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The City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Upcoming meeting agendas are posted the Friday before a meeting. View the list of upcoming Council meetings.
View an upcoming meeting agenda, past meeting agendas, minutes and recordings of the meetings.
For more information, contact Administration at 952-826-0364.
All guests are required to pay admission to get into the park. There is no way to separate or regulate those who are not using the amenities.
U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation devices are allowed in the Main pool and the Tube slide only (they are not permitted in the zero depth pool, diving boards, zip line, or body slide). A limited number of approved flotation devices are available for use at the Aquatic Center. Inflatable devices and puddle jumpers are not permitted.
There is no minimum age as we feel it is up to the parents discretion and based upon the child's swimming ability and maturity.
All amenities, with the exception of the concession stand and The Lost Wave surf simulator, are included in the daily admission fee. Season passes include the surf simulator. Height restrictions apply.
Unfortunately, the Edina Aquatic Center can no longer accept personal checks. However, we do accept cash or credit card purchases at our Admissions and Concessions windows.
Swim diapers are required on all children 3 and under and on children over age 3 who are not completely potty trained. You can purchase a swim diaper from the admissions counter.
The pool is staffed by certified lifeguards who complete a rigorous national training program. The pool also undergoes safety audits throughout the season.
At its deepest point, it's 18 inches.
Yes, we have men's and women's locker rooms. Lockers are for daily use only. You must bring your own lock. All locks must be removed at the end of the day.
Please note the locker rooms are not air conditioned.
Proper swimming attire is required. Cutoff shorts are not acceptable; the rivets on the shorts will damage the waterslide.
Call or stop by the Edina Aquatic Center to report a lost item. Please note that the Edina Aquatic Center only keeps items for one week.
The Edina Aquatic Center has you covered. Swim diapers, dive rings, goggles, beach towels and sunscreen are available for purchase at the admission window.
The Edina Aquatic Center does not allow outside food or beverages into the facility. Coolers, glass containers, alcohol and tobacco are also not allowed. Concessions are available on-site.
We have some sun large sun umbrellas that provide shady spots. Look for those when you arrive.
Having someone bring in a portable umbrella creates several potential hazards, so we don't allow those.
We would love to host your child's next birthday party! Contact Pam at 952-833-9544 or reserve online through our website link.
Weather closures are posted on our Facebook page. When thunderstorms or other inclement weather is in the forecast, please check there before heading to the Aquatic Center.
The Edina Aquatic Center hires all team members on a seasonal basis for each operating season (early June through late August). Applicants must be available through the entire season. All applicants must complete an online application form and have a personal interview. Visit the City's job page to view available positions and to apply.
As a facility supported by taxpayers, Edina Aquatic Center can't donate items.
However, if someone wants to purchase passes and donate them to your fundraiser, we'd be glad to help.
The City of Edina has partnered with the Edina Swim Club to provide quality swimming lessons for a variety of ages at the Edina Aquatic Center.
Check the Edina Swim Club website to learn more or sign up.
It all comes down to staffing, primarily lifeguards. To keep all of the amenities open at the Aquatic Center, we need 20 lifeguards at a time. That's many more lifeguards than most other community pools need.
Many of our lifeguards are students who aren't available until the end of May or mid-June, and we need time to train them. Many also return to schooling in August, as soon as activities begin. Although we hire many lifeguards, there aren't enough available in early or late summer to stay open.
We did attempt one year to try to keep the facility open longer into summer by closing some of the amenities, but that upset guests who wanted the full experience.
Each year we examine several factors before choosing the season dates. It fluctuates slightly from year to year, but generally runs early June through the third Sunday in August.
The park is open with new trails, a new playground and shelter building. Minnehaha Creek, which had been hidden behind buckthorn and overgrowth, now can be seen throughout the park. Visitors can walk right up to the water for fishing, tubing or just to enjoy the view.
Some work will happen in spring and summer 2020, including adding more trees and plants and establishing the grassy areas. Visitors can expect to see crews at work from time to time, but no major closures are expected.
You can learn more about this project, a joint effort of the City of Edina and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, at EdinaMN.gov/ArdenParkProject.
The concrete paths on the perimeter of the park are 7.5 feet wide to match existing sidewalks.
The main paved trails are 8 feet wide, the secondary paved trails 5 feet wide, and the crushed granite trails 4 feet wide.
The concrete paths and paved trails were designed to accommodate city maintenance and snow plowing equipment. Asphalt was chosen for the interior park paths because of varying grades within the park and the ease of maintenance.
Thousands of trees and shrubs were planted throughout the park, and they will fill out the space as they grow. Most plantings were in 2019, but some are also being done in spring 2020.
The overall plantings include 10 large, spaded trees (watch video), more than 400 potted trees, 3,200 potted shrubs, 1,800 bare root trees and shrubs, and nearly 30,000 herbaceous plants. Many of these trees, shrubs, and plants were put in when they were small so it may take a few years before they are fully mature.
Thank you for your patience as the restoration takes shape.
The City Forester worked with the contractors to protect trees during construction activity that was near tree roots and limbs. In addition, many trees were saved during the project by some creative maneuvering and designing.
Trees will be monitored for health over the next few years. Replacements will be planted as needed, but it is not expected to be a widespread problem.
Yes, and it will be a whole lot easier. You'll no longer have to stand in muck or battle your way through buckthorn to drop a line. The park restoration includes several new spots where you can walk right up to the creek's edge. The fishing hole at the 54th Street bridge also remains.
No, there has never been fencing planned around the stormwater swales. The water level in them is expected to be minimal as they work to filter stormwater runoff.
Small children should always be supervised in Arden Park. Minnehaha Creek runs through the park and can be swift moving.
We hope not. The stormwater management aspects of the project should create a much drier, usable lawn area.
The lawn area is being grown in during spring and summer 2020. Once it’s well established, it will be used for playground programs and general use.
The entire Arden Park restoration project cost about $5.3 million.
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the City of Edina are paying 40 percent of the cost. The other 20 percent is coming from grants. Edina’s portion came from existing funds.
The City of Edina has a webpage full of project information at EdinaMN.gov/ardenparkproject. There you also will find links to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s project page and a sign up for regular email updates sent right to you.
Yes! The Art Center would love to host your child’s Birthday. Please click here to find out more about Birthday Parties at the Edina Art Center.
You are welcome to bring food to the birthday party or to order in from a favorite restaurant. The Art Center is conveniently located near the Southdale shopping center and a variety of restaurants. We have minimal cold storage and a small freezer on site. Please check with guest services before bringing food for storage on site.
Of course! Love a certain kind of art and want to share it with friends for your birthday? Give us a call to design your own art activity. The Art Center required a minimum of two weeks notice to provide time in developing the curriculum and ordering supplies.
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
No the Art Center is closed on Sunday.
Please click the following link Open Studio Grid to see the current Schedule. This item may be found on the Edina Art Center website under Classes menu button and the option Open Studio.
Yes. The Activities Directory, published twice a year and delivered to every mailbox in Edina, lists the art classes being offered. Art is the second half of each directory. You can find a PDF of the latest directory here.
You also can search online by class number or keyword. Please note the online search usually will not show classes until registration is open for them.
Please follow the link Gallery Schedule to view the current exhibitions in both the Margaret Foss and Tea Room Gallery.
Art Center Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
For information about proposing an exhibition please click here.
Yes, the Art Center is happy to host a Scout Art Badge activity. Please call the Art Center at 952-903-5780 to schedule the event at least two weeks in advance.
You can register for classes online by clicking here. You are also welcome to register over the phone by calling the Art Center at 952-903-5780.
If you are having difficulties registering online, try a different browser such as Internet Explorer of Firefox. The online registration system doesn’t always work correctly with Safari or Google Chrome versions after 2015. If it is still giving you trouble, please give us a call at 952-903-5780 we are happy to help you register over the phone!
In general, adult classes have a minimum age requirement of 16, there are some exceptions which are noted in the course information. If you are wondering if a class is the right fit for your teen please call the Art Center at 952-903-5780, our staff is happy to help.
There are many benefits to being a member of the Art Center please click here to see everything membership has to offer.
The City of Edina offers scholarships towards Parks and Rec. activities for Edina residents. To find out more click here.
Yes! The Art Center offers private lessons in Drawing, Painting, Pottery, Photography and Watercolor. The cost is $45 per hour and the lessons take place at the Art Center. Please call the Art Center at 952-903-5780 to schedule a lesson.
No, the Art Center closed the Peggy Kelly Media Studios in January of 2015. Thor Anderson with Saving Tape has received glowing reviews from our patrons for his media conversion services. Thor can be reached by phone at 612-822-7283 or by email at email@example.com.
Appraisers employed by the City of Edina Assessing Department are professionals with stringent training and experience requirements set by the State Board of Assessors. The State Board of Assessors administers licensure of appraisers. The City of Edina Assessing Department staff appraisers are:
For additional information, contact the Assessor's Office at 952-826-0365.
Minnesota Statute 272.03 defines "market value" as "the usual selling price at the place where the property … is … at the time of assessment." It is "the price that could be obtained at a private sale or an auction sale, if the assessor determines the price from an auction sale represents an arms-length transaction. The price obtained at a forced sale shall not be considered."
In other words, market value is the price that would prevail under competitive open-market conditions.
The law requires assessors to establish an estimated market value annually on each property. In addition to market changes, numerous physical changes affect the value of land and building.
The Assessor also determines the classification, or use, of each parcel. For instance, property may be residential homestead, residential non-homestead, apartment, industrial, commercial, etc. Classification rates are set by state legislative action and vary by property classification.
For more information, please visit the Market Value Determination page.
While estimated market value (EMV) shows what your property would likely sell for on the open market, "taxable market value" (TMV) is used to determine your taxes.
A property's TMV is its estimated market value minus any tax exemptions, deferrals and value exclusions that apply. For example, some homeowners have a Homestead Market Value Exclusion, which reduces the amount of home value that is subject to tax.
Property value does not directly affect your property tax bill. It is used to calculate your share of the local property tax levy for the year.
This levy is the total property tax revenue needed to fund the budgets set by your county, city, and school district.
Your property's taxable market value is multiplied by its classification rate to determine its share of the levy.
Increasing or decreasing your property's market value does not change the overall amount of property tax revenue that is collected.
If after receiving your market value notice, you believe your property or classification is incorrect, call the Edina Assessing Office at 952-826-0365.
If you disagree with your current value, collect any information you have to show why you believe your estimated market value or classification is incorrect, such as a recent appraisal of your property, recent sales of similar properties, etc.
Then, contact the City of Edina Assessor's Office at 952-826-0365. This step must be accomplished according to the timeline set forth in the market value notice.
Complete an application to attend the local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting identified on your value notice. Staff will help you with this process. You must start with your local board.
If your concern still is not resolved at the local level, you may then proceed to the County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting.
Then, if your concern is still not resolved, you may petition the Minnesota Tax Court. Tax Court Petitions may be filed after you receive your value notice and before April 30 of the year the taxes are payable.
For more information, contact the Minnesota Tax Court at 651-539-3260 or MN Relay at 800-627-3529.
Property taxes cannot be paid at City Hall. Current property taxes can be paid online at www.Hennepin.us, by mail to Hennepin County Treasurer, A-600 Government Center, Minneapolis, MN 55487 or in person at all Hennepin County Service Centers. For more information, visit www.Hennepin.us.
For more information, contact Edina’s Assessing Division at 952-826-0365.
If you would like to classify your property as a homestead, please visit or contact our Assessing Department, located at Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St.
To apply, you must have a copy of the deed and Certificate of Real Estate Value provided at closing and Social Security numbers of all owners, spouses not on deeds and/or qualified relatives who occupy the property.
For more information, please contact our Assessing Department at 952-826-0365.
Body-worn cameras will be implemented by the end of 2020.
The Edina Police Department has used in-squad, or “dash cam” footage for many years. The footage has proved to be an excellent tool for collecting evidence, documenting encounters and providing enhanced transparency and accountability. Body-worn cameras will dramatically expand this capability.
All uniformed officers will wear a body camera.
During some encounters, officers will use their discretion when deciding whether or not to record. Officers are required to continue recording once started until the conclusion of the incident, or until it becomes apparent that additional recording is unlikely to capture information having evidentiary value. Officers will document in their reports when a video is recorded, any instances when video was not recorded when it should have been and any time a recording is stopped prior to the end of an incident.
Officers are required to record when they are involved in:
Recording is not required during medical situations unless there is a reason to use the camera to collect evidence.
Body-worn cameras can be used to record any police encounter. This includes inside private homes and other sensitive areas where officers must respond. Recording is not required during medical situations unless there is a reason to use the camera to collect evidence. It should be noted that most body-worn camera data is considered private under Minnesota law and thus not accessible to third parties who are not directly involved in the situation.
Officers don’t have to tell people that a body-worn camera is being operated or that the individuals are being recorded. Officers will wear the body cameras on the front of their uniform in plain sight. People should assume police officers with body-worn cameras are recording. It’s okay to ask the officer if the camera is on or to ask the officer to turn on the camera.
Officers are required to continue recording once started until the conclusion of the incident, or until it becomes apparent that additional recording is unlikely to capture information having evidentiary value. In many cases, officers will not be able to end a recording solely based on an individual’s request. If a specific privacy concern outweighs any legitimate law enforcement interest in continued recording, an officer may consider a request to stop recording.
Body-worn cameras will be recording whenever officers are involved in:
School Resource Officers who work in plain clothes and not in uniform will generally not wear cameras but have the discretion to do so pursuant to needs of a specific investigation or task. Any officers in uniform responding to or working within the schools will utilize their cameras in the same manner they would in any other location.
When responding to an apparent mental health event or crisis, body-worn cameras will be activated as necessary to document any use of force and any other information having evidentiary value. Body-worn cameras don’t need to be activated when doing so would serve only to record symptoms or behaviors believed to be attributable to the mental health issue. Officers will generally not record inside medical or mental health facilities unless necessary to document criminal activity, use of force or an adversarial encounter.
In a few limited circumstances, data that is no longer part of an active investigation may be classified as public. This includes data documenting the use of force by a peace officer that results in substantial bodily harm, discharge of a firearm by a peace officer other than for training or animal control, data that a data subject requests be made accessible to the public (subject to redaction), and data documenting final disposition of a disciplinary action against a public employee.
Data practices laws are complex and requests are handled on a case-by-case basis to assure compliance with the law and to protect the subjects of the data. Those seeking access to body-worn camera recordings may contact the police department to request data.
Officers can review their own video and supervisors can review all officer videos. State law requires an independent audit of the Police Department’s body-worn camera program every two years. The audit’s purpose is to ensure officers comply with the recording policy along with ensuring data is stored and released to the public properly.
