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WELCOME TO BROWNSDALE

CITY SERVICES and OTHER UTILITIES

WATER AND SEWER SERVICE

The City bills you for water and sewer usage every month, I send out the bill on the 27th for the coming month.  There are no water meters, so the Council, at the beginning of each year, passes a Resolution regarding rates.  Water is based on occupancy and sewer is a set $20.00 per household.

 

GARBAGE SERVICE

The City is served by two companies, Waste Management (888-960-0008) or Y Waste (507-433-1702). You are free to contact either.  Recycling Curbside schedule is posted on www.co.mower.mn.us/recycling.html or we have a recycling dumpster on Main St. by the City’s garage.  Contact the City if you would like recycling tubs.

 

ELECTRICITY

Electric service is provided by Freeborn Mower (507-373-6421 or 800-734-6421  or after hour restoration 800-927-6201)

 

NATURAL GAS

Natural gas service is provided by Minnesota Energy(1-800-889-9508).

 

TELEPHONE

Telephone service is provided by Frontier (1-800-921-8102).

 

CABLE TELEVISION

Cable is provided by Medicom (1-800-332-0245).

 

GRASS CLIPPINGS AND YARD WASTE. 

The City of Brownsdale Brush Site is permitted and regulated by the Minnesota Department of natural Resources.  There are numerous rules and regulations that must be followed so that the site can remain open to the residents of Brownsdale.  Following is a partial list of those rules.  Anyone found to have improperly used the site would not be allowed to use it again.  Thank you for your cooperation.

PROCEDURES:

1. Hours of operation Sunrise to Sunset.

2. Only the following items can be accepted:  tree trimmings, brush, leaves, garden plants and grass clippings.

3.  All other material is PROHIBITED, but not limited to the following: garbage, lumber, plastic, cardboard, paper, carpet, construction materials and furniture.

4.  This Site is for residents of the City ONLY.  NO commercial dumping without prior approval.

Dumping of garbage and starting of fires by unauthorized personnel are misdemeanors punishable by fines up to $1000.00 and/or up to 90 days in jail. (MN Statute 609.68)

DIRECTIONS:

Hwy.56 South out of Town

Turn Left onto gravel road at the Greenwood Cemetery

Approx. 1/2ml. down on Left side of road.

 

WINTER PARKING AND SNOW REMOVAL

From November 1st through May 1st because of snow, freezing rain, sleet, ice, snow drifts or other natural phenomena, which create or are likely to create hazardous road conditions impeding, or likely to impede, the free movement of fire, health, police, emergency or other vehicular traffic, or the safety and welfare of the community, the City shall Restrict parking on certain street and parking lots.  During these months, it is unlawful to park or leave standing any vehicle on any portion of the following streets or parking lots from 1:00am to 8:00am:

1)100 Block of N. Mill St

2) 100 Block of S. Mill St

3) 100 Block of E. Main St

4) 100 Block of W. Main St

5) 100 Block of W. Pleasant St

6) 100 Block of E. Pleasant St

7) All city-owned parking lots,

A) This section shall not apply to persons in charge of wreckers or authorized emergency vehicles while actually servicing mechanical, fire, police or medical emergencies;

B) Unlawful Acts. During these months it is unlawful to park or leave standing any vehicle on any street or city-owned parking lot listed in Section 10 above during prohibited hours, on any other street between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 am of the succeeding day, bearing odd-numbered United States Post Office address on even-numbered days on the month or on any other street between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 am of the succeeding day, bearing even-numbered United States Post Office address on odd-numbered days of the month.

 

BUILDING PERMITS

Building permits are required to build any building larger than 120 square feet.  Permits are also required for:

       Re-roofing, re-siding, or new windows

       Decks

       New or replacement furnaces, water heaters, or water softeners.

       Other things too numerous to mention

Always check with City Hall before doing any building project to see if a permit is needed.

 

PETS

While many of you may be pet lovers, not everyone is.  Pets are not allowed to run free.  Your pet also requires a license.  Any dog or cat over six months old needs to have a license.  Licenses may be purchased at City Hall for $5.00 for a two year term with proof of current vaccination.  When walking you dog, you are responsible to pick up any droppings left behind. 

 

OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER

The Meadow Area Newspaper is the official newspaper of the City.  All official notices are published there. 

 

CITY HALL

City Hall is located at 103 Main St. E.  Office hours are from 8:00am to 4:30pm.  Council meeting are the 1st Monday of the month 7pm@City Hall.

 

SCHOOL SYSTEM

Independent School District #203 is a district composed of the communities of Brownsdale, Hayfield, Oslo, Sargeant, and Waltham. Its boundaries span an area of 200 square miles from Rochester in the northeast and to Austin in the southwest. The school system involves approximately 790 students and 60 teachers. Students in the Hayfield Community Schools are taught in a "person-centered" environment. The school's philosophy stresses the importance of the student's academic, social and emotional development with the emphasis on the student's need to feel successful and important. The faculty and staff are expected to be sensitive to needs and problems and to be understanding. Instruction is on a continuous-progress basis and is designed to promote independence on the part of the student as he/she progresses from kindergarten through grade 12.  Contact number: 507-477-3235

 

Brownsdale Elementary School is very proud of the educational experience it offers to children. Average class size is 20. We serve grades preschool through 3.There are one or two sections per grade level. We offer outstanding programs in physical education and music, as well as in the classroom. The beautiful media center is used throughout the day. The computer lab is located directly next to the media center. The lab houses 24 computers. We also have a school forest which is one of about 95 throughout the state.  Contact number: 507-567-2244

 

CHURCHES IN THE AREA

 

Brownsdale has 5 Churches in the town.  They are listed below, with a number to call for more information.

Our Lady of Loretto Catholic  507-433-1888

Our Savior Lutheran 507-567-2329

First Baptist 507-567-2369

United Methodist 507-567-2316

New Beginnings in Christ Church 507-533-4962