Tuesday, November 29, 2011
While residents see algae-covered amenities, experts see storm water ponds doing their job.
For residents of Mendota Heights, the water quality of the 90+ ponds in town affects the sites and smells of daily living. Copperfield Drive resident Audrene Lojovich called the algae blooms on Copperfield Pond “the creeping crud.” In response to complaints like Lojovich’s, the city agreed to study a handful of ponds last summer to find out what’s going on below the surface. A study of three ponds—Copperfield, Burrows and Park Place—was ultimately conducted by Bonestroo/Stantec. What the report found is not what homeowners were expecting to hear. A Passing Grade All three ponds are performing within acceptable performance standards, meaning they provide storm water storage in heavy rain and they have the capacity to absorb excess nutrients…
Keeping nutrients out of the water can reduce algae growth, according to report.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
A report on Mendota Heights pond performance by Bonestroo/Stantec recommends these best management practices for homeowners on a pond that want to see more open water, less algae: Fertilize sparingly Keep grass clippings off the sidewalk and street Vegetate bare spots Compost yard waste Sweep up driveways and sidewalks Direct downspouts away from concrete Avoid pesticides Use commercial car washes instead of the driveway Check vehicles for leaks Clean up after pets Recycle old motor oil Pour nothing down the storm sewer drain Use the Dakota County household hazardous waste collection program
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Dodd Road property, pond study, and road rehab among subjects of April 19 meeting.
Mendota Heights may have finally found a buyer for the city-owned “old fire hall” lot. The council approved a purchase agreement for the lot, located just north of Fischerville Coffee House and Bella Boutique on Dodd Road. Suzanne Perkins of Complete Beverage Service Inc. has applied to purchase the land for $50,000 as part of her larger plan to open Fischerville Grill on the adjacent property. “I’m delighted to have someone take the difficult piece of land attached to Fischerville,” said council member Ultan Duggan. “I congratulate them and thank them for being willing to step forward to enhance a neighborhood business,” he said of the Perkins family. The residential lot was a gift to the city. It is too small to be developed on its own …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Consultant to assess ponds; city to set aside funds for Rogers Lake weed control.
“We have a big new issue in this town, and it’s water,” quipped Mendota Heights Mayor Sandra Krebsbach near the close of the city council meeting Tuesday night. The council spent much of the evening discussing pond, lake, and storm water issues. Residents’ concerns and increasingly strict Minnesota Pollution Control Agency guidelines brought the city’s ponds to the forefront as Public Works Director John Mazzitello requested the council’s approval of a pond maintenance review. The city approved the request to spend approximately $35,000 to hire an independent consultant. In addition to assessing 10 of the city’s storm water management ponds, the consultant would recommend any needed improvements to the bodies of water. The ponds that will …
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The full council met for the first time, and swore in newly appointed member Mike Povolny.
A new rental property ordinance, better standards for maintenance of commercial buildings and a pond maintenance pilot program are among the long-term goals fleshed out Jan. 19 for the city of Mendota Heights to pursue in 2011. The goal-setting session was the first time that the full council, including newly appointed member Mike Povolny, sat down to discuss the issues they want to address this year. Povolny was sworn in at the beginning of the meeting, and will have a ceremonial swearing-in at the next council meeting in February. While no official action was taken at the meeting, discussion laid out a variety of paths that city staff and the council will likely be pursuing in upcoming months. The rental-licensing ordinance is something …