City News

Awards

Nathan Johnson, City Planner for Pine City, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Small Town and Rural Planner by the American Planning Association (APA) Small Town & Rural Planning Division. Johnson was honored for his leadership in planning, contributions in providing better access to local government, and collaboration in providing more opportunities for Pine City and its constituency. Since Johnson’s arrival as city planner in 2005, Pine City has become more open and interactive, and he has helped to secure almost $1 million dollars in state and federal grants. “I am grateful to receive this award on behalf of the City of Pine City. We’ve been able to bring about a community vision and work toward that vision with great levels of involvement of our citizens,” said Johnson. That involvement would not have been possible if Johnson hadn’t worked with a community group called Horizons to establish a community blog, host annual open houses to engage citizens, and lead over 200 residents through the comprehensive planning process. In addition, Johnson has worked to advance inclusiveness, the arts, and business in Pine City. Johnson is a member of the APA and holds a professional degree in urban studies and city planning from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In 2012, he was a candidate for Minnesota House of Representatives. He is a native of Pine City and currently resides there.

Grants

The state’s Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) recently awarded Seed Grants to 34 innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Winning city projects:

  • The cities of Brownton, Detroit Lakes, Russell, Slayton, and Tamarack will use the grants to upgrade their street lighting to energy-efficient LED technologies.
  • The Richfield Housing & Redevelopment Authority will help 50-75 Latino homeowners save energy with the Home Energy Squad Enhanced Program through home visits and installation of low-cost materials.
  • The City of Duluth’s solar PV project will advance four or more small-scale solar electric installations at community park buildings, gardens, and public locations.
  • The City of Warren will add insulation to the walls of the Godel Library to lower operational costs.
  • The City of Royalton will work with SheerWind, Inc to install 80kW of wind energy using SheerWind’s INVELOX technology to reduce electricity bills and contribute to Royalton’s work as a Minnesota GreenStep City.

Staff News

Joyce Guillaume celebrated her Golden Anniversary—that’s 50 years!—as an employee of the City of Caledonia on March 3, 2014. Needless to say, Guillaume has seen a lot of changes during her long tenure as deputy clerk. Gone is the manual entering of utility billings using rate charts on poster board. Next went manual entering of the electric and water readings into a billing machine that would calculate and print the office ledger cards and customer cards. The current method is using the computer, which automatically reads electric and water meters and then they are downloaded, printed, and mailed to residents. Guillaume has also worked with nine mayors and nine city clerk/administrators over the years. The city congratulates her on this amazing achievement!

The Roseville City Council voted unanimously to approve a contract naming Patrick Trudgeon city manager. Trudgeon, who has been employed by the city since he was named the community development director in November 2007, has served as Roseville’s interim city manager since May of last year. “Pat proved himself worthy of permanent appointment during his time as interim city manager, being responsive to the city council and to the community,” Mayor Dan Roe said. “We look forward to building on that foundation going forward.” While serving as interim city manager, Trudgeon successfully guided the city through a challenging 2014 budget process, improved communication between the Council and city administration, and helped better position the overall staff structure at the city for the future. “I am honored that the City Council has given me the opportunity to serve the community as city manager,” Trudgeon said. “There are exciting things happening in Roseville, and I feel fortunate to be in a position to help guide the city toward an even brighter future.” Trudgeon came to Roseville from the City of Ramsey, where he served as the community development director for seven years. He has also worked as the planning and development director of the City of North Branch, as a City Councilmember in Beloit, Wis., and as a lobbyist in Wisconsin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.