City Detail

Background Information

City of Kasson
County: Dodge
Population: 5931
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 38
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Nancy Zaworski
City Staff
507-634-6321
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 3 ( )

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: 49
1 star actions: 22
2 star actions: 15
3 star actions: 3

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

1 star - Action 1:

Enter/update building information into the MN B3 Benchmarking database, and routinely enter monthly usage data for all city-owned buildings/infrastructure that consume energy/water.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
We currently have eight municipal buildings for which we enter and track electric and heat data: City Hall, Public Utilities Building, Police Department, Fire Department, Library, Liquor Store, Ice Arena, and our Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We occassionally review the infomation to catch variances and to monitor overall trends. Occassionally changes/upgrades are made and we observe the data to monitor expected reductions in energy usage.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
2 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: Ongoing
Implementation details:
RETAP has conducted energy audits for our City Hall, Library, Liquor Store, Public Utilities Building, and Fire Hall. In 2012, we had an energy audit on our Ice Arena and in 2013 we had an energy audit of our biggest electric use, our Wastewater Treatment Plant. Energy efficient lighting, originally a change from T-12's to T-8's. Retrofit lighting at Public Works(2015), City Hall (2020/21), Liquor Store (2020). All lighting has since had LED bulb upgrades. The Arena also had energy upgrades and lighting upgrades. With the construction of our new our new Library 2016 energy efficient lighting was a priority.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We have completed our delamping at City Hall and installed sensor lighting in the hallways, breakroom, etc, and installed a programmable thermostat. We had changed out exterior lighting (approx annual savings of $1,234). All T-12 ceiling lights at the Liquor Store were changed to T-8'2. After the approx $225 annual energy savings, the added benefit was a much brighter retail space! The Liquor replaced the 30 year old cooler doors/lighting with LED lighting. Not only are they more energy efficient, but they cast a much better light!
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
1. The exterior of City Hall was retrofitted with LED and Dark-Sky compliant lighting.
2. We are in the process of entering the GESP program for our ICe Arena.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We will be tracking energy usage at City Hall to guage the effectiveness of our new lighting.
Descriptive File:

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

2 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Completed: Work with the Kasson Electric Utility and MN Energy Resources to promote Home Energy Audits (subsized by Kasson Electric and MN Energy Resources). Promote the free installation of load controllers for residents and small business (who have central air). Also, work with individual businesses and offer subsidies for energy-saving improvements. Promotion efforts are through the monthly city newsletter, a note in the mothly utility billing, Facebook, billboard outside of town, and working with local electricians to promote the business subsidies. In 2013, we are offering additional classes on rain gardens, electric and water conservation, and Winterization Tips for homeowners.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
1 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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Completed:

1)In 2009 a water conservation rate structure was implemented.
2) We have an active rebate program for Energy Star-rated appliances.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Water Rate Structure:

CUSTOMER CLASS 2009 (Effective 12-15-2009)

WATER
Residential Base $6.29
0-5,000 $2.50
5,001-10,000 $3.13
10,001 and up $3.91
(25,000 cap removed)
Addt'l Mtr is Base + $3.91

Commercial:
Base $12.58
0-10,000 $2.50
10,001-100,000 $3.13
100,001 and up $3.91

Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

1 star - Action 2:

Purchase LEDs for all future street lighting and traffic signals.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: est 2018
Implementation details:
We are purchasing LED for all future street lighting. In addition, we are replacing approx 50 per year in the current system until done. Estimated savings are approximately 2/3 energy by using LED's over 150 w hps.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
Not rated - 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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Incomplete: Researching replacement of inefficient Street Lighting. Are constructin a sample area for LED, Dark-Sky compliant street lighting to determine efficiency and to guage resident impressions.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
2 star - Action 5:

Use LED/solar-powered lighting for a flashing sign or in a street, parking lot or park project.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
We have installed two solar blinking crosswalk caution signs. We have planned for 1 parking lot light at City Hall which will be LED soalr powered.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
1 star - Action 6:

Relamp/improve exterior building lighting for city-owned buildings/facilities with energy efficient, Dark-Sky compliant lighting.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
In 2012, exterior buidling lighting on City Hall and the two parking lot lights replaced with LED Dark Sky compliance lights.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

