March 23, 2021 – ROCHESTER, MINN. – In the past week, 234 notices were mailed to registered owners of vehicles with unpaid parking tickets dating from 2015-2019. While the notices are for valid tickets, the City did not intend for these notices to be mailed out by the contractor that manages City parking tickets. City teammates are in the process of finalizing a strategy for addressing past due tickets from prior to 2020.
Following the March 13, 2020 Declaration of Peacetime Emergency by Governor Walz (as amended), the Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) is holding its March 23, 2021 8:30 AM meeting by telephone or other electronic means, according to Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.021. DMCC Chair Rybak has concluded that an in-person meeting and the regular meeting location for the DMCC are not practical or prudent because of the health pandemic declared under the Emergency Order and according to current guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to monitor the meeting by phone (#1 below) or by.
The Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) project provides a forum for community engagement, a shared vision, and a strategic, long-term road map for the management of Rochester’s urban forest resources. Community members are encouraged to join for an informational and engaging virtual public meeting. There will be an opportunity hear the UFMP progress and timeline, learn about initial findings, and provide invaluable input to finalize the Plan’s vision, goals, and short- and long-term strategies for the management and enhancement of Rochester’s urban forest.
March 18, 2020 – ROCHESTER, MINN. – The Rochester Energy Benchmarking Program provides a way for local business and building owners to track their energy use and identify ways to save money on utility bills. The program kicked off in 2019 with 90 participants and continues to build out Rochester’s energy data set, encouraging additional facilities to participate and demonstrate energy reductions. In 2020, the number of participants in the benchmarking program grew to 112 properties, including the program’s first hotel. The 2019 Benchmarking Report can be found here.
For the safety of all, the City of Rochester wants community members to be aware that any individual who knocks on a residential door with an offer to sell or solicit a product or service should have a valid peddler permit from the City. Charitable foundations (e.g. United Way), non-profits...
The Finance & IT Departments uses request for proposal (RFP) documents to solicit proposals by an agency or company interested in procuring Finance / IT department service. Request for Proposals: City of Rochester Telephony System. City of Rochester Telephony System - posted February 25, 2021. Technical Proposal Response Form -...
City of Rochester Announces Appointment of Ryan Yetzer as Interim Deputy Director of Community Development
The City of Rochester has announced that Ryan Yetzer, current Principal Planner, has been selected for the role of Interim Deputy Director of Development and Construction Services for the Community Development department. Yetzer started his career with City/Olmsted County Planning. During that time, he was instrumental in completing the zoning...
The City adopted a new Comprehensive Plan, Planning to Succeed 2040 (P2S 2040), in 2018. Included in the plan is a Growth Management strategy and an Urban Growth Map. P2S 2040 recognizes a hierarchy of plans which places P2S 2040 as the foundational plan that supports other, more specific plans. The City adopted a new Sewer Master Plan in 2020. This plan, in addition to our regional transportation plan, brought forth information that necessitates the need to update the Growth Management strategy. Community feedback is being sought as a part of the process.
March 9, 2021 – Rochester, Minn. – The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC), City of Rochester, Olmsted Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and local partners are pleased to announce that the traveling exhibition—We Are Water MN—will open in Rochester on March 11. We Are Water MN is a project of the Humanities Center that engages Minnesotans with our state’s most important natural resource through personal stories, historical content, and scientific information. Thanks to a partnership with the City of Rochester, We Are Water MN will be on display at the Rochester Art Center from March 11 through May 9.
The City of Rochester Parks & Recreation Department is scheduled to start construction on Rochester’s first splash pad later this year. A second splash pad is planned to begin construction in 2022. Community members are being asked to provide their feedback via an online survey and virtual open house event. The information will help inform future splash pads.
City of Rochester Presents Key Learnings from COVID-19 and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey and Conversations
City of Rochester teammates will provide a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion update to the Mayor and City Council during the March 8, 2021 Study Session. The City’s new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director Chao Mwatela will be introduced. In addition, the results gathered via a Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funded survey and community conversations will be presented.
Applications are now being accepted through end of business day on March 31, 2021 for two positions on the City of Rochester Ethical Practices Board. A term is for three years (May 1, 2021 - April 30, 2024). Residents are invited to apply for one of these volunteer positions through the City's Boards/Commission webpage. Meetings for this Board are held during the week during daytime hours.
On Thursday, Feb. 18, City of Rochester and Destination Medical Center will hold the next webinar for Rochester Rapid Transit. In this webinar, project staff will provide an overview of the traffic analysis completed for the Rochester Rapid Transit Project, including a description of expected traffic conditions in 20 years with and without this investment.
Notice of Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the Silver Lake Dredging and Dam Modification Project
February 9, 2021 - ROCHESTER, MINN. – The Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the Silver Lake Dredging and Dam Modification Project is now available for review. Comments regarding possible environmental impacts of the proposed project will be collected through March 11, 2021. The EAW and instructions for submitting comments are...
The City of Rochester is pleased to announce that Mayor Kim Norton and Councilmember Patrick Keane have been selected to serve on various National League of Cities (NLC) committees. The appointments recognize their expertise and commitment to important topics. Mayor Norton joins the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Federal Advocacy Committee and Women in Municipal Government Committee. Councilmember Keane joins the Transportation and Infrastructure Services (TIS) Committee.
As part of the City’s goal to become America’s Most Innovative Development Services team, the Community Development Department is proud to announce the launch of two online tools to help support development services. The first tool is an online application that allows residents to apply for a building permit from the convenience of their office or home. The second new tool is called AgencyCounter and it will serve as a one-stop resource to view City department records.
The City of Rochester announced the appointment of Chao Mwatela to serve as the City’s first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Director. The City Council supported the creation of the position as a part of the 2021 budget. “One of the City’s Foundational Principles is social equity. We continue to...
Announcing new service changes effective January 24. RPT will resume front door boarding and fare collection starting on Sunday January 24. Passengers are asked to have fare payment or ID validation ready and use the front door to board transit vehicles. Select Routes to be Renumbered. Also going into effect...
January 15, 2021 - ROCHESTER, MINN. – The Public Works Department is having a public hearing on January 19, 2021 at 3:30pm to discuss the Water Reclamation Plant Facilities Plan. This plan outlines future upgrades to the Water Reclamation Plant based on regulatory changes, increased flows and loads, and aging infrastructure.