Community Info

With its rich heritage and promising future, the City of Delano exemplifies the “Spirit of Community.”

Located on the western fringe of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Delano offers a pleasant blend of commerce and small-town living. The people of the community pride themselves on their national award-winning school district.

The tradition of this historic river town carries over into all aspects of community life. Delano is proud of its past, and looks to the future with ambition and optimism.

Welcome!

Mission

The mission of the City of Delano is to continue to provide the highest quality public services that effectively address changing citizen and community needs in a fiscally responsible and friendly manner.

Vision

Delano will continue its legacy as a friendly, outgoing community embracing its natural beauty while providing a safe, peaceful and progressive environment to live, work and play. Its spirit of community and small-town charm will be enjoyed by a strong and active multi-generational population.

City values

1. Excellence and quality in the delivery of services.

The city believes that service to the public is its reason for being and strives to deliver quality services in a highly professional and cost-effective manner.

2. Fiscal Responsibility.

The city believes that fiscal responsibility and the prudent stewardship of public funds is essential for citizen confidence in government.

3. Ethics and integrity.

The city believes that ethics and integrity are the foundation blocks of public trust and confidence and that all meaningful relationships are built on these values.

4. Treating citizens with respect.

The city strives to treat all citizens with courtesy and respect, who deserve the best services it can provide.

5. Open and honest communication.

The city believes that open and honest communication is essential for an informed and involved citizenry and to foster a positive working environment for employees.

6. Cooperation and teamwork.

The city believes that the public is best served when departments and employees work cooperatively as a team, rather than at cross purposes.

7. Professionalism.

The city believes that continuous improvement is the mark of professionalism and is committed to applying this principle to the services it offers and the development of its employees.

8. Visionary leadership and planning.

The city believes that the very essence of leadership is to be visionary and to plan for the future.

9. Creativity and innovation.

The city believes that the city is best served when council members, commissioners, and employees are creative and innovative in the fulfillment of their responsibilities.

The City of Delano

The City of Delano provides a wide variety of services for its residents and business community. Within the city’s mission, maintaining tight fiscal responsibility is important in its provision of services. To best accomplish its goals, the organization is divided up into six service areas.

Public works

The Delano Public Works Department is responsible for the physical maintenance of the city’s infrastructure. One of the biggest goals and responsibilities of the public works department is to protect the city’s investment in its infrastructure and of its building and equipment. The public works department follows the city’s capital improvement program (CIP), which incorporates plans for capital expenditures for the city’s streets, storm sewer system, sanitary sewer system, park system, wastewater treatment, and all public buildings.

Six full-time employees and as many as six part-time seasonal workers keep the city’s streets clean, sewers operational, and parks maintained.

The Delano Public Works Facility is located at 402 Wright County Road 30 SE, Delano, MN 55328, (763) 972-0580.

The engineering services for the City of Delano are contracted with Wenck Associates of Maple Plain. The City Engineer’s primary role is plan reviews and specifications for street designs, sewer, and water systems; manage the street reconstruction program, and coordinate the city’s surface water run-off program.

Public safety

Delano and the surrounding area is served by a volunteer fire and rescue department. Over the last three years, this dedicated team has responded to more than 400 calls for help in an average year, in addition to completing the extensive training requirements that prepare its members for duty. The services the department provides range from fire suppression to medical assistance and responding to vehicular accidents. The department also covers Haz-Mat incidents that include all life and property safety incidents.

The Delano Fire Station is located at 245 Second Street North, Delano, MN 55328, (763) 972-0581. Bob Van Lith is the city’s fire chief. For emergency response, call 911.

Delano contracts with the Wright County Sheriff’s Department for police services. In addition to the countywide service already provided by the department, the city commissions services in the form of additional officers in the community.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Department is located at 3800 Braddock Avenue NE, Buffalo, MN 55313-1197, (763) 682-1162. Joe Hagerty is the Wright County Sheriff. For emergency response, call 911.

Community services

Planning/Land Use

As the city continues to grow, planning land uses and infrastructure is vital to the future of the community. With demand for housing and commercial development, requests to the city for additional infrastructure and services continue.

