Try Something New This New Year!

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Do you have a New Year’s resolution?  How about taking a class to learn something new or taking a exercise class to get in shape!  Parks and Recreation offers numerous classes to fit your needs. Join a Yoga class to increase flexibility and restore a healthy, positive mind and body.  Join a oil painting class and complete an oil painting in just four sessions.   Maybe you have always wanted to learn how to use Facebook , G-Mail or graphics. We offer many computer classes geared towards seniors. Do you have active kids?  We offer great classes like dance, science, music, swim lessons and more to keep your kids creative, active and engaged.   Check out our 2017 Winter Parks and Recreation Brochure for more information and how to sign up. You are never to old (or young) to learn or try something new!yoga-trio

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Benefits of Working for the City of Maple Grove

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PRIDE – Maple Grove is dedicated to providing high quality service to its residents, businesses and visitors to make our community one in which we can all enjoy living, working and playing!
PLEASANT WORKING ENVIRONMENT – While we work hard, we still believe in having fun, being respectful towards one another and working collaboratively amongst the different departments.
EDUCATION/TRAINING – The City Council and Management Team strongly believes in on-going training and development of their employees.
BENEFITS (Benefit-earning positions only) – We provide a very competitive benefit package. Monthly city contributions go toward cafeteria plan of benefits to include health insurance, dental, life insurance, and long term disability insurance. Employees earn accrued vacation/sick leave benefits.
WELLNESS PROGRAM (Benefit-earning positions only) – Maple Grove takes the health and well-being of employees very seriously by having a comprehensive wellness program designed to provide diverse programs and activities that meet a wide range of personal health needs with the ultimate goal of being “Fit For Life”.
If you are interested in jobs Maple Grove may have to offer, please visit our website at www.maplegrovemn.gov

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Update from Mayor Steffenson

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Homestead Application Deadline – Thursday, December 15, 2016

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Please contact the Maple Grove Assessor’s Office to file a homestead application or a relative homestead application on or before December 15, 2016 if one of the following situations applies to you:

  • You purchased a residence in Maple Grove in the past year and you or a qualifying relative occupy the property for homestead purposes by December 1, 2016; or
  • You or a qualifying relative occupy a Maple Grove residence for homestead purposes on December 1, 2016 and the property was previously classified as non-homestead.

In order to qualify for a relative homestead, the qualifying relative must be the property owner’s parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, or nieces and nephews, including those related by marriage.

The homestead status of your property may have property tax implications. Please feel free to contact the assessor’s office if you have any questions related to the homestead status of your property.

If you should sell, move, or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification on your property, you are required to notify the assessor’s office within 30 days of the change in your homestead status.

City of Maple Grove Assessing Department Contact Information:
Street Address: 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1180, Maple Grove, MN 55311-6180
Phone Number: (763) 494-6250
E-mail Address: assess@maplegrovemn.gov

 

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Community Development News

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Fall LeavesWhat’s going on in Community Development?  As we are enjoying this beautiful Fall weather, we have been seeing more and 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

  • Buhl ZS Center: This is a proposal to develop the approximate 1.9 acre property into two parcels for potential retail development.  Located near the former Zachary Square Shopping Center.
  • The Grove Service Station: This is a proposal to develop property into an automotive fueling station, automotive care facility, a car wash, and convenience store.  The Plan also considers an unidentified retail pad on the adjoining parcel.  Located at 9871 and 9805 Maple Grove Parkway.
  • Menards Expansion.: This is a proposal to construct a 22,670 s.f. warehouse expansion and .86 acres of additional lumber yard at 16500 96th Ave N.
  • Parnassus Preparatory School Addition & Renovation: This is a proposal to convert the balance of the Zachary Square mall into school space and an addition of approximately 32,000 s.f. for gym and auditorium space located at 11201 96th Ave N.
  • US Bank: This is a proposal to construct a 4,000 s.f. bank with drive-thru service located at 13501 80th Circle N.
  • Sycamore Commons: This is a proposal to construct a 33,852 s.f. 2-story office building located at 6865 Sycamore Lane N.
  • EC North: This is a proposal to redevelop existing restaurant property with two single-story retail buildings with a total of 9,285 s.f. located at 12730 Elm Creek Blvd.
  • Hy-Vee North: This is a proposal to develop property into a 96,000 s.f. grocery store with a 12,000 s.f. future expansion and 4,100 s.f. gas/convenient store and an outlot for future residential development.  Located at 99th Avenue and Maple Grove Parkway.
  • Spacebox Maple Grove: This is a proposal to construct a 78,000 s.f. self storage facility located at 14500 Weaver Lake Rd.

