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Public Notices April 8

CITY OF WINTHROP ordinance number 2020-139 AN ORDINANCE ADDING CODE SECTION 813.01 REGARDING OUTDOOR WOOD BURNING STOVES WHEREAS, the City of Winthrop has established Code section prohibiting certain public nuisances; and WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes section 412.221 subdivision 6 provides in part that the City shall have power by ordinance to regulate the use of streets and other public grounds, to prevent encumbrances or obstructions, and to require the owners or occupants of buildings and the owners of vacant lots to remove encumbrances from the sidewalks adjacent thereto and in default thereof to cause such encumbrances, obstructions, or substances to be removed and the cost to be assessed against the property as a special assessment; WHEREAS, City Staff and the City Council have determined that it would be beneficial for the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens to regulate outdoor wood burning stoves and hydronic furnaces. NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Winthrop, Sibley County, State of Minnesota, hereby ordains as follows: Part 13. Miscellaneous Provisions. 1. Code Section 813.01 shall be added to the City Code as follows: § 813.01 Hydronic furnaces. The following are hereby declared to be nuisances affecting health: Subdivision 1. Definitions. The following terms as used in this section shall have the meanings stated: A. “Hydronic furnace” means any furnace that uses combustion fuel other than natural gas or propane to heat water or other liquid for use in heating a structure. B. “Natural wood” means wood that has not been painted, varnished, or coated with a similar material, has not been pressure-treated with preservatives, and does not contain resins or glues as in plywood or other composite wood products. C. “Existing hydronic furnace” means a hydronic furnace that was installed and put into use prior to October 20, 2008. Subdivision 2. Applicability. This ordinance applies to the use of all hydronic furnaces within the City. This ordinance does not apply to the following: A. Grilling or cooking food using charcoal, wood, propane, or natural gas in cooking or grilling appliances. B. Burning for the purpose of generating heat in a stove, furnace, fireplace, or other heating device within a building used for human or animal habitation. C. The use of propane, acetylene, natural gas, gasoline, or kerosene in a device intended for heating, construction, or maintenance activities. D. The use of recreational fires as defined City Code and regulated in Minnesota Statutes. Subdivision 3. Mechanical permit required for new outdoor furnaces. No hydronic furnace may be installed or used without a mechanical permit issued by the City. A. All hydronic furnaces shall meet or exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program Phase 2 emissions level (EPA Phase 2 level) and shall emit no more than 0.32 pounds of particulate matter per million BTUs of heat input. B. All hydronic furnaces shall be constructed, established, installed, operated, and maintained in conformance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the requirements of the mechanical permit. In the event of a conflict, the requirements of this ordinance shall apply unless the manufacturer’s instructions are stricter, in which case the manufacturer’s instructions shall apply. Each hydronic furnace shall visibly display the manufacturer’s certification that the furnace complies with EPA Phase 2 level requirements. C. All hydronic furnaces shall burn only clean dry natural wood, wood pellets, corn products, biomass pellets, or other fuels specifically permitted by the manufacturer’s instructions, such as fuel oil, natural gas, or propane backup. D. Corn or pelletized fuel shall at all times be stored in securely-covered bins or enclosures so as to prevent the attraction of rodents or other vermin. Subdivision 4. Existing hydronic furnaces. Existing hydronic furnaces must conform to all requirements of Subdivision 3 above after 90 days from the effective date of the ordinance enacting this section. If requested by the owner, the Building Official may issue a conditional mechanical permit for an existing hydronic furnace that does not conform to such requirements, provided that: A. The existing hydronic furnace is in a state of good repair and has been installed in accordance with the requirements and specifications of the manufacturer; and B. The existing hydronic furnace is at all times operated in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s best burn practices for hydronic heaters as exist or are amended from time to time. C. The existing hydronic furnace is operated in a fashion that does not violate City Code Regarding public nuisances or State law regarding air pollution control. D. No existing hydronic furnace may be located less than one hundred feet from any residence not served by such furnace. E. If any existing hydronic furnace is located within one hundred to three hundred feet of any residence not served by the furnace, the stack shall be at least two feet higher in elevation than the highest peak of any such residence. A conditional mechanical permit may be revoked upon determination by the Building Official that any such provision has been violated. Subdivision 5. Penalties. Violation of the requirements of this section or of the requirements of a mechanical permit authorized under this section, or permitting such violation, will subject the property owner and/or operator of the hydronic furnace to one or both of the following penalties: A. Cease and desist order. A cease and desist order may be issued by the City Building Official. Such order shall state the violation(s) and shall require the property owner and/or operator of the hydronic furnace to discontinue use of the outdoor furnace until each violation is eliminated and the cease and desist order is withdrawn. B. Criminal prosecution. Violation of any requirement of this section is hereby declared to be a petty misdemeanor. Violation of a cease and desist order authorized by this section is hereby declared to be a petty misdemeanor. Each day of violation may be deemed to constitute a separate violation. AYES: NAYS: PRESENT-NOT VOTING: ABSENT: WINTHROP CITY COUNCIL By: s/s Kelly Pierson Mayor ATTEST: s/s Jennifer Palmer City Administrator 27(af)c