A body-worn camera is an electronic device worn on an officer’s uniform that must be small, rugged and have a battery capable of lasting an entire 12-hour shift. Viewers of body camera footage might expect to see “Made for TV” quality video with good lighting, multiple angles and ideal perspective. In reality, body-camera video is shot from a fixed angle on the front of an officer’s uniform and often in far from ideal conditions. No camera is capable of seeing the same way the person wearing it does. While body-camera video may provide useful additional information and evidence, it can only tell a part of a story. Body-camera footage can supplement but never replace a thorough investigation.
Yes. When an officer activates their camera, it will capture at least 30 seconds of video prior to the activation.
Braemar Arena has several spaces for meetings, conferences, team parties, birthday parties, and tournament headquarters. If you would like to learn more about the availability of the facility, reference the Facility schedule tab or call our office between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 952-833-9506.
Our Ice Schedules are available on the Facility Schedule tab of our website. Check to see if there is available ice, then contact Facility Scheduler Corey McConnach to reserve the space. There may be other reservations pending that are not currently live on the calendar, so the space is not guaranteed. He can also be reached via telephone at 952-833-9518.
Braemar Arena and Field offers a variety of birthday party options to include private reservation space or during open public use times. To learn more about the options and availability, email Peg Greiser. You can also reach her from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday- Friday at 952-833-9506.
We have a lost and found located in the South Arena near the stairs. If you lost a valuable item, please let us know at 952.833.9500. We keep any valuable or small items in the office.
We have many opportunities for Public Skate from Open Skate, Adult Open Hockey, Pro's Figure Skating Ice, Developmental Ice and Developmental Hockey. To locate schedules scroll down on the homepage to the bottom calendar or download the monthly Calendar.
To pay an invoice or pay for facility use, you can call us at 952.833.9500 from 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. To pay outside of those times, locate the drop box near guest services, mail in payment, or stop in and we can process payment and send a receipt confirmation after processed.
The Open Skate Party price includes admission and skate rental for 10 guests plus the birthday child and is scheduled only during Open Skate sessions which are open to the public. Private parties do not have a guest limit and can be booked any time ice is available. Both packages include a party room for two hours.
Yes, for an additional $5 per person plus $5 skate rental (if needed.)
Our Open Skate is typically scheduled three times a week. Check our calendar for the most current dates and times.
Any open ice available on our Facility Schedule is available for rent. Ice rates for parties start at $180 an hour for the East, South and West rinks and vary depending on season, time of day and holidays. In the Winter, the outdoor Backyard Rink varies from $120 to $150 an hour.
Yes, from early November through early March.
Yes, for $5 a pair. We have figure skates from youth 8 - adult 11 and hockey skates from youth 3 - adult 14. The majority of our skates are size 8 youth - 4.
Yes, for the Open Skate Party (up to 10 guests). Private party groups can rent skates for $3 a pair.
Yes! Bring your own supplies. Balloons are allowed in the party room only.
Payment is due at the time of the reservation.
Bring in your own food or have it delivered. Concessions are available for additional purchases. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
Tables and chairs set according to your needs. Please specify set up requirements at the time of your reservation.
Sorry, we do not have either available for public use.
Most parties are booked in the EHA room off the South rink. Feel free to stop in and see the space before booking your party.
No, but if you would like this service, we can connect you with people who may be able to help for an additional fee.
First check our availability on the Facility Schedule. When you have found a date and time that works for you, complete the Facility Reservation Request Form.
You will receive an email confirmation when your reservation has been made.
Payment is due at the time your reservation is confirmed. If a contract agreement has been signed, then the account will be billed monthly.
Ice rates start at $105 an hour for the East, South and West rinks and vary depending on season, time of day and holidays. In the Winter, the outdoor Backyard Rink varies from $75 to $150 an hour.
A 30-day notice must be given to receive a full refund.
South and East arena each accommodate 1,500 spectators. West arena accommodates 2,300 spectators.
Occupancy on the Backyard plaza is 500 when the fire pit is off. If the fire pit is on, the occupancy is 45 unless an additional fee for Fire Watch staff is accessed.
Three distinct meeting rooms are available for rent at $30/hour.
The Conference Room measures 15 feet by 20 feet and is best suited for a conference style meeting for 15 people or less. Two white boards make this a productive planning space.
The EHA Room measures 29 feet by 22 feet with windows overlooking the South arena. This room can be set for 90 for an assembly style meeting or for 43 with tables and chairs.
The Ballet Room measures 43 feet by 22 feet and is accessed from the East rink. Two walls feature full length mirrors with ballet bars and another with windows, overlooks the South Arena. The accordion divider can split this room into two separate spaces. Occupancy is 135 for an assembly set or 63 with tables and chairs. The faux-wood floors make this a perfect space for a dance or yoga class.
The Main Lobby, West Mezzanine and Backyard plaza are open spaces and are also available for less formal meetings.
The Open Play party includes admission for 10 guests plus the birthday child and is scheduled only during Open Dome sessions. Private parties can be booked anytime the field is available and does not have a guest limit. Both packages include a party room for two hours at adjacent, Braemar Arena.
Yes, for an additional $5 per person.
Open Dome is typically scheduled once a week and on Edina Public Schools no school days. See our calendar for the most current dates and times.
See our Facility Schedule for current field availability. Any open time is available for rent.
Field Rates are based on day and time and field size. Prices range from $40-$392 per hour.
We offer birthday parties when the field lobby is open and the field is covered. Typically this is from the beginning of November through the end of April.
Yes! Bring your own supplies. Balloons are allowed in the party room only.
We have a few cones and soccer balls to borrow but bring your own if you want to entertain your group beyond that.
Bring in your own food or have it delivered. Food and drink are allowed in the party room only. Concessions are available for additional purchases. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
Tables and chairs set according to your liking. Please specify set up requirements at the time of your reservation.
No, there is no kitchen or refrigerator available.
Most parties are booked in the EHA room off of the South rink at adjacent Braemar Arena.
First check our availability on the Facility Schedule. When you have found a date and time that works for you, complete the Facility Reservation Request Form.
Corey McConnach, our facility scheduler will send you an email confirming your reservation.
Payment is due at the time your reservation is confirmed. If a contract agreement has been signed, the account will be billed monthly.
Rates range from $50 to $392 per hour depending on field size, season and day and time. We offer full, half and quarter field rentals to fit your group's needs.
A 30-day notice is required for a full refund.
Call Braemar Field Guest Services at 952-833-9512.
The track is open most days from 6 am - 9 pm (November 1- April 30.) However, the track is closed during lacrosse, baseball and softball practices which are often scheduled after school and on weekends. Check our calendar for open track hours.
Construction activities within the City of Edina are regulated by the Edina City Code and Minnesota State Building Code. The following permits may be required for your project:
• Building Permit: Required for any construction, alteration, repair, relocation, enlargement, demolition or change of use or occupancy to any building or structure regulated by the state building code. This includes building additions, decks, sheds more than 200 square feet, work to a permanent weather resistive surface (siding, roofing, windows) and finishing of previously unfinished spaces.
• Plumbing Permit: Required for the installation, alteration, repair or extension of any plumbing system or individual sewage disposal system. This includes the installation or replacement of a fixture, water heater, water softener, a backflow preventer for a lawn irrigation system and any other activity as required by the building official or plumbing inspector.
• Mechanical Permit: Required for the installation, alteration, repair or extension of any heating, ventilation or exhaust system, refrigeration unit, air conditioning unit, manufactured gas or wood fireplaces and stoves, manufactured chimney and venting systems, hot water, low pressure steam equipment or other mechanical equipment as required by the building official or mechanical inspector.
• Sewer/Water Permit: Required for any connection, disconnection, modification or repair to a sanitary sewer or water service distribution system.
• Electrical Permit: Required for any installation, alteration, repair or extension of electrical work for light, heat, power and any other activity as required by the building official or electrical inspector. All electrical permits are issued by the State of Minnesota. For more questions, please call 763-205-5015.
Permits for new or existing structures will be issued to home owners who homestead the property or contractors licensed by the State of Minnesota. The exception to this rule is mechanical and plumbing work. In both new and existing structures, mechanical and plumbing permits will only be issued to contractors licensed by the City of Edina when the owner does not reside in the home.
Please contact the Building Inspections Division at 952-826-0372 for more specific information or with specific questions about your project.
The City of Edina uses electronic permit application submission and plan review processes.
Construction activities within the City of Edina are regulated by Edina City Code and the Minnesota State Building Code. Under these codes, it is the responsibility of the permit holder to schedule all required inspections, provide access to the area that must be inspected and provide a means for completion of the inspection.
Contact the building inspections division Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at 952-826-0372. Please have the permit number ready when calling.
The permit review timeline is dependent on several factors, including the number of permits under review at any given time and the completeness of those permit applications. We strive to meet the general rule of thumb of 5 to 10 business days for residential permits and 15 business days for commercial permits.
No. Beginning work without a permit is a violation of state law. The city will fine a property owner or contractor who begins work without first obtaining a permit.
There is a permit fee estimator located on our City website at:
Estimate Permit Fees
You can search for permits on a site address by going to:
Search for Permits
A permit will be considered expired if there has been no work or inspection done in 180 days. The Chief Building Official is authorized to grant extension of time if there is justifiable cause demonstrated.
Anyone, really. Are you an Edina teacher, police officer or firefighter and want to live in the community in which you work? Do you have a young family, but felt Edina living was out of reach? Maybe you grew up in Edina and want to move back? Maybe you don't like the commute to your office job? These are just a few of the many, many people for whom the program was created.
No. This program was founded and is sponsored by the East Edina Housing Foundation, also known as the Edina Housing Foundation.
The Edina Housing Foundation (EHF) is a non-profit corporation that provides financial assistance to Edina home buyers in an effort to attract new families to the Edina community.
The truth is, a 2010 census identified that over 20% of Edina homeowners are over 65 years of age. It's time to begin attracting younger families to Edina and this generous 2nd mortgage program was created to do just that.
No. Edina taxes are actually lower than surrounding communities.
A Comprehensive Plan is a vision of what a city wants to be. It is also a framework for shaping future growth and change, protecting what a community values, enhancing what the community wants to improve, and creating what the community feels is lacking. It also helps clarify the relationships between the community, its neighboring municipalities and the region.
A Comprehensive Plan contains information about current conditions, trends, and goals and policies for land use, community design, housing, transportation, parks, recreation, and natural resources, water resources, heritage preservation, and community services and facilities.
In Minnesota, authority for land-use planning and regulation is vested primarily in local governments (townships, cities and counties). The Metropolitan Land Planning Act, a State law first passed in 1976 and amended several times since, requires local governments in the seven-county Twin Cities area to develop local comprehensive plans. The plans must contain a number of elements, among them:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Community Profile
Chapter 3: Land Use
Chapter 4: Housing Chapter
Chapter 5: Transportation
Chapter 6: Parks
Chapter 7: Water
Chapter 8: Environment
Chapter 9: Community Services
Chapter 10: Economic Competitiveness & Economic Development
Chapter 11: Human Rights
Chapter 12: Health
Chapter 13: Heritage Preservation
Chapter 14: Arts & Culture
Chapter 15: Implementation
The Comprehensive Plan also includes a number of small area plans, including:
The City Council approved the Comprehensive Plan at its Dec. 3, 2019 meeting. The Plan has been sent to the Metropolitan Council to review for completeness. Once the plan has been deemed as complete, the Metropolitan Council has 120 calendar days to complete its review and take final action on the plan. Once the plan has been approved by Metropolitan Council, the City Council will pass a resolution sometime in 2020 formally adopting the plan.
Minnesota State law requires that Comprehensive Plans must be reviewed and updated at least once every 10 years.
The City of Edina currently has a Comprehensive Plan that is used to guide City decisions. As Edina moves toward the future, the needs of the City and its residents will change. The changes need to be reflected and addressed in the Comprehensive Plan to better serve the community -- its currents residents and those who will come here in the future.
The 2018 Comprehensive Plan process started in 2016. Throughout the comprehensive planning process, more than 180 meetings, workshops and open houses were held.
To stay updated on the status of the Comprehensive Plan as it’s now under review by the Metropolitan Council, visit Better Together Edina.
By Edina City Code, the Edina Planning Commission is responsible for preparing, reviewing and making recommendations on the Comprehensive Plan, including its required updates.
A Planning Commission Task Force, comprised of residents who are currently on the Planning Commission, oversaw the preparation of the proposed Comprehensive Plan. The Task Force, with assistance from City staff, conducted a series of public meetings, listening sessions, focus groups and interviews to provide timely information on work progress, and to obtain input and feedback.
Several consultant firms assisted with the technical review of the draft.
The Comprehensive Plan is used to respond to development, changes in the community (such as increased traffic), and other factors that may have an impact on a community. It can also be used to guide and shape future development, working in conjunction with residents, business owners and land owners. The Comprehensive Plan sets forth a vision and goals, along with a chapter for implementing those goals.
The Planning Commission uses the Comprehensive Plan as the basis for its deliberations and decisions regarding review of development applications, and for its recommendations to the City Council. The City Council, other appointed Commissions, and City departments use the Comprehensive Plan to develop programs and the Capital Improvement Plan. Property owners and developers use it to consider potential future uses and development of property.
The most recent Comprehensive Update is an update of the 2008 plan update, and did not require a complete re-writing of the plan.
The process established by the Edina City Council included more than 180 meetings, including regular work sessions by the Planning Commission’s Comprehensive Plan Task Force, large-group public meetings, smaller community meetings in specific areas of the city (such as in the areas surrounding the elementary schools), listening sessions (small meetings held in response to invitations by community organizations or neighborhood groups), intergenerational dialogue with residents and other stakeholders, as well as ample opportunity for comment on the City’s website and through other means.
The Metropolitan Council reviews and approves all Comprehensive Plans prepared by municipalities in the seven-county metro area, including Edina’s. The Metropolitan Council works in partnership with communities to use these Comprehensive Plans and its regional system plans to guide public and private development in the region.
The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency serving the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area. It provides essential services to the region. The Metropolitan Council works with local communities to:
The 17-member Metropolitan Council has 16 members who each represent a geographic district and one chair who serves at-large. They are all appointed by the governor. The State Senate confirms Council member appointments.
The Comprehensive Plan does not establish a population goal.
The Metropolitan Council completes population forecasts for the seven-county metro area as part of its regional planning mandate in State Statute. Forecasts are meant to be realistic assumptions that can be used to guide investments in infrastructure and public services. They are not goals, aspirations or targets.
