Weekly E-Newsletter - Spring

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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 weekend!


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Active Elk River Update

Omnibus Tax Bill Signed by 
Governor Tim Walz

On Thursday, May 31, Governor Tim Walz signed the 2019 Omnibus Tax Bill into law, authorizing the City of Elk River to impose a local option sales tax of one-half of one percent (half-cent) to fund $35 million in bonding for recreation facilities, park enhancements, trail extensions and dredging of Lake Orono. At their Monday, June 3 meeting, City Council approved an enabling resolution and will approve a new sales tax ordinance on June 17.

City staff are now preparing for a bond sale and bid opening for the multipurpose facility. Demolition/construction is tentatively scheduled for July 8. City staff has also been working very closely with ISD #728 leadership on the final construction details.

Click here to learn more about Active Elk River.


TZD Comissioner's Award

Elk River Police Honored with
TZD Commissioner's Award

Protecting people on Minnesota’s roadways is no small feat, and on Wednesday, June 5 the Elk River Police Department, was honored with the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Commissioner’s Award from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Elk River Police and its partnering agencies (Becker Police Department, Big Lake Police Department, and the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office) executed continuous, coordinated high-visibility enforcement campaigns to curb issues linked to motor vehicle-related deaths including: distracted driving, impaired driving, texting, pedestrian crosswalk enforcement, and more. It is because of municipal, county, and state partnerships like this, that programs like TZD can be implemented to help guide us toward the continued efforts to save lives on our roadways.


Organics Recycling

Free Bins for Organics Recycling New and Existing Customers

The City of Elk River is proud to offer a free, voluntary organics recycling drop-off program!

And now, while supplies last, the City of Elk River is giving away a free bin to new and existing customers.
To qualify for a free bin, new customers must sign up and deliver their first compost drop to one of Elk River's two drop off locations (Elk River City Hall and Elk River Maintenance Facility). Current customers simply need to share their reason for recycling in a photo via our Facebook page or by sending an email. to Environmental Coordinator, Amanda Bednar. Act now to get your choice of a countertop or 5-gallon bin. Quantities are limited.

What is Organics Recycling?
Utilizing food waste from your home, organics recycling converts material that is otherwise trash into compost which can be used for fertilizer. Reduce your trash and increase your recycling by participating. Click here to see how easy it is!


Final Ice Out at The Barn

Final Ice Out at The Barn

We bid farewell to the final sheet of ice at The Barn, yesterday (June 6). Thousands of skates have touched this surface over the years, and countless memories can be traced back to this building.


Demolition of The Barn is tentatively set for July 8 as part of the Active Elk River project which includes a new multipurpose facility on the same site, offering year-round ice, field turf activities, and dry floor events. The new facility will also include dedicated space for senior citizens, community meeting/banquet rooms, and a café/retail area. To learn more about Active Elk River, click here.


Great Norther Trail Elk River

Great Northern Trail
Closure Postponed Indefinitely 

City staff members have received a number of inquiries about the potential closure of the Great Northern Trail (GNT) to accommodate construction of a permanent leachate pipeline from the Elk River Landfill to the city’s sewer collection system. The city and the Elk River Landfill are working together to iron out some complications, therefore the project is postponed indefinitely.

All signs previously posted along the GNT indicating an upcoming closure have been removed. We’ll provide updates on the status of the project and share closure notices as soon as new information becomes available. Until then, keep walking/biking/running/rollerblading and being active on the GNT! 



Storm Drain

Only Rain in the Drain

Raise your hand if you’ve ever witnessed a neighbor or landscaping crew finish mowing a lawn by blowing grass clipping into the street? Heck, maybe you’ve done it yourself – but did you know anything that enters a storm drain goes directly to a local lake or river? It does not go to a wastewater treatment facility, which means the grass clippings and ALL that comes with them (fertilizer, pet waste, trash, soil, etc.) are being carried to our water bodies. Elk River City Code prohibits intentionally disposing of grass, leaves, dirt, or landscaping material into a water resource such as a catch basin or storm drain.

Grass and other vegetative debris in lakes and rivers decays, consuming oxygen and releasing phosphorus, a plant nutrient responsible for foul-smelling water, algae blooms, and negative health impacts to aquatic wildlife. For more information, or to report illegal dumping in storm drains, click here


Street Improvement Project Update

Street Improvement Project Update

We've updated the Street Improvement Projects webpage with the latest info on the city's mill and overlay and reclamation road projects. 

Click here to see where crews are at with construction and to find out if there are any planned closures/detours that may impact your commute.



Liquor Store Specials May 27 - June 9

Employment Opportunities 

  • Liquor Store Manger (FT)
  • AV Production Coordinator, Sherburne Wright Cable Commission (FT)
  • Seasonal Public Works Laborer (FT Seasonal)
  • Seasonal Wastewater Laborer (FT Seasonal)
  • Liquor Store Clerk (PT)
  • Reserve Officer (PT)

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