City Detail

Background Information

City of Sartell
County: Benton,Stearns
Population: 16183
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 41
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Nate Keller
City Staff
320-258-7316
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: 54
1 star actions: 17
2 star actions: 26
3 star actions: 6

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

Pending - Action 2:

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

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The city recently revisited a proposal from 2009 which outlined potential savings opportunities within the City's various departments (energy efficiency, lightning upgrades, HVAC improvements, etc.) The preliminary findings were accepted by the City Council. This allows the city to continue working with Johnson Controls to conduct a more complete review of City Facilities which will subsequently be presented to the Council. The full review will offer the city the chance to compare what specific improvements for energy and operational savings are recommended by Johnson Controls. It's estimated that Sartell could save an estimated $122,000 annually in energy and energy equipment-operating costs. This would mean about $1.2 million could be saved over 10 years. An example of one of the potential improvements is replacing the street lights with high-efficiency LED bulbs.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

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.

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The City adopted a Water Conservation Plan which requires that lawn watering can only occur on either odd or even days based on one's house number. As a result, less wastewater is sent to the St. Cloud Treatment Facility. As of 4 years ago the city also requires all lawn irrigation systems to install rain sensor devices.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

3 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.

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Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
The City currently only has two traffic signals within City owned Right-of way (2 additional traffic signals within State or County ROW). The traffic signals within County or State ROW are coordinated to prevent car back-ups and idling. Previous traffic signals have been replaced with roundabouts which lessens car idling. Examples of roundabouts installed recently include: 2nd ST S and Pinecone RD; Heritage Dr and Pinecone Rd; Scout Dr and Pinecone Rd; 19th Ave and 6th ST S; Co RD 1 and Heritage Dr; Heritage Dr and Roberts Rd.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Stearns County, Benton County, MNDOT
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 5:

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

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The city has installed a few solar-powered flashing beacons adjacent to the elementary, middle and high schools off Pinecone Rd N. The city also has plans to install a couple more after receiving grant funds for Safe-R
outes-To-School.
The city installed Solar-powered lighting along the bike trail which connects Sartell City Hall to Bernicks Ice Arena and an adjacent residential development along the Watab River.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Improve safety and visibility of pedestrian crossings and provide efficient low cost lightning.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Land Use Land Use

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

2 star - Action 1:

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

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The City of Sartell adopted its Comprehensive Plan in 2003 and since that time has made periodic updates to the plan. The plan establishes goals addressing land use, transportation, environment, parks and trails, economic development and more.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Had a number of amendments to the City's Zoning Ordinance and adopted a subdivision code based on the Comprehensive Plan goals, including but not limited to requiring installation of sidewalks and or trails within all new developments and adopted an environmentally sensitive areas ordinance requiring conservation design development.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 2:

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

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The Zoning Ordinance has undergone a number of amendments since the adoption of Sartell's Comprehensive Plan. The Zoning Ordinance is consistent with the goals of the Comprehensive Plan and also references this throughout the ordinance.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Adoption of a subdivision ordinance and many zoning ordinance amendments, including adopting new ordinances, such as a wetland, shoreland, illicit discharge, and environmentally sensitive areas ordinances.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 3:

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

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The City is a member of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, which is a regional economic development organization representing the greater St. Cloud area in promoting economic development in our region. The City is also a member of the St. Cloud Area Joint Cities Committee, which addresses regional planning efforts, including transportation, economic development, parks and trails and more. Sartell is also a member of St. Cloud Metro Bus and has fixed route bus service.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
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.

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Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
Sartell has an Environmentally Sensitive ordinance which outlays areas included under the Natural Resource Inventory setting forth areas subject to additional protection/regulation (E.g. woodlands).Sartell also has an orderly annexation agreement with LeSauk Township and Sauk Rapids Township which includes a map of the areas subject to the agreement. Another map is included in the Comprehensive Plan which shows the primary and secondary growth areas of the City charting a course for future development.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - 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.

