City Services

Airport

Location: The Wheaton Airport is located three miles Southwest of Wheaton. The Wheaton Airport offers both one paved runway and one turf runway.

Manager:  City of Wheaton, 320/563-4110

Fuel:  Fuel is not available at the Wheaton Airport. 

City Government

  • City Council

The City of Wheaton is governed by Councilors Doug Wohlenhaus, Martin Lanter, Judith Larson, Edward Rikimoto and Mayor Leonard Zimmel. The Wheaton City Council typically meets every other Thursday each month at 5 pm at the Wheaton Community Library.

  • Special Announcements
  • Special Meeting Announcements & Regular City Council Agendas

Typically, the Agenda is closed at noon on the day preceding a regular Wheaton City Council Meeting. If you wish to receive a copy of the preliminary and finalized agendas by email, please contact Wheaton City Hall.  Agendas are periodically posted on the City’s Blog.

  • Recent City Council Minutes

Minutes are published in the Wheaton Gazette after they are approved. If you wish to receive an email with Wheaton City Council minutes as they are approved, please contact Wheaton City Hall.

  • Board Membership

Membership of the Wheaton Community Hospital Board, Wheaton Parks & Recreation Board, Wheaton Economic Development Authority Board, Wheaton Fire Department Officers, and Wheaton Community Library Board can be given upon request.

  • Wheaton City Hall Contact Information

104 9th Street North

PO Box 868 Wheaton, MN 56296

Phone: 320/563-4110, Fax: 320/563-4823

Email: cityhall@cityofwheaton.com

Website: www.cityofwheaton.com

Clean Up Day

In an effort to help and encourage residents to improve the condition and appearance of their properties, the Wheaton City Council has designated

May 16th, 2017 

as Clean-Up Day for the City of Wheaton,

from 2 pm – 7 pm.

Again This Year: “Accepted Material” slips must be completed and brought with you on Clean-Up Day.

For a copy of this slip, See "Notices" tab


Location:  Wheaton Demo Site/Traverse County Recycling Center (East end of 2nd Avenue North, by Falk Park)

Economic Development

  • Resources for Local Businesses

Thinking about starting a business?  Take the self-assessment tool provided by the Small Business Association.

1) Starting a Business

2) Managing a Business 

3) Finding Employees 

4) Training Employees

5) Financing a Business

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  • Wheaton EDA Office Information

Wheaton EDA Board President Steven Lundquist and his Governing Board support the introduction of new businesses, and the expansion of current enterprises within the City of Wheaton.  The WEDA offers low-interest loans (from $500 – $250,000), tax increment financing (TIF), building leases for manufacturing operations, and housing development.  Please contact our office at 320/563-4110 for an application.

The Wheaton area is the home of many service professionals, including accountants, electricians, artists, automobile detailers, auto sellers and repair technicians, bakers, chefs, cleaners, florists, chiropractors, well drillers, building suppliers, exterminators, optometrists, retailors, insurers, investment bankers, plumbers, HVAC, painters, news reporters, nurses, realtors, remodelers, roofers, tree trimmers, truckers, caterers, photographers, welders, excavators, carpenters, gardeners, doctors, dentists, (an) accupuncturist, massage therapists, hair stylists, and even a hometown barber!  Many businesses are conveniently located on State Highway 27 (Broadway) and State Highway 75.

Wheaton is located at the intersection of State Highways 75 (N-S) and 27 (E-W).  We are 1 hour and 15 minutes South of Fargo and 1 hour West of Alexandria.  You can cross borders with North and South Dakota borders within 15 minutes.

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Wheaton EDA Loan Application & Process

The Wheaton EDA provides low-interest, commercial loans to local businesses.  The Wheaton EDA may provide a loan in an amount up to 75% of eligible projects.  Borrowers must complete and submit a loan application, with supporting documentation, along with a $200 non-refundable fee.  The EDA encourages interested borrowers to contact the EDA office prior to completing the loan application, to discuss the project and eligibility requirements.

