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Stillwater Blvd Closure starts June 12th, 2024

Full closure of Stillwater Boulevard between Klondike and Lake Elmo Avenue is scheduled to start Wednesday June 12th. Estimation on the closure is 2 weeks, pending weather and private utility cooperation.

Lake Elmo Vision Study
More information here.
The survey is located here.

Irrigation Zones

2024 Irrigation zones are the same as last year.

2023 Irrigation Zone Map - New

National Public Works Week 2024

Join us in recognizing Public Works Week, May 19-25. This annual event highlights the role city Public Works staff provides and their commitment to keep our community looking great. Thank you to all the Public Work staff for their pride and dedication they have in keeping our roadways clear, parks clean and residents safe.
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Tablyn and Pebble Park Courts are open!

The reconstruction of two separate playing surfaces are finally complete and available for use. The city has added 4 pickle ball and 1 tennis court at our Tablyn Park location and added up to 6 potential pickle ball courts and 1 tennis court at Pebble Park.  Courts can be reserved for daily use up to 3 hours, please click here for more information.


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*Looking to make a donation or have a suggestion for a better park experience? Please fill out a request form here.*

CSAH 17 crack seal

The county will be having a segment of CSAH 17 crack sealed on Wednesday May 22, 2024. No parking signs will be placed to complete the work efforts. 
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Service Line

The City of Lake Elmo is pleased to announce that a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) grant has been provided to conduct a lead service line inventory, now required of all city water systems. A service line is the pipe connecting the water main to the interior plumbing of a building, and it can be made of various materials including lead - commonly used prior to being banned in Minnesota in 1985. The City has partnered with engineering firm SEH to develop a lead service line inventory, documenting the location and material of all service lines. There is no safe level of lead, and developing a lead service line inventory is the first step toward replacing any lead service lines in the City’s water system.


If your home was built before 1985 and is connected to the City’s water
system, be on the lookout for a letter in the mail to schedule an inspection appointment with SEH to inspect your service line. SEH staff will need to gain access to your water meter and the water line coming into your building. To help complete this required inventory, you can self-identify your own service line. To self-identify your own service line, visit our web page at https://arcg.is/1b01jy1. Follow the directions to upload your photos, and enter the information requested, including your utility billing account number. If you do not know your account number, please email LSLInventory@sehinc.com or call Michele Hayes at 218.461.1360 or Rochelle Nelson at 651.490.2100. Thank you for participating in this important and necessary endeavor.

I-94 Traffic Impacts

Closures starting May 2nd are located here.

Tablyn Park

Access to Tablyn Park will be closed Thursday, April 11th and Friday, April 12th.
Improvements to Tablyn Park’s parking lot are underway. Additional parking spots are being added to the upper parking lot. Material from the area is being relocated to the sledding hill to fill in voids.

Help support Lions Park for the 2024 Season

We hope you will consider helping Lions Park ball field by advertising your business and/or cause with a vintage sign.

In addition to helping create a vintage feel at the ball field, your advertising funds are used solely for improvements to the Lions Park Ballfield area. None of the funds are used for general city expenses.

We hope that you will consider a sign subscription at Lions Park for the 2024 season.  Your $500 for a 4x8 sign or $900 for a 4x16 sign contribution will help make improvements to the field and ensure the sign stays up for another year.

To participate, all you need to do is send your contact information and a check payable to the City of Lake Elmo-Lions Park Sign 2024, 3880 Laverne Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042 by May 1st, 2024. We are not able to take payment by credit card at this time. After it is received, staff will contact you and support you through the process of making the sign and getting it placed next season.

Again, thank you for your support of this community asset.

Reid Park updates

Updates to the Reid Park baseball field are underway!!
Thanks to a donation from the Lake Elmo Baseball Association new fencing and dugouts are being installed!
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Spring/Summer Traffic Impacts

Information from the DOT HERE
Update April 2024 

Spring Street Sweeping

Public Works will begin spring street sweeping Tuesday, March 19th and continuing through Friday, March 22nd, 2024.

Please minimize street parking and keep garbage containers behind the curb in your driveway.   

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe!! 

Spring Burns

Parks hosting open house ahead of spring prescribed burns

Washington County is planning to conduct prescribed burns throughout the park system April through December, with most burns occurring between March and May. Burns are planned at Big Marine Park Reserve, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Pine Point Regional Park, Square Lake Park, and St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, as well as along CR-18 in Lake St. Croix Beach.

Why prescribed burns?
Prescribed burns are a key tool that has been used for generations to help keep grasslands and forests healthy by removing accumulated fuel, recycling nutrients, encouraging the growth of desirable plant species, and reducing pestilence.

Planning and safety measures
Each burn is carefully planned with the assistance of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division. Washington County submits a detailed burn plan for each location and receives a burn variance to conduct burns during suitable conditions, even during periods of open burning restrictions. Additionally, the county obtains burn permits from each local fire department. The burns will occur primarily during the day when weather conditions permit a safe and effective burn with good to excellent smoke dispersal. Trained personnel are on-site until the fire is extinguished.