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Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
The newly updated Comprehensive Plan ( approved in 2016) includes goals of reducing the city's carbon footprint, actively pursuing alternative energy productions, adopting ordinances and policies to provide incentives for energy efficiency, renewable energy and reductions in greenhouse gases.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Reducing the city's carbon footprint.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

2 star - Action 1:

Limit barriers to higher density housing by including in the city zoning ordinance and zoning map:

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Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
The City's Future Town Square area has reduced lot lines and allows increases in density and mixed-use (up to 18 units per acre) . Attached is memo from one of the approved plats in the town square area which allows up to 18 units per acre.
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Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

2 star - Action 2:

Locate or lease a school, city building or other government facility that has at least two of these attributes:

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Sartell City Hall is located along the main North-South thoroughfare through the city (Pinecone Rd). The city has a trail which is accessible and connects the building to Pinecone Regional Park, residential neighborhoods, the Watab River, and Bernicks Ice Arena. The bike path along Pinecone Rd also connects the building to the local Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. All these connections are within walking distance to one another. Metro Bus Route 32 runs along Pinecone Rd allowing users to travel from City Hall to other destinations (shopping, employment, schools) The Elementary, Middle and High Schools are all located along Bus Route 32. The Community Center opened in 2017 is located along Metro Bus Route #32 and is accessible through trails connecting to Pinecone Rd N and 19th St S.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
1 star - Action 3:

Modify a planned unit development ordinance to emphasize mixed use development, to limit residential PUDs to areas adjacent to commercial development, and/or to add sustainability features.

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Title 10 Chapter 5 identifies and lays out the purpose and intent of PUD's in Sartell. There is the Residential PUD and the Multiple-Use PUD. The PUD allows the city to be more flexible and allow mixed-uses in areas where otherwise it would not be allowable. This district allows for a more flexible regulatory process as compared to standard regulations which are common in traditional zoning districts. The PUD is a joint design process between developers and City officials rather then the city establishing maximum limits for developers. Overall the PUD seeks to promote mixed uses, preserve natural features, conserve open and recreational space, and create an efficient use of land.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
3 star - Action 5:

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

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Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
The updated 2016 Comprehensive Plan has a new Zoning designation titled: Town Square. The new Zoning classification (once Zoning ordinances are amended) will allow mixed-use development with residential on top and commercial/retail on bottom. See page 13 in the link.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
1 star - Action 7:

Create incentives for vertical mixed-use development in appropriate locations (downtown, commercial districts near colleges or universities, historic commercial districts).

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Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
Although the City does not currently have a financial incentive the Comprehensive Plan has numerous references which support mixed-uses in multi-story buildings specifically in the future Town Square area. Lots within the Town Square area allow for vertical mixed-use development. See page 13 from the attached link to our Comprehensive Plan.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

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

2 star - Action 2:

Participate in regional economic development planning with representatives from surrounding townships, cities, the county and business interests to:

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The city is involved with the Greater St. Cloud Development corporation as an investor. St. cloud Development Corporation is the regional entity for the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city also holds joint meetings with Le Sauk Township. The joint meetings address land use issues, economic development, annexation, and more. The city along with surrounding jurisdictions are also active and collaborate on legislative issues pertaining to economic development. The city is also involved with the local Chamber of Commerce (Sartell & St. Cloud Area).
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

2 star - Action 1:

Conduct a Natural Resource Inventory or Assessment (NRI or NRA); incorporate protection of priority natural systems or resources such as groundwater through the subdivision or development process.

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The city has an Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) Ordinance. The purpose of the ordinance is to encourage protection of properties which have sensitive features on them (wetlands, lakes, ponds, etc.)with a goal of protecting, preserving, and enhancing these natural resources. Through this ordinance the city established an Natural Resource Inventory. The inventory allows the city to identify those ESA areas and promote the protection of these areas while balancing the city's growth and Economic Development.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 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.

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Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
In the 2016 Comprehensive Plan the City includes an Primary and secondary growth area. The map depicts a guide to the areas best suited to accommodate future growth in a staged and orderly way (through our orderly annexation agreement). The City prioritizes infill areas to leverage existing infrastructure. The primary growth areas map will help discourage leapfrog development especially when the City receives requests to be annexed into Sartell. See page 4 in the link.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

1 star - Action 1:

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

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The 2003 Comprehensive Plan promotes alternative transportation like walking, transit, bicycling, and rail with strategies and goals. The new comprehensive plan (scheduled for approval in 2015) addresses alternative transportation in even further detail with more goals.

