News from the City of Lake Elmo
                                                                                                                                                                          May 31,  2019
Meetings next week:   

Tuesday, June 4th: City Council Meeting 7:00PM
Wednesday, June 5th: Public Safety Committee Meeting 4:30PM


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


6/4 - City Council Meeting Agenda
6/5 - Public Safety Committee 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 June 28th at 4:30PM.

How would you rate the City's streets?
New parks-related questions have been posted on the City's Polco tool.  Let us know what you think about Lake Elmo's streets!  Provide your responses at

Water Conservation Tip


Having your sprinkler system serviced annually can help extend the life of your system, optimize its functionality, as well as help you save water. Don't make the mistake of thinking your system is immune to developing issues over time. Have it serviced every year to make sure it is working properly and that it is helping to save water.

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

CSAH 17 (Lake Elmo Avenue) Phase 3 Project Update

Project Schedule

Last Week
  • Turn lane construction was completed at the entrance to the old Tartan Park ball fields with the exception of pavement.
  • Turn lane construction was completed on CSAH 10 a quarter mile west of Manning Avenue with the exception of pavement.
  • Crews continued with storm sewer installation.
This Week
  • Crews will continue installing storm sewer on the east half of the road, moving north.
  • Crews will work on grinding up the pavement surface between 10th Street and 20th Street. Traffic may be down to one lane at times during this work, expect delays.
  • Ditch grading and restoration on the CSAH 17 and CSAH 10 turn lanes.
  • 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: 
Manning Avenue/CSAH 14 Realignment Project

Upcoming Work
  • Grading bike trails.
  • Grading storm sewer basins.
  • Crews are anticipating to pave Stillwater Way North in Stage 3. This work is weather dependent - once scheduled, updates will be provided.
  • Permanent turf establishment will occur where able.

For more information visit the project website at: Manning Ave Project

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.

Explore Your Parks Day in Washington County June 1
All Washington County Parks are free to enter on Explore Your Parks Day June 1, and a number of activities are planned.

A t the Historic Courthouse, Spokes & Folks: The Evolution of Bikes and Trails in Washington County Exhibit will have its grand opening.

Minnesota is considered the second most bike-friendly state in the United States, with residents riding bikes as a pastime, a mode of transport, a physical activity and a sport. To celebrate the history of the bicycles and to highlight the network of trails and paths in Washington County, including the history of rails to trails, the Washington County Historic Courthouse is hosting an exhibit Spokes & Folks: The Evolution of Bikes and Trails in Washington County, which will open June 1 and run through 2019.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve will have a Campfire Program at 7:15 p.m., Nature Bracelets presented by the Washington County Library at the outdoor amphitheater in the modern campground for a 45-minute program.

See the Washington County website for park locations. Follow Washington County Parks on social media at @WashCountyParks.

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:

Guided morning bird hikes continue with June 8 hike
A rotating schedule of bird hikes throughout Washington County Parks continue, with a hike 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Hikers should meet in the Nordic Center foyer, and park in the Nordic trailhead lot.
Learn to identify the birds that call the St. Croix Valley home and contribute to citizen science data collection by completing bird count surveys with the guide. The surveys collected will assist the county's Natural Resources team and related work in conjunction with the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund grant.

For Washington County park locations, see Under park locations, find a county map with park contact information; search "guided bird hikes" on the county website for more information.

The hike will traverse turf, gravel, and paved trail depending on trail conditions. Participants should bring binoculars and dress for hiking and the weather. This program is free with a parks vehicle permit ($7/daily or $30/annually), and is open to people of all ages and abilities. ADA accommodations can be made as needed. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Bird hikes through 2019 will include:
  • July 13, Pine Point Regional Park;
  • Sept. 14, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park;
  • Oct. 12, Pine Point Regional Park;
  • Nov. 9, Big Marine Park Reserve, and
  • Dec. 14, Lake Elmo Park Reserve.
For questions, call 651-430-8370 or email at
For more Washington County Parks programs and events, see
Follow Washington County Parks on social media at @WashCountyParks.

Archery programs for beginners, women, girls set at Lake Elmo Park Reserve in June
Whether a beginner or advanced archer, join the experts from A-1 Archery to advance your skills with a two-part Introduction to Archery, starting June 5 and June 19, or a four-part series of Women & Girls Archery, starting June 5, both at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Newcomers will learn archery basics, safety, and technique; participants with existing skills will be able to fine tune their technique and learn how to score a spot target.

The program will be led by Dana Keller, NASP, 4H Archery Shooting Sports, and Level 2 USA Archery Instructor.
The cost for the introductory lessons is $25 per person, and includes both dates and all equipment provided. Participants may choose sessions on June 5 and June 12, or June 19 and June 26; sessions are 6 to 7 p.m. All vehicles must have a valid parks permit, which is $7 daily or $30 annually.

The program is for those ages 8 years and older, and minors must be accompanied by an adult.
This program meets at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve - Outdoor Archery Range. In case of rain and inclement weather, classes will move to A-1 Archery's Indoor Range. No vehicle permit is required here.

Women & Girls Archery will meet four times 7 to 8 p.m. June 5, 12, 19, and 26. The cost is $50 for the four-part series. Registration includes four nights of shooting, and equipment is included. Those with their own equipment may stop at A-1 Archery a few days before the class to check over the equipment and make sure that it fits you properly and that arrows are the correct length/spine.

Lake Elmo Wetland Workshop

Come to this workshop to learn what makes wetlands special and how you can enhance and protect wetlands near your home. 

During the first half of our "Wonderful Wetlands" workshop, we will share tips for using native plants and other landscaping features to add beauty, provide habitat, and protect water quality. We'll also talk about rules that affect what landowners can and can't do with wetlands on their properties. Learn about resources to help you with water-friendly gardening projects, including:
- Incentive grants
- Free site visits
- Garden designs and plant lists

During the second half of the workshop, we'll head outside to explore wetlands at Sally Manzara Nature Center in Sunfish Lake Park. Learn about unique plants and animals that are found in wetlands and practice identifying native and invasive plants we find along the way.

Hosted by City of Lake Elmo; Brown's Creek, South Washington, and Valley Branch Watershed Districts; and the East Metro Water Resource Education Program.

This workshop is FREE but please pre-register at: .