Learn more at the Prescribed Fire Open House
Join county staff at the Prescribed Fire Open House from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, April 2 at Lake Elmo Park Reserve’s Nordic Center Trailhead. The Prescribed Fire Open House provides an opportunity for the public to:

  • Learn about the purpose and benefits of prescribed burns.
  • Ask questions and engage with experts.
  • Observe safety measures and equipment in action.

No vehicle permit is required for this informative event. The county invites the public to attend and gain insights into the county’s commitment to ecological stewardship.

For more information about Washington County Parks, visit www.co.washington.mn.us/Parks, or contact our Parks team at 651-430-8370 or parks@co.washington.mn.us.

Lions Park nets are up!

Pickleball and Volleyball nets have been installed and are ready to use at Lions Park.

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Closure of Klondike Ave

Closure of Klondike Avenue south of County Road 14

Klondike Avenue remains closed to thru traffic at the Union Pacific Railroad Crossing south of County Road 14. A fiber optic line running along the railroad tracks was found during the installation of a new sanitary sewer pipe being extended by a land developer. The owner of the fiber optic line is in the process of relocating it to allow construction to continue. The crossing will remain closed until construction can continue to completion. Currently the development team and contractor are working to obtain required permits to resume construction and complete the work. A schedule of when the roadway will be reopened will depend on construction schedules once permits are in place.

Public Notice of Election

WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA
PUBLIC NOTICE OF ELECTION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that:
Each voter’s official ballot will have the names of all the candidates for that voter’s precinct.

To view the sample ballot(s) for a precinct based on a voter’s address, visit https://pollfinder.sos.mn.gov/ or visit https://www.co.washington.mn.us/667/Elections. To receive a free copy of the sample ballot(s) specific to your address, contact Washington County Election Administration at 651-430-6790 or elections@co.washington.mn.us. You may also receive the sample ballot at the Washington County Election Administration Office, located at:
Washington County Government Center
14949 62nd Street North
Stillwater, MN 55082

The Presidential Nomination Primary Election will be held in Washington County, Minnesota, on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at the polling locations listed below for the purpose of voting for candidates of the offices specified below. The polls for said election will be open at 7:00 AM and will remain open until closing at 8:00 PM.

FEDERAL OFFICES
• US President

The polling places are as follows:
Lake Elmo P-1 Lake Elmo City Center, 3880 Laverne Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Lake Elmo P-2 Lake Elmo City Hall, 3800 Laverne Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Spring Load Restrictions begin February 26th 2024

For more information visit our Road Restriction page here: https://www.lakeelmo.org/departments/public_works_and_engineering/road_restrictions.php

Update: Road restrictions will end Monday, March 25th, 2024.

Pickleball nets are back up!

Great News! Due to the upcoming nice weather, pickleball nets are back up at Ivywood Park!

Lions Park Ice Rink Open; Update - closed due to weather

 
Open skating available to all users.
Recent cold temps has allowed for making perfect ice.

Lions Park closes daily at 10pm.

Update; the rink has been closed due to the unseasonably warm weather.

Met Council Regional Solicitation survey

Be a part of making transportation investment decisions in the metro region! Complete a budget exercise that gives you $250 million to distribute across 11 Regional Solicitation application categories.


This is your chance to tell the Transportation Advisory Board how you would prioritize federal funding as the board considers project selection this spring. Tell us how you would invest in regional transportation:
https://metcouncil.mn/RSbudget

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LINK TO THE DROP OFF LOCATIONS HERE

Parks Master Plan Survey

More information on the Parks Master Plan and survey available here
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Thursday, December 14th, 2023

City Administration, Finance, Building, and Utility Departments will be unavailable Thursday, December 14th, 2023 from 11:30 am to 1pm due to an all-staff event. Office staff will be available before and after the time listed. Please plan accordingly for in person visits.

Water Main Break on HWY 14/Lake Elmo Ave

Staff will be onsite to fix a water main break at the cross section of HWY 14 and Lake Elmo Ave. Expect cones and traffic redirection on HWY 14 in this area.

Offices closed November 23rd and 24th

City of Lake Elmo offices will be closed Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th, 2023.

New Recycling Bins in Lake Elmo!

The City of Lake Elmo has been working with Washington County and their environmental specialist to incorporate recycling efforts in our downtown area and at the new City Center. A grant provided by Washington County offered the city an opportunity to place bins throughout downtown, Lions Park and VFW Field, and at City Hall.  These bins will help promote recycling throughout the area and can help reduce waste up to 60% in common areas.

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Washington County Lake Elmo Park Reserve Ash Tree Removal

Washington County is continuing ash tree removal within Lake Elmo Park Reserve in response to the emerald ash borer.


Starting Nov. 15 through March 31, 2024, ash trees will be removed near trails and in natural areas of the park. These removals will help minimize risk to the public from falling trees and will also reduce fuel loads that can increase fire risk within the park.

To complete the work, a contractor will be using equipment to cut and haul the trees to staging areas, before chipping and removing debris from the site. Once work commences, ski trails on the south side of Lake Elmo and the snowmobile trail will be closed. Only ash trees will be removed, and new bareroot trees will be planted in suitable areas in the spring of 2024.

