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

Monday, July 8th: Planning Commission Meeting 7:00 PM
Tuesday, July 9th: City Council Workshop 6:30 PM


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


7/2 - City Council Meeting Summary
At their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, the Lake Elmo City Council:
  • Approved a Special Event Permit and Temporary Liquor License for Lake Elmo Jaycees Huff n' Puff Days 
  • Approved Parking on 32nd St. North (east of Lake Elmo Avenue) 
  • Postponed discussion on minimum lot sizes until a later work session
On the consent agenda the Council:
  • Approved Payment of Disbursements
  • Approved Well 5 Grant Agreement with MPCA
  • Approved Change order No. 4 for the 2018 Street Improvements
  • Approved Pay Request No. 1 (FINAL) for the 2019 Crack Seal Project
  • Accepted Improvements and Approved Development Security Reductions for the Royal Golf Club 1 Addition; and 20th Street Watermain and Site Utilities
  • Approved Development Security Reduction for Royal Golf Club 2nd Addition
  • Accepted Quotes and Award Contract for Test Well #5
  • Approved the Signal Maintenance Cooperative Agreement for the CSAH 19-Hudson Blvd Intersection - Resolution 2019-044
  • Approved Revised Cooperative Cost Share Agreement for the CSAH 19 Hudson Blvd Intersection - Resolution 2019-045
  • Authorized Topographic Survey and Preliminary Design for Old Village Phase 5 and 6 Improvements
  • Accepted Resignation of Accountant and Authorized Advertising Position
  • Authorized Advertising for Building Inspector
  • Accepted Resignation of Assistant City Administrator and Authorized Advertising Position
  • Approves Massage Therapy License and Premises Permit for Bridget Relander Massage
  • Approves Time Extension Request - Recording Wyndham Village Final Plat
  • Approves Time Extension Request - Recording Boulder Ponds 4th Addition Final Plat - Resolution 2019-046
  • Approved Park Commission By-Laws - Resolution 2019-047
  • Approved Acquisition of Tax-Forfeit Properties - Resolution 2019-048


At the July 16 council meeting, the City of Lake Elmo will consider amendments to Chapter 53 Storm Water Management Utility ordinance to establish a Downtown Regional Storm Water District and connection charge, and a Regional Infiltration Basin Storm Water District and volume control use charge. The Downtown Storm Water District establishment will enable properties to utilize the existing City infrastructure that currently has excess capacity available to meet City and watershed permitting requirements instead of constructing new infrastructure for their projects.

7/8 - Planning Commission Meeting Agenda

7/9 - City Council Workshop Agenda

Help Name the Newest Lake Elmo Park!
The City is currently looking for name suggestions for the newly approved park that will be located between the Wildflower and Village Preserve developments.  Park names deemed derogatory or offensive in nature will not be considered.  Park names shall not be duplicated or named after a specific development.   For more information, and to submit a name, see the documents linked below.

Full Park Naming Policy and Procedure
Park name suggestions can also be made using this form.  Completed forms can be emailed to or mailed to:

City of Lake Elmo
ATTN: Ben Prchal
3880 Laverne Ave N., Suite 100
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Submissions will be accepted until July 19th at 4:30 PM.

What Do You Think of the City's Overall Maintenance?

What do you think of the City's overall maintenance of City parks and streets?

New questions have been posted on Polco. Create an account at: to tell us what you think!

There's Still Time to Participate In Lake Elmo's Night Out!

The deadline to apply to participate in the City of Lake Elmo's Night Out has been extended!  If you are a local business or organization representative, and would like to participate, complete the form below.  

Completed forms can be mailed to:

Lake Elmo Night Out Coordinating Committee
c/o Molly Brendmoen
3631 Laverne Ave. N.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Lake Elmo Night Out Participation Form

Thank you to the organizations that have already signed-up to participate.  Those organizations are:

Arbor Glen
Bill Lockwood
Cedar Pet Clinic
Christ Lutheran Church
Cimarron Farms
City & County Credit Union
City of Lake Elmo
Country Sun Farm
El Coronel   Food Truck
Establish Salon
Family Means
Friends of Lake Elmo Library
Growing Explorers
Hagberg's Country Market           
Historical Society
Krueger's Christmas Trees
L Scott CPA
Lake Elmo Bank
Lake Elmo Coffee
Lake Elmo Fire 
Lake Elmo Jaycees
Lake Elmo Rotary
LE Farmers Market
Nature Center
Oakdale Gun Club
Oakdale Rental/Dean Schaak Realtor 
Parkview Chiropractic
Rockpoint Church
US Storage
Washington County Sheriff Office
Classic Cars 
Reminder: Please Follow the City's Watering Restrictions!
Staff has been receiving a number of calls from residents who have seen others watering during the prohibited hours of 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Property owners are prohibited from watering, sprinkling, or irrigating their lawns between these hours.

