News & Updates

Read our most recent newsletter here: March/April 2017 Gem Lake News


    • Wednesday, April 26, 2017, is our next recycling day.  Remember to put your container out the night before.  Thank you!
    • “Did you know that one teaspoon of rock salt is enough to pollute 5 gallons of water? Once salt is introduced into our lakes and wetlands, it’s stuck there. This changes the aquatic environment and harms our water resources over time.This winter, join us in keeping our surfaces safe but limiting excess, keeping our lakes and wetlands on a “low-salt diet.”A bit of planning and attention goes a long way. You can help by using tools first, dispersing salt evenly without piles, not applying to dry pavement, and sweeping up extra salt or sand when it’s no longer needed. No salt is safe in terms of water, despite how it’s marketed. Since there’s always a drawback with any type of de-icer, proper application is the best solution.So how much is ok to use? The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency encourages us to apply about 2 lbs. of salt per 500 ft2. A 12 oz. coffee cup is about 1 lb. of salt. With an average driveway being about 600 sq. ft., two cups or less should do. Spot-treatment can reduce salt use even more while still being effective.   Interested in measuring your salt usage this winter?  Stop into City Hall and pick up a free salt dispersal cup for winter de-icing!   These cups are provided by VLAWMO to support local water quality.
    • Clean Water Practices Winter 2016
    • Seasonal Road Restrictions

      Spring Road Restrictions

      The Spring road restrictions for 2017 for all City of Gem Lake roads went into effect on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:01 am.  The ending dates for Spring road restrictions are based on how weather is affecting roadway strength. These dates are established by monitoring roadway strength as weather conditions change. Therefore, the ending dates for Spring road restrictions are variable. The City of Gem Lake follows the dates for seasonal road restrictions determined by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). As soon as a date is set, MnDOT will report this date on its 24-hour automated message center at 651-366-5400 or toll free at 800-723-6543.

Upcoming meetings:

  •  2017 City of Gem Lake meeting schedule
  • City of Gem Lake City Council Workshop, Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m.    
  • City of Gem Lake City Council Meeting, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
  • City of Gem Lake Planning Commission Meeting, May 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.


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  • To reach the City of Gem Lake – please call 651 747-2790 or 651 747-2792