If time and weather conditions allow, staff will also remove dead or dying ash trees along the property boundaries.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture website has more information about the emerald ash borer at www.mda.state.mn.us/eab

Election Day November 7th, 2023 for ISD 834

Polling locations have not changed for 2023.

Please check the Secretary of States website if you are unsure where your precinct is located:  https://pollfinder.sos.mn.gov/

Voting locations:
old city hall building - 3800 Laverne Ave N
old Fire Station 1 - 3510 Laverne Ave N

Any questions, please contact Rebecca at 651-747-3904

2023 Fall Street Sweeping

Public Works will be sweeping select streets to remove excessive leaf build up and chip seal from the 2023 street projects starting Wednesday, November 1st through Wednesday, November 8th.  Please minimize street parking, and keep garbage containers in your driveway and off the streets. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

City Newsletter

Stay up to date with our city e-newsletter!

To sign-up and access previous newsletters, click here.

Water Rebate Program - Irrigation Audit

Information available HERE.

2023 Engineering RFP

The City of Lake Elmo is soliciting proposals from firms interested in providing a wide variety of general engineering services and related technical services. The firm selected will be designated as the City Engineer for 2024-2028.

Request for Proposals available here.

Deadline for submittals is Wed., October 18th, 2023 at noon.

Please contact City Administrator Kristina Handt with any questions at khandt@lakeelmo.org or 651.747.3905.

OPEN HOUSE

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2023 Seal Coat Project

The City of Lake Elmo will be seal coating a number of city streets starting the week of September 4th, 2023.  The seal coat application adds approximately 7 years of life to the bituminous by keeping the moisture from entering the pores and leaching into the subgrade.  The small trap rock chips will be swept up twice after the application, again at the end of October and again next spring.

Please travel safely around workers and equipment. 

Washington County Labor Study

The Lake Elmo (EDA) Economic Development Authority’s August 15th board meeting provided an opportunity for Washington County to present an update on their recent labor study completed with RealTime Talent.  The presentation provided an overview of Washington County’s labor market, industry analysis and priorities. 

Please click here for the report. 

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Water Schedule

Watering changes in Lake Elmo were passed at the City Council Meeting on May 16th, 2023.

Property owners in Zone A may water, sprinkle, or irrigate on Mondays and Fridays.
Property owners in Zone B may water, sprinkle, or irrigate on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Property owners in Zone C may water, sprinkle, or irrigate on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Property owners in Zone D may water, sprinkle, or irrigate on Thursdays and Sundays.

Watering is on your day only -  starting at 12:01am and ending at 11:59pm, not over night into the next day.

Irrigation/sprinkler watering is NOT permitted between the hours of 5 am and 5 pm.

To view the MAP and more information on new sod or seed watering waivers please click here

Pilot Park update

The Public Works Department installed new youth soccer nets at Pilot Park this week.

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Natural Gas work August 2nd - August 5th, 2023

Northern Natural Gas will be conducting work at their odorizing site on 50th Street N (just east of Lily Avenue N). This site is utilized as an odorizing station where the odorant (mercaptan) is added to the pipeline. Mercaptan smells similar to rotten eggs. Residents in the area can expect strong odors of mercaptan in the area while this work is being performed. The natural gas pipeline will continue to be in operation as the work goes on. The time line for this work is Tuesday, August 2nd – Saturday, August 5th.  

National Night Out, August 1st, 2023

City of Lake Elmo
National Night Out
August 1st, 2023
6 - 8 pm
Lion's Park

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Valley Branch Watershed Survey

The Valley Branch Watershed District (VBWD) is a public organization tasked with protecting and managing local water resources within an area spanning 14 cities and townships in Washington and Ramsey Counties. The VBWD is seeking input from you as it begins updating its Watershed Management Plan which will guide VBWD actions for the next 10 years. Please take a brief (5-10 minute) survey to help the VBWD better understand your concerns and priorities regarding our local water resources.

Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VBWD_Planning

City Offices will be closed for in person services July 10-12th, 2023

City Offices will be closed for in person services July 10-12th, 2023.
We will reopen to the public Thursday, July 13th, 2023.
Thank you for your patience while we move and complete construction.
Drop boxes are available at both buildings near the main entrances.
Staff members are available by phone: 651-747-3900, or email. Our directory is located here.
We look forward to welcoming you to the new Lake Elmo City Center!

CLOSED July 4th and the 5th-7th, 2023

City Hall will be closed for the 4th of July holiday.

July 5th - 7th, staff will be setting up the new City Center Building. We will be available by phone and email, but not in person.

Any questions, please contact our main line at 651-747-3900.

Water Main Break 6-20-23; completed

Water will be shut off to a number of homes in the Stonegate and Whistling Valley subdivisions to repair a water main break at 9 am, June 20th, 2023.

City Hall closed Monday, June 19th, 2023

City Hall will be closed Monday, June 19th, 2023 in observance of Juneteenth.

