The City of Medford
Medford Small Business Relief Fund
The Medford Small Business Relief Fund is established to provide emergency assistance to local small businesses located in the City of Medford adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Medford Small Business Relief Fund will provide grants of up to $5,000 to small businesses most in need of support. Grant awards will be determined at the time applications are received based upon funds available and may be calculated on a percentage basis.
Funds will help small businesses pay for critical expenses such as rent payments, mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers, and costs associated with reopening. Providing this support will increase the capacity of small businesses with a physical location in Medford to survive the current crisis and will help prevent potential future blight scenarios.
This program will be administered by the Medford EDA and City of Medford.
Application Forms will be accepted beginning September 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020 at noon.
Please click the links below to obtain more information and an application.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed March 27, 2020, provides federal economic relief to protect the American people from public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. The CARES Act provides assistance for American workers, families and small businesses and preserves jobs for American industries. The City of Medford has been allocated funds through the CARES ACT and by using its allowed discretion to determine necessary payments, has allocated funds for grants to businesses.
COVID-19 related links to Business Assistance, Individual Financial Assistance, Unemployment Resources, and Emergency Child Care Grants:
City of Medford EDA Emergency Loan Program for Medford Businesses:
The City of Medford received disposable masks from the Owatonna Chamber via a state program. Medford businesses may stop by Medford City Hall to pick up 50-100 disposable masks.
The City of Medford Public Works will be flushing hydrants Monday, September 28th, thru Friday, October 16th, 2020. Please check your water before using. If the water is discolored, run cold water until it becomes clear.
City of Medford Precautions taken due to COVID-19
The City of Medford has modified the delivery of services due to the COVID-19 outbreak that is impacting cities, states, and countries throughout the world. The City of Medford encourages residents to conduct business through telephone, email, mail, fax and online services when possible.
UTILITY PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE USING THE FOLLOWING METHODS AND WILL STILL BE DUE ON THE 20TH OF THE MONTH:
PLEASE MAIL OR PUT YOUR PAYMENTS IN THE DROP BOX.
PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING WITH ALL CASH/CHECK PAYMENTS:
2. PHYSICAL ADDRESS
3. PHONE NUMBER
4. AMOUNT OF PAYMENT
5. UTILITY BILL STUB (IF YOU HAVE IT)
UTILITY PAYMENTS MAY ALSO BE MADE ONLINE: www.medfordminnesota.com, click on the “New Resident & Utility Info” tab.
Permits/Zoning Applications will continue to be processed and may be submitted electronically or placed in the City Hall drop box (located to the left side of the City Hall window).
City Clerk: (507) 455-2866, email@example.com
City Administrator: (507) 455-2866, firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Works: (507) 456-3886, email@example.com
Public Meetings including Council, Planning & Zoning, Park Board and EDA may be conducted virtually/electronically and closed to the public as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic to maintain social distancing and MN Stay Safe guidelines. Meetings will continue to be subject to the Open Meeting Law. Proclamation 2020-02
Thank you for your cooperation.
2021 Main Street Improvement Project
The City of Medford and Steele County have discussed and planned for the reconstruction of Main Street for several years. Main Street is part of the County State Aid Highway System and Steele County and the City of Medford are partnering on the project. The City of Medford is currently considering making improvements to the City's Main Street in 2021. The improvements would include constructing a new street surface and pedestrian facilities, installing new water mains, and upgrading storm sewer, among other improvements. To learn more about this project, view the Preliminary Engineering Report. Please also see the updated preliminary assessment roll.
To watch the live stream of the Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 P.M. public hearing, click on the following link: http://www.owatonnalive.com/Medford-City-Meetings.html
Google Chrome is the preferred browser used to watch live stream.
Live stream of the Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 P.M. public hearing will also be available through the City of Medford, Minnesota's Facebook page.
PLEASE DO NOT FLUSH CLEANING WIPES
Many people have purchased cleaning wipes because they have not been able to purchase toilet paper due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please DO NOT FLUSH CLEANING WIPES down the toilet. Throw them in the trash. Wipes do not dissolve like toilet paper. Wipes can clog your pipes and can cause backups in sewer lines, mains, and cause major problems with the City’s wastewater treatment infrastructure and system. We appreciate your cooperation to prevent a backup! Please spread the word. The Public Works Crew has noticed a considerable increase in wipes coming into the system in recent days – Posted 3/20/2020.
Emerald Ash Borer
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has found Emerald Ash Borer within the City of Medford. To learn more about what you can do as a property owner to respond to this insect, please visit the following site: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/eab
Certified Arborists - This is a link to a list of certified arborists in the region. These individuals can help with identification of Emerald Ash Borer and may provide treatment services. Area contractors that trim/plant/care for trees may also be able to identify and treat Emerald Ash Borer.
If you have not already completed your census form, go to: https://my2020census.gov/
U.S. Census Bureau is soon to begin the next step in making sure Minnesota gets a complete count in the 2020 Census. Address canvassing by Census Bureau workers is set to begin next week (Aug. 12, 2019).
What is address canvassing?
Address canvassing is the process by which the U.S. Census Bureau validates, corrects, or deletes existing Census Bureau addresses, adds missing addresses, and adds or corrects locations of specific addresses before a decennial census. Census Bureau employees will not be asking for information about individuals but rather about addresses and habitable locations.
How to verify employment
Each temporary decennial Census employee will have an official identification card with the employees name, picture, and an expiration date. Regional level staff can be identified by their Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card. Both temporary and regional level staff can be identified by their laptop computer with a Census Bureau logo on the top, and a black canvas bag with a Census Bureau logo.
Medford Recognized as one of the Best Small Towns in Minnesota!
Medford made the top 20 list of Best Small Towns in Minnesota! The recognition released in mid-April valued a community’s unemployment, housing, income, highly educated adults, commutes, population density and insurance rates – data collected from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Cities selected have populations of less than 5,000 and more than 1,000 or 214 communities in all. Medford is #20!
The statistics included:
- Population: 1,309
- Median Income: $67,944 (46th Best)
- Median Home Value: $149,800 (77th Best)
More details of the study https://minnesotasnewcountry.com/the-20-best-small-towns-in-minnesota-for-2019/?trackback=fbshare_mobile
Medford is located 45 miles south of the Twin Cities between Faribault and Owatonna directly off Interstate 35. According to MNDOT, an average of 33,300 vehicles, traveling I35, pass by Medford daily. The highest one day traffic count in 2016 was 49,075.
Medford has beautiful park areas with a variety of family recreational activities including a softball diamond, volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball court, and walking paths.
The downtown area of Medford has a variety of businesses to meet your everyday needs. Along with abundant housing opportunities, the wonderful school district makes Medford a great place to call home.
Medford has huge opportunities for commercial and industrial business along Interstate 35. Home of the Medford Outlet Center, Furniture Outlet and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.