Weekly E-Newsletter - Winter

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Active Elk River Update

Active Elk River Update

On Monday, February 25, the Minnesota House Property and Local Tax Division will hear testimony from Councilmember Jennifer Wagner, Councilmember Garrett Christianson, and City Administrator Cal Portner as they consider approval of the Local Option Sales Tax (Active Elk River) passed by voters in November. A similar hearing will be conducted by the Senate tax committee in the near future.
 
At a recent council meeting, councilmembers were presented with preliminary renderings of the Multipurpose Recreation Facility and Lion John Weicht Park, two of the various projects included in the Active Elk River plan.


Buried Fire Hydrant

'Hydrant Treasure Hunt'

The Elk River Fire Department is teaming up with Elk River Municipal Utilities and inviting residents to join them tomorrow (Saturday, February 23) for a “Hydrant Treasure Hunt.” Record-breaking snowfall has resulted in many of the city’s 1,200 fire hydrants to become completely buried. In an emergency when every second is critical, hydrants need a three-foot clearance of snow and ice to allow firefighters to access them quickly. Residents can meet at Fire Station #1 (415 Jackson Avenue) at 10:00 a.m. where they’ll be supplied with a city-wide hydrant map and event organizers will assign crews to various areas of the city. A bobcat will also be on site to help clear hydrants that are unable to be located using just a shovel. Dress warm, bring a shovel, and join the hunt!


MN Dept of Public Safety

Law Enforcement Agencies in Sherburne County Recognized

With activities that included a mock crash at Big Lake High School, overtime traffic safety enforcement, and responsible alcohol server training for local establishments, law enforcement agencies in Sherburne County understand that it requires multiple strategies to influence driver behaviors. Their dedication to protecting Minnesotans on the road is being recognized with the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Commissioner’s Award from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). 
 
The Elk River Police Department is the lead agency of the TZD Enforcement Grant that includes the Becker Police Department, Big Lake Police Department and the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office. The agencies collaborate with the Minnesota State Patrol on grant-funded traffic safety efforts.
 
Elk River and its partners engaged in continuous coordinated enforcement, including high visibility extra enforcement during statewide campaigns, as well as enforcement efforts between statewide campaigns. Other activities to keep Minnesotans safe included:
 

  • Distracted driving and impaired driving events using a pedal car at various schools.
  • Promotion of the teen driving event at the Minnesota Highway & Safety Research Center.
  • Elk River Police dedicated an unmarked squad car to traffic enforcement with an emphasis on texting and distracted driving.
  • Becker Police participated in pedestrian crosswalk enforcement.
  • Big Lake Police and Sherburne County received honors for impaired driving enforcement.
  • All partner agencies use social media to reach Minnesotans, and the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office notifies the community of high visibility enforcement via the Nextdoor social network application.

The Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety selected Elk River Police and its partner agencies for protecting the county’s citizens through effective traffic safety efforts and their long term commitment to the TZD program. To view the full news release from the Minnesota DPS, please visit: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/law-enforcement.aspx


Snow Event Lifted

Snow Event No Longer in Effect

Elk River’s Snow Event is no longer in effect and overnight parking is once again permitted on city streets.

For additional information on Elk River Snow Events, a map of designated overnight parking spaces and a list of FAQs, please click here.



Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of Month - Dawn Moyer

Congratulations to Dawn Moyer, Elk River’s February Volunteer of the Month! Mayor Dietz chose to honor Dawn as an exception to typical nomination criteria which require active volunteer work, and instead honored her various roles in serving the community from the past several decades.

Dawn served as Chair on the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church board, as well as the Women’s Group board, Search Committee, in addition to coordinating the Sunday School program. She was also a corporate board member for Guardian Angels for 40 years, and was the Chair for the Strategic Planning and Health Services boards. Dawn was the founding Rivers of Hope (a free 24 hour crisis hotline) board member, was Chair of the American Foreign Services, and was recognized as the Trustee of the Year by Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance. Ms. Moyer also found time to volunteer with CAER, the Sherburne County Historical Center, Girl Scouts, and deliver for Meals on Wheels in the past.

Dawn Moyer, thank you for making Elk River such an amazing place – we appreciate you!
Each month the City of Elk River recognizes individuals for their outstanding volunteer efforts. Learn about award eligibility and nominate someone by clicking here.



Liquor Store Specials Feb 18 - March 3

Employment Opportunities 

  • 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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