Community Development News

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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 Fall Leavesweather and colorful leaves for all of us to enjoy and for the efficient growth of our City to continue.  As I peek over my shoulder I can see two new additions that are now open – one is the senior residential community named SilverCreek on Main.  Also, Central Park will be open soon and will be a fine addition to our townhttp://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-dog-under-construction-image25649288The Skye at Arbor Lakes apartment community has opened its first phase and is now building its second phase.

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 or recently approved:

  •  Kiddiegarten:  This is a proposal to construct a 11,300 s.f. daycare center and an 11,661 s.f. commercial building.
  • Children’s Learning Adventure:  This is approved to construct a 33,032 s.f. day care facility.

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

  •  Eagle Lake Shores Third:  This is a proposal to plat the property into 3 single-family detached residential lots.
  • Bottineau Ridge Apartments – Phase 2:  This is a apartment_clipart_7_kproposal to ask for a concept amendment for the purpose of changing phase 2 from a 50 unit apartment building to a 100 unit apartment building.

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 Intern

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Hi, my name is Lizzie and I am the current summer intern for the Parks and Recreation Department. I am enjoying my internship and have been able to see what Maple Grove has to offer before I graduate from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies.
Prior to my internship, I had never been to the Maple Grove Community Center. When I first started and took a tour, I was amazed at the features of the building! There is so much to offer the public in terms of programs and facilities. One of those places is the Teen Center, where I spend a lot of my time. I have had the privilege of meeting a lot of teens from the area and getting to know them! They are great kids. If you are a teen or know of one who needs something to do, come check us out! There is always something going on. Participants can play Xbox, arcade games, board games, and pool. Other options are to go on a computer, watch television or a movie, play your favorite song on our jukebox or just hang out with friends. It’s also a great place for a birthday party! For more information check out our Teen Center webpage.

The other place I spend most of my time is Town Green. Another beautiful facility! You can attend one of the summer concerts on Monday or Wednesday nights at 7pm, Thursdays at 11am, or watch a movie at sunset on Friday nights. I am the park supervisor for the Thursday morning children’s concerts and they have been fun to watch. So many kids are dancing, singing and having fun. It is very rewarding. Make sure to bring your kiddos and their friends to the next one! Even when there isn’t a concert you can hang out in one of the Adirondack chairs near the lake. They have a great view! Check out the Sounds of Summer 2015 Performance Schedule and we also post events to our Facebook page.  Hope to see you out in the park!

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Maple Grove Police Provides Medicine Disposal

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The Maple Grove drop box is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a secure and monitored location in the lobby of the police department.

Please bring medicines in their original containers. No identification is required and this service is free.

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Summer Safety Series – Legal and Illegal Fireworks

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The sale, possession, and use of certain non-explosive and non-aerial consumer fireworks is permitted in Minnesota.

Examples of legal fireworks:
• Sparklers
• Cones and tubes that emit sparks
• Novelty items like snakes, and party poppers.

Consumer fireworks may not be used on public property (i.e. parks, roads, alleys, schools, government property, etc.). Purchasers of consumer fireworks must be at least 18 years old and retailers are required to check photo identification of purchasers before selling these products.

Anything that flies or explodes is illegal in Minnesota. Explosive and aerial fireworks are prohibited for public sale, possession and use.

Examples of illegal fireworks:
• Firecrackers
• Bottle rockets
• Missiles
• Roman candles
• Mortars and shells

The penalty can be a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor.

www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=624.20
www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=624.25

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Job Application Requirements

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When applying for a job with the City of Maple Grove, you must completely fill out your application or you may be disqualified from being considered an applicant. This includes supervisors’ names and contact information. You also need to include your current salary and for each position you have listed the reasons for leaving those jobs.

If you are applying for Veteran’s Preference, please be sure to attach the required documentation, or it must be received in our office within 5 calendar days of the deadline. For more information on the documentation requirements for Veteran’s Preference, please see, http://www.maplegrovemn.gov/departments/human-resources/veteran-s-preference-information/

If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree, you will need to attach or provide your college transcripts. Any other certification or licenses that are a requirement of the position must be attached for verification. All postings should list any required documentation.

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Summer Safety Series – Pedestrian Safety at Crosswalks

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Did you know…

Pedestrian responsibility
Pedestrians must not enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for the driver to stop. There is no defined distance that a pedestrian must abide by before entering the crosswalk; use common sense. Pedestrians must obey traffic signs and signals at all intersections that have them.

Driver Responsibility
Drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights. Vehicles stopped for pedestrians can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of the stopped vehicle. When a vehicle is stopped at an intersection to allow pedestrians to cross the roadway, drivers of other vehicles approaching from the rear must not pass the stopped vehicle. Failure to obey the law is a misdemeanor. A second violation within one year is a gross misdemeanor, Minnesota State Statute 169.21.

“Crosswalk” means (1) that portion of a roadway ordinarily included with the prolongation or connection of the lateral lines of sidewalks at intersections; (2) any portion of a roadway distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface. MSS 169.011 Subd. 20.Crosswalk.