Falk & Library Room Reservations

Fire Department Services

  • Wheaton Fire Department

Emergencies:  Call 9-1-1    

Non-Emergencies:  Call 320/563-4110

Email:  WFD@wheaton.k12.mn.us

The Wheaton Fire Department is located at Wheaton City Hall, 104 9th Street North in Wheaton.

Garbage & Disposal Services

  • Utility Handbook

The City of Wheaton weekly collects residential and commercial solid waste for its residents.  Non-dumpster garbage must be tagged.  A monthly garbage charge is included on your utility bill and garbage tags must be purchased separately.

  • Residential & Commercial Garbage Pick-Up

Curbside garbage pick-up takes place each week according to the following schedule:

Mondays –   Properties North of Broadway

Thursdays –  Properties on & South of Broadway & in Dumont

Residents must place standard garbage containers on the boulevard, in an area free of foliage and/or snow.  Full containers must not weight more than 40 lbs, and must have the appropriate garbage tag.  Any bag/can that weighs more than 40 lbs will not be picked up.

The State of Minnesota collects a higher tax for commercial solid tax.  Full rate and garbage service details can be found here.

  • Rural Garbage Pick-Up

The City of Wheaton currently offers service to select areas in the County.  Please contact Wheaton City Hall at 320/563-4110 to find-out whether you can be added to our route!

  • Holidays

Our employees observe Federal holidays.  In most cases, garbage will be picked-up the day following the Federal holiday.  If you have any questions, please contact Wheaton City Hall at 320/563-4110 or check with your neighbor!!

  • Garbage Tags

Tags are sold in bundles of ten, and are currently available for purchase from Wheaton City Hall, Dumont’s Tri-County Co-Op,  Sag’s Hardware, Willy’s Super Valu.

– “Red” tags (for 40-gallon bags/containers) are $1.50 each/$15.00 bundle.

– “Yellow” tags (for 15 gallon bags/containers) are $0.75/$7.50 bundle.

Please make-sure that you secure the tags tightly to your garbage can on windy days!  Garbage without a tag will be left on the curb.

  • Construction & Demolition Debris

The City of Wheaton operates a demolition debris landfill (aka “Wheaton Demo Site”) at the far East end of 2nd Avenue North (past Falk Park).  The facility is not a typical landfill – per Minnesota Pollution Control Agency requirements, only the following materials can be brought to the Demo Site:

Concrete, untreated wood, glass, rock, brick, masonry, plastic building parts, bituminous concrete, gypsum board, roofing material, rock, insulation materials, metal building parts, blocks, and electrical wiring (essentially, debris created as result of constructing or demolishing a building).

Our facility does not accept asbestos or industrial solid waste, and is available only to residents of the City of Wheaton and Traverse County.

Charges are calculated based on the number of cubic yards that are deposited at the Demo Site, plus state tax (currently, $7.00/cubic yard + $0.60/cubic yard state tax).

Hours of Operation:

Monday’s & Wednesday’s from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

2nd & 4th Friday of the month from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Outside of the regular schedule, the facility may be opened by appointment for a $15.00 charge.  The Demolition Site will be closed if it is raining, or if significant rain was received the day before.  Please contact Wheaton City Hall at 320/563-4110 for more information.

For 2012, the Wheaton City Council approved a waiver program (of up to $500 for Wheaton Demolition Site charges) for the removal of structures in the City of Wheaton.  To apply for this waiver (and for additional conditions), you must complete a Land Use Permit and follow these rules.

  • Leaves, Grass Clippings & Small Branches

Leaves, grass clippings, and small branches (>2” in diameter) can be brought next to the Wheaton Demolition Site at no charge.  Bunkers for the material are open 24-hours a day.  The availability of this service may be removed if abused!