The regional forecast looks at the region’s business conditions and competitive advantages that determine economic and employment levels which, in turn, drive population growth by attracting people to the Twin Cities. Additional land use modeling looks at how populations, demographics, regional policies and available land affect real estate supply and demand.
From the Metropolitan Council’s perspective, a central function of comprehensive planning is to be able to anticipate growth and plan responsibly for it. Their direct purview relates to regional systems for parks, transportation and water resources, as well as additional regional requirements pertaining to affordable housing. In support of this, the Metropolitan Council provides specific guidance to communities about information needed to inform development and system planning and implementation.
The Metropolitan Council periodically adjusts forecasts based on new data, to ensure they are as accurate as possible. This has occurred recently with Edina and several other cities.
Forecasting growth and land use change are complex endeavors, particularly at a sub-regional level, due to the number of variables that contribute to change. As a result, it is necessary for the Metropolitan Council to at times adjust the forecasts based on new data they receive.
In addition to other data tracking, the region’s annual population and household estimate program provides insights as to whether near-term forecasts are accurate. For instance, in mid-2018, the Metropolitan Council completed its 2017 estimates. These showed that some communities were growing faster than anticipated with new units, so that the 2020 forecast numbers may be too low given current trends.
The Metropolitan Council informed staff that their projection for Edina was too low as the City had already hit the 2020 projection. The Metropolitan Council gave the City a 2040 population projection of 63,600 to include in the 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update. This was based on recent development in Edina and the recent Comprehensive Plan Amendments for those developments. The increase would be about 19 percent from Edina’s current population. Again, this projection is not a mandate, goal, aspiration or target.
The 2008 Comprehensive Plan was approved by the Edina City Council on Sept. 1, 2009, by Resolution No. 2009-76.
State law requires cities to update its Comprehensive Plan every 10 years. Work on the 2018 Comprehensive Plan has been under way since 2016.
All chapters of the Comprehensive Plan have been rewritten. The writing style for each chapter is that of the group that worked on it.
Chapters the City elected to include in 2008 (but not required by the Metropolitan Council) included Community Facilities & Services, Environment & Energy and Heritage Preservation. Those chapters have been rewritten as well.
New chapters have been added, including Economic Competitiveness & Economic Development, per encouragement from the Metropolitan Council; and Community Health, Arts & Culture and Human Rights, based on City of Edina priorities. Most, if not all, of the chapters had a specific Commission assigned to review and rewrite the 2008 chapter or create a City-elective chapter that was identified as a priority during the Vision Edina process that preceded work on the 2018 Comprehensive Plan.
The 2008 Edina Comprehensive Plan identified several areas in Edina as “Potential Areas of Change.” During the 2018 Edina Comprehensive Plan process, small area plans were completed by resident-led work groups for those potential areas of change. All Small Area Plans have been approved by the City Council, and are included in the Comprehensive Plan.
There are also a number of new plans and initiatives that have been added and incorporated into the 2018 Comprehensive Plan since 2008, including the Pedestrian Bike Plan, Living Streets Plan and Water Resource Management Plan.
Consultants that worked on the 2018 Comprehensive Plan were:
Based on comments from the City Council’s advisory Commissions, the consultants took primary responsibility for assembly of the Comprehensive Plan elements and small area plans, while providing support and assistance to other City staff and resident advisory groups and assisting in community engagement.
Biko Associates, Inc., was responsible for ensuring responsiveness of Comprehensive Plan elements to Metropolitan Council requirements, especially with regard to conformance with all metropolitan systems policy plans, consistency with requirements of the Metropolitan Land Planning Act and Metropolitan Council policies, and compatibility with the plans of other local jurisdictions, including school districts.
Small area plans provide guidance on land use, transportation, housing, environmental protection and parks/natural spaces uses and improvements in a specific identified geographic area. Ultimately, the goal of a small area plan is to improve the quality of life within the geographic area, as well as the greater community.
Small area plans help to implement the goals of Edina’s Comprehensive Plan. Small area plans determine land use regulations and help to guide future redevelopment proposals. City staff also use small area plans to identify infrastructure improvements necessary to support the uses proposed in the plan. Small area plans do not, however, guarantee redevelopment will occur or that proposed public improvements will take place. Other factors, such as market conditions or budget priorities, will play an important role in how a small area plan is implemented. It is important to remember that small area plans are intended to provide guidance over a long period of time.
The 44th & France, 50th & France, Wooddale/Valley View, 70th & Cahill and the Greater Southdale areas had been identified as areas of potential change in the 2008 Comprehensive Plan to be studied for small area completion. Wooddale/Valley View was completed with the remainder of small area plans completed as part of the 2018 Plan Update. All were planned to be elements in the 2018 Edina Comprehensive Plan update.
Local residents, business owners and other stakeholders worked together with members of the Comprehensive Plan Task Force, consultants and City staff to draft the small area plans for City Council approval.
After the City Council approved a draft of the Comprehensive Plan, there was a six-month comment period for surrounding jurisdictions to provide feedback. The comment period closed Nov. 8. The following agencies provided comment:
Hennepin County and Minnesota Department of Transportation:
Three Rivers Park District:
City of Bloomington:
Yes, the Comprehensive Plan may be amended at the direction of the City Council.
An applicant may request and receive a land use change by recommendation of the Planning Commission, approval of the City Council and review and approval by the Metropolitan Council. Public hearings are held for all amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.
Work is anticipated to begin in 2026 on the 2028 Comp Plan update.
Emergency Regulation No. 2020-02 requires people in Edina to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face covering. According to the order, this includes retail establishments and City-owned public facilities like City Hall.
Masks do not need to be worn inside the City’s recreation facilities, like Braemar Arena and Edinborough Park, when social distancing can be maintained. There are other exceptions. Facial coverings do not need to be worn by people who are eating or drinking, children under the age of 5, people with medical conditions that make it difficult to breathe, those who are deaf or hard of hearing or those who care for or interact with them, and people who are unable to remove a mask without assistance.
Emergency Regulation No. 2020-02 went into effect Monday, July 6, 2020.
No. Bandanas can be used as face coverings. Masks are available at several local retailers.
The following facilities are closed to the public:
The following services are suspended:
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Residents can watch City Council meetings live on Comcast Channel 813 (high definition) and Channel 16 (standard definition) or CenturyLink Prism on Channel 1236 (high definition) and Channel 236 (standard definition). Meetings are also streamed live at www.EdinaMN.gov/746/Watch-a-City-Meeting and www.facebook.com/edinamn.
You do not need to attend a meeting to provide comments or testify during a public hearing. Leave a comment or testimony on voicemail at 952-826-0377. Provide your feedback online at BetterTogetherEdina.org/public-hearings. Provide live testimony during a meeting by calling 800-374-0221 and using a unique conference code. It does not matter how you provide your comments or testimony and you do not need to provide it in more than one way. The governing body considers it all equally.
The Minnesota Department of Public Health (MDH) urges everyone to assume COVID-19 is everywhere and to act accordingly, practicing good hygiene, social distancing and staying home when sick.
You can view a dashboard of COVID-19 cases in Edina online on the City’s dashboard.
MDH reports the names of long-term care facilities of a certain size with one or more residents or staff with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. Find the list online at https:/www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html.
Please contact your hauler about any changes to trash collection.
All recycling materials must be inside of recycling carts starting Monday, April 6, as a measure to protect drivers during the coronavirus pandemic. Recycling truck drivers will no longer be allowed to leave the cab of their truck, so they will not be able to pick up any recycling left outside of carts, such as cardboard from shipping boxes. All items should be broken down so they fit in the recycling cart. Residents who need a second cart may request one by calling 952-941-5174 or 952-826-0463. This measure will be in effect until further notice.
Residents who have yard waste pickup should contact their hauler. Some haulers have delayed the start of spring pickup due to coronavirus concerns. Yard waste cannot be placed in trash, by state law. Residents with yard waste that isn’t currently being collected by a hauler should store it properly in their yard or take it to one of these sites that accept yard waste:
Please check the State of Minnesota’s website for the latest updates on statewide restrictions.
Yes. However, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, but also provide necessary transportation, the CloverRide circulator bus will shift from scheduled stops to on-demand service with one rider per trip. Riders from anywhere in Edina can request a ride anywhere in the community on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Residents interested in scheduling a ride on should call DARTS dispatch at 651-455-1560 to schedule a ride or to receive more information. Dispatchers are available weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Drivers will take the rider directly to their destination and set a return time. Drivers will also assist with loading riders with mobility devices (walkers, wheelchairs or scooters) as needed. Cost is $3.
There have been incidents of discrimination, bias and hate reported around the world during the pandemic.If you feel you have been discriminated against and the alleged act of discrimination occurred within the City of Edina with the last 365 days, please complete the intake form below or contact Race & Equity Coordinator Heidi Lee, HLee@EdinaMN.gov or 952-826-1622. You can also contact the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) by calling 651-539-1133 or 1-800-658-3704, completing an online form, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re grateful for all the interest in the “Clean Hands Across Edina” project and continue to get calls about hand sanitizer. By the end of April, all bottles had been distributed to congregate living facilities around the city. There are currently no plans for another round of production and distribution.
Read Edina Public Schools frequently asked questions at https://www.edinaschools.org/Page/5773.
The State Fire Marshal has developed a handout outlining occupant load for salons. Download it here (PDF).
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development provides a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan template and industry guidance for several sectors. View it online at mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/safework/safe-reopening.
The Parks & Recreation Department strives to offer activities that reflect the diverse interests in our entire community. Some residents already are playing cricket on park fields, and we have received many requests to start an Edina league.
Some experienced cricket players have offered their assistance to help launch the league and teach people the game. With their help, we are able to offer our residents this opportunity to play or try out a new sport.
Tape ball cricket is easy to learn, less formal and doesn't require an official cricket field, which Edina does not have. We will be playing on existing turf fields at Braemar Field and possibly Pamela Park.
That's fine. We want you to try it.
"Tape ball cricket is a great entry point," says Haris Saddiqi, one of two local men helping Edina launch the league. He and Masaood Yunis will be helping people learn the game. They both say anyone who has played softball or baseball will quickly pick it up as the skills are transferrable.
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The general information about the league includes some of the basic rules we will be using for play.
We expect the experienced players and the officials will help new players learn the rules and how to play the game.
You don't need either. The league is supplying all the necessary equipment. Uniforms aren't necessary. People should just wear clothes for moderate activity. No metal spikes on shoes are allowed on the field, however.
Cricket, by the way, doesn't use fielding gloves like softball or baseball. Fielders retrieve balls bare-handed.
This is a recreational league. Participants know there will be a few newcomers to the game. Our hope is these become teaching moments where the new people simply learn about the game. This league is being pushed by current players who want to introduce the game to new people and expand the sport in Edina.
Absolutely. Anyone is welcome to come and watch.
Games in the inaugural league will be happening Friday and Saturday evenings on the outdoor turf of Braemar Field. Updates and reminders will be on the City of Edina's Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor feeds.
We are working on putting together an introductory clinic or two in connection with the league. Details on that will be announced later.
Yes! Edina Liquor will deliver to homes and businesses in Edina.
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Delivery information, including delivery hours and rules.
Please email product inquiries to Edina Liquor.
Yes. We value our customers and want to thank them for choosing Edina Liquor. The Edina Liquor Rewards program does just that, without the need for a card, keeping receipts or filling out forms to collect your reward.
Edina Liquor Rewards allows shoppers to earn points for their purchases, then redeem them when they choose. Profits from Edina Liquor still get poured back into the community, supporting facilities including the Edina Art Center, Braemar Arena and Centennial Lakes Park.
“The simplicity of Edina Liquor Rewards is really great. There is no card or anything to carry,” said Mike McBride, Assistant General Manager of Store Operations. “All you need to know is your phone number. We do the rest for you.”
You can enroll for free for at any one of the three Edina Liquor locations: 3943 W. 50th St.; 5013 Vernon Ave. and 6755 York Ave. All you need to provide is your name and cellphone number. You will receive a text with a link to verify your account. There is no annual fee or charge to be a Rewards member.
If you don’t have a smartphone, staff can enroll you manually.
No. Edina Liquor Rewards doesn’t use a card, make you do math or require you to show receipts. All you need is your phone number.
You earn 1 point for each $1 spent (taxes are exempt from point accrual or rewards). You can redeem them at the following levels:
100 Reward points = $5 off total purchase
250 Reward points = $15 off total purchase
400 Reward points = $25 off total purchase
1,000 Reward points = $100 off total purchase
You can redeem as soon as you reach a level or hold onto your points for a bigger Reward level.
Online/delivery purchases and buying gift cards do not accrue points at this time. Purchases paid for with a gift card are eligible for points.
How are points tracked?
Each time you make a purchase in an Edina Liquor store and use your rewards account, points will be automatically calculated and added.
Edina Liquor team members should ask you at checkout if you’d like to redeem rewards you’ve earned. You can redeem them right away or save your points for a higher reward level.
How can I learn more?
Ask an Edina Liquor team member or visit EdinaLiquor.com.
The stores, operated by the City of Edina, put profits back into the City, reducing taxes and helping pay for City services. Truly, buying locally benefits locally.
Our three locations and their hours can be found here.
Please call ahead or check our Facebook page for holiday hours.
Reserve for a birthday party online. Note: If you are a 1st time user (never purchased a program, membership or party on this module), you will need to create an account first. If you have an account already, simply log in and then under Facility Type choose Edinborough Birthday Party sites. Amenities section- does not apply to Edinborough Park birthdays.
Yes. All children between the ages of 1-12 years, including the birthday child and siblings are counted as part of your 10 guests. Adults are free, but are included in the 20 person limit at the tables.
Please contact the birthday party coordinator directly. Depending on space availability, the party coordinator can suggest some other options that include an additional fee.
Yes. Party guests can arrive early to play or stay after the end of your party at no additional fee. Have your guests check in at the Guest Services desk upon arrival-wristbands are good all day long. Please keep all party items in your car before your party and return your party items to your car after your party.
Please note that the tables on the upper level across from the Guest Services desk are not available for birthday party use or storage.
No. Edinborough Park is not equipped to heat or cook outside food for birthday parties. Please note electric warming devices (crockpots, microwaves, hotplates, etc.) are also prohibited at your birthday site.
Yes and yes. The majority of the local restaurants are familiar with Edinborough Park and our birthday party sites. Just give your name and address of Edinborough Park(7700 York Ave. S., Edina) and the restaurant will deliver your food directly to the park lobby. Once they arrive we will direct them to your site or you may come up to the lobby to meet them. Our café has a variety of choices and food packages that can be ordered in advance and delivered to your table as well.
$9/child. This fee covers the PlayPark wristband as well as the services Edinborough Park provides for your party, including staff coordination, set up and maintenance.Any additional guest wristband fees must be paid for prior to leaving the facility.
