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1. Where do I vote? What ward am I in?
2. Map - City Wards/Polling Sites
3. Political Signs - What is allowed?

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1. What is a branding strategy?
2. How is a brand different from a logo?
3. What was the process for developing a community-wide brand for Owatonna?
4. Why does the city need a brand?
5. What does the icon in the new logomark represent?
6. When will I start seeing the new brand?
7. Will the new brand replace the City’s seal and coat of arms?
8. Can my business or organization use the new brand?
9. How much did this cost and how was it paid for?

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1. Do I need a permit for the installation of Residential and Commercial irrigation systems (lawn sprinklers)?
2. What are the requirements for a deck permit?
3. Do I need a permit for a driveway?
4. Do I need a permit for a fence?
5. Do I need a permit for grading/excavating?
6. Do I need permit for a patio?
7. Do I need a permit for a swimming pool?
8. Do I need a permit to re-shingle my house?
9. Do I need a permit to replace siding on my house?
10. Do I need a permit for a storage shed or gazebo?
11. Do I need a permit for window replacement?
12. What projects require a building permit?
13. What projects do not require a building permit?

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1. Where is the Fire Hall located?
2. What are your business hours?
3. I’d like to be a firefighter. Are you currently hiring?
4. Am I allowed to have recreational fires in fire pit in my yard?
5. I’ve noticed a property that has garbage and trash in the yard that needs to be picked up. How should I report this?
6. I’ve noticed a property that has long grass that needs to be mowed. How should I report this?
7. What are the minimum maintenance standards for properties within the City?
8. How do I register my rental property that is located within the city limits?
9. How do I renew the license for my rental property?
10. What type of fire prevention activities do you provide? How do I schedule one?
11. What fire protection system permits do you issue? How do I obtain one?
12. How do I obtain a burning permit?
13. I need to apply for a retail fireworks license. What is the procedure?
14. What area of Steele County does the Owatonna Fire Department provide fire coverage for?
15. Are your meeting rooms available for rental?

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1. How do I check out items?
2. How long can materials be checked out?
3. May I renew materials?
4. Can I rent equipment?

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1. How do I find a good book?
2. How do I find a specific item (book, DVD, or CD)?
3. Where are your DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks?
4. Where is your Fiction located?
5. Where are your research materials?

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1. How do I know if I should dial 911 or the police non-emergency number?
2. Where is the police department located?
3. How do I obtain a copy of a police report?
4. Is there a charge for police reports?
5. Where can I get information on concealed weapons permits?
6. How do I find out about predatory offenders living in Owatonna?
7. Do officers have a quota of traffic tickets they have to meet?
8. What do I do if my vehicle is impounded?
9. How can I claim my property?
10. How many police officers does the Owatonna Police Department have?
11. If I have a minor accident, do I have to wait for the police to arrive?

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1. Can my vehicle be towed for unpaid parking tickets?
2. I received a parking ticket for parking downtown 2 to 5 a.m. Does this count towards the graduated fine system?
3. My car was sold and I have received a notice regarding an unpaid parking ticket. What should I do?
4. I received a notice regarding a parking ticket that I was not aware of because I do not drive the vehicle, my son, daughter, girlfriend, or boyfriend does. Do I need to pay it?

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1. Do I need a permit to work in the Right-of-Way?
2. Do I need a permit to construct a sidewalk, curb and gutter, driveway, or perform a curb cut?
3. What number do I call to get underground utilities located?
4. How do I find my property irons?
5. How does the City choose which roads receive maintenance?
6. How does the City determine special assessments?
7. Do I need a permit to perform land disturbing activities (grading, excavation, fillings, grubbing, etc.)?

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1. Can I plant a tree in the Right-of-Way and which trees are permitted to be planted in the boulevard?
2. Who do I contact with concerns about the City trimming boulevard trees?
3. Who do I contact about trees in overhead power lines?
4. Are there restrictions about cutting down trees on my own property?
5. How do I prevent my tree from being infested with Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)?
6. What should I do if I see EAB?
7. Does the City still enforce removal of Dutch Elm Disease?

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1. When are streets plowed?
2. When is snow removed from the new raised crosswalks, alleys and curb bump-outs downtown?
3. What part of sidewalks are business owners responsible for removing snow from?
4. How do I report mailbox damage?
5. Where should snow shoveled from downtown sidewalks be placed?
6. What special care needs to be taken with the fresh concrete surfaces downtown?
7. Where can questions or concerns be directed regarding snow removal?

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1. How does the City determine my special assessment?
2. What sources of funds are available for street projects?
3. When are special assessment payments due?
4. Why does the City use special assessments for street projects?
5. What are the consequences of not constructing street projects?
6. How long will a project take?

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1. What is the Adopt-a-Rain Garden Program?
2. What are the program benefits?
3. What is the Adopt-a-Rain Garden time commitment?
4. Who can participate?
5. How does one go through the adoption process?
6. Why are rain gardens important?

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1. What is compost?
2. Where is the site located?
3. What if I already compost in my backyard?
4. What else can I do?

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1. When do I need a Grading/ESC Permit?
2. What is Low Impact Development?
3. What are Low Impact Development Practices?
4. How does Low Impact Development affect Owatonna?

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1. How do I report pollution, illicit discharge, or illegal dumping?
2. How do I report an obstruction or issue with a stormwater treatment practice (pond, basin, rain garden, etc.), stormwater drain or catch basin, or ditch?
3. Why is the sanitary and storm sewer utility fee necessary?

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1. How do I report a pothole?
2. How do I report a street light issue?
3. Can I rake my leaves, grass clippings, or other yard waste in the street for the City to pick-up?
4. Can I deposit or store a dumpster in the street?
5. Can I store landscape materials in the street?
6. Who do I contact to request a temporary street closure?