Santa Tours Sartell December 22nd

The City of Sartell is excited to announce Santa is touring Sartell on December 22nd! Santa will be riding in the brand-new fire truck along with some of his friends.

Santa will be departing the Public Safety Facility at about 5:30 and has a route mapped out, which is attached. On the map, timing is labeled for about when to expect Santa throughout the route. But Santa sometimes likes to go off the beaten path so the route and timing may vary a bit. Please follow the Sartell Fire Department Facebook page for live feeds of Santa and updates on where he is on the route.

Santa will be playing music and waving from the fire truck, so we ask the community to get outside, wave back, and make Santa feel welcome.

A huge thank you to the Sartell Fire Department for escorting Santa and to the Sartell Police Department for guiding Santa’s Fire Truck. For questions, please reach out to Nikki Sweeter: Nikki.sweeter@sartellmn.com.

Santa’s Route- Red is the first half and green is the second half of his route

City of Sartell to Upgrade Water Meters Inside of Homes

For Immediate Release December 6, 2022

The City of Sartell is in the process of upgrading water meters inside of some homes from manual read water meters to automatically read electronic water meters. The process will begin in January, 2022 and conclude by, approximately, the end of June, 2022.

Historically, the City of Sartell has required property owners to read their own water meters and manually submit readings to determine usage and utility bills. With the new water meters, the City of Sartell’s Utility Department can read water meters electronically from the road, instead of relying on property owners to manually read their water meters. This will provide real time information for water use, less manual requirements of property owners, and improve property owners’ ability to use water sustainably. 

If a property owner has not read their water meter and has not provided manual readings to City staff, the City has had to estimate usage and bill accordingly. These estimates may be higher or lower than the actual usage and are purely estimates.  When the new water meters are installed, an actual meter read will be taken and it could create a “true-up” amount due to the estimates being imprecise.  For those that have estimated meter readings and subsequent “true-up” charges, City staff are prepared to help with payment plans and flexibility.

The City of Sartell has partnered with Ferguson Waterworks to do all scheduling and installation of the new water meters. Impacted property owners will receive a letter in the mail providing information for scheduling the installation and are asked to be prompt in responding to the letter.

Below are commonly asked questions and answers for the water meter upgrade process. If you have additional questions, please reach out to City Hall (320-258-7301).

FAQ Automatic Water Meters Upgrades

Will everyone in Sartell receive an automatic water meter?

Yes, but some property owners may already have the upgraded water meter. If you do not receive a letter from the City of Sartell regarding a water meter changeout, your meter is already being radio read.  This may include: most houses on the East Side of Sartell, most houses built within the last few years, and any other resident who were notified already in June of 2021 that we have begun reading your water meter for you. If you misplaced the letter you received, please contact Ferguson Waterworks: www.fergusonscheduling.com or 800-818-0389.

When will I receive my new water meter?

The new water meters will be installed from approximately January-June 2022.  Property owners will receive a letter in the mail from the city of Sartell providing information on how to schedule your appointment for replacement. Owners that may be relocated for the winter, can contact Ferguson when they get the letter to let them know when they will be back in their homes to schedule the replacement. Ferguson Waterworks can be reached at www.fergusonscheduling.com or 800-818-0389.

Will it cost me money to replace my water meter?

There is no cost for the replacement, and you ARE required to have your water meter replaced.

How do I schedule a time to replace my water meter?

The City has partnered with Ferguson Waterworks to complete the installation. You will receive a letter from the City of Sartell to have your water meter replaced. Once you receive that letter, please call or visit the website given to schedule your appointment: www.fergusonscheduling.com or 800-818-0389.

Do I have to manually read the new water meter?

Once new water meters are installed, meters will be read automatically by City of Sartell. This will provide more appropriate meter readings, as well as less manual requirements of property owners.

What if I have not been reading my old meter?

If a property owner has not read their water meter and have not provided readings to City staff, the City has been having to estimate usage and bills. These estimates may be higher or lower than the actual usage, so when the new water meters are installed, an actual meter read will be taken and it could create a “true-up” or “true-down” amount due or credit to the last estimated bill.

What if I have a high water bill from my old meter being estimated too low?

For those that have estimated meter readings and subsequent “true-up” charges, City staff are prepared to help with payment plans and flexibility. Please call City Hall 320-253-2171 to discuss options. The opposite could also be true, and an actual meter read could result in a credit on a property owner’s account if the usage was being estimated too high.

How do I know it is safe to have a Ferguson Waterworks installer inside my home?

Ferguson Waterworks was selected based on their experience as a meter installation contractor.  All installers will have identification, wear uniforms, travel in marked vehicles and have completed background checks.  Covid protocol will be in place for each installer.

What can I expect from the installation process?

To install the new water meter:

  • Ferguson Waterworks will need access to the current water meter inside your home.
  • The water meter area should be clear and accessible.
  • An adult 18 years old or older must be present at the time of installation.
  • A two-hour block of time will be scheduled.  The installer will complete the water meter installation work within the two-hour time frame. The actual installation should take approximately one hour.

Sartell Announces a Flat Property Tax Rate for 2022

The City of Sartell is proud to announce a flat property tax rate for 2022. City Council and City staff made a flat tax rate a top priority for our property owners and have worked hard budgeting to make it happen.