Additionally, property owners having even numbered postal addresses may only water, sprinkle, or irrigate their lawns, only on even-numbered days, and property owners having odd numbered postal addresses may water, sprinkle, or irrigate their lawns only on odd numbered days.

The Sheriff's Department is Looking for Help from Lake Elmo Business Owners  

As a member of the Washington County business community, your business name, address and phone number, along with a current list of key holders, is maintained by local law enforcement and other emergency personnel.

The Sheriff's Office periodically updates the key holder roster to make sure we have up-to-date information, including alarm system information, in case of an emergency. 

Please use the form below to your status and return it to the Washington County Sheriff's Office as soon as possible.

The form can be mailed, faxed, or scanned/emailed to

CSAH 17 (Lake Elmo Avenue) Phase 3 Project Update

Project Schedule

Last Week
  • Culvert work on County Road 17B was completed.
  • Paving on County Road 17B occurred.
This Week
  • Crews will work on embankment areas on County Road 17B.
  • The north bound lane is closed on Lake Elmo Avenue in order for crews to remove the pavement surface and install storm sewer pipe on the east half of the road. The road will remain open in the south bound direction only.
Upcoming Work
  • Tolerancing of the road base to prep it for paving on CSAH 17 between 20th and 30th will be completed.
  • Crews will pave the east half of the road on Lake Elmo Avenue between 20th and 30th Street. After paving, traffic will be switched to the east half of the road. Traffic will continue in the southbound direction only.
  • The west half of the road will be milled and reclaimed followed by storm sewer work.

For more information visit the project website at:  CASH 17 Project  
The Lake Elmo Fire Department Needs You!
The Lake Elmo Fire Department is looking for paid-on-call firefighters.  If you are interested please fill out the application below.  

Completed applications can be mailed to:
City of Lake Elmo
Attn: Jake Foster, Assistant City Administrator
3880 Laverne Ave. N., Lake Elmo MN

or emailed to:

Campfire Programs Continue with "Eastern Screech Owl," July 13th
Pollinate Minnesota will present a program on the Eastern Screech Owl at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

The programs are free, with a vehicle park pass, $7 daily, $30 annually.

The program will be in the campground amphitheater. Call 651-430-8370 or see for additional information on this and other programs.

County Board approves agreement with Lake Elmo for Hudson Boulevard traffic lights
The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the City of Lake Elmo July 2 to oversee traffic signal construction at County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 19 and Hudson Boulevard.

The area northwest of Interstate 94 and CSAH 19 is rapidly adding commercial and retail buildings. Housing constructed north of the intersection is increasing traffic, which prompted the installation of the traffic signal.

Washington County did the preliminary design for the project. After completing the preliminary design, it was determined that, due to the large portion of the project along Hudson Boulevard, which is a city street, the City of Lake Elmo was determined to be best equipped to lead the final design and project construction.

The project is expected to cost $2.76 million, with the county paying $477,500, which will be paid for with highway state aid funding. Work should begin on the project later this month.

Contact: Kevin Peterson, Engineer II, 651-430-4330

Enjoy guided fitness hikes in Washington County Parks, next one July 19
Explore the Washington County Parks trail system with guided fitness hikes, with the next hike at 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Meet at the Nordic Center.

The 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.

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

Spot Mowing and Spraying for Noxious Weeds Continuing through July 22
Washington County staff will begin spot mowing and spraying for noxious weeds in the more than 220 miles of rural roadsides June 24 through July 22, and again in October.

This is being done to help comply with Minnesota State Noxious Weed law (Minnesota Statute 18.75) administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Mowing will be used to prevent seed set and the following herbicides will be used to spray mowed area: Escort XP, Milestone VM, and Liberate.

Property owners who not want their roadside sprayed or mowed, and are willing to take responsibility for controlling and eradicating noxious weeds on the adjacent roadside, may visit the Washington County North Shop at 11660 Myeron Road in Stillwater Township to obtain signage, or call 651-430-4300. Be prepared to provide an address, the nearest cross street, and a description of where "Do Not Spray" signs will be located.