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Environmental Services

The Steele County Environmental Services office is located in the lower level of the Steele County Administration Center, 630 Florence Ave, Owatonna MN 55060.

The Environmental Services Office provides information and assistance with environmental health issues and concerns (i.e. indoor air quality, public health nuisances, water quality), coordinates a well water testing program, oversees the county landfill operation, and implements the county solid waste management programs such as recycling, household hazardous waste, and waste education. The Environmental Services Office also administers the Green Source 2020 sustainable community grant project, which promotes waste reduction, resource conservation, and pollution prevention. 

Planning & Zoning Department

The Planning and Zoning office is located in the lower level of the Steele County Administration Building, 630 Florence Ave, Owatonna MN 55060.

Planning & Zoning/Building Inspection administers land use and zoning ordinances for rural portions of Steele County, and Uniform Building Code for the rural areas as well as the cities of Medford and Blooming Prairie. Some of the land use regulations include feedlots, individual sewage treatment systems, subdivision, floodplains and shoreland. Permits commonly handled by this office are building permits, septic system permits, variance requests, rezoning requests and conditional use permits. The department also maintains addresses and street naming, and numbering county-wide for the E-911 system. 

Transportation Department (Highway)

The Steele County Transportation Department is located in the Steele County Annex Building at 635 Florence Ave, Owatonna MN 55060.

The Transportation Office (Highway Dept.) is responsible for the construction and maintenance of 350 miles of County Roads. Programming of road and bridge construction includes project scheduling, surveys, design, right-of-way acquisition and contract administration. A total of 125 bridges on County and Township roads are inspected annually. 

Routine County Highway maintenance includes drainage repairs, surface repairs, snow and ice control and traffic management (signing/signalization). Budgeting and accounting of all construction and maintenance is accomplished and all costs are reported annually.

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