Property taxes encompass three parts: City Tax, School Tax, and County Tax. The City of Sartell is keeping the City tax portion at a flat rate. Historically, the City of Sartell has kept its portion of taxes lower than most of the surrounding cities and will continue to do that for 2022. City property tax is used for services such as: streets, police and fire services, parks, snowplowing, community center amenities, disability access, and more.

If a property’s market value has increased, property owners will see an increase in taxes in the City Tax portion. The City does not control the market value of a property- that is done at the County level by local assessors. Valuation notices from the County are typically sent out in the spring for the following year. Please reach out to your county assessor with any questions on the valuation of your property.

Please note, proposed tax statements from the county will be coming out in November.

For questions on City of Sartell Property taxes please reach out to the Finance Director, Rob Voshell: rob.voshell@sartellmn.com

Pinecone Road North Detour Starting September 23rd

Pinecone Road Detour Starting September 23rd

For Immediate Release: September 20th

There is dirt moving for the new Centrasota Oral Surgeons building off Pinecone Rd. between 7th Street North and 5th Street North. Centrasota Oral Surgeons is hoping to open the doors at its new Sartell location next spring. To get this project going, a detour is necessary to put in the appropriate utilities for the building.

Pinecone Road north will be detoured for northbound traffic from 2nd Street South (near Walgreens) to 12th Street North from Thursday September 23rd through, approximately, October 7th. The southbound lane will remain open with minor lane shifts.

The map below shows the detour from 2nd Street South, to County Road 1, and connecting at 12th Street North for the duration of the project.

If you are traveling to or from Pine Meadow Primary School, please read below:

  • Traffic coming from the North will still be able to access Pine Meadow via 5th Street N (same as normal)
  • Traffic coming from the south will be able to access Pine Meadow via 5th Street N (same as normal)
  • The right out exit onto Pinecone will remain open
  • The intersection of 5th Street N and Pinecone Road will remain open
Northbound Detour Option
Actual Work Zone

If you have questions about the detour, please reach out to the City Engineer, Jon Halter: jhalter@sehinc.com

City of Sartell Lifts Water Ban, Odd/Even Watering in Effect

For Immediate Release: September 14, 2021

The Sartell City Council has voted to lift the full water ban, effective immediately. The odd/even watering schedule is always in effect and property owners will be cited for non-compliance.

Property owners can begin to run irrigation systems, power wash, and wash cars, but please abide by the odd/even watering schedule. For example, if the house number is 132 Test St., it should water on an even calendar day, i.e. September 24th. If the house number is 133 Test St., it should water on an odd calendar day, i.e. September 25th.

We ask all residents to please be mindful that the City of Sartell is still categorized as being in a “severe drought” by the DNR. Only water when necessary and on your designated day for the remainder of the season. Thank you for your cooperation!

For questions, please contact the Public Works Director, John Kothenbeutel: john@sartellmn.com

City of Sartell Welcomes Second Mr. Twisty location to Pinecone Central Park

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2021

The City of Sartell is excited to announce the leasing of the Pinecone Central Park concession stand to Mr. Twisty. The lease will begin spring of 2022 and will be a ten-year lease.

Mr. Twisty is planning on having a fully operational second location featuring hamburgers, chicken strips, hot dogs, french fries, and of course, ice cream. It plans on being open from the beginning of May to the end of September, depending on weather, 7 days per week.

Mr. Twisty will function as the concession stand during events and activities held at Pinecone Central Park. It will provide many of the same menu items, plus some additional items, and extended hours during these special events.

For more information on Mr. Twisty, please follow them on Facebook or visit the website here: https://www.mrtwistymn.com/

For further information on the agreement, please reach out to Nikki Sweeter: Nikki.sweeter@sartellmn.com.

City of Sartell Prepares Residents for Post-Storm Options and Proper Permitting

For immediate release: September 1, 2021

With the recent bad weather, if you are replacing roof, siding, exterior doors, or windows make sure you get the proper permits from the City of Sartell. To be more efficient during a likely busy time, the permitting process for roof, siding, exterior doors, and window permits (only) has been adjusted:

  1. Check with your licensed contractor to confirm who will be applying for the necessary permits
  2. Come into City Hall, visit our website www.sartellmn.com, OR email inspections@sartellmn.com to receive an application form
  3. Fill out a paper permit application or, if you already have an account set up, an application on MyGov
  4. After the application is complete, bring paperwork into City Hall- roof, siding, exterior doors, or windows are all “over-the-counter” approvals, so permits will be approved or denied immediately. Permits are $71 for each service requested.

When you apply for a building permit you will also need inspections so make sure to get those scheduled, too, by calling City Hall or emailing inspections@sartellmn.com.

Make sure you are using a licensed contractor for any work done on your house. Use the following link as a resource. Only licensed contractors or homeowners are allowed to apply for Building permits.

After the storm, solicitors are also likely traveling around neighborhoods. Make sure to protect yourself and your neighbors by asking if they have a permit to solicit in town. It never hurts to ask and double check by calling City Hall or the Sartell Police Department.

Find the permit application here. For other great tips and tricks on hiring a licensed contractor, please read this WJON article.

If you have other questions or want to start the process of getting a permit from weather damage, please contact the Inspections Department at the City of Sartell: inspections@sartellmn.com.

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.