Welcome to the City of Maple Grove blog!
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.
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.
Tim Mitchell, City Assessor
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.
Dick Edwards, Community Development Director
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!
Watch Ascher’s interview:
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.
This week I went to a park close to the Community Center that I drive by just about every day. Maple Lakes Park has a very different feel to it in that it is very wide open without a lot of tree cover or any woods surrounding it. If you have a group of friends that love playing capture the flag as much as I do this would be the prime place to play! There is a lot of land to play games on including a soccer and baseball field. There is a nice little play ground with great new equipment right in the middle and wonderful trails go right around. Maple Lakes also has a nice basketball court next to the playground with a good court surface and nice hoops.
Even though this park is surrounded by neighborhoods and roads there was a tone of wildlife in it! Out of all of the parks I have seen so far this one had the most wildlife with frogs, ducks, and other critters I don’t even know what to call. I found 3 little furry things swimming around in one of the 3 ponds out there, maybe a little beaver or something else but they were cute!! I think this is one of my favorite parks so far, just be sure to bring some sunscreen if it’s a hot sunny day because there are some small trees but not much shade will be there until they grow a little more.
Check out our Parks & Trails webpage for great details on all our parks and trails!
This week I going to talk about the first park I ever went to in Maple Grove this past winter. Kerber Park is a great park to visit year round! In the winter there are two very nice hockey rinks with a warming house. I didn’t grow up in this arctic tundra climate so I never had an outdoor skate rink and I have to say they are pretty darn cool, but I am only going out to one when no one else is around and can see me fall 100 times! So in the middle of September when it is already -20 degrees you can grab your skates and head over to Kerber Park.
Now that the yucky winter talk is over there is a tone of stuff to do in the few summer months we get in this great state! There are 2 baseball fields if you have a group that wants to play some ball or watch little league teams play machine pitch out there. If you are a tennis player or into the new fad of pickle ball there are 2 courts with lines for either sport. There is a nice playground with half of a basketball court right next to it. There is also a nice little walking trail that goes around a small pond. Overall this is a nice little park with a great location right off of Elm Creek Blvd. If you have not checked this park out I highly recommend you do!
Do you want to serve your community? The City of Maple Grove has a number of job openings to give back to your community which can be found on the Job Opportunities link on our website. Among the positions offered, we are currently looking for Paid-On-Call Firefighters, with an application deadline of 8/1/14, and Police Reserve Officer, a volunteer position with an application deadline of 8/31/14.
Because of the upcoming elections, we are also looking for Election Judges. Election judges are responsible for administering election procedures in each polling place on Election Day. Serving as an election judge is a great opportunity to serve your community and to be involved in the election process. Additionally, the need exists to establish a new generation of poll workers to offset those who have served for years and are retiring their positions.
Election Judge Requirements:
• You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
• You must be able to read, write and speak English
• You cannot be a spouse, parent, child or sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct or of any candidate at that election
The City of Maple Grove provides training for all election judges. This training is mandatory and is approximately 2-3 hours. You will be paid for the training session.
If you are interested in becoming an election judge, please call the Maple Grove Election Line at 763-494-6498 or you can find the Election Judge Application on the City’s website at www.maplegrovemn.gov.
2014 Maple Grove Firefighters Complete Initial Fire Training
July 10th, 2014 Maple Grove, Minnesota …It seemed like a very long and cold winter, but that didn’t stop this year’s group of Maple Grove apprentice firefighters from completing their initial qualification training.
Maple Grove participates in a shared services model for training new firefighters to respond to emergencies in our community. Maple Grove recruits, along with new firefighters from several other area fire departments, attend training covering fire response and hazardous materials emergencies. Each year, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Golden Valley, and the West Metro Fire Rescue District host a Fire Training Academy that allows trainees to participate in classroom and hands-on activities that meet nationally recognized firefighter standards. New firefighters then put their learning to the test by completing firefighter certification administered by the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board.
Minnesota has a long history of dedicated citizens providing fire and emergency response to their community as part of the hometown fire department. Many times residents do not realize that most communities in Minnesota, including much of Hennepin County, are served by fire departments staffed by volunteer or part-time firefighters. Maple Grove has a long tradition of staffing our fire department with a group of dedicated citizens who provide fire and emergency response. Assistant Fire Chief Tim Bush notes, “When you call 911 you expect help to come quickly. Sometimes people are surprised to find out that the firefighters coming to help them are also their neighbors. They are even more surprised when they hear that we hire new firefighters with no previous experience and provide them the firefighting and emergency medical training they need”.
Providing emergency response to the community requires people, equipment and training. It can be expensive and working with neighboring fire departments can help keep costs down. Shared services like an internal fire academy allows multiple departments to come together with their neighbors to share the time and expense of training new fire recruits. It also allows students a chance to work with the people, tools, and fire vehicles they will use when they complete their initial training. Assistant Chief Bush states, “We are really fortunate to have some really talented instructors working with our new firefighters. This allows us to take advantage of people that truly are subject matter experts for each section of the training we provide. Our training is second to none and it helps hold down costs for each of the departments involved. “
In 2014, recruits from Maple Grove attended training with new firefighters from seven departments in Anoka and Hennepin Counties. They attended either morning or evening classes, depending on their available time. According to Fire Chief Scott Anderson, “The majority of our firefighters also work full-time. They have jobs and families, so we need to be able to provide training that fits into the schedules of their lives. We especially need people who can respond during the daytime.”
Maple Grove is currently accepting applications to find the next group of new apprentice firefighters. Although the fire department has openings for both day and night available responders, the biggest challenge in Maple Grove is finding people that are available during the day time. Fire Chief Scott Anderson says, “We need to find the people that are home during the daytime and can respond quickly if we have an emergency in the city. We’ll train you and we’ll challenge you and we’ll keep it fun.”
Applications are accepted through Friday, August 1st, 2014. Information can be found at www.MGFire.info.
Tim Bush – Assistant Fire Chief
Maple Grove Fire Department