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The city has been looking at changes to Broadway for some time because of ongoing safety concerns, as well as the age of the roadway, and the city recently received federal funding to pay for a majority of the project if it effectively addresses the safety concerns.
Pedestrian safety is the largest issue. Broadway’s design, combined with driver behavior, has led to crashes that have resulted in severe injuries and deaths. Four-lane roads present significant challenges for pedestrians, and Broadway has consistent pedestrian traffic both downtown and east of Franklin Street.
Reducing a 4-lane road to 3 lanes is a common and affordable option for cities to balance multiple needs. It helps drivers maintain appropriate speeds, provides safer crossings for pedestrians, creates safer lanes for bicyclists, and creates larger and clearly marked shoulder/parking lanes for residents, delivery drivers, postal service workers, and other users.
Broadway’s traffic count has been studied, and this change is not expected to create any significant issues for drivers in terms of access or travel time.
The change would create easier and more accessible crossings throughout Broadway Street, as well as upgrades to ramps and sidewalks to comply with ADA standards.
The change would provide clear, marked bike lanes in both directions, which Broadway has not previously had.
This change would create a safer and more predictable environment for emergency responders, who would only have to navigate one lane of traffic instead of two.
Stantec and the City of Winona secured funding for the majority of project costs through federal grants. The Federal Highway Administrations awarded the project an "Innovation Grant" for $1 million and a "Transportation Alternatives Grant" for an additional $900,000, leaving about $1.3 million in costs - this would be covered through Minnesota state aid funds; no local tax dollars are expected to be used.
Winona is divided into four wards. Each ward is assigned a City Council Member, with two At-Large Council members that represent the entire City. You can find your Winona City Council member by where you live in the City of Winona. You can either view the 2020 Ward and Precinct Map (PDF) or check the Polling Place Finder to find your ward.
Each ward and precinct in the City of Winona has its own polling place. To find your polling place, please visit the Polling Place Finder website and enter your address.
The term for both the Mayor and City Council Members is four years.
One of the common reasons for high water bills is a toilet leaking. If a customer has a high water bill the water department will come to the customer’s residence to check for this problem, at no charge to the customer.
Winona is divided into three districts. The West End of Winona is district 1, the middle of town is district 2 and the East End of town is district 3. Customers in each district receive a water and sewer bill quarterly.
Every water bill includes a basic charge. Even if there is no water consumption, the basic charge will be on the bill. Sewer charges are based a percentage of the water bill.
To eliminate estimated water bills, an outside register can be installed, at no charge to the customer. An outside register allows the meter readers to submit an automatic reading without entering the residence. The yellow meter card left for the occupant to read the meter would also be eliminated.
City Ordinance, 22.17, allows for assessment of unpaid utility bills to a property. All water, sewer, and storm sewer bills remain with the property, not the person who incurred the expense.
Yes, the fire must be contained in an outdoor fireplace, barbeque, or noncombustible fire ring and you need to follow the appropriate requirements for open burning.
Open fire pits or rings are limited to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. They shall be located at least 100 feet from all structures and no more than 150 feet from a street or alley with a minimum width of 20 feet to allow for fire apparatus access.
Commercially manufactured fireplaces or fire rings may be used if they are equipped with a spark arresting screen that is in place during burning. They must be located at least 20 feet from an occupied structure and 10 feet from an unoccupied structure.
Only clean dry lumber and trees may be burnt. No painted, varnished or treated lumber or wood may be burnt. No litter, trash, garbage, leaves, paper, etc may be burnt. Burning these items is a violation of State law and City ordinance
A building permit is required for all new:
For any questions, call Inspections at 507-457-8231 to verify.
The following work does not require a building permit:
Property lines can best be determined by calling a surveyor. Many surveyors are listed in the Winona Telephone Directory. The City of Winona does not mark property lines.
Questions about sidewalks are handled through the Engineering Department, 507-457-8269.
Questions about electrical permits or inspections can be obtained by contacting the State Electrical Inspector, Brad Thimmesch at 507-961-4634. It’s best to call between 7 am to 8:30 am, Monday through Friday.
Questions about fire sprinklers are handled through the City of Winona Fire Department. They can be reached at 507-457-8266.
The Lake Winona Bike Path is a 5.3 mile loop trail around the East and West Lakes in Winona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, inline skating, and cycling. Dogs are welcomed on the West Lake but not the East Lake.
