News from the City of Lake Elmo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        April 26,  2019
Meetings next week:   

Tuesday, April 30th: Special City Council Meeting 6:30PM (Closed Session)
 

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

                                                                               

4/30 - Special City Council Meeting Agenda


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 weeksendsigns@aol.com.  For all other questions contact City Administrator, Kristina Handt at khandt@lakeelmo.org or 651-747-3905.


New Questions on Polco: What do you think of the City's parks?
 
New parks-related questions have been posted on the City's Polco tool.  Let us know what you think about Lake Elmo's parks, park amenities, and trails!  Provide your responses at www.polco.us/lakeelmo.



 
Applications are now being accepted for expedited projects funded by the 3M settlement money 

The MPCA and DNR are making about $25 million from the 2018 3M settlement available for time-sensitive projects that are consistent with the settlement's top priority - ensuring safe drinking water for communities in the East Metropolitan Area.  For more information and criteria on what constitutes an "expedited project" see the .PDF below

Criteria for screening, evaluating drinking water supply projects

The MPCA, DNR, Citizen-Business Group and Government and 3M Working Group have created a set of criteria that will be used to screen and evaluate proposed drinking water supply projects. Those criteria are in the file below.

Well sampling/testing in the east metro area

Between now and the end of June 2019, the MPCA and MDH expect to sample approximately 1,100 more private wells in the east metro.  If you live in the area that is a priority for testing, you can request that your private well water be tested.  You can find out if you are within the priority testing area by using this interactive map.

If you live in the priority sampling area, you can request to have your well tested by filling out and submitting this online form.

Help Lake Elmo Name Parks and Trails
 
At their April 2nd meeting, City Council approved a new park naming policy to give names to new parks, trails, and facilities and existing parks, trails, and other facilities that are unnamed.  There is also potential to rename existing parks and facilities to create more cohesiveness throughout the City.  The full policy that was approved can be viewed here.

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 an application to submit a park name, email City Planner, Ben Prchal at bprchal@lakeelmo.org 



Rain Garden Spring Cleaning
 
Last week, representatives from the Washington County Conservation district cleaned and prepared various rain gardens throughout the City for spring.  For more information on rain gardens, visit:  http://www.lakeelmo.org/rain-gardens 




CSAH 14/15 Realignment Project
 
The County Highway 14 & 15 realignment project will resume as soon as weather permits. County 14/Stillwater Boulevard on the western project limits will shift traffic to the south side of the roadway and close 39th Street North as the intersection and mainline construction in this area is completed. Stillwater Way North (reconstructing the Old Highway 5 alignment) will be closed with access for residents from one direction. The final stages will be completed during the spring and summer months. 

For more information visit the project website at www.co.washington.mn.us/2300/Phase-2 or contact the Washington County Project Manager, Nathan Arnold at 651.430.4384 or  Nathan.Arnold@co.washington.mn.us 




Burning Restrictions
 
Washington County is currently subject to burning restrictions imposed by the Minnestoa Department of Natural Resources.  

For up-to-date information on fire danger ratings and burning restrictions, visit:  https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html

 
Online Bill Pay - Creating Separate Accounts 

The City of Lake Elmo has launched a new online bill pay option for utility bills.  To pay your bill online, visit the City's website at:  www.lakeelmo.org.  

Once on the website, click the "Utility Billing and Rates" link under the "Administration" tab on the left-side navigation.  Click the "Pay Online" button and create new account using the "First-time User" button on the next page.  

After your account is created you will be able to login with your email address and your newly created password.  

Note: that your "Utility Account Numbers" will be required to create a new login, and will require two separate payments for storm water and water/sewer.  Y ou will need to match your storm water account number with the appropriate payment, and do the same for your water/sewer payment and that account number.  Please do not credit both payments/charges to one account.  



 
2019 Citywide National Night Out Event is Looking for Business Participants!
 
The 2019 Citywide Nation Night Out event committee is looking for local businesses to participate in the event.  If you are a local business representative, and would like to participate, please complete the form below.


Completed forms can be sent to:

Lake Elmo National Night Out Coordinating Committee, c/o Molly Brendmoen, 
3631 Laverne Ave. N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
(or drop the form off at the Lake Elmo Library)

Completed forms must be returned by Friday, May 31, 2019.


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:  jfoster@lakeelmo.org














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.