Two-Day/Week Watering Restriction in effect

City of Sartell following the DNR’s Lead and Requiring Residents and Businesses to Take Additional Precautions During Drought

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- JULY 27, 2021

The City of Sartell is continuing to follow guidance from the MN DNR through the drought warning currently in place.

To avoid a complete water ban and to preserve the City’s drinking water supply, as well as ensure fire safety, the City of Sartell is reminding residents of the following restrictions already in place:

  • Maximum irrigation schedule of two-days per week
    • Even house numbers (example: 132 Test Ave.)- water Monday/Thursday from 9 PM to 3 AM for up to one hour
    • Odd house numbers (example: 133 Test Ave.)- water Tuesday/Friday from 9 PM to 3 AM for up to one hour
  • In addition, the splash pad will ONLY be open Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-6PM

Thank you to those residents who have been following the two-day per week maximum irrigation schedule that the City has been encouraging. However, due to current conditions not improving, all residents and businesses are now required to take these additional steps to help maintain water levels and avoid extreme restrictions and a citation. The Sartell City Council will review water usage levels on August 9th and if the City is unable to meet MN DNR requirements a full ban will be implemented. We ask you to please do your part to help meet the MN DNR requirements. Citations will be issued for non-compliance.

Additionally, the MN DNR is recommending eliminating any non-essential outdoor water use, especially lawn irrigation, power washing buildings, car washing, and swimming pool filling.

Residents and businesses can apply for a watering exemption at City Hall. All applications will be sent to the Public Works Director for final inspection and approval. Please allow 48 hours for the exemption to be delivered to your residence.

Again, this is a MN DNR requirement, and as a partner with the MN DNR, the City of Sartell is complying. We ask for your full cooperation in the irrigation schedule to avoid a full water ban.

If you have any questions please reach out to John Kothenbeutel: john@sartellmn.com.

City of Sartell Embraces the Mississippi River- Council Approves Final County Road 1 Design

The City of Sartell is proud to announce that the City Council has approved the final design of the County Road 1 project. The project includes an 8-foot-wide paved trail from Sartell Street to 12th Street North, multiple overlooks of the Mississippi River, a “new” pedestrian bridge, a facelift to Veterans Park, reconstruction of the parking lot at Watab Park, and safety measures throughout the entirety of the project.

The project also includes sidewalk connectors from the Riverside trail to existing trails on 7th Street North and 12th Street North, providing Sartell with a complete trail network from 2nd Street South to 12th Street North and beyond.

After hearing feedback about safety concerns from residents, the council added, and approved, additional features to the project: pedestrian flashers, pedestrian islands, and radar speed signs.

Councilmember Jill Smith elaborated: “The County 1 Road design will support a breadth of users.  Avid bikers will continue to have and utilize bike lanes on the road; recreational users will have safe places to cross County Road 1 when walking, jogging, and biking along the Mississippi River.  Currently, all pedestrians and bikers utilize the already narrow roadway, which sees an incredible amount of traffic and several site impediments.  We appreciated all of the feedback from residents and worked with our engineering team to make several plan adjustments as a result.  Connecting our existing trail system with Mississippi River outlooks will be a fantastic amenity for the city.”

The very south end of the trail will be highlighted by the “new” pedestrian bridge. The historic bridge was previously used as the only vehicle crossing of the Mississippi River from 1914 to 1984. The project will allow the bridge to re-open for pedestrian access only. The bridge will keep its original character and rustic feel but will be updated with decorative lighting and safety features, and hopefully will lead to commercial opportunities on the East side of the River.

After several years of resident surveys and comprehensive plans, the City has been flooded with requests for more opportunities to embrace the Mississippi River. Approval of this project sets the stage for Sartell to be open to an age of revitalization, with a commitment to celebrating Sartell’s history, and the natural beauty found on our riverbanks.

Preparation for the project will begin this fall, with construction to begin in the spring of 2022. Construction will be substantially completed late in 2022 with final paving to take place in spring 2023. Detour information will be provided at a future date. If you have any questions about the project please email us at info@sartellmn.com.

