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HYDRANT FLUSHING

 

The City of Ellsworth will be flushing out the water hydrants on Wednesday, May 25th, 2022. Expect cloudy or discolored water. We recommend NOT running HOT water until your COLD water starts to run clear.

 

We recommend that you DO NOT WASH A LOAD OF WHITE CLOTHES UNTIL YOU HAVE DONE A LOAD OF DARKS FIRST! https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/fec/1/16/1f455.png https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/f6b/1/16/1f454.png https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/f6d/1/16/1f456.png https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/fee/1/16/1f457.png  Please be cautious of the city employee working in the streets and observe traffic diversions.

 

FACT:  Hydrant Flushing is the quick release of water from fire hydrants. The purpose of flushing the water lines is to clear the water mains of small amounts of sediment like iron or manganese that settles in water mains over time. By flushing the hydrants, we are helping to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes. We are also testing the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available. This controlled procedure is vital to the general maintenance of the City’s water distribution system. The hydrants are also checked to see that they are in working order for fire protection.  Residents may temporarily notice low water pressure while the mains are being flushed.

 

FACT:  The discoloration of water during hydrant flushing is caused by iron and mineral deposits from inside the water mains getting stirred up. The source of the iron naturally occurs from ground water wells and deposits in the ductile iron pipe that make up the underground water system. During flushing your household water may appear rust-colored but the water is safe to use and consume, however it may stain laundry. If you happen to wash whites and they look yellow, you can get iron out from your local hardware stores. Also, we understand that it may be an inconvenience to have discolored water during flushing. However, if we did not flush the outcome would result in rust-colored water always, possible hydrant failure, lower water pressure and perhaps many other costly problems.

 

FACT:  There are ways to minimize water discoloration during hydrant flushing operations.  If possible, limit your water use.  Wait until flushing has subsided in your area, then run the cold water tap until the water runs clear. If you have a water softener and are experiencing discolored water, place the unit into regeneration or cleaning mode after hydrant flushing is completed. When flushing, it can take as little as 2 minutes for the water to run clear or as long as 30 minutes, depending on the hydrant!

 

FACT:  The City of Ellsworth is required by the Minnesota Department of Health Environmental Health Division – Safe Drinking Water, to test the water in the system at various times throughout the year according to mandated parameters. The results of these tests are outlined in the annual Water Quality Report.  (The report is sometimes called the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).)   

 



 

 

The  City of Ellsworth has registered with the State of MN, for those who qualify, for the Minnesota Water Assistance Program.The State of Minnesota received $14.67 million in federal funds authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act to assist Minnesota residents with past due or current water and wastewater usage charges, fees, and deposits in response to hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal requirements mandate that residential customers that are currently disconnected from water or wastewater services are prioritized first, followed by residents with a pending water or wastewater disconnection  and those with past due water or wastewater bills.

In Nobles County, the city will be working with the Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council.  Please click on the links below for instructions and application.  If you are eligible, Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council grant money will be sent to the City of Ellsworth for payment of your water/wastewater bill.   

2021-2022 Energy Assistance Application - English

2021-2022 ENERGY ASSISTANCE RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES & INSTRUCTIONS

If you would like to rent out the City of Ellsworth Community Room in the new city hall, please contact the Ellsworth City Clerk.  Click on the following links for the pricing and the rental agreement. 

 

CITY OF ELLSWORTH COMMUNITY CENTER RENTAL CLEANING CHECK LIST

CITY OF ELLSWORTH COMMUNITY CENTER RENTAL POLICY & PROCEDURE

CITY OF ELLSWORTH COMMUNITY CENTER RENTAL WALK-THRU LIST

CITY OF ELLSWORTH COMMUNITY CENTER RENTAL AGREEMENT

  

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We did it!

Our small community has been awarded funding through a bonding bill that was recently signed into law by Governor Walz in the 5th Legislative session. This is extremely exciting for our community!  This project is to build a large community center and fitness room.  The large community room will have access to the kitchen that is included in the new City Hall building. Class reunions, wedding receptions, birthday parties, holiday bazaar, and large family reunions are just a few events that would be able to be hosted in Ellsworth. 

Due to the Coronavirus, we have not been able to hold any fundraising events.  However, we are still able to accept your generous contribution through the Capital Campaign Fundraising.  *** PLEASE NOTE *** – All contribution amounts will be kept confidential.  All contributions are tax deductible through a partnership with the Lismore Area Community Foundation and the Southwest Initiative Foundation.   Any gift, large or small, is appreciated.

This is the time of year to give.  Will you consider making a financial contribution or pledge this holiday season? 

Please consider giving to the Capital Campaign fundraising effort to go toward the new Community Center.  Contributions and/or pledges may be sent to:

Southwest Initiative Foundation

C/O DeNoble, Austin & Company PC

121 S. Story Street

Rock Rapids, Iowa  51246

 

To those who have already given, THANK YOU. Your gift is very much appreciated!

