City Detail

Background Information

City of Royalton
County: Morrison,Benton
Population: 1242
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 6
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Andrea Lauer
Elected Official
320-630-2229
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: 40
1 star actions: 17
2 star actions: 9
3 star actions: 9

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.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
We entered the electric and natural gas usage for all city buildings from 2007-2010 as well as square footage and other pertinent information for each site.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Out total kwh/yr for city hall showed a 9.6% decrease from 2007 to 2010. Our Fire Hall showed a 14.6% decrease in kwh/yr, and the Public Works building had a 16.9% decrease in kwh/yr
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
1 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:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton installed motion sensor lights for the breakroom and bathrooms in city hall and installed programmable thermostat for our city hall.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The bathroom and breakroom lights are not on unless someone comes into the room which saves energy. The programmable thermostat keeps the temperature in the council chamber at 63 degrees when we are not using the room.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
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:
Implementation details:
After doing an energy audit of all city buildings the city chose to make energy upgrades (relamp/retrofit) in all buildings. We could have saved money by not doing the cold storage building (least energy savings)but we chose to do all buildings and take the total energy savings.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Work was completed before 12/31/10 so we will have a full year of data to check on our energy savings.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
Pending - 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:
Implementation details:
The city is also participating in the Small Cities Development Program to assist local businesses and residents to make energy upgrades (roofing, siding, windows, insulation, new furnaces, etc.). We partnered with the cities of Little Falls and Pierz so a total of 21 homes and 9 businesses in the area can make their homes/businesses more energy efficient. Some of the money is a 0% loan, some 1% and another portion is up to the business/home owner. Money repaid goes into a revolving loan fund in the city to help others make energy improvements.
Outcome measures/metrics:
No data on energy savings with the Small Cities Development Program at this time.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
Pending - 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:
Implementation details:
The cities of Pierz, Little Falls, and Royalton received funding for energy upgrades for 21 residential homes and 9 commercial buildings in the three cities. The commercial projects have a maximum project cost of $37,500. One third is a 0% loan, one third is a 1% loan and the final third is owner match. The 1% loan is paid to the cities
Outcome measures/metrics:
The 1% loan on the commercial buildings comes back to the cities as a revolving loan for the purpose of future energy upgrades for other businesses in the cities. It complements the existing revolving loan funds the cities offer to its businesses.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229

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:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton is participating in a pilot project with its utility provider, MN Power, in a Community Energy Challenge. The challenge is two part: Learn & Earn that works with the Royalton School District to help students learn about energy efficiency and get parents/neighbors/etc to do home energy audits, install more efficient lighting and at the same time earn money for their school. For each home energy audit completed, the school received $10. The program worked with our the Royalton Lumber and Hardware by having them carry LED bulbs, LED Christmas lights and keep track of the purchases. For every LED light purchased during that time, the school earned $2. It was a great success and the event involved the elementary as well as middle school/high school students.

The Community Energy Challenge also brought Franklin Energy into local businesses and non-profits to provide energy upgrades in the form of faucet aerators, bulb replacements, and devices that cut down on the energy used in small refrigeration units for local bars. The company completed 25 energy visits and 20 energy reports for the project.

