Update for the Week of November 14, 2022

Election Results

During last week's general election, the City of Columbus held elections for mayor and two city council seats. The results of those elections, as well as all others in Minnesota, are posted to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.

The Columbus City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. at Columbus City Hall to certify the election results. Intentions are to adjourn the special meeting in time to start the 6 p.m. Joint City Council and Planning Commission on schedule. The public is invited to attend either in-person or via Zoom. 

Winter Notes from Public Works

With the first snow of the season still falling on Columbus, Public Works Department has a few helpful tips to help residents prepare for winter services.

  • Residents are recommended to place yard markers at lawn and driveway boundaries. This is beneficial not only to Public Works to ensure they keep their plows on the roads and out of the ditch and resident yards, but residents will also reap the benefits while driving or shoveling out of their own drives.
  • Speaking of shoveling driveways, residents should remember to not blow or shovel their snow into the road at the end of the drive. Not only is this against the law, but it's very dangerous to all parties. Snow that gets piled up at the end of driveways runs the risk of compacting and freezing into a hard block of ice, which makes it hazardous for vehicles to drive over. Further, a snowplow that strikes one of these ice blocks could be severely damaged or be knocked off course.
  • As a courtesy to Public Works snowplow drivers, they've also requested that residents be mindful and keep their garbage cans on their driveways and not put them in the road. Any damage to a trash dumpster in the public right-of-way is not the City's responsibility to replace, nor will the drivers be cleaning up any scattered trash. Keeping your dumpster in the driveway will also protect it from being buried in snow as the plows clear streets.

Columbus Thanks its Veterans

Columbus City Council and Staff thanks all Columbus veterans for serving our nation. The entire country is indebted to you for your brave and honorable service!