The growth pressures require clear direction from the city’s planning commission and the city council. The city’s strategy of ensuring high-quality growth in a controlled fashion requires diligence on review of applications and planning future development areas.

The comprehensive plan is the backbone of the city’s planning efforts. In 2012, the City of Delano revisited and updated the comprehensive plan. The document outlines requirements for new developments and identifies ideal land uses for all areas of the community

Specifically, the comprehensive plan establishes growth rate ranges for residential growth; recommending enough growth to pay for infrastructure and services without burdening the existing community, yet restricting growth at levels deemed harmful to the plan’s objectives. The plan identifies necessary park areas, transportation corridors, infrastructure needs, and design characteristics.

New development typically begins with the annexation process. The City of Delano is nearly fully developed, in terms of its existing land. Property owners in adjacent Franklin Township, however, are allowed under state law to request the annexation of their property into the City of Delano. There are other forms of annexation that typically put townships and cities into an adversarial relationship; however, the city has avoided these approaches and chosen to annex only requesting property owners.

Building and Zoning

The city enforces the Minnesota State Building Code and the city’s zoning code for building construction and property maintenance. Building permits are reviewed by the city’s building official, and all necessary inspections are performed for every permit. Permit applications and requirements can be found online at www.delano.mn.us.

Zoning complaints are also investigated by this department. The city pursues zoning issues on a complaint basis and works with property owners to gain compliance. Scott Dornfeld is the city’s building official and may be reached at (763) 972-0532.

Parks and Recreation

The city provides park and recreation services in Delano for the greater community to utilize. Parks and recreation programs are an important contributor to a community’s quality of life, and Delano is working diligently to provide greater opportunities.

The Park and Recreation Commission is an advisory commission to the Delano City Council. It is charged with the responsibility to study, investigate, and make recommendations regarding short and long-term park planning and systems management. This includes, but is not limited to, acquisition, development, construction, maintenance, and operation of City parks and playgrounds; coordination of recreational programming; preservation of natural resources; promotion of environmental awareness; and such other matter as may be referred to it by the City Council.

The city assists with the provision of summer recreation services for youth by a variety of agencies and organizations. Delano Community Education provides summer enrichment programming called the “Discovery Zone” for elementary-aged youth. A vast network of community organizations provide youth recreation, such as the Delano Youth Baseball Softball Association (DYBSA), which provides programming for more than 800 youth. The city works to support and assist these organizations in their efforts.

Park development and rehabilitation are also important to the livability of the community. Delano’s parks offer green space, sports facilities, trails, and many other outlets to enjoy Minnesota’s great outdoors. The city provides a variety of park needs, ranging from smaller parks located within individual neighborhoods to larger community parks, such as Central Park.

Delano Senior Center

The Delano Senior Center strives to provide services that help meet the needs of people 55 and older. Local residents are invited to participate in one or more of the many programs offered through Delano Senior Center.

The Senior Dining Program, operated by Catholic Charities Senior Dining, offers both a congregate dining and a Meals-on-Wheels program for homebound seniors. A well-balanced noon meal prepared on-site is served at the senior center or delivered by volunteers to homebound seniors. These meals are delivered through a network of volunteer drivers. This service is available to seniors 60 and older living in the cities of Delano, Maple Plain, Independence, Rockford, Loretto, as well as Franklin Township.

Volunteer opportunities include receptionist, Meals-on-Wheels drivers, kitchen aides, group leaders, serving on an advisory board, and more.

Recreational and social activities are an important part of independent living. There are plenty of activities to choose from including choir, story theater, trips, card groups, special interest groups, educational speakers and classes, morning coffee, community education, writers group, book club, and more.

Open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Senior Center is located at 234 Second Street North, Delano, MN 55328. Nick Neaton is the Senior Center Coordinator and Linda Van Lith is the Senior Center Assistant Coordinator.  The phone number is (763) 972-0574 and e-mail is dsc@delano.mn.us.

Transportation services

Trailblazer Transit offers general public transportation servicing Sibley, McLeod and Wright Counties.  This dial-a-ride service is designed to serve the general public, meaning that almost everyone can use the system.  Children, youth, adults, and seniors alike use Trailblazer to get to work, school, day care, recreational activities and social events.  Trailblazer buses are equipped with an elevator for handicapped accessibility and for customers who have difficulty use the stairs for any reason.

