St. Anthony Village receives City of Excellence Award for second time

The city of St. Anthony was presented with a City of Excellence Award from the League of Minnesota Cities at the LMC’s annual conference on Wednesday, June 20.

This year marked the 100-year anniversary of the conference, which met for three days at St. Paul’s River Centre from June 19-21.

St. Anthony received the award for its collaboration with other municipalities, and for innovation and improved city services.

The city of around 8,230 residents competed with nearly 100 cites in the 5,000 to 19,999 population category.

The LMC honored five other cities with City of Excellence Awards in different categories. The other five municipalities are: Centerville, Circle Pines, Lexington, Woodbury and Chatfield.

According to the LMC website, St. Anthony has been able to build relationships that enable the city to maintain and expand a variety of services throughout city departments that may have otherwise not existed.

Some recent examples include: providing financial services such as payroll for the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and utility billing for the city of Birchwood Village, contracting human resources with neighboring New Brighton, contract planning and engineering services with certified professionals, providing a fueling station for New Brighton’s fleet of city vehicles, participating in mutual fire safety training with Columbia Heights and Fridley and contracting with Roseville for its IT services.

St. Anthony’s Mayor Jerry Faust said collaborations such as these have allowed St. Anthony to save money, while providing and expanding on quality services throughout the city’s departments.

“This award focuses on the economics of shared services and building capacity through technology rather than human resources,” Faust noted in the Summer 2013 Village Notes publication.

As an example, Faust said providing finance services for the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and quarterly water billing for the city of Birchwood Village are being provided without additional expenditures by the city, because they can be done off-site and do not require extra staff.

City Manager Mark Casey presented the mayor and council members the award at the Tuesday, June 25 city council meeting.

“It was a very proud honor to accept this award on behalf of the city,” Casey said at the meeting. “ These things don’t happen without a great and supportive city, from the mayor and council down to each and every one of the staff.”

This is the second City of Excellence Award the city of St. Anthony Village has received. The last one was in 2009 with an emphasis on the environmental aspects of sustainability.

“I’m not aware of another city being acknowledged in this manner this often. It is the cultural of seeking the best process that keeps our staff, residents and council moving forward in this vein. We all should be extremely proud of these accomplishments,” the mayor said.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.

 
 
 

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