdictional plan that covers Big Stone County, including the cities of Barry, Beardsley, Clinton, Correll, Graceville, Johnson, Odessa, and Ortonville. The Big Stone County MHMP also incorporates the concerns and needs of townships, school districts, and other stakeholders participating in the plan. The plan will be updated by a planning team made up of representatives from county departments, local municipalities, school districts and other key stakeholders.
“Hazard mitigation planning is a central part of our emergency management program,” said Dona Greiner, Big Stone County Emergency Management Director. “Understanding the natural hazards that can cause serious impact to our communities and taking action to reduce or eliminate the impact of future disasters makes us more resilient. Hazard mitigation helps us to break the cycle of damage and repair caused by things like flooding, ice storms, and severe wind events that can damage property, stress economies, and threaten life safety in our county.”
Examples of hazard mitigation actions include improvement of roads and culverts that experience repetitive flooding; construction of safe rooms at campgrounds, public parks, mobile home parks or schools to protect lives in the event of tornados or severe wind events; burying powerlines that may fail due to heavy snow, ice or wind storms; ensuring timely emergency communication to the public through warning sirens and mass notification systems, and conducting public awareness and education campaigns to help people to be prepared to take safe action before, during, or following a hazard event. Some mitigation activities may be eligible for future FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant funding.
Public input is an essential part of the plan update. As part of the planning process, Big Stone County is seeking feedback from residents and businesses from across the county to incorporate into the plan:
Comments, concerns, or questions regarding natural disasters and potential mitigation actions to be included into the plan update process should be submitted to Big Stone County Emergency Management by phone or email. Public comments may also be submitted on the Big Stone County Emergency Management Facebook page where this news release will be posted.
There will be additional opportunities for public feedback throughout the planning process. A draft of the plan will be posted on the county website for public review prior to submission of the plan to the State of Minnesota. Future news releases will be shared with the media to notify the public of these opportunities.
The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires counties to update their plan every 5 years to maintain eligibility for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs.
Big Stone County Emergency Management Director
The City Crew has completed their work – you can resume normal water usage. Thank you!
As the swimming pool season comes to an end on August 19th, the following are the August Pool hours. Please note that there will be no weekend hours. Thank you!
And thank you to Tonya Barnhardt for sharing some photos of the work!
We’ve listed the Parks below along with the areas that are maintained. When giving your idea or recommendation (or both on multiple parks!), please include which park you’d like to see the activity within. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know your thoughts!
The Park System has one Fulltime Employee, meet Dave Davis!
Dave manages all the mowing, restroom cleaning, and projects for the parks listed below. He also mows all properties throughout town that are abandoned or do not mow according to the City Ordinance. Dave also maintains various open spaces – the water plant, city shop, substation area by Monarch Heights, water tower area, open space along First Street across from the flag park area, the open lot to the north of the hardware store across from the Fire Hall, the Welcome Sign area, the upper and lower parking lots (I’ve likely missed some of the open spaces!)
Foot of Lake Landing Area
Open Space behind Hartman’s
Old Water Plant Space
Peninsula Landing Area
Northside Ball Field Park
Dog Park (new 2021)
Flag Park Area
Skate Park (Rink)
Attention residents of the City of Ortonville! On May 14 and May 15, the City will conduct the Annual Cleanup Ortonville Day! The City will provide several large dumpsters in which you may bring many of those things you have been wanting to get rid of but just didn’t know where to take them.
The dumpsters will be located at the city shop on Highway75 located between Casey’s Diesel Pumps and Ortonville Independent building.
Proof of residency will be required at the time of drop-off. A copy of a utility bill with an Ortonville address is an example of such proof.
Items that will be accepted will include mattresses, old furniture, other wood items, metal toys, bicycles, and other metal items as well as appliances such as stoves, water heaters, dryers, washing machines. A maximum of 4 auto tires per household will also be accepted.
Items that will NOT be accepted will be refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, construction material, electronics, paint, solvents, garbage, and tree limbs, branches, and other vegetative waste. Please note, tree branches and yard wastes can be disposed of at the city tree dump on scheduled days. The City tree dump is open every Saturday during the Month of May. Please call the City office for times (320-839-3428)
If you have items for the Ortonville Cleanup, you must provide the information on the PDF form (link below) to the City Offices at 315 Madison Avenue by Wednesday, May 12th, 2021. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Drop-off may be done Friday, May 14 between 9 AM and 3 PM and Saturday, May 15th between 10 AM and 1 PM.
Anyone willing to volunteer your time to help load/unload items at the dropoff site, please call 320-839-3862 no later than May 8th. We want our city to be a place we can all be proud of and show our many visitors that come here for fishing, hunting, festivals, class reunions, etc. that our citizens take pride in the beautiful part of the world that we call home. We hope to make this an annual event so please consider volunteering!!
2021 Cleanup FORM PDF (download, complete & turn in to the City office)
The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2021.
For details see our Job Openings page: https://mnortonville.com/job-openings/