City of Sartell to Implement a Complete Water Ban

For Immediate Release August 17, 2021

The City of Sartell is continuing to follow guidance from the MN DNR as our region has now been upgraded to the “Extreme Drought” restrictive phase. The extreme drought phase has historically meant a heightened risk of wildfires as surface waters are near record lows.

Over the past few months, the City of Sartell has required an odd/even watering schedule, 2-day per week watering schedule, and 1-day per week watering schedule. None of these have brought the City to its appropriate water level threshold, according to the DNR. When property owners abide by the ban, we are all doing our part to help protect the community for fire safety, drinking water, and our environment.

Please follow the precautions below to keep our water levels in compliance with the DNR and avoid a citation:

  • The City of Sartell is asking property owners to ban non-essential outdoor water use:
    • yard sprinkling
    • power washing buildings
    • car washing
    • swimming pool filling
  • The Splash Pad at Watab Park will also be shut down until further notice, but Celebration Wading Pool will still be open regular hours.
  • Hand watering flowers, gardens, and lawn spots is allowed

Sandpoint systems, ponds, wells, or other non-city water supply sources do not need to abide by the ban, although it is highly encouraged.

Residents and businesses can apply for a watering exemption for newly seeded or sodded lawns 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.

A citation for not abiding by the ban is $100 and increases by $100 after each offense. For example, citation #1 is $100 and citation #4 is $400. Failure to pay a citation will result in a property tax assessment.

Again, this is a MN DNR requirement, and we are complying. We ask for your full cooperation in the watering ban and to follow the restrictions in place. The City will be following the guidelines of the DNR and will keep the ban in place until the DNR suggests it can be lifted. 

For questions please contact John Kothenbeutel at john@sartellmn.com.

City of Sartell to Implement Further Watering Restrictions in Order to Abide by DNR’s Water Use Threshold

City of Sartell to Implement Further Watering Restrictions in Order to Abide by DNR’s Water Use Threshold

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

After implementing the two-day per week watering restrictions three weeks ago, the City of Sartell has not seen significant improvements in the water levels. The graph below shows the City’s water use over the last two weeks and the grey line indicates the requirements needed to meet the DNR standards. Currently, the City is not close to meeting the DNR’s threshold. Therefore, the Sartell City Council voted to further its watering restrictions and are asking residents and businesses to water once per week starting immediately. Please follow the schedule and other precautions laid out below:

  • Follow the lawn irrigation schedule:
    • Even house numbers (Example, 132 Test St.) please limit using lawn irrigation systems on TUESDAYS ONLY from 8 PM to 12 AM for up to 2 hours
    • Odd house numbers (Example, 133 Test St.) please limit using lawn irrigation systems on THURSDAYS ONLY from 8 PM to 12 AM for up to 2 hours
  • The City of Sartell is asking residents and businesses to avoid any non-essential outdoor water use:
    • power washing buildings
    • car washing
    • swimming pool filling
  • The Splash Pad at Watab Park will continue to have the limited days and hours of Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM- 6 PM until further notice.

These restrictions only pertain to City water supply- sand points, ponds, wells, or other non-city water supply sources do not need to abide by the ban, although it is highly encouraged.

Residents and businesses can apply for a watering exemption for newly sodded lawns 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 implementation, and as the City of Sartell, we are complying with the recommendations. We ask for your full cooperation with the watering restrictions in place. The City will be following the guidelines of the DNR and will keep the restrictions in place until the DNR suggests it can be lifted. 

For questions please contact John Kothenbeutel at john@sartellmn.com.

City of Sartell Accepts 2021 City of Excellence Award

City of Sartell Accepts 2021 City of Excellence Award

For Immediate Release August 9, 2021

The City of Sartell is extremely proud to announce its acceptance of the 2021 City of Excellence Award in the 5,000-19,999 population category for its road pretreatment program. The award was presented to the City of Sartell’s Public Works Director, John Kothenbeutel, from the League of Minnesota Cities at the August 9th City Council Meeting.

In 2016, John Kothenbeutel, Larry Then, and the entire Public Works team innovatively created an anti-icing program that pre-treats our roadways before major snow events reducing the usage of salt, sanding, and plow times, which has proven to be a benefit for both the environment and the City’s bottom line by saving over $150,000 in five years.

If you see someone from the Public Works team out and about, please thank them for their dedication to our City. It does not go unnoticed!

Please read the full press release from the League of Minnesota Cities below.

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For immediate release

Contact: Don Reeder, Public Affairs Manager, (651) 215-4031, dreeder@lmc.org

Sartell honored by the League of Minnesota Cities for road pretreatment innovation

(Aug. 9, 2021 – St. Paul, MN) The city of Sartell is the winner of the 2021 City of Excellence Award in the 5,000-19,999 population category for their road pretreatment program. By reducing chloride (salt) usage, sanding, and plow times the program has proven to be a benefit for both the environment and the city’s bottom line.

The City of Excellence Awards are given each year by the League of Minnesota Cities in three population categories and one topical category. The awards recognize cities for outstanding programs or projects. Each winning city will receive a plaque, a check for $1,000, and recognition in League publications and promotional activities throughout the coming year.

The City of Sartell Public Works Department began implementation of the road pretreatment program on main arterials roads in 2015. In addition to the expense of salt and its impact on the city budget, chloride pollution of water is an emerging concern among city public works and sustainability teams. Because the city of Sartell is growing, the addition of new roadways was also straining staff resources and putting more demands on the number of hours needed to keep roads clear during a snow event. 

This pretreatment program involves creating a 78% water and 22% salt brine mixture and applying it to roadways prior to a snow event, which works to melt the snow quickly.

With the program, the city has reduced how much salt needs to be purchased annually by 25% to 50%, saving $151,730 over six years. “We can safely say it has been a huge success for both the environment and the bottom line,” said City Administrator Anna Gruber, who added that the line item for salt is already $40,000 under budget in 2021. The city expects to expand the program to residential neighborhood streets in 2021.

More League award winners in the 1-4,999 population category, 20,000+ population category, and COVID-19 Response topical category, as well as the Sustainable City Award, will be announced at city council meeting presentations throughout August, September, and October.

About the League

The League of Minnesota Cities is a membership association dedicated to promoting excellence in local government. The League, governed by a Board of Directors consisting of local elected and appointed city officials, serves its more than 800 member cities through advocacy, education and training, policy development, risk management, and other services.