Farmers Market

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Irrigation Restrictions

THE CITY OF LAKE ELMO WILL BE OUT ENFORCING THE NEW IRRIGATION RESTRICTIONS STARTING THURSDAY, JUNE 1st, 2023.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM IS SET TO FOLLOW THE NEW 2 DAY A WEEK RESTRICTIONS ACCORDING TO THE IRRIGATION ZONE MAP.

NO IRRIGATING IS ALLOWED BETWEEN 5 AM AND 5 PM.

PLEASE CONSIDER WATER CONSERVATION TO ENSURE THE CITY WELLS CAN MAINTAIN WATER LEVELS IN THE TOWERS.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING TEMPORARY DEBRIS MANAGEMENT SITE:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING TEMPORARY DEBRIS MANAGEMENT SITE:

Next Wednesday, May 31st, will be the last day to utilize the temporary wood debris drop-off site at Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields at Belwin Conservancy. Remaining days and hours are as follows:
• Friday, May 26, 8:00am - 2:00pm
• Saturday, May 27, 8:00am - 2:00pm
• Sunday, May 28, 8:00am - 2:00pm
• Wednesday, May 31, 8:00am - 2:00pm

As a reminder, this site is available for Washington County residents only and is limited to wood waste from storm damage only. No root balls, stumps, yard waste, or grass clippings.

Several commercial and residential drop-off sites remain available for the disposal of yard debris and waste after May 31st:
• Gertens, Denmark Township: 12119 70th St S.
• Rumpca Companies, Cottage Grove: 9600 Glendenning Rd.
• County Yard Waste Site, Hugo: 5527 170th Street N.

Questions? Call 651-275-7475 or visit WashCoRecycles.com/YardWaste

Temporary Debris Management Site (4)

National Public Works Week

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Thank you, Lake Elmo Public Works staff, for keeping our water and sewer systems operational, our roads maintenanced, and our parks looking good!

Water Restriction Changes

Watering changes in Lake Elmo were passed at the City Council Meeting on May 16th, 2023.

Property owners in Zone A may water, sprinkle, or irrigate on Mondays and Fridays.
Property owners in Zone B may water, sprinkle, or irrigate on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Property owners in Zone C may water, sprinkle, or irrigate on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Property owners in Zone D may water, sprinkle, or irrigate on Thursdays and Sundays.

Watering is on your day only -  starting at 12:01am and ending at 11:59pm, not over night into the next day.

Water Zone Map:
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Irrigation/sprinkler watering is NOT permitted between the hours of 5 am and 5 pm.

For new sod or seed, watering waivers are located here

RFP Request for Ballfields in Lake Elmo

The City of Lake Elmo is seeking proposals for professionals interested in providing design services and bid document preparation services to renovate up to three baseball fields and construct up to two new fields in the City of Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  Submission deadline is  Tuesday, May 23th, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at Lake Elmo City Hall, 3800 Laverne Ave. N Lake Elmo, MN 55042. Questions should be directed to Adam Swanepoel, Assistant Public Works Director at aswanepoel@lakeelmo.org or 651-747-3946. The full RFP document is available here.

Prairie Burn at Sunfish Lake Park

A prairie burn will be conducted at Sunfish Lake Park today. Smoke and flames may be visible from mid morning through the afternoon. A contractor will be on site to ensure the burn goes as planned.

Adopt-A-Park Program

Adopt-A-Park Program Objective
To organize a volunteer effort to clean, beautify, develop and build pride in the city parks of Lake Elmo.  This program aims to generate a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for individuals and organizations who participate in assisting with beautification of our city parks.  Participants in the Adopt-a-Park Program will assist in an effort to improve the appearance and quality of our community and lead toward a cleaner, healthier environment.

Adopt-a-Park Information
Who can participate?
The program is open to individuals, families, groups, religious organizations, service organizations, schools, businesses, and other community organizations. Those under 18 must have a parent/guardian co-sign the waiver of liability form and be supervised by an adult during service.

What are the program benefits?
Participants will volunteer to positively impact the appearance, quality, and safety of our city parks while creating teamwork and the satisfaction of bettering our city as a group.  Participant’s name/group/business will be acknowledged on an Adopt-a-Park sign placed in a designated area of their adopted park. This is a 2-year program and may be adjusted or extended.

Will this cost me any money?
No, tasks are available under supervision/direction of the Public Works Department. Service tasks may include: picking up Litter/Sticks/Rocks/Debris, sweeping, raking, pulling weeds, watering vegetation, and reporting graffiti, broken equipment, or other unsafe conditions.

How do I get started?
Please reach out to Rebecca at rmcguire@lakeelmo.org with any questions and/or to sign up.

2022 Residential Survey

The City of Lake Elmo is asking residents to participate in annual community satisfaction surveys so that we can best assess the needs of our community and how well we're meeting your expectations. Please take a look back at 2022 and respond to these questions so that we can gauge how you feel about the level of public service provided, and create long and short term community goals for improvement. We value the time it takes to complete these surveys, and ask you to spread the word to your neighbors for a more complete understanding of residents' needs.

https://polco.us/svqt29

Fire Hydrant Flushing

Lake Elmo Public Works will be involved in a water main and fire hydrant flushing program starting Monday May 1st, 2023 and continuing through the week of May 12th, 2023.