Sartell adopted a resolution of support in 2010 for the St. Cloud Area Sustainability Plan (2014)This plan encourages transportation planning that is sensitive to the natural environment and surrounding neighborhoods. Another Best Practice identified in the plan includes sustainable multi-modal transportation.

The 2040 St. Cloud Area Planning Organization has an entire chapter devoted to non-motorized transportation.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 4:

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

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The city has maps which depict all existing sidewalks and bike paths. The city uses these maps along with plans (Comprehensive Plan, Strategic Plan, Safe-Routes-To-School Plan-SRTS,) to plan for and connect gaps in the network. The city also has in its subdivision requirements (11-5-4) a sidewalk/trail must be provided on at least one side of every public or private street. As a growing city this requirement is crucial in preventing future gaps in the network.

The city was recently awarded grant money through the Transportation Alternatives Program. Gaps in the sidewalk network were identified in the city's SRTS plan. These gaps formed the basis for the grant request. The city was successful in obtaining grant money for the request as a result over 1200feet of sidewalk will be created in an area adjacent to the Middle and Elementary Schools. This connection will result in increased safety for pedestrians and encourage students in the area to walk to and from school.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Increased number of trips for non-motorized users.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 5:

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

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In an effort to reduce future disconnections in the city's alternative transportation network the city amended its subdivision ordinances to require a sidewalk on at least one side of every new development (No matter the Zoning). Pinecone Central Park like many of Sartell's parks is accessible by trail. The park is also connected to the elementary, middle, and high schools through trails. The city has identified gaps in its network through its sidewalk and trail map and within various plans including the Comprehensive Plan. The city has in the past and continues to look for applicable grant funding opportunities to further remedy the existing gaps.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
3 star - Action 6:

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

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The city of Sartell along with partner projects (MNDOT, Stearns County) in 2013 became the first in the state of MN to complete a diverging diamond interchange. The interchange is located at the intersection of CO Rd 120 and State Highway 15.

During the 2015 reconstruction of Pinecone RD a major artery within the city the city completed 3 roundabouts. The roundabouts are located at the following intersections: Pinecone Rd N & 2nd ST; Pinecone Rd & Heritage Dr; Pinecone Rd and Scout Dr. The city also has plans to implement more roundabouts within the next couple of years. See link: http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2014/12/09/sartell-plans-roundabouts-pinecone-road/20169301/
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
MNDOT; Stearns County, City of Saint Cloud.
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

2 star - Action 1:

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

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The city has a bike and sidewalk map located on the city's website. The city has identified and planned for future trails and sidewalks through its comprehensive plan. The city also keeps Bus Schedules and maps at City Hall.

During the development of Epic Center (Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, other retail clusters) the city worked with Metro Bus to develop new routes to accommodate the shopping area. Now the area serves as a transit Hub station for Buses. The Hub connects riders to other destinations in the St. Cloud Area.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Metro Bus
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 2:

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

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The city of Sartell completed a Safe Routes to School plan in 2014. The city received grant money towards implementing some of the projects identified in the SRTS Plan through the Transportation Alternatives Program 2014 solicitation. These projects will upgrade safety of crosswalks, add sidewalk connections, and improve the overall alternative transportation infrastructure around the Elementary and Middle School. The city also works with BLEND (Better, Living, Exercise & Nutrition Daily; http://www.blendcentralmn.org/) to promote alternative forms of transportation and active living.

The city has a map on its website showing existing bike and sidewalk paths-see link.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Blend, Sartell-St. Stephen School District
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 3:

Prominently identify mobility options: transit; paratransit/Dial-A-Ride; ridesharing/cab services; rental cars; bikes; airports.

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The city has a "Visitors Guide" section on its website which provides a link to the mobility options including Dial-A-Ride. From these links visitors can access the bus schedules, maps and find out information on the Northstar bus and rail lines.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Metro Bus
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 6:

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

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During the development of Epic Center (Sartell's biggest retail cluster) the city worked with MetroBus in establishing new routes to serve the area. The result was more route connections connecting riders to other cities and destinations in the St. Cloud area. The city continues to have an on-going relationship with MetroBus to help increase ridership, plan for expansions of transit, and encourage residents to utilize the network.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Metro Bus
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Efficient City Fleets {BP no.13}

1 star - Action 4:

Phase in bike, e-bike, foot or horseback modes for police, inspectors and other city staff.

