Free Ice Water

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Those South Dakotans have a dry sense of humor, appealing to tourists with Jack-a-lope sightings, baby rattlers, and free ice water. The thought of paying for a drink of ice water has probably never crossed your mind. However, you’ve likely noticed that water is not automatically served at most restaurants these days. Wall Drug now spends an estimated $400,000 per year on the billboards that made it famous; the writing is on the wall, so to say, that the value of water is not a laughing matter. It probably won’t be long until someone opens a Water Bar (www.water-bar.org) in Minnesota.

Maple Grove’s annual groundwater appropriation has averaged about 3.2 Billion Gallons per Year (BGY) for the past 10 years, after growing by about 2 BG between 1993 and 2006. We have gotten ‘smart’ about water conservation. Our summer seasonal use provides opportunity to get smarter about water conservation:

  • If you notice the sprinkler system running during or shortly after rainfall events, check to make sure the required moisture sensor device is working correctly and is not plugged up with dust or spider web.
  • Consider turning the system off during periods of ‘normal’ rainfall; new ‘Smart’ controllers come with web applications that do this automatically.
  • Consider adjusting the controller timer if you observe water running off and down the street gutter.
  • If you have a soggy area in the yard, have the system checked for leak or damaged sprinkler head.

Finally, don’t forget that you are welcome to stop by the Community Center, Government Center, or Public Works building for a free drink of ice cold water.

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Community Development News

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free-spring-clipart-bannerWhat’s going on in Community Development?  As we are enjoying this beautiful Spring weather, we are seeing more applications coming in for development review.

Below is a listing of new commercial developments being considered or recently approved:http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-dog-under-construction-image25649288

  • BP Hemlock: This is a proposal to add 4 pump islands to the site at Hemlock Lane and 73rd
  • Costco Wholesale Expansion: This is a proposal to construct a 6,135 s.f. addition.
  • Emmanual Christian Center: This is a proposal to construct additional parking, sidewalks, new sign and exterior finish update.
  • Park Nicollet at the Grove: This is a proposal to construct a 25,664 s.f. medical office building at the corner of Maple Grove Parkway and Grove Circle.
  • Prestige Preschool Academy: This is a proposal to construct an 10,850 s.f. Children’s education academy and associated outdoor playground, near Central Park.
  • The Village at Arbor Lakes: This is a proposal to develop property into multiple uses including hotel, office, medical and retail/service and residential.  The first commercial phase consists of two retail buildings totaling 32,170 s.f., a 128 room hotel (Spring Hill Suites) and a 108 room hotel (Home2 Suites).  Future commercial uses include a pharmacy, grocery store, daycare, restaurants, bank and the multi-story building.  The first phase of the residential portion of the plan includes a 261 unit apartment building, the two-story, approximately 30,000 s.f. clubhouse and pool area, and the gate house building.

houseHere are a few new residential developments coming to Maple Grove being considered or recently approved:

  • Appaloosa Woods 6th Addition: This is a proposal to develop property into 2 single-family residential lots.
  • Bottineau Ridge Apartments – Phase 2: This is a proposal to construct a 100 unit 4-story apartment building.
  • Cambridge Park: This is a proposal to develop the property into 94 single-family attached residential lots.
  • Mirabel: This is a proposal to develop property into a 32 lot active adult villa home subdivision for ages 55 and older.
  • Waters Edge at Central Park: This is a proposal to develop property into 70 attached single-family lots.

A good resource to get information directly e-mailed to you about the different Residential and Commercial projects that are going forward to the Planning Commission and City Council is to E-Subscribe to our Agendas and Minutes.  Our Agendas/Minutes are e-mailed out twice a month.  Click here to sign up.  There are other topics to sign-up for as well.

Dick Edwards, Community Development Director

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Time to check out the parks!

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Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to get out and enjoy the wonderful parks and trails in Maple Grove. Did you know that Maple Grove has 55 miles of paved trails and 51 playgrounds in addition to many basketball courts, soccer, football and baseball fields?

Maple Grove’s newest park is Central Park of Maple Grove at 12000 Central Park Way, just two blocks east of the library. The trails are open, the gardens are starting to green up, the pickleball nets are set and the playground is ready for fun. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really need to stop by – this is one amazing park!  IMG_5585

There’s a beautiful park building as well at Central Park and the restrooms are open from 10am-8pm. Once the interactive fountain opens Memorial Day weekend (weather permitting), concessions will also be available. The gathering room in the park building is also available for private rentals during the summer, check out our  rental information.