Yes. Table top decorations are OK. Leave the balloons at home though. Confetti, streamers, piñatas, banners and hanging signs are also not permitted.
Yes. General admission for ages 1 year-12 years is $8.00/child(tax included). Parents/Guardians may play for free. Frequent PlayPark users should consider purchasing a 10 admission pass for $75.00 or an annual membership (price varies depending on residency and number of children) - both may be purchased online or at the Edinborough Park Guest Services desk.
Aside from a few holiday closures, Edinborough Park Great Hall and Adventure Peak are open every day of the week: Monday-Saturday from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Adventure Peak is designed for children ages 1 year-12 years, but children 13 and over may play at the park (with a paid admission sibling) and their parent/guardian for free. Parents and guardians get to play for free too (with a paid child admission)! The Great Hall has small sized basketball hoops, a bouncy house and various trikes and toys suitable for children up to age 13. Little Peak is for ages 4 and under with their parent/guardian only.
The park was designed and built with wider tunnels so that parents could actively play with their children.
"Little Peak" is a padded play, gated area located in the Adventure Peak space and is for ages 4 and under and their parents/guardians. It includes a small slide and climbing area, as well as interactive musical elements. Please note this is a "Socks Only" zone (no bare feet or shoes).
The PlayPark includes Adventure Peak, our large climbing structure, Little Peak, our toddler padded play area, and the Great Hall, a gym area with a bouncy house, balls, scooters, and small basketball hoops. Admission to the PlayPark includes both areas. Please bring your socks, as Adventure Peak, Little Peak, and both bouncy houses are "Socks Only" zones.
No. For the safety of all guests, balls, toys and other play equipment should be kept at home.
To keep our playpark areas clean and out of consideration for all of our guests, socks are required. Socks are sold at the Guest Services desk if you forget to bring yours.
Pool hours are 5:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. on Saturdays, and 8:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Sundays.
The doors to the building will be opened at above listed times each day unless otherwise posted. Locker rooms will be available until 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The Edina Swim Club has exclusive use of the pool during certain times of the day, as well as Edina Community Education. Please see our detailed pool schedule for specific lap swim and open swim hours each day.
The track is open Monday- Friday from 5:45 am-8:45 pm, Saturdays from 7:30 am-8:45 pm and Sundays from 8:45 am-5:45 pm. When there is a park holiday, there may not be early morning track hours. The doors to the building will be unlocked 5 minutes prior to the opening time each day. Locker rooms will be available until 9 pm Monday-Friday and 6 pm on Sundays.
Daily admission is $8.00/person and includes admission to both the pool and the track (PlayPark is a separate fee). A pool and track 10 admission pass or annual membership may be purchased for frequent users for $75.00. Age requirements apply.
Swimmers must be 16 years old to participate in lap swim sessions. During open swim, youth under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
You must be 16 years of age or older to use the track and the exercise equipment in the track area.
Swimmers and non-swimmers must either pay daily admission or have a 10 admission pass or annual membership to be in the pool area.
The pool does not have a lifeguard on duty.
Yes, we have locker rooms for men and women, however there is not a family locker room or changing area. Coin operated lockers may be rented for 50 cents a day.
A limited amount of kick boards and foam noodles are available. We do not provide life jackets or towels. Goggles and towels are available for purchase at the Guest Services desk.
Strollers are not permitted in the track area for safety reasons. If a baby/young child is in a baby carrier attached to the users body, that is acceptable.
Election judges are responsible for the administration of election procedures in each poling place on Election Day. Election judges help guarantee that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Become a member of this proud team working to guarantee the election process is fair and in accordance with our laws. Election judges are vital to efficient and honest elections.
An election judge must be:
1. Eligible to vote in the State of Minnesota;
2. Able to read, write and speak English;
3. Appointed by the City Council and;
4. Trained and currently certified as an election judge. Party balance must be maintained within each polling place. Minnesota election law requires that not more than one half of the judges in a polling place belong to the same major political party.
Sixteen- and 17-year-old students can work as election judge trainees. It's a great way to learn about elections and voting and earn cash at the same time! You will be assigned the same duties as other judges, with the exception of tasks requiring party affiliation. You will need to attend and complete the same training as other judges. You cannot be asked to work past 10 p.m.
Edina has for several years used students as election judges in their polling places. Student judges must be U.S. citizens; at least 16 years of age; serve in the county in which they reside; be enrolled in a Minnesota high school or be home schooled; be in good academic standing; and have written permission from their school and parents.
Contact City Clerk Sharon Allison at 952-826-0408.
While the adult EAB beetle only nibbles on ash foliage, causing little damage, the problem lies with the larvae. Female borers lay their eggs underneath an ash tree’s outer bark. As the larvae grow and mature, they tunnel and feed on the tree’s inner bark, destroying its xylem and phloem tissue. This disrupts the tree’s ability to transport water, mineral nutrients and photosynthetic sugars to all parts of the tree, eventually killing it.
Multiple species of borers exist in addition to EAB. Borers, in general, will primarily attack only unhealthy or stressed host plants. In its native range, EAB works in a similar manner. However, since our native ash trees do not have any inherent defenses against EAB, all species of ash trees in Minnesota, whether healthy or not, are susceptible to destructive attacks.
Minnesota has the third largest population of Ash trees in the country. In urban areas, the Ash tree became the predominant “replacement” tree when trees were lost to Dutch elm disease. The Ash tree is also vital to many natural areas throughout the state.
In Edina, the Ash population is estimated at 50,000. The most valuable Ash trees (based on size, health, location and landscape importance) are primarily situated on residential lots, some parkland and a few boulevard areas throughout the City. An outbreak could greatly affect the City’s tree population.
Chemical treatments are available to help protect healthy Ash trees or those minimally affected. If you choose to use chemical protection, keep in mind that application must take place every two to three years, depending on the chemical and application method used, and can be somewhat expensive.
The decision to commit to long-term use of chemical protection is a private one, but some factors to consider are the relative importance and health of the tree or trees in your landscape and the affordability of a long-term commitment. As with all trees, Ash trees have multiple potential blights or diseases that will not be helped by EAB protection.
The City Forester recommends people with Ash trees contact a private arborist or tree care company to evaluate their options. He discourages the use of store-bought treatments that you spread on the ground to protect trees from Emerald Ash Borer. These may contaminate the surrounding soil and spread into groundwater or run off into nearby streams or drainages. They also can harm pollinators. Arborists inject trees directly, a method that is believed to have fewer concerns for water quality and is less likely to spread chemicals to water bodies, animals, insects or surrounding plants.
Another management option - also widely suggested for Dutch elm disease - is to consider planting another tree or trees on your landscape to have a replacement in the event you lose an important Ash tree. This option can be considered whether or not you also choose to chemically treat an Ash.
Residents are strongly encouraged to learn more about the disease in order to respond in a well-informed manner based on the latest factual research.
It would be inappropriate for the City to promote a particular tree company or arborist.
However, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has a checklist for hiring a tree care company and a license information search (select Tree Care Registry as the license type) to assist in finding one.
Ramsey and Hennepin counties are currently under Department of Agriculture quarantines in regard to the movement of ash wood. EAB has a wider spread when infested wood is moved. If purchasing firewood, be certain it is not infested with EAB.
Do not transport firewood to or from another county.
A 100-year flood is the flood event that has a 1% probability of happening in any given year. However, this does not mean that it will only happen once every 100 years. This area has had multiple 100-year rainfall events in the last 30 years.
Yes. The City of Edina participates in the National Flood Insurance Program which means anyone residing in Edina is eligible to purchase a National Flood Insurance Program flood insurance policy.
The agent who helps you with your homeowners or renters insurance may also be able to help you with purchasing flood insurance. Here is a list of participating providers: www.floodsmart.gov/find.
If your insurance agent does not sell flood insurance, you can contact the National Flood Insurance Program Help Center at 800-427-4661.
It could be algae, or more likely, it's duckweed. Check out this duckweed fact sheet to find out.
City code Chapter 24, Article 7, Division 2, Section 24-257 states, "...no person shall, on any lake, pond or stream within the city use any mechanically propelled boat or other watercraft, unless being used for emergency rescue or the maintenance of the lake, pond or stream."
The City does not issue permits for docks.
The DNR does not require a permit to install, construct, or reconstruct a dock on shoreline property you own if you comply with this DNR guidance.
Dechlorinated swimming pool water discharge is allowed in the street and storm sewer. Salt water pools must be discharged to the sanitary sewer system and discharge is not allowed in the street or storm sewer system. City Code Chapter 23, Article II, Division 4, Sec. 23-95.
The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District performs mosquito control for the metro area. Find more information at www.mmcd.org.
The City has watering restrictions in place to promote water conservation.
Permits are available at no-cost to allow proper watering of new sod or seeded areas. Daily watering of new sod and seed is recommended for the first 14 days to establish root growth. After two weeks, normal watering should be sufficient for establishing a new lawn. The planting of new sod or seed during very dry times of the year is discouraged. Contact the Public Works Department to inquire about a permit 952-826-0300.
Assessors study and analyze the real estate market when estimating market value. If the real estate market indicates that buyers pay a premium for lakeshore property, this would be reflected in the assessor's market value. Contact the Assessing Department for more information.
Payments can be made online, by phone or by text with a credit or debit card or bank account. Bills can be viewed and paid at any time and residents have the option to pay more than one invoice at a time.
Additionally, customers will be able to securely store payment information for future use and still be able to enjoy the convenience of scheduling automatic payments. Existing users of the City’s current online utility billing portal are required to re-enroll to select notification and automatic billing preferences, and access the full functionality of the site.
New features include:
For more information, call Utility Billing at 952-826-0373.
Complete a free recreational fire permit form.
Yes. Fill out your free online permit and access rules and regulations of recreational fires.
Probably not. The City’s policy, found here (PDF), outlines what is and isn’t allowed. In addition, your landlord may have rules restricting grills.
Edina residents are welcome to tour Fire Station #1. Typically, individuals can stop by at their convenience. Edina groups should call 952-826-0339
Edina groups should call 952-826-0339 to schedule a speaker for an event.
No. The Department does not allow the use of the fire station for birthday parties.
Edina Fire Department offers free blood pressure checks at Fire Station 1 (6250 Tracy Ave. South) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. No appointment is necessary. Trained firefighters will record your blood pressure on a complimentary card so that you can track your blood pressure for evaluation by a physician.
The City of Edina does not offer car seat checks. Click here to find the nearest trained car seat technician that can assist installing your car seat.
Your ambulance bill can be paid by visiting the LifeQuest website.
Call 952-826-0339 to schedule a fire truck visit.
The Edina Fire Department has a goal of responding to fire and Advanced Life Support calls in an average time of six minutes.
With the continued increase in requests for service, maintaining response times would be difficult for the Edina Fire Department without the construction and staffing of a relocated Fire Station 2 and a new Fire Station 3.
In the near future, Station 2 should be staffed with two 24-hour Advanced Life Support ambulances in the southeast quadrant of the city. Additionally, the staffing of an engine or aerial crew should be a strong consideration.
Fire Station 2 on York Avenue is in fair condition, but the facility and site will not support the additional development necessary to add a second Advanced Life Support crew and, eventually, an engine company. Moving the station north and west of the current location will better center it and move it closer to growing areas of the community and provide a better response time to a greater area of the city.
Growth in the northeast quadrant of the city is expected. It is anticipated that in five to 10 years, there will be a need for a station in the general location of Edina City Hall to support the need for Advanced Life Support response and fire response.
The study suggests that a new Fire Station 2 is needed in less than five years and a Fire Station 3 is needed in the next five to 10 years.
The study recommends two to four acres of land for each, but the stations could be built on smaller parcels like Fire Station 1. No formal efforts are being made right now to secure land for future stations.
The City Council will consider a 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan in late 2021.
Debt would likely be issued to pay for the construction of the new facilities. Again, no formal discussion regarding costs or payment have been made.
Under State law, a volunteer fire relief association is nonprofit corporation separate from a city or town. It receives and manages public money to offer retirement benefits to those providing firefighting and emergency first response services.
Volunteer firefighter relief associations are governed by State Statute.
Coverage for volunteer firefighters in the state’s roughly 800 “firetowns” is provided by approximately 700 volunteer firefighter relief associations.
The Edina Firefighters Relief Association was formed in 1942.
The Association exists to pay benefits for disability, death or retirement of its members.
The Edina Firefighters Relief Association is funded by Fire State Aid from the State of Minnesota. The State funds Fire State Aid through a 2 percent tax on fire-related insurance. Current state law requires cities with fire relief associations to pass the entire amount of Fire State Aid received from the State to the fire relief association. The City of Edina does not contribute any additional funds to the Edina Firefighters Relief Association.
By law, the City of Edina serves as a “pass through” for Fire State Aid. State Fire Aid is paid to the City of Edina, which simply passes the money to the Edina Firefighters Relief Association. The City does not have any control over the money.
The Edina Firefighters Relief Association receives an average of $430,000 in Fire State Aid each year.
The City does not contribute any funds to the association.
The Edina Firefighters Relief Association has a defined-contribution plan. Members receive a lump-sum payment when they retire and request their distribution. Account balances vary from year to year based on amount of Fire State Aid received, investment performance, revenues and expenses of the association.
Employees hired as paid-on-call firefighters who meet the Edina Firefighters Relief Association’s membership requirements may join.
Full-time paramedic/firefighters may choose to be paid-on-call firefighters in addition to their full-time work. This is voluntary and to qualify for membership, firefighters must meet all requirements for membership outside of their full-time work.
The Edina Firefighters Relief Association has four classes of membership: active, retired, deferred and disabled firefighters.
Full-time employees who are also paid-on-call do not get paid twice, nor receive two pensions, for the same work. Unlike most local fire departments, the City of Edina operates an ambulance service. There is a clear separation between work performed as a full-time Paramedic/Firefighter and a paid-on-call Firefighter. Approximately 75-80 percent of the Edina Fire Department’s calls for service are for medical emergencies – not fires – and the majority of full-time work is performing medical response.
The Association has 45 active members.
All active members must respond to at least 20 percent of all off-duty general alarms. If at the end of a year, a member has failed to meet this level of response, he or she must respond to 25 percent of the off-duty general alarms during the next six months. If the response requirements are not met, the member loses service credit for the year. Failing this requirement two consecutive years results in the member being expelled and losing all benefits except those already vested.
The Edina Firefighters Relief Association’s Special Fund totaled $10.4 million as of September 2019.
