News from the City of Lake Elmo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        April 5,  2019
Meetings next week:   

Monday, April 8: Planning Commission Meeting 7:00PM
Tuesday, April 9th: Finance Committee Meeting 5:00PM
Tuesday, April 9th: City Council Workshop 6:30PM

Links to the 2019 City Meetings, Agendas and Meeting Minutes: 


4/2 - City Council Meeting Summary

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, the Lake Elmo City Council:
  • Approved Payment of Disbursements
  • Approved Comments on Stillwater Comprehensive Plan Update
  • Approved Lake Elmo Inn Conditional Use Permit Time Extension - Resolution 2019-023
  • Approved Development Security Reduction for the Royal Golf Club Grading Agreement
  • Approved Development Agreement Amendment for the Hammes Estates 3rd Addition
  • Approved Special Event Permit for Citywide National Night Out Event
  • Accepted Permit Technician Resignation
  • Approved Public Works Director Hiring
On the consent agenda the Council:
  • Approved Smart Controller Cost Share Pilot Program
  • Approved New Park in Village Preserve/Wildflower Neighborhoods
  • Approved Park Naming Policy
4/8 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda
4/9 - Finance Committee Meeting Agenda
4/9 - City Council Workshop Agenda
New Questions on Polco Site!

New questions have been posted on the City's Polco survey site.  The new questions are relating to the City's emergency services, recreation, and communications efforts.  

Visit: if you'd like to provide feedback.
Adopt-a-Drain Program is Now Live!
Are you looking for a way to help protect our water, and keep it clean?  Clean Water MN has launched their Adopt-a-Drain Program.  Much like the adopt-a-highway program, residents can sign up to keep a nearby storm drain clear of debris and contaminants.  

To learn more about the program, and to select a drain, visit:

2019 Board of Appeals & Equalization and Open Book Meetings
Lake Elmo's 2019 Board of Appeals & Equalization meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 24 from 5-7pm at City Hall.  Residents are encouraged to contact the County Assessor prior to the meeting with any questions.  The staff assessor assigned to Lake Elmo is Greg Strauss, and he can be contacted at: 651-275-7530 or

If you are unable to attend the Lake Elmo meeting, you can attend one of the Open-book meetings for Washington County.  They are scheduled as follows:

Cottage Grove - Thursday, April 4 from 5-7pm - Cottage Grove City Hall 12800 Ravine Pkwy. S
Oakdale - Wednesday, April 10 from 5-7pm - Oakdale City Hall 1584 Hadley Ave. N
Woodbury - Thursday, April 19 from 5-7pm - Woodbury City Hall 8301 Valley Creek Rd.
Stillwater - Wednesday, April 24 from 5-7pm - Washington Cty Govt Center 14949 62nd St. N

For additional information, see the Public Notice below.

2019 Citywide National Night Out Event
Please join us on Tuesday, August 6 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM for the second annual Citywide National Night Out.  Like last year, Laverne Avenue will be closed near Lions Park to hold the event.  There will be live music, vehicles on display from Lake Elmo Public Works and the Washington County Sheriffs Department, free activities, and plenty of giveaways.

If you are a local business representative and would like to participate in the event, please see the letter and accompanying form below.

Lake Elmo NNO Business Participation Form

2019 Washington County Master Gardeners Events
The event listings for the 2019 Washington County Master Gardeners have been released.  Lake Elmo will play host to the Learn and Grow With Us Garden Tour on July 20th from 9:00AM - 4:00PM.  

Advanced tickets are $15.00.  Day of Tour tickets will be avialable at select locations for $20.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: 

Enjoy guided fitness hikes in Washington County Parks, next one April 19
Explore the Washington County Parks trail system with guided fitness hikes, with the next hike at 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 19, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Meet at the Nordic Center.

The one-hour hikes involve a warm-up and fitness challenges along the way. Trails are a mix of turf, gravel, grass, snow, and pavement depending on trail conditions, time of year, and location. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early. If light rain or snow, hike will go on as scheduled. The program is for those ages 13 and older. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Additional hikes will be:
  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve; and
  • 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at Pine Point Regional Park as part of Explore Your Parks Day when no vehicle permit is required.
These programs are free with a parks vehicle permit ($7/day or $30/annual) with the exception of Free Tuesdays. Follow Washington County Parks on social media at @WashCountyParks.

Junk Disposal and Fix-it Clinic
With the City no longer able to provide a drop-off/clean-up day, residents are encouraged to explore other options throughout Washington County to get rid of their unwanted items.  Washington County is also providing a fix-it clinic on Saturday, April 20 from 10:30AM to 1:30PM at the R.H. Stafford Library.  For more information, see the flyer below.

The Washington County Environmental Center will accept items including hazardous materials, household electronics, home improvement and construction items, and others.  For more information on the Washington County Environmental Center, including hours of operation and items that are accepted, visit: 

Additional information on recycling and waste disposal in Washington County can be found at: 

Volunteers Needed!

Finance Committee:
To aid the City Council in the administration of financial operations of the City of Lake Elmo through the review of financial policies, the quarterly review of financial statements, the annual review of the audit report and the review of the annual operating budgets.

Human Resources Committee:
The Human Resources Committees purpose is to aid the City Council in the administration of personnel policies and staffing through productivity audits, human resource policies, & procedures, wages & rate administration, benefit review and disciplinary procedures.

Maintenance Advisory Committee (MAC): 
The Maintenance Advisory Committee evaluates and recommends maintenance equipment purchases for the City.

The City of Lake Elmo is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on these committees.  

Information on each committee and an application form can be found under the "Government" tab on the City's website:

Wash. Co. spring weight restrictions for county roads go into effect March 15

Spring weight restrictions will go into effect on Washington County Roads at 12:01 a.m. March 15. Restrictions will be in effect for eight weeks, unless extraordinary conditions require extending them.

All county roads will be posted. Any county road without a posted weight limit is 10 ton per axel.

During spring weight restrictions, Washington County does not issue permits for overweight transport, except in cases of a serious public health emergency. This message does not include city or township roads.

Washington County road users may call 651-430-8355 for a recording with the latest spring weight restriction information.
For additional information, call Washington County Public Works at 651-430-4300.

Lion's Park Signs

The City is taking orders for new signs at Lion's Park for the 2019 season.  If you'd like to purchase a sign to advertise on the Lion's Park ballpark fence, or renew your current sign, the deadline to do so is April 30, 2019.

The cost of the signs are $500 per year for a 4'x8' sign, and $900 per year for a 4'x16' sign.  To begin work on designing your sign, email Kathy Weeks at  For all other questions contact City Administrator, Kristina Handt at or 651-747-3905.