East Lake: 3.7 milesWest Lake: 1.8 milesBoth Lakes not using Huff Street: 5.3 milesBridge by inlet to Vila Street: 0.4 miles
Professional offices in the residence of a physician, dentist, lawyer, etc. are allowed, with provisions. One such provision is that only one person that does not reside on the premises may be employed. Aside from licensed daycare facilities, the use shall be designed to serve only one client at a time. Also exclusive of licensed daycare facilities, not more than one half of the floor area of one floor of the principal dwelling shall be devoted to the professional use.
The professional use must be established in accordance with applicable local and state licensing requirements.
Customary home occupations, such as handicrafts, dressmaking, millinery, etc. are allowed, provided that such occupations shall be conducted exclusively by resident occupants and that no more than one quarter of the area of one floor of the dwelling shall be used for such purpose. There are several conditions:
The lowest part of any projecting sign that is located over any public or private walkway or within a radius of 30 feet of any intersecting curb shall be not less than 8 feet above the finished grade of the surface below it. Projecting signs shall not be permitted over any public alley and shall not project above the parapet line of the wall to which it is attached, or exceed 24 feet in height and measured from finished grade to the sign’s uppermost feature, whichever is lower. Projecting signs shall not extend to more than eight feet from a building or two feet from the inner curb line of the nearest street, whichever is less.
To determine whether your property is in a floodplain, call the Engineering Department at 507-457-8269. General flood and floodplain information may be obtained at the Federal Emergency Management Agency website. Flood insurance information can be found at the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.
A pool may be installed on a residential property as long as it is at least 10 feet from any property line and that the pump and filter installations are at least 20 feet from any property line. A private swimming pool or the entire property on which it is located, shall be so walled or fenced as to prevent uncontrolled access by children from the street or from adjacent properties. If a corner lot is involved, more restrictions may apply.
Please call the Community Development Department at 507-457-8250 should you wish to install a pool.
Permits are not required for putting up a fence. Property lines should be determined by a surveyor. Fences may be placed up to but not on the property line. On street sides, fences must be at least one foot back from the sidewalk. Fences may be up to six feet high in the back yard (non street side) and up to four feet high in the front yard or street sides of a lot. Placing the “nice” side toward the neighboring lot is a courtesy to neighbors, however, there is no code to require this practice.
If you live on a corner lot, you are subject to additional fence regulations and should call the Community Development Department at 507-457-8250 before installing a fence.
The only accurate way to determine a property boundary is to hire a professional land surveyor to perform a survey of your property. The city does not provide surveying services.
Recreation vehicles should be stored inside an enclosed structure that conforms to the district’s zoning requirements or outside in a side or rear yard behind the required front yard setback. If this space is not available for your recreational vehicle, please call the Community Development Department at 507-457-8250. Parked vehicles may not be used for living, sleeping, or housekeeping purposes while stored. The vehicle shall be at all times mobile and not be permanently fixed to the ground in a manner that would prevent removal.
Minimum lot sizes and street frontages must exist before a subdivision would be allowed. To determine if your property could be subdivided please call the Community Development Department at 507-457-8250.
The sign code regulates advertising based on the zoning district and street frontage of a property. Properties in more intensive zoning districts with larger street frontages are allowed more signage than smaller, less intensively zoned properties.
Please call the Community Development Department at 507-457-8250 to determine the allowable sign size, height and setback requirement for your property or refer to Section 43.43 in the Winona City Code.
Please call the Community Development Department at 507-457-8250 with the property address or tax parcel number and we will verify the zoning on any property in Winona.
Generally, off-street parking cannot be provided in front yards, or in side yards adjacent to a side street. Parking is permitted in driveways that lead directly to an off-street parking area (e.g., garage).
Cars cannot be parked in a manner that blocks sidewalks.
Contact the Planning Division with any questions.
Call the Tree Crew at 507-457-8281 to find out what species will work in the space. Before planting, call Gopher State One-Call, 800-252-1166, to have them locate underground lines or pipes so that you can safely dig.
The city’s tree crew trims trees in parks and boulevard areas. To request removal of a broken branch or diseased tree, call 507-457-8281 and leave a detailed message. It is the property owner’s responsibility to water the tree.
Xcel Energy hires licensed tree trimmers to trim trees under or near power lines in order to provide safe clearance. The amount of clearance depends on the type of line.
The first thing you should do when the sewer is backing up in your facility is call the sewer department at 507-457-8207. If there is no response at that number call the Law Enforcement Center at 507-454-6100 and they will call out a crew to the address.
Sewer gas can enter a building when the water in a trap in the building evaporates. All fixtures that are connected to the sewer system must have traps on them. The water that is normally retained in the trap forms a barrier to the migration of gases.