2 star - Action 3:

Plan for reuse of large-format retail buildings, or work with a local school, church or commercial building to either add-on space or repurpose space into new uses.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019 and on for remodelling, finding tenants.
Implementation details:
The private market place repurposed the former Shopko Site - the City helped facilitate the project through streamlinging entitlements for creative reuse of the building and creative use of the surface parking area contributing to the economic vitality of former big box retail site that went dark. Also see Comprehensive Plan Goal 4.3 (see Comprehensive Plan under 6.1)
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Building repurposed into viable retail and other space.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2011
Implementation details:
Completed: Comprehensive Plan revised and updated June 2018. See land use and other BP's updated also as a result.
Completed: An updated and revised Comprehensive Plan was adopted 4/27/2011 by the City Council. During the process of review, numerous suggestions were made for incorporation into the Comprehensive Plan to support and increase the sustainability of our community. Several of the suggestions were incorporated into the final adopted plan.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Completed: Our codes refer to our comprehensive plan and specifically references the plan as the foundation document for decision making.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: Ongoing
Implementation details:
Kasson's comprehensive plan includes goals and policies that explicitely promote intergovernmental coordination and collaboration. Policies include: 5.2.2, 7.6.7, Goals include: 8.1. In addition, Kasson's development review process includes frequent collaboration with Dodge County and MnDot with regard to regional transportation systems and roadway corridors. Kasson was part of a multi-jurisdictional planning process for Highway 14. Lastly, Kasson is apart of an orderly annexation agreement promoting orderly and efficient growth with Mantorville Township. (see Comprehensive Plan under 6.1)

Additionally, Kasson is serving on a regional committee with representatives across four counties called the Zumbro River Regional Water Trail working with Watershed districts and the State DNR and Regional Parks and Trails Commissions. "The Zumbro River and its main branches would be the "trail" that connects existing and proposed recreational assets of our communities into a network of parks for citizens and visitors to canoe, kayak, fish, camp or simply enjoy our natural resources. A network of parks would enhance access to Zumbro and its ranches in an area where public access is rare, and infrastructure is lacking. A network of parks would allow citizens and visitors to plan multi-day trips to our area, encouraging patronage to businesses in our community."
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Enhanced access to local natural resources (and the awareness of the preservation thereof) and enhanced economic activity.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
3 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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: Ongoing
Implementation details:
Kasson's comprehensive plan places an emphasis on preservation of greenway corridors to provide for connected open space and habitat corridors (See Figure 4.4 and page 4.9 of the comprehensive plan and goal 4.5 and related policies). These policies are implemented during development review processes and are integrated into the updated zoning ordinance. (see Comprehensive Plan under 6.1)
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Minimizing open space fragmentation and establishing growth areas.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
Not rated - Action 5:

Adopt climate mitigation and/or energy independence goals and objectives in the comprehensive plan or in a separate policy document, and include transportation recommendations such as becoming an EV-ready city.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: Ongoing
Implementation details:
Kasson's comprehensive plan establishes goals and policies aimed at reducing reliance on non-renewable resources as well as hazard mitigation and climate responsive mitigation(see pages 8-5 and 8-6 of the comprehensive plan and Goal 8.12 and related policies. (see Comprehensive Plan under 6.1)

Also working on adding EV chargers to a municipal lot. As the electric supplier, we are staying abreast of changes that will impact our response to the use of EV chargers in the city and at residences. Net metering (solar) now offered in the City.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Environmental goals related to the use of EV chargers and other measures. Reduction in electric use through net metering installations.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

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:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018 and ongoing
Implementation details:
Outlined within the Zoning Code, the Central Business District is designed to create higher intensity use by allowing for zero-lot-line setbacks for more businesses to be present. This creates an intense and lively business district within Kasson's center.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

2 star - Action 5:

Have a downtown zoning district that emphasizes small and destination business, entrepreneurial spaces, and allows or requires residential and residential-compatible commercial development.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018 and ongoing
Implementation details:
The Comprehensive Plan outlines the creation of a Downtown Zoning District and its principles of allowing compatible residential and commercial use in the area. This district will support vertical mixed use up to 3 stories and create an efficient and lively downtown within Kasson. (see Comprehensive Plan under 6.1) Reference the R-C Residential Commercial Mixed-Use District – Section 154.095 (F) of the zoning code; and the C-1 Central Business district which explicitly allows second floor apartments in downtown buildings. That is 154.095 G
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

