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Council Approves Kwik Trip Plans – July 23, 2014

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Kwik Trip 300x83 Council Approves Kwik Trip Plans   July 23, 2014Lake Elmo City Council recently approved plans submitted by Kwik Trip, Inc. for the development of a convenience store, carwash, and fueling facility to be located at the southwest quadrant of Hudson Boulevard and Keats Avenue North. The 24-hour facility will sell standard fuel, in line diesel, and E-85, as well as groceries, bakery and dairy, hot and cold food and beverages, tobacco products, lotto, convenience store merchandise, ice, and propane. Construction is expected to begin mid to late August.

Committee and Volunteer Opportunities Available – July 17, 2014

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Volunteer 259x300 Committee and Volunteer Opportunities Available   July 17, 2014The City of Lake Elmo is seeking residents to fill several committee and volunteer opportunities currently available.

Commission and Committee Openings

  • Planning Commission – The Planning Commission 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.
  • Finance Committee – The Finance Committee evaluates and makes recommendations on how and where tax dollars are spent.
  • Human Resource Committee – The Human Resource Committee analyzes human capital, staffing needs, and policies.
  • Library Board – The Library Board helps oversee the operations of our municipal library.

Community Volunteer Opportunities & Programs

  • Adopt-a-Raingarden Program – There are currently five city-owned raingardens within the Lake Elmo that help to manage storm water drainage and protect our drinking water supplies. The City of Lake Elmo is looking for volunteers interested in learning more about and maintaining our community raingardens. This is a great opportunity for families, service organizations, community groups, neighborhoods, or individuals. Training provided. Time commitment is flexible.

For more information on any of these opportunities, please contact City Hall at 651-747-3900.

Two-Day Trash Collection in Effect Starting July 14, 2014

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Beginning the week of July 14, 2014, Lake Elmo moved to a two-day pick up schedule (Monday and Thursday). The two day schedule was agreed upon after two meetings with the hauling community last spring. Cimarron will continue to have its garbage picked up on Fridays. Many east metro communities have gone to a two-day schedule in recent years. Prior to the agreement city staff surveyed the community on the idea with 61% favoring a two-day pick up. Please contact your trash hauler for more information regarding your scheduled pick-up day.

Lake Elmo included on the New Clean Water Geocaching Trail

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geocache bottles 254x300 Lake Elmo included on the New Clean Water Geocaching TrailThe East Metro Water Resource Education Program is sponsoring its first ever Clean Water Geocaching Trail. Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunt using GPS-enabled devices. You simply enter in the GPS coordinates and then attempt to find a hidden geocache, or a container of some sort, that is hidden at that location.

The Clean Water Geocaching Trail takes you to some of the most beautiful parts of the East Metro, including Lake Elmo, where you will find one of the most precious treasures of all – clean water. From raingardens to cleaner lakes, stabilized ravines and fish barriers, you can grab your swim suit, fishing pole or hiking shoes along with a GPS device or smartphone for an outdoor adventure along the way.

There are 9 clean water sites around the East Metro. To play, enter the coordinates into a personal GPS device or download the FREE OpenCaching App on your iPhone or Android smart phone. There are 5 large geocaches to find, and they are contained within a plain white Nalgene bottle with an “Official Geocache” sticker. When you find it there will be a description of the clean water project (with the secret letter), a log book to sign, and a small treasure that you may take. The remaining 4 locations are mirco-caches with log books, and there you will have to find the secret letter from interpretive signage at the location. The first 10 people to complete the trail can stop in at the Washington Conservation Center for a prize.

For questions, directions, and hints visit www.mnwcd.org/geocache or contact the East Metro Water Resource Education Program at 651-330-8220 x44.