  • Recycling Center

Traverse County operates a recycling center on the far East end of 2nd Avenue North (past Falk Park), that is open 24-hours a day.  Plastics, cardboard, glass, aluminum, tin, newspaper, magazines, and office paper are accepted.  Pick-up for senior recycling bins is available the first Saturday of each month.  Please call 320/563-4411 for more information.

  • Dumpsters

Dumpsters are permitted within City limits for businesses only.  The dumpster must be placed on a concrete or asphalt pad by itself, clear of other objects, debris, and snow. 

Dumpsters are permitted for residential use on a temporary basis for specific purposes (for eg, cleaning out a home for resale).

Only garbage may be placed in dumpsters (not appliances, metal furniture, construction/demolition debris).

Please call us at 320/563-4110 for dumpster availability, application form, and deposit requirements.

  • Furniture

We will accept couches, chairs, and mattress by appointment only.  Average charge for furniture is $10.00 per item.  Please contact Wheaton City Hall at 320/563-4110 for more information.  

  • Appliances

We do not accept metal appliances.  Please contact Horman Recycling for appliance reclamation.

  • Paint & Chemicals

The Solid Waste Department of Traverse County annually holds a County-wide collection for paint and household chemical disposal. 

  • Garbage & Disposal Fee Schedule

Click here for a printable fee schedule.  

  • Annual Clean-Up Day

The City typically schedules one day a year to accept furniture and appliances (Wheaton residents only).  Please watch for notices regarding the Clean-Up Day.  

  • Garbage Landfill

The City of Wheaton brings solid waste to the Roberts County Landfill, located in South Dakota.  

Library

 Latest Library News – Library Blog

  • Location

901 1st Avenue North

Wheaton, MN  56296

  • Hours

Monday & Friday:  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesday – Thursday:  10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday:  9:00 AM – Noon

  • Search the Wheaton Library Collection

You can search Wheaton’s collection for available materials.  If you have a Wheaton Library card, you may also reserve materials or request to be placed on a waiting list for materials that are currently checked-out.

1. Under “Search,” select “Advanced.”

2. Scroll to the middle of the page, and select “Wheaton Community Library” under “Limits.”

3. Scroll back to the top; enter descriptive information about the author/title/subject and click the orange/white arrow to search.

  • Search the Regional Viking Library System

You can search Region’s collection for available materials.  If you have a Wheaton Library card, you may also reserve materials or request to be placed on a waiting list for materials that are currently checked-out.

1. Under “Search,” enter descriptive information about the author/title/subject and click the orange/white arrow to search.

  • Community Meeting Room

The Library offers a meeting space appropriate for small-to-medium sized groups.  The room is also used as a display space for regional artists and collectors.  Reservations and accommodations are made by contacting Wheaton Community Library at 320/563-8487.

  Community Room Information & Community Room Reservation Form

  • Display Space

The Community Room at the Wheaton Library is used as a display space for regional artists and collectors.  A locked curio cabinet is available for collections, and a picture rail along 3 sides of the room offers a gallery-type setting for paintings and photographs.  Your items may be viewed by library patrons, or the dozens of groups that meet in the Community Room on a weekly and monthly basis.  Please contact Library staff for more information.

  • Contact Information

Address:  901 1st Avenue North

Phone:  320/563-8487

Fax:  320/563-8815

  • Code of Conduct

The Library Board has approved a patron Code of Conduct, which will be enforced by Library personnel.

Police Department Services

Wheaton Police Department


Emergencies:  Call 9-1-1

Non-Emergencies:  Call 320/422-7700 Email:  wpd@co.traverse.mn.us

 

The Wheaton Police Department is located in the Traverse County Law Enforcement Center at 203 7th Street North in Wheaton.  Wheaton Police Officers promote public safety, respond to emergency events, and investigate complaints.