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The police department utilizes both bike and foot patrol, primarily in the spring, summer and fall months. The bikes as well as foot patrol are utilized for special events or in large areas such as PineCone Central Park where access is limited by vehicle. Specialized bike or foot patrols are also put into place when we have reports of specific types of crimes in certain areas of the community. By being on bike or foot, the officers can more stealthily work through neighborhoods and yards, unlike a motor vehicle which stands out and tends to make it more difficult to apprehend those involved in the crimes. With that said, both bike and foot patrol are good ways to interact with the community on a more personal level by not being behind the window of a squad car.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 5:

Document that the local school bus fleet has optimized routes, start times, boundaries, vehicle efficiency and fuels, driver actions to cut costs including idling reduction, and shifting students from the bus to walking, biking and city transit.

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Year action initially completed: 2016
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Sartell - St.Stephen Schools work with the local bus company to ensure routes are optimized. The city's Safe-Routes-To-School plan encourages walking/biking to school. One of the strategies which has been used in the plan is the organization of local walk and bike to school groups.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Demand-Side Travel Planning {BP no.14}

1 star - Action 2:

For cities with regular transit service, require or provide incentives for the siting of retail services at transit/density nodes.

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Year action initially completed: 2016
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Sartell's Epic Center area is a cluster of commercial destinations off Highway 15. Metro Bus has a station at Epic Center which allows residents to take a bus to the St. Cloud transit Center in downtown St. Cloud. In addition to route 31 and 32 Metro Bus also provides dial a ride services to service areas in the Community that are not on or near a fixed route service. The City's Comprehensive Plan also alludes to increasing accessibility for public transportation. Goals include working with Metro Bus to coordinate capital improvement programs to ensure the agency is informed of activity generators impacting future service demand - see pages 10 and 11 from the Comprehensive Plan.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

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:

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The City complies with purchasing 30% post consumer recycled paper as mandated by State law. The city purchases energy star products whenever possible with a goal of enacting a policy for Environmentally Preferable Purchasing.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
1 star - Action 3:

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

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Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
The city takes every effort to purchase products and supplies locally within the St. Cloud area.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
1 star - Action 7:

Lower the environmental footprint of meetings and events in the city.

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The City Council utilizes Ipads for Council meetings instead of paper packets.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

2 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

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Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
The City allows residents to have a Planned Landscape Area (Native landscape). The landscape area must meet setbacks, and maintenance standards but does not require a permit. The City also has an Environmentally Sensitive Ordinance which helps protect wooded areas.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
1 star - Action 6:

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

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Year action initially completed: 2008
Implementation details:
One of the Public Works staff is a certified tree inspector.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

Not rated - Action 6:

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

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The Public Works department has taken steps to reduce salt usage. During the past two years the City has not ordered any extra salt and salt left over from previous years has become more common.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Minimize the amount of pollution entering our waters.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

3 star - Action 1:

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

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The comprehensive plan update includes priorities for identifying and filling in the existing gaps. A new trail is being planned as part of the "Lake Francis" development. This new development will include the Sartell Community Center, which will also house outdoor recreational opportunities. The new development is adjacent to the recently constructed Chateau Waters an Senior Independent living facility. These two new developments are directly adjacent to a retail cluster which includes a grocery store and various restaurants and banks. The future town center is planned to be constructed adjacent to the Community Center area. Connections will be provided to all these destinations.

The city acquired Sauk River Regional Park located on the contingence of the Sauk and Mississippi River. The park has natural trails and will be connected to other destinations in the community including the adjacent retail development "Epic Center". Currently Sauk River Regional Park has existing trails which connect users to St.Cloud's Whitney Park. Whitney Park houses the Whitney Senior Center and various recreational opportunities.

Through the city's Safe-Routes-To-School plan the missing connections around the elementary and middle schools have been identified. During the 2014 Transportation Alternatives Program grant the city received grant funds to construct an additional 1200' of sidewalk. The additional sidewalk will create connections and complete some missing gaps in and around the school area.

