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Commissions & Committees

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
Dean Dodson (Chair), 2915 Jonquil Trail N., (651) 492-9040
Kathy Haggard, 12154 Marquess Ln., (651) 351-5398
Tom Kreimer, 772 Jewel Ave. N., (651) 501-9794
Rolf Larson, 11720 Little Blustem Ct. N., (651) 303-1358
Todd Williams, 3025 Lake Elmo Ave., (651) 777-0446
Susan Dunn, 11018 Upper 33rd St., (651-777-0197
Gary Fields, 4751 Olson Lake Trail N., (651) 343-3128
Wendy Griffin, 2835 Lake Elmo Ave. (651) 777-7356

Park 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.

Park Commission Members
John Ames, 9799 51st St. N. (651) 770-6274
Mary Frick, 2773 Lisbon Ave. N. (651) 773-7052
Pam Hartley, 10010 Tapestry Rd.  (651) 490-5885
Dana Nelson, 2871 Legion Ave. N. (651) 493-2777
Jacob Silvernale, 11751 58th St. N., (651) 351-0142
David Steel (1st Alternate), 9576 55th St. N  (651) 777-9018
Shane Weis (Chair), 8483 27th St. N. (651) 747-7507
Mike Zeno, 4860 Jerome Ave. N.  (651) 770-3817
Ellen Neuenfeldt

Public Safety Committee

Public Safety Committee Members
Mayor Mike Pearson
Council Member Jill Lundgren
Dave Moore
Al Bever
Cullen Case
Chief Greg Malmquist (staff)
City Clerk Julie Johnson (staff)

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
Council Member Julie Fliflet (Chair)
Council Member Anne Smith
Terry Forrest
City Administrator Handt (staff)
Finance Director Cathy Bendel (staff)

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, benefit review and disciplinary procedures

Human Resources Committee Members
Council Member Julie Fliflet
Council Member Jill Lundgren
Teresa Berry
City Clerk Julie Johnson (staff)

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
Jill Lundgren
Dan Raleigh, President, Lake Elmo Bank
John Thompson, Commercial Realtor
John Schiltz, Owner, Lake Elmo Inn & Event Center
Steve Nelson, Housing Finance Executive
Anne Cohen, Professor, Carlson School of Management
Mark Gaertner (alternate)
Linda Larson (alternate)
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 not more than (2) City Council Members along with Lake Elmo Residents who have an interest in environmental issues. Citizen members will serve by appointment of the City Council.  The Environmental Committee will meet once per month on the second Friday of the month at 8:00 a.m.

Environmental Committee Members

Councilmember Julie Fliflet (Co-chair)
Councilmember Jill Lundgren (Co-chair)
Mary Florence Brink
Dave Bucheck
Tedi Carlson
Brett Emmons
Wendy Griffin
Sarah Hietpas
Jim Kelly
Deb Krueger
Jennifer Pelletier
Jeff Riegle
Barb Sahr