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Lake Elmo Supports Gateway Corridor Bus Rapid Transit LPA – September 17, 2014

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448 Lake Elmo Supports Gateway Corridor Bus Rapid Transit LPA   September 17, 2014
Gateway Corridor’s proposed route for bus rapid transit runs along Hudson Boulevard between Inwood and Manning.

Lake Elmo City Council voted unanimously in favor of adopting Resolution No. 2014-71 affirming the Local Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the Bus Rapid Transit Route of the Gateway Corridor. The proposed alignment would run along Hudson Boulevard from Inwood Avenue to possibly as far as Manning Avenue.

Council offered their support with the stipulation that five major items be addressed between the approval of the LPA resolution and the City’s final approval – called municipal consent – that would be the final binding approval before transit route construction can take place. These items are:

  1. That the County assumed jurisdictional control of Hudson Boulevard from Inwood Avenue to Manning Avenue which would could save Lake Elmo $10 million to $15 million over a 20 year period.
  2. That Lake Elmo and the County agree to an access plan for Hudson Boulevard that would maintain current ingress-egress access for landowners to avoid business disruption.
  3. The Gateway Commission consider an easterly station in the proximity of the NW corner of Manning Avenue and I-94 to support economic development.
  4. That due to infrastructure constraints, an interchange is never built at the crossroads of I-94 and Lake Elmo Avenue.
  5. That a safety and security plan be developed for the Gateway Corridor that insures Lake Elmo residents will not be adversely affect by the BRT.

The selection of a LPA is a local decision-making process, which informs local and federal funding and project development. It is a separate process from the federal Draft Environmental Impact Study, also occurring at this time. The LPA selection process does not replace or override the requirement to fully examine alternatives and determine the adverse impacts that must be avoided or mitigated under the federal and state environmental review process. More information can be found at www.theGatewayCorridor.com

Manning Trail Closed South of 20th Street

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Road Closure: Due to road construction, Manning Trail will be closed south of 20th Street N. to Manning Avenue N. beginning Thursday, September 4, 2014 through Friday, September 12, 2014.  Local and emergency vehicle access will not be affected.

Prescription Drug “Take Back” Event Scheduled for September 27, 2014

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Prescription Take Back 092714 300x119 Prescription Drug “Take Back” Event Scheduled for September 27, 2014Old and unused medicines in your home can pose a risk for accidental poisoning, theft, and drug abuse. Also, medications disposed of in a sink, toilet, or landfill can eventually pollute surface and groundwater and harm fish and wildlife. Instead of flushing or throwing them in the trash, drop the drugs off for safe and free disposal.

The Washington County Government Center, located at 14949 62nd St North in Stillwater will be collecting old and unused prescription medications on Saturday, September 27 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Convenient drive-through in parking lot—no need to get out of your car! Free and anonymous.

Drop boxes are also available year-round in Forest Lake, Stillwater and Cottage Grove. For more information on hours, locations, and materials accepted, visit www.co.washington.mn.us/meds or call 651-430-6655.

September is National Preparedness Month – Is Your Family Prepared?

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National Preparedness Month September is National Preparedness Month   Is Your Family Prepared?September is National Preparedness Month!  So….what does that mean? National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, and blizzards as well as lengthy power outages.

With children back in school and fresh beginnings on everyone’s mind, now is a perfect time to take stock in how prepared is your family and home. There are many ways to be prepared! One inexpensive way is to create a Communication Plan. Even if you are not directly impacted by a disaster, nearby events can create issues with cell phone usage and loved ones may not be able to reach you to see if you are safe and well. A communication plan should include relevant school contact information, medical contacts, and insurance information as well.

For more information on Family Communication Plans, please visit:  http://www.ready.gov/emergency-planning-checklists