But Central Park isn’t the only game in town. From north to south, east to west, you’re bound to find a trail, park or playground not far from home. So grab your kids, put on your walking shoes or strap on your bike helmet– there’s plenty to do right out your own backdoor.

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2016 Local Board of Appeal and Equalization Process

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Based on your recent valuation notice, if you as a property owner believe your 2016 estimated market value and/or classification has been determined incorrectly, you have the right to make an appeal.  Inquiries concerning valuation or property class should first be directed to the City of Maple Grove Assessor’s Office.  This is an important first step in the appeals process.

If you believe your value or classification is incorrect and you are not satisfied with the resolution offered by the Assessing Department, you may bring your case to the Maple Grove Local Board of Appeal and Equalization.  You may appear in person, by letter, or be represented by an authorized agent.  It is required that you first attend the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization prior to attending the County Board of Appeal and Equalization.

Maple Grove Local Board of Appeal and Equalization

  • Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
  • Time: 7:00 P.M.
  • Location: Maple Grove Government Center – City Council Chambers, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369

If you would like to formally appeal your value and/or classification before the local board, an application is requested no later than Friday, April 8, 2016.  To submit an application, click on the following link:

2016 Local Board of Appeal and Equalization Application

If you have any questions, please contact the City of Maple Grove Assessor’s Office at (763) 494-6265 or by e-mail at assess@maplegrovemn.gov .

Tim Mitchell, City Assessor

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2016 Valuation and Classification Notice Mailing

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On March 22nd, the City of Maple Grove will begin mailing the “2016 Valuation and Classification Notice” to property owners.

The notice provides information regarding the estimated market value and property classification for property taxes payable in 2017.

Minnesota law requires that all property be appraised at estimated market value for property tax purposes. The market value represents a reasonable estimate of what your property may sell for on the open market based on market conditions and information relating to your specific property.

If a property owner believes the 2016 estimated market value and/or classification of their property has been determined incorrectly, they have the right to make an appeal. Inquiries concerning valuation or property class should first be directed to the City of Maple Grove Assessor’s Office. This is an important first step in the appeals process.

The valuation notice and the city’s website contain specific instructions for formal appeal options.

Any questions or concerns related to the 2016 assessed value or the classification of your property, should be directed to the Maple Grove Assessor’s Office at (763) 494-6265 or by e-mail at assess@maplegrovemn.gov.

Tim Mitchell, City Assessor

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Community Development News

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free-spring-clipart-bannerWhat’s going on in Community Development?  As we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, development traditionally begins to pick up.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-dog-under-construction-image25649288Here are a few new commercial developments coming to Maple Grove currently being considered:

  •  Prestige Preschool Academy: This is a proposal to construct an 10,850 s.f. Children’s education academy and associated outdoor playground, near Central Park.
  • The Markets at Rush Creek: This is a mixed-use development including a 96,000 s.f. Hy-Vee grocery store with a 12,000 s.f. future expansion and 4,000 s.f. gas/convenient store/car wash and outlots for future retail/office/residential development at the SE quadrant of Bass Lake Road and County Road 101.
  • Hy-Vee North: This is a mixed-use development including a 96,000 s.f. grocery store with a 12,000 s.f. future expansion and 4,100 s.f. gas/convenient store and future residential development at the SE quadrant of 99th Avenue and Maple Grove Parkway.
  • The Village at Arbor Lakes: This is a mixed-use development that envisions a mixture of residential and commercial uses at the NE quadrant of Elm Creek Blvd. and Hemlock Lane.  Look for updates on this proposal.

houseHere are a few new residential developments coming to Maple Grove currently approved:

  •  The Enclave on Rush Creek: This is a proposal to develop property into 66 single-family detached residential lots and one community pool.
  • The Enclave at Dunlavin Woods: This is a proposal to develop property into 29 single-family detached residential lots.

A good resource to get information directly e-mailed to you about the different Residential and Commercial projects that are going forward to the Planning Commission and City Council is to E-Subscribe to our Agendas and Minutes.  Our Agendas/Minutes are e-mailed out twice a month.  Click here to sign up.  There are other topics to sign-up for as well.