Chief of Police:

Chief Jim Minion

 The Wheaton City Council would like to welcome our new Chief of Police. Chief Jim Minion begins his duties with the City of Wheaton Police Department on July 28th. He brings with him 19 years of police experience and most recently served as the Chief of Police for Starbuck, MN. He proves to have a solid background in many areas of law enforcement from investigations to SWAT team and many advisory boards. Chief Minion has also served in the United States Army where he held a leadership role.  We welcome Chief Minion, his wife and two sons to Wheaton and look forward to his new leadership role with the Wheaton Police Department.

Posting Announcements

The City of Wheaton’s television Public Access Channel 8 and City website (in the right-hand column) will be used to promote events and deliver information on behalf of public/not-for-profit organizations.  Appearance on Channel 8 and the City’s website are intended to supplement an agency’s publishing campaign, and are not intended as substitutes to meet obligatory, legal publishing requirements.  Official City notices will continue to be published in the Wheaton Gazette, and may appear on Channel 8 and the City website, as staff time permits.

Announcements may be submitted by email (cityhall@cityofwheaton.com), by telephone (320/563-4110) or by fax (320/563-4823).  Announcements will appear on television Public Access Channel 8 and the City’s website.

City of Wheaton Announcement Policies:

The City of Wheaton will evaluate announcements on a case-by-case basis, to determine whether the message and/or sponsoring group meet the policy requirements below.  

1.  We will post announcements for public/not-for-profit organizations only.

2.  No garage sales, bridal or baby showers.

3.  We will not post event information if funds will be raised for a specific individual.

Swimming Pool & Parks

Click Here for a Map of our Parks and Pool – 


AMERICAN RED CROSS SWIMMING LESSON INFORMATION:

Session I                Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 23

Session II               Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 21

Session III              Monday, July 24 – Friday, August 4 

Lesson Times:

Level 1

Water Skills (Tadpoles), 4yrs or older

11:30 AM – Noon

Level 2

Fundamental/Aquatic Skills (Turtles)

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Level 3

Stroke Development (Sharks)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Level 4

Stroke Improvement (Whales)

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Level 5

Stroke Refinement

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Level 6

Skill Proficiency

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM


For a complete list of pricing, schedules and lesson registration, download form below. 




  •  Ballfields

Address:  16th St N & 3rd Ave N

The Wheaton Ballfields are located on the Northeast edge of town.  Most summer evenings (and many summer weekends), spectators can watch games coordinated by Community Ed, Legion Baseball, the Dumont Saints, the Wheaton Walleye and several softball leagues.

Hotdogs and concessions are usually available, as are access to indoor bathrooms.

  • City Park

Address:  4th Ave S & 7th St S

The City Park is located next to the Traverse County Fairgrounds, and offers a full city-block dedicated to green space and recreational activities.  In the summer, a volleyball net is placed on the South end of the park.  Horseshoe pits (with lights for night time games) are used by a regional horseshoe league.  There is a shelter and several picnic tables.  The Park also offers a basketball hoop, sandbox, swings, playground, and bathrooms (across the street).

  • Falk Park

Address:  2nd Ave N & 3rd St N

Telephone (Lodge):  320/563-8174

Falk Park offers space for activities throughout the seasons.  The park features playground equipment, a shelter, and picnic tables.  Basketball courts are fenced-in, and a sidewalk leads to the Falk Park Lodge (an indoor space that can be rented for private events).

At the end of December, two outdoor skating rinks are located in the park.  Click 

The rinks have outdoor lighting, music, and an attendant.  We have a wide variety of skates for use by the public (for free!).  Take a break from skating to enjoy hot cocoa and pizza with your family in Falk Lodge, which is used as the warming house.  Indoor bathrooms are also available.  Last year, Whaley Excavating sponsored a sledding hill!

  • Swimming Pool

Address:  16th St S & 2nd Ave S

Telephone:  320/563-0649

Open June – August, the Wheaton Swimming Pool offers both recreational activities and job opportunities for our youth.  Open swim (both during the day and evening) is available to the public everyday throughout the season.  Water aerobics are held twice a day during the week.  The Pool offers both group and private/individual swim lessons.

Season, week, or daily passes are available.  Lifeguards also sell concessions and ice cream treats.