The Edina Firefighters Relief Association is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees. Six are elected from the membership: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and two Trustees. By State law, three trustees are municipal officials. The Edina City Council designates the municipal officers annually. Currently, they are the Mayor, Finance Director and Fire Chief.
The association’s investments are in the Minnesota State Board of Investment Stock Fund, Minnesota State Board of Investment Bond Fund and Metropolitan West Low Duration Bond Fund.
The Fire Department is just like any other department within the City. The City is in charge of determining the budget, staffing, equipment, training, work assignments, personnel policies, etc.
The Edina Firefighters Relief Association is a separate nonprofit entity. Under State law, a fire relief association is a nonprofit corporation that receives and manages public money to provide retirement benefits to those who perform firefighting and emergency response services for the affiliating city.
By law, three of the nine members of the Board of Trustees are appointed by the City.
The Edina Firefighters Relief Association has funded approximately 100 pensions since its inception in 1942.
The Social Security Administration has a local office at 6161 American Boulevard W., Suite 100, Bloomington, MN 55438. It's phone number is 1-800-772-1213. Its hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday.
If you need a Social Security Card, your personal information needs to be updated or your employer asked you to visit a Social Security office, visit the Card Center, 1811 Chicago Ave., Suite 2, Minneapolis MN, 55404. Its hours are 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In Edina, you may renew your driver’s license or get tabs for your vehicle at the Hennepin County Service Center.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The phone number is 612-348-8240.
Southdale Mall Address: 1225 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435Phone: (612) 348-8240
YES! Edina’s drinking water is safe and meets or exceeds all federal and state standards. Part of the reason for that is Edina treats its water supply to remove contamination. Treatment can be costly but is vital to ensure the safety and quality of drinking water.
Drinking water standards are set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and regulated through the Safe Drinking Water Act. Here, standards are enforced by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.The City of Edina works with the MDH to test drinking water for more than 100 contaminants. It is not unusual to detect contaminants in small amounts. No water supply is ever completely free of contaminants. Drinking water standards protect people from substances that may be harmful to their health.
The Minnesota Department of Health tests for volatile organic compounds at Water Treatment Plant 6 and Wells 2, 4, 7, 13 and 15 wells quarterly. Testing for other things such as fluoride and chlorine is done by the Public Works staff daily.
In the early 2000s, Well 7, a well in Sherwood Park drawing from the Prairie du Chien/Jordan Aquifer, tested above the Maximum Contaminant Level set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for vinyl chloride, a colorless organic gas with a sweet odor. At that time, Well No. 7 was a seasonal well and was operated only in the summer.
Well 7 was shut down in early October 2003 and was not turned on again until after a high-capacity treatment plant was built at the Danen’s Building at 5120 Brookside Ave. in 2012. The plant is equipped with an aeration system specially designed to filter out volatile organic compounds. The treatment plant is Water Treatment Facility No. 6. It treats four of the City’s 18 wells, including Well 7.
Vinyl chloride is an organic colorless gas at normal temperatures and is a liquid at temperatures at or below 56 degrees Fahrenheit. It can be smelled at concentrations of 3,000 parts per million (ppm) in air and tasted at approximately 3.4 ppm in water. Vinyl chloride is a man-made substance, or the result of a breakdown of a man-made substance.
Vinyl chloride is used in the manufacture of numerous products in building and construction, automotive industry, electrical wire insulation and cables, piping, industrial and household equipment and medical supplies and is depended upon heavily by the rubber, paper and glass industries.
The typical source of vinyl chloride, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is discharge from plastics factories. Vinyl chloride can also be a byproduct of degradation of other complex chlorinated compounds such as cleaning agents and solvents.
The effects of drinking high levels of vinyl chloride are unknown. Potential health risks are damage to the nervous system and liver.
No symptoms of sickness or disease have been reported to the City since the problem was discovered.
Total cost of the Water Treatment Facility was more than $8 million. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency paid for the design of the plant, which totaled more than $250,000.
The approximate cost to operate Water Treatment Facility No. 6 is about $440,000 annually.
Water from private wells should be tested by their owners. Private wells used for irrigation are much shallower than the Jordan aquifer where the contamination exists.
The source of the contamination has not yet been determined.
Typically, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) staff try to find the sources of contaminants. MPCA staff collected and analyzed samples from monitoring wells, industrial wells, irrigation wells and other municipal wells located in the western Twin Cities metro area. The results showed a “volatile organic compound trail” that allowed the MPCA to trace the contamination back 2.3 miles, to a contamination site in St. Louis Park.
The MPCA has narrowed the list of contaminators to five properties. However, MPCA has exhausted funding in identifying the exact source of contamination.
The site is generally bounded by West 33rd Street to the north, South France Avenue to the east, West 58th street to the south and Blake Road to the west. Multiple land uses are present in the area, including residential, recreational, commercial, industrial and vacant properties. There is not a hard boundary; the plume shifts slightly in the Prairie du Chien/Jordan Aquifer.
No. The deep groundwater plume, dubbed the Highway 100 and County Road 3 Groundwater Plume Site, contamination consists of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), cis dichloroethylene (DCE) and vinyl chloride (VC), collectively known as chlorinated VOCs. PCE is an industrial solvent used to degrease metals. Under the right conditions, PCE can break down in the environment to form TCE, DCE and VC.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethane (TCA) are the most frequently detected volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in ground water in the United States. Due to its unique properties and solvent effects, TCE has been widely used as an ingredient in industrial cleaning solutions and as a “universal” degreasing agent.
In 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) conducted a toxicological review of TCE in drinking water. MDH concluded that the main health concerns from exposure to TCE at the lowest exposures are immune system effects such as immunosuppression or autoimmune disease, including hypersensitivity; an increased chance of cancer from long-term exposure; and heart defects in the developing fetus if the pregnant mother is exposed in the first trimester. Other health effects related to TCE are observed only at higher exposures.
In 2013, MDH developed a Health-Based Value, or guideline, of 0.4 micrograms of TCE per liter. This level of TCE is safe for all people exposed to TCE in drinking water at any time during their life, including pregnant women and their fetuses, infants, children and other sensitive people, including those with impaired immunity.
A level of 2 micrograms per liter of TCE in drinking water protects all people who are exposed for an entire lifetime from cancer. The increased risk for cancer is estimated to be 1 additional cancer case in 100,000 people, which is considered a negligible cancer risk. The level is also safe for healthy adults who are only exposed to TCE after age 18, and protects pregnant women and their developing fetuses from heart defects.
The plume is 324 to 545 feet below ground. About 1,940 properties in Edina are above the Highway 100 and County Road 3 Groundwater Plume. They have an estimated market value of $1.454 billion.
Existing wells that are open to the deep aquifer and used to define the plume include:
With sample data from these wells, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was able to determine the extent and magnitude of the plume in this drinking water aquifer. The plume is defined by wells where chlorinated volatile organic compound contamination was detected above the Minnesota Department of Health’s drinking water standards.
The area in St. Louis Park closest to the suspected source of contamination has contamination above the bedrock, too. This perchloroethylene/trichloroethylene (PCE/TCE) soil vapor plume resulted in soil and vapor issues in certain properties. Those issues were mitigated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in 2008. In 2015, the MPCA verified the soil vapor intrusion mitigation systems installed in those residential properties were still operating. No vapor intrusion problems were identified.
The shallow plume is only in St. Louis Park and is not migrating.
The spread is unlikely. The strategy of pumping the northernmost wells (Wells 2, 7 and 15) is to create a hydraulic barrier to halt the spread of the plume has proven to be effective. No wells to the south have had any contamination. Based on the sampling data, both the shallow and deep groundwater plumes are not spreading.
Local drinking water is certified safe. There are no soil or vapor issues in Edina. Local soil tests are not warranted.
Water coming out of Water Treatment Plant No. 6 is safe. Yards and gardens irrigated from private wells are safe, too, as the irrigation process aerates the water. Also, water evaporates.
The cities of Edina and St. Louis Park continue to treat drinking water to ensure it is safe.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has applied to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the solvent plume site to be placed on the National Priorities List (NPL). Minnesota has requested and is pursuing the NPL listing with the EPA for a number of reasons. This groundwater contamination plume is at least 324 feet deep and covers areas within both St. Louis Park and Edina. The State has dedicated a large amount of funding and staffing to define the area to date; however, there is still much work to be done to investigate and eventually clean up the area of contamination.
The amount of funding required to identify the source area, pursue potentially responsible parties and implement a cleanup plan far surpasses the amount of funding the State’s Superfund program receives each year. Funding support from the federal government will assist with additional investigation activities and bring in additional technical expertise and specialized legal counsel to effectively address the complexities of the site. If a potentially responsible party or parties can be identified, cost recovery efforts can be pursued.
If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can attribute contamination to specific sources, sites can be listed on the National Priorities List (NPL) as a source rather than a groundwater plume with an undetermined source. Since the source of the Highway 100 and County Road 3 Groundwater Plume site is still in question, the site is being evaluated as a groundwater plume with an undetermined source.
Source areas will be better defined when a more complete investigation is done. Also, the impacts to the municipal wells from the large, deep plume is what elevates the site’s Hazard Ranking System score to the level needed for proposal to the NPL.
Yes. Many of the more than 1,300 sites that have been listed on the National Priorities List include a groundwater contamination plume. Two examples in Minnesota are the New Brighton/Arden Hills Superfund Site (also known as the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant or TCAAP Site) and the Baytown Groundwater Contamination site.
The TCAAP Site plume extends under several cities, including New Brighton, Arden Hills, Columbia Heights, St. Anthony and Minneapolis.
The Baytown Groundwater Contamination plume is approximately five miles long, covers about seven square miles, and extends from the eastern portion of the City of Lake Elmo through Baytown Township, West Lakeland Township and the City of Bayport to the St. Croix River.
The proposed National Priorities List (NPL) listing is for the deep groundwater plume. The deep groundwater plume is at a depth of 324-545 feet. Due to its depth, the deep contamination does not affect individual properties.
The major concern of the deep groundwater plume is its impact to the cities’ municipal wells. To mitigate this impact, both the cities of St. Louis Park and Edina have installed treatment systems to ensure their drinking water meets the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and the State’s drinking water guidance values. Once the site is placed on the NPL, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will continue working to identify sources of the deep groundwater contamination plume.
If you have additional questions regarding property value, the EPA suggests that concerned property owners consult a professional property appraiser who can give a more accurate response to property value questions and concerns.
These are two different chemical releases that were caused by different sources.
The Reilly Tar & Chemical Corp. contamination is mainly creosote, which contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) that were at one time used in wood-treating operations. The Reilly site has previously been listed on the federal National Priorities List, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have been overseeing cleanup there since the late 1970s.
Contamination at the Reilly site is the result of:
For more information, visit the EPA’s Reilly Tar webpage.
YES! Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards for drinking water quality and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) enforces these drinking water standards for public water supplies. The treatment systems for both cities are designed to treat for VOC contamination associated with the Highway 100 and County Road 3 Groundwater Plume Site.
In addition to the federal SDWA, MDH has Health Risk Limits (HRLs) and Health Based Values (HBVs) that are used as guidance values for public drinking water supplies. HRLs and HBVs may be more stringent than federal SDWA levels.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has worked with both cities to design treatment plants to clean the drinking water to meet these more stringent values.
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The City of Edina strives to be a leader among municipalities in sustainability.
In response to the State of Minnesota directing the counties in Minnesota to reduce the amount of waste that goes to a landfill, Hennepin County revised an ordinance to require the cities in the county make organic collection available to the residents by Jan. 1, 2022 in cities with a population greater than 10,000.
Edina’s Energy & Environment Commission received information regarding collection options and recommended a the city-wide residential curbside collection program to the Edina City Council. The Edina City Council approved a curbside residential collection program in March 2019, to go into effect in the spring of 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the program has been delayed until June, with carts arriving at homes in early June.
The organics program was built using the same model as the existing recycling program, where every single-family, double- and multi-unit properties up to eight will receive a cart in order to increase participation in the program.
You will receive an organics recycling cart in early June. If you already have a Vierkant Disposal organics cart, you will still receive a new cart and your current cart and service will convert to yard-waste only. Organics collection begins sometime in June once carts have been delivered to all homes.
Collect organics in a BPI-certified compostable bag. These bags can be purchased at retail locations such as Jerry’s Do It Best Hardware and Linden Hills Co-op. Remember, only bags labeled "BPI Certified Compostable” that meet ASTM D6400 standards may be used.
People typically line an old ice cream pail or small trash can with a compostable bag to collect food scraps. Once the bag is full, tie it up and place it in your organics cart. Organics carts are picked up weekly on your trash day.
It’s okay to feel overwhelmed by this, and this is new to alot of people. Our recommendation is to begin in the kitchen with your basicfood scraps. Make small changes which are easy to turn into habits and worryabout perfecting your system later. For example, maybe you are not ready tocollect all your food waste just yet, but you could start by putting yourcoffee filter and grounds into a compostable bag every day.
If you are on the fence about this program, then werecommend giving it a try for a couple weeks just to see how it goes. You couldend up surprising yourself with how much you can put in the new carts! You mayalways request the cart to be picked up later.
If you’re currently a Vierkant customer, you will not be charged twice. You will still get a new organics cart from Vierkant in June. Your current Vierkant organics cart will remain and become a yard-waste only cart.
Vierkant will no longer accept co-mingled organics and yard waste because the commercial composting facility the organics are taken to will not accept the materials together. If you have concerns or questions, please call Vierkant at 612-922-2505.
Yes, tea bags can go in there. A couple things to make sureof first though: 1) make sure it is the paper bag kind of tea bag, not theplastic netting ones. The plastic ones are usually triangular. If they are theplastic kind, you can open them up and put the leaves into your organics bin,but the plastic part must be disposed of in the garbage can. 2) If your tea baghas a small metal staple on the top, remove that beforehand putting it in thebin.
Even if you only have a banana peel and some coffee groundsto add into cart every week, that is still helpful and contributes to ourcity’s goals! Every little bit of material we divert from the landfill has apositive impact.
Yard waste is not allowed.
Currently the only size we have is the 35 gallon carts whichhave been delivered. However, we will possibly have a smaller size available inthe future as an option. If/when those are available, then we will put out aninformation release for residents.
You can decline or return your cart by contacting the Organics Recycling Coordinator Twila Singh at 952-826-1657 or TSingh@EdinaMN.gov. Email is preferred so that the address is as accurate. While you are not required to keep the cart, this is a new citywide utility in addition to our traditional recycling. The cost is $5.50/month which will appear on your quarterly utility statement. At this time, we do not have the option to remove the charge from your account. Just like traditional recycling, even if we choose not to recycle aluminum and carboard, we are all paying into the organics program to encourage maximum participation.
