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Winona Police Department Awarded K-9 Vest through Nationwide non-profit.

K9 Neko was born in the Czech Republic in 2008.  Neko was imported to the United States in 2009 and was paired with his handler, Officer Brad Barrientos of the Winona Police Department.  Officer Barrientos and Neko completed a three month training program in St. Paul MN to certify Neko in tracking, building searches, agility, obedience, and handler protection.  The two also completed an additional month of training to certify in narcotics detection.  When not working, Neko lives with Officer Barrientos and his family.  On his off time, Neko enjoys going on hikes and playing with his tennis ball.

Neko

The Winona Police Department and K9 Neko have been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to a non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and The French Foundation. The $8500 grant will be providing vests for the following departments in Minnesota; 4 K9’s from St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, 1 K9 from Fairmont Police Department, 1 K9 from Winona Police Department, 1 K9 from Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, 1 K9 from Winona County Sheriff’s Office, and 1 K9 from Duluth Police Department.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life-saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1100 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of $1,045,000.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their calendar on sale now for $15.00 online at www.vik9s.org and at select retailers.  Proceeds from the sales will provide bullet and stab protective vests.   All goods and services for the calendar were donated by generous sponsors, photographers and participating law enforcement agency, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufacturer by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: www.vik9s.org

Ash Tree Removal Program 2014

CITY OF WINONA

Office of Public Works-Keith Nelson

507/457-8269 

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:           October 9, 2014

SUBJECT:    2014 Ash Tree Removal Program

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has now become a major concern in Winona. It is in the process of spreading and killing most ash trees in the community. The City Council has adopted a policy of ash tree management in public parks and on city boulevards. That policy takes an approach of making a gradual transition away from public ash trees. A percentage of the trees were treated and will need to be retreated for as long as the tree is desired to be preserved. The other public ash trees are being removed in groups. We have begun in areas where the EAB is known to have infested other ash trees. The group of 100 trees scheduled for removal in 2014 has been marked with a green line around the trunk. Removal should be completed prior to December 31, 2014. The stumps will be removed as well and topsoil and seed will be put in their place.

The City Council has approved funding for the purchase and planting of a diversity of trees in 2015. Property owners adjacent to the trees being removed will be allowed to request one of those trees to be planted on the boulevard. They can’t be planted in the exact same spot as the tree removed because the root system remains, but another nearby location will be considered. It is unknown at this time how many trees we the City will be able to purchase and plant but we will try to accommodate your requests for replacement trees.

If you have taken measures to chemically treat the ash tree on the boulevard in front of your home and wish to continue doing so, please contact the City as shown below with the location of the tree.

Please contact Keith Nelson at 507-457-8269 or [email protected] with any further questions.

To request a replacement tree, please contact Paul Douglas at 507-457-8255 or [email protected].

East End Boat Harbor Closure

DATE:            September 29, 2014

 SUBJECT:     East End Boat Harbor Closure

 The East End Boat Harbor will be closed starting Tuesday, September 30, 2014 for approximately one month to accommodate the Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River channel dredging and sand offloading.

 

Levee Park Vision Plan

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Vision Plan link: http://issuu.com/professortucker/docs/2014_winona_riverfront_vision_plan_

*Please note that the consultant is making minor edits to the plan at this time.

To comment on the plan, please click hereAll comments received will be compiled and provided to the City Council along with the Levee Park Committee’s recommendations for next steps.  The Committee anticipates making recommendations to the City Council by June, 2014.

Questions: Contact Chad Ubl, [email protected] or (507) 457-8258.

Statement from Levee Park Committee Chair:

Regarding the Levee Park Vision Plan, the committee supports the general concept of re-balancing flood protection with the community’s connection to the river, but recognizes that the consultant from the University of Minnesota Center for Changing Landscapes proposes very significant changes to the flood protection system. It’s important to emphasize that this is a vision plan for the park – it is not a construction document.  As with any large project like this, what is ultimately constructed contains important elements and concepts of the vision, but the details often differ.  This is why public input is so important – we want to know what the community feels are the most important parts of this project – so that we can emphasize them moving forward.

 

Franklin Street Construction Street Closure Starting July 26, 2014

PRESS RELEASE
DATE: July 24, 2014
SUBJECT: Franklin Street Closure
Franklin Street from Broadway to Howard will be closed starting Saturday, July 26th until project completion in October. The first week will be predominantly to accommodate tree removal and the major construction will begin the week of August 11th. There will be detours marked throughout the City.

CITY OF WINONA
Office of the City Engineer – Brian DeFrang
507-457-8269

Emerald Ash Borer Update 4/2014

PRESS RELEASE

DATE April 18, 2014
CONTACT PERSON: Keith A. Nelson
Assistant City Manager for Public Works
SUBJECT: Emerald Ash Borer

It has now been confirmed that the Emerald Ash Borer has been discovered in a privately owned Ash Tree within the Winona city limits. The EAB was earlier found in SE Minnesota in 2011 and its spread in the region had been anticipated. Private property owners will be responsible for the removal of Ash trees that become infested and to dispose of them within Winona County. The County is under a state quarantine that prohibits untreated hardwood, including Ash tree firewood, from leaving Winona County. A public disposal site will be made within the City of Winona for local residents. Contact Winona Public Works at 507-457-8269 for the location.
In 2012 the Winona City Council approved an Ash Tree Management plan that created a plan for chemically treating up to a third of the Ash trees on public boulevards and parks. The initial application occurred in 2012 and 2013, and will need to be repeated every three years for an undetermined length of time. Additionally the City has begun a program of removal and replacement of many of the remaining boulevard Ash trees. In 2013 one hundred Ash trees were removed with the same number of trees from a variety of species being planted in their place. That program will not continue in 2014, but will be considered again in 2015.
Removal and replacement, or ongoing chemical treatments are options for property owners to manage privately owned Ash trees. The spread of the EAB is anticipated to occur slowly for the next year or two and then to accelerate quickly thereafter. Prompt removal of infested trees may slow down the spread to other trees in the community and is encouraged.

For further information contact the Winona Public Works Department:
507-457-8269
[email protected]

http://www.cityofwinona.com

Keith A. Nelson
Assistant City Manager for Public Works
City Hall, Room 200
207 Lafayette St. Winona, MN 55978
(507)457-8269

Reporting Street Light Outages

Street Lights Out:

If you notice a street light that is out in the City of Winona, you can contact Xcel Energy yourself by calling 800-960-6235 or report the outage online  at:

http://www.xcelenergy.com/xe-en/Outages/Report_a_Problem/Street_Light_Outages/ODL

Otherwise, please feel free to contact the Public Works office at 507-457-8269 with the location of the light and the issue with the light, and we will report it for you.

Decorative lights that are downtown need to be reported to the City, so please call Public Works at 507-457-8269 to report those as well.

MNDOT Hwy 43 Bridge Project Information

MN Department of Transportation

To view a video of the bridge demonstration please click on the link above and go the the Public Meetings tab.

Under the EA Public Meetings, click on the link to video of bridge layout.  This will give you a realistic view of what the bridge will look like.

Current Openings on City Boards & Commissions

Current Openings as of 6/2014
    • Heritage Preservation Commission- 2 positions
    • Cable TV Commission- 2 positions
    • Recreational Waterways- 2 position
    • Citizens Environmental Quality Committee- 2 position
    • Human Rights Commission- 2 Positions

Learn more about these committees and positions here »