Contact the Pool Manager if you are interested in having a pool party!!

Water & Sewer Utilities

The City of Wheaton provides water, sewer, and garbage services to approximately 800 commercial and residential customers. The Wheaton Utility Billing and Public Works staff are typically available from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, and 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, respectively.

Utility bills are sent at the end of the month, and (per City Ordinance) due the 15th. Although utility bills may be mailed to a renter, payment of utility bills are the ultimate responsibility of the property owner, and unpaid charges will be assessed to a parcel’s property taxes. Property owners who sell their property “contract for deed” will receive a copy of the utility bill until the purchaser has fulfilled the requirements of the contract, and the final transfer of property has been recorded by the Traverse County Recorder’s Office.

Residents must read their water meters and report their meter readings with their payments (see right-hand corner of your billing postcard). An accurate read must be taken at least every other month; if a meter reading is not reported, our office will use an estimate of usage based on previous history. If no meter reading is received after an estimation is used, Public Works staff will read the water meter, and the property owner will be charged a $20 fee.

The City of Wheaton Utility Handbook can be accessed here.

  • New Construction:  Bring Water/Sewer Service to New Property

General Information

Wheaton City Ordinances 405, 406, 409, 410, and 415 give construction requirements and specifications for utility service. Residents must review these ordinances and design their project accordingly. Owners who request utility service to a building that has not had water and/or sewer service before must complete and submit a “Permit Application for Water and/or Sewer Connection” form to the Wheaton City Council for approval (or if only an outdoor water fixture is to be installed, the owner must complete and submit an “Application for Separate Outdoor Water Service” form).

Making the Connection

– Owner pays permit fee and submits Application for Connection.

– If the property does not have access to a water and/or sewer mainline, upon approval by the City Council, engineering specifications will be drawn-up. Property owner will be responsible for the cost and coordination of the mainline installation, per the specifications of the City.

– Property owner will be responsible for the cost and installation of water and sewer service lines, from the property to the mainlines.

– Owner orders and purchases new meter, remote reader and installation valves throughWheatonCity Hall.

– All meters must be mounted horizontally.

– Property owner must install meter and remote reader, including transmitting wire (unless the dwelling has a finished basement or the property owner requires that the transmitting wire be concealed – installation and coverage of the transmitting wire will then be the owner’s responsibility). Owner must then complete and submit an “Application for Water, Sewer, and Garbage Service” form, or if only an outdoor water fixture is to be installed, owner must complete and submit an “Application for Separate Outdoor Water Service” form.

  • Charges on a New Utility Account

– Payment of $100 deposit (which may be refunded, with interest, after one year of non-delinquent payments).

– $50 Reconnect Fee, if Water Is Off

– Monthly utility charges (see Utility Rates below)

  • Utility Rates

General Information

Water, Sewer, and Garbage services are bundled as a group. If no water is used, the residential service base fees will be $24.88 per month. Commercial users are charged the same rates, but tax is charged on water service at a rate of 6.875% and tax on garbage is paid at a rate of 17%.

– Water Service : $6.00 base fee + $0.035 cents per cubic foot

– Garden Water Service (if metered separately): $0.035 cents per cubic foot

– Sanitary Sewer Service: $9.00 base fee + $0.07 cents per cubic foot (after 2000 cubic feet, $0.05 cents per cubic foot)

– Garbage Removal Service:  $9.00 base fee + tags on bags

– Stormwater Service: No Charge

– MinnesotaStateWater Testing Fee: $6.36 per year (billed in July)

Due to recent sewer improvement projects, all properties will be charged the $9.00 sewer base fee per month, whether utility service is turned-on/active or turned-off/inactive.ContactCity Hallif the property’s sewer service line is capped or removed – if the Public Works Department can verify that no buildings are attached to the sanitary sewer system, the sewer base fee will no longer be charged for the parcel.