As the organics recycling carts will be dropped off throughout the month of June, the monthly fee for the program will not begin until July of 2020. The fees will be included in the quarterly utility bill.
The monthly price per household is $5.50.
The charge will appear on quarterly utility bills from the City of Edina, beginning in July 2020.
Vierkant Disposal will pick up organics recycling every weekon your regular recycling day of the week.
If your organics cart collection is missed, call Vierkant at612-922-2505.
In terms of organics recycling, compostable items arematerials which will break down at the commercial composting facility.Biodegradable items may also be compostable, but some of these items takehundreds of years to break down and therefore we do not want them in thecurbside organics carts. An example of this would be chewing gum.
Residents may request to change the size of their cart. After a review of the materials in the cart (no yard waste is allowed), Vierkant Disposal will change the size one time in a 12-month period. To make such a request, call Vierkant at 612-922-2505.
The standard size of the organics carts being delivered to homes is 35 gallons – the smallest available.
No. Plastic bags are not compostable and are a contaminant. You risk turning an entire load of compostable material into garbage if you use plastic bags. Use bags labeled “BPI-certified compostable.” These bags can be purchased at retail locations such as Jerry’s Do it Best Hardware, Cub and your local co-op.
Paper bags may be used as long as they are 100% compostable.
The City of Edina selected Vierkant Disposal for city-wide collection based on their low price and reputation as a trash hauler. They can be reached at 612-922-2505.
You can compost more materials with organics recycling than in your backyard compost bin. Large-scale commercial composting facilities maintain higher temperatures than backyard compost bins. These temperatures are needed to kill bacteria and break down items that cannot be composted in a backyard compost bin, including meat, bones, dairy products and compostable plastics. Backyard composting is still a great option for recycling fruit and vegetable scraps and yard waste into a soil amendment that you can use at home.
Organics won’t smell any more than your regular garbage smells. Remember that with organics recycling, you’re simply moving the organic materials from your garbage cart into your organics cart.
Help prevent odors by using a collection container, lined with a compostable bag, that has a vented lid or don’t use a lid. Food waste starts to decompose and creates odors more quickly when access to oxygen is cut off. You can purchase a pre-made kitchen pail with a vented lid, or you can make one using an ice cream pail or other container.
If you’re currently composting, please don’t stop. Backyard composting is higher on our waste reduction strategy than curbside organics recycling, and it’s a practice that should be celebrated.
Use your organics cart for the items that are harder or more difficult for backyard operations. These include pizza boxes, tissues, egg cartons and compostable utensils. These items often don’t break down as fast in backyard operations because they require higher temperatures and more time.
The organics collected curbside are taken to a commercial facility in Shakopee, Minnesota, and recycled into compost, a nutrient-rich material that is used in landscaping and road construction projects to improve our soil.
Hennepin County requires all cities in the county have an organics recycling program in place by Jan. 1, 2022. St. Louis Park and Minneapolis already have the program. Bloomington is planning to add organics recycling to its next collection contract.
No. You can use any small bucket, ice cream pail or crock for collecting organic material. Some residents use larger under-the-counter bins or stand-alone cans in their kitchens for collection. Look online or check with your favorite local store if you wish to purchase your own indoor collection bin.
Not this specific one, but several businesses in Edina do participate in organics recycling through their refuse hauler. All large businesses in Hennepin County are required to start doing this by January 1, 2022: https://www.hennepin.us/business/recycling-hazardous-waste/organics-recycling The City of Edina is working with Hennepin County to ensure that organics recycling is successful in our local businesses. There are even grants available to help businesses get started!
Apartments and multi-family homes are not currently part of the City program and will not be charged or receive a cart. Only single-family, double- and multi-unit properties up to eight will be charged for the program and receive a cart from the City of Edina.
The City hopes to work on an organics program for larger multi-unit complexes sometime in the future.
Although using a garbage disposal and flushing food scraps is better than landfilling it, composting uses less water and energy than water treatment systems do. Water treatment costs are rising as well. In order to protect our treatment facilities or our beautiful lakes, it’s preferred that food scraps go into the organics recycling cart.
Your housing association can work directly with your currentwaste hauler to see if they offer this service. If not, you can collectivelyfind and bargain with a hauler to get this service started for you all.Apartments and condos, and all high-density housing complexes can have asignificant environmental impact. It’s important that organics recycling isoffered to everyone.
There’s a couple of solutions you could try: 1) Replace youryard waste cart with lawn and leaf bags. Most people do not use their yardwaste container 6 months out of year anyways. 2) Store your cans outside. 3)Share a cart with your neighbors who have bigger garages!
Yes, and so are lawn and leaf bags. These types of bags are good for drier items like fruit peels. Paper bags are not ideally suited for wet items like coffee grounds, and we highly recommend using the green compostable film bags for dairy and meat products to reduce pests.
Items which go in the organics recycling bin need to say"100% compostable" on them. If it has a number in a triangle on it,it does not belong in the organics cart.
Yes, you can email: email@example.com andspeak with them about purchasing more, or they are commonly sold online and instores as "t-sacks" or "t-shirt" bags. Remember to ensureyou purchase bags that are 100% compostable.
Yes. All employees of businesses in the 50th & France district who choose to park in the Edina parking ramps MUST display a valid permit and park in the designated areas of the parking ramps so that adequate parking remains available for customers. Vehicles displaying a valid permit can park in excess of the posted limits applicable to customers.
Daily permits for designated North and South ramp spaces ($1 each) or a $20 annual permit for the North Ramp rooftop are available for employees who work only a few shifts each month.
Employees with valid "Regular" permits (annual, quarterly or daily) can park in:
Employees with "Premium" permits can park in:
Employees with Rooftop permits can park in:
Overnight permit holders can park in:
Please note that South "Premium" permits aren't valid in the North ramp and North "Premium" permits aren't valid in the South ramp. Regular permit holders can park in any regular permit area in either ramp. Regular permits are not valid in Premium spaces.
Surface parking is intended for customers. The most convenient locations are also reserved for customer use. Signs are posted in the ramps to clarify employee parking areas.
Where: The lower-most level of the South Ramp and designated areas of Levels 1 and 2 of the North Ramp. Permit holders also can park in the regular permit spots. Note that permits are issued for a specific area; holders can't park in the other premium areas.Availability: Only a limited number of premium permits will be issued. These permits are not available online. Maximum 20 per business.Cost: $25 per month plus Minnesota sales tax ($322.58 annually)
Where: Rooftop of South Ramp and Levels 3 and 4 of North RampAvailability: Available as annual permit for 2020 or quarterlyCost: $120 per year plus Minnesota sales tax ($129.03 annually) or $45 per quarter plus tax
Where: Rooftop of South Ramp and Levels 3 and 4 of North RampAvailability: Available throughout the yearCost: Packets of 10 daily permits are sold for $10 plus Minnesota sales tax ($10.75 total)
Where: North Ramp Level 4 spaces that are exposed to the skyAvailability: Annual permit available throughout the year for part-time or occasional workersCost: $20 plus Minnesota sales tax ($21.51 total)
Where: Designated stalls of the North RampAvailability: A limit of four overnight passes will be issued per business. Residents of the designated affordable housing units at Nolan Mains are allowed to purchase overnight permits for up to two vehicles.Cost: $50 per month plus Minnesota sales tax ($645.15 annually)
"Premium" permits are issued for parking stalls in desirable locations but with access that can be confusing for customers to navigate. Premium permits are intended for full-time employees who generally work traditional business hours.
The number of Premium permits is limited to help ensure holders can find an available space during busy daytime hours.
Vehicles with a "premium" permit are also allowed to park in the designated employee parking areas used by "Regular" permit holders.
Please note that North "Premium" permits are not valid in the South ramp and South "Premium" permits aren't valid in the North ramp.
Starting in 2020, Premium permits will not be sold online. Visit the 50th & France Parking Permits webpage for a downloadable application.
No. Permits can be purchased by mail or by dropping off your application and payment at City Hall.
Note that starting for 2020, premium permits will not be sold online.
Permits will not be issued while you wait after bringing in your application. Staff will process your application, verify the information and mail the passes or deliver them to businesses.
Some permits are limited in numbers and may sell out even though they are still listed on the application. Please visit the 50th & France Parking Permits page for the current status and availability.
Vehicles with a valid permit are allowed to park in any of the employee designated spaces in excess of the posted limits. There is no maximum time limit for employees with valid permits except that around-the-clock parking is generally not permitted. Overnight parking is only allowed for vehicles that display a valid overnight permit and park in the designated stalls.
By Municipal Code, posted hourly restrictions are actively enforced between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Each month, the City spends approximately $38 per stall in operations and maintenance costs of the parking ramps and related infrastructure at 50th & France. This does not include the cost to build the ramps. There is no such thing as “free” parking.
Some employers purchase parking permits while others do not. This is a decision made by the individual business, and the City does not take a position on employee benefits provided by individual businesses.
Employees are encouraged to park in the more remote stalls even during non-work hours. This will add to the overall convenience of customers and should improve the climate for your own business.
The City of Edina issues permits only to employees of businesses located in Edina. Other parking options are available for employees located east of France Avenue in Minneapolis. Contact the 50th & France Business Association for more information.
On-street parking is also available. Vehicles parked illegally and in violation of posted signs, however, may be ticketed if they are reported as a nuisance.
Driving is not the only way to get to work. Walking, bicycling, carpooling and public transit can be good options as well. 50th & France has frequent bus service on Routes 6 and 46. Contact Commuter Services or Metro Transit for more information.
Employees with valid disability plates or tags are not required to purchase a parking permit and are allowed to park in any designated stall. Stalls for people with physical disabilities are located in each ramp and surface parking areas. These stalls are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless marked, there is no time limit for these stalls.
Permits must be adhered to the inside portion of the rear window to be visible from the rear. Permits should not hinder the driver’s vision. Vehicles must be parked front-end forward so that the permit is visible from the rear.
When a vehicle is sold or traded, a replacement permit will be issued for $10 provided that at least half of the original permit is returned with the new application. Lost or misplaced permits will not be replaced. Please visit City Hall during business hours to get a replacement permit.
Employee parking in violation of City Code by failing to obtain a permit or failure to park in the designated location will be ticketed or towed at owner expense.
Parking citations are issued by the Edina Police Department and processed through Hennepin County courts. Payments can be made online, via mail, in person or over the phone. If you believe the citation to be in error, please contact the Hennepin County Violations Bureau at 612-348-2040 or visit MNcourts.gov/Hennepin.
Vehicles without valid permits visibly displayed are subject to receive a ticket. There are no exceptions.
Please note that the "window cling" permit can easily be transferred from one vehicle to another, but any vehicle displaying it must be registered with your permit (you can do so by filling out the second car information on the form.)
Daily permits are available for purchase at City Hall or the 50th & France Business Association.
After 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends the premium parking stalls in the North and South ramps are available to any customer or employee with any type of valid permit on a first-come, first-serve basis.
You are welcome to send suggestions or comments to Economic Development Manager Bill Nuendorf at bnuendorf@EdinaMN.gov.
Dog licenses and Off Leash Collars for the dog parks can be obtained by mail, online or in person.
All City dog licenses expire Dec. 31. To renew by mail, send current rabies information and a check for the licensing fee to:
Edina Police Division4801 W 50th StreetEdina, MN 55424-1394
Cost is $20 per neutered or spayed dog. Licenses for dogs not neutered or spayed cost $30 each. Duplicate tags cost $6.License numbers are valid for the life of a dog. Request a new number only if the tag is unreadable.
When off the owners property, all dogs and cats must be leashed. This includes City parks. An exception is in the City's off-leash dog area (OLA) at Van Valkenburg Park and off-season at Strachauer Park. Purchase an Off Leash Collar.The off-leash area is open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must wear an OLA collar.Dogs must be properly vaccinated and must be leashed when entering and exiting the OLA. No glass containers, smoking, female dogs in season, unauthorized motorized equipment or vehicles, bicycles or individual dogs known to be aggressive are allowed.Children under age 6 are not allowed within the OLA; children under 12 must be closely supervised by an adult. Dog owners are responsible for damage and injuries inflicted by their dogs and must properly clean up after them.Other rules are listed on signs within the park. OLA permits with collars cost $25 for residents and $50 for non-residents. Discounts are given for multiple dogs.Discounts are given on multiple Off-Leash Area collars only at:
Yes. Residents can keep up to four hens per household, provided they are properly cared for and not allowed to wander off your property. No roosters are allowed due to noise concerns. Because there is little injury, health or safety risk in raising chickens, residents do not need to obtain a license, registration or permit. Up to 18 hen chicks may be raised for educational purposes.
Vacation rentals like VRBO and AIRBNB are not allowed in Edina. Single-family residential properties are to be used as the residence of an owner or tenant of the unit. If the owner does not reside in the unit, a tenant may reside, but for a period of not less than 30 consecutive days.
For more information, contact the Planning Division at 952-826-0369.
Tips and hints for locating corner property irons:
View The city of Edina Zoning Map .
Residential Fencing Regulations?
There are no setbacks for driveways located on Single Dwelling Unit and Double Dwelling Unit lots. The driveway can go up to the property line; however, vehicles are required to park 5-feet from the side property line and 15-feet from the travelled portion of the street.
A shed constructed in the rear yard entirely behind the house is required to maintain a 3-foot side yard and 3-foot rear yard setback, including any overhang.*
A shed located in a side yard is required to maintain a 5-foot side yard setback.*
If you have a corner lot please contact the Planning Division for further information.*
*In all the above cases if a shed is larger than 200 square feet a building permit is required. You can contact the Building Inspections Division for further information.
Recreational vehicles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, special purpose trailers or other vehicles designed or used for off-road purposes may be parked or stored in a garage or lawfully erected building, or may be parked or stored outdoors as follows: Sec. 26-338
The Edina Planning commission regularly meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month unless otherwise indicated.
The application deadline is 30-days prior to each meeting date.
Yes, effective Nov. 4, 2019, rental owners or property management will need to apply for the rental license annually. The license will be effective on date applied/approved for. For more information on rental licensing, contact the Health Department at 952-826-1656.
Short-term rentals, such Airbnb and VRBO, are not permitted in Edina. For more information on short-term rentals, contact the Planning Department at 952-826-0369.
From November 1 through March 31, all vehicles must be off the streets between 1 and 6 a.m. In addition, no vehicle may be parked in any street after a snowfall of at least 1.5 inches until the street has been plowed to its full width. For more information, please call 952-826-1610.
Due to recent events with the COVID-19 virus, fingerprinting services have been suspended until further notice.
