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.

Day at the Diamond Day

Mayor Fitzthum has proclaimed Wednesday June 30, 2021, “Day at the Diamond” Day! The Sartell community has so much to be proud of when it comes to baseball and softball at all age levels, and today, we want to celebrate those accomplishments.

Sartell has over 700 youth who participate in the Sartell Baseball Association, Sartell Fastpitch Association, and Community Ed- all of which are in the height of their summer seasons.

Both the high school baseball and softball teams were wildly successful this year- making it to their respective State Tournaments.

And tonight, we get to celebrate our two amateur teams as the Sartell Muskies take on the Sartell Stone Poneys at St. Cloud Orthopedics Field as part of the Fox 9 News Town Ball Series.

We couldn’t be more proud of our baseball and softball programs! Join us at the diamond tonight as we watch the Muskies vs. Stone Poneys game at 7 pm! Read the full press release for the event below.

Fox 9 Town Ball Tour Coming to Sartell

For Immediate Release

The Sartell Muskies and Sartell Stone Poneys amateur teams are welcoming Fox 9 News to Sartell on Wednesday June 30th as part of their Town Ball Tour. The Town Ball Tour features amateur teams and highlights unique, beautiful ballparks around the state of Minnesota. The Sartell Community is proud that the two amateur teams in Sartell will be featured along with St. Cloud Orthopedics field that both teams call home.

Fox 9 News crews will be hopping around Sartell throughout the day highlighting businesses, facilities, complexes, conducting interviews, and previewing the game. They will be doing feature stories from both teams.

The Muskies and Stone Poneys will be holding a free youth clinic for boys and girls in K-2 from 5:30-6:15 on the field before the game. You must pre-register for this (contact information below). Participants are encouraged to bring baseballs if they want autographs from the players. Kids 0-17 who wear a jersey to the game will get in free (whether they are participating in the clinic or not). Otherwise, admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students/seniors. The concession stand will be open with hot food and a variety of beverages. Mayor Ryan Fitzthum will be throwing out the first pitch. Game time is set for 7 pm.

The community can tune into Fox 9 news throughout the day on June 30th to see the feature stories and are highly encouraged to attend the game and pack the stands. The game can also be streamed via fox9.com/live with the Minnesota Baseball Association and SchoolSpace Media. For more information on the Town Ball Tour please find it here. For other questions about the event please email Nikki.

Water Ban Lifted

City of Sartell to Release Water Ban

For Immediate Release: June 14, 2021

The City of Sartell released the water ban at 3 pm today. At that time the Splash Pad will be in full operation and property owners will be allowed to use irrigation systems based on the odd/even yard sprinkling Ordinance.

The City of Sartell asks that property owners abide by the odd/even yard sprinkling Ordinance. The odd/even yard sprinkling schedule was implemented in 1999 and asks residents who live at an even-numbered address to only use their irrigation systems on even-numbered dates, and residents who live at an odd-numbered address to use irrigation systems on odd-numbered dates. For example, if your address is 625 XYZ Street, your watering day would be on an odd-numbered calendar day (i.e. June 21st). The City of Sartell asks for full cooperation in this schedule to avoid another water ban. Failure to comply with the schedule will result in a citation. This ordinance does not apply to any type of well system.

The recent water ban was put in place because our water levels were at a dangerously low level. This happens for many reasons:

The drought conditions in Minnesota have subsided but are not gone. Therefore, complying with the odd/even yard sprinkling schedule is very important along with some other ways we can conserve water together as a community:

The water ban was put in place Wednesday June 9. Due to low water levels, residents were asked to stop using irrigation systems at that time and the splash pad was shut down. As of 3 pm today, the ban is lifted. If you would like to subscribe to City of Sartell updates moving forward, please subscribe here:

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Please contact us at info@sartellmn.com with any questions.

Water Ban

Due to the drought-like weather we have been experiencing and the increased use of community members using irrigation systems, the City of Sartell has extremely low water levels so the City of Sartell is issuing a water emergency. In order to avoid a citation, join us in taking the following precautions as residents and business owners:

  • No irrigation allowed (public or private properties – including city parks)
  • Splash Pad will be closed until further notice, but we will monitor it closely in hopes of opening ASAP (Celebration pool is not afftected)

Public Works Utility crews will be monitoring water levels constantly to determine when we are at a safer level and we will continue to communicate updates with our residents and businesses.

The Public Works Utility crews will be out and about educating residents on the ban June 9th and 10th.

We will not issue citations for those who use non-city sources for irrigation, but encourage cooperation with the ban if possible.

The City of Sartell appreciates your cooperation at this time. We need to work together to keep our community safe!

For questions please contact Jeff Bemboom, jeff.bemboom@sartellmn.com

Odd/Even Sprinkler Schedule

Please remember the City of Sartell follows the odd/even sprinkler schedule! If your house number is even, please water your lawn on even calendar days. If your house number is odd, please water your lawn on odd calendar days. You can receive a citation from the City if you violate this.

