Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review

Wed
17
Dec

Strohmeier’s legacy can be measured in miles

Elmer and Janice Strohmeier participate in the MS 150 Ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, in 2002. During the three-day event, the couple slept in a tent.
Elmer and Janice Strohmeier participate in the MS 150 Ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, in 2002. During the three-day event, the couple slept in a tent. (submitted photo)

Elmer Strohmeier, 76, and his wife, Janice, also 76, have put in more miles than they can recall running and biking on the trails that run through the city of North St. Paul.

Wed
17
Dec

2015 tax levy, budget approved in Oakdale

Rebounding home values cause tax increase
County’s levy up nearly 3.5 percent
Most homeowners in Oakdale and across Washington County will receive a higher tax bill in the mail soon thanks to climbing property values.  
The county’s $90.7 million levy for 2015 will have a typical homeowner paying about $43 more in the county’s portion of property taxes next year. That amount is based on a countywide median home value of $232,600.

Wed
17
Dec

Oakdale council OK’s twinhome development

The Cardinal Place development in Oakdale will feature nine twinhomes on 6.3 acres east of the Stillwater Boulevard North and Century Avenue intersection. Pictured is a twinhome in the Cardinal Gardens neighborhood in North St. Paul. The developer of both projects, Tom Weiner, said homes at Cardinal Place would be of the same quality and would look similar.
The Cardinal Place development in Oakdale will feature nine twinhomes on 6.3 acres east of the Stillwater Boulevard North and Century Avenue intersection. Pictured is a twinhome in the Cardinal Gardens neighborhood in North St. Paul. The developer of both projects, Tom Weiner, said homes at Cardinal Place would be of the same quality and would look similar. (Submitted photo)

It’s a project that has some excited about a new high-quality and low-maintenance housing option and others dismayed over the prospect of living next to two-family dwellings in a neighborhood of single-family homes.

Wed
10
Dec

2015 tax levy, budget approved in Lake Elmo

City’s levy down slightly, county’s goes up
The Lake Elmo City Council approved the city’s final 2015 budget and property-tax levy at its Tuesday, Dec. 2, meeting.
Next year’s general fund operating budget of $3,798,334 was set along with a total levy of $3,137,663.
The resolution to adopt the proposed budget and levy passed unanimously. No one spoke during the public hearing prior to the vote.

Wed
10
Dec

Lohmer elected as assistant majority leader

Rep. Kathy Lohmer
Rep. Kathy Lohmer

House Republicans announce new leadership team
Minnesota’s Republican caucus announced its leaders for the 2015 legislative session last week. Among them is state Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R-Lake Elmo, who was elected as an assistant House majority leader.
“It’s a real honor and privilege to be elected from your own caucus,” Lohmer said Friday, Dec. 5. “I look back at my time in public service and have learned so much since my freshman term that will help in this leadership role.”

Wed
10
Dec

Lake Elmo council approves preliminary plans for Inwood

The Lake Elmo City Council unanimously approved preliminary plans for a proposed mixed-use development on 157 acres of land located south of Tenth Street N. and east of Inwood Avenue. (Submitted graphic)
The Lake Elmo City Council unanimously approved preliminary plans for a proposed mixed-use development on 157 acres of land located south of Tenth Street N. and east of Inwood Avenue. (Submitted graphic)

There has been a lot of buzz about the proposed residential and commercial development in Lake Elmo to be known as Inwood.

Wed
03
Dec

Coleman takes the reins in Maplewood

After a seven-year absence, Melinda Coleman returned to Maplewood in August 2013 to the same job she’d left: community development director and assistant city manager. After former City Manager Chuck Ahl retired April 30, Coleman filled the gap on an interim basis. She’s now been named City Manager by a unanimous vote of the city council.
After a seven-year absence, Melinda Coleman returned to Maplewood in August 2013 to the same job she’d left: community development director and assistant city manager. After former City Manager Chuck Ahl retired April 30, Coleman filled the gap on an interim basis. She’s now been named City Manager by a unanimous vote of the city council. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

After leaving Maplewood city administration during some rocky years in the mid-2000s, Melinda Coleman came back in 2013 for more.

Wed
03
Dec

District 622 board approves superintendent profile

Public feedback helps formulate desired attributes
The District 622 School Board has approved a superintendent profile to be used for recruiting and selecting the district’s next superintendent.  
Superintendent Patty Phillips announced she would be retiring at the end of the school year after 10 years as District 622’s top administrator.

Wed
03
Dec

Oakdale welcomes new police officers

The Oakdale City Council held a swearing in ceremony for two new police officers.
The Oakdale City Council held a swearing in ceremony for two new police officers. Officers Joshua Radmonovich (above) and Ryan O’Rourke (below) pose with loved ones and council members after each took his oath of office. (Submitted photos)

The Oakdale City Council approved the hiring of two new patrol officers to the city’s police department at last week’s council meeting.  Mayor Carmen Sarrack administered the oath of office for officers Joshua Radmanovich and Ryan O’Rourke on Tues

Wed
26
Nov

Lake Elmo Parks Commission to double spending on parks and trails

A rock climbing play apparatus along with a turtle and frogs are newer additions to Pebble Park. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
A rock climbing play apparatus along with a turtle and frogs are newer additions to Pebble Park. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

As development picks up in Lake Elmo, so do the parkland dedication fees collected from developers of those projects. The city currently has nearly $1 million of those funds in its coffers that can only be used on parks and trails.

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