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Volume 8: Edition 11, November 2010 Print the Newsletter

Keeping Mankato's streets drivable into the future

City staff performs maintenance on a city street, which can help increase a street's life to about 60 years.
A city of Mankato goal is for city streets to be long lasting because this reduces budget costs and increases sustainability efforts.

Pavement is designed to last about 20 years; however, Mankato has implemented maintenance efforts that are estimated to increase pavement life to about 40 years. In some cases, such as residential streets, maintenance can extend the pavement life to about 60 years. In order to achieve these goals, staff performs regular street preventative and corrective maintenance. Steps taken helps to increase the longevity of streets, which keeps them drivable and prevents the need for more expensive maintenance. This includes overlays, less expensive than reconstruction, which are needed about every 20 years. Also during that time period, streets will be seal coated several times, with the first being within five years and the remainder seal coats being done every seven years.

Preventative maintenance is cost effective and an efficient way to protect the pavement and the base layer beneath it by filling cracks, adding overlays and seal coating the street. Corrective maintenance involves patching and sealing areas of a street until preventative efforts can be taken.

Learn more about 2010 street projects and overlays. See a construction map and the streets that were seal coated.

For more information about capital improvement projects contact Michael McCarty, acting city engineer, at 507-387-8643.

Leading the way in snow and ice removal efforts

City staff plan their snow plowing efforts. Pictured (left to right) Les Lotton, Scott Wolner, Gary Otto, Steve Morrison, Dennis Nusser and Joe Grabianowski.
Maintenance staff Tom Schubert (front) and Jon Wachter (back) check a city snow plow.
Ben Brooks loads salt in preparation for snow plowing season.
Before the snow even arrives, public works staff are gearing up for the winter. They are committed to innovative service delivery and strive to provide safe winter driving conditions in Mankato.

Staff prepares for the weather by meeting as a team to outline their plans for snow plowing Mankato streets to keep them safe. Staff also inspects and maintains city snow plows and other equipment to ensure these vehicles are working and to ensure these vehicles are ready to go when they are needed. Another task staff takes care of is making sure they have the salt and sand needed to help keep streets drivable. Lastly, staff keeps a close eye on the weather.

"Our staff is well-qualified and dedicated to providing quality service to our customers," said Mark Knoff, director of public works.

Members of the snow plowing team not pictured include: Scott Bramel, Jim Braunshausen, Perry Braam, Paul Eisenmenger, Ryan Eliason, Dan Fischer, Mike Gondreau, Terry Hiniker, Larry Jensen, Scott James, Jody Johnson, Mark Koch, Eric Laven, Bryan Murphy, John Nelson, Jerry Pischke, Dan Randolph, Cody Schieck, Ron Sik, Nick Stevenson, Laurie Stenzel, Chuck Thomas and Rick Wollenzien. Some of these staff are called in to help if needed during snow emergencies.

For more information about Mankato snow and ice removal, contact staff at 507-387-8649.

What is your take about Mankato's 2011 budget?

Preview information about the city of Mankato's 2011 budget and give us "your take."

Visitor gives kudos to the city of Mankato

Downtown Mankato by Allen Schmidt, Mankato.
City officials received the following note from a recent Mankato visitor from Alabama:

"Just got back from a trip to Mankato and wanted to let you know that I am very impressed at how neat and clean your city is. It leaves a visitor with the impression that the citizens care about their environment and work together to make it an inviting and livable place. Kudos to you all."

One of Mankato's strategic priorities is having a positive community image. The city of Mankato remains committed to leading the way in providing the services customers have come to expect.

A new look for the city’s website

Mankato’s website has a new look. The content has been reorganized into a service-based model for efficient navigation so customers can quickly find items on the site. In addition to a new look and feel, the web site redesign makes sure the city continues to meet American Disabilities Act standards.

Connect with the city

Did you know the city of Mankato has a Facebook page and is on Twitter? Become a fan and follower today.

For more information contact public information staff at 507-387-8692.

Sign up for online utility billing

Signing up is easy. Enroll today.
Mankato’s online utility billing service helps customers save money and help the environment. Residents who sign up will:

  • save $2 each month by paying utility bills using electronic fund transfer.
  • save $1 each month by using the city’s paperless billing option. 

It’s easy to sign up! Simply contact city of Mankato staff at 507-387-8672, or fill out an online application and mail to:

City of Mankato
Water Billing
Intergovernmental Center
10 Civic Center Plaza
P.O. Box 3368
Mankato, MN 56002-3368

For more information contact city of Mankato staff at 507-387-8672. 

Ride the bus with us. Call 507-625-RIDE (7433).
Leave the driving to us

Mankato’s city bus gets riders to their destination on time. Plus, it offers convenient and affordable transportation. Learn more about Mankato’s city buses online or call 507-625-RIDE (7433).