This notice is to inform our customers that the flushing and valve operation will cause some areas to be without water for short periods of time and a decrease in pressure which may affect automatic flushing and pressure sensitive equipment.

Residents may also notice mineral particles in their water that can affect laundry operations.  If mineral particles are detected, cold water should be run to clear out household water lines.  If the problem persists, residents should contact the Lake Elmo Public Works at (651) 747-3940.

Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 17th-21st, 2023

Statewide Tornado Drills – Thursday, April 20 - 1:45pm & 6:45pm
The most important events during Severe Weather Awareness Week are the two annual statewide tornado drills. Outdoor warning sirens will sound in a simulated tornado warning. These drills are an excellent opportunity for residents to prepare their homes, families, neighborhoods and communities!

Afternoon Tornado Drill - 1:45 p.m.
Schools, businesses and other facilities are encouraged to conduct a tornado drill at this time to practice their tornado sheltering plans.

Evening Tornado Drill- 6:45 p.m.
The reason for a 6:45 p.m. drill is that severe weather including tornadoes occurs most often between 3 and 8 p.m. The statewide 1:45 p.m. drill gives institutions, first-shift and day workers a time to practice, but it does not allow second-shift workers the same opportunity. The 6:45 p.m. tornado drill also allows families to practice their sheltering plans.

Outdoor Warning Siren Network
The City of Lake Elmo owns and maintains 9 outdoor warning sirens throughout the city. Our siren network is tested and activated through the Washington County 911 Commination Center. Outdoor warning sirens are meant to be heard outside. When sirens sound, residents should always seek shelter and tune to local weather information on radio, television, or NOAA weather radio for more information. When the sirens are sounded, they will run for three minutes and then stop. The threat of severe weather does not stop when the sirens stop. Residents should continue to shelter and stay tuned to local weather information on radio, television or NOAA Weather Radios for the duration of the warning period.

Outdoor warning siren activation is based on the following criteria:

  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office 911 Communication Center tests/activates all sirens in the Washington County at 1:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, from March through October.
  • When a Tornado Warning is issued for Washington County by the National Weather Service.
    • Sirens are activated for each Tornado Warning issued by the National Weather Service. It is possible for a new Warning to be issued before a previous Warning expires.
  • When the National Weather Service indicates sustained wind speeds of 70 miles per hour or more.
  • When a City or County Public Safety Official (Sherriff, Fire) requests activation due to imminent danger to life and/or property. In this situation, Washington County also notifies the National Weather Service Office in Chanhassen.

Temp Debris Site

Temporary Debris Management Site (1)


Beginning Saturday April 15th, Washington County will open a temporary tree debris drop-off site for RESIDENT USE ONLY at Belwin Conservancy. Washington County residents are invited to bring their tree debris from the ice/snow storm event that occurred on April 1, to the temporary site located at Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields at Belwin Conservancy, 15601 Hudson Rd. N., Lakeland, MN 55043.

Since the site at Belwin is for residents only, all commercial debris removal by the cities and contractors must be directed elsewhere. This is mostly due to debris volume control and site limitations. Several commercial sites available are as follows:
Gertens – Denmark Township
Rumpca Companies – Denmark Township
County Yard Waste Site in Hugo
District Energy – St. Paul

The site will be open through May 31. The site is free and open to residents only. (No business waste.)
The site will accept wood waste from storm damage only. No root balls, stumps,  yard waste, or grass clippings.

Hours: Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
The site will be closed on Saturday, May 20 due to an event.
Learn more: WashCoRecycles.com/YardWaste | 651-275-7475

Pickleball at Ivywood Park

With the warmer weather expected this weekend, city staff has installed the pickleball nets at Ivywood Park.
Please be respectful of the court rules.

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City Street Sweeping

Public Works will begin sweeping city streets Wednesday, April 12th and continuing through Friday, April 21st, 2023.

Please minimize street parking and keep garbage containers behind the curb in your driveway. 

Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy next weeks predicted warmer temperatures!

~ Lake Elmo Public Works

Washington County Northern Yard Waste Site

After the weekend's snow event, there are still plenty of tree branches in city streets. Public works will be continuing to clean up the debris today.
Residents may dispose of tree debris at Washington Counties Northern Yard Waste Site.   Please check their website for hours of operation and rules: https://www.co.washington.mn.us/628/Yard-Waste

Ice Rinks Are Now Closed

LIONS PARK ICE RINKS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON DUE TO THE WARMING TEMPERATURE


See you next season!!
~Lake Elmo Public Works

Got a ticket? Washington County Court Hearing Office can handle it.

Got a ticket? Washington County Court Hearing Office can handle it.

STILLWATER, Minn. (March 27, 2023)—People who receive traffic or parking tickets in Washington County have a third option for getting them resolved: the Court Hearing Office.
“Most people think their only options for resolving a ticket are to pay it or to go to court,” said Washington County Court Administrator Deb Lepper. “But the Court Hearing Office offers a third, less stressful, way to discuss your citation.”