Never sewer anything that is highly flammable or explosive. Never allow mercury, or other toxic materials, to enter the sewer. Most potentially dangerous chemicals have labels, Material Safety Data Sheets, or accompanying literature that states whether or not the material is sewerable. Follow those instructions when they are given.
If the literature advises you to call the local sewer authority for permission to sewer a given material, please call us at 507-457-8207.
If there is any question in your mind as to whether or not you should sewer something, do not sewer the material without talking to us first. Thinking carefully before sewering materials will help to protect public safety, prevent upsets at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and protect the water quality of the Mississippi River. Think about the potential danger of sewering a substance that will produce a dangerous gas in light of the fact that the atmosphere in the City sewer lines can migrate into facilities under certain conditions.
The water supplied to the city comes from deep and shallow wells located in Levee Park and the Westfield well field. The depths of these wells are from 142 feet to 502 feet in depth. The exception to this is the Wincrest area that has two wells that are 1,070 feet deep.
The water is chlorinated to kill any micro-organisms and bacteria that may be present. The Minnesota Department of Health requires us to sample at a minimum of 30 locations throughout the city at least once a month and send them to an independent lab for testing. If a positive sample shows up then there is a retest, if positive again a notice is sent to all residents telling them to boil the water till the problem is resolved.
Water is considered safe to drink if it came from a natural source (river, lake, spring, groundwater) and it meets or is better than all of the federal, state, and provincial standards that are legally enforceable. In the United States, if your tap water does not meet any one of the standards, according to the law, your water supplier must notify all its customers as of the problem. Water is called potable when it is safe to drink. "Potable" rhymes with "floatable".
The State mandates us to add fluoride to the water which we do at the Johnson Street Plant, Westfield Plant, and the Wincrest Wells.; We take a sample daily of the fluoride level and a monthly report is sent to the Minnesota Department of Health to show compliance with state laws.
The hardness of the water is 14 grains or 220 Parts per Million (PPM).
The water being pumped out of the Johnson Street and Westfield Plants is being filtered at this time. There are a few reasons that your water may be discolored. If there was a fire in your area often times this will make the water discolored because of a large demand for water going through the water mains. You may have a service leak which will discolor the water. We flush the water mains in the spring and fall, this will cause discolored water.
There are many reasons to have a water bill higher than normal. You may have a leaky toilet (the number one cause), out side faucet was left on, water softener not working properly, other water related appliances not working properly. Also if you do not have a newer style water meter that can be read from the outside of your home we may not have been able to get an actual reading. This will result in an estimated reading and we would not be able to determine if you have a leak in that three month period.
Please contact us if you need to have a newer style meter installed in your residence. This will guarantee that the water will be read every quarter. The Water Department will gladly come to your residence to help you in any way that we can.
The water department reads water meters every month. The city is divided into three sections so that your water meter is read every third month.
We currently have about 90 to 95% of the meters changed to the new Electronic Encode Register (ECR) type meter. With ECR we are able to read these meters by touching the small box we attach to the outside of your home. If you don’t now have one of these types please call our office and we can set up an appointment to change your meter to a new one. This will mean that every quarter we can get an actual reading for your water usage and not have to estimate your usage on your water bill.
One cubic foot of water is equal to 7.48 gallons, one hundred cubic feet of water is equal to 748 gallons.
The pipe is the "stop box" for your water service. There is a valve under ground on your water line that is accessed with a special wrench through this pipe.
In an emergency situation (water flooding your basement) this is where your plumber or the water department would turn off the water to your home. If this pipe is bent, broken, or filled with dirt then the water may not be able to be shut off in time to prevent flooding of the basement. This "stop box" is the home owner’s responsibility to keep in good operating condition.
It appears that you may have a service leak. The piping to your home may have broken and the water is flowing out into the ground (the noise you hear). The low pressure is because not all the water is coming into your home but leaking out at the break.
This should be addressed immediately since the water leaking into the ground may start flowing into your basement or your neighbors’ basement resulting in property damage. If this is the case call the Water Department or the Law Enforcement Center after hours for help.
Your water meter is where the water service first enters your home. This meter is designed with a frost plate that will break when water in the meter freezes. This is to prevent further damage to the rest of the meter. We suggest that you eliminate all cold drafts in the area of the meter and other piping. In the case of services that are notorious for freezing we suggest to let a small stream of water flowing through the pipes during the colder part of winter.
We do give tours of the Water Plant to many school classes through out the year and would be happy to show you our operations here. Please get in touch with us and we will try to help.