Full-time EMT/Admin Support

The City of Lewiston seeks applicants for a full-time EMT/Administrative support vacancy. Main responsibilities include responding to 911 calls, assisting with the EMR Training Program, and CPR/First Aid instruction. Pay range $15-$16 per hour DOQ/DOE. Position includes benefit package.
Applications and a full job description may be obtained at City Hall at 75 Rice Street Lewiston, MN 55952 or on-line at For more information, please contact Ambulance Director Matt Essig at 507-523-2982.
Position will be open until filled. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City of Lewiston Application. First review of applications will take place January 8, 2020.

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City of Lewiston – 2019 Street & Utility Improvements

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The City of Lewiston is planning the 2019 Street Improvement project, which includes improvements along Rice Street, First Street, Second Street, Country Club Drive and Benike Street. The City of Lewiston was awarded a Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP) grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in the amount of $640,000 in the fall of 2018.

In order to take advantage of the grant funds MnDOT required the City to cancel the contract with A-1 Excavating and rebid the remaining work items using MnDOT guidelines.

Project Schedule

  • Neighborhood Informational Meeting – May 23, 2017
  • Prepare Feasibility Report – October 2017
  • Neighborhood Informational Meeting – November 2, 2017
  • Neighborhood Informational Design Meeting – February 2018
  • Bid Opening – April 5, 2018
  • Neighborhood Informational Meeting – April 2018
  • Award Contract – April 28, 2018
  • Begin Construction – May 2018
  • LRIP Grant Award – Fall 2018
  • Rebidding of Contract – May 2019
  • Construction – July – September 2019
  • End Construction – October 2019

Bryan Holtz

Senior Engineering Technician
[email protected]
Office: 507-208-4332 x3032
Mobile: 507-993-1112

Adam Nix

Construction Representative
[email protected]
Office: 507-208-4332 x3116
Mobile: 507-421-4209

City of Lewiston, Minnesota Snowplowing Policy

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The city of Lewiston, Minnesota, finds that it is in the best interest of the residents of the city
to assume basic responsibility for control of snow and ice on city streets. Reasonable ice and
snow control is necessary for routine travel and emergency services. The city will attempt to
provide such control in a safe and cost-effective manner, keeping in mind safety, budget,
personnel, and environmental concerns. The city will use city employees, equipment and/or
private contractors to provide this service. This policy does not relieve the operator of private
vehicles, pedestrians, property owners, residents and all others that may be using public
streets, of their responsibility to act in a reasonable, prudent and cautious manner, given the
prevailing street conditions.

When Will the City Start Snow or Ice Control Operations?
The Public Works Director will decide when to begin snow or ice control operations. The
criteria for that decision are:
A. Snow accumulation of two (2) inches or more;
B. Drifting of snow that causes problems for travel;
C. Icy conditions which seriously affect travel; and
D. Time of snowfall in relationship to heavy use of streets.

Snow and ice control operations are expensive and involve the use of limited personnel and
equipment. Consequently, snowplowing operations will not generally be conducted for
snowfall of less than two (2) inches.

Snow Emergency
A Snow Emergency may be declared at the discretion of the Public Works Director to allow
City crews to plow the full width of the streets. Upon declaration of a Snow Emergency,
vehicles must be removed from the City streets. Snow Emergencies take effect from the time
determined by the Director. Any vehicle parked in violation of parking restrictions will be
removed and impounded. Notice will be made to the City cable channel, the City Facebook
pages, and KTTC-TV weather information.

Snow Removal
The Public Works Director will determine if and when snow will be removed from the area
by truck. Such snow removal will occur in areas where there is no room on the boulevard for
snow storage and in areas where accumulated piles of snow create a hazardous condition.
Snow removal operations will not commence until other snowplowing operations have been
completed. Snow removal operations may also be delayed depending on weather conditions,
personnel and budget availability. The snow will be removed and hauled to a snow storage
area. The snow storage area will be located so as to minimize environmental problems.