Washington County court hearing officers have the authority to work with most traffic offenses and parking tickets. They can resolve disputes and suspensions, negotiate payment plans and extensions, reduce the severity of the punishment, and even offer options to keep the ticket off your driving record.

“Lots of times, people just don’t know all of the options available to them,” said Washington County Court Hearing Officer Kari Rick. “They’re appreciative that we can walk them through the process and help them resolve the ticket in an informal way.”

Meetings with court hearing officers are done remotely, from a cell phone or computer. They’re also relatively short, alleviating the need for most people to take time off of work. 

The Court Hearing Office doesn’t only provide benefits to people with tickets. It also frees up the court calendar so that judges can handle more serious cases. However, meeting with a hearing officer doesn’t prevent people from going to court if they so choose. Those who don’t like the outcome from the Court Hearing Office have the option to have their case heard by a judge.

“We really do want to settle cases in the Court Hearing Office,” Lepper said. “But people absolutely retain the right to go to court if they don’t like the outcome from our office.”

To schedule an appointment to have the Washington County Court Hearing Office resolve your ticket, call 651-281-3219 or 800-657-3611 and press 2 at the prompt or send an email to: 10thWashingtonHearingOffice@courts.state.mn.us.

LAND FOR SALE - Request For Proposals

LAND FOR SALE. The City of Lake Elmo, Minnesota will accept proposals for the purchase of City owned property known as the former 3M land located east of Ideal Ave, PID 16.029.21.24.0002. The Option 1 property for sale is approximately 75 acres with 55 acres being south of CSAH 14 and north of the railroad tracks and 20 acres being south of the railroad tracks. The Option 2 property includes all of Option 1 plus 16.029.21.23.0003 or approximately 176 acres. Land uses include business park, commercial, low density residential and park.

RFP - Request For Proposals
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Environmental Report
Preliminary ALTA Survey
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2023 Spring Road Restrictions

Spring Load Restrictions begin March 10th


Weight Restrictions (Seasonal)

Weight Restrictions
Axle weight limits are restricted on certain streets within the City of Lake Elmo to protect the streets from damage when road and weather conditions warrant in accordance with State & City regulations.

All City streets are limited to SEVEN TON AXLE per axle weight limit unless otherwise posted.  Residents are encouraged to plan ahead for moving or construction projects during the spring thaw season since weight restrictions will be enforced & large trucks will not be allowed on restricted streets.

Dates
Weight restrictions take effect during the spring thaw season, which is usually around March 1st to May 15th, dependent upon the weather.  City of Lake Elmo follows the Seasonal Load Limits established by the State of Minnesota.  Check the MN DOT website for dates. http://dotapp7.dot.state.mn.us/research/seasonal_load_limits/sllindex.asp

Exemptions
No exemptions or permits are given during this time period, except for vehicles responding for emergency situation.

Streets Regulated
The City of Lake Elmo only regulates the city streets. 

All County roads are regulated by Washington County and all Highways are regulated by the State of Minnesota.  Private roads are not regulated by the City, but by the homeowners associations or designated responsible party.  The City does not maintain any information on contracts for private roads.

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Help support Lions Park

Help support Lions Park for the 2023 Season


We hope you will consider helping Lions Park ball field by advertising your business and/or cause with a vintage sign. In addition to helping create a vintage feel at the ball field, your $500 advertising funds are used solely for improvements to the Lions Park Ballfield area that benefit our youth and community, and ensures your sign stays up for that season. None of the funds are used for general city expenses.

To participate, all you need to do is send your contact information and a check payable to the City of Lake Elmo-Lions Park Sign 2023, 3880 Laverne Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042 by April 30, 2023. We are not able to take payment by credit card at this time. After it is received, staff will contact you and support you through the process of making the sign and getting it placed for the season.

We hope that you will consider a sign subscription at Lions Park for the 2023 season.  Again, thank you for your support of this community asset.

City Code Text Amendment 02-21-2023

The City of Lake Elmo Planning Staff has initiated a text amendment to City Code Section 103.00.150 Park Dedication Requirements to add missing zoning districts, Village High Density Residential (V-HDR) and Village Medium Density Residential (V-MDR) to the minimum required land dedication table.

This will be addressed at the next City Council Meeting on February 21st, 2023.

For more information, packets can be found here

Ice Rink at Lion's Park Open!

LIONS PARK ICE RINK NOW OPEN!!

Open skating is now available at the ice rink. Park hours are from 7am until 10pm.

City Hall closed Monday, Jan. 2nd, 2023

City Hall will be closed Monday, January 2nd, 2023 in observance of New Years Day.

City Office Closed for the Christmas Holiday

City Office's will be closed Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th for the Christmas Holiday.

Water shut off in Legacy Subdivision 12-21-22

Contractors will be on site in Legacy tomorrow, December 21st, 2022 to repair a water leak on 40th St. N.


In order to make the repair,  water will need to be shut off to about 23 houses.

Water will be scheduled to be shut off at 9:00am and expected to last until 12-noon.

