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.
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.
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.
Administrator says, 'It's what's best for me and city'
The tally of Lake Elmo employees heading for the City Hall exits in recent weeks is now up to four.
The departures started a couple months ago with the resignations of receptionist Stacy Bodsberg and taxpayer relations manager-communications coordinator Alyssa MacLeod. Assistant city administrator and city clerk Adam Bell soon followed, when he turned in his resignation letter May 29.
Then Tuesday, June 9, the suburb's top employee, city administrator Dean Zuleger, joined the ranks of departing municipal staffers, following a separation agreement unanimously approved by the council.