The senior center also operates a transportation program for day tours, shopping trips, and community events.

Trailblazer Transit hours of operation:

Busses are in service from 6:30am – 5:30pm Monday thru Friday.  Bus system fairs include: $4.00 for rides less than 25 miles.  $8.00 for rides equal to or greater than 25 miles.  $2.00 DISCOUNT FARE for intracity rides.  More information on Trailblazer’s fare structure can be found online or by calling them at 1-888-743-3828.  Trailblazer also offers special promotions and Virtual Monthly Passes.

Housing

The city, through the economic development authority, operates the Crow River Villa Apartments. The Villa Apartments provide 30 units of affordable public housing. Crow River Villa Apartments are reserved for those seniors, age 62 or older; handicapped and/or disabled persons that are able to live independently or with the help of a privately-contracted service.

The Crow River Villa Apartments are located at 125 Fifth Street South, Delano, MN 55328, (763) 972-2945. Tammy Matthees is the city’s housing director.

Delano Public Library

The Delano Public Library is operated by Great River Regional Library and open six days a week. The library provides Delano area residents with many reading and media resources, along with public computer access. The library is also supported by the Delano Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization.

The Delano Public Library is part of a consolidated six-county organization called Great River Regional Library (GRRL) System. It has 32 individual branch libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright counties. Most of GRRL’s funding is provided through taxation at the county level, with some additional funds being provided at the state and federal level.

The library is located at 160 Railroad Avenue, Delano, MN 55328. For more information, contact the Delano Library at (763) 972-3467.

Delano Public Library hours are: Mondays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 1 to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community Garden

Through the cooperation of The Big Woods Garden Club, City of Delano, and local businesses, the Delano Area Community Garden was founded in 2009.

Community gardens are designated areas allowing those wishing to plant fruits and vegetables in a public space to do so. Participants will receive a 10’ x 20’ garden plot with access to a water tank. The cost is $15 per plot, per family.

Participants will be required to attend a one-hour educational seminar explaining the rules of the Delano Area Community Garden. At the educational seminar, registered gardeners will hear from a Wright County Master Gardener. In addition, city park rules must be followed and will be explained. Anyone interested in starting his or her own plot is encouraged to contact the Garden Committee at garden@delano.mn.us for further details.

Municipal Enterprises

The City of Delano operates two distinct and different enterprises: a municipal liquor store and the Delano Municipal Utilities.

Delano Wine and Spirits is the city’s municipal liquor store. Located next to Coborn’s at Delano Crossings, the municipal liquor store exceeds $2 million per year in sales, bringing more than $175,000 in profits back to the city. In the past, proceeds of all sales were reinvested 100 percent in city parks, which has been instrumental in the Central Park redevelopment and other parks projects. This year, approximately 40 percent of the profits were directed to the city’s general operations to keep local property taxes lower. The municipal liquor store can be reached at (763) 972-0578, and its hours are Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Sunday. Nancy Drumsta is the liquor store manager.

Delano Municipal Utilities (DMU) operates the city’s electric and water utility enterprises. Dating back to the early 1930s, DMU was established as the Delano Water, Light, and Power enterprise.

Today, it operates under the DMU name. It is governed autonomously by the Delano Water, Light, and Power Commission, which has the authority to buy and sell power, manage its employees, and establish the necessary rates for its services. The city council appoints members to three-year terms on the commission.

Delano Municipal Utilities is located at 11 Bridge Avenue, PO Box 65, Delano, MN 55328, (763) 972-0557. Its website is www.delanomn.us. Hal Becker is the utilities general manager.

Finance

In 2009, the city’s financial status was analyzed by Standard and Poors, which recommended an upgrade in the city’s financial rating. The upgrade reflected the city’s strong fund balances, steady-to-declining tax rate, and sound financial planning. Prior to 2009, the city received a bond upgrade in 2005, and another one in 2007.

The finance department is operated at Delano City Hall. Brian Bloch is the city’s finance director and may be reached at (763) 972-0584.