1 star - Action 2:

For cities outside or on the fringe of metropolitan areas, conduct a build-out analysis, fiscal impact study, or adopt an urban growth boundary and a consistent capital improvement plan that provides long-term protection of natural resources and natural systems, and agricultural practices outside the boundary.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: Since befoee yr 2000
Implementation details:
The City of Kasson and Mantorville Township has and utilizes an orderly annexation agreement that includes a boundary for future managed growth to Kasson.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
Not rated - Action 5:

Preserve environmentally sensitive, community-valued land by placing a conservation easement on city lands, and by encouraging/funding private landowners to place land in conservation easements.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018 and ongoing
Implementation details:
Kasson protects it environmentally sensitive and community valued land by careful planning, consideration, and development around significant conservation areas. Within the Comprehensive Plan as seen in figure 4.4, the plan identifies that through greenway development, park and natural open space protection, the city protects its environmentally sensitive areas from development that could disturb or destroy its natural state. (see Comprehensive Plan under 6.1)
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Transportation Transportation

Living & Complete Streets {BP no.11}

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt a complete streets policy, or a living streets policy, which addresses landscaping and stormwater.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: Ongoing
Implementation details:
Kasson develops new streets when brought up by developers and holds those streets to design standards like landscaping and stormwater. The City also applies standards that ensure connectivity throughout the community.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
1 star - Action 4:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
Safe Routes to School Plan - talks about completing gaps in trails and sidewalks for safety. This could supplement towards a Complete Streets Policy. See Safe Routes to School #12.2.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
Not rated - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: We have been working on trying to close gaps for many years.
Implementation details:
Through the Comprehensive Plan, Kasson identifies and is remedying street gaps based upon analysis seen in figure 6.2 which identifies key gaps in street-trail connectivity. It then goes on to show plans and action steps further in figure 6.1 that shows a uniform and connected trail system around the community. (see Comprehensive Plan under 6.1)
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
2 star - Action 6:

Implement traffic calming policy/measures, including lane conversions (road diets), roundabouts, low-speed streets, shared space and depaving, in at least one street redevelopment project.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: In practice we have worked toward traffic calming measures in city projects and plans. The new Comprehensive Plan was adopted in June 2018. Discussion have been underway with the State DOT on the Highway 57 project since 2017.
Implementation details:
Yes, 16th Steet and Highway 57 corridor. We're always looking at access management and magnitude of proposed development projects.
Linden Manor Project (example). Hwy 57 reconstruction roundabout at CR34 and Main St.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
State DOT on Hwy 57 project - construction to begin Spring 2022
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

2 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Completed: We promote walking and biking through use of a path/trail map and signage. We are in discussions with the County and the neighboring City to coordinate the signage for all paths and trails.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Summer 2017: Through the use of Dodge County SHIP grant, we installed a few bike stations.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
We have completed the plan in collaboration with the school district, the City of Mantorville, and Dodge County. Findings will be incorporated into our Comprehensive Plan, our decision-making, and we are applying for grants to implement certain aspects of the plan.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Final Report Draft on file (and attached).
Descriptive File: view file
Dodge County, City of Mantorville, K-M School District
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: pre-2008
Implementation details:
The City of Kasson is the electric energy utility provider for all business, commercial, and residential properties. A part of our services as a provider is to offer an extensive rebate program for special commercial projects, along with numerous rebates available to all property owners for Energy Star appliances. As such, the City follows its own guidelines in the encouragement and requirement for Energy Star appliances and strives to be a leader in the use of Energy Star appliances. The City of Kasson is currently auditing and reviewing all of its buildings to ultimately convert to electric appliances from gas appliances. With respect to purchases, we purchase items with recycled content as reasonable or available; and we have a local purchasiung preference.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
1 star - Action 2:

Purchase energy used by city government - via the municipal utility, green tags, community solar garden, 3rd party - with a higher renewable percentage than required by Minnesota law.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: Ongoing
Implementation details:
The City of Kasson is the electric energy utility provider for all business, commercial, and residential properties. Our energy purchase portfolio includes contracts which collectively have a higher renewable percentage than required by Minnesota law. Current law requires 25%. Of our current portfolio, 50 % is made up of Wind/renewables.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
2 star - Action 3:

Establish purchasing preferences that support local, Minority, Disability, and Women-Owned businesses and, working with a local business association, develop a list of locally-produced products and suppliers for common purchases.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: pre-2008
Implementation details:
As part of our purchasing guidelines, we have a local purchasing policy. "Local Purchases.- Up to $5,000
The City has the responsibility of getting the most benefit from taxpayer dollars, while also supporting local businesses. In the event that local and non-local proposals for goods or services of like amount, quality, and availability are made at the same price, the local proposal shall be accepted. Local vendors are hereby defined as those business establishments that have a significant portion of their physical plant within the corporate boundaries of the City of Kasson. Local prices, bids/and or quotes that are within ten percent (10%) of the lowest and best price, bid and/or quote shall be given primary consideration as long as the quoted and/or bid item are of similar quality and the local vendor maintains serviceability of the product.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
Not rated - Action 6:

Require printing services to be purchased from companies participating in Printing Industry Midwest’s Great Green Printer initiative, or certified by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Incomplete: City is researching this as an action for future purchases. Inquiries have already been made with current providers of printing services.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

2 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Completed: We are into our 32nd year as a Tree City USA.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
2 star - Action 3:

Budget for and achieve resilient urban canopy/tree planting goals.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Completed: We are currently at a tree canopy for 75% for residential areas and continuously budget for this.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
3 star - Action 6:

Build community capacity to protect existing trees by one or more of:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
We adopted an Emerald Ash Borer program in 2016. We are current with the actions of our plan.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Underway: The Park and Recreation Department has studied gaps in the city park system and works to contiuously remedy those gaps.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
3 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City has already determined and documented that all residents are within 1/2 mile of a park or protected green space.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

2 star - Action 1:

Compare the energy use and financial performance of your facilities with other peer facilities using standardized, free tools.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
The Wastewater Treatment plant has been on B3 since 2016.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
4.39% energy reduction of actual compared to baseline
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
1 star - Action 3:

Establish an on-going budget and program for decreasing inflow and infiltration into sewer lines and losses in drinking water systems.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: Ongoing. Full official plan adopted by City Council began in earnest in 2020.
Implementation details:
Completed: The City has an on-going program to tackle its inflow and infiltration issues, which include televising, sump pump programs (gutters and foundation drains), and smoke testing; with followup action to remedy any situations.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The overall goal of the proposed Sanitary Sewer Inflow and Infiltration Implementation Backup Project is to reduce the amount of rainwater and groundwater entering the sewer system. Removing this clear water will reduce the sewage handling and treatment costs, minimize sanitary sewer overflows and extend the life of upgrades made to the sewer system and treatment facilities.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

1 star - Action 1:

Inclusive and Coordinated Decision-Making: Use a city commission or committee to lead, coordinate, report to and engage community members on the identification and equitable implementation of sustainability best practices.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2011-concurrent with establishment of Greensteps
Implementation details:
Since inception, Chuck Coleman and Nancy Zaworski have been the coordinators. Others in the community have worked with them on community outreach and there are two other community members currently involved with EV chargers for the city. Over the years, various classes have been conducted which are open to the entire community on sustainability issues like rain gardens, water conservation, electric conservation (in conjunction with the City electric utility and staff), and winterization. For a number of years we assisted in staffing a Kasson City booth at the County Fair offering numerous handouts on sustainability and conservation and energy efficient door prizes. We have been relatively inactive with the 2 years of COVID. The latest presentation was by Chuck Coleman to City Council on December 18, 2019 on EV Chargers.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Energy savings and awareness to the community.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
1 star - Action 3:

Measuring Outcomes: Engage community members and partners in identifying, measuring, and reporting progress on key sustainability and social indicators/ including energy use/greenhouse gas emissions, social vitality/social inclusion outcome measures.

