City Detail

Background Information

City of Isanti
County: Isanti
Population: 5409
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 30
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Sheila Sellman
City Staff
763-444-5512
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 5 ( )

City Assessment Files and City Performance Metrics

City councils pass a resolution to join the GreenStep program and are recognized at Step 1. Step 2 and Step 3 recognition levels reflect completed city actions, reported and rated below with stars (1 star = good, 2 stars = better, 3 stars = best). The Assessment File below summarizes completed city actions in a short Word file. Step 4 recognition is awarded to cities who report a minimum number of core metrics for the previous calendar year. These metrics aim to show the aggregate, quantitative results of taking multiple GreenStep actions. Step 5 cities show improvement in the Step 4 metrics. See yearly data for Steps 4&5. Additional city data can be found by reviewing information on B3 Benchmarking and Regional Indicators Initiative.

Assessment File

Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars.

Total completed actions: 39
1 star actions: 13
2 star actions: 22
3 star actions: 3

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

2 star - Action 1:

Enter building information into the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking database and routinely enter monthly energy, water use data for all city-owned buildings.

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Implementation details:
Isanti recently updated data in the B3 Benchmarking website from 2007 up to the current date for each city owned building. The Finance Department is responsible for updating the website monthly as the utility bills are received.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Isanti's newly formed GreenStep Committee will analyze the data and make recommendations on changes that need to be made.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
2 star - Action 2:

Make no/low cost indoor lighting and operational changes in city-owned/school buildings to reduce energy costs.

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Implementation details:
The City has implemented energy saving changes to the Community Center and in the Isanti Indoor Arena. Other facilities, including the liquor store and Public Works facility, are currently under review for modifications to reduce energy costs. Community Center: All 36 fluorescent lighting fixtures were retro-fitted to LED. All HVAC components were inspected and one not working properly was decommissioned and others were repaired. Isanti Indoor Arena: All restrooms were equipped with automatic sensor faucets and automatic air hand dryers.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Reduced costs of electricity and water consumption.
Descriptive File:
Connexus Energy assisted with determining correct lighting upgrades at the Community Center to determine necessary footcandles for the public space.
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
1 star - Action 3:

Invest in larger energy efficiency projects through performance contracting or other funding or through smaller retro-commissioning/retrofit projects in city-owned/school buildings.

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The City completed a full lighting retrofit of the Isanti Community Center in June of 2014. All light fixtures were converted from T12 fluorescent fixtures to LED.

To be implemented Spring 2016, the Isanti Indoor Arena will be converting their manual air exchange system to an automatic system programmed on a timer which will also be tied into an air monitoring system for higher efficiency of only needing to run when necessary.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
A table is attached showing the savings from 2014 to 2015.
Descriptive File:
Connexus Energy
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

1 star - Action 1:

Create or participate in a marketing/outreach/incentive program to promote/achieve residential energy/water use reduction and energy efficiency.

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The City provides education in its quarterly newsletter with City updates, including information on conserving water, summer watering odd-even schedules and information about water rates. Information is also sent to residents with water taps and the importance of water conservation is on the City website.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
2 star - Action 5:

Conserve/protect drinking/groundwater resources by creating a water-wise landscaping ordinance/guidance, WaterSense purchasing program, or guidance on rainwater harvesting and home water softener use.

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The City first adopted a watering ordinance in 1988. It has since been amended and reads as follows:
During the period from May 1 through September 1 annually, all lawns on all property with addresses that end with an odd number may be sprinkled, watered or irrigated only on odd-numbered days, and all lawns on property with addresses that end with an even number may be sprinkled, watered or irrigated only on even-numbered days; provided, however, that during this time period, no lawn sprinkling, lawn watering nor lawn irrigation shall be allowed from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. This provision shall automatically apply unless superseded by action of the City Administrator as provided in § 325-1 above imposing more restrictive measures. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the City Administrator, or his/her designee, may, upon request of a property owner, authorize daily sprinkling, watering or irrigation of newly seeded or sodded lawn areas, provided that such permission will not increase the risk of a water shortage of such magnitude as to threaten the public health or safety.

The City of Isanti also supports alternative landscaping options, which may not require
an irrigation system. Alternative landscape options include, but are not limited to, rock gardens,
natural prairie grass, and rain gardens.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

2 star - Action 2:

Purchase LEDs for all future street lighting and traffic signals.

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Implementation details:
As City street and park lights go out, they are being converted to energy efficient LED fixtures
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Connexus Energy
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
Pending - Action 3:

Replace the city's existing street lighting with Dark Sky-compliant LEDs, modifying any city franchise/utility agreement and adding smart grid attributes.