Administration

The administration department of the city is responsible for a variety of tasks.

Primarily, the department oversees and supports all of the other departments within the city. The council provides its direction through the city administrator on policy decisions, which are then directed to those involved with delivering the services. The department also is responsible for retention and dissemination of all public documents and information.

In addition, the department handles most licenses and permits issued by the city. Dog licenses, liquor licenses, burning permits, and others are issued at Delano City Hall.

Phil Kern is the City Administrator and may be reached at (763) 972-0565. Brian Bloch is the City Clerk and may be reached at (763) 972-0584.

Motor vehicle department

The Motor Vehicle office provides a variety of services to meet the needs of our citizens. This office handles all motor vehicle transactions and all DNR vehicle transactions. Some of the services include tab renewals, new and new to state vehicle registration, title transfers, duplicate titles, and duplicate plate and stickers. This office also handles Fast Track title processing. For an additional $20, you can receive your new title in 3-5 business days versus the standard 8 weeks. Our office has a complete stock of plates for all vehicles. The motor vehicle office handles all DNR vehicle registration, transfers, and duplicates.

The motor vehicle office is now able to process limited driver’s license transactions. If you need a duplicate driver’s license or ID card because yours was lost or stolen, or need a change of address, we can process a new driver’s license or ID card for you. This office cannot process driver’s license renewals.

Now accepting Visa, Master Card, and Discover (All transactions paid by credit card is subject to a 2.45 percent service charge.)

The motor vehicle department’s hours are:

Monday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – noon.

To contact the motor vehicle department, call (763) 972-0568. Also visit www.delano.mn.us/services/departments/motor-vehicle

Heart Safe Community

In June 2011, the City of Delano was designated a Heart Safe Community.

The goal of a Heart Safe Community is to make the community a safer place to live, work, and play by being prepared to reduce the number of deaths and disabilities associated with sudden cardiac arrest.

Through a Heart Safe Community program, communities can strengthen what the American Heart Association has called the “chain of survival,” which has four basic links; Early Access – calling 911; Early CPR encouraging widespread bystander CPR training to increase immediate action; Early Defibrillation – AEDs in public locations and individuals trained to use them; Early Advanced Care – the quick arrival of ALS Ambulance service to continue care.

Other community services

Ambulance/Hospitals

Ridgeview Ambulance Service – Waconia
Call 911, or (952) 442-2191

Allina Hospitals and Clinics – Buffalo

Medical Transport
Call 911, or (763) 682-7760

Arena

Delano Sports Arena
(763) 972-6470

Wright County Government Center
Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(763) 682-3900 or 800-362-3667
www.co.wright.mn.us

Delano Municipal Utilities

11 Bridge Avenue West
PO Box 65
Delano, MN 55328
www.delanomn.us
info@delanoutilities.org
(763) 972-0557 or fax (763) 972-0587

To report an electrical or water outage after regular office hours, call (612) 719-1705.

Delano Municipal Utilities is a community-owned municipal electric and water utility. It has been serving the community of Delano since 1894. Recently, its customer base has experienced growth and is now over 2,400.

A board of five commissioners appointed by the city council governs DMU, which purchases power wholesale from Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency.

The commission typically meets the third Monday of each month at Delano City Hall council chambers, at 7 p.m.

Delano Municipal Utilities is staffed by a general manager hired by the commission, along with 14 employees under the direction of the general manager.

Other utilities

Other utility and service providers serving the City of Delano include:

  • For gas service, contact Xcel Energy at (800) 895-4999.
  • Frontier Communications provides telephone service and high-speed Internet. Contact them at (800) 921-8101 for residential or (800) 921-8102 for businesses.
  • Garbage pickup can be arranged with Randy’s Environmental Services at (763) 972-3335.
  • Charter Communication provides cable television services and high-speed Internet and can be contacted at (800) 581-0081. New residents should call (763) 477-2043.
Post Office

The Delano Post Office will address any mailbox location questions you may have; it can be contacted at (763) 972-2500 or 800-ASK-USPS. The post office is located at 100 River Street, and its lobby hours are:

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 to 10 a.m.
Sunday: Closed

Delano’s ZIP code is 55328.