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Ice Rinks Are Now Closed


See you next season!!
~Lake Elmo Public Works

Got a ticket? Washington County Court Hearing Office can handle it.

Got a ticket? Washington County Court Hearing Office can handle it.

STILLWATER, Minn. (March 27, 2023)—People who receive traffic or parking tickets in Washington County have a third option for getting them resolved: the Court Hearing Office.
“Most people think their only options for resolving a ticket are to pay it or to go to court,” said Washington County Court Administrator Deb Lepper. “But the Court Hearing Office offers a third, less stressful, way to discuss your citation.”

Washington County court hearing officers have the authority to work with most traffic offenses and parking tickets. They can resolve disputes and suspensions, negotiate payment plans and extensions, reduce the severity of the punishment, and even offer options to keep the ticket off your driving record.

“Lots of times, people just don’t know all of the options available to them,” said Washington County Court Hearing Officer Kari Rick. “They’re appreciative that we can walk them through the process and help them resolve the ticket in an informal way.”

Meetings with court hearing officers are done remotely, from a cell phone or computer. They’re also relatively short, alleviating the need for most people to take time off of work. 

The Court Hearing Office doesn’t only provide benefits to people with tickets. It also frees up the court calendar so that judges can handle more serious cases. However, meeting with a hearing officer doesn’t prevent people from going to court if they so choose. Those who don’t like the outcome from the Court Hearing Office have the option to have their case heard by a judge.

“We really do want to settle cases in the Court Hearing Office,” Lepper said. “But people absolutely retain the right to go to court if they don’t like the outcome from our office.”

To schedule an appointment to have the Washington County Court Hearing Office resolve your ticket, call 651-281-3219 or 800-657-3611 and press 2 at the prompt or send an email to:

LAND FOR SALE - Request For Proposals

LAND FOR SALE. The City of Lake Elmo, Minnesota will accept proposals for the purchase of City owned property known as the former 3M land located east of Ideal Ave, PID The Option 1 property for sale is approximately 75 acres with 55 acres being south of CSAH 14 and north of the railroad tracks and 20 acres being south of the railroad tracks. The Option 2 property includes all of Option 1 plus or approximately 176 acres. Land uses include business park, commercial, low density residential and park.

RFP - Request For Proposals
Environmental Report
Preliminary ALTA Survey
Wetland Delineation

2023 Spring Road Restrictions

Spring Load Restrictions begin March 10th

Weight Restrictions (Seasonal)

Weight Restrictions
Axle weight limits are restricted on certain streets within the City of Lake Elmo to protect the streets from damage when road and weather conditions warrant in accordance with State & City regulations.

All City streets are limited to SEVEN TON AXLE per axle weight limit unless otherwise posted.  Residents are encouraged to plan ahead for moving or construction projects during the spring thaw season since weight restrictions will be enforced & large trucks will not be allowed on restricted streets.

Weight restrictions take effect during the spring thaw season, which is usually around March 1st to May 15th, dependent upon the weather.  City of Lake Elmo follows the Seasonal Load Limits established by the State of Minnesota.  Check the MN DOT website for dates.

No exemptions or permits are given during this time period, except for vehicles responding for emergency situation.

Streets Regulated
The City of Lake Elmo only regulates the city streets. 

All County roads are regulated by Washington County and all Highways are regulated by the State of Minnesota.  Private roads are not regulated by the City, but by the homeowners associations or designated responsible party.  The City does not maintain any information on contracts for private roads.

Weight Restriction MAP

Help support Lions Park

Help support Lions Park for the 2023 Season

We hope you will consider helping Lions Park ball field by advertising your business and/or cause with a vintage sign. In addition to helping create a vintage feel at the ball field, your $500 advertising funds are used solely for improvements to the Lions Park Ballfield area that benefit our youth and community, and ensures your sign stays up for that season. None of the funds are used for general city expenses.

To participate, all you need to do is send your contact information and a check payable to the City of Lake Elmo-Lions Park Sign 2023, 3880 Laverne Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042 by April 30, 2023. We are not able to take payment by credit card at this time. After it is received, staff will contact you and support you through the process of making the sign and getting it placed for the season.

We hope that you will consider a sign subscription at Lions Park for the 2023 season.  Again, thank you for your support of this community asset.

City Code Text Amendment 02-21-2023

The City of Lake Elmo Planning Staff has initiated a text amendment to City Code Section 103.00.150 Park Dedication Requirements to add missing zoning districts, Village High Density Residential (V-HDR) and Village Medium Density Residential (V-MDR) to the minimum required land dedication table.

This will be addressed at the next City Council Meeting on February 21st, 2023.

For more information, packets can be found here

Ice Rink at Lion's Park Open!


Open skating is now available at the ice rink. Park hours are from 7am until 10pm.

City Hall closed Monday, Jan. 2nd, 2023

City Hall will be closed Monday, January 2nd, 2023 in observance of New Years Day.

