West St. Paul recognized with recent awards

Recently, the City of West St. Paul received two awards for work it has done.

Council member Lisa Eng-Sarne said the city received a City of Excellence Award from the League of Minnesota Cities for its inflow and infiltration work. 

The City of Excellence Award was presented at the League’s annual meeting at the end of June. Eng-Sarne, who attended the meeting, said people were impressed with the city’s work relating to I&I program.

The award, which was given to four cities, recognizes cities for outstanding projects or programs that have helped the cities progress in some way.

West St. Paul has faced I&I problems because of ageing housing stock and infrastructure. According to the council packet, if the city hadn’t taken action, it would have incurred additional Metropolitan Council charges because of the volume of stormwater being unnecessarily treated by a regional wastewater system. The city took steps to address these problems. 

“Reducing peak flow by 30% is something to be very proud of. It’s really hard to convey how big the award was,” Eng-Sarne said.

The city also received the Step 2 award from Minnesota GreenStep Cities. Eng-Sarne thanked a number of individuals who have supported “green programming and policy.”

“I am to understand the next step is very difficult to achieve but the good thing about GreenSteps is they provide a road map of varying routes to get to each step,” Eng-Sarne said, adding the city will select the path it will take to reach the next step.

 

—Hannah Burlingame

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