Mayor Ryan Fitzthum has declared May 2021 Mental Health Awareness Month

Mayoral Proclamation for Mental Health Awareness Month

Whereas mental health is part of overall health; and

Whereas one in five adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year; and

Whereas approximately one-half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters by age 24; and

Whereas suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the 2nd leading cause among young adults, and 90% of people who die by suicide had shown symptoms of a mental health condition, according to interviews with family, friends and medical professionals; and

Whereas long delays-sometimes decades-often occur between the time symptoms first appear and when individuals get help; and

Whereas early identification and treatment can make a difference in successful management of mental illness and recovery; and

Whereas it is important to maintain mental health and learn the symptoms of mental  illness in order to get help when it is needed; and

Whereas, every citizen and community can make a difference in helping end the silence and stigma that for too long has surrounded mental illness and discouraged people from getting help; and

Whereas public education and civic activities can encourage mental health and help improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, I Ryan Fitzthum, Mayor of Sartell, MN do hereby proclaim May 2021 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Sartell, MN to shine a light on mental illness and fight discrimination, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.

Ryan Fitzthum Mayor of Sartell

Sartell Residents and Businesses- SURVEY REQUEST!

Over the years the City of Sartell has talked about needing brand refresh or a complete rebrand, and for good reason. The City’s current brand has been in existence for over 20 years and we are looking forward to hitting the “refresh button.”  What does this mean?

  • It is more than a logo!  The City currently does not have a mission, vision, or list of core values. 
  • It may or may not involve a complete revamp of our current brand image – we simply will not know until we complete the research and discovery phase.
  • Our first step will be a survey to all residents, information below. As a Sartell resident or Sartell business owner, we would love your feedback!
  • We are utilizing Switchboard, which is a local company owned by a resident of Sartell. 
  • We are looking forward to creating brand consistency, aligning our brand with the identity residents recognize, and establishing a mission and vision for the City!

With the help of Switchboard, we have created a survey which will be the main way that we will gather input on our identity and will really kick off the rebranding research. We feel that surveying our residents and businesses is a great way to find the true spirit of the City of Sartell. If you could help us by completing the survey, and spreading the word to other Sartell residents and businesses, we would be very grateful!

Please follow the link below to fill out a survey that will take about 2-3 minutes. The survey will be open from May 19-June 16 and is only open to Sartell residents and businesses.

TAKE SURVEY HERE

“Go-To” Marine Flooring Business Opening in Sartell

The City of Sartell is excited to announce the sale of the Sartell-LeSauk Government Center at 220 4th Ave. S. to Josh Clymer and Mark Caspers of AquaTraction Advanced Marine Flooring.

“AquaTraction has enjoyed working with the Sartell City staff and council and looks forward to working with such a prosperous community.” Stated Josh Clymer, co-owner of AquaTraction Advanced Marine Flooring.

AquaTraction Advanced Marine Flooring creates custom-designed marine flooring products that have exceptional traction whether wet or dry, making boats safer, cleaner, and more comfortable. AquaTraction services customers across the country and is the “go to” flooring for high profile fishing captains. AquaTraction is the official sponsor of Florida Sportfishing Magazine and can be seen on TV shows such as Flats Class TV, Florida Sportfishing TV, Reel Animals Fishing Show, and Wicked Tuna.

“We are thrilled to welcome AquaTraction into the Sartell Community. It offers a service that many of our residents will be able to utilize and is in a prime location with lots of history. The City looks forward to continuing to build a strong relationship with Josh and Mark and helping them through the buildout process.”

The Sartell-LeSauk Government Center was built in 1982 and housed both the Sartell Fire Department and LeSauk Township headquarters. The Sartell Fire Department moved out of the building in 2020 and moved into the new Public Safety Facility at 501 Pinecone Road S.  

AquaTraction Advanced Marine Flooring plans to open full manufacturing and full-service operations in its Sartell location starting in November and make Sartell the main office. There are two other locations (Clearwater, MN and North Kingstown, RI) they also operate out of. For more information visit https://www.aquatraction.com/.

Studio B to make Sartell its Permanent Home

The City of Sartell is excited to announce the sale of the previous Sartell Police Department building at 310 2nd Street S. to Catie and Charlie Bunde of Studio B.

Catie and Charlie are eager for the upcoming opportunity for Studio B, “We are humbled to be able to move Studio B. into a building that has been a cornerstone of the Sartell community. This move will be made possible by so many wonderful people that support the growth of Studio B. in the Sartell community. Our family, dance family, and community family are the village that is making a dream happen”.

Studio B offers a wide range of dance opportunities for all ages. From jazz to tap, ballet to hip-hop, and competition to recreation- Studio B offers it all. Studio B offers private lessons for dancers looking for 1:1 training and will train local dance teams in conditioning and technique classes. Follow Studio B on Facebook or visit the website, www.studiobmoved.com, to find the most current class schedules.

“Studio B making Sartell its permanent home is such a great addition to our community”, Scott Saehr, Director of Economic & Community Development for the City of Sartell, stated. “It will bring a vibrant and lively energy to the heart of Sartell, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for Catie and Charlie”.

The new Studio B location has a lot of history for the City of Sartell. It served as the combined Sartell City Hall and Sartell Police Department for many years. In 2001, City Hall moved into its current home at 125 Pinecone Rd. and in 2020 the Sartell Police Department move into the new Public Safety Facility at 501 Pinecone Rd. S.

Studio B Dance Studio is currently located at 101 7th St. N. Sartell near Hardware Hank. It is planning on moving into the new location after construction is complete, tentatively September 6, 2021.