News from the City of Lake Elmo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        March 22,  2019
Meetings next week:   

Monday, March 25th: Environmental Committee Meeting 4:30PM
Monday, March 25th: Planning Commission Meeting 7:00PM

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


3/19 City Council Meeting Summary

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the Lake Elmo City Council:
  • Approved Conditional Use Permit and Zoning Map Amendment - Resolution 2019-018 & 2019-019; Ordinance 08-223 for Animal Inn
  • Approved Preliminary Plat, Zoning Map Amendment - Ordinance 08-224 and Resolution 2019-020 for Bentley Village
  • Approved Preliminary Plat, Preliminary PUD and Zoning Map Amendment Four Corners 2nd Addition -  - Ordinance No. 08-225 and Resolution 2019-021 for Four Corners 2nd Addition
  • Approved 2019-2020 City Work Plan 
On the consent agenda the Council:
  • Approved Payment of Disbursements 
  • Accepted February 2019 Building Department Report
  • Accepted February 2019 Fire Department Report
  • Approved City Administrator Contract 
  • Approved City of Pine Springs Comprehensive Plan Update Comments
  • Approved Release of Park Improvement Escrow for Hammes First Addition
  • Approved Conditional Job Offer for Part Time Firefighter
  • Approved Renewal of Training Contract with Regions Hospital
  • Approved Cooperative Fire Protection Contract with DNR
  • Approved Public Service Recognition Event
  • Accepted Resignation and Authorize Advertising for Building Official & Authorize Interim Services Contract 
  • Designated Toni Liljedahl as Interim Building Official

3/25 - Environmental Committee Meeting  Agenda

3/25 - Planning Commission  Agenda

Now Hiring: Building Official

The City of Lake Elmo is looking for its next Building Official!

The Building Official manages the Building Inspection Department to help promote quality construction and high standards of design throughout the City. This includes the administration and enforcement of building codes, and implementation of property maintenance codes within the City. This position is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing optimum service levels in all phases of building and fire inspections, suppression and alarm systems, City code enforcement and designated environmental health services.

Building Official Job Posting City of Lake Elmo Employment Application

Completed applications can be mailed to:

The City of Lake Elmo
ATTN: Jake Foster, Assistant City Administrator
3880 Laverne Ave. N. Suite 100
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

or emailed to:  
Lake Elmo Firefighters and Washington County Save Dog

On Sunday morning, in a joint effort with Washington County, Lake Elmo firefighters rescued a dog from
 a pond off of 38th St.  The rescue was also featured on KSTP.  To watch the video, click the link below.

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.
City Offices Address Reminder

The City has been running into issues with receiving mail.  

Remember to use the following address when mailing the City:

3880 Laverne Ave. N. Suite 100
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

This is the address for the Brookfield II building across from City Hall.  The City's Administration, Finance, Planning, and Building departments are all located in this office building.

If you are paying your utility bills online, you will need the bank to change the City's address to reflect the address noted above for your ACH transfer to go through.

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.

Sandbag Materials Available at Public Works Building

With the on-going rain and melting snow, the City has been receiving several inquiries regarding flooding on private property.

With Public Works staff focusing on the flooding issues within the City's infrastructure, and the liability issues with City employees working on private property, sandbag materials are being made available at the Public Works building. 

If any residents are in need of sandbags, sand and bags can be filled and picked up at 3445 Ideal Ave., Lake Elmo, MN 55042. There will also be a few shovels for use to fill bags, but residents are encouraged to bring their own shovel.  These materials will be outside of the fenced off areas and accessible throughout the weekend.


Enjoy guided fitness hikes in Washington County Parks, next one March 24

Explore the Washington County Parks trail system with guided fitness hikes, with the next hike at 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 24, 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, April 19, at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve;
  • 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.

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:

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.