We are in the final stage of the challenge and it involves getting all city departments (council/commissions/boards/non-profits/etc) to do what the students did. Our challenge will include picking up refrigerators that residents have replaced with new, more efficient models. We earn the same dollar amounts for the city for home energy audits completed and new LED bulbs purchased. At the end of the program we are working with the school to do a Green Fair to celebrate the event. The Green Fair will showcase the efforts of students/school and city departments (i.e. Tree Board).
Outcome measures/metrics:
The Learn and Earn has netted the school $1,000 to be used for field trips for elementary/middle/high school students.
Descriptive File:
MN Power Company, Royalton School District
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
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:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton updated its water Ordinance 6.04 in 2015 to include water conservation measures. We did this because we are installing a new well and water treatment plant in 2015 and the ordinance upgrade was required by DNR.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Residents know what water conservation methods the city will require and when those conservation measures will be enacted.
Descriptive File: view file
DNR
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
1 star - Action 6: Provide a financial or other incentive to private parties who add energy/sustainability improvements, meet the SB 2030 energy standard, or renovate using a green building or energy framework.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The city is also participating in the Small Cities Development Program to assist local businesses and residents to make energy upgrades (roofing, siding, windows, insulation, new furnaces, etc.). We partnered with the cities of Little Falls and Pierz so a total of 21 homes and 9 businesses in the area can make their homes/businesses more energy efficient. Some of the money is a 0% loan, some 1% and another portion is up to the business/home owner. Money repaid goes into a revolving loan fund in the city to help others make energy improvements.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The 1% loan on the commercial buildings comes back to the cities as a revolving loan for the purpose of future energy upgrades for other businesses in the cities. It complements the existing revolving loan funds the cities offer to its businesses.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

3 star - Action 1: Require energy efficient, Dark-Sky compliant new or replacement outdoor lighting fixtures on city-owned/private buildings and facilities.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton is committed to achieving "dark sky" compliance for its city and as a result the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council have adopted an ordinance requiring lighting to be "dark sky" compliant
Outcome measures/metrics:
The ordinance is in place and future lighting in the city (residential, commercial and street lighting) will comply with this ordinance.
Descriptive File: view file
Planning & Zoning Commission
3 star - Action 2: Purchase LEDs for all future street lighting and traffic signals.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton worked with MN Power to install LED street lights throughout the city to comply with our Outdoor Lighting ordinance
Outcome measures/metrics:
All street lights within the city are compliant with the Outdoor Lighting Ordinance.
Descriptive File:
MN Power
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
3 star - 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:
Implementation details:
All street lights within the City of Royalton are LED lights and meet our Outdoor Lighting ordinance for being Dark Sky compliant
Outcome measures/metrics:
All street lights within the City are LED and compliant with city Ordinance.
Descriptive File:
MN Power
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
3 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:
Implementation details:
City of Royalton relamped the exterior lighting for all city buildings with LED lights that comply with the Outdoor Lighting ordinance.
Outcome measures/metrics:
All city buildings meet the Outdoor Lighting Ordinance.
Descriptive File:
MN Power
3 star - Action 8: Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton replaced the incandescant lights in our traffic light with LED lights. The incandescent bulbs were 150 watts and the new LED lights are 10 watts. The change in lights saves the city approximately $1000/year. The city has only one set of traffic lights so all traffic lights in the city are LEDs!!
Outcome measures/metrics:
Replacing incandescant lamps with LED saved the city half the cost for operating per month. The City received a $2,000 rebate from MN Power to help pay for the new traffic lights.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229

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 land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton has a Comprehensive Land Use Plan and the goal of the city council is to update the plan to include the new parks recently added to the city and establishment of new well to replace older/less efficient well(s)
In 2018 the Comprehensive Land Use Plan was updated to include new goals for the City.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The Comprehensive Land Use Plan 2018-2028 was completed in 2018. It establishes goals in the following areas: Commercial & Industrial Land Use, Growth and Annexation, and Transportation, Community Facilities & Service Plans.
Descriptive File: view file
MN DOT
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
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:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton updated its Comprehensive Land Use Plan which contains updated zoning information to include: single/muti-family dwellings, highway commercial, industrial and business districts.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The Zoning Ordinance is being updated to reflect the Comprehensive Land Use Plan 2018-2028.
Descriptive File: view file
Royalton Planning & Zoning Commission
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
1 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:
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Implementation details:
The City of Royalton adopted its Wellhead Protection in 2007 and has completed Phase 1 of the revised plan in 2019. The City will work with MN Department of Health to complete Phase 2 work on a new Wellhead Protection Plan.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The Wellhead Protection Plan is part of the overall land use plan to preserve and protect our natural resources and provide citizens with clean, safe water.
Descriptive File:
MN Department of Health
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229