Other Charges

– Turn-Off Water: Monday – Friday,8 am – 3 pm; No Charge

– Turn-Off Outside Regular Hours: $50.00

– Turn-On Water*: $50.00 (Unless Turn-On/Turn-Off required for repairwork, then no charge)

– Meter Read Fee:  $20.00

– Hydrants: $10.00 in the Spring & $10.00 in the Fall (to verify meter was installed and uninstalled)

– Utility Deposit $100.00; Interest rate set by the Minnesota Department of Commerce

Maintenance of Service, Equipment & Infrastructure

General Information

The City will maintain all residential water meters and outside readers after original installation, unless the equipment is tampered with, damaged by the property owner, or damaged due to owner negligence (in these three cases, the owner will be responsible for all repair or replacement costs).

– If a meter cannot be repaired or maintained, the City will furnish a replacement meter and/or reader.

– If a meter or reader is tampered with, damaged, or removed, the City may estimate water loss and bill the owner based on past meter history.

– Owner must provide access to the meter and reader for maintenance and/or replacement.

Water Leaks

The City ofWheatonencourages all residents to address water leaks as soon as possible. Excess water can cause a great amount of damage and cost. Repairs may be necessary on the mainline, the water service line (that runs under the street/alley to the building), within the building before the meter, and within the building after the meter. Residents are encouraged to call City Hall at 320/563-4110 if an out-of-place, growing puddle of water is spotted – especially during winter or dry months.

Repairs to the water system must be made immediately, and Public Works staff may help in determining the leak’s location. Repairs to the mainline are the financial responsibility of the City. Leaks to water service lines and building plumbing are the responsibility of the property owner.

Why is a property owner responsible for a leak in the street on the water service line? Per City Ordinance 405.10, the water service line from the mainline to the house is owned by the property owner. This is considered to be a private line from the city’s water mainline to the house. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain the water line and keep it in good repair.

The homeowner is also responsible for the curb stop. The curb stop must be maintained and kept in good condition, and be accessible for operation by the Public Works Department. The Public Works Department may install new covers and replace broken bolts when the work does not require the excavation of cement or blacktop. The charge for this service is for the cost of materials-only and will be billed to the property owner. If more extensive repair is needed, the property owner will be notified and billed.

Turning-On Water Service

The Public Works Department requests that an appointment be made to have water service turned-on. A property owner, tenant, or authorized representative must be present in order for the water to be turned-on, in case leaks are detected and a meter read will be taken. Please call 320/563-4110 to scheduled an appointment. The City ofWheatonrequires that the property owner (or a representative) be present when turning-on the water.

Turning-Off Water Service

Property owners request for water service to be shut-off for a variety of reasons – if a building will be vacant for an extended period of time, or vacant during the winter months without heat, the City recommends that water be turned off to prevent freezing or potential flooding. Each building should have two shut-off’s:

– Interior Shut-Off’s – Inside each building, there should be a water shut-off valve that turns-off the water to the whole house. This valve is located on the water pipe that comes up from the floor or through the wall in the front part of the basement (closest to the street).

– Exterior Shut-Off’s/Curb Stop – Outside of each building, on or near the boulevard, close to the ground, there should be a water “curb-stop.” Curb stops are important, as they are a back-up for the interior water shut-off and allow the Public Works Department to turn-off water service without entering the property (which could be very important if a leak is found and the property owner can’t be reached). Per City Ordinance 405.03, curb stops must be in good repair.

The Public Works Department requests at least 48 hours notice for a water shut-off, though every effort will be made to accommodate customer needs and emergency needs. Please call 320/563-4110 to schedule an appointment. The City ofWheatonrequires that the property owner (or a representative) be present when turning-off the water. An interior water meter read will be taken and used for final billing purposes.

  • Water Service

General Information

The City ofWheatonoperates and maintains a water filtration plant, a water tower, water hydrants, and a distribution system.

1. Private wells are prohibited within Wheaton City limits.

2. All water is metered; customers are charged a base fee for the access to water service and a rate (per cubic foot) for usage – see “Rate” section for further information.

