City Detail

Background Information

City of Mounds View
County: Ramsey
Population: 12155
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 52
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Nick Henly
City Staff
763-717-4020
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 1 ( )

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: 22
1 star actions: 4
2 star actions: 12
3 star actions: 4

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

Not rated - 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: 2017
Implementation details:
The City of Mounds View has two existing facilities in B3 Benchmarking, City Hall and the Mounds View Community Center. Currently, a new Public Works Facility is under construction and will be added to B3 once that work is concluded.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020
2 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: 2014 to 2020
Implementation details:
City Hall & Community Center retrofitted with energy efficient lights (2015), Random Park Building (2016), all trail lights to LED (2017/2018) and Hilview and Lambert Park Building and Hockey Rink Lights will be retrofitted in 2020.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Decrease utility bill and increased lighting
Descriptive File:
Excel
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442
3 star - Action 4:

Implement information technology efforts and city employee engagement to reduce plug loads, building energy use and workflow efficiency.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
City conducted trial test of four day work week for City Hall beginning June 1 thru August and based on positive feedback extended to year end and will continue going forward with four day work week in 2020 and beyond. We also implemented flexible work hours that resulted in at least one employee being able to ride share with her spouse.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Reduction in utility costs as result of building being occupied less
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442
1 star - Action 6:

Improve the operations & maintenance of city-owned/school buildings and leased buildings by using a customized online energy efficiency tool, asset management tool, green building framework or green lease.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
The City of Mounds View is implementing the Energy Efficiency Operations Manual for City Hall. Currently the HVAC system is in operation 24/7. By adjusting this the city will likely see a reduction of up to 90 hours for a significant portion of the building.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020
1 star - Action 7:

Install for one or more city-owned/school buildings one of the following efficiency measures:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2007
Implementation details:
Mounds View is part of a three city JPA Fire Department. When constructed in 2007, the training/public education, maintenance station was building with a ground source Geo Thermal heating and cooling system.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Reduced energy costs. Station One and Station Three have similar energy costs (Station one being traditional gas/boiler heat and Electric AC). However, Station Three is 35,000 Sq. Ft. while Station one is 12,000 Sq. Ft.
Descriptive File:
City of Blaine, City of Spring Lake Park, and Connexus Energy
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

3 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: 2021
Implementation details:
City has been working this past year on major initiative - Water Preservation Program or H2OPP that will officially roll out January 1, 2020. Conservation and Preservation of Municipal Water, Waste Water, and Storm Water. All three will have Enforcement, Education (Marketing) and Engineering. Specific to water will be a 30% increase on top tier for water usage, production of video on municipal water cost, use, and conservation. Development of infographics for conservation, and use of social media and web to market and promote conservation.

City is in process on $6.6 million upgrade to all 6 wells, three water treatment plants, and reservoir. Treatment plants receiving complete upgrade of all electronic controls with energy efficient products able to also maximize process thus use less chemical to treat.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Reduction in municipal water pumped and treated use as compared to last three years
Decrease energy consumption at wells and treatment plants
Descriptive File: view file
AE2S - contract engineering firm for well and plant upgrades
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

2 star - Action 4:

Coordinate traffic signals and/or optimize signal timing so as minimize car idling at intersections yet maintain safe and publicly acceptable vehicle speeds.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
As part of the 35W MNPASS construction, all lights on Mounds View Blvd in Mounds View/Ramsey County along with the light at Spring Lake Road and County 10 (Mounds View Blvd.) have been timed and, new technology was incorporated uses satellite clock timing that automatically resets and synchronizes all lights to the same time. Previously, traffic pre-emption (emergency vehicles) use would alter the timing and requiring manual resetting of all lights. The new technology automatically resets all.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Increased traffic flow and reduction of idling at intersections.
Descriptive File:
Ramsey County Public Works and Anoka County Public Works
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442
2 star - Action 7:

Replace city-owned parking lot/ramp lighting with Dark-Sky compliant, energy efficient, automatic dimming lighting technologies.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2016/2017
Implementation details:
City does not own any street lights, Excel Energy does and has converted all to LED. City has upgraded/installed LED lights on all trail lights in the city
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Reduce energy costs
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442

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: 2008
Implementation details:
The City of Mounds View has a current Comprehensive Plan that was approved by the Metropolitan Council on December 9, 2009 and approved by the City Council on February 8, 2010. This plan looks out to the year 2030.
- City Wide Goal - "Urban Design Goal: The City will strive to improve the appearance of the community, maintain compatible land uses and encourage a sensitive integration among activities, man-made facilities and the natural environment." This goal addresses land use and integration between development/redevelopment and natural areas.
- Land Use Goal - Mixed Use Goal 1: Create sustainable commercial and medium-high density residential land areas that provide services, active living opportunities, life-cycle housing, and enhances the City’s brand, identity and quality of life.

