Weekly E-Newsletter - Spring

Dear Subscriber:

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!

City Hall Summer Hours:
(M-Th) 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(F) 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Elk RiverFest 2019

Elk RiverFest 2019 

Mark your calendars for Elk RiverFest on Saturday, July 6, in beautiful downtown Elk River. Main Street is the place to be from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. with activities for the entire family! The little ones will like the activities in the kids area plus mini golf, face painting and the popular Touch-a-Truck. Everyone will enjoy the games, vendor booths, demos, and a wide variety of food and drink options. Stay for the concert by the Buddy Holly tribute band, The Night the Music Lived, beginning at 7:00 p.m. followed by an amazing fireworks show! 

Elk RiverFest is a celebration of community, hosted by the City of Elk River and made possible by our generous sponsors, First National Bank of Elk River, Park Dental and The Bank of Elk River. It is a free event, open to ALL ages. Bring your chairs, stay for the day. Rain or shine. 

Adults won’t want to miss Sips on Main, a tasting area of the festival that offers unlimited samples from more than 20 beer and wine vendors for just $25 per person. Buy pre-sale Sips on Main tickets for just $20 and you’ll also take home a commemorative glass! Tickets available at City Hall, the Farmers Market, and at Northbound and Westbound Liquor Stores.

Spread the word and gather your friends for a great time at Elk RiverFest! Click here for full event details.

Reported Cougar Sighting

Resident Alert - Reported Cougar Sighting on West Side of Elk River

The attached images of what appears to be a cougar were captured from a resident’s outdoor security camera recently. The resident lives on the west side of the city near the Mississippi River. Elk River Police have forwarded this information on to local conservation officers, and ask that residents remain aware of their surroundings at all times.

Cougar sightings in Minnesota are rare but not unheard of. If you think you’ve seen a cougar, contact a local wildlife officer or conservation officer with photos or video footage. Click here to learn more about cougars in Minnesota.

169 Redefine Logo

Stay Connected to 169 Redefine

Did you know on an average weekday vehicles from 76 of Minnesota's 87 counties travel the Hwy 169 corridor through Elk River? City officials, MnDOT, and Sherburne County staff members are working closely with the project team as the preliminary design phase progresses.

The project team is expecting to have design concepts available for viewing at a public open house in early fall.
Visit ElkRiverMN.gov/169Redefine for more information on MnDOT’s plan to convert Hwy 169 to a freeway through Elk River, and to sign up for Notify Me, the city’s online alert system which sends an email or text message straight to you whenever new information about this project becomes available.

Street Improvement Project Updates

Street Improvement Project Updates

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.

Tall Weeds and Grass

Community Enhancement
Starts with Your Own Home

Elk River residents take great pride in our neighborhoods and community, which is why your City Council has adopted a standard reflecting that pride which in turn promotes healthy, safe, and high quality neighborhoods. A well-maintained property is a valuable asset – it keeps property values high and the integrity of the neighborhoods intact. Elk River’s Code Enforcement Division is responsible for ensuring homeowners are upholding our quality of life standards, and seek to educate residents about some of the most common code violations they see:

  • Tall Weeds/Grass:  As a rule of thumb, don’t let your grass/weeds exceed 8-inches in height. Don’t dump grass clippings, leaves or other vegetative debris into storm drains or catch basins. Keep all shrubs, trees, and ornamental landscaping neat and regularly maintained.
  • General Property Upkeep: Homes, sheds and other structures must be kept in good repair. Peeling paint, rotting wood, broken windows, etc. must be addressed. Fences must be structurally sound, and dead or diseased trees must be removed.
  • Parking/Junk Vehicles: Vehicles, RVs, and trailers may not be parked on a city street for more than 24 hours at a time. They must be parked on approved surfaces (concrete, asphalt, compacted Class 5) and must be legally licensed and operational when stored outside. If inoperable, the item(s) must be removed from the property or kept in a garage.
  • Outside Storage: Do not store lumber, pipes, machinery, household items, etc. alongside your home, shed, garage, or elsewhere even if covered by a tarp.
  • Signs in the Right-of-Way (ROW):  Temporary signs are allowed on private property ONLY. Signs in the ROW (10-feet from the curb typically) will be removed.
  • Snow Removal: Sidewalks must be free of snow and ice within 24 hours of a snow event. When clearing snow from driveways and sidewalks, depositing snow into the street is a violation of state law.

If the city receives a report of a potential code violation or encounters one in the field, a Code Enforcement Officer will visit the property for assessment. If a violation is determined, the homeowner will be given written notice informing them of the infringement, which includes a timeline for correcting the issue. City staff will revisit the property, typically 5-10 days following the written notice, to ensure corrections have been made. To report a potential code violation, visit ElkRiverMN.gov/ReportViolation, or to learn more about Elk River’s Community Enhancement efforts, check out Elk RiverMN.gov/CodeEnforcement

Solicitor with Badge

Solicitor Season is Underway

It’s the time of year where many solicitors start to knock on doors hoping to capture some new business. Elk River requires solicitors be licensed prior to engaging in door-to-door sales, with some exceptions including but not limited to registered nonprofits, religious organizations, and political groups. Licensed solicitors are given a photo ID badge, and are required to carry it on them when going door-to-door, and present it upon request. Failure to do so is a violation of city ordinance and should be reported to Elk River Police immediately. Unfortunately, many residents report unlicensed solicitors significantly after the fact instead of calling 911 immediately following the interaction, which would allow police better opportunity to encounter the person while still in your neighborhood.

Residents should use common sense when engaging in door-to-door sales activity, ask for references, do not allow strangers in your home, and report suspicious activity immediately by calling 911. If you’d like to keep solicitors from knocking on your door, a visible “Peddlers and Solicitors Prohibited” sign must be posted near the main entrance of your home. Click here to view the current list of licensed solicitors in Elk River.

Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer Series

Next Wednesday, June 19, Elk River Parks and Recreation are launching the Dog Days of Summer! From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. bring your pup to the dog park at Orono Park (18599 Gary Street) for some socialization and exercise! Owners can register when they arrive for a chance to win a prize basket from Chuck and Don's Pet Food & Supplies! Can't make it next Wednesday? Don't worry, this event will repeat on Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, August 14 - same time, same place, and more prizes!

Liquor Store Specials June 10-23

Employment Opportunities 

  • Liquor Store Manger (FT)
  • AV Production Coordinator, Sherburne Wright Cable Commission (FT)
  • Seasonal Wastewater Laborer (FT Seasonal)

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