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.

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.

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.