Map location click here.

Plowing update 12-2-22

The all day snow event on Tuesday has resulted in snow packed down on residential streets. Plows are concentrated on high priority roads which includes hills, curves and high volume traffic areas until the snow ends. Plows have been out the last couple of days and all city plows are out today scraping the slush and hard pack from the city streets.

Please remember that the City of Lake Elmo has a winter parking ordinance that prohibits parking on city streets from November 1st through March 31st between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. This gives crews a window of time for clearing streets curb to curb more efficiently. Plows will be out again Saturday morning around 2:00 a.m. to improve roadways after tonight’s winter weather event. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with minimizing parking on the streets today and Saturday night.

City Park Trails

Get out and enjoy the freshly groomed trails! Public Works staff has recently groomed all multi-use trails within the Sunfish Lake, Reid, Pebble and Demontreville Wildlife Parks.

Sunfish lake offers 248 acres of nature and fresh white snow. Walk/run/bike or ski the 5.5 miles of groomed trails within the park. Gates to the park open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.

Winter Parking and Snow Removal

Please click here to view the 7.12.030 Winter Parking code.

Please click here for the 9.16.120 Sidewalk Snow Removal code.

Get involved!

The City of Lake Elmo is seeking interested residents to serve on the following:

-Economic Development Authority (EDA)

-Planning Commission

-Parks Commission

-Capital Improvement Committee

Application and more information on each committee are available here: http://www.lakeelmo.org/.../commissions_and_committees.php
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.  First review of those received by Friday, December 16, 2022. Thank you for your interest!

Fall Street Sweeping

Next week, Public Works will be completing a fall street sweeping on city streets that are known for high volume of leaf debris.  Also being swept again will be all roads that were chip sealed in 2022. To ensure a full sweep from curb to curb please park off city streets during this time.

Request for Proposals - Auditing Services

The City of Lake Elmo is requesting proposals from qualified firms of certified public accountants to audit its financial statements for the fiscal years ending December 31, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026. These audits are to be performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The City may require a single audit in any year of the engagement.

For more information, please click here.

Fire Hydrant Flushing

Lake Elmo Public Works Staff will be flushing dead end hydrants beginning Tuesday, October 3, 2022 and lasting the remainder of the week.

Unlike our spring flushing, not all hydrants will be flushed during this time.  The flushing of hydrants may cause some fluctuation of water pressure and/or discolored water and particles to flow in into homes. If this does occur, cold water should be ran to clear household water lines.

If you have any questions, please contact the Lake Elmo Public Works at 651-747-3940.

County Highway 13 (Ideal Ave) Closure

The County Highway 13 (Ideal Ave) reconstruction project between County Hwy 14 (34th St) and 44th St is well underway.  The project will enter the final construction stage on Sept 16.  At this time, Ideal Ave will reopen between 39th St and Hidden Bay Trail while closing between Hidden Bay Trail and 44th St.  The final (stage) closure is expected to run to mid-October. During the (Hidden Bay to 44th St) closure, access to Hidden Bay will be maintained, but will be available from the south.  Likewise, access will be maintained to 44th St from the north. Resident access between Hidden Bay and 44th St will be from the north, but may be from the south at times depending on work in the area.

A detour is currently in place and is attached along with a staging map. Periodic updates are available on the project page à https://www.co.washington.mn.us/County13Phase2

UPDATE: October 11th, 2022
Final paving is expected to be completed on County Highway 13 (Ideal Ave) on Oct 12, weather dependent. We anticipate opening the road to traffic sometime during the day on Oct 13. This extra day is a buffer in the event that paving is not completed on Oct 12.  When the road opens, there will be temporary pavement markings to indicate turn lanes and construction drums and channelizers to act as center striping until permanent pavement markings are installed (week of Oct 17).

Please be aware that work will continue in the area after paving and through the week of Oct 17.

City Landscape Architect -RFP request

The City of Lake Elmo is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide a wide variety of landscape architecture and related technical services over the next 5 years. The firm will be designated as the City Landscape Architect. Proposals are due Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at noon. Contact Kristina Handt, City Administrator at khandt@lakeelmo.org with questions.

Lake Elmo Landscape Architecture RFP document

Ditch Mowing

PUBLIC WORKS STARTED FALL DITCH MOWING THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2022. MOWING THE GRASS ALONG THE SHOULDERS IMPROVES VISABILITY AT INTERESTECTIONS, DRIVEWAYS AND HELPS DRIVERS PREPARE FOR WILDLIFE CROSSING. MOWING WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER, WEATHER PERMITTING.

Survey's

The City of Lake Elmo utilizes POLCO for city surveys. This lets us know what you would like to see in your city.

Current Polco survey: City Ballfields
https://polco.us/n/res/vote/lake-elmo-mn/lake-elmo-ballfields

Water Main Break 9-2-2022: completed

Public works will be repairing a water main break on Lake Elmo Ave south of the tracks. Saturday morning (September 3rd, 2022) water will be off from 9am to 2pm in the southeast quarter of the city. This area can expect low pressure overnight.

