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The City of Sunfish Lake does not have public works staff to perform maintenance and snow clearing of the city’s streets. Instead, the city contracts those services out. The contractor is Executive Contractor’s Inc., and the service is managed by City Engineer Jeff Sandberg. An email address has been set up by the contractor for residents to use if they note areas within the city that they consider needing additional sand/ salt/ or clearing. The email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please copy Jeff Sandberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on all inquiries. The email goes straight to the contractor, and will be followed up on by the city engineer as well. The contractor has proven to be very responsive to residents concerns.

Please keep in mind that residents are responsible for snow removal at their own properties. Snow can not be pushed in to the street or the street Right-of-Way, and must be stored on your private property. It can make the city snowclearing effort much more difficult if snow is pushed in to the City street Right-of-Way, and often results in a bigger wake of snow around mailboxes. The US Postal Service requires that residents clear snow from below their mailboxes to allow access to mail carriers. Your cooperation is very much appreciated!

 

A resident of Sunfish Lake is needed to serve on the Northern Dakota County Cable Communications Commission (“NDC4”), which provides consumer protection services for cable subscribers and directly oversees government and educational programming on Channels 18, 19, and 20.  The NDC4 also administers local community programming through their non-profit corporation, Town Square Television.  The NDC4 is comprised of seven member cities:  Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, and West St. Paul.  Commission meetings are held the first Wednesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, and December)

 This fall, Dakota County undertook a project to improve the safety at the intersection of Delaware (a County Road) and Salem Church Road (a City Road).  Due to some workmanship issues, the project will not get fully completed until Spring of 2022.  If you have questions or concerns about the work, please direct your questions to Todd Howard, Assistant County Engineer at (952) 891-7906 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please take notice that the City of Sunfish Lake will be holding public hearings on the 4 projects in 2021.

Click here for project 2021-01 (Sunnyside Lane from Angell Road to the end of the cul-de-sac)

Click here for project 2021-02 (Zehnder Road Improvement Project)

Click here for project 2021-03 (Angell Road from MN-62 to Sunnyside Lane)

Click here for project 2021-04 (Grieve Glen Lane from Delaware Avenue (CR 63) to the end of the cul-de-sac)

 

A public comment period will be held from September 14, 2021 to October 14, 2021 (4:30pm) to receive written comments from the public on the City of Sunfish Lake’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit. The City’s MS4 Permit recently expired, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has made a preliminary determination to issue coverage to the City under the updated MS4 Permit.

Click here for the Notice.

The City of Sunfish Lake is unique in a lot of ways.  The large lots, rural feel, and lack of public sewer and water in a community surrounded by city’s with more urban settings and infrastructure makes Sunfish Lake a special place.  With every home in the city on an individual well system, it is more important for our city’s citizens than for the other communities around us to protect and conserve our water resources.  At the time of this writing, the region is entering into what are considered “drought” conditions, which puts even more stress on the local water resources and supplies of water in the ground that each of our wells draws from.  It is strongly encouraged that you consider implementing the water conservation practices outlined below:

 

  • Take shorter showers, which saves gallons of water.
  • Add more efficient shower heads which can save as much as 13,000 gallons a year for an average household.  Xcel Energy provides low volume shower heads at the Xcel Energy Store website.
  • Toilets are one of the biggest sources of indoor water consumption.  Older toilets use much more water than new toilets.  Make sure you have updated toilets that use less than 1.6 gallons per flush.
  • Consider trading in your top-load washer machine for a high efficiency front loading washer.  You can save up to 36 gallons of water per load.
  • If your faucets are older, you can benefit from installing aerator flow restrictors on faucets.
  • Lawn irrigation use by Americans amounts to about 9 billion gallons of water daily.  In many instances home lawns and landscapes are over-watered. Consider adding soil moisture sensors that prompt the lawn irrigation only when needed.
  • It is best to water deeply and infrequently, and watering should not take place during the heat of the day to prevent needless evaporation.
  • Consider converting areas of sodded lawn to drought resistant lawn and low-maintenance plantings that require much less watering. 

 

Implementing the practices outlined above can help to ensure that plentiful fresh groundwater is available for future generations, and will help to protect the special attributes of this unique city.

We are a small community proud of our heritage and committed to the preservation of our pristine, rural character. We cherish our privacy, yet know we are part of a thriving Dakota County and the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. With these partnerships in mind, we strive to preserve that unique spirit which is Sunfish Lake, Minnesota.