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Year action initially completed: Ongoing
Implementation details:
Underway: Have initially organized community members for input as to the direction of the City and primarily to determine what actions to promote sustainability in the community. We are also working collaboratively with the neighboring City of Mantorville and Dodge County.
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For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
Not rated - Action 4:

Public Education for Action: Conduct or support a broad sustainability education and action campaign, building on existing city & community relationships, networks & events involving:

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Incomplete: Through partnership with community members, the City of Mantorville and Dodge County, will be planning educationa nd action canpaigns.
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Green Business Development {BP no.25}

1 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.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: pre-2008
Implementation details:
The City of Kasson is the electric energy utility provider for all business, commercial, and residential properties. A part of our services as a provider we offer an extensive rebate program for special commercial projects, along with numerous rebates available to all property owners for Energy Star appliances. We partner with Frontier Energy to assist with commercial properties with conservation programs. In addition, we have partnered with Minnesota Energy Resources on energy audits for property owners.
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For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
Not rated - Action 6:

Promote green businesses that are recognized under a local, regional or national program.

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Implementation details:
Incomplete: Researching information to promote green businesses.
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For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
1 star - Action 7:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: Ongoing
Implementation details:
The City of Kasson is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Beyond membership, the City supports the local Chamber in all of their Buy Local campaigns and promotions through publication on or in the City’s: Website, Electroinic messaaging sign, facebook, newsletter, cable channel and bulletin boards.
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For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

1 star - Action 5:

Install a public sector/municipally-owned renewable energy technology, such as solar electric (PV), wind, biomass, solar hot water/air, or micro-hydro.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2011 and then 2013
Implementation details:
2011 MN Office of Energy Security PV Solar Project- Local Government Renewable Energy Grant. A solar-panel Project was installed on City Hall. Payback for the City-portion of the project will be about 12 years. Solar panels were also installed on the new Kasson Aquatic Center in 2013.
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For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
1 star - Action 6:

Report installed private sector-owned renewable energy/energy efficient generation capacity with at least one of the following attributes:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
In mid-2021, consecutively with the solar ordinance adoption by the City Council, the City began accepting residentail roof-mounted solar applications. The process is managed by our contractor NOVA Power Systems. At 12/31/21 we had 3 solar installations.
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For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
1 star - Action 7:

Become a solar-ready community, including adopting ordinance/zoning language and an expedited permit process for residents and businesses to install solar energy systems.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
In July 2021 the City of Kasson adopted ordinances outlining the installation of solar systems including solar farms and roof-mounted systems. See City ordinances: ORDINANCE REGARDING SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS AND RELATED ZONING STANDARDS
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For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Local Food {BP no.27}

Not rated - Action 3:

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

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Incomplete: Currently considereing the establishment of a community garden.
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For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
Not rated - Action 4:

Measurably increase institutional buying, and sales through groceries and restaurants.

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Incomplete: Will be looking at campaigns to promote backyard gardening and purchasing local and Minnesota-grown food. We have just received "Minnesota Grown" directories available now at our Library.
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For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience {BP no.29}

2 star - Action 1:

Prepare to maintain public health and safety during extreme weather and climate-change-related events, while also taking a preventive approach to reduce risk for community members.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
Construction of a new library which also serves as a shelter. The project was originally applied for as a Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program for a concrete, domed structure to serve as a library with the dual purpose of a FEMA shelter. The FEMA grant was denied and the project was downscaled, but it was still constructed with the FEMA design to be a temporary shelter during extreme weather events. (near-absolute protection from high wind events and tornadoes.). A response plan is in place for activation as a community shelter, led by the Fire Chief, Police Chief and other staff.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Construction of the concrete, domed library/community shelter was completed in 2016.
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For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
2 star - Action 7:

Protect water supply and wastewater treatment facilities to reduce physical damage and sustain their function during extreme weather events.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017 WWTP Expansion; 2019 addition of 2 pumps; new development retention ponds on-going
Implementation details:
1. 2017 Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion $4M construction of new retention basin to retain increased inflow and infiltration as a result of extreme weather events/rainfalls
2. 2019 acquisition of 2 AMT Bypass pumps In the event of flooding, use of the pumps will help prevent sewer backups throughout the community as a result of increased inflow and infiltration.
3. New development storm water retention pond construction
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
All three actions implemented to decrease flooding, backups, and inflow and infiltration issues related to extreme weather events and rainfall; protecting residential/business/and municipal infrastructure.
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For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321