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Commissions & Committees

The City of Lake Elmo is Accepting Applications for Multiple Commissions and Committees
The City of Lake Elmo is experiencing an exciting time of community growth. The City is fortunate to have active and involved residents on its commissions providing valuable input for future projects and growth. The City's number one value statement is to foster an environment based on trust and ethics. These philosophies and practices help in the City in recruiting and retaining exceptional community servants in this capacity. The City is accepting applications for Commissioners on the following Commissions/Committees:
  • Planning Commission
  • Parks Commission
  • Economic Development Authority
  • Finance Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Public Safety Committee
  • Maintenance Advisory Committee
More information about each committee is available below. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled, with first review of those received by Friday, December 18, 2020. If you are interested in serving the community in this capacity, please contact City Hall at 651-747-3900 for an application form. The application form is also available here.

Planning Commission
On Planning related matters, the City Council is assisted in its decision-making process by a nine-member advisory commission that works on a volunteer basis. This advisory body makes recommendations regarding the Comprehensive Plan and amendments to the plan, site plans, subdivisions, conditional use permits, planning, zoning and sign regulations, open space preservation developments, and other planning-related items. The Planning Commission consists of nine residents, seven regular members and two alternates, appointed by the City Council for three-year staggered terms.

The Planning Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday at City Hall, 3800 Laverne Avenue North. Agendas typically are available on the Friday immediately preceding the meeting and are available in the “Agendas and Minutes” section of this website. Meetings are open to the public and broadcast live on Channel 16. Replays can be viewed on the Thursday and Tuesday (10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.) and Saturday (noon and 8:00 p.m.) immediately following the meeting. Meeting times and dates are subject to change due to holidays and scheduling conflicts. Please refer to the events calendar on this site for possible schedule changes.

Planning Commission Members
Charles Cadenhead, 12190 Marquess Lane N. Ccadenheadjr@gmail.com
Jeff Holtz, 11681 32nd Street N.   Jeff.e.holtz@gmail.com
Jordan Graen, 11845 Upper 30th St N, jmgraen@gmail.com 
Kyle Risner, 887 Jasmine Ave Place N.  kyle.risner@gmail.com
Brian Steil, 11078 3rd Street N.  steilbrian@gmail.com
Kathy Weeks, 3647 Lake Elmo Ave. N.  Weeksendsigns@aol.com
Brandon Mueller,  2867 Lisbon Ave N.  brandonwmueller@icloud.com
Planning Commission Application

Parks Commission
The Park Commission advises the City Council on issues regarding the development, improvement, and maintenance of the City’s parks and trails. The Commission consists of nine residents, seven regular members, and two alternates, appointed by the City Council for three-year staggered terms.

The Park Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday at City Hall, 3800 Laverne Avenue North. Agendas typically are available on the Friday immediately preceding the meeting and are available in the “Agendas and Minutes” section of this website. Meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. Meeting times and dates are subject to change due to Holidays and scheduling conflicts. Please refer to the events calendar on this site for possible schedule changes.

Parks Committee Application

Parks Commission Members
John Ames, 9799 51st St. N., ames.john.m@gmail.com
Jean Olinger, 9057 Lake Jane Tr. N., (651) 777-1047, olingerdj@msn.com
Barry Weeks, 3647 Lake Elmo Ave. N., (651) 779-0307, bkweeks@aol.com
John Mayek, 8680 Lake Jane Tr. N., jrmayek@gmail.com
Isak Nightingale, 9954 Tapestry Rd. N., isak.nightingale@gmail.com
Steve Schumacher, 5038 Linden Tr. N., (651) 373-1171, steve.schumacher99@gmail.com

Committees
Committee members are appointed by the City Council. Please contact the City Administrator or City Clerk for additional information on committee vacancies.

Lake Elmo Committee Application

Environmental Committee
The Environmental Committee will seek to improve the environment in Lake Elmo, and will act as a liaison between the community, regulatory agencies, private businesses, city staff, and city council. Membership consists of Lake Elmo Residents who have an interest in environmental issues.
Environmental Committee Members
Tedi Carlson (Chair), 8735 27th St. N, (651) 777-6696
Bev Schwalbach (Vice-chair), 4555 Olson Lake Trail, (651) 770-3604
Brenda Jo Carlson, 8554 N Hidden Bay Trail, (651) 777-6205
Scott Drommerhausen, 9359 Jane Rd., (612) 325-2197
Dominc Travis, 2189 Legion Lane Ct. N, (612) 991-3066

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 monthly review of financial statements, the annual review of the audit report and the review of the annual operating budgets.
Finance Committee Members
Anne Cohen (Chair), 8276 22nd St. N, (651) 730-6300
Thomas Wall (Vice-chair), 4791 Lily Ave N, (612) 220-4645
Eric Athman

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, benefits review and disciplinary procedures.
Human Resources Committee Members
Teresa Berry (Chair), 142 Cimarron, (612) 231-8899
John R. Andrews (Vice-chair), 1295 32nd St. N, (651) 485-1711

Maintenance Advisory Committee
The Maintenance Advisory Committee evaluates and recommends maintenance equipment purchases for the City.
Maintenance Advisory Committee Members
Dave Moore (Chair), 8680 Stillwater Blvd. N, (651) 748-9207
Richie Springborn, 8970 55th St. N, (651) 334-8428
Dick Wier, 3645 Laverne Ave. N, (651) 206-1655

Public Safety Committee
The Public Safety Committee aids the City Council in the administration of public safety policies including but not limited to community policing, fire suppression and emergency services, animal control, liquor licenses and other matters concerning the general health and welfare of residents.
Public Safety Committee Members
Dave Moore
Cullen Case Jr.
Katrina Beckstrom
Andrew Masterman

Economic Development Authority (EDA)
The Economic Development Authority (EDA) is a legal entity created by the City to facilitate a well-rounded development program to create flexible business assistance and development programs. The EDA is governed by a board consisting of seven members; two members of City Council, and five of which are real property owners, in good standing, from within the jurisdictional boundary of the City of Lake Elmo, who are appointed by the Mayor with Council approval.

EDA Members
Mayor Mike Pearson
Councilmember Christine Nelson
Dan Raleigh, President, Lake Elmo Bank
John Thompson, Commercial Realtor
Paul Ryberg
Steve Nelson, Housing Finance Executive
Anne Cohen, Professor, Carlson School of Management
Mark Gartner (alternate)
Linda Larson (alternate)