City Office Closed for the Christmas Holiday

City Office's will be closed Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th for the Christmas Holiday.

Water shut off in Legacy Subdivision 12-21-22

Contractors will be on site in Legacy tomorrow, December 21st, 2022 to repair a water leak on 40th St. N.

In order to make the repair,  water will need to be shut off to about 23 houses.

Water will be scheduled to be shut off at 9:00am and expected to last until 12-noon.

Map location click here.

Plowing update 12-2-22

The all day snow event on Tuesday has resulted in snow packed down on residential streets. Plows are concentrated on high priority roads which includes hills, curves and high volume traffic areas until the snow ends. Plows have been out the last couple of days and all city plows are out today scraping the slush and hard pack from the city streets.

Please remember that the City of Lake Elmo has a winter parking ordinance that prohibits parking on city streets from November 1st through March 31st between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. This gives crews a window of time for clearing streets curb to curb more efficiently. Plows will be out again Saturday morning around 2:00 a.m. to improve roadways after tonight’s winter weather event. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with minimizing parking on the streets today and Saturday night.

City Park Trails

Get out and enjoy the freshly groomed trails! Public Works staff has recently groomed all multi-use trails within the Sunfish Lake, Reid, Pebble and Demontreville Wildlife Parks.

Sunfish lake offers 248 acres of nature and fresh white snow. Walk/run/bike or ski the 5.5 miles of groomed trails within the park. Gates to the park open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.

Winter Parking and Snow Removal

Please click here to view the 7.12.030 Winter Parking code.

Please click here for the 9.16.120 Sidewalk Snow Removal code.

Get involved!

The City of Lake Elmo is seeking interested residents to serve on the following:

-Economic Development Authority (EDA)

-Planning Commission

-Parks Commission

-Capital Improvement Committee

Application and more information on each committee are available here:
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.  First review of those received by Friday, December 16, 2022. Thank you for your interest!

Fall Street Sweeping

Next week, Public Works will be completing a fall street sweeping on city streets that are known for high volume of leaf debris.  Also being swept again will be all roads that were chip sealed in 2022. To ensure a full sweep from curb to curb please park off city streets during this time.

Request for Proposals - Auditing Services

The City of Lake Elmo is requesting proposals from qualified firms of certified public accountants to audit its financial statements for the fiscal years ending December 31, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026. These audits are to be performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The City may require a single audit in any year of the engagement.

For more information, please click here.

Fire Hydrant Flushing

Lake Elmo Public Works Staff will be flushing dead end hydrants beginning Tuesday, October 3, 2022 and lasting the remainder of the week.

Unlike our spring flushing, not all hydrants will be flushed during this time.  The flushing of hydrants may cause some fluctuation of water pressure and/or discolored water and particles to flow in into homes. If this does occur, cold water should be ran to clear household water lines.

If you have any questions, please contact the Lake Elmo Public Works at 651-747-3940.

County Highway 13 (Ideal Ave) Closure

The County Highway 13 (Ideal Ave) reconstruction project between County Hwy 14 (34th St) and 44th St is well underway.  The project will enter the final construction stage on Sept 16.  At this time, Ideal Ave will reopen between 39th St and Hidden Bay Trail while closing between Hidden Bay Trail and 44th St.  The final (stage) closure is expected to run to mid-October. During the (Hidden Bay to 44th St) closure, access to Hidden Bay will be maintained, but will be available from the south.  Likewise, access will be maintained to 44th St from the north. Resident access between Hidden Bay and 44th St will be from the north, but may be from the south at times depending on work in the area.

A detour is currently in place and is attached along with a staging map. Periodic updates are available on the project page à

UPDATE: October 11th, 2022
Final paving is expected to be completed on County Highway 13 (Ideal Ave) on Oct 12, weather dependent. We anticipate opening the road to traffic sometime during the day on Oct 13. This extra day is a buffer in the event that paving is not completed on Oct 12.  When the road opens, there will be temporary pavement markings to indicate turn lanes and construction drums and channelizers to act as center striping until permanent pavement markings are installed (week of Oct 17).

Please be aware that work will continue in the area after paving and through the week of Oct 17.

City Landscape Architect -RFP request

The City of Lake Elmo is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide a wide variety of landscape architecture and related technical services over the next 5 years. The firm will be designated as the City Landscape Architect. Proposals are due Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at noon. Contact Kristina Handt, City Administrator at with questions.

Lake Elmo Landscape Architecture RFP document

Ditch Mowing



The City of Lake Elmo utilizes POLCO for city surveys. This lets us know what you would like to see in your city.

Current Polco survey: City Ballfields

Water Main Break 9-2-2022: completed

Public works will be repairing a water main break on Lake Elmo Ave south of the tracks. Saturday morning (September 3rd, 2022) water will be off from 9am to 2pm in the southeast quarter of the city. This area can expect low pressure overnight.