Yes, we did it!  Now we need your support to make it a dream come true for the City of Ellsworth!  

 

Thanks for your time and support of this project.

The Building Committee & Capital Campaign Committee  

Click on the link below for the Pledge Sheet. 

 CAPITAL CAMPAIGN PLEDGE SHEET

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

APPLICATION FOR VARIANCE REQUEST

 

NOTICE IS HERE BY GIVEN, that a Public Hearing will be held before the Ellsworth City Council (also known as the Land Use and Zoning Board) on Monday, June 13th, 2022, at 6:30PM. The Ellsworth City Council will take public testimony from persons wishing to be heard on this issue. This hearing will be held at the Ellsworth City Hall, 322 S. Broadway Street, Ellsworth, MN  56129, to consider the following:

 

  • Leann Gertsma has made a request for a Variance for a 5 foot chain link fence at her property at 402 S. Chestnut Street, Ellsworth, Minnesota; Lot 12, Block 15, parcel#25-0103-000, Nobles County, Minnesota.

Subject to Minnesota State Statute§462.357 and City Code #10, City of Ellsworth, will mail notices to all property owners 350’ of the areas included in each application.

Written comments may be sent to the City Clerk’s Office, PO Box 355, Ellsworth, MN  56129 by 5:00PM on

Monday, June 13th, 2022.

 

The Ellsworth City Council

 

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SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE
 
Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, 7:00PM,
Ellsworth City Hall
 322 S. Broadway Street, Ellsworth, MN  56129
 
01.)     Codify City Ordinances ~ Code of Ordinances Chapter 5 Nuisances, Offenses, & Regulations
02.)     As Needed Part time Public Works Employee
 
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The regular meeting of the
Ellsworth City Council
Will meet at the Ellsworth City Hall
at 322 S. Broadway Street
 Monday, June 13th, 2022
at 7:00PM, following the Public Hearing at 6:30PM. 

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The City Clerk’s Office will be closed on:

Friday, June 17th

 

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please contact the elected officials or employee:

 

Mayor, Colette Smythe                                                507-920-6901

Councilperson, Trevor Boltjes, Streets                      605-413-5162

Councilperson, Sandy Sanders, Buildings                 605-351-8246

Councilperson, Chad Schultz, Parks                         712-470-5977

Councilperson, Tonya Zitzloff, Water & Sewer         612-801-4955

Ray Palmer, City Employee, Water/Wastewater      507-220-4298

COVID-19

 

CORONA VIRUS

 The City has and will continue to follow the guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in taking every precautionary measure to contain COVID-19.   

  The health and safety of our residents remains the highest priority and the City constantly reviews its policies and procedures to minimize any health risks. 

With the Corona Virus (COVID-2019), the City of Ellsworth would like you to know that the City of Ellsworth is committed to the safety our residents and employees by actively monitoring updates regarding COVID-2019 along with following the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and our Nobles County Emergency Management team.   Changes are made daily, but here is what we need to do as a community today:

 Continue to Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water.

 STAY HOME! (Except to get medical care, pharmacy pickup, or groceries)

 Avoid close contact with people who are sick

 Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue

 Use alcohol based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when hand washing is NOT available

 Please stay updated by social media or posters

If you have questions about COVID-19, you may call the Minnesota Department of Health hotline at 651-201-3920.

 

 

WATER BILLS ARE DUE ON THE 25TH OF EACH MONTH. 

Welcome to our website.  

Introducing ePay!

We're pleased to announce our New electronic bill paying service.  With just a few clicks and either a credit card or your PayPal account, you can now pay most City bills electronically.  No more paper checks, trips to City Hall, or increasingly more expensive postage stamps.  Just click on the Pay My Bills tab and follow the simple directions. Or click the red tab (View/Pay eBills).  Your account number is listed on your utility billing card and the PIN number is listed on the utility bill card on the top, to the right of the City of Ellsworth address.  The service is fast, easy, and inexpensive.  Give it a try.  

Online Payments

We've recently started taking online payments.

 

View/Pay eBills

EyeOnWater ~

app for your phone or computer

You will be able to view your water usage through simple graphs.  It will spot costly leaks and set up alerts. Set up your account with several easy steps. EyeOnWater is also available as a smartphone app for Android (5.0 and higher) and iOS (9.1 and higher).  Great Tool! 

Click on this link:   Eye on Water

DISCLAIMER
The City of Ellsworth has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in this website.  However, due to the possibility of inadvertent errors that may have occurred when entering information, unauthorized access to this site, data transmission errors or changes to source material made since the last update to the website, the information contained on this website should not be deemed reliable for legal purposes.  Please contact the City Clerk-Treasurer at 507-967-2373 to verify the accuracy of the data.