Public Works & Utilities

Minnetrista's Public Works Department strives to continually maintain and improve Minnetrista's streets, roads, parks, natural resources, water and sewer services.  The Public Works Department is responsible for the City's:

  • 18 lift stations
  • 27.72 miles of sewer pipe (approx.)
  • Two flow stations
  • Two water towers
  • Five wells with 28.33 miles of water pipe
  • Play equipment in thirteen city owned parks
  • Two boat ramps
  • One fishing pier
  • 20.28 miles of gravel (approx.)
  • 38.43 miles of paved roads (approx.)
  • 90 miles of ditches
  • All city-owned vehicles, equipment and facilities

Trillium Way, Trillium Lane East and Trillium Lane West (4 ton restriction) Highland Rd (paved section) and Halstead Drive (5 ton restriction) will be permanent, or until the Metropolitan Council Sewer Improvement project along CR 44 is complete.

Heading Out of Town for the Winter? Don't forget your water lines!

Weather you are heading south for the entire winter or just taking a short vacation during the winter, it is a good idea to prep your water lines before you leave. Here are some tips you can do just in case your furnace stops working and prevent you coming home to a disaster.

  • Close the main water valve shut-off in your home. This valve is normally located by your water meter. If it's not working properly, schedule an appointment with a licensed plumber to get it repaired. If you can't find the main water shut-off valve, call Minnetrista City Hall and a Utility Department representative can come out and show you where it is located.
  • Even with your interior valve is shut off; you can still get water damage from frozen pipes. Call Minnetrista City Hall and set up an appointment to have your curb stop shut off. This is the valve located in your front yard. This will stop all flow of water into your home.
  • Drain the water lines after the water is shut off. You can drain the water lines by opening a faucet on the upper floors and in the basement and waiting for the lines to clear.
  • Add non-toxic, marine or RV anti-freeze to your toilets. Flush your toilets to drain the water in the tank and read your product label as to the proper amount of anti-freeze to add.
  • Turn your water heater down or turn it off.
    • For an electric water heater: turn the temperature dial down or turn it off at the circuit breaker panel.
    • For a natural gas water heater: turn it down to "low" or to "vacation mode."
    • You may need a few hours to heat the tank when you return.

A letter from our Superintendent regarding Snow Removal Operations

Winter parking guidelines are in effect beginning November 1 and remain in place through March 31: No parking along any City streets between the hours of 2:00 am and 6:00 am.

Noise Regulations

Chapter 10 Section 1005.03 of the City Code states that operation of earth moving or related construction equipment for which a building permit, grading permit or other City approval is required shall be restricted to the hours or 7:00 am through 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00 am through 6:00 pm on Saturday. No such equipment shall be operated on Sunday or the following Holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, or Christmas Day unless approved by the City Council.



Includes information about gas, electric, recycling, septic, well, sewer, water and solid waste.

Streets and Roads

Includes information about ditch mowing, dust reduction programs, road maintenance, sidewalks, trails, signs, snow removal, surface water drainage, street sweeping, tree trimming and hydrant flushing.

Stormwater Management

Includes information about surface water management, regulations the city is required to meet, how to conserve water, about conservation stewardship programs and more.

Permits and Licenses

Severe Weather Awareness

Wellhead Protection

General Specifications and Standard Detail Plates for Street and Utility Construction

Includes information about Minnetrista's utility and construction specifications and detail plates. For more information, contact the Engineering department at 952-241-2535.