Construction project at 30th Street and Manning Avenue

The traffic signal construction project at 30th Street and Manning Avenue is scheduled to start on September 6, 2022. This project is being led by Washington County and the proposed schedule shows work being completed by October 31, 2022. The county has a project website at:

Test your food waste knowledge!

Ramsey and Washington Counties are promoting a new food waste reduction campaign. The program offers in-depth tips on food storage, meal planning and cooking to help households reduce food waste, saving you money and reducing your impact on the environment.

Information located here.

Seal Coating City Trails: completed

Contractors are expected to begin Seal Coating the City’s Park Trails the week of August 29th. As part of the city’s planned program for trail preservation, seal coating is a preventative maintenance application to increase a trails lifespan. Seal coating will help to seal the surface of the pavement to fill voids, small cracks, reduce aging, prevent wreathing action and moisture infiltration.

Overall the city is looking to seal over 1.5 miles of park trails throughout Lake Elmo. Equipment used to seal the trails will make trails impassable and users will need to use alternative routes.  Trail users should also avoid areas recently sealed for about 2 hours after application. Weather permitting, contractors should complete all sealcoating within a week. 

Parks Commission Meeting

The City of Lake Elmo is looking for your input at its September 19TH, 2022 Parks Commission meeting! We want to know what residents would like to see as future improvements at Kleis Park and Pebble Park. Your input is valuable to us in providing the best park experience for the community of Lake Elmo! The meeting information is below. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please submit written or electronic comments no later than 5:00 pm the day of the meeting to Ben Hetzel, Lake Elmo City Planner at or 651-747-3911. We look forward to hearing from you!

Meeting Time: 6:30 PM

Location:   Lake Elmo City Hall, 3800 Laverne Avenue North, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Demontreville Park

Public Works staff are fixing some drainage issues at Demontreville Park, as water tends to sit in several spots within the greenspace after it rains. 

Dirt is being added. Staff should have it leveled and seeded by August 26th, 2022.

Construction on a new water tower in Lake Elmo

Construction on a new water tower in the City of Lake Elmo is well under way! The new tower located on Lake Elmo Avenue near I-94, is expected to hold 1 million gallons of drinking water. This will add to the city’s current 1.75 million gallons of water storage currently contained in two existing towers. Construction of the new tower is expected to continue over the next year and it is anticipated to be ready for use in the Fall of 2023. The additional storage will help support the continued growth of the City as well as providing additional aid for the fire department’s needs now and into the future.

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Phone system off line at City Hall - Update: Fixed

Lake Elmo City Hall is experiencing phone issues after the recent storm. Lines are currently down and our IT department is diligently working to get things back on line. Should you need immediate assistance, please reach out by email. For the contact list click here.

2022 Water Main Gate Valve Exercising: Completed

Public Works will be exercising 1/3 of the city’s gate valves starting July 27th.  Many of the city’s water main gate valves lay eight feet beneath the surface of the street.  Without exercising these gate valve regularly, they can seize up becoming inoperable.  Sand or rocks can also fill the access hole not allowing staff members to operate them in an emergency.  The valves are strategically placed to isolate areas of the main should a main break or leak occur.  Without these valves in good working condition large areas of the system would have to be shut down instead of isolating small segments of the water main.  Should you see Public Works staff exercising valves please slow down to prevent injury or damage to equipment.                                      


Lake Elmo Night Out

Logos 2022

Annual Jetting

Starting July 11, 2022

Jetting is a process of cleaning the sanitary sewer lines within the city using a high pressure nozzle which is propelled from one manhole to the next. The nozzle is then pulled back slowly which scours the inside of the sewer pipe, removing any debris inside the pipe. All material is pulled back with the water and forced downstream. This routine maintenance helps to prevent blockages and sewer backups.

Please note; during this process blowbacks could occur. A blowback is a pressure surge that can cause the water in a toilet or floor drain to bubble or blow out. Obstructions, or partial obstructions, in a home’s plumbing vent stack can increase the likelihood of an occurrence.  

During the jetting period please check your sewer vents to ensure they are clear and keep the lid of your toilet down to minimize the potential of any water splashing from your toilet.

Crime Prevention Information Meeting

Last night, Sheriff Dan Starry and Count Attorney Pete Orput met with around 40 Lake Elmo residents to discuss crime prevention and safety. They shared info on crime trends in our city, what resources our residents have available to them, and ways to get involved to make Lake Elmo safer for everyone.
If you missed it, a full recording of the presentation and Q&A segment is available here:

Reminder: Winter Parking Ordinance In Effect November 1

The Winter parking ordinance prohibits parking on Lake
Elmo Streets from Nov. 1 through March 31 between
2:00 AM and 7:00 AM.

Permanent Water Restrictions Amended

At the regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 20th the City Council adopted Ordinance No 08-245 which amends the hours watering is prohibited to 5am-6pm. Odd/Even Watering restrictions are still in place.