Public Works

Public Works at work!Minnetonka Public Works strives to continually maintain and improve the city of Minnetonka’s streets, parks, natural resources and water and sewer services through collaborative partnerships. Public Works is responsible for maintaining the city’s infrastructure through seven divisions: natural resources and forestry, garbage and recycling, parks and trails, water and sewer utilities, streets, buildings, and fleet. Public Works employs 60 full-time staff and 26 seasonal part-time staff.


Natural Resources

This division is responsible for the city’s reforestation and diseased tree removal programs, as well as water resources.

Buckthorn stumpThis division also manages the Natural Resources Stewardship Program to control non-native species such as buckthorn and purple loosestrife. This program restores native plant diversity to the city’s parks–in the past six years, more than 150 acres of woods, prairies and wetlands have been restored.

Learn more about natural resources.

Jo Colleran
Natural Resources Manager


Emily Ball
City Forester


Aaron Schwartz
Natural Resource Specialist


Janet Van Sloun
Natural Resources Restoration Specialist


Christine Petersen
Natural Resources Administrative Assistant


Parks, Trails and Recycling

This division is responsible for the maintenance of five community parks and 37 neighborhood parks, as well as the city’s 81-mile trail system and ten miles of sidewalk. The parks and trails division provides site support for the Minnetonka-Hopkins Recreation Program and various athletic groups, and maintain turf at 66 sites as well as 17 ballfields (please see athletic field reservations page for more information).

Crosby Cove bridgeThis division also manages the Parks Renewal program, a five-year program designed to restore and renew all of the cities parks.

This division also handles recycling services for the city of Minnetonka.

Learn more about parks and trails or recycling.

Trail Questions
7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Darin Ellingson
Public Works Operations Manager


Todd Kasowski
Parks and Trails Field Supervisor


Dean Elstad
Parks and Trails Field Inspector



Street pavingThe street division is responsible for maintenance of 253 miles of local streets, including maintaining traffic signals, signage, storm drainage, road pavements, pavement markings, trail construction, snow and ice control and right-of-way vegetation maintenance.

Learn more about street maintenance.

Darin Ellingson
Public Works Operations Manager


Steve Malecha
Street Maintenance Field Supervisor


Water and Sewer Utilities

This division manages the city’s water pumping and distribution system, comprised of 16 deep wells, eight treatment plants and 260 miles of distribution piping. Storage totals 12-plus million gallons at nine locations. Annually, the city delivers 3.2 billion gallons of water with an average daily consumption of eight million gallons.

Williston water towerThe water and sewer division also is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the city’s 260-mile sanitary sewer collection system. Each year, 90 to 110 miles of sewer line are cleaned and 20 miles of pipe are televised for inspection and repair purposes. The system contains 38 sanitary and storm water lift stations and 49 individual house pumps maintained by sewer division staff.

The water and sewer division also maintains 371 street lights and ten civil defense sirens.

Learn more about water and sewer utilities.

Jim Malone
Utility and Fleet Maintenance Manager


Donna Gause
Water and Sewer Account Technician


Tom Pletcher
Water and Sewer Utilities Field Supervisor



Two building maintenance staff on cherry pickers changing lights.Residents and visitors use city facilities to attend meetings, enjoy the outdoors, conduct business or participate in government. The building maintenance division is responsible for maintaining these facilities in a safe and operable condition.

Learn more about building maintenance.

Darin Ellingson
Public Works Operations Manager



Fleet maintenance hoists squad carThis division is responsible for the procurement and maintenance of the city’s motorized fleet as well as support equipment such as pumps, compressors, generators and tools. Currently, the city employs 175 pieces of “rolling stock” that consume 150,000 gallons of fuel annually.

Learn more about fleet maintenance.

Jim Malone
Utility and Fleet Maintenance Manager