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!!

NNO 2015 Logo

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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DARE Students

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On May 18, 2015, DARE Students enjoyed celebrating their grand prize win — lunch with Chief Werner and DARE Officers Carroll and Modeen! Well done kids!

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National Police Week

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Sunday marked the first day of National Police Week, which continues a tradition of more than 50 years of honoring the dedicated men and women who serve, have served, or paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep their communities safe. Through a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, May 15th was designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. In honor of Minnesota’s fallen officers, The Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA) hosts a “Standing of the Memorial Guard” event each year on May 15th. Officers from across the state post guard around our Peace Officer’s memorial located on the State Capitol grounds. Standing of the memorial guard commences at 8:00 p.m. on the evening of the 14th and continues until 7:30 p.m. on May 15th. At 7:30 p.m. on May 15th, LEMA will host the 2015 Police Officers Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil at the Police Memorial. The vigil is followed by a light meal hosted by MPPOA that will be served at the St. Paul National Guard Armory located across the street from the memorial. Officers are encouraged to bring their families to this event.

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Officer Recognition

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Officer Jesse Mathwig and Hennepin County Deputy Matt Hagen were presented with a Lifesaving Award at the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Executive Training Institute Annual Awards Banquet Tuesday, April 21, in St. Cloud, MN.

The award was in recognition for their efforts in pulling a victim from a burning vehicle on January 30, 2014, on Highway 169 just north of I-694. It was an honor to see Officer Mathwig and Deputy Hagen recognized in the presence of their families and among many other agencies and officers from throughout the state.

Congratulations to Jesse and Matt!

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