Transportation Transportation

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

1 star - Action 2: Conduct an Active Living campaign such as a Safe Routes to School program.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Our City completed its Safe Routes to School project in 2017 by adding six blocks of sidewalk from the south end of the city to the Elementary School. The project was done in coordination with Morrison County. The County added ped ramps to the sidewalks, painted crosswalks and we installed a ped crossing at the intersection of Centre and Driftwood Streets so children can safely cross that intersection. The city also added three electronic speed signs on entrances to the city and near the High School
Outcome measures/metrics:
The goal of the Safe Routes to School is to provide sidewalks and ped crossings to make it safer for children to walk and bike to school. The other benefit is many adults also use the sidewalks when walking pets or just enjoying walking and biking in the city.
Descriptive File:
Royalton Public School, Morrison County
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
2 star - Action 3: Prominently identify mobility options: transit; paratransit/Dial-A-Ride; ridesharing/cab services; rental cars; bikes.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton is assisting Morrison County Tri Cap and Horizon Health to promote Dial-A-Ride for residents in Royalton. Elderly that no longer drive need transportation to the doctor, pharmacy and grocery in Little Falls (10 miles from our city). Fliers are placed in public places to inform residents of this service.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Elderly and/or disabled individuals will use the service.
Descriptive File:
Morrison County Tri Cap, Horizon Health
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

3 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.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
We provide the flier to locally owned businesses for them to share with their customers and encourage city departments to shop local unless the item needed is not available locally.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Keeping our local businesses viable.
Descriptive File: view file
Local businesses
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
1 star - Action 7: Lower the environmental footprint of meetings and events in the city.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Royalton City Council approved the purchase of tablets for the Council and Planning & Zoning to enable both groups to go paperless for their meetings.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Time saved by staff is three hours per month just for collating the member packets. Several reams of paper per year saved so there is a positive impact on the budget.
Descriptive File:

Urban Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

1 star - Action 1: Certify as a Tree City USA.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The city of Royalton is in its 11th year as a Tree City USA city. Our Tree Board does an excellent job of planting and maintaining the trees in our city.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
2 star - Action 3: Budget for and achieve resilient urban canopy/tree planting goals.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton Tree Management Plan 2019 text is written and budget information will be used for the 2020 budget year. Emerald Ash Borer has been found in a neighboring county and the Tree Management Plan is used to help the city budget for treatment of infected trees or removal based on recommendations from the MN Department of Agriculture.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Using guidance from the Tree Management Plan we will budget $5/ash tree for treatment of infestation of EAB and $2,000/ash tree for removal. The goal is to establish which trees are healthiest to save and to remove trees that are showing signs of EAB.
Descriptive File:
MN Department of Agriculture and Tree Board
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
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:
Implementation details:
Our Tree Board in conjunction with the U of M completed a survey of all trees in Royalton and established a gravel bed nursery to provide trees for the community. Two of the board members are MN Certified Tree Inspectors and monitor emerald ash borer activity in the city.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The tree survey helped identify trees that were possibly infected with emerald ash borer. The Tree Management Plan 2019 addresses the number of ash trees in the city (on public and private property) and based on the health of the tree budget $5/tree for treatment and $2,000/tree for removal. The tree survey done in 2010 is the basis for the number of ash trees in the city. When infected ash trees are removed, we will work with the MN Department of Agriculture to determine what species should be planted.
Descriptive File:
U of M Profess Gary Johnson Urban and Community Forestry; MN Department of Agriculture
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

