Kings Park Project Wins Award
Oronoco Township, Olmsted County has been selected for one of the Local Government Innovation Awards given by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The School selected Oronoco Township for its efforts to bring wastewater treatment to the Kings Park subdivision on the Zumbro River. The township worked collaboratively with community members, engineers, and regulatory agencies to offer its citizens a non-typical service of building a sewer system. Some of the homes discharged sewage directly to the river while others had outdated systems. Financed by a Clean Water Legacy grant and loan, this project will serve 14 homes near the confluence of the river’s middle and south forks north of Rochester.
Currently in its eighth year, the Local Government Innovation Awards recognize outstanding cities, townships, counties, and schools in Minnesota that demonstrate results in improving local services. This program is led by Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Each year, local government entities are recognized for their innovative work.
The awards are organized in partnership with the Bush Foundation and co-sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota School Board Association, and the Minnesota Association of Townships.
Four judging panels considered nearly 100 submissions for their creativity, sustainability, and collaboration and selected five winners from each category. One overall winner from each category will receive a $5,000 grant from the Bush Foundation to continue their work and a professionally produced video to use to share the story of their work with others. Oronoco Township is the overall winner in the Township category. All 20 winners were formally recognized at an awards ceremony and reception Thursday, December 11, at the Humphrey School.