Community Development News

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What’s going on in Community Development? As we say goodbye to what seemed like a short Fall and hello to Winter, we see work continuing in spite of the snowy landscape on a Winternumber of projects including the senior residential community named SilverCreek on Main and the City’s new Central Park. These will both be a http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-dog-under-construction-image25649288fine addition to our town. The new Skye at Arbor Lakes Apartment community continues to expand. Work is nearly complete on the Freddies Frozen Custard and Steakburgers with an opening occurring fairly soon!

The arrival of winter 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:

retail• Maple Grove Retail: This is a proposal to construct a 12,200 s.f. retail/restaurant building in place of the former Houlihan’s restaurant.
school• Radiant Montessori School: This is a proposal to develop the property into an 8,800 s.f. Montessori School at Upland Lane/95th Avenue.
car wash• Youngstedts Car Wash: This is a proposal to develop the property into a full service tunnel car wash, located near Menards on 96th Avenue.

Residential development continues to grow. Below is a new residential development coming to Maple Grove:

house• Four Seasons at Rush Creek 6th Addition: 17 Single-Family detached 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 here to sign up. There are other topics to sign-up for as well.

Dick Edwards, Community Development Director

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Residential Burglaries

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Winter Water Works

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Greetings and warm wishes from the Public Works Utilities Division.  Hoping the holiday season finds you nestled snug in your bed, with visions of palm trees or spring time ahead.

Rice Lake Sanitary Sewer Project is in the works for 2015, starting this December.  The pipe lining work to renovate the trunk sewer can be done during winter months, except if we experience extended periods of below zero temperatures.  There will be some night-time clatter, as boiler truck works through the night to cook and cure the new plastic pipe and wastewater is pumped around the work area (or possibly from miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer).  The work will require trail segments along the east side of Rice Lake to be closed at times this winter.  More information about the project and work schedule can be found under the Public Works page of the City web-site.

Water Heater Maintenance – It’s recommended that sediment be removed from your water heater annually.  The build-up of sediment can lower the efficiency of the appliance and cause over-heating and damage to the components inside the tank.  Calcium is a naturally occurring mineral in water, which precipitates out as calcium carbonate (CaCO3).  The white, pasty, chalky sludge may have a blue-green tint to it, from copper or other metals (corroded appliance components) that may also settle out as sediment.  Water softening raises the pH and may make the water chemistry more favorable for precipitates.  If you notice difficulty rinsing soap when showering, or a slimy feeling, reducing the level of softening will likely extend the life of your water heater, helping to ensure your days are healthy, merry and bright.

Prevent Sanitary Sewer Backups – Fat, oil, and grease (FOG) wastes tend to increase at this time of year, associated with holiday banquets and rich cuisine.  FOG and food scraps should be disposed of as solid waste, minimizing the amount that goes down the drain with the dish water.  FOG solidifies as it cools, and reduces the sewer capacity to handle waste; which is intensified by less flow from today’s more water efficient fixtures.  If you want to be on Santa’s “Nice” list and help to prevent sewer backups, only dispose of items in the wastewater that belong there.  Please do not flush paper towels, or that “ugly sweater” you received as a gift, down the drain.

Once again, Happy Holidays!

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Sergeant Promotion

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At their November 3, 2014 meeting, council approved the promotion of Officer Tanya Petz to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Petz was formally introduced at the November 17, 2014 council meeting. Congratulations!

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Homestead Application Deadline – Monday, December 15, 2014

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Please contact the Maple Grove Assessor’s Office to file a homestead application on or before December 15, 2014; 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 on December 1, 2014; or
  • You or a qualifying relative occupy a Maple Grove residence for homestead purposes on December 1, 2014 and the property was previously classified as non-homestead.

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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Angel of Hope Candlelight Memorial

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Angel of Hope Candlelight Memorial

On Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. a candlelight memorial will be held at the Angel of Hope statue in Maple Grove. The public is invited to attend this short, simple ceremony. Candles will be provided. You are invited to bring a white flower to leave at the base of the statue in memory of loved ones. The Angel of Hope statue is located in the Maple Grove Arboretum at 9400 Fernbrook La N. For more information, call Debbie at 763-494-6535 or email dcoss@maplegrovemn.gov.

After the candlelight memorial, the Friends of the Angel (www.friendsoftheangel.comAngel of Hope) invite you to join them for further remembrance and refreshments inside the Arbor View Early Childhood Center, 9401 Fernbrook La N.

History of the Angel of Hope Statue

The Maple Grove Christmas Box Angel of Hope is located in the Maple Grove Arboretum just north of County Road 30 at 9400 Fernbrook La N.  A grieving grandmother, Rosemarie Rosengren, donated the angel in memory of her grandson, Andrew. Rosemarie wanted to leave a memorial where mourning parents and families could find a place of solace. This angel was dedicated on May 6, 2001 and is one of five Christmas Box Angels located in Minnesota.

The Christmas Box Angel of Hope was first introduced to the world in the 1993 international bestselling book and hit television movie “The Christmas Box,” written by Richard Paul Evans. The original Angel of Hope statue, inspired by the book, was dedicated on December 6, 1994 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since the placement of this first statue, it has become known as a place of hope and healing for anyone who has suffered the loss of a child. Each year, individuals and agencies in support of grieving parents sponsor new statues to be placed throughout the world.

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Heroin Town Hall Meeting – Press Release

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“Heroin and illegal prescription medications destroy lives and families. The Maple Grove Police Department will continue to prioritize enforcement efforts. We are asking residents, schools, and community groups to participate in prevention and education efforts so that we are working together to combat drug abuse,” said Maple Grove Police Chief Eric Werner.

Thank you to those who came to the Town Hall meeting. We appreciate your taking the time to educate yourselves about this growing concern.

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Looking to Update Your Job Application Materials?

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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.

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Captain Dan Wills

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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!

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New Police Officers

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Recently, five new officers took the oath of office as Maple Grove Police officers! Congratulations S. Geisler, B. Peetz, T. Condon, A. Valerius, and M. Kathan!

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