Pending - Action 2: Complete a stormwater management assessment and be recognized for implementing the actions therein.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton passed the Stormwater Ordinance in 2016. Our goal is do establish guidelines to deal with storm water in a safe, healthy manner.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Storm water is dealt with in a safe manner.
Descriptive File:
Morrison County, Soil and Water Conservation District and Planning & Zoning
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
1 star - Action 3: Adopt by ordinance one or more of the following stormwater infiltration/management strategies:
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Adopted a Storm Water Management Ordinance to set forth the minimum requirements for storm water management that will diminish threats to public health, safety, public and private property and natural resources of the community.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The ordinance is used to guide the Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the city as well as the ongoing Capital Improvement Plan which addresses storm water issues
Descriptive File:
city engineer, Morrison County Soil and Water Conservation District
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
1 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:
Implementation details:
When the Royalton School District removed a building to install a parking lot, the City of Royalton specified thathree rain gardens be installed to handle the storm water runoff
Outcome measures/metrics:
The rain gardens have helped reduce the amount of storm water runoff from the parking lot. The neighbors in the area were concerned about the possible increase in runoff when the parking lot was installed, but the raingardens have taken care of that concern.
Descriptive File:
Master Gardener Pat Libke helped with the project

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:
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Implementation details:
Master Sidewalk and Trails Plan identifies gaps in current sidewalks, where new sidewalks are needed to connect residents to school/churches and determines where trails are to be added to connect to the regional Soo Line Trail.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The Plan was used in applying for the Safe Routes to School grant and we are funded for FY 2017 for this project.
The cities of Pierz and Royalton applied for a grant from the Initiative Foundation to do a Master Sidewalk & Trails Plan for both cities and when funded, worked with an engineering firm to do the plan. We then applied to the Central Regional Development Partnership (U of M) to have a student do a survey of the trail system and report back to both cities.
Descriptive File: view file
City of Pierz, Initiative Foundation, Central Regional Development Partnership and SEH Engineering
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
1 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:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton has completed a Skateboard Park and is working on a walking path along the Platte River. The city is also in the process of establishing a Splash Park in the city. The city has park dedication land that was used for the Skateboard Park and also the Splash Park. Any new development must include park dedication land or money.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The Skateboard Park is complete and the Splash Park is currently fundraising to match funds the city gave to the project.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
1 star - Action 8: Develop a program to involve community members in hands-on land restoration and stewardship projects.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton is a Tree City USA city and has an active Tree Board. The board is establishing a tree nursery at our sewer ponds and are working with the Splash Park committee to landscape the area for the Splash Park
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

3 star - Action 6: Improve recycling services and expand to multi-unit housing and commercial businesses.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Royalton contract with Waste Manangement to pick up solid waste and provide recycling for its residents. Residents can choose from bags to carts for their garbage and recycling is made easy because the residents do not have to separate the recyclables. The city publishes the dates for garbage and recycling pick up in its newsletter and on its web site. www.royaltonmn.com
Outcome measures/metrics:
The City of Royalton partners with Waste Management to ensure that every household in the city has garbage and recycling pick up. Waste Management provides the carts/bags and the city does the billing. Waste Management sets the route to be sure to use the most efficient/gas saving route for pick up.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

2 star - Action 2:

Regulate outdoor wood burning, using ordinance language, performance standards and bans as appropriate, for at least one of the following:

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
ORDINANCE NO. 49

AN ORDINANCE REGULATING AND CONTROLLING THE USE OF OUTDOOR ACCESSORY BOILERS WITHIN THE CITY OF ROYALTON.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF ROYALTON HEREBY ORDAINS:


SECTION 1. Accessory Boilers.
A. An "Accessory Boiler" is defined as an accessory structure or an addition to the exterior of an existing structure which contains a firebox and is designed to heat a structure or provide hot water through conveyance of heated fluids or gasses.
B. The only Accessory Boilers allowed in the City of Royalton shall burn corn or the fuel must be documented to meet an EPA limit of 3.75 grams per hour or less.
C. To further protect emission standards these fuels can not be burned in accessory boilers:
1. Household garbage and cardboard.
2. Plastics, colored ink on magazines, boxes and wrappers.
3. Coated, painted or pressure treated wood.
4. Driftwood, plywood, particle board, or any wood product containing glue.
5. Wet, rotted, diseased or moldy wood.