Have your ad seen throughout Mankato by advertising on a city bus. For more information contact Mark Anderson, mass transit superintendent, at 507-387-8655.

Mankato’s leaf pickup service is underway

Mankato's leaf pickup service is a value-added service to residents' garbage and recycling.
Public works staff is vacuuming leaves as part of Mankato’s leaf pickup service, a value-added service to residents’ garbage and recycling. The vacuumed leaves are recycled and used as compost in city parks. Leaves will be picked up the day following regular garbage pickup. To participate in leaf pickup, residents simply rake their leaves to the curb.

  • It is important to place leaves in the gutter (on the street and next to the curb).
  • Leaves only please because brush can damage the leaf vacuum machine.
  • Streets need to be free of parked cars on the day after recycling/garbage pickup day for the leaf vacuum machine to get through.
  • Residents having a home on a corner lot are asked to pull leaves from the street corner because the leaf vacuum machine turns too wide to pick up leaves left on the corner. 

For more information contact public works staff at 507-387-8649, or learn more online.

2011 city calendar to release in November 30 "Home Magazine"

Jason Verly took second place with his photo Evening view of Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Be on the lookout for Mankato’s 2011 city calendar in the November 30 issue of "Home Magazine." Mankato’s city calendar, a 41-year tradition, is a useful communication tool that features public meeting dates and locations, contact information, 24-hour service numbers and important key city service messages for residents.

Photos within the calendar are selected from the photo contest, which encourages citizen involvement and showcases Mankato’s quality of life, spaces and places. See this year's winners. 

Thank you to the Wickersham Health Campus, including the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, Mankato Clinic and the Mankato Surgery Center for partnering to sponsor the 2011 calendar. Without this sponsorship, printing of the calendar could not continue.

For more information contact Mankato’s public information staff at 507-387-8692. 

Where do I vote?

Find polling locations quickly by using the State of Minnesota precinct finder. Simply enter the zip code or county along with the house number and street to find a location.

For more information about voting in Mankato, contact Blue Earth County elections staff at 507-304-4341.

Keep a great thing growing, plant a tree

Mankato residents can purchase a boulevard tree through the city of Mankato by calling 507-387-8649. Trees are available to homeowners at $30 each and will be planted next spring. City trees add the soft touch of nature to our busy lives. Planting trees has many benefits including energy conservation, pollution reduction and making neighborhoods more livable.

For more information, contact public works staff at 507-387-8649. 

Volunteer to be one of Mankato's bravest

For more information about becoming a volunteer firefighter, call 507-387-8792.
The city of Mankato is accepting applications for its volunteer firefighter program. Benefits include training opportunities and retirement. To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and a Minnesota driver's licence. In addition, they must pass a medical physical, a physical ability test and have a background check.

If interested in applying, or for more information contact Trudy Kunkel, acting deputy commander, at 507-387-8792.

Dates to keep in mind

City of Mankato offices will be closed:

Veteran's Day
Thursday, November 11

Although city offices will be closed garbage and recycling will not be affected.

Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26

There will be no garbage and recycling pickup on Thursday, November 25. Thursday’s garbage and recyclables will be collected on Friday, November 26. Friday's garbage and recyclables will be collected on Saturday, November 27.

For more information contact public works staff at 507-387-8649. 

Sign up for a Home Stretch workshop

Are you thinking about buying a home? Do you want to know if home ownership is right for you? Get these questions answered and more by attending a Home Stretch workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, November 4 and Tuesday, November, 9 in the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza.

The course fee is $15, payable to the city of Mankato the first night of class. Participants will receive a certificate upon course completion. Pre-registration is requested because of limited space. To pre-register, or for more information, contact Mankato’s housing staff at 507-387-8636.

New hours at Elk's Nature Center

Beginning Monday, November 1, Elk’s Nature Center in Rasmussen Woods, 555 Stoltzman Road, will be open:

  • Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

See a list of upcoming programs. For more information about Elk's Nature Center programming, contact staff at 507-387-8585.

Upcoming events at the Verizon Wireless Center

Verizon Wireless Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza.
Mankato Holistic & Wellness Expo
Saturday, November 6 through Sunday, November 7

Disney Live! Mickey's Rockin' Road Show
Sunday, November 28

Mannheim Steamroller
Tuesday, December 7

MSU Maverick Men's Hockey vs. University of Minnesota
Friday, December 3 through Saturday, December 4

8th Annual Goldsmith Reunion & Holiday Art Show
Friday, December 10 through Sunday, December 12

MSU Maverick Men's Hockey vs. University of North Dakota
Friday, December 10 through Saturday, December 11 

24-hour city services

  • Customer service online
  • File a police report
  • Graffiti hotline: 507-387-8610
  • Public safety police and fire: 911
  • Snow emergencies: 507-387-9001
  • Street maintenance request: 507-345-0600
  • Water: 507-387-8661