Do Your Part- Help Maintain Water Levels

City of Sartell following the DNR’s Lead and Encouraging Residents and Businesses to Take Additional Precautions During Drought

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- JULY 19, 2021

With more than 50% of Minnesota experiencing severe drought conditions and some areas experiencing an extreme drought, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) has determined that the state is now in a drought warning phase. With this designation, the City of Sartell is following the recommendations and will listen to guidance from the DNR throughout the remainder of this drought.

To avoid a complete water ban and to preserve the City’s drinking water supply, as well as ensure fire safety, the City of Sartell is encouraging a temporary 2-day per week maximum irrigation schedule. Please follow the schedule below according to your address:

  • Even house numbers (example: 132 Test Ave.)- water Monday/Thursday from 9 PM to 3 AM for up to one hour
  • Odd house numbers (example: 133 Test Ave.)- water Tuesday/Friday from 9 PM to 3 AM for up to one hour

The DNR is also recommending communities ban any non-essential outdoor water use, especially lawn irrigation, power washing buildings, car washing, and swimming pool filling.

Thank you to those residents who have been following the odd/even irrigation schedule. Due to current conditions, all residents and businesses should take these additional steps to help maintain water levels and avoid extreme restrictions.

Again, this is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources implementation, and as a partner with the DNR, the City of Sartell is complying with the recommendations. We ask for your full cooperation in the new irrigation schedule to avoid further restrictions or a full water ban.

NEW & IMPROVED- City of Sartell Council Meeting Policies

The City of Sartell encourages and welcomes its residents and businesses to participate in City Council meetings. To create an opportunity for residents, businesses, and visitors to offer constructive feedback, the Council has provided an Open Forum section on every City Council Meeting Agenda.

To provide structure and order over the meetings, as well as to ensure the meetings are productive, the City Council has approved City Council Meeting Policies.  Some of the content of the policies are policies for City Council meetings set by the State of Minnesota or Federal Government, while some are general Council Agenda terminology or specific to the City of Sartell’s needs, as determined by the City Council.  A few helpful tips that we’d like everyone to remember before attending a Sartell City Council meeting:

  • City of Sartell Council Meetings are the second and fourth Monday of every month at 6 pm
  • Council Meetings are always held at the Sartell City Hall (125 Pinecone Road North), unless otherwise noted in the posting of the City Council Agenda and Packets
  • Agendas and Packets for the City Council Meeting will be posted the Friday prior to the City Council Meeting date
  • Agendas and Packets are available on the City of Sartell website or at the Sartell City Hall
  • City Council Meetings are also available remotely on Facebook Live and Channel 181.  Channel 181 is also replayed the following Wednesday at 9 AM.
  • The first 15 minutes are set aside as Open Forum for the City Council Members to take comment from members of the public:
    • A maximum of five people will receive three minutes each for comments at the podium
    • Individuals may not address the Council regarding a topic that is on the current agenda
    • Individuals may only address the Council regarding the same issue 3 times
    • To sign up to speak you can: call City Hall, visit City Hall before 4:30 PM on the day of the meeting, or arrive by 5:45 PM and sign up at the podium.
    • The Council will not debate, discuss, or formally act on any matter presented during the Open Forum session but can refer the item to City Staff.

Outside of the Open Forum opportunity, the only other item on the agenda that allows for public comment is for a scheduled Public Hearing.  These are formal proceedings that give the public the opportunity to express their concerns or support, ask questions, or provide additional information on a particular matter on the current agenda.  Public Hearings must be scheduled for the agenda in advance of the City Council Meeting and are for specific items, such as special assessments or ordinance approvals.  They are not for open comment on any topic.

  • All individuals offering testimony are required to do so using the podium microphone and must identify themselves by name, address and any business or organization that they represent.
    • Once the public hearing is closed, no further testimony is allowed
    • Council will have dialogue amongst each other after the public hearing is closed
  • Depending on the situation, the hearing may be continued at another date for further testimony. Please find the full list of Council meeting policies here.