Fingerprinting services are available on Wednesday evenings between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Edina Police Department. Services are only available to Edina residents or teachers. Bring proof of residency and/or proof of employment (for Edina Public Schools). There is a $15 fee for the first card, $5 for each additional card. For more information, please call 952-826-1610.
Please note, fingerprinting could be delayed or cancelled without notice due to the availability of the fingerprint machine.
Due to recent events with the COVID-19 virus, Police Department tours have been suspended until further notice.
Yes, call 952-826-0494 during business hours to arrange a tour, or fill out the online
Approximately 17,000 registered predatory offenders live in Minnesota as of January 2013. State Statute prohibits dissemination of most information about them, including place of residence, with the exception of Level III offenders. There are registered offenders living in Edina, but there are no Level III offenders at this time (August 2014). If a Level III offender moved in, a community notification meeting would occur and information would be put out on this website, in the Edina Sunday -Current newspaper and by other methods.
For more information, contact Detective Kenna Dick at 952-826-0491. For general information about predatory offenders, see the Minnesota Department of Corrections website and for information about noncompliant registered predatory offenders, see the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension site.
We have no permit requirements. Alarm subscribers are assessed a fee for each false alarm to which the Police Department responds. A false alarm is defined by the responding officer as one in which an alarm was activated and the cause of the activation was not criminal activity. The fee for the first false alarm is $25; the second, third and fourth alarms in the calendar year are $110 each. The fifth and subsequent alarms in a calendar year are billed at $200.
For other alarm questions, call Lieutenant Dan Conboy during business hours at 952-826-0482.
City Ordinance Chapter 8, Division 2, Section 8-241 states that a violation occurs when the animal noise happens repeatedly over at least a five-minute period of time, and there is one minute or less time lapse between each animal noise during the five minute period. If these conditions are met, call 952-826-1600, 24 hours, to report the violation. For more animal information, visit Animal Control.
Per Minnesota State Statute 169.225, people age 12 and older may operate a motorized foot scooter on the street and are subject to all traffic laws imposed on drivers of motor vehicles. In addition, all drivers under 18 must wear a helmet and no passengers are allowed.
Scooters may not:
Call Police Administration at 952-826-1610 during business hours (8am-4:30pm) if you lost something in Edina. Property that is confiscated can only be claimed by contacting Property and Evidence Technician Krystal Ludgate for an appointment at 952-826-0472. Unclaimed items are regularly auctioned at
The Edina Police Department uses Kustom Karriers towing for impounded vehicles.
The Crime Fund is a non-profit, tax-exempt community organization that is operated by members of the community. The K-9 unit and Neighbors Home Watch are examples of valuable programs funded through the Crime Prevention Fund. For questions, please call 952-826-1610 during business hours Monday through Friday. You may contribute to the Edina Crime Prevention Fund by visiting
For small quantities of medication, the Edina Police Department provides medication disposal bags residents can use in their homes to discard medication. Each bag allow for the disposal of up to 90 pills, 12 ounces of liquid medication of 12 transdermal patches. The bags contain activated carbon, which neutralizes the medication and prevents it from contaminating groundwater and drinking water
How to properly dispose of medication in the disposal bags:
Get a Medication Disposal Bag
Medication disposal bags are available for pickup Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Police Department and Fire Station Number 1.
Large or small quantities of medications can be disposed of at any of Hennepin County’s six drop-box locations.
You must apply in person during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays and weekends.
To request a copy of an Accident Report, you must apply in person with your driver's license during regular business hours.
For copies of reports, there is no charge for the first 10 pages. After that, the charge is $.25 per page.
For more information, please call 952-826-1610.
View weekly incident and arrests reports here.
View and search an interactive crime map here.
View State of MN BCA uniform crime reports here.
Mandated reporters, designated facility reporters, law enforcement, counties, and lead investigative agencies must complete all required fields and submit the report when complete to meet a duty as a mandated reporter under MS626.5572 Subdivision 16. Fill out an online report.
While there are numerous benefits to being present online, it is also important to be aware of the potential dangers, and how to ward against those for you and your family. Find out how to do so at
The City required peddlers and solicitors carry and display a permit. Download the application and return it to the Edina Police Department, 4801 W. 50th St. Do not sign the application until you bring it into the Police Department. Make sure to have two passport-like photos, brochures/credentials, check or cash in the amount of $ 30 and your State-issued ID. Once the application is reviewed and approved, pick up your badge. Permits allow soliciting in the City of Edina for 14 consecutive days. If you would like to continue for longer than 14 days, you will need to re-submit everything again.
For more information, please contact the Edina Police Department's non-emergency line at 952-826-1610.
Minnesota uses a service called VINELINK for electronic and telephone notification.
The Hennepin County Jail Roster lists inmates being held and is another good resource.
Payment can be made online, in mail, in person or over the phone with the Violations Bureau. If you would like to contest the citation you must also contact the Violations Bureau.
For more details about how to pay or contest a citation visit the Hennepin County Violations Bureau website.
District Court Administrator
c/o Violations Bureau
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0014
Please call Public Works directly at 952-826-0375 to report water/sewer problems.
Their regular office hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To report a water or sewer emergency outside of regular office hours, please call the City Dispatcher at 952-826-1600 for after-hours water/sewer emergencies.
Weekly recycling was considered by the City Council in the City’s last Request for Proposals for Residential Recycling.
The rates for weekly collection and every other week collection were presented to Council. The cost for weekly collection was nearly double what is currently paid. At the time, when an organics recycling program was also being explored, the City Council chose to keep recycling costs down and stay with the current schedule.
Yes, you can get a different-sized cart or a second cart. See the recycling cart page for sizes and details.
There is no extra charge for the cart or collection from it.
Items need to be rinsed out and cleaned of any food debris. They don’t need to be dishwasher clean.
Please dry them before placing in your cart. This prevents contaminating other items and also avoids turning paper recycling into a soggy mess.
Clean and dry recyclables also help keep your cart clean.
Please call the Health Division at 952-826-0370. They will check to see if it is a City Code violation and, if so, notify the property owner.
Items of this nature can be brought to the Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Bloomington, located at 1400 West 96th Street. Call the Hennepin County Environmental Services at 612-348-3777 or visit their website at www.Hennepin.us for more information.
Please contact your trash hauler for how to have your tree picked up after the holidays.
Haulers have various requirements and fees, so make sure to check first before putting your tree out.
Of note, Hennepin County doesn't operate a drop-off site for Christmas trees.
View permit information. Once you enter the address and get a result, click on the permit number to review the permit details. Note, some steps, like tree clearing, reclamation, etc., do not require permits.
If you'd like to see a site plan, call the contractor and request to see the design. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
Ask to see a copy of the land survey for the new construction site. A land survey is performed for the purpose of locating, describing, monumenting and mapping the boundaries and corners of a parcel of land. It may also include mapping of the topography of the parcel, and the location of buildings or other improvements on the parcel. A land survey would define the dimensions of the lot and show whether any of the property is encroaching upon an adjacent parcel.
Compare the survey to the stakes that the surveyor placed in the ground. If the survey looks incorrect, you have the right to hire, at your cost, your own land surveyor to confirm that the property lines have been marked correctly. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
Prior to beginning any permitted work on the site, a contractor must install a sign identifying the contractor's company name, contact information, the address of the project, and a contact number for the City of Edina to report problems. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
Once you know the name of the contractor, do some online research. What other houses have they built? What features are commonly seen in the developer’s residential projects? What have its clients said about them? What about neighbors of those projects?
The State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has the authority to license and regulate building contractors and remodelers. Are there any licensing actions or complaints that have been filed against this builder with the State of Minnesota Department of Labor? Check the status of a license.
For a demolition permit, at least 15 days before demolition occurs, the permit holder must provide written notification to all property owners within 300 feet of the demolition site notifying the property owners of a proposed demolition and invite them to a neighborhood meeting. The neighborhood meeting must be held at least five days for demolition begins.
Attending this meeting is highly recommended. Topics discussed may include hours of operation, construction schedule (demolition, excavation, deliveries, concrete work and completion date), storm water and erosion control, noise mitigation, dust control, equipment, etc.
Bring a list of questions you want to ask. For example, How can work be coordinated so that trucks don't block the street any more than necessary? Who is going to take responsibility for shoveling the snow from the sidewalk?
Make sure that whatever information is communicated to the neighbors is also being communicated to the subcontractors. Has the contractor conveyed pertinent information and laws to its subcontractors? For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
In the event of damage to your property that may be caused by the nearby construction activity, it is in your best interest to have evidence showing how your property looked before the construction began.
Photograph "before" conditions in the exterior and interior of your home. Include photos of the area between your home and your neighbor's home that is being reconstructed. If you can show where the water flows during a rainstorm, even better. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
Construction management issues can be temporary nuisances or permanent conditions. This guide can assist in instructing you how to report any issues that require follow up from City officials.
File a complaint regarding a residential demolition or new construction site
For demolition and construction of a new single family home: Deliveries of equipment and material to the site, work crews on site and construction and demolition activity are prohibited except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Work is prohibited on Sundays and holidays (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas). Edina City Code Chapter 10, Article IV
For all other construction-related projects: No person shall engage in or permit construction and repair activities involving the use of any kind of electric, diesel or gas-powered motor vehicles or machine or other power equipment, audible beyond the property line of the property where the activity is occurring, except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Edina City Code Chapter 23, Article II, Division 5, Sec. 23-124
The City recommends that if a neighbor is disrupted by construction noise outside of allowable hours, contact the Edina Police Department's non-emergency line at 952-826-1600.
Should an issue arise, contact the contractor directly to express your complaint or concern. More often than not, an issue can be resolved this way.
If you do not wish to confront a subcontractor directly on-site, call the contractor's contact information that is posted on the sign at the construction site. The contractor must also accept responsibility for the action of its subcontractors.
If the contractor is not resolving the issue and you would like to determine if your concern can be resolved by enforcement of City Code, please call the Residential Redevelopment Coordinator at 952-833-9521 or fill out the online complaint form.
If you experience property damage that you know or suspect was caused by construction activities, contact an attorney for assistance. Disputes between private contractors and property owners are civil matters and the City generally does not intervene in private disputes. Again, be sure to document everything inside and outside of your property, as well as any conversations.
In certain cases (particularly those involving personal safety), it may be appropriate to contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, which may intervene in cases related to consumer protection.
For a single unit (townhome, home, condominium), it’s $180. For a duplex (both sides rented), it’s $360. For apartments, it’s $180 plus $17 per unit. Licenses must be renewed annually at the same fee.
Yes, if the unit and/or home is vacant. This will help staff follow the social distancing recommendations at this time.
If you are a tenant and need help with rent, contact VEAP at 952-888-9616 or visit their website.
Yes, you can still apply online and a license will be sent to you via email. If you would prefer to apply using a paper application; one can be mailed to you by request by calling Elena Roberts, Licensing Specialist at 952-826-1656.
You can pay online when applying or send in a check with your application.
Please contact the Inspector that inspected the property. In some cases, pictures and short videos will be accepted during this time.
This program requires all rental properties in Edina be licensed. City staff will inspect the properties routinely to make sure they are compliant with fire and health codes.
This program will help ensure rental properties are safe for tenants. Landlords and/or tenants may be unaware of potential hazards. Or properties might be fine, but the tenants might be doing something to endanger themselves or the property.
In some cases, tenants are aware their rental has serious issues, but are afraid to report the problem for fear of being kicked out, Hawkinson said. With the affordable rental vacancy rate at less than 1 percent in Edina, those tenants can’t take any risks. Often those are seniors on fixed incomes.
No one knows the exact number because previously there had been no licensing or registration program. A very rough estimate is more than 100 apartment complexes with nearly 6,700 units and more than 1,200 homes are rented in Edina.
Yes. Minneapolis, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, St. Louis Park and Hopkins are among the cities that have rental licensing programs.
Common areas of apartments buildings are inspected, but all other inspections have been complaint based. If no one complains, a problem can go unaddressed.
Single-family homes, condos and townhome rentals will be inspected every-other year.
Common spaces in apartment buildings will be inspected annually, and a third of the units will be inspected each year, so all the units will be inspected over a three-year period.
Inspections will be scheduled in advance to give landlords and tenants due notice and minimize inconvenience. Properties where violations are found may be inspected more often.
Edina’s Health Division, which will run the program, has hired two inspectors for that along with another person to handle licensing and support.
Inspectors will look for functioning smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors if required, adequate and unblocked escape routes, grills on decks, functioning plumbing and heating, safe wiring, mold, bugs, rodents and general sanitation.
Inspectors will focus on educating tenants and landlords. The goal is to get them in compliance, so they will be given time to correct most issues.
As the program starts up, landlords will be educated on the program. However, a landlord who intentionally avoids licensing will be subject to fines.
The licensing fees were set to cover the cost of the program so other taxpayers would not have to pay for it.
The licensing program technically went into effect in November 2019, but the City is slowly rolling it out.
The senior center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
55 years of age and older.
Membership is encouraged, as the financial support it provides is important to the sustainability of the organization; however, it is not required to participate in our programs and services.
$17 for an individual
$27 for a couple
*A couple is considered two people at the same address.
We have several on-going programs including card groups, billiards, Edina Singing Seniors as well as classes and many “lifelong learning” series.
We also offer several health related programs and a free blood-pressure checks. We offer day trips, multi-day trips and even trips to other countries. For further information, call the senior center at 952-833-9570, take a look at information on this website under Plan Your Day, or send us an email.
All the details are available in the newsletter publication, The Times, available to members of the Edina Senior Center. Not a member? Request a complimentary copy of the newsletter by calling the Edina Senior Center at 952-833-9570.
5280 Grandview Square
Edina, MN 55436
No, all are welcome and encouraged to join!
The Edina Senior Center is closed most holidays including the following:
Yes, the senior center has quite a few Bridge offerings. For dates and times, please visit our calendar page for details.
No. This program offering water, sewer and in-home plumbing insurance is run by Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA), a private company that is also known as Utility Service Partners, Inc. The warranty program is endorsed by the National League of Cities and works with more than 240 cities across the country.
All Edina utility customers are receiving letters informing them of the three programs offered by SLWA: water line warranty, sewer line warranty and internal plumbing warranty. SLWA has chosen to send an introductory letter for each program and a reminder, totaling six letters, each year of the program. Edina gets about 50-60 water service leaks every year on private water lines. This program offers risk management for those residents to assist them when these failures occur. Property owners should check with insurance agencies to see if their homeowner’s policies already covers these services.
The City Council endorsed the program on Nov. 1, 2016, joining about 240 other cities around the country, and several in the Twin Cities area. As part of the agreement, the company can use the City’s name and logo in letters, bills and marketing materials. SLWA is responsible for all costs of the program, including mailings and promotion.