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

  • The Woods at Rush Creek: This is a proposal to develop property into 73 single-family detached residential lots.  Located South of the Rush Creek Golf Course.
  • Waters Edge at Central Park II: This is a proposal to develop property into 38 attached single-family units located at 82nd Avenue and Central Park Way.
  • The Reserve Arbor Lakes: This is a proposal to construct the first 257 units of the 700 unit apartment complex and a 25,000 s.f. clubhouse.

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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Assessing Department Activities

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In mid-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 2017 assessment; for property taxes payable in 2018. 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

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Fall Parks & Recreation Department Employment Opportunities

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Fall will soon be here bringing cooler weather and school activities for kids. The Parks and Recreation Department is now hiring positions for fall including After School Sports Assistants and Instructors, Gymnastics and Skating School Instructors, and Indoor Playground Attendants. The Grove Cove is always looking for Lifeguards, Water Safety Instructors and Aides and Central Park is hiring for Supervisor and Grounds Attendant.

If you’d like to apply for any of our open positions, we can help! Are you having trouble successfully submitting your application? The Human Resources Department has several resources to help you out through the Current Job Openings link on the City website. If you are applying for a position with us, be sure to read the Online Employment Application Guide, which provides step-by-step instructions to help you through the application process and answers many of your questions. Incorrect or blank areas in your job application may disqualify you from the position you are applying for so please be sure to complete the application in its entirety.

Here are a couple of things to remember when applying for a job with the City of Maple Grove:
1. Initially, you will create a username and password – please remember this since you will log in to your account with this information each time you need to check the status of your application or you receive an email from HR to schedule an interview online. If you’ve created a NeoGov account by applying with another city or county, you will use your previous account information. Please be sure you edit and update your basic information before you submit an application to us.
2. Fill out your individual information and be sure to save your application frequently. You now have created your contact information.
3. To apply for a specific job posting, you will click on the job title of the position you are interested in, then click on the ‘Apply’ link. You will then login with your applicant username and password.
4. You will be guided through a series of sections including agency-wide questions and supplemental questions before reaching the ‘Confirm and Send Application’. Be sure to save your information frequently and answer all questions completely to be considered for the position.
5. You will be able to attach any documents including a cover letter and resume to your online application. If you are a veteran who is requesting Veteran’s Preference, please attach your DD214 to be considered for this preference.

If you have any questions during the application process, please review the ‘Online Employment Application Guide’ first. If you still have questions or problems, call the Human Resources Department at 763-494-6015.

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Community Development News

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SummerWhat’s going on in Community Development?  As we are enjoying this beautiful Summer weather, we are seeing more and 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

  • AutoZone: This is a proposal to construct a 7,147 s.f. AutoZone retail store located at the corner of 95th and Garland Lane.
  • Firefly Federal Credit Union: This is a proposal to construct a 3,340 s.f., one-story, credit union with a drive-thru located at 11121 Fountains Drive.
  • Transit Team, Inc.: This is a proposal to renovate their parking lot at 10751 89th Ave N.
  • McDonald’s Restaurant: This is a proposal to redesign the parking lot and rebrand signage located at 6255 Sycamore Lane.

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

  • Hamlets of Rush Creek: This is a proposal to develop property into 50 detached single-family residential lots and two outlots.
  • Ploceus Meadows: This is a proposal to develop property into 12 detached single-family residential lots.
  • Cambridge Park: This is a proposal to develop the property into 94 attached single-family residential lots.
  • Mirabel: This is a proposal to develop property into a 32 lot active adult villa home subdivision.
  • Killarney Glenn 2nd Addition: This is a proposal to develop property into 9 detached single-family 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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Firefighter Recruitment for the City of Maple Grove

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Did you know that the majority of fire departments in Minnesota are staffed by citizens who live in their community? There are more than 20,000 firefighters in Minnesota and most of them are on-call volunteers who protect their community by delivering emergency services when they are needed. These firefighters are often part-time employees of their community who typically carry a radio pager to alert them when their help is needed. For over 40 years, Maple Grove has depended on part-time firefighters to respond to fires and other emergencies. This summer we will be looking for additional people interested in serving their community by joining the Maple Grove Fire Department.
There are many reasons why people become a Maple Grove firefighter. The ability to help their community is right at the top of the list and being a firefighter provides the chance to assist their neighbors in times of trouble. Although this is true any time of day, it is especially true during the day. Maple Grove needs people that are available and interested in serving their community as firefighters. Best of all, new firefighters don’t require any experience in firefighting, because all needed training is provided after being hired.

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Becoming a Maple Grove firefighter is a job that comes with many rewards. Maple Grove firefighters are paid when they respond to emergency calls and also when they attend training. Initial training includes certification as a Minnesota Firefighter and Emergency Responder. After completing initial firefighter training, Maple Grove firefighters attend regular training drills on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Ultimately, being a firefighter provides a chance to be part of a team that provides a vital community service to the citizens of Maple Grove.
Firefighter applications are now open, with interviews scheduled for this summer in August.

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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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