News & Public Notices
WINONA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Seeking Nominations for the 2015 John Latsch Human Rights Award
The Winona Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for an award to honor an individual or organization that made an outstanding contribution to the community of Winona concerning human rights issues.
The eligible recipient should be an individual or organization (business, non-profit, volunteer group, faith-based group) from Winona county and has helped reduce barriers to persons of protected classes and has fought discrimination in the City of Winona or Winona County. Vulnerable groups may be the “protected classes” defined in the Minnesota Human Rights Act, namely, those who may suffer discrimination because of age, race, color, creed, gender, religion, disability, family status, marital status, national origin, status with regard to public assistance, or sexual orientation. Their contribution may be in the form of one act, or a series of activities over a period of time, but must have an impact on a substantial number of Winona residents through the act/s of winning or preserving equality and justice for groups of people whose circumstances make them vulnerable to prejudice, discrimination, or injustice. This contribution must go beyond the recipient’s usual organizational mission and/or personal employment.
If you know anyone who should be considered for the John A. Latsch Human Rights Award, please tell us about them!
The Commission intends to honor the recipient of the award a future Winona City Council meeting. Nominations must be received by April 30, 2015.
The Winona Police Department’s K9 Neko has received a ballistic vest thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and The French Foundation. The $8,500 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 lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1198 law enforcement dogs in 40 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of $1,138,100.00
CITY OF WINONA
Office of Public Works-Keith Nelson
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].
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:
Keith A. Nelson
Assistant City Manager for Public Works
City Hall, Room 200
207 Lafayette St. Winona, MN 55978
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:
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.
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.
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