News from the City of Lake Elmo
                                                                                                                                                                          June 21,  2019
Meetings next week:   

Monday, June 24th: Planning Commission Meeting 7:00 PM

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


6/18 City Council Meeting Summary
At their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, the Lake Elmo City Council:
  • Approved the Springs at Lake Elmo - Preliminary Plat and PUD, Zoning Map Amendment - Resolution 2019-043. Ordinance 08-223 
  • Approved the use of the City's property and liability insurance for the 4th of July Parade
  On the consent agenda the Council:
  • Approved Payment of Disbursements 
  • Accepted May 2019 Fire Department Report 
  • Accepted May 2019 Building Department Report 
  • Accepted May 2019 Public Works Department Report 
  • Approved 2019 Staff Wage Adjustments 
  • Approved Summer Newsletter 
  • Approved Old Village Phase 4 - Pay Request No. 6 
  • Approved Mowing Contract 
  • Approved Sale of Excess and Retired Equipment 
  • Approved Development Security Reduction

6/24 - Planning Commission Meeting 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!

Do You Have a Smart Controller for Your Sprinkler System? 
Smart controllers utilize local data and conditions in order to make your water/ sprinkler use more efficient. Moreover, there is an array of models to choose from, from simple models (which simply shut the water off when it is raining) to more complex models (which take into account the level of moisture, type of soil, etc.).


CSAH 17 (Lake Elmo Avenue) Phase 3 Project Update

Project Schedule

Last Week
  • Crews began shaping and compacting of the new roadway in preparation for curb and gutter installations to begin.
  • Crews started reclaiming pavement on County Road 17B.

Next Week
  • Culvert work on County Road 17B continued.
  • Curb and gutter construction was completed.
  • Concrete driveway aprons were constructed.
  • Widening for a turn lane on County Road 17B will occur at 5th Street.
  • Crews paved CSAH 10 and will finish work on the shoulders by the end of this week.
  • 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.
For more information visit the project website at:  CASH 17 Project 
Manning Avenue/CSAH 14 Realignment Project

Project Schedule

This Week
  • Crews continued work on bike trails and filling boulevards.
  • Crews continued grading storm sewer basins.
  • Stage 4 is currently in place and access to Stillwater Way and Little Bluestem Trail North will only be from the CSAH 15 (Manning Avenue) signal near the Holiday Gas Station.
Upcoming Work
  • Concrete work will take place for pedestrian ramps and driveway aprons.
  • Paving of bike trails will occur.
  • Grading of storm sewer basins will continue on.

For more information visit the project website at: Manning Ave 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 "Bees," June 29th
Pollinate Minnesota will present a program on Bees at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 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.

Enjoy guided fitness hikes in Washington County Parks, next one June 28
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, June 28, 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 to begin June 24
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.
2018 Consumer Confidence Report Now Available
The 2018 Lake Elmo Consumer Confidence Report is now available. The full report can be viewed below. The 2018 report along with the reports from other years can also be found by visiting