Construction project at 30th Street and Manning Avenue

The traffic signal construction project at 30th Street and Manning Avenue is scheduled to start on September 6, 2022. This project is being led by Washington County and the proposed schedule shows work being completed by October 31, 2022. The county has a project website at:

https://www.co.washington.mn.us/3401/County-Highway-15-Manning-Avenue-and-30t

Test your food waste knowledge!

Ramsey and Washington Counties are promoting a new food waste reduction campaign. The program offers in-depth tips on food storage, meal planning and cooking to help households reduce food waste, saving you money and reducing your impact on the environment.

Information located here.

Seal Coating City Trails: completed


Contractors are expected to begin Seal Coating the City’s Park Trails the week of August 29th. As part of the city’s planned program for trail preservation, seal coating is a preventative maintenance application to increase a trails lifespan. Seal coating will help to seal the surface of the pavement to fill voids, small cracks, reduce aging, prevent wreathing action and moisture infiltration.

Overall the city is looking to seal over 1.5 miles of park trails throughout Lake Elmo. Equipment used to seal the trails will make trails impassable and users will need to use alternative routes.  Trail users should also avoid areas recently sealed for about 2 hours after application. Weather permitting, contractors should complete all sealcoating within a week. 

Parks Commission Meeting

The City of Lake Elmo is looking for your input at its September 19TH, 2022 Parks Commission meeting! We want to know what residents would like to see as future improvements at Kleis Park and Pebble Park. Your input is valuable to us in providing the best park experience for the community of Lake Elmo! The meeting information is below. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please submit written or electronic comments no later than 5:00 pm the day of the meeting to Ben Hetzel, Lake Elmo City Planner at bhetzel@lakeelmo.org or 651-747-3911. We look forward to hearing from you!

Meeting Time: 6:30 PM

Location:   Lake Elmo City Hall, 3800 Laverne Avenue North, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Demontreville Park

Public Works staff are fixing some drainage issues at Demontreville Park, as water tends to sit in several spots within the greenspace after it rains. 

Dirt is being added. Staff should have it leveled and seeded by August 26th, 2022.

Construction on a new water tower in Lake Elmo

Construction on a new water tower in the City of Lake Elmo is well under way! The new tower located on Lake Elmo Avenue near I-94, is expected to hold 1 million gallons of drinking water. This will add to the city’s current 1.75 million gallons of water storage currently contained in two existing towers. Construction of the new tower is expected to continue over the next year and it is anticipated to be ready for use in the Fall of 2023. The additional storage will help support the continued growth of the City as well as providing additional aid for the fire department’s needs now and into the future.

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Phone system off line at City Hall - Update: Fixed

Lake Elmo City Hall is experiencing phone issues after the recent storm. Lines are currently down and our IT department is diligently working to get things back on line. Should you need immediate assistance, please reach out by email. For the contact list click here.

2022 Water Main Gate Valve Exercising: Completed

Public Works will be exercising 1/3 of the city’s gate valves starting July 27th.  Many of the city’s water main gate valves lay eight feet beneath the surface of the street.  Without exercising these gate valve regularly, they can seize up becoming inoperable.  Sand or rocks can also fill the access hole not allowing staff members to operate them in an emergency.  The valves are strategically placed to isolate areas of the main should a main break or leak occur.  Without these valves in good working condition large areas of the system would have to be shut down instead of isolating small segments of the water main.  Should you see Public Works staff exercising valves please slow down to prevent injury or damage to equipment.                                      

THANK YOU!

Lake Elmo Night Out

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Annual Jetting

Starting July 11, 2022

Jetting is a process of cleaning the sanitary sewer lines within the city using a high pressure nozzle which is propelled from one manhole to the next. The nozzle is then pulled back slowly which scours the inside of the sewer pipe, removing any debris inside the pipe. All material is pulled back with the water and forced downstream. This routine maintenance helps to prevent blockages and sewer backups.

Please note; during this process blowbacks could occur. A blowback is a pressure surge that can cause the water in a toilet or floor drain to bubble or blow out. Obstructions, or partial obstructions, in a home’s plumbing vent stack can increase the likelihood of an occurrence.  

During the jetting period please check your sewer vents to ensure they are clear and keep the lid of your toilet down to minimize the potential of any water splashing from your toilet.

Crime Prevention Information Meeting

Last night, Sheriff Dan Starry and Count Attorney Pete Orput met with around 40 Lake Elmo residents to discuss crime prevention and safety. They shared info on crime trends in our city, what resources our residents have available to them, and ways to get involved to make Lake Elmo safer for everyone.
If you missed it, a full recording of the presentation and Q&A segment is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcaDykPz1os

Reminder: Winter Parking Ordinance In Effect November 1

The Winter parking ordinance prohibits parking on Lake
Elmo Streets from Nov. 1 through March 31 between
2:00 AM and 7:00 AM.

Permanent Water Restrictions Amended

At the regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 20th the City Council adopted Ordinance No 08-245 which amends the hours watering is prohibited to 5am-6pm. Odd/Even Watering restrictions are still in place.