A cooperative project with Washington County will bring sanitary sewer service to Lake Elmo’s downtown area from 30th Street North to Trunk Highway 5 beginning in 2015. While this is encouraging news to property owners in the area, many are questioning how to deal with failing septic systems in the interim.
Thanks to a sizeable grant received by Washington County, two new signalized intersections will be coming to the Village area in downtown Lake Elmo.
The county was awarded a $462,000 grant from the Metro Municipal Agreement Program to “aid in the cost of safety improvements” along Trunk Highway 5. The funds will be used to install signals on Highway 5 at both spots where Lake Elmo Avenue (County Road 17) intersects the highway. Dedicated right-turn lanes will also be constructed as part of the project, which is slated to begin in September 2014.
Work continues on the new diamond interchange on Highway 36 and Hilton Trail. Intermittent lane and camp closures of the highway between Interstate 694 and DeMontreville Trail during off-peak traffic times will occur through mid-November, a release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation says.
The 1875 barn at the corner of Manning and 30th in Lake Elmo has undergone major transformation in the past year and was unveiled during the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase this past weekend. Viewed from the side, the former Herzfeld barn was part of the first farm in Lake Elmo.
The 1875 barn at the corner of Manning and 30th in Lake Elmo has undergone major transformation in the past year and was unveiled during the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase this past weekend. Viewed from the side, the former Herzfeld barn was part of the first farm in Lake Elmo. Photos by Linda Baumeister/Review
The Lake Elmo Public Library, located at 3537 Lake Elmo Ave. N., has added six hours to its public service schedule, for a total of 42 hours open per week beginning Monday, Sept. 23. The new schedule adds three hours each on Mondays and Wednesdays.
A Lake Elmo boy has died from injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash that took place on state Highway 5 Sept. 4.
About 5:40 p.m. that day, a 46-year-old motorcyclist pulled off the roadway to the shoulder near 31st Avenue North to “address a mechanical issue” with his machine when the boy, Pierre LeQue, reportedly came out from a driveway on his bicycle, colliding with the motorcycle, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.
At the Aug. 20 city council meeting, Lake Elmo officials voted unanimously to hire Messerli & Kramer, a St. Paul-based law firm, to represent the city during next year’s state legislative session.
The city plans to make a $2.6 million bonding request during the Legislature’s 2014 session, and hopes the lobby group can facilitate discussions to secure the money. The bonding is crucial for projects “relating to city-wide infrastructure” and helping the city address groundwater contamination, according to Mayor Mike Pearson.