Dick Edwards, Community Development Director

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Summer Employment in the City

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The weather is getting warmer and soon summer will be here in Maple Grove. Help play a critical role in keeping our City looking beautiful by working in Public Works, Parks and the Utility departments this summer. Positions include blacktopping, irrigation, weeding, planting, mowing, gardening, custodial, athletic field and other maintenance positions. Many of these positions are Monday-Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm and are available May-end of September.

Are you interested in contributing to the beautification of the green spaces in Maple Grove and working in an outdoor, fun environment? Parks and Recreation has many openings this summer at the Community Center, Town Green and in the new Central Park. Most of these positions are part-time and have varied hours, including days, evenings and weekends. Central Park will be hiring Park Attendants, Supervisors, Concession staff and Outdoor Maintenance positions. Our Town Green performance venue will be hiring Supervisors, Sound Technicians, Concession staff and Maintenance positions to work all outdoor performances and events. The Community Center is hiring pool lifeguards, Weaver Lake Beach lifeguards, T-Ball and Kickin’ Kids Instructors and many other summer positions.

To apply for these positions, visit the City of Maple Grove website, www.maplegrovemn.gov and navigate to Job Opportunities, Current Job Openings. You will see all the open positions on this page, with varying application deadlines. You will need to set up an online account, then apply for any open positions as they become available. Make this a great summer by working outdoors to make the City beautiful!

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Outdoor Ice Skating

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It’s time for a little Minnesota Winter Fun!  Grab your skates!

Join us at The Central Park Ice Skating Loop (a refrigerated outdoor skate loop) is open for the season, skating is free to the public; skate rentals available for $6.00.

Our non-refrigerated outdoor skating rinks at Kerber, Gleason, Weaver Lake, Maple Grove Middle School, and Cedar Island are officially open. Ice conditions are not ideal but should improveIce Skating Loop. Elm Creek, Boundary Creek and Donahue North will remain closed until maintenance staff has a chance to improve ice conditions.

Participants are encouraged to contact the weather information line at 763-494-5959 for continuous updates on the non-refrigerated outdoor skating rinks.

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Online Application Information

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The Human Resources Department offers job opportunities on our website with an online application system which makes it easy for job applicants to set up an account and use your application multiple times by updating it for each position. To apply for a job, visit Current Job Openings, choose the position, and click on the “Apply” button. Online applications are stored on a secure site. You can be sure your information will be kept confidential; only authorized employees and hiring authorities have access to the information submitted.
If you are interested in a job opportunity which is not currently open, fill out a Job Interest card and check the categories you are interested in. You will receive an email when a position opens up in your specified category.
Be sure to check out our Current Volunteer Opportunities where you’ll find plenty of chances to volunteer in the City of Maple Grove in various capacities and interests you may have!

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Community Development News

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WinterWhat’s going on in Community Development?  As we say goodbye to what seemed like a short Fall and hello to Winter, I’m hoping for a beautiful snowy landscape for all of us to enjoy.  As I peek over my shoulder I can see the new Central Park open.  I’m sure the Ice Skating Loop will be a big hit this winter.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-dog-under-construction-image25649288Here are a few new commercial developments coming to Maple Grove currently being considered:

  •  Kiddiegarten: This is a proposal to construct an 11,600 s.f. daycare center and an 9,000 s.f. commercial building.
    • The Village at Arbor Lakes: This is a mixed-use development that envisions a mixture of residential and commercial uses at the NE quadrant of Elm Creek Blvd. and Hemlock Lane.  Look for updates on this proposal.

houseHere are a few new residential developments coming to Maple Grove currently being considered:

  •  The Enclave on Rush Creek: This is a proposal to develop property into 66 single-family detached residential lots and one community pool.
    • The Enclave at Dunlavin Woods: This is a proposal to develop property into 29 single-family detached residential lots.

A good resource to get information directly e-mailed to you about the different Residential and Commercial projects that are going forward to the Planning Commission and City Council is to E-Subscribe to our Agendas and Minutes.  Our Agendas/Minutes are e-mailed out twice a month.  Click here to sign up.  There are other topics to sign-up for as well.

Dick Edwards, Community Development Director

 

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