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Implementation details:
As City street and park lights go out, they are being converted to energy efficient LED fixtures.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Connexus Energy
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Land Use Land Use

Comprehensive, Climate and Energy Plans {BP no.6}

2 star - Action 1:

Adopt a comprehensive plan or (for Category B & C cities) adopt a future land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.

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The City of Isanti adopted its most recent Comprehensive Plan in 2008. Isanti is budgeting for an update in 2017. The following are a few of the goals pertaining to sustainability:
Intergovernmental Coordination Goal #2:
Actively explore opportunities for all jurisdictions, agencies and public
organizations in the County to share services and resources to reduce or
eliminate duplication and improve efficiency.
Natural Resources Goal #1:
Protect, conserve and enhance natural resources and environmentally
sensitive areas within the City and its planned growth areas for the
community’s long-term environmental and economic benefits.
Growth Management Goal #1:
Provide clearly defined growth management areas that are contiguous
with existing development.
Chapter 9 Implementation, references the use of a Capital Improvements Plan. The 2010-2020 Capital Improvements Plan was adopted in March 2010.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
DSU/Bonestroo; Applied Ecological Services; MFRA; Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
1 star - Action 2:

Demonstrate that regulatory ordinances comply with the comprehensive plan including but not limited to having the zoning ordinance explicitly reference the comprehensive plan as the foundational document for decision making.

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Section 1, Subdivision 3 of Zoning Ordinance No. 445 States:It is the policy of the City of Isanti that the enforcement, amendment, and administration of this Ordinance be accomplished with due consideration of the recommendations contained within the City of Isanti Comprehensive Plan as the policy is responsible for the regulation of land use and development in accordance with the policies set forth within this Ordinance.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
2 star - Action 3:

Include requirements in comprehensive and/or other plans for intergovernmental coordination addressing regional land use and watershed / wellhead impacts, infrastructure, transportation, economic development and city/regional services.

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Chapter 1 of Isanti's Comprehensive Plan outlines Intergovernmental Coordination Goals to address existing and new issues as they arise with regard to land use, transportation, parks, natural resources and other areas of mutual concern. Chapter 2 The Community, further outlines the benefits and needs of intergovernmental organizations and relationships.

The City of Isanti and the City of Cambridge have entered into a Joint Planning Advisory Board via Resolution No. 2015-120, as a value to each City's Comprehensive Planning efforts and to advise on land use matters that the two cities share in common. The Joint Planning Advisory Board is open to other governmental entities if they wish to execute a copy of this agreement and conform to all requirements.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
2 star - Action 4:

Include ecological provisions in the comprehensive plan that explicitly aim to minimize open space fragmentation and/or establish a growth area with expansion criteria.

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The City Council recognizes that it is essential to the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of the City of Isanti that the character and quality of the natural environment be of major importance in the planning and development of the City, both now and into the future. The preservation of land for public use as parks (active and passive), recreational facilities, playgrounds, trails, wetlands, natural and scenic areas, and public open spaces; are essential for maintaining a healthful and desirable environment for the citizens of the community. The City must provide these amenities, to not only present residents, but future residents that may choose to live, work, and recreate within the community. It is recognized by the City Council that the need for these amenities and natural areas are directly related to the density and intensity of population and development permitted within the City. Increased population, intensity of uses, and the types of development permitted result in greater demands for these types of amenities and facilities. To disregard these principles would result in the deterioration of public spaces, facilities, and the natural environment; which would diminish the quality of life that residents have come to expect within the community.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Isanti has 206 acres of park land, recreation and natural resource areas within City limits; there are also over 29 miles of trails and walkways
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

1 star - Action 3:

Achieve higher intensity commercial/industrial land uses through at least one of the following strategies:

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Implementation details:
Isanti’s Central Business District (CBD) has a zero lot line setback and no minimum lot size. The Central Business District is surrounded by a Central Business Transitional District (CBTD) which promotes a high quality mix of uses found within the Central Business District along with residential uses that easily transition the area from downtown to more residential areas. Condo’s and/or apartments constructed within the CBTD are subject to the “zero-lot-line setback” and “no minimum lot size” regulations outlined in the CBD.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

2 star - Action 5:

Have a downtown zoning district that allows residential and compatible commercial development.

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A number of businesses within Isanti’s downtown district contain apartments on the upper floor and office or retail on the main floor. The amount of required parking is reduced in order to promote compact development. Isanti’s downtown also allows for a certain amount of light industrial uses near the fringe of the downtown.
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For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Efficient Highway- and Auto-Oriented Development {BP no.9}

2 star - Action 1:

Establish design goals for at least one highway/auto-oriented corridor/cluster.

