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Process in place between county, Lake Elmo libraries to reimburse costs of library cards for Lake Elmo residents

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A process for reimbursement for Washington County library cards issued to Lake Elmo residents was approved by the County Board at its meeting April 14.

The Lake Elmo Library is a separate entity from the Washington County Library, and Lake Elmo residents do not pay property taxes into the county’s library fund. Lake Elmo residents who wish to use Washington County Library branches must purchase a library card. Lake Elmo Public Library will reimburse the Washington County Library for one Washington County Library card per Lake Elmo household. Information regarding the library card reimbursement process will be provided to Lake Elmo residents who inquire about or receive Washington County Library cards.

Lake Elmo residents will no longer have to make the initial purchase of Washington County Library cards. To ensure residents have access to Washington County libraries, the Lake Elmo Public Library will pay the $60 fee for one Washington County library card per Lake Elmo household, billed directly to the Lake Elmo Public Library.

Library cards issued to Lake Elmo residents are good for 12 months at all Washington County libraries, as well as associate libraries in Bayport and Stillwater, but will not be honored outside the Washington County Library system. The cards issued to Lake Elmo residents are for physical materials only, such as books, DVDs, and magazines, but not ebooks and other electronic resources.

Lake Elmo 2015 Budget Book Now Available for Viewing

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Budget Cover2 300x223 Lake Elmo 2015 Budget Book Now Available for ViewingThe City of Lake Elmo adopted (5-0 unanimous vote) a tax levy of $3,137,000 or approximately $25,600 less than last year.  Lake Elmo was one of only a handful of full-service cities to drop its levy in the Twin Cities metroplex with the average tax increase noted as 3.68%. The City was also able to hold cost flat in the area of insurances, police protection, and administrative services – especially in staffing. An unabridged copy of the 2015 Lake Elmo Budget is now available for online viewing: Click here to view.

Lake Elmo Receives National Recognition for Excellence in Financial Reporting

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GFOA Certificate of Achievement Lake Elmo Receives National Recognition for Excellence in Financial ReportingThe Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to City of Lake Elmo by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.

Environmental Assessment Worksheet for CSAH 17 Now Available

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Notice is hereby given Washington County in cooperation with the City of Lake Elmo has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for a project to install sanitary sewer, upgrade utilities, and reconstruct Lake Elmo Avenue (County Road 17) from Hwy 5 to 30th Street North. The City of Lake Elmo will perform additional related utility and roadway reconstruction work on Laverne Ave N, 36th St N, Upper 33rd St N, and 30th St N. A combined total of approximately 1.5 miles of roadway will be reconstructed in its existing location. Trails and sidewalks will be constructed or reconstructed as part of the project.

Click here to view the EAW for the CSAH 17 Project

City to Tackle Eurasian Milfoil Problem – Oct. 31, 2014

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The City of Lake Elmo and the Valley Branch Watershed District are partnering with (5) Lake Associations to develop a long term eradication program for Eurasian Milfoil – an invasive aquatic plant that has been exponentially growing in all of Lake Elmo’s lakes. On October 30th, in a meeting hosted by City Council Member Wally Nelson, representatives from Silver Lake, Long Lake, Olson Lake, Lake Demontreville, Lake Jane and Lake Elmo met with the Meg Rattei of the Valley Branch Watershed District to learn about the severity of the problem, treatment solutions & costs, DNR Grant funding, and procedural next steps for an effective treatment of Eurasian Milfoil in 2015. A Citizen Advisory Committee has been established to work on the issue collectively from Silver Lake and Long Lake to the north – two lakes that have been treating for at least 5 years – to Lake Elmo to the south which currently has 44.5 acres affected by the pest. In early December, the City will host a lake owners meeting for Lake Elmo and Lake Jane to talk about a preventative maintenance plan in the Spring/Summer of  2015.  Please stay tuned for the time and date of this meeting. For more information contact City Administrator Dean Zuleger at 651-747-3905.