City Detail

Background Information

City of Wyoming
County: Chisago
Population: 7906
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 21
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Robb Linwood
City Staff
651-462-0575
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: 15
1 star actions: 6
2 star actions: 1
3 star actions: 7

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

2 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
A lighting audit was performed by Xcel energy and CCE on all city facilities. Once the audit was completed the city council authorized LED lighting in all city facilities including, the Wyoming library, Wyoming city hall, Wyoming fire department, Wyoming public works and Wyoming police department. All internal and outdoor lighting was replaced at all facilities.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Total installed costs of all lighting were $ 28,570.12. The city received a $6, 755.00 utility rebate from Xcel energy resulting in a final cost of $21,815.12. With the LED light conversion the city will save an annually amount of $4,982.03.
Descriptive File:
Xcel energy, Center for Energy and Environment CCE
For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504
1 star - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
A lighting audit was performed by Xcel energy and CCE on all city facilities. Once the audit was completed the city council authorized LED lighting in all city facilities including, the Wyoming library, Wyoming city hall, Wyoming fire department, Wyoming public works and Wyoming police department. All internal and outdoor lighting was replaced at all facilities.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Total installed costs of all lighting were $ 28,570.12. The city received a $6, 755.00 utility rebate from Xcel energy resulting in a final cost of $21,815.12. With the LED light conversion the city will save an annually amount of $4,982.03.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

Pending - Action 2:

Purchase LEDs for all future street lighting and traffic signals.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Xcel Energy owns the street lights and traffic signals in the City of Wyoming. They have purchased LEDs and replaced the street lights and traffic signals with them. It is anticipated they will continue to do so in the future.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Xcel Energy
For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504
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:
a lighting audit was performed by Xcel energy and CCE on all city facilities. Once the audit was completed the city council authorized LED lighting in all city facilities including, the Wyoming library, Wyoming city hall, Wyoming fire department, Wyoming public works and Wyoming police department. All internal and outdoor lighting was replaced at all facilities.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Total installed costs of all lighting were $ 28,570.12. The city received a $6, 755.00 utility rebate from Xcel energy resulting in a final cost of $21,815.12. With the LED light conversion the city will save an annually amount of $4,982.03.
Descriptive File:
Xcel energy, Center for Energy and Environment CCE
For more information contact:
Robb Linwood (City staff) | rlinwood@wyomingmn.org | 651-462-0575
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:
Xcel Energy has replaced all traffic signals in the City of Wyoming with LEDs. This was done in 2016 and 2017. Our existing agreement with Xcel is quite old and most likely does not address this issue, but the action has been completed.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Xcel Energy
For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504

Land Use Land Use

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

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Wyoming Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2009 and is in the process of being updated.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504
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:
City Ordnance Sec. 40-20 reference that the enforcement, amendment, and administration shall be accomplished in accordance with the City's Comprehensive Plan.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504
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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Wyoming Comprehensive Plan addresses Intergovernmental Cooperation.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504
3 star - Action 4:

Include ecological provisions in the comprehensive plan that explicitly aim to minimize open space fragmentation and/or establish a growth area with expansion criteria.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The descriptive file contains the portion of the City Comprehensive Plan that minimizes open space fragmentation.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

3 star - Action 3:

For cities within metropolitan areas, incorporate woodland best management practices addressing protection of wooded areas into zoning or development review.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Wyoming has a landscaping and woodland preservation ordinance that requires landscaping plans in zoning and development review as well as setting minimum requirements.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

1 star - Action 2:

Complete the GreenStep Municipal Stormwater Management Assessment.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
In 2011 the City of Wyoming contracted with WSB to produce a Storm Water Utility Report to establish method and procedures for implementation of a Storm Water Utility under MN Statutes 444.075. Eligible expenditures, rate structures, and administrative processes were studied and recommendations made. This storm water plan is currently being updated by WSB.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The led to the City implementing an increase in storm water utility rates.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504
3 star - Action 4:

Create a stormwater utility that uses variable fees to incentivize stormwater infiltration, minimize the volume of and pollutants in runoff, and educate property owners.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Wyoming created and implemented a storm water utility in 2011 as part of the storm water utility report produced by WSB. The descriptive file attached contains the user rate structure determination. WSB has been contracted to update this plan in 2019.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504

Surface Water {BP no.19}

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
On February 19th, 2019 the Wyoming City Council adopted Ordinance 2019-01 amending City Code Chapter 40 Article IV Definition of Terms and Article VI, Zoning District Provisions; Division 16 Shoreland District. This ordinance is based on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Model Shoreland Management Ordinance which is consistent with Minnesota shoreland management rules (6120.2500 – 6120.3800). The provisions of this ordinance shall apply to the shorelands of Public Water bodies as defined by Minnesota Statutes, Section 103G.005, Subd. 15 and 15a, and as classified in Section 40-314 of this ordinance. The ordinance regulates the administration of the ordinance, establishes the shoreland classifications and land uses, establishes special land use provisions, establishes dimensional and general performance standards, establishes performance standards for public and private facilities, establishes regulations for vegetation and land alterations, and provisions for subdivisions, platting, and planned unit developments.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The desired outcome of this ordinance is to improve local water quality, quantity, and re-vegetate shoreland.
Descriptive File: view file

Septic Systems {BP no.21}

3 star - Action 3:

Clarify/establish one or more responsible management entities for the proper design, siting, installation, operation, monitoring and maintenance of septic systems.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
City of Wyoming Building/Zoning official Fred Weck holds individual certification as a advance inspector by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Cert#C5199 expiring 6-25-2022. Mr. Weck is the City of Wyoming management entity for the proper design, siting, installation, operation monitoring and maintenance of septic systems.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504
3 star - Action 4:

Adopt a subsurface sewage treatment system ordinance based on the Association of Minnesota Counties' model ordinance.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Wyoming adopted the SSTS standards established by statute on January 18th, 2011
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504