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Isanti has started to create corridor overlay design goals by providing specific requirement for signage along two of its main corridors which include State Highway 65 and a County Road 5. Signage along these corridors is guided to reduce clutter and as well as encourages economic development that fits the character of the roadway and protects the overall character of the community. The City also participates in the North Trunk Highway 65 Coalition
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For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

2 star - Action 4:

Identify, prioritize and remedy complete streets gaps and lack of connectivity/safety within your road network by, for example, adding a bike route/lane, truck route, sidewalk or mid-block alley.

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The City has adopted a Pavement Management Plan to assess transportation corridors and also sidewalk and trails to open space. The City actively manages repairs to keep sidewalks in good condition for continued accessibility. The City has mapped out all of the City’s sidewalks, trails and bicycle lanes and have opened discussion on where more need to be planned for. This map is included in the comprehensive park plan.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Bolton & Menk, Inc
For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
2 star - Action 5:

Identify and remedy street-trail gaps between city streets and off-road trails/bike trails to better facilitate walking and biking.

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The Cambridge-Isanti Bike Walk Trail completed in 2010 created a connection between the City of Isanti and the City of Cambridge along with Isanti Township and opened a network of other trail connection possibilities to the community.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

1 star - Action 1:

Increase walking, biking and transit use by one or more of the following means:

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The City’s Comprehensive Park Plan approved in 2011 includes the current city sidewalks and trails as well as what is intended to be built in the future. The park plan is slated to be updated in 2016-2017. Trail maps are available on the City’s website, along with a walk the town map.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
1 star - Action 2:

Conduct an Active Living campaign such as a Safe Routes to School program.

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The city has implemented a school zone speed limit on Heritage Blvd NW directly in front of the Primary School and on Heritage Blvd NE at the main intersection leading to the Intermediate School. Improved signage has steadily occurred at all the schools to refine flow of traffic around the schools and to direct students away from vehicle traffic congestion areas. City Police Officers perform daily monitoring of the city via patrol watching bus stops in the neighborhoods to monitoring crosswalk activities.

The City’s School Resource Officer promotes safety for kids that ride their bikes and walk to school – the safety in numbers mind set.

Isanti also promotes active living through trail connections, outdoor spaces and the number of outdoor activities to include 9 full size soccer fields, a skate park and the number one BMX track in the country.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
1 star - Action 5:

Implement workplace multi-modal transportation best management practices - including telework/flexwork - in city government, businesses or at a local health care provider.

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Isanti recently amended their Personnel Policy to allow for temporary flexible scheduling when approved by the City Administrator and permanent flexible scheduling when approved by the Personnel Committee. Isanti also permits working from home when prior authorization is received.
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For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Efficient City Fleets {BP no.13}

2 star - Action 1:

Efficiently use your existing fleet of city vehicles by encouraging trip bundling, video conferencing, carpooling, vehicle sharing and incentives/technology.

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All City employees car pool to trainings/meetings and also share vehicles for day to day operations. Live video streaming of meetings or training is used frequently to cut down on travel.
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For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

2 star - Action 1:

Adopt a sustainable purchasing policy or administrative guidelines/practices directing that the city purchase at least:

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Implementation details:
The Finance Committee and GreenStep Committee are in the process of reviewing the attached sustainable purchasing policy.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
1 star - Action 3:

Establish a local purchasing preference and, working with a local business association, develop a list of locally-produced products and suppliers for common purchases.

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The city does not have a specific policy in place about local purchasing, however; Isanti makes every effort to purchase locally as a first choice. We have accounts set up with the following types of locally owned businesses: hardware, grocery, gas, auto repair, signs, and a marketing business that provides everything from embroidered shirts to the City flag. The Economic Development Director maintains a list of all businesses within the City and an inventory of the types of services or products they offer. A list of local businesses is available on the City’s website.
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For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

3 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

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The City has adopted a tree preservation ordinance that coincides with the City’s subdivision ordinance, that recognizes that the preservation and replanting of trees is important in maintaining a healthy and desirable community and finds that it is in the best interest of the City to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural environment of the community. The City encourages a resourceful and sensible approach to development, redevelopment, and alteration of trees and / or wooded areas. The City also recognizes that a certain amount of tree loss is an inevitable consequence of the development process. The City Council finds that tree preservation regulations will help to establish a balance between an individual’s rights to develop a parcel(s) and the needs of the community to protect aspects of the natural environment. The tree preservation ordinance provides provisions on tree surveys, protective measures, replacement ratios, and removal of diseased trees.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The City monitors trees that have died or become diseased and notifies the property owner of the need to remove and replace the tree.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

2 star - Action 4:

Create a stormwater utility that uses variable fees to incentivize stormwater infiltration, minimize the volume of and pollutants in runoff, and educate property owners.