City staff recommended the program as an option to help residents whose water and sewer lines aren’t covered by their homeowner’s insurance. Staff regularly heard complaints from residents who discovered, when a break or failure occurred, that they were responsible for repair costs. Staff found the SLWA warranty program as an option to help people avoid expensive repair costs.
No. This program is entirely optional. Residents should treat it like any other insurance or warranty program. It’s up to residents to evaluate if they want to purchase warranty coverage.
No. The company put a deadline on the letters, but people are able to sign up later. Of note, in most cases coverage does not begin until 30 days after signing up.
Call SLWA at 1-844-257-8795 to have your name and address removed from their contact lists.
As part of the City’s endorsement agreement, the City gave SLWA the addresses. Those are a matter of public record and could be obtained by anyone at any time.
No. SLWA states it does not sell its customer lists.
If the City sent letters, taxpayers would pay for those mailing and the staff time for them. By having the company send the letters, residents aren’t paying for that.
When the program launched, the City issued a press release. Information explaining the program has regularly been included in issues of city publications including Public Works Pipeline. The City also keeps this FAQ to help address resident questions.
Yes. The program applies to all Edina residents.
The City is responsible only for its portion of the lines. For water lines, the City’s responsibility ends at the curb stop, which is located between 5 and 15 feet from the street. For sewer, it ends at the main, a much longer distance from a home and could require excavation into the street, which can be more costly to repair.
Age, ground shifts, fluctuating temperature and tree root penetration are among the most common factors that can damage or break lines. Household sewer lines also may become clogged by flushing inappropriate items down toilets or drains.
No, copper pipes don’t last forever. The industry life expectancy of a copper service line is 50 years.
You should check your policy or with your agent. While some homeowner’s policies cover water and sewer lines, others don’t.
The City averages about 180 calls a year for water and sewer line problems. More than half end up being the homeowner’s responsibility. This number does not include every incident because some sewer problems, such as tree root intrusion or line repairs, are done on the private side of lines without City knowledge. We encourage people to call Edina Public Works first, but it doesn’t always happen.
Costs can vary greatly, but the average cost for a water service line repair is about $1,200 to $1,500. If lines need replacing, the average cost is $2,000 to $3,000, according to Public Works. Sewer line repairs can be much more expensive because a street repair may be involved.
SLWA is charging Edina residents $5.75 per month for the water service line warranty, up to $7.75 per month for the sewer line warranty and $6.99 a month for the in-home plumbing warranty. These are separate warranties, so people can chose which, if any, they want to purchase.
No. All payments go to SLWA. Where to send the payments is included in the information from SLWA.
Yes. The City receives 50 cents a month per policy. That money will be used to increase the level of service that a homeowner receives from the City of Edina when encountering a sewer backup.
Specific coverage questions should be directed to SLWA. You can call the company at 1-866-922-9006 or check the website, slwofa.com. Some coverage details also were included in the mailings.
SLWA has a list of frequently asked questions about its warranty programs. Or call SLWA at 1-866-922-9006.
What if I have more questions about the City’s water and sewer lines?
Please contact the Public Works Department at 952-826-0376.
New skaters, starting at age 3, should register for Snowplow Sam 1. After passing this introductory class, skaters advance through four progressive levels where kids enjoy fun and games while building their confidence in skating. Skaters then transition to Basic Skills levels 1-6 where they start building a strong foundation of fundamentals including agility, balance, coordination and speed.
Instructors evaluate skaters near the end of the session and give you a report card that indicates which level to register for the next session. Mastery skills for each class level can be found at learntoskateusa.com.
Click here for our skate class progression flow chart
Children in 1st Grade and older with or without skate experience should start in Basic 1 and progress through all six levels.
Complete the registration and your name will be added to the wait list. This process can be completed for multiple classes. We do our best to accommodate as many skaters as possible.
Full refunds are given only when a class is cancelled by Braemar Arena or if requested five business days prior to the start of a class. Refund requests will be assessed a $5 administration fee. Partial credit will be considered if a cancellation is due to injury or serious illnesses.
First, check that your child's birthday is correct in your account profile and that he/she is the right age for the class. If you are still unable to register, call 952-833-9506 and register over the phone.
Until further notice, rental skates are currently unavailable.
Under normal circumstances, they are available for $5 per rental. We have figure skates in youth sizes 8 through adult size 11. Hockey skates are available in youth sizes 3 through adult size 14. Skates are for use on the premises only.
To maintain established ratios, make-up lessons are not available.
Your skater should wear comfortably fitting snow pants, a jacket, gloves and a helmet.
We do not prorate late registrations or complete refunds for missed classes.
Forms for program submission can be accessed online as can the SWSCC Policies and Procedures page. Reading through the policies will likely answer most, if not all, of your questions. The majority of questions asked are answered on pages 4–6 and have to do with Drop-Off Procedures and Scheduling of Programming. If you choose to submit programs electronically, it's a one-step process under the Forms section of this website.
Each program submitted in DVD form for playback on SWTV's Public Access Channel must be accompanied by a Public Cablecast Request Form. An Educational Cablecast Request Form should accompany SWTV's Education programming.
The Edina Playback Facility partners with the City of Bloomington to provide producers with resources such as a studio and video production equipment. Those interested should contact Bloomington Community Access Television (BCAT) at 952-563-4980.
It's likely that we already have mentioned your show on Twitter as we try to give a mention to every program in our line-up. But Producers can also take advantage of the SWTV Twitter Feed by asking the Community TV Administrator to tweet on your behalf.
Just email us with your 'Twitter Request' making sure you mind the guidelines.
Please do! Utilizing our video bulletin board is a great way for a Public Access Producer to promote a television show, or for a resident of the Southwest Suburbs to promote a community event or bring awareness to an organization. Graphics can be in .png or .jpg format and should be 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels high. Please avoid using decorative fonts and overly saturated colors. The Edina Playback Facility reserves the right to request changes. No commercial advertising allowed.
Unfortunately, the Edina Playback Facility does not have the staff available to assist residents and program producers in the creation or modification of bulletin slides. We will notify the public online should that policy change.
The process by which you convert a DVD to a file is called ripping a DVD, and there are many programs you can use to do it. A quick search for download software rip DVD program should yield you a number of options.
The reason that Public Access Producers are encouraged to use MPEG Streamclip is because it's cheap, (and often free), to install and set up, it has the ability to export files that conform to our required file specifications, and it's the program that is used at the Edina Playback Facility. This consistency allows us to better assist you in the process of converting, or ripping, your DVD should you need guidance.
In the same way that PCs require the installation of Quicktime Alternative 1.81 for MPEG Streamclip to work, Macs typically require the installation of the MPEG2 Playback Component to work. You will need to purchase it and install it. Please contact the Community TV Administrator for installation instructions as they are contingent upon your OS (952-826-0359 is our department number).
Absolutely, this is ok. Make sure your export settings match the file specifications required by our cablecast servers here at the Edina Playback Facility.
The speed of your internet connection will largely determine the speed of your file upload. Using an online speed test can show you your download and upload speeds. (Be sure to choose the location nearest you when running the test.) A typical high speed residential connection may yield upload speeds of 5 Mbps or more. At a rate similar to this, a 1 GB file could be uploaded within a half an hour.
The City of Edina produces a Consumer Confidence Report annually to inform its customers of the quality of the City's drinking water. The goal of the City’s Consumer Confidence Report is to provide information to customers about Edina’s drinking water without confusion or alarm. The City’s intent is to advance consumers’ understanding of drinking water, heighten awareness of the need to protect water resources and enhance the image of the professionals operating the City’s water system.
The City of Edina produces and mails its annual report in June of each year as part of the Public Works Pipeline newsletter.
For more information, contact Public Works Coordinator Dave Goergen by calling 952-826-0312, or Utilities Supervisor Gary Wells at 952-826-0316
Edina water has approximately 17-20 grains of hardness. The Utility Division of the Public Works Department recommends setting your softener to obtain 3 to 4 grains of hardness. For a very small percentage of our community, the Morningside water comes from the City of Minneapolis and does not need to be softened.
The City uses recommended amounts of chlorine to remove microorganisms from the water. Edina maintains its chlorine level between .05 and .08 parts per million. We test the water every day to make sure the levels are within national regulation guidelines. This level of chlorine is not harmful, but may smell offensive to individuals. An easy solution is to keep a container of water stored in your refrigerator. The chlorine gas dissipates very quickly, leaving no odor.
Yes. Whenever you go to other areas of the state or country, water can taste different because of different treatment processes or minerals that might be contained in the water.
The City of Edina and the Minnesota Department of Health conduct all the water testing required by the Safe Drinking Water Act to maintain safe drinking water in our community. Results are printed annually in the summer edition of Public Works Pipeline. If you desire further testing, please call a private testing laboratory. Search for “water analysis” or “laboratories-analytical”. In order to test water, you need to know for what you want it tested. For more information call 952-826-0375.
There can be iron particles in your water that pass through the City’s filtration system and even your water softener. If you get orange spots or if the laundry is slightly discolored, it can be fixed, as long as you don’t dry the clothes first. There is a product that the City distributes at no charge called “Rover”. Rover is a powder form of rust remover. You can pick it up at City Hall located at 4801 West 50th Street or at the Public Works building located at 7450 Metro Boulevard.
There are only 3 things that should be flushed down a toilet. These are toilet paper, urine and feces. When grease, paper towels, wipes, rags, diapers or other “sanitary” items are flushed into the sanitary system they create clogs, which in turn cause sewer back-ups.
To purge rust and stagnant water from the water distribution system and identify hydrants in need of maintenance, the Utilities Division of the City of Edina's Public Works Department will flush hydrants for two weeks in May and September. Random hydrants are also flushed throughout the year as weather and water demand allows.
Hydrant-flushing will take place 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. In an attempt to minimize the impact on residents, hydrants will be flushed on the east side of Minnesota Highway 100 the first week and on the west side of the Highway the second week.
Due to the hydrant flushing, it is inevitable that some residents will receive rust-colored water that could stain laundry, but it is safe to drink. You should check for signs of discoloration prior to washing clothes. If the water is discolored when you turn on your tap, simply run the water until it is clear. Because the water system is a “single-pressure zone,” it is possible that red water problems will occur in any area of the City while flushing is occurring.
Generally, after flushing, it takes two to six hours for the iron particles, which are heavier than water, to settle out of the water. It may help to turn your cold water on medium pressure in your laundry tub until the water clears up. Since the Utilities Department flushes from 7 a.m. until about 2:30 or 3 p.m., it is a good idea to wait until early evening to do laundry. Always run a little water in your laundry tub first to make sure the water is running clear.
We try to operate every hydrant in the City once a year to see if there are any maintenance related issues that may need attention.
For more information regarding hydrant flushing, call the Utilities Division at 952-826-0375.
The City's Utilities Department cleans sewer main lines using a high-pressure water sprayer. While conducting this activity, our machine can create positive and negative pressures in the sewer line.
These pressures are normally released through the manholes and the roof vents on the house’s sewer line. If the house’s vent line is obstructed, the pressures will take the path of least resistance. This path can be through your floor drain or toilet. Air is the only thing that gets released. However, it will move any standing water in its path and release sewer gas into your home.
This is not a common occurrence, but does occasionally happen. Putting water in all of the drains in your house (especially lower-level floor drains) will stop the further release of sewer odor into your home. Clean-up is typically minor and is left to the home owner. Keeping your sewer and vent line clean will help prevent this from happening and minimize the chances of a backup caused from a blockage. After cleaning your sewer line, please call the City's Utilities Department so staff can make sure the debris from your line won't block the main sewer line.
Call the City Utility Department at 952-826-0375 or the Edina Police Department’s non-emergency number at 952-826-1610. Maintenance staff will come to the site of the leak and determine if it is a water main or service line leak and who is responsible for the repair (the City or the homeowner).
A water main brings water in a large diameter pipe from the water filtration plants and wells to the street in front of your home or business. Your service line is connected to the City main in the street. The valve is seven feet underground and can only be accessed (and turned on or off) with a special wrench used by the Utility Department. We turn your water off at this “curb stop” when you request your water be shut off for a plumber to make repairs and also to determine if a water leak is on the City (main) side or the homeowner’s (service) line.
Yes. Please view the Watering Restrictions page for more details.
Please view the Sewer Backs-Ups page for more details.
There is currently no TCE above the MDH Health-Based Value in Edina’s water after it has been treated at the City’s water treatment plants.
TCE has sometimes been detected at the “raw water line” and mitigated before entering the public distribution system.
The MPCA and EPA have been working since the early 2000s on groundwater contamination in St. Louis Park. A plume of contamination has extended into Edina.In October 2003, Edina Well No. 7, a seasonal well, was shut down and not turned on again until Water Treatment Plant No. 6 was constructed.
All of the City’s drinking water for distribution has been at or below the federal limit for TCE. Water pumped out of the ground might have TCE in it, but it is treated and safe before distribution.
Further, the Environmental Working Group’s website acknowledges that the City has conducted work on TCE remediation in tap water and Edina is in compliance with legally mandated federal standards. View its website at https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/system.php?pws=MN1270011#.W1jDdNVKhhF.
In 2012, the City opened Water Treatment Plant No. 6 at 5116 Brookside Ave. The plant, which treats 4 of the City’s 18 wells, is equipped with an aeration system designed to filter out vinyl chloride and other VOCs like TCE. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency paid for the design of the plant. The City also worked with the Minnesota Department of Health on the project.
Yes, you can view testing data from March 2010-June 2018.
For more information on drinking water in Edina, read the recent issue of Public Works Pipeline (PDF), which includes the City’s annual drinking water report.
For more information on TCE in drinking water, visit the state's Department of Health's Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Your Health page.
Why is my water usage increasing (PDF)
A water bill is considered a lien against the property. Your real estate agent and/or title company should inform you of any outstanding water bills during the purchasing process, or you can contact Utility Billing for that information.
When buying or selling a home in Edina, residents are required fill out a Start or Stop Request form located under Utility Billing department. When selling your home, we request the date of closing, a forwarding address, and new owners name (if information is known). A final read is performed on the service address and a closing bill is mailed to the seller. Contact your real estate agent who can work with the previous owner’s agent to take care of the outstanding bill.
If these remedies do not work, the bill must be paid by current homeowner.
Utility charges are based on a flat minimum charge. That minimum charge guarantees the water service and provides a minimum amount of water depending on the land use.
See the City of Edina utility rates.
Other utilities not provided by the City include:
For more information, call the City's Utility Billing Division at 952-826-0373.
For emergency water or sewer service, call 952-826-0375 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For emergency water or sewer service after hours, call 952-826-1600.