SECTION 2. Non-Conforming Use.

A. The lawful use of any existing wood burning accessory boiler unit existing at the time of the effective date of this ordinance may be continued.
B. No pre-existing, non-conforming wood burning accessory boiler unit shall hereafter be extended, enlarged, expanded, or replaced.

SECTION 3. Set backs

A. All outdoor accessory boilers shall be set back from buildings and property lines in accordance with the state building code.

SECTION 4. Fees and permits

A. Any person installing an accessory boiler shall first show documentation meeting the requirements of this ordinance and pay a verification fee to the City Clerk. Fee to be set by the City Council and may be changed from time to time by resolution by the Royalton City Council.
B. All accessory boilers need a mechanical permit from the building inspector for the City of Royalton.

SECTION 5. Violation.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a misdemeanor. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.

THIS ORDINANCE SHALL SUPERSEDE AND REPEAL ALL PRIOR AND CONSISTENT ORDINANCES. THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BE EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE AND PUBLICATION REQUIRED BY LAW.

DATED: 10-21-08
CLERK: Carol Madsen
MAYOR: Andrea Lauer




Outcome measures/metrics:
The goal of this ordinance is to set EPA limits on the emission standards for accessory boilers within the city of Royalton
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229

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.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
A GreenStep City report detailing what Best Practices the city has completed/working on to keep area residents aware of our progress.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The report provides a list of the Best Practices as well as areas to work on in the future.
Descriptive File: view file
Betsy Gerads and Brenda Rian
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
Pending - Action 2: Organize goals/outcome measures from all city plans and report to community members data that show progress toward meeting these goals.
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Royalton is participating in a pilot project with its utility provider, MN Power, in a Community Energy Challenge. The challenge is two part: Learn & Earn that works with the Royalton School District to help students learn about energy efficiency and get parents/neighbors/etc to do home energy audits, install more efficient lighting and at the same time earn money for their school. For each home energy audit completed, the school received $10. The program worked with our the Royalton Lumber and Hardware by having them carry LED bulbs, LED Christmas lights and keep track of the purchases. For every LED light purchased during that time, the school earned $2. It was a great success and the event involved the elementary as well as middle school/high school students.

The Community Energy Challenge also brought Franklin Energy into local businesses and non-profits to provide energy upgrades in the form of faucet aerators, bulb replacements, and devices that cut down on the energy used in small refrigeration units for local bars. The company completed 25 energy visits and 20 energy reports for the project.

We are in the final stage of the challenge and it involves getting all city departments (council/commissions/boards/non-profits/etc) to do what the students did. Our challenge will include picking up refrigerators that residents have replaced with new, more efficient models. We earn the same dollar amounts for the city for home energy audits completed and new LED bulbs purchased. At the end of the program we are working with the school to do a Green Fair to celebrate the event. The Green Fair will showcase the efforts of students/school and city departments (i.e. Tree Board).
Outcome measures/metrics:
The Learn & Earn and Community Energy Challenge has been a great program.Residents have learned more about how energy efficiency helps them save money and energy; businesses have received free energy products (water and electrical) and the program has helped our local hardware store sell more energy efficient products. The community will gather together for a Green Fair to celebrate the success.
Descriptive File:
MN Power Company, Royalton Lumber & Hardware, and Royalton School District
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
1 star - Action 4: Conduct or support a broad sustainability education and action campaign involving:
Date action report first entered:
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As part of our overall renewable energy education for our community, we include a Royalton GreenStep section to our city newsletter.
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By letting community members know what the city is doing to reduce/conserve energy usage we also encourage citizens to make wise energy decisions for their homes/businesses.
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For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
1 star - Action 5: Conduct or support a community education, visioning and planning initiative using a sustainability framework such as:
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In March the city began adding a GreenStep Royalton to its city newsletter as a way to educate residents about energy efficiency measures the city is taking and offer ways for residents to adopt a green lifestyle also.
The City held a visioning session in preparation for the re-write of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan 2018-2028. Information from the sessions are included in the plan.
Outcome measures/metrics:
More people are aware that Royalton is a GreenStep City and understand how they too can make energy efficient changes in their homes/businesses.
More people provided guidance and input for the comprehensive plan 2018-2028
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Royalton community members
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