Through the city's subdivision ordinance street gaps continue to be filled because of the requirement of constructing a sidewalk on at least one side of the street in all new development.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
3 star - Action 2:

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

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The city's subdivision code (Title 11-Chapter 4 Parks and Recreation)requires dedication of land or cash in-lieu of for parks. The amount of land dedication or funds varies depending on the Zoning classification. Also within the city's subdivision code is the requirement of installing a sidewalk on at least one side of every new roadway built (11-5-4 of City Code-see attached).

Sartell's Comprehensive Plan Chapter 7 Parks and Open Space also details planned park improvements and trail upgrades. The city has an Park Commission board which meets regularly and recommends new park improvements to be added to the Financial Management Plan and for Council consideration.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
1 star - Action 3:

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

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Sartell has about 295.27 acres of Parkland which equates to about 18 acres of parkland per 1000 residents (Pop. of 16,523). This eclipses the city's goal of 10 acres of parkland per 1000 residents. Sartell has also recently acquired Sauk River Regional Park. In terms of acreage the Sauk River Regional Park is Sartell's second biggest. Sauk River Regional Park is planned to be kept in a natural state with minimum disturbance.
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Sartell's recent acquisition of Sauk River Regional Park demonstrates the city's valued belief in natural parkland.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Surface Water {BP no.19}

2 star - Action 2:

Conduct or support multi-party community conversations, assessments, plans around improving local water quality and quantity.

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Year action initially completed: 2008
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Sartell is a member of the Central MN Water Education Alliance which is made up of MS4 permittee's from the surrounding Cities, Townships, Counties, Universities, and watershed districts. The organization meets once a month and is actively involved in numerous Community Events throughout the year like County Fairs, Water stewardship events, Rivers Edge Convention Center events, and the weekly Summertime by George Festival. City staff from the Planning Dept. regularly volunteer to help CMWEA at the numerous events.
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Counties, Cities, Townships, Organizations
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
1 star - Action 4:

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

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The City adopted an ordinance limiting the removal of vegetation along the shoreline. Limited vegetation removal is allowed for a view corridor provided no more than 50 feet or one-half the lot width is removed, whichever is greater.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Septic Systems {BP no.21}

Pending - Action 1:

Report to landowners suspected noncompliant or failing septic systems as part of an educational, informational and financial assistance and outreach program designed to trigger voluntary landowner action to improve septic systems.

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Year action initially completed: 1992
Implementation details:
City requires properties to connect to City services whenever an property requests to be annexed into the City (and if City services are readily available).
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

2 star - Action 1:

Improve city operations and procurement to prevent and reuse, recycle and compost waste from all public facilities (including libraries, parks, schools, municipal health care facilities), and minimize use of toxics and generation of hazardous waste.

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The city of Sartell offers residents the option of paying their water bills online eliminating any paper payments. The City also has all of its applications online through a fillable PDF file. For some applications the applicant can submit their application to the appropriate person via online/email. The city is currently looking at other ways to eliminate any paper waste like paperless packets. Whenever the city buys new park benches it purchases benches made of 100% recycled material. Recently the city offers residents the ability to report any issue (zoning, building, pot holes, street lights out) via online through a system called "See Click Fix". This system eliminates any paper reports. All city staff are paid by direct deposit eliminating paper checks.


Schools located in the Sartell/St. Stephen school district have lessened their waste generated dramatically by: recycling all leftover foods from student trays and scrapes from the kitchen into 55 gallon barrels. The barrels are picked up weekly by a hog farming operation in St. Francis. The schools also recycle tin cans and card board along with plastic containers and aluminum cans. Very rarely are paper disposable items used at the schools. The schools utilize washable lunch trays and silverware if disposable material needs to be used. The schools make sure they use all biodegradable products.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 6:

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

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Year action initially completed: 2016
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The city currently has 4 licensed garbage haulers which residents can choose from. All of these haulers offer recycling services as part of regular pickup services. The city requires removal and hauling of recyclables to occur at least every month.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
1 star - Action 7:

Improve/organize residential trash, recycling and organics collection by private and/or public operations and offer significant volume-based pricing on residential garbage and/or incentives for recycling.

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Each of the City's four licensed haulers offer volume based pricing dependent on size of trash can. To encourage increased recycling many of the haulers do not charge for a larger size recycling can (e.g. 96 gallon vs 64 gallon).
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
Pending - Action 8:

Adopt a construction and demolition ordinance governing demolition permits that requires a level of recycling and reuse for building materials and soil/land-clearing debris.