NOTICE ALFSBORG TOWNSHIP BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION The Board of Appeal and Equalization of Alfsborg Township will meet on Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall. If you believe the value and classification of your property is incorrect, please contact the assessor’s office to discuss your concerns. If you still disagree, you may appear at the Board of Appeal meeting. The Board will review you assessment and attempt to make corrections as needed. Generally, you need to appeal to the local board before appealing at the county level. Walter Asmus Clerk of Alfsborg Township 27-28c

TRANSIT TOWNSHIP ASSESSMENT NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeal and Equalization of the Township of Transit in Sibley County, Minnesota, will meet at the home of Wayne R. Grams, the Township Clerk, on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor. If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact your assessor’s office to discuss your concerns. If you disagree with the valuation or classification after discussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization. The Board will review your assessments and may make corrections as needed. Generally, you must appeal to the local board before appealing to the county Board of Appeal and Equalization. Wayne R. Grams Transit Township Clerk 27c

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS 2020 UTILITY AND STREET IMPROVEMENTS – S.A.P. NO. 072-632-006 CITY OF WINTHROP WINTHROP, MINNESOTA ENGINEER PROJECT NO. 19-22871 General Notice City of Winthrop (Owner) is requesting Bids for the construction of the following Project: 2020 Utility and Street Improvements – S.A.P. No. 072-632-006 Engineer Project No. 19-22871 Bids for the construction of the Project will be received by ISG (the Engineer) electronically through QuestCDN until Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. local time. At that time the Bids received will be posted publicly online. The project includes the following major quantities of Work:

Obtaining the Bidding Documents Information and Bidding Documents for the Project can be found at the following designated website: Quest Construction Data Network (QuestCDN) The QuestCDN eBidDoc number is 6612183. For assistance and free membership registration, contact QuestCDN at 952.233.1632 or Bidding Documents may be downloaded from the designated website. Prospective Bidders are urged to register with the designated website as a plan holder, even if Bidding Documents are obtained from a plan room or source other than the designated website in either electronic or paper format. The designated website will be updated periodically with addenda, lists of registered plan holders, reports, and other information relevant to submitting a Bid for the Project. All official notifications, addenda, and other Bidding Documents will be offered only through the designated website. Neither Owner nor Engineer will be responsible for Bidding Documents, including addenda, if any, obtained from sources other than the designated website. Bidding Documents may only be purchased for download online at the designated website for a fee of $20. The bidder must electronically submit the proposal online using the designated website. The bidder must pay an online bidding fee of $25. The Owner reserves the right to hold and consider the bids for 60 days after the date of the bid opening. The City of Winthrop reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informalities or irregularities. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of 60 days. A Proposal Guaranty for at least 5% of the total bid amount shall accompany the proposal as outlined in the project documents. A bidder’s bond shall include certified copy of the power of attorney. This Advertisement is issued by: Owner: City of Winthrop By: Bryan M. Petzel, P.E. Title: Civil Engineer 25-27(af)c

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