While Lake Elmo City Council members have frequently said they are committed to returning civility to City Hall, heated disputes and outbursts among the elected officials still disrupt council meetings on a fairly consistent basis.
A group of friends and family greeted Pete Mogren (wearing the helmet) in downtown Stillwater July 2 to celebrate him reaching the halfway point of a planned 4,250-mile fundraiser. Mogren, of Oakdale, took a few days to rest before continuing his journey. (Submitted photo)
Pete Mogren rides 3,000 miles to raise funds for MS
It’s been over a month since Oakdale cyclist Pete Mogren dipped the back tire of his bicycle in the chilly Pacific waters off Washington State and embarked on a cross-country adventure he hoped would take him to the opposite coast in northern New England.
As of July 16, Pete, an Oakdale resident, had completed over 70 percent of his 4,250-mile ride from the town of Anacortes, Washington, to Bar Harbor, Maine, to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The League of Minnesota Cities honored the city of Oakdale with the 2015 Sustainable Cities Award at its annual conference June 26. Oakdale’s senior community development specialist Jennifer Hassebroek presented the award to the city council July 14. Pictured from left, Council member Paul Reinke, council member Lori Pulkrabek, Jennifer Hassebroek, mayor Stan Karwoski, council member Krinten Cici and council member Bill Rasmussen. (Submitted photo)
The city of Oakdale’s initiatives to become more “green” received statewide recognition last month at the League of Minnesota Cities’ annual conference in Duluth.
Council, developer don’t see eye to eye on price
Talks continue between the Oakdale officials and a North Dakota hotel management company that wants to build a hotel at Oak Marsh Golf Course, located south of 10th Street North and west of Inwood Avenue.
Fargo-based Sonmar Management Corp. would like to construct a Home2 Suites by Hilton adjacent to the course.
Community development director Bob Streetar provided an update on the proposed development to the city council at its June 23 meeting.
Members butt heads over growth rate, again
New development projects in Lake Elmo are being put on pause until next summer, following the approval of a one-year moratorium by the city council Tuesday, July 7.
The measure to stall growth was adopted in a 3-2 vote, with council members Julie Fliflet, Anne Smith and Jill Lundgren voting for approval, and Mayor Mike Pearson and council member Justin Bloyer voting against.
The interim ordinance was originally on the council’s agenda at the June 2 meeting, but was tabled for future discussion and placed on the July 7 agenda by Fliflet.
Superintendent Phillips says farewell
A final budget to fund a new school year was adopted by the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board last week. The board unanimously approved the district’s 2015-2016 revenue and expenditures budget at its Tuesday, June 23, meeting.
The $180,484,235 budget is about $3.7 million more than expected expenditures for next school year, bringing the district’s fund balance up to over $4 million.
Two more city staffers resign
Employee turnover continues to plague the city of Lake Elmo.
Six city staffers have now resigned in the past three months; the most recent being city planner Nick Johnson and deputy clerk Beckie Gumatz, who both announced resignations last Friday.