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Feb 25

Government Buildings and Grounds Update

Posted to Park and Rec Staff Blog by Jessica Abrahams

Author: Aaron Fitzloff, Facility Manager Government Buildings and Grounds

2021 is here!! We have survived a deep freeze and temperatures are looking up. Let’s all hope that 2021 is an improvement from 2020. Hoping for some normalcy back in our lives.


Here are some updates of what Government buildings has been up to since my last article. My staff has been busy carpeting and painting City Hall. We are currently finishing up a modification to the front entrance to open it up and make it more inviting. We will be adding new carpet throughout the main entrance and into the museum. Second floor has received a fresh coat of paint. We are currently also working to upgrade Brown Park restrooms to ADA compliant. New flooring, lighting and fixtures will be added. West Hills Social Commons Kitchen Hoods upgrade has been completed. I would like to thank the Owatonna Foundation for their generous contribution to help pay for a portion of this project. The repair and reconstruction of the back steps of Merrill Hall was completed. Making the steps safer for our Wee Pal little friends. Contracted out some tenant improvements for our newest tenant at the airport Accelerated Aviation Instruction. This consisted of new carpet, LED lighting and new ceiling grid.


Future projects that will be done in 2021 be will Fire Hall Tower Rehabilitation to alleviate water infiltration into the building and structural repair.  Morehouse Chalet and Maintenance shop roof replacements. Merrill Hall will be getting a new fire panel and device upgrade.


Lifeguard Training –Registration Now Open

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Register by calling the Owatonna Parks and Recreation Office 507-444-4321 or by registering online using the Owatonna Parks and Rec registration website.

Option 1: March 22nd-26th (All days 9:00am-1:00pm)

Option 2: April 24-27 (24th 8:00am-3:30pm, 25th 8:00am-3:30pm, 27th 7:00pm-9:30pm)

Option 3: May 8-11 (8th 8:00am-3:30pm, 9th 8:00am-3:30pm, 11th 7:00pm-9:30pm)

Option 4: June 14th-18th (All days 8:00am-1:00pm)


Water Aerobics

Registration for March 1-4 and March 8-11 is now open. Registration can be made over the phone by calling 507-774-7105 or by registering online. Cost: 3 day class $15.00 per week or 2 day class $10.00 per week

Classes Available:

M/W 10:15am-11:10am

M/W 11:30am-12:25am

T/TH 7:15am-8:10am

T/TH 8:30am-9:25am

T/TH 4:00pm-4:55pm

T/W/TH 5:15pm-6:10pm




Sep 18

Engineering Updates 9/18/2020

Posted to Public Works - Engineering Updates by Anna Schwichtenberg

City of Owatonna Engineering

Construction has begun and various projects can be seen around The City of Owatonna. Please slow down and use caution when approaching a construction zone.

We thank you for your patience as these projects are completed.

2020 Construction Projects:

Post Office Sidewalk: Work is planned to start on Tuesday September 22nd on the sidewalk replacement at the SE corner of Broadway and Elm.  Pedestrian traffic will need to route around the work, the roadways will remain open during construction.  Access to the Post Office will be provided from the alley to the east. 

Truman Avenue: A virtual neighborhood meeting with be held at 5:00 on Tuesday September 22nd to discuss the Truman Avenue Project.  This project involves the reconstruction of Truman Avenue from Havana Road to Main Street in 2021.  A sidewalk will be installed on the east side of the roadway.  Information is available on the City’s website to attend this virtual meeting.

18th Street SW (Costco Distribution Site): The road is open to traffic. Yet to be completed is striping, signing and joint sealing which will take place next week. 

Morehouse Park: The bituminous bike path will be paved Monday 9/21, weather permitting. Backfilling and seeding will then take place. 

Stormwater Management: The 12th Annual Watershed Wide Clean-up will take place in Owatonna on September 19th from 9am to 12 noon at Morehouse Park. The event is hosted in conjunction with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, who helps to find sponsors and coordinate the clean-up event. This year's event will include some changes due to COVID-19. No gathering for group photos or lunch, social distancing will be enforced. Participants will be provided gloves and face coverings prior to signing in. Gear may be picked up ahead of time for participants to complete the clean up on their own rather than attending on September 19th. For full event information, visit the Stormwater Events Page.

Public Works
Street Department: Street patching with hotmix is ongoing as well as tree trimming and removals. Please contact the Public Works Department if you notice an issue that needs to be addressed.

To sign up for various department notifications, use the Notify Me feature on The City of Owatonna Website.

To submit a Public Works Maintenance Request, please call 507-444-4350 or fill out  an Online Public Works Maintenance Request Form.