Thank you, Dan Buchholtz and the City of Spring Lake Park, for hosting the Operating Committee meeting this week. We learned about new things happening in the City, like “Legends of Spring Lake Park” senior housing under construction at the former mini golf site, a new Hy-Vee going through final planning stages, and renovations to the Spring Lake Park high school and district offices. A brewpub will be added on University Ave. The City will close its municipal liquor store, located in the Hy-Vee construction zone. The City will not relocate the store.
We also learned Top Golf in Brooklyn Center will likely be open in the fall of 2018.
Maple Grove is experiencing labor issues for new businesses. One is pushing back opening until January due to lack of employees. Potential labor shortages are a concern for the region.
New Brighton will have a groundbreaking for a German company, being added to the New Brighton Exchange. A fully accessible park is a new feature coming to the region.
Matt Stemwedel, Coon Rapids, and Curt Boganey, Brooklyn Center, have been appointed to important positions in related groups. Matt offers his assistance at Metro Cities and Curt is a conduit with the League of Minnesota Cities. Congratulations and thank you, gentlemen.
The Operating Committee, chaired by Jim Dickinson, Andover, reviewed and approved several key pieces of business that move forward to the Nov. 15 Board meeting, including 2018 dues, budget and contracts, and a 2018 legislative work plan draft. A new office supplies/janitorial/furniture contract through the North American Joint Purchasing Program was presented by NAJPP Committee Chair Kirk McDonald, New Hope. It also moves forward to the November agenda.
The Board meets Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., New Hope Golf Course. The next Operating Committee meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maple Grove Government Center.