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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The City of Royalton is participating in a pilot project with its utility provider, MN Power, in a Community Energy Challenge. The challenge is two part: Learn & Earn that works with the Royalton School District to help students learn about energy efficiency and get parents/neighbors/etc to do home energy audits, install more efficient lighting and at the same time earn money for their school. For each home energy audit completed, the school received $10. The program worked with our the Royalton Lumber and Hardware by having them carry LED bulbs, LED Christmas lights and keep track of the purchases. For every LED light purchased during that time, the school earned $2. It was a great success and the event involved the elementary as well as middle school/high school students.

The Community Energy Challenge also brought Franklin Energy into local businesses and non-profits to provide energy upgrades in the form of faucet aerators, bulb replacements, and devices that cut down on the energy used in small refrigeration units for local bars. The company completed 25 energy visits and 20 energy reports for the project.

We are in the final stage of the challenge and it involves getting all city departments (council/commissions/boards/non-profits/etc) to do what the students did. Our challenge will include picking up refrigerators that residents have replaced with new, more efficient models. We earn the same dollar amounts for the city for home energy audits completed and new LED bulbs purchased. At the end of the program we are working with the school to do a Green Fair to celebrate the event. The Green Fair will showcase the efforts of students/school and city departments (i.e. Tree Board).
Outcome measures/metrics:
Businesses, non-profit organizations, and residents have learned more about energy efficiency by getting energy audits completed, replacing outdated lighting with new LED lights, adding low-flow water devices, and energy efficient additions to current refrigeration models. The program also included a Learn and Earn to help students in elementary, middle and high school learn more about energy efficiency.
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For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

1 star - Action 1: Adopt wind energy and/or biomass ordinances that allow, enable, or encourage appropriate renewable energy installations.
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In April, 2013 the city approved an addition to its Zoning Ordinance to include a section entitled Alternative Energy Ordinance. It includes solar, wind, and biomass.
Our Planning & Zoning are working on incorporating solar and geothermal energy into our Zoning Ordinance and have some preliminary language ready for the council to review at the May 8, 2012 council meeting.
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The city felt that since we have solar panels on the roof of city hall we should have an ordinance in place to encourage businesses and individuals to include alternative energy options when making changes to their buildings.

Renewable energy is becoming more desireable and our Zoning Ordinance needs to reflect how the city will incorporate solar and geothermal into our city ordinance.
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For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
Pending - Action 3: Promote financing and incentive programs such as PACE for clean energy:
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The cities of Little Falls, Pierz and Royalton are participating in the Small Cities Development Program which allows both residential and commercial businesses to do energy upgrades. Commercial businesses can borrow up to $37,500 at 0% for one third, 1% for another third and the final third is owner's match. As the business pays off the 1% that money goes into the city as a revolving loan fund and can be used by others to do energy upgrades.
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For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
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.
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The City of Royalton received the Local Government Renewable Energy Grant from the Office of Energy Secutiry to install a 7.5kw solar panel system on the roof of its city hall. The system is now fully operational and we can track the number of KWH produced by the panels. We will monitor and report to our citizens on a monthly basis starting in January 2012
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We track the number of KWH produced on a monthly basis. We found that the inverter was not working and are having it replaced/repaired (May 7, 2012)
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TenKsolar; Rural Renewable Energy Alliance; Sundial Solar
For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229

Local Food {BP no.27}

2 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 of Royalton allows residents to raise chickens in the city. Many residents like the idea of having fresh eggs. Permits are granted on a year by year basis depending on how the resident maintains the area.
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Residents know that animal permits are available for them to apply to raise chickens or other animals such as rabbits.
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