Priorities and Schedule of Streets to be Plowed
The city has classified city streets based on the street function, traffic volume and importance
to the welfare of the community. Those streets classified “First Priority” will be plowed first.
These are high volume routes, which provide access for emergency fire, police, ambulance
and city services. The second priority streets are those arterial and collector streets. The third
priority streets are the commercial streets. The fourth priority streets are the residential
streets. The fifth priority areas are cul-de-sacs and parking lots. (See Priority List Attached).
During significant and severe storms, the city must be prepared to move personnel and
equipment to maintain higher priority routes first. In fulfilling the need to have all streets safe
and passable, when resources are limited, plowing of all other streets may be stopped at any
time so resources can be shifted to higher priority routes.
Unforeseeable circumstances may cause delays in completing assigned plow routes. Such
circumstances may include weather conditions that endanger the safety of snowplow
operators and/or safe and effective operation of equipment, commuter traffic, disabled
vehicles, poor visibility conditions, parked cars along streets, assistance to emergency
response vehicles, equipment breakdown, and personnel shortages.

Work Schedule for Snowplow Operators
Snowplow operators will be expected to work their assigned shifts. In severe snow
emergencies, operators sometimes have to work longer shifts, but will be paid overtime for
hours in excess of 40 per week. However, because of budget and safety concerns, no operator
shall work more than a twelve-hour shift in any twenty-four hour period. While work breaks
are not guaranteed, generally operators will take breaks in accordance with city policy,
provided the breaks do not interfere with city services or operations. In addition, operators
will be allowed sufficient time to eat a meal during any shift which is eight or more hours.
After a twelve-hour shift, the operators will be replaced if additional qualified personnel are

Traffic Regulations
The city recognizes that snowplow operators are exempt from traffic regulations set forth in
Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 169 while actually engaged in work on streets, except for
regulations related to driving while impaired and the safety of school children. Pursuant to
this authority, snowplow operators engaged in snow removal or ice control on city streets
have discretion to disregard traffic laws set forth in Chapter 169, except for laws relating to
impaired driving and school children safety, when in their judgment, it is safe to disregard
such laws. The privileges granted herein to operators of snow removal and ice control
vehicles shall apply only if the vehicle is equipped with one lighted lamp displaying a
flashing, oscillating, or rotating amber light placed in such a position on the vehicle as to be
visible throughout an arc of 360 degrees.

Weather Conditions
Snow and ice control operations will be conducted only when weather conditions do not
endanger the safety of snowplow operators and equipment. Factors that may delay snow and
ice control operations include: severe cold, significant winds, and limited visibility.

Use of Sand, Salt, and Other Chemicals
The city will use sand, salt, and other chemicals when there are hazardous ice or slippery
conditions. The city is concerned about the effect of such chemicals on the environment and
will limit its use for that reason.

The city will maintain some of the sidewalks in the city. The list of those sidewalks is
attached. As there are a limited number of personnel available, the city will only maintain
these sidewalks after the streets have been plowed. It is the responsibility of the resident
and/or property owner to remove all accumulated snow from all other sidewalks along public
streets adjoining their property. This includes any snow plowed from public streets onto the

Damage to a mailbox is a risk that snowplow operators face during their winter plowing
requirements. The city will conduct a review of each mailbox damage claim to determine
whether the city has any legal responsibility for the damage and, if so, to replace or provide
reimbursement for the mailbox. If the city, in its discretion, determines that reimbursement or
replacement is appropriate, the city may:

1) At the mailbox owner’s request, replace the mailbox with a standard size, non-decorative
metal mailbox and replace the support post as necessary with a 4” x 4”, decay resistance
wood support post, both which will be installed by the city;

2) Provide reimbursement in a reasonable amount for the mailbox and support posts that
meet the city’s ordinance standards, as well as state and federal requirements for mailbox
size, support and placement.

Complaint Procedure
Formal complaints require the completion of a Citizen Complaint Form, available at City
Hall. Calls requiring service will be transferred to the Public Works Director for scheduling.
Emergency complaints will be handled in an expeditious manner as resources are available.

Deviation from Policy
The Public Works Director may deviate from this policy when in his or her judgment it is in
the best interest of the city or is necessary because of budget needs or other circumstances.
Changes in priorities (lasting more than 4 hours) will be documented as to what caused such
actions, why the change was necessary, and for how long the change is to be in effect. Those
city employees and/or contractors affected will be notified immediately by radio or cell
phone of such changes with all communications logged. Information logged will include the
time and date of the communication, name of employee contacted, and how they were
contacted. Any changes of priorities lasting more than 24 hours should be made in a written
record and the public should be informed of such changes through normal methods used by
the city for emergency notifications.

