City Detail

Background Information

City of Milan
County: Chippewa
Population: 369
GreenStep City category: C
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 2
Participating township, county, school: Lac qui Parle School District

GreenStep Coordinator

Ron Anderson
Elected Official
320-734-4792
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 2 ( )

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: 5
1 star actions: 1
2 star actions: 2
3 star actions: 1

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

Pending - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
City Clerk, Christine Kleven and SEU board member have entered B3 Baseline info onto the MN B3 website and it will be updated by GreenCorp member Katie Jones who works with CERTS out of Willmar.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ron Anderson (Elected official) | paparon69@gmail.com | 320-734-4792

Land Use Land Use

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

1 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: 2013
Implementation details:
The City of Milan's Comprehensive Plan was adopted in September 2002. The Plan was prepared by the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission of Appleton MN. The Purpose of the Plan is to provide direction for growth and development by outlining the goals, objectives and policies formed by the community. The Plan is to be used as a guide to the character, quality and physical development of the City for at least the next 20 years (until approximately the year 2022). This Comprehensive Plan allows Milan to be adequately prepared for when, where and how future development should occur.
In 2013, the Milan Comprehensive Plan was updated and again, it was prepared by the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission
For more information contact:
Ron Anderson (Elected official) | paparon69@gmail.com | 320-734-4792

Transportation Transportation

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

3 star - Action 6:

Add/expand transit service, or promote car/bike sharing.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
This summer the city put in community bikes available from bike racks stationed at the library and Burns Park. There is also a bike repair station installed at Burns Park. All the bikes were donated, they were all used bikes, and are available for people to use at no cost.
An explanation of the program is vital to ensure proper usage of the bikes.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
To increase healthy behaviors, develop interpersonal communication skills, and retain present citizens and attract new citizens.
Descriptive File:
Statewide Health Partnership Partnership (SHIP)
For more information contact:
Ron Anderson (Elected official) | paparon69@gmail.com | 320-734-4792

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:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
City of Milan
Council Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mayor Strand called the regular monthly council meeting to order at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, in the Community Room of the Milan City Hall.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Present: Mayor Nancy Strand. Council members: Roy Delgehausen, Heidi Hanson, Merle Hilden, and Ted Ziemann.

Also Present: Jim Nelson; Gwen Olson; Billy Thompson; Michelle Skogrand; Rhea Mitzel; Steve Black; Erik Thompson; Todd and Sue Erickson; Karen Thompson; Gary Kleven; Karen and David Zimmerman; Gary Andrews; Gene Flicek; Chuck and Anne Kanten; Bruce Dalrymple; and Matt Kleven.

Motion by Council member Delgehausen, seconded by Council member Ziemann to approve the minutes from the September 7, 2010 council meeting. Motion passed unanimously.

Concerns regarding the Revolving Loan Fund were expressed. The committee will meet to discuss changes and discrepancies.

Jim Nelsons reviewed his report. Due to an equipment break down, cleaning and jetting of the sewer will take place in October instead of September. Hydrants will be flushed October 21&22. Nelson reminded residents to run a cold water tap until clear if their water is colored following the flushing.

The refund on the lighting retrofit was $2696.80 from Ottertail Power Company.

Michelle Skogrand gave a Greenstep Cities update. The city fits into the Greenstep Program Requirement city category C. She reviewed the attachment updated from resolution R9-10A. Volunteers are still needed for the Greenstep work group.

RESOLUTION #R10-10A EnergyStar and Paper Purchasing Policy

The city resolves to purchase only:
EnergyStar certified equipment and appliances and
Paper containing at least 30% post-consumer recycled content.

ACTION ON THIS RESOLUTION:
Motion for adoption: Ziemann
Seconded by: Delgehausen
Voted in favor of: Strand, Delgehausen, Hanson, Hilden, Ziemann
Voted against:
Abstained:
Absent:

Resolution discussed and adopted unanimously on this 5th day of October 2010 by the Milan City Council.

Gas card options were discussed.

Motion by Council member Ziemann, seconded by Council member Hilden to approve the American Legion Club On Sale Liquor License. Motion passed unanimously.

Options for a water pipe to the Legion Club were reviewed.

Motion by Council member Hanson, seconded by Council member Delgehausen to install the water line from west to east as discussed. Motion passed unanimously.

WSN is reviewing options and cost to deal with water problems for 414 North 4th Street.

Informative League of Minnesota Cities videos will be available at the Library.

Bids for the Wanke property were opened.

Motion by Council member Ziemann, seconded by Council member Hilden to accept the bid from Allpress Excavating for $6750. Motion passed unanimously.

Scenic Byway Calendar of events will include: Syttende Mai and Milan Craft Fair.
Motion by Council member Hanson, seconded by Mayor Strand to donate $500 to SMAHC. Delgehausen voted against. Hilden abstained. Motion passed.

Becoming a member of Minnesotas Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (MnWARN) was discussed.

RESOLUTION #R10-10B RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF MILAN TO BE A PARTY TO MINNESOTA WATER AGENCY RESPONSE NETWORK (MnWARN)

Full document available at the city office.

ACTION ON THIS RESOLUTION:
Motion for adoption: Ziemann
Seconded by: Hanson
Voted in favor of: Strand, Delgehausen, Hanson, Hilden, Ziemann
Voted against:
Abstained:
Absent:

Resolution discussed and adopted unanimously on this 5th day of October 2010 by the Milan City Council.

Motion by Council member Hilden, seconded by Council member Delgehausen to approve the Minnesota Water Agency Response Network (MnWARN) Mutual Aid Agreement. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Council member Hilden, seconded by Council member Ziemann to pay the monthly bills totaling $41,519.62. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Council member Ziemann, seconded by Council member Hilden to approve the electronic transfers from the general checking account totaling $2,187.88. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Council member Delgehausen, seconded by Council member Ziemann to adjourn the meeting at 8:35pm.


Respectfully submitted,



Christine Kleven
Clerk/Treasurer
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The city council unanimously resolved to purchase only EnergyStar certified equipment and appliances and paper containing at least 30% post-consumer recycled content on October 5, 2010.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ron Anderson (Elected official) | paparon69@gmail.com | 320-734-4792

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Local Food {BP no.27}

2 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
Milan is home to an innovative Deep Winter Greenhouse marrying passive solar energy and geothermal heating. The warmth of the winter sun
allows three to five cuttings over the winter of cold-hardy foods like broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, chard, arugula, and three dozen other kinds of greens, sold via a CSA model.
Easy Bean Farm is located in Milan and runs a CSA model. Easy Bean Farm serves Milan and other cities in the region.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Less fossil fuel energy consumption and less expense than conventional greenhouses.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ron Anderson (Elected official) | paparon69@gmail.com | 320-734-4792