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The Tuesday, April 7th City Council Meeting Will Be Held Telephonically

Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic and Mayor Mike Pearson's determination regarding conducting meetings by telephone or other electronic means the Tuesday, April 7th City Council Meeting will be conducted via GoToMeeting. To join the meeting via your computer you may register here. Registration will send you a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the meeting when it begins. Alternatively, you may join via telephone by calling (562) 247-8422 and entering access code 111-236-353 when prompted. You may also go to and click "join" in the top right corner, once you've accessed GoToMeeting the Webinar ID is 127-930-131.

For any questions on accessing the meeting please contact Jake Dickson, Assistant City Administrator at 651-747-3908 or via email at

Mayor Mike Pearson's Statement and Determination Regarding Conducting Meetings by Telephone or Other Electronic Means

As the Mayor of the City of Lake Elmo, I find as follows:
a. The spread of COVID-19 in the United States and Minnesota has raised serious public health
concerns and resulted in a great deal of uncertainty. Much remains unknown about the virus and how it spreads.
b. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization determined that the COVID-19 outbreak constitutes a pandemic. On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national state of emergency as a result of the pandemic.
c. On March 13, 2020, Governor Tim Walz issued Emergency Executive Order 20-01 declaring a state of peacetime emergency to address the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota. The Governor's Executive Order triggered activation of the City's emergency management plan and enabled the City to exercise its emergency powers.
d. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the President of the United States have provided specific guidance that all events of 10 plus people should be cancelled or held virtually.
e. There are typically more than 10 people that attend City meetings on a regular basis.
f. Minnesota Statutes Section 13D.021 authorizes cities to meet by telephone or other electronic means if the presiding officer, chief legal counsel, or chief administrative officer determines that meeting in person or by interactive television is not practical or prudent because of a health pandemic or an emergency has been declared. I have consulted with the City's chief legal counsel and chief administrative officer.
Based on the above findings, I determine as follows:
I. Until further notice, all meetings of City bodies governed by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13D, including but not limited to City Council meetings and meetings of all boards, committees, and commissions of the City, shall be conducted by telephone or other electronic means because it is not practical or prudent to hold those meetings in person or by interactive television.All
such meetings must comply with the requirements in Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.021.
2. Attendance by members of the public and the presence of at least one council member, the City Attorney, or City Manager at the City Council chambers for such meetings is not feasible due to the health pandemic and the emergency declaration
Mike Pearson
Mayor, City of Lake Elmo
Dated: March 25, 2020

U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans now available.

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property. SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters.

More information available here

Apply here
Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act

COVID-19 Update

With the recent outbreak of the Corona Virus/COVID-19 the City of Lake Elmo is taking precautions to mitigate exposure and illness. Lake Elmo City Hall, Public Works and Fire Department will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18th until further notice. 
In the interest of public health and safety we are working to address the needs of the community and city staff. If you need to drop something off at City Hall there are drop boxes outside the building and planning departments. Necessary City Council and commission meetings will be conducted.
City staff will still be available by email and phone to conduct business. We will continue to update as the situation evolves.

 If you would like to submit a public comment for City Council meetings remotely please call the City Clerk at 651-747-3911 or email 

For more information about the outbreak please refer to Washington County or Minnesota Department of Health

Spring Road Restrictions

Spring road restrictions start Friday, March 6, 2020 at 12:01 AM on Lake Elmo City Streets.

View the Spring Road Restrictions Map here

Give the City Your Feedback with Polco

The City of Lake Elmo is using Polco to gather feedback from residents.

The Sheriff's Department is Looking for Help from Lake Elmo Business Owners

As a member of the Washington County business community, your business name, address and phone number, along with a current list of key holders, is maintained by local law enforcement and other emergency personnel.

City and 3M Agree in Principle to Settlement

The City of Lake Elmo and 3M Company, Inc (3M) are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement in principle to settle the lawsuit that is pending between them in United State District Court.