Oakdale council members, former mayor Carmen Sarrack, current mayor Stan Karwoski, and city staff pose with the Redevelopment Project of the Year Award in the council chambers Jan. 27. The city was presented the award at the Economic Development of Minnesota’s annual winter conference Jan. 22. (Joshua Nielsen / Review)
Former Oakdale mayor Carmen Sarrack said city council members took a large, but calculated risk when they approved the purchase of the empty Oakdale Outlet Mall property in 2010.
This map shows the area in Lake Elmo where the Old Village Street and Utility Improvements Project will occur. Phase I of the project is scheduled to begin this summer. (Submitted graphic)
City council to vote on first phase of downtown improvement Whether or not to approve phase I of the downtown street and utility project will be decided a special city council meeting set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at Lake Elmo City Hall. City administrator Dean Zuleger said the council would need to vote to "approve municipal consent" in order to move forward with preliminary design plans and on to the final design phase. Municipal consent is required under Minnesota state law, because the project is a joint effort with Washington County.
Advance Corporation has been awarded a $50,000 Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership (MJSP) grant to work with Century College on innovative technical and skills training programs. Located in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Advance Corporation recognizes the importance of developing workforce training programs that address technical needs for future growth and expanded work opportunities for current and future employees.
New water line construction to begin this summer 3M Company will continue to monitor groundwater quality in the Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently granted the Maplewood-based company access to the park reserve to conduct testing for perfluorochemicals in the groundwater.