Review and Modification of Policy
The Public Works Director shall keep on file all comments and complaints received
regarding this policy. The policy will be reviewed periodically. Any review will consider
comments and complaints since the last review and any other factors affecting the policy or
its implementation.

Lewiston 2018 Drinking Report

Your drinking water comes from a groundwater source: a 712 foot-deep well that draws water from the Wonewoc Sandstone aquifer.

Lewiston works hard to provide you with safe and reliable drinking water that meets federal and state water quality requirements, The purpose of this report is to provide you with information on your drinking water and how to protect our precious water resources.

Contact Curt Benter, Public Works Director, at 507-523-2257 or [email protected] if you have question about Lewiston’s drinking water. You can also ask for information about how you can take part in decisions that may affect water quality.

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Recreational Fires

Can I have a recreational fire in my yard?

Yes, the fire must be contained in an outdoor fireplace, barbeque or noncombustible fire ring and you need to follow the appropriate requirements for open burning.

Can I have an open fire pit or ring?

Open fire pits or rings are limited to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.

Can I use a manufactured fire place or fire ring?

Commercially manufactured fireplaces or fire rings may be used if they are equipped with a spark arresting screen that is in place during burning. They must be located at least 20 feet from an occupied structure and 10 feet from an unoccupied structure.

What can I burn?

Only clean dry lumber and trees may be burnt. No painted, varnished or treated lumber or wood may be burnt. No litter, trash, garbage, leaves, paper, etc may be burnt. Burning these items is a violation of State law and City ordinance


Burning shall be in a manner so that dense smoke and noxious fumes are not created. Dense smoke or noxious fumes could be deemed to be a public nuisance.

Fire attendance:

Fires shall be constantly attended. It is always advisable to have a garden hose, bucket of water, fire extinguisher or other means to extinguish the fire if the need should arise. For additional information please see the MN State Fire Marshal Handouts-next pages

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Lewiston 2017 Drinking Water Report

Making Safe Drinking Water

Your drinking water comes from a groundwater source: a 712-foot-deep well that draws water from the Wonewoc Sandstone aquifer.

Lewiston works hard to provide you with safe and reliable drinking water that meets federal and state water quality requirements. The purpose of this report is to provide you with information on your drinking water and how to protect our precious water resources.

Contact Curt Benter, Public Works Director, at 507-523-2257 or [email protected] if you have questions about Lewiston’s drinking water. You can also ask for information about how you can take part in decisions that may affect water quality.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets safe drinking water standards. These standards limit the amounts of specific contaminants allowed in drinking water. This ensures that tap water is safe to drink for most people. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the amount of certain contaminants in bottled water. Bottled water must provide the same public health protection as public tap water.

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

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Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan Update


The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a green beetle native to Eastern Russia and much of Asia. Outside of its native region, it is an invasive species and is highly destructive to ash trees. EAB was first noted in Michigan in 2002 and has since spread through the upper Midwest. It is believed to have been introduced to North America through shipping crates/pallets from Asian sources. Currently (2015) the EAB infestations have been found in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ontario Canada, plus perhaps another ten to fifteen states. Evidence suggests the EAB can spread between ten and twenty miles per year. This spread is enhanced by transport of firewood and other wood products that contain ash bark, which allows EAB to spread to new areas to create satellite populations outside of the main infestation and quickly increase its range.

The EAB is almost totally destructive of native ash trees. After the initial infestation, all ash trees in the area are expected to die within ten years without control measures. The ash species affected in southeastern Minnesota include green ash, black ash, white ash, and blue ash. EAB seems to infect ash trees in the order listed here; i.e., green and black first, then white, and finally blue ash.

Winona County is under a quarantine order issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The City of Lewiston is, therefore, also within an EAB infested area and subject to regulations of the USDA. EAB will inevitably spread throughout the City and cause the loss of all ash trees.

The City of Lewiston needs to determine a course of action to address the EAB threat to its ash tree population. This EAB Management Plan is written to outline Lewiston’s objectives and the methods to be used in dealing with the impact of EAB on our ash trees. It is also to be used as a guide for City administration and residents to follow with a high degree of confidence and order. The City will need to create an EAB management budget to meet the costs of tree removal and/or treatment as well as public education. This plan will address both public and private needs in an efficient and effective manner, including replacement of removed trees with diversification of species and utilization of ash wood that is removed. This plan, therefore, will lessen the social and economic impact from the impending EAB infestation.

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