City began work on 2040 Met Council Comp Plan in 2018, allocating up to $70,000 for consultant support and resident feedback. City applied for and received 6 month extension in order to undertake the community survey which resulted in nearly 900 responses - twice what was required to be statistically valid. Draft plan was completed last May and per statute, sent to adjacent communities and received back and is on our consent agenda for the next meeting.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020

Transportation Transportation

Efficient City Fleets {BP no.13}

2 star - Action 2:

Right-size/down-size the city fleet with the most fuel-efficient vehicles that are of an optimal size and capacity for their intended functions.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
All utility pick-up trucks in the Public Works department (Streets and Water) that used to be ordered with 8' beds and 8 cylinder engines are all converted to 6' beds and 6 cylinder eco-boost engines. This has been/continues to occur since 2016/2017
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Increased fuel economy and reduced emissions
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

Not rated - 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: 2018
Implementation details:
New PW building opened in 2019, all appliances Energy Star certified (stove, two refrigerators, microwave, DW). Police Department remodel in 2019 - washer and dryer. Replacement fridge in Office area (2018) Energy Star and Commercial Ice Maker at Community Center (2018)
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Reduced energy costs
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442

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: 1987
Implementation details:
City of Mounds View has been a certified 30 year Tree City, the current 2017 Forestry budget is $43,300. In addition, there is a citizen's commission, Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commission that addresses urban forestry within the City of Mounds View.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020
2 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: 2018
Implementation details:
City is currently posting for a Public Works dedicated Forestry position. Previously, the forestry position was secondary to Parks Maintenance but will not be wholly dedicated to forestry efforts. We have also invested in our Lead Park Maintenance position specific to him attaining his Arborist designation. Our GIS technician has created and is maintaining and Access Database and accompanying map of all known diseased trees and working on a map of all known trees on public property. The County Adopted Ordinance 945 in 2018 - Shade Tree Disease and Pest Control as we have both Ash and Elms (Borer) along with Red Oak (Oak Wilt), and are gearing up for the predicted onslaught of virus attacking Maple Trees that is working its way westward.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Educate residents on urban forestry best practices, disease and control
Maintain up to date inventory of all diseased trees
Remove diseased trees when required
Treat and monitor all trees exhibiting characteristics consistent with best practices for treatment
Descriptive File: view file
DNR (grants)
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

3 star - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2009
Implementation details:
Beginning in 2008 the City of Mounds View undertook a comprehensive Street and Utility Improvement Program (Program) that reconstructed approximately 26 miles (roughly 68%) of existing city streets. As part of this program the city installed numerous infiltration basins (rain gardens) throughout the Program area. The basins allowed for infiltration as well as reduced the amount of stormwater entering the underground system. The city and Rice Creek Watershed District inspect these basins on a regular basis. The city is in the process of developing a citizen education program to assist residents with maintenance and upkeep of these features.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Rice Creek Watershed District
For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020
2 star - Action 6:

Reduce de-icing and dust suppressant salt use to prevent permanent surfacewater and groundwater pollution.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
Mounds View Operates three plow trucks during winter storm clearing operations. All three are equipped with 110 gallon brine tanks with one truck replaced in 2019 having a more efficient applicator along with a front, belly, and wing plow that removes more snow than trucks without the wing (front and belly only) further reducing the amount of salt/brine needed. In 2021 we will be replacing a second truck. The last truck is several more years out.

We also send our PW Director, Supervisor and any additional staff available to annual conference/seminar in managing/reducing salt during winter street clearing plow operations.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Reduction in chloride/salt onto roadways and eventually into storm/ground water
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

2 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: 2016
Implementation details:
The City of Mounds View has completed two segments of trail along Mounds View Boulevard (CSAH 10) in 2016. These two segments provided a connection along a busy, divided four lane highway. The first segment connected existing trail on the north side of Mounds View Blvd that ended at Red Oak Drive to newly constructed sidewalk at Groveland Road. The second segment connected an existing section of trail on the south side of Mounds View Blvd that ended at Edgewood Drive to existing trail at Woodale Drive. This trail project also provided new LED lighting fixtures along the trail to allow for use throughout the day.

The city also constructed a sidewalk link from the intersection of Hillview Road and Lois Drive south and east along Hillview Road to Quincy Street and the then south to County Road I. Thus providing a better alternative than the street to students walking to school at Pinewood Elementary School at the south east intersection of Quincy and CR I.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020
2 star - Action 2:

Plan and budget for a network of parks, green spaces, water features and trails for areas where new development is planned.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
Mounds View is fully developed, however, we have been activlty engaged in "Re-Development" since 2007. Those efforts are starting to come to fruition with completion of 60 until workforce housing in 2019 and ground breaking of 128 unit market rate apartment scheduled to open October 2020. City also acquired blighted property on south end of town and in process of receiving final proposals (senior or more workforce). Additionally, significant turnover in population from older/senior to families as well as infill and lot splits.

