Cokato City Government

CokatoCouncil

City Offices

Cokato City Hall is located at 255 Broadway Avenue South. The mailing address is PO Box 1030, Cokato, MN 55321-1030. The website is www.cokato.mn.us.

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The city staff: Administration: Annita Smythe, city administrator; Andrew Carlson, city clerk/treasurer; LouAnn Worden, deputy clerk. Museum: Mike Worcester, director; Johanna Ellison, assistant director. Public works: Jeff DeGrote,director, and maintenance workers Mark Hendrickson, Jason Kalis, and Jeff Salmela. Great River Regional Library Cokato Branch: Sheila Rieke, manager.

City Council Members

The Cokato City Council is comprised of Gordy Erickson, (320) 286-2735, mayor; Butch Amundsen, (320) 286-2566; Carl Harju, (763) 300-1481, Jarod Sebring, (320) 224-2848, and Paul Boger, (320) 282-3864.

City council meetings are the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in City Hall and at other designated times as needed to carry out the business of the city.

The city council encourages residents to address the council regarding issues or concerns. The issues are generally researched by the staff and a report made to the city council at its next regular meeting.

The staff implement policies established by the city council and coordinates all city activities. The various commissions, committees, and task forces appointed by the city council act as advisory sources to the council.

Any resident interested in serving on a board, commission, committee, or task force, should contact the city administrator at (320) 286-5505 for further information.

City appointments

Official newspaper: Enterprise Dispatch

Cokato Fire Chief: Hutch Erickson

Ambulance Director: Jim Erickson

Wright County Sheriff: Joe Hagerty

Parks Commission

The general purpose of the Parks Commission is to monitor and reflect the attitudes and concerns of the citizens of Cokato relative to the park system, and also to advise the city council of public attitudes and policy relevant to park and recreation functions in Cokato. Commission members are Joe Harmela, chair; Carl Harju, council liaison; Tim Dobmeier, Deb Hendrickson, and Mark Flood.

Planning and Zoning Commission

The Planning and Zoning Commission is the planning agency for the City of Cokato, and has powers and duties as provided in Minnesota state statute. The commission holds public hearings as required in the Cokato Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, and Minnesota state statutes. Commission members are: Don Peroutka, chair; Carl Harju, council liaison; Frank Cruz, Kevin Nelson, and Al Jones.

Police Advisory Commission

The Police Advisory Commission, with council representation, is charged with various duties and functions, including setting the municipal budget, hours of coverage, intergovernmental cooperation, and public information programs. The commission also advises the city council on all matters concerning public safety issues within the city. Members are: Dennis Hendrickson, John Carlson, Al Jones, Kevin Nelson, and Paul Boger, council liaison.

Law enforcement is contracted through the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

Regulations 

Public right-of-way

The city provides boulevards and easements for the use of all public utilities, including water, sewer, power, telephone, cable, storm sewer, street signs, and others. Within that boulevard and easement area, there is always a chance that underground utilities may need to be repaired or replaced. Property owners should be aware where existing landscaping or obstructions are within the easement or boulevard when work is done within that area.

Dog licenses

Licenses are required for all dogs over 6 months of age. The license fee is $5 annually. All applications for license must be accompanied by a statement from a veterinarian indicating that the dog has been spayed or neutered, and has current vaccinations. The license is valid for one year, and expires on the first day of January each year. Dogs must be leashed or under the control of a responsible person at all times. Dogs are prohibited from habitual barking. Dogs running at-large will be picked up; charge for pickup is $25, city fine, plus kennel charges.

Winter parking

As in every Minnesota city, Cokato has an ordinance which regulates the parking of vehicles during the winter months. There is no parking on city streets from 2 to 6 a.m., Nov. 15 through April 15.

Snowmobile ordinance

The City of Cokato snowmobile ordinance limits snowmobiles to one trip out of town, and one trip into town only. No snowmobiling is allowed in the city from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. For specifics, contact city hall.

Zoning

All areas of the city are zoned for specific land uses, and regulated by Cokato subdivision and zoning ordinances. Local, state, and federal regulations apply to all land alteration, construction, and/or structures within city limits.

Before planning a building, business, (home occupation or otherwise), land development, sign, or other activity, contact the city offices to ensure that all requirements and regulations are met.

Building permits

The city has adopted the state building code. Under the code, a building permit is required for any improvement (new, repair, remodel, or replacement) projects. The value factors in labor, whether done by a contractor or yourself. All applications, instructions, and questions should be directed to the city offices. Fees have been established by the city council. The permit is required prior to beginning any work.

Refuse pickup

The City of Cokato contracts with Waste Management for refuse pickup. Residents should have trash cans at curbside Fridays by 7 a.m.

Utilities

Water and sewer service

Water and sewer customers are billed by the City of Cokato on a monthly basis. The bills go in the mail about the 15th of each month, and are due the last day of the month. Consumers are asked to record the meter reading as indicated on their pay stubs, and pay in person at city hall, by mail, or by depositing payment in the drop box on the south side of city hall.

Water service may be turned off whenever any charge for water service on the present or former owner/occupant is unpaid.

If you sell a property, an inspection of the sanitary and stormwater sewer connections at the property must be completed by a city-approved inspector before the sale, and any improper connections must be corrected.

Also, contact city hall at (320) 286-5505, and inform the city of the new owner, the date you will be closing on the property, and a final meter reading.

Any repair or leaking of the lines before or after the meter is the owner’s responsibility. The city does not supply labor for repairs or supplies; owners should call a plumber. Should the line need to be replaced, it is the owner’s responsibility to pay for repairs from the curb stop to the home. A reminder: small drips from your water line can result in higher water bills.

The city makes every effort to notify affected property owners, either by phone or notice placed inside the front door, when there is an emergency repair or water shut off. Personnel do their best to complete the work as quickly as possible.

Household hazardous waste

Items such as paint, acids, pesticides, and aerosol cans should be brought to the Wright County Compost Facility. Call (763) 682-7338 for more information.

Utilities/post office

Electricity: Xcel Energy, 800-895-4999.

Gas: CenterPoint, 800-245-2377.

Telephone: Embarq, 800-788-3500.

Cable television: Charter Communications, 800-581-0081; Channel 12 is the local public access channel in Cokato.

The Cokato Post Office is located at 190 Third Street SE. Window hours are Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 to 9:15 a.m. Lobby hours are Mondays through Fridays, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on Sundays and holidays.

Energy assistance

Contact Wright County Government Center at 800-362-3667, or Wright County Community Action Agency (320) 963-6500.