Weekly E-Newsletter - Winter

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Thank you for signing up to receive the City of Elk River's weekly E-Newsletter! Here is everything you need to know about this past week, as well as news and information about upcoming projects, events, and more. Have a great week!

City Hall Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Buried Fire Hydrant

Digging Out Fire Hydrants 

In emergency situations every second counts. Now, imagine if there was a fire at your home and this was the hydrant fire crews needed to access in order to save your family, pets, and belonging (see photo). With all the recent snowfall it’s a good time to remind people that fire hydrants on or around your property must be kept clear of snow and ice. This includes hydrants in the right-of-way, across the street, down the block…think of it like this, if emergency crews could use it to help your home or business in an emergency, get in the practice of keeping it clear. If everyone did this, the 1,200 hydrants throughout Elk River would be ready to aid crews at any point throughout the winter!

As a rule of thumb, three feet of clearance around a hydrant will allow firefighters adequate access to get their lifesaving jobs done. Fun fact – have you ever seen a hydrant wrapped in a plastic bag and wondered why? It’s not a broken hydrant, in fact many communities including Elk River use this on select hydrants along high traffic roads to combat corrosion from road salt. These wrapped hydrants are fully functional and simply require crews to rip off the plastic if needed for maintenance or an emergency situation.

Snow Forts Near the Roadway are Dangerous

Snow Forts and Plows Don't Mix

Plow operators have been hard at work to clear Elk River's 181 miles of roadway of snow and ice. This week, operators encountered a potentially deadly situation, and we're using this as an opportunity for education. Parents - we cannot stress this enough, DO NOT allow your children to tunnel or build snow forts in the large piles near the right-of-way. We understand that snow fort building is an awesome winter pastime for kids, but a 29 ton truck pushing several feet of wet, heavy snow can end disastrously if children are at play or hidden within forts or caves near the street.


Presidents Day Closures

Presidents' Day Closure

Please note, all city offices are closed on Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents' Day. There will be no delay in trash/recycling collection. All police, fire, and emergency services will remain in service. Have a great weekend, Elk River!


Loose Items in Recycling Carts

No Plastic Bags in Recycling Carts

More and more people are looking for ways to do their part when it comes to reducing carbon footprints on the environment. With the evolution of recycling programs nationwide, one common recycling mistake continues to put a jam in things – literally. Recyclable items are to be LOOSE in your collection cart, not in plastic trash bags. Plastic bags slow down the sorting process post pick-up because someone has to open the bags and dump out your items, not to mention the damage they do to sorting machines after becoming tangled in the mechanisms. Don’t take the chance your recycling efforts could go to waste, follow these simple tips: 

  • Items should be loose in your cart, or in brown paper bags (which are recyclable on their own). 
  • No plastic bags in your recycling cart EVER – this includes plastic trash and grocery bags. Note: many grocery stores will recycle plastic shopping bags, check your local retailer. 
  • Items should be rinsed and plastic lids/caps can remain on which will help keep containers free of excess food and other residue.

Inside Elk River - Jennifer Wagner

'Inside Elk River' Series Continues

The City of Elk River has approximately 150 regular full- and part-time employees in a variety of occupations, all of which play a role in ensuring top notch operations and city services are provided to you, the residents!

Councilmember Jennifer Wagner (Ward 4) recently climbed into the driver's seat of a Zamboni, gaining some hands-on insight into ice prep and maintenance at the Elk River Arena. Stay tuned for this new "Inside Elk River" video segment soon on the city's Facebook page and YouTube channel.


Salt Tour with Students at Public Works

Students Learn About
City's Smart-Salting Practices

Elk River Public Works staff had a great time hosting several awesome groups of eighth graders from Salk Middle School, today! Students visiting the Maintenance Facility learned about the city's ongoing efforts to establish an environmentally-friendly snow and ice removal system, while keeping roadways as safe as possible and in turn minimizing the impacts on local waterways.

Pre-treatment (and other best practices) have resulted in a 10 percent reduction in salt use, and as new technology and equipment emerge the city hopes to bring that reduction to 20 percent in the next five years. We loved having you visit us. Come back again soon!


Liquor Store Specials February 4 - 17
Liquor Store Specials Feb 18 - March 3

Employment Opportunities 

  • Assistant City Engineer (FT)
  • Reserve Officer (PT)
  • Liquor Store Clerk (PT)

To learn more about employment opportunities with the City of Elk River, please click here.
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