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The City has ordinances which govern construction sites and proper waste disposal, hazardour material disposal, and requirements of proper disposal of all other debris. See page 168 in the link provided"Pollution Prevention Management" in the City's Zoning Regulations.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

1 star - Action 2:

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

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The city has guidelines for Recreational Fires. The city follows the MN Uniform Fire Code and MN State Statutes. Regulations include: fire pit must be 25 feet from any structure or combustible material, all combustible materials must be cleared away from the area before starting the fire, fire pits must be constructed of non-combustible material and the fire ring or pit must be at least 8 inches deep for a recreational fire.

The city also has ordinances on storage of firewood, barbecues and deck fires.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 3:

Conduct one or more policy or education/behavior change campaigns on the topics below and document:

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Year action initially completed: 2016
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The city implemented a comprehensive ban on Tobacco and E-Cigarette Use at all City-owned properties (greenways, parks, City Hall, etc.)
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BLEND - CentraCare
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

1 star - Action 1:

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

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The City periodically distributes literature and press releases related to advancements in the Greensteps program. Outlets utilized include: social media, email subscriber notices, printed and digital City newsletter articles, and general press releases to local media outlets.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
1 star - Action 2:

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

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Sartell has adopted numerous plans over the years including: regional plans, strategic plans, target area plans, and of course the Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commission and Planning Dept. review the Comprehensive Plan annually. The Planning dept. also includes in dept. updates to the Council items in the Comp. Plan which have been implemented. Sartell also utilizes additional outlets (printed and electronic newsletter, social media, email subscriber blasts, etc.) to communicate advancements in the Greensteps program (e.g. Sartell becoming a Step Two Greenstep City) to the general public.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 4:

Conduct or support a broad sustainability education and action campaign involving:

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Year action initially completed: 2016
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The city supported the creation of the St. Cloud Area Sustainability Plan which was published around 2011. Out of this plan grew the Sustainability Expo. The Sustainability Expo is held every year and the expo provides educational workshops, presentations and awards given in sustainability. Topics covered at past events include: rain gardens, rain barrels, clean water, local food growing, active living, limiting the use of chemicals on lawns, reducing consumption, and more. Recently this expo has been renamed the St. Cloud Greater Expo and re-branded. Sustainability is still a huge portion of the event but other topic areas will encompass the event and allow attendees to branch out into other areas. The city also works with Better Living Exercise & Nutrition Daily (BLEND) on helping promote active living.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 5:

Conduct or support a community education, visioning and planning initiative using a sustainability framework such as:

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The city helped support the development of the St. Cloud Area Sustainability Plan in 2010. The plan establishes goals and visions for the St. Cloud Area. The plan outlines 17 Best Practice Areas. Some example practice areas include: greenhouse gas reductions, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, sustainable land use policies, alternative energy, energy efficiency and more!
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
2 star - Action 6:

Engage community youth and college students by creating opportunities to participate in city government.

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The City does not have an green committee/commission however the Planning Commission works on many related green goals through the adopted Comprehensive Plan. The City has a student liaison on the Planning Commission. Although the student cannot officially vote their input and comments bring a unique perspective and is highly valued by the Commission. The liaison essentially represents the youth in our community.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316

Local Food {BP no.27}

2 star - Action 3:

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

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The City supports the local farmer's market by providing the market location at city hall. Additionally, the City supports the community gardens by providing land for the garden plots and city staff assist with tilling in the spring and/or fall if needed.
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Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience {BP no.29}

Pending - 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.

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Year action initially completed: 2005
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The City collaborates with Stearns and Benton Counties on their respective Hazard Mitigation Plans. The City also has its own Emergency Operations Plan which outlines staff and department responsibilities in the event of an emergency.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
1 star - Action 6:

Reduce the urban heat impacts of public buildings, sites, and infrastructure and provide resiliency co-benefits.

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Year action initially completed: 2016
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Sartell has installed rain gardens as part of street reconstruction projects. Sartell also hosted a rain garden class in 2016. The class helped promote and encourage residents to construct a rain garden (private or public land) and provided an educational opportunity for residents who already have a rain garden (proper maintenance, what plants to utilize, etc.) Sartell plans to offer this or another similar class once a year.
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Sauk River Watershed District
For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316