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The Equivalent Runoff Unit (ERU) is calculated for each lot. The home or lot owner pays a variable rate Stormwater fee based on the ERUs.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
1 star - Action 5:

Adopt and implement guidelines or design standards/incentives for at least one of the following stormwater infiltration/reuse practices:

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The City’s stormwater management ordinance allows for the use of rain gardens for stormwater management so long as the appropriate MPCA guidelines are followed and the City approves the plans.
The City installed a 0.25 acre raingarden in 2015 for the stormwater management of a newly built 75,000 sq. ft. City owned facility.
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For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

2 star - Action 1:

Make improvements within your city's system of parks, offroad trails and open spaces.

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The city recently partnered with a local retail business to extend a sidewalk connection in an area that a sidewalk would not otherwise be required.

The city is in constant discussions on how to provide for an additional sidewalk connection to a primary school in an older part of town where right-of-way was not obtained along a county road.

The City obtained two large parcels along the Rum River through tax forfeiture. One is 27 acres and the other is 38 acres. Both have wild and scenic easements on them. The City is working with the DNR to provide low impact activities within the park (River Bluff Preserve) and down to the river. A community garden has been approved for this site along with several low impact walking trails and a roll in fishing dock system.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
3 star - Action 3:

Achieve minimum levels of city green space and maximize the percent within a ten-minute walk of community members.

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Isanti currently has roughly 206 acre of parkland and a population of approximately 5409, bringing the ratio of parkland per 1000 residents to roughly 38 acres.

GIS metrics show that the majority, if not all, residents are within one-half mile of a park or other protected green/blue space.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
1 star - Action 5:

Create park/city land management standards/practices that maximize at least one of the following:

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The City manages a city compost site for residential yard waste. The City will also implement a community garden compost unit in Spring 2016 for garden waste.
The City has an annual clean-up day where residents can bring in recyclables to dispose of.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
East Central Sanitation for annual clean-up day.
For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Surface Water {BP no.19}

1 star - Action 4:

Adopt a shoreland ordinance for all river and lake shoreland areas; reduce flooding and costs through The National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System.

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Implementation details:
Isanti has a Rum River Scenic Overlay District (Section 11 of the Zoning Code) in place to to provide for the preservation and protection of the Rum River within the City of Isanti, as required by Minnesota Statutes, Section 104.31-104.40 (as amended), and Minnesota Rules parts 6105.0010 - 0250; 6105.1400 - 1480; and 6120.2500 - 3900.
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For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

3 star - Action 4:

Optimize energy and chemicals use at drinking water / wastewater facilities and decrease chloride in wastewater discharges.

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The City has upgraded their force main wastewater pumps to dual air release / air vac for better performance and efficiency.
The City utilized the allowed 10% of recycles backwash water in the water treatment plant operations.
By using the clarifiers in the wastewater treatment plant, the City has lowered the amount of Aluminum Sulfate by approximated 1/3.
The City has lowered the amount of hydrofluorosilicic acid used to fluoridate the city’s drinking water in response to the new fluoride level rule.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Septic Systems {BP no.21}

2 star - Action 4:

Adopt a subsurface sewage treatment system ordinance based on the Association of Minnesota Counties' model ordinance.

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The City of Isanti requires the use of sewers within city limits where infrastructure is available. The City recently turned over inspections of subsurface treatment systems to the County. Isanti County updated their ordinance in 2014 based on the Association of Minnesota Counties model ordinance.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Isanti County
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

1 star - Action 6:

Improve recycling services and expand to multi-unit housing and commercial businesses.

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Isanti’s Residential Property Maintenance Standards requires facilities for the storage and disposal of garbage and recyclables. All licensed haulers must offer curbside recycling for a minimum of 4 types of materials at least twice per month.

The city plans to implement recycling receptacles at all city facilities, to include receptacles within all parks in 2016.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

2 star - Action 1:

Use a city commission, or committee to lead, coordinate, and report to and engage community members on implementation of sustainability best practices.

