City Services

Curbside recycling

Recycling materials are picked up every other Wednesday. Gem Lake is on the GOLD WEEK recycling schedule. Have your materials at the curb by 7:00 a.m. Check the following link at Waste Management’s website for a pick-up calendar and sorting instructions. Waste Management (952-890-1100).

Plowing and sanding

Snow plowing and sanding on city streets (Big Fox Road, Little Fox Road, Haven  Lane, Scheuneman Road and Tessier Road)  is performed by T.A. Schifsky & Sons. We request there be NO PARKING on any city street until it has been plowed curb-to-curb.
Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 651-777-1313.
Emergency call Nate Jaus 651-775-3451.

Plowing on the county roads (County Road, E, Goose Lake Road, Labore Road and Otter Lake Roads) is performed by the Ramsey County Public Works Department (651-266-7100).

Police -911

City police protection and traffic control is provided by the White Bear Lake Police Department 911, non-emergency 651-429-8511.

Fire -911

Fire and paramedic/ambulance services are provide by White Bear Lake Fire and Paramedic. Emergency 911, non-emergency 651-429-8511.

Special Transportation Services


Sewer and billing

For city sewer and billing questions please call 651-747-2792.

Well Sealing

Visit the Ramsey County Website for more information. Click here.


All construction and remodeling work performed in Gem Lake must be inspected by one of the following:
Building/Plumbing/Mechanical – 651-747-2790 or 651 747-2792
Electrical – Peter Tokle – 763 754-2983 – Monday – Friday – 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Current Septic Systems – Brian Humpal, 651-493-2682
New Septic Systems – Mike Johnson, 651-747-2762
All Others – 651-747-2790/2792

Branches and lawn clippings

Ramsey County Brush Collection Sites will accept yard waste and all brush and tree waste from the ground up.  Roots and root balls are NOT accepted. The closest site to Gem Lake is on County Road J and Ash St.   Ramsey County Yard Waste



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

    City offices/days open: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Monday-Thursday, closed Fridays.