3. In most cases, residents will have both an inside water meter and an outside meter reader. If you need help finding the meter and/or meter reader, please contactWheatonCity Hallat 320/563-4110.

4. The outside meter reader is connected to the inside meter by two wires – occasionally, these wires are broken and the outside meter reader will cease to function. In others cases, the outside meter reader may be affected by weather conditions and will stop moving. You are strongly encouraged to periodically compare the inside and outside readings. If you notice any discrepancies, please contactWheatonCity Hallat 320/563-4110 and we will correct the problem.

5. The inside meter is the only device that measures water flow and usage, and therefore, your actual consumption will be billed from the reading on the inside meter, should there be any discrepancies.

6. Upon return of payment, customers are asked to write their current meter reading(s) on the bill payment stub. If we do not receive a meter reading by the 20th of the month, usage will be estimated. Estimations will not be used two months in a row – instead, a Public Works employee will be sent to manually read your meter and a $20.00 charge will be added to your utility bill.

7. Bulk water is available for purchase. Please contact City Hall at 320/563-4110 for more information.

8. The City ofWheatonencourages water conservation. A water leak may be obvious (water has filled your basement, or you can hear the sound of water flowing through your plumbing), or the leak may be silent. Depending on the nature of the leak, significant water may pass through your water meter if the leak is not repaired. Unintended water usage (such as a hose that is left on overnight, an unrepaired leaky toilet, or a recharging softener) will be billed to the customer.

Outdoor Water Service & Metering Policy

Owners of single-family, residential properties may apply for water service for irrigation and other outdoor uses at a reduced rate, receiving a waiver for standard sanitary sewer charges. The water may only be used for lawncare and gardening purposes, and must be metered separately.  The property owner is responsible for all water meter, external meter reader, and installation costs; the meter equipment must be ordered through City Hall, 320/563-4110.

See Also Outdoor Water Service & Metering Policy for Privately Owned Hydrants

See Also Ordinance #405, “Water Service” & Ordinance #406, “Water Meters”

  •  Sanitary Sewer Service

 General Information

The City of Wheaton operates and maintains several lift stations, sanitary sewer collection system, and three sanitary sewer ponds. Charges for Sewer Service are dependent upon a property’s water metering device; therefore, Items #2 – #6 are identical to those in the aforementioned Water Service Section.

1. Private septic systems are prohibited withinWheatonCitylimits, unless specifically approved by the City Council.

2. Sewer fees are based on metered water usage; customers are charged a base fee for the access to sewer service and a rate (per cubic foot) for usage – see “Rate” section for further information.

3. In most cases, residents will have both an inside water meter and an outside meter reader. If you need help finding the meter and/or meter reader, please contactWheatonCity Hallat 320/563-4110.

4. The outside meter reader is connected to the inside meter by two wires – occasionally, these wires are broken and the outside meter reader will cease to function. In others cases, the outside meter reader may be affected by weather conditions and will stop moving. You are strongly encouraged to periodically compare the inside and outside readings. If you notice any discrepancies, please contactWheatonCity Hall at 320/563-4110 and we will correct the problem.

5. The inside meter is the only device that measures water usage, and therefore, your actual consumption will be billed from the reading on the inside meter, should there be any discrepancies.

6. Upon return of payment, customers are asked to write their current meter reading(s) on the bill payment stub. If we do not receive a meter reading by the 20th of the month, usage will be estimated. Estimations will not be used two months in a row – instead, a Public Works employee will be sent to manually read your meter and a $20.00 charge will be added to your utility bill.

7. Users who use water exclusively for lawn and gardening purposes may receive a waiver of a portion of their sewer charges if such water is metered separately (base fees will not be waived). Customers must request, purchase, and install a separate water meter in order to receive the waiver.

See Also Ordinance #409, “Sewer Service” and Ordinance #410, “Sewer Use”