North Metro Mayors Minute—September Board Meeting
Thank you, Coon Rapids, for hosting the North Metro Mayors Board of Directors this week. Coon Rapids is hopping! Hanson Blvd., currently carrying about 14,000 cars daily across the railroad tracks, will have some closures in 2019 during construction of a new overpass. The temporary pain will be worth it!
Snippets of other city updates:
New Hope—City hall complex is under construction; planning a July 1 move in.
New Brighton—Green light coming soon for the new water plant to go online. It’s a $25 million project paid for by the army and Pentagon.
Mounds View—Happy anniversary, Nyle, both at Mounds View and with your bride.
Brooklyn Park—Four of seven council seats are on the ballot. City is waiting to see if they got a grant for additional firefighters.
Blaine—The Highway 65 study has started. The city and the county each put in $100,000 to get it launched. That helped move it up the list of priorities for MnDOT, Mayor Ryan says. A ribbon cutting was held on the remodeled 105th Ave.
Andover—There’s an addition happening at the high school. The Facebook video of an eagle landing on the fire engine equipment on 9-11 has received 10 million views. Will Hollywood call?
Dayton—The Brockton project has a new name, Dayton Parkway Interchange. It looks like a 2020 start on the road project; diverging diamond design preferred.
Champlin—The massive Highway 169 project opened this week! The Champlin Theater had a grand reopening after a $5.2 million renovation that included a solar array. People love it.
Circle Pines—The county library is under construction. This fall, a water cleanup project begins on Golden Lake. It’s likely to become a model, using sand and iron filings to filter water. Mayor Bartholomay says 60% of lakes in MN are impaired.
Community Partner Tiffany, of Abrams & Schmidt, Attorneys at Law, reported the MN Supreme Court would review the Richfield employment case. The MN Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the city.
Chamber affiliate John Connelly, Twin Cities North, shared our partnership on candidate forums is going well. Plus, the chamber is hosting additional forums with candidates for MN Legislature and constitutional offices.
Other quick updates:
Cities have a worksheet for the 2019 legislative session. Please complete and return to Ewald staff.
The 2019 dues were approved at the same rate as last year. A 2019 budget was approved with a nearly 5% reduction from an earlier draft. Thanks, Operating Committee, for your work on these.
Join us next week at legislative candidate forums. Anoka City Hall, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m., and Circle Pines City Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. Remaining events are Coon Rapids, Oct. 3, and New Hope Oct. 16. Eight nights total!
Next NMMA meetings:
Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m., Operating Committee, New Hope City Hall
Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m., Board of Directors, Brooklyn Park City Hall