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National Night Out 2015

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On Tuesday, August 4, Maple Grove, along with over 16,000 communities nationwide, will be celebrating National Night Out!!

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We invite you to host a block party in your own neighborhood during the evening. These parties are a great way to get to know your neighbors, have fun, and even receive a visit by Maple Grove Police or Fire personnel.

To register your neighborhood and receive planning information please visit www.maplegrovemn.gov/nno or contact Maple Grove Police Crime Prevention at 763-494-6134 or crimeprevention@maplegrovemn.gov.

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Distracted Driving Changes Lives

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Maple Grove Police are reminding drivers to practice safe driving habits this summer. Distracted driving is a rapidly growing cause of accidents on our roads.

We will be dedicating extra patrol efforts throughout the summer looking for distracted drivers. Remember DISTRACTED DRIVING is DANGEROUS DRIVING, and a leading distraction is cell phone use! Wait until you arrive at your destination before using your cell phone.

Please take the time to watch the video to see how a brief moment of being distracted while behind the wheel changed the life of one Minnesota driver and one family forever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKKw-Q1M80o

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Maple Grove Firefighters Complete Initial Fire Training

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Maple Grove Firefighters Complete Initial Fire Training

June 12, 2015 Maple Grove, Minnesota… Meeting two and sometimes three times a week over the past five months is a major commitment of time and energy. This year’s new Maple Grove firefighters recently completed their initial firefighter and hazardous materials response training.

Maple Grove provides training to new firefighters through a shared effort with several of our neighboring communities. Many of our new firefighters work daytime jobs, but are available to attend training in the evening with the West Suburban Fire Academy hosted by Maple Grove, Plymouth, Golden Valley, and the West Metro Fire Rescue District. Maple Grove also hosts a daytime fire academy to provide training to new firefighters that work afternoon or evening jobs.

New firefighters participate in classroom and hands-on activities that meet nationally recognized firefighter standards. These firefighters validate their academy learning by completing firefighter certification testing administered by the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board. New firefighters earn certification as Minnesota Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Hazardous Materials Operations level responders.

Most communities in Minnesota depend on dedicated citizens that live nearby to respond as volunteers or part-time firefighters. Maple Grove has a long tradition of staffing its fire department with a well-trained and professional group of people from the community. The majority of Maple Grove’s approximately 100 firefighters have full-time jobs and serve their community as part-time firefighters providing fire and emergency response when needed. Deputy Fire Chief Tim Bush states, “We seek people interested in serving as firefighters that live within Maple Grove or very close to one of our fire stations.  People don’t need experience or previous training in order to join the fire department, because we provide them with the firefighter and emergency medical training they need.”

It takes people, equipment and training to provide emergency response to the community. It can be expensive, so working with neighboring fire departments helps keep down operational costs. A shared effort like the West Metro Fire Academy allows several departments to share the time and expense of training new fire recruits. It also has the added benefit of allowing students a chance to work with the people, tools, and fire vehicles they will use when they complete their initial training. Deputy Chief Bush notes, “We have very talented and high energy instructors that work with new firefighters. We are extremely lucky to have people that are true subject matter experts in the topics they teach and they share their knowledge and experience with the students. At the same time it allows us to reduce training costs for each of the departments involved with the fire academy.”

In 2015, recruits from Maple Grove attended training with new firefighters from seven other departments in Anoka and Hennepin Counties. Recruits attended either morning or evening classes, depending on their available time. The majority of Maple Grove firefighters have family commitments and full-time jobs outside of their fire department activities. According to Fire Chief Scott Anderson, “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 searching for the next group of new Maple Grove Firefighters. Applications are being accepted through Friday, August 7, 2015. Information can be found at www.MGFire.info

2015 Maple Grove Recruit Training Class

2015 MG Recruit Class

Front row, left to right:  Mark Getty and Steven Anderson

Back row left to right:  Allan Oyaas, Kris Stewart, Jesse Navin, Steven James, and Scott Kielty

 

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Community Development News

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SummerWhat’s going on in Community Development? As we say goodbye to  spring and hello to summer, development traditionally begins to pick up.  Now with warmer weather we see work continuing and on schedule on the City’s new Central Park.  See continuing updates at http:/www.maplegrovemn.gov/parks-and-http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-dog-under-construction-image25649288recreation/central-park-maple-grove.  Work is nearly complete on the new senior residential community named SilverCreek on Main and the new Maple Grove Retail with an opening occurring fairly soon!

Here is a new new commercial development recently approved:

  • Youngstedts Car Wash: This is a proposal to construct a full service tunnel car wash.

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

  • Segal Property: This is a proposal to approve the concept plan to develop property into 65 single-family detached lots and one community pool.
  • Eagle Lake Shores Third:  This is a proposal to develop property into 3 single-family detached units and amend Eagle Lake Shores Second by eliminating 2 twin home units.
  • Donegal Fourth Addition:  This is a proposal to develop property into 27 single-family detached residential lots.
  • Grossinger Addition:  This is a proposal to develop property into 2 single-family detached 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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