The North Metro Mayors Association Operating Committee met this week in New Brighton. Troy Olsen delivered good news on the legislative session just completed. Specific projects, like 105th Avenue reconstruction in Blaine, Hanson rail grade separation in Coon Rapids, MPCA clean up in Andover, and restoration of the Mill Pond in Champlin received funding. Anoka, Coon Rapids and Maple Grove TIF provisions also received passage. The Corridors of Commerce program, and other transportation funding sources received new money that should help other North Metro transportation projects waiting in line for funding. We’ll continue to share details on the session in our meetings with individual cities.
With several projects successfully moving off our work plan, it’s time to start talking about the plan for 2018. Troy anticipates a healthy bonding bill proposal, but time will tell. Please provide thoughts to your city manager/administrator. Troy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every city has a new crop of high school graduates this month. Did you know Comcast, our Community Partner, has a Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program? Since the inception of the nomination-based award in 2000, more than $26 million has been awarded to nearly 25,000 students in cities Comcast serves. In 2017, Comcast in the Twin Cities awarded $44,000 to a total of 36 students. In the attached photo, look for Rep. Peggy Scott (Andover) with a recipient from her area. Comcast and Financial One are new Pearl Sponsors, helping us celebrate 30 years of building community in the North Metro. Thank you for everything you do in the community.
Please save the date for the reunion event Sept. 20, 4 p.m., at Fogerty Arena in Blaine.