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Implementation details:
The City Council recently established a GreenStep Committee whose role will be to oversee and coordinate sustainable efforts within the community. Staff is in the process of creating a webpage on the city’s website that will keep the public up to date on the community’s sustainable efforts.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Efforts will be measured through actions and efforts implemented not only as part of the GreenStep program, but also through other sustainable practices that the city and community see fit to implement.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
2 star - Action 2:

Organize goals/outcome measures from all city plans and report to community members data that show progress toward meeting these goals.

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The Isanti City Council hosts an annual open meeting to discuss the previous year’s goals and to make a determination on whether the goals were accomplished or not. At the same meeting, goals for the present year are set. This meeting is open to the public. Minutes from the meeting are published on the City’s website.

Annually the City publishes the Consumer Confidence Drinking Water Report on the City’s website.

The City’s Economic Development Director has an internal reporting system on the all the businesses within teh city along with the number of employees they have and the general wages they offer.

The City’s uses a quarterly publication (The Isantian) to reach out to the community and keep them informed of what is happening in city departments, with local businesses and the types of events occurring in the community.
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For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

2 star - Action 1:

Grow new/emerging green businesses and green jobs through targeted assistance and new workforce development.

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Ever Cat Fuels LLC is a production and research facility that uses a variety of feedstocks to create renewable biodiesel. The City recruited this company. The company uses its patented McGyan process which results in efficiencies and environmentally friendly byproducts. The City of Isanti entered into a development agreement with Ever Cat Fuels LLC on October 17, 2007. The Development Agreement required the commitment of Ever Cat Fuels to construct a 9,000 square foot facility and to create 12 Jobs with wages of at least $15.00/ hour within two years. The City of Isanti incentive was two-fold consisting of the value of the land contribution ($299,050.14) and securing a Minnesota Investment Fund (MIF) loan ($194,000) to assist with the capital investment. The feedstocks sources vary from local grease traps and waste cooking oils to seed crops.
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Ever Cat Fuels constructed the 9,000 square foot production and research facility and it is currently manufacturing renewable biodiesel. The company currently employs 20 people with wages in excess of 15.00/ hr. and has satisfied the requirements of the Development Agreement. The project investment in Isanti was over 6 Million Dollars.
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State of Minnesota (MIF Loan), Initiative Foundation (Grant)
For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
2 star - Action 2:

Create or participate in a marketing/outreach program to connect businesses with assistance providers, including utilities, who provide personalized energy, waste or sustainability audits and assistance.

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SnoBear USA was in the process of acquiring a soon to be vacant building located at 1 Enterprise Avenue NE. During the due diligence and the negotiating process the City of Isanti introduced SnoBear USA to Connexus Energy to take advantage of the Vacant Property Discounted Rate program for buildings over 20,000 square feet. The business took advantage of this program and Connexus will also be evaluating the facility for energy efficiency and upgrade potential.
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The building may have not been purchased without the ability to utilize the incentive. Company has hired 23 employees since acquisition and production line is now operational. Energy savings expected do to updates to building. Company investment in Isanti is expected to exceed 3.5 M Dollars.
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City of Isanti, State of Minnesota, Minnesota Job Skill Partnership, Connexus Energy, SnoBear USA, DEED
For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
2 star - Action 7:

Conduct or participate in a buy local campaign for community members and local businesses.

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Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is – Keep It Local program is operated by the North 65 Chamber of Commerce which offices in the City of Isanti. The program is generally a shop local and support your local businesses program which have green components. The concept is GREEN as it reduces gas consumption, pollution and vehicle maintenance. In addition it helps the local economy which provides jobs for residents.
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North 65 Chamber of Commerce implemented this program and assumption is that they are monitoring its success. City of Isanti encourages residents and businesses to shop and conduct business locally which supports program.
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North 65 Chamber of Commerce, Isanti Businesses, Residents, City of Isanti
For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512

Local Food {BP no.27}

1 star - Action 2:

Facilitate creation of home/community gardens, chicken & bee keeping, and incorporation of food growing areas/access in multifamily residential developments.

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The City is implementing a 100’ x 200’ community garden into one of their new park facilities. The City will operate and perform all maintenance of the community garden. There will be at least 60 plots as well as larger plots for the local school to develop long term monitoring practices and handicap accessible raised beds. The cost will be $15 / 100 sq. ft per season.
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For more information contact:
Sheila Sellman (City staff) | ssellman@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
2 star - Action 3:

Create, assist with and promote local food production/distribution within the city:

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The City has operated and managed the City’s Farmer’s Market for four seasons. The Market continues to thrive with the addition of new vendors with a large variety of products and good. The market runs for 18 weeks and is located in the City’s downtown park. There is residential housing (owner occupied and rental) within feet of the Farmer's Market.
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For more information contact:
Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512