We look forward to the blog being another avenue to interact with and keep residents and businesses current on various topics and areas of interest.
City staff will be posting regularly on the blog, addressing a variety of topics. Please note the blog does not replace other means of communications, but it is an additional source. We will continue to rely on public meetings, webcasts of City Council and Planning Commission meetings, City website, City newsletter, and other media sources such as the Osseo-Maple Grove Press, Cable Channel 12, and Maple Grove Patch.
Job applicants commonly wish to update application materials with additional employment or educational entries. You may do this by logging into your governmentjobs.com account at any time to update your core application. Keep in mind that when you are updating your master profile via “My Account” these updates DO NOT automatically translate into previously submitted applications. Rather, the updates are in place on your core profile for use as a foundation the next time you submit an application. Should you need to update/edit your application once it has been submitted for a specific position, you will need to submit the information to the Human Resources Department to upload it to your application for you.
If you are applying for various jobs with the City of Maple Grove or other Government entities using NeoGov, please remember to continually update your information as needed. Make sure the information you are editing is applicable to the job that you are applying for. Too many times applicants may be applying for multiple cities and forget to edit the application to reflect that, typically the Human Resources Department will find this in the objectives section where the city or job applying for is something totally different than the position you are actually applying for.
At their October 6, 2014 meeting, council approved the promotion of Sgt. Dan Wills to the rank of Captain. Captain Wills was formally introduced at the October 20, 2014 council meeting. Congratulations!
Costumes should be short and snug:
Baggy sleeves, big capes, puffy skirts can trip you up and catch fire if they brush against
Jack-o-lanterns or candle flames.
Proper sized shoes:
Big Floppy shoes (clown shoes, adult shoes) that are hard to walk in may make you fall.
Flexible costume props:
Costume props can hurt you badly if you fall. Make sure swords, knives, etc. are made of flexible plastic or rubber.
Eye holes in masks are wide enough:
Make sure if you wear a mask that it fits you properly and the eye-holes allow you to see fully. Don’t wear a mask that is too loose; it can slop and block your vision. Even better, paint your face instead of wearing a mask. Make-up is a better option over masks.
Can a driver see your costume in the dark?
Be original with a glow in the dark costume by attaching some reflective tape and stickers. Attach glow sticks to your costume.
Trick or treating in a group:
Don’t go alone while trick or treating. If kids are under the age of 13, make sure you go with an adult. Older kids should always go with buddies.
Crossing the streets at crosswalks and intersections:
Stop at street corners. Look left, right and left again before crossing, and don’t cross between parked cars! Remember, never step into the street without looking to see if a vehicle is coming.
Make sure parents checks treats before kids eat them:
Pick only wrapped candy when you trick or treat. Ask your parents to check all treats to make sure they are safe.
Curfew Laws for Hennepin County
Under 12: Home by 9:00pm on a weekday; 10:00pm on Fridays & Saturdays.
12-14: Home by 10:00pm on a weekday; 11:00pm on Fridays & Saturdays.
15-17: Home by 11:00pm on a weekday; Midnight on Fridays & Saturdays.
In October staff appraisers from the Assessing Department will begin the process of reviewing property improvements associated with outstanding building permits that were issued over the past year. Any new improvements or remodeling will be valued for the 2015 assessment, property taxes payable in 2016. If work related to a building permit is not complete, it may be partially assessed until the work is fully completed. When our staff appraisers conduct field inspections and visit homes or businesses, they possess and will display a City issued photo identification.
What’s going on in Community Development? As we begin to say goodbye to what seemed like a short summer, and hello to my favorite season – Fall, I’m hoping for cool weather and colorful leaves for all of us to enjoy and for the growth of our City to continue. As I peek over my shoulder I can see work is steady on the senior residential community named SilverCreek on Main. Also, Central Park is coming along at a fast pace and will be a fine addition to our town. The Skye at Arbor Lakes apartment community has opened its first phase as did its neighbor Bottineau Ridge.
The arrival of fall signals many new commercial development opportunities as we pull farther away from the recent economic downturn. Here are a few new commercial developments currently being considered:
La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings and Décor: This is a proposal to construct a 13,640 square foot home furnishing store.
The Point at Arbor Lakes: This is a proposal to develop the property at the Northeast quadrant of Hemlock Lane and Elm Creek Boulevard into multiple uses including retail, hotel, restaurant and office/office-warehouse/research & development uses.
Residential growth has remained steady. Below are a number of new residential developments coming to Maple Grove:
Stonegate at Rush Creek: a 21 single-family detached residential lot subdivision.
Lakeview at Central Park: 21 single-family detached residential lots and approximately 37 attached homes.
The Neat Pig Addition: dividing 2 properties into 3 single-family residential lots.
Keep apprised of new retailers coming to town in this blog or on the City’s main web page!
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 above to sign up. There are other topics to sign-up for as well.
Playhouse Preschool has openings for the 2014/2015 school year! The program is for 3 – 5 year olds and is located at the Maple Grove Community Center. Child must be 3 by September 1st and fully potty trained. The teacher and assistant teacher have been teaching together at Playhouse for over 20 years!
This program is designed with the individual child’s development in mind. A balance of individual, small and large group activities are provided in an enriching and stimulating environment, conductive to learning.
For more information or to enroll your child call Jody at 763-494-6505.
Become a Maple Grove Police Explorer — Mark your calendar…and stop by for our “First Nighter” on Monday, September 15 at 7:00pm!
The Maple Grove Police Department is now recruiting Police Explorers! This is your opportunity to become part of your police department and be an active community member, while preparing for your future.
Police Exploring is a program for young men and women between the ages of 14 – 20 who are interested in law enforcement. Exploring provides in-depth information and knowledge about the field, while providing an opportunity to experience real-life police work by bringing Explorers and Police Officers together on a weekly basis.
Our first meeting, which we refer to as our “First Nighter” will be on Monday September 15th, 7:00 p.m. at the North Metro Range (11370 89th Ave Maple Grove). It will be a brief meeting to acquaint you with the program, provide application materials, and to answer any questions you may have. Current members of our program as well as our Post advisers will be on hand to help explain the program to you.
For further information, please email the Post at email@example.com , call the Maple Grove Police Department at 763-494-6100, or visit the website at https://mnleexplorer.org/.
The Maple Grove Police Explorer – Post #3775 meetings are held at 6:00p.m. every Monday at the Maple Grove Police Department (12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway), where Explorers are taught police techniques in areas such as:
* Domestic Crisis Intervention
* Traffic Stop
* Burglary in Progress
* Hostage Negotiation
* Crime Prevention
* Emergency Field First Aid
* Radio Communications
* Firearms Safety/Competitive Shooting
* Bomb Threat Response
* and much more!
At the September 2, 2014 city council meeting, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA), with the support of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation (MCPF), awarded the MCPA Law Enforcement Scholarship to Community Service Officer Ryan Ascher.