To that end, City rebuilt/upgraded Tennis Courts (2 venues) to include pickle ball, constructed a new splash pad with a recirculating system, replaced playground equipment at City Hall Park, and placed order for a Challenge Course to be located at City Hall Park along with Splash Pad.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
More livable community but with respect to Splash Pad, conscious decision to use recirculating system versus use and discharge. Tank typically lasts a week before needs to be discharged into sanitary sewer system.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

3 star - Action 2:

Plan and budget for motor maintenance and upgrades so as to assure the most energy efficient, durable and appropriate equipment is available when upgrades or break downs occur.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: Started 2017 and final completion of final treatment plant will be 2021 as we cannot take all off line at same time
Implementation details:
In 2017 Staff sought vendors to assess and rehabilitate pumps, wells, and treatments plants for municipal water system with AE2S being chosen. In 2018/2019 AE2S conducted engineering review and testing. In 2019 AE2S prepared documents based on evaluation and testing and at the December 9, 2019 Council meeting council will approve bids (that were opened November 27, 2019) to completely rehabilitate all wells, pumps and three treatment plants with state of the art technology, especially in the control and security components. The entire project is estimated to cost $6.6 million with existing water utility rates to cover the cost of the project (will be selling bonds but rates are already in place to pay back).

2019 - Lift Station at Groveland road was converted from diesel to Natural Gas
Approved for 2020 - Lift Station at Bronson will be converted to Natural Gas (funding is in utility fund, RFP will be let first quarter 2020)
Approved for 2020 - Funding approved to replace diesel back up generator or reservoir, well, and treatment plant with Natural Gas. Replacement to occur in 2020.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Efficiency, Reliability, greater ability to monitor and control. More precise use of chemicals, lower utility costs.
Descriptive File:
AE2S
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442
2 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: 2017
Implementation details:
The Mounds View City Code - Title 907 makes is unlawful to discharge storm water into the sanitary sewer system. Connections from sump systems to the sanitary system were inspected within they last 10 years. Public Works Operators review sanitary lines via camera on a routine basis with a goal of inspecting approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the city annually. During this inspection the operators will regularly note any areas where I/I is apparent as well as any services that appear to be discharging clean, clear water on a regular basis.

I/I is being addressed by an ongoing sanitary sewer lining project that lines appoximately 5,000 feet per year. The goal is to complete the lining of all vitrified clay tile pipe by 2028. Those areas exhibiting the highest I/I are being addressed first. In addition, as our street program continues those areas with sewer in poor condition are seeing the VCT replaced with PVC sewer pipe to eliminate the I/I issues experienced in the past.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
2 star - Action 7:

Create a demand-side pricing program to reduce demands on water and wastewater systems.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
As a component of our Water Preservation Program - H2OPP, we have increased our top tier water rate by 30% and our wastewater rate is tied to that same formula. Additionally, we just completed a pilot project in which we installed meters in the waste water line at one of our manufactured home parks and will be sending written correspondence to them advising them of our findings (significant difference between municipal water sold and amount going into wastewater (increase) system. They will be required to formulate a plan to address the difference (suspect 90% infiltration) or we will reinstall the meters and begin imposing new fee based on meter calculations. We have a total of three manufactured home parks and 6/7 large multi-family complexes and we will continue implementing the same program with all of them in 2020 and until done.

Thus, combination of the increased Tier rate and potential rate increase for manufactured parks and others are designed to reduce use.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Reduction in amount of municipal water pumped
Reduction in I & I and subsequent reduction in flow to Met Council as tabulated by meter.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

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:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
As part of an Energy Saving Partnership with Trane, the City of Mounds View installed photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on top of City Hall and the Mounds View Community Center. The total installed capacity is 80kW between these two facilities. Generation statistics are displayed at each of these facilities via a monitor in the entry way. The city has realized savings based on this installed capacity since September 2016.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
2015 solar array installed on Community Center resulting in a 30% reduction in energy costs.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
In 2015, Ordinance 903 (Chickens/Ducks) and 908 (Honeybees) were adopted by the Mounds View Council. Ordinance 903 requires annual renewal, Ordinance 908 is ongoing (but can be revoked for cause). Both ordinances have minimal regulatory provisions as a mechanism to encourage activity. To date we have four of each.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Increase number of residents growing own food or supporting pollinators
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442