Thank you, Coon Rapids Mayor Jerry Koch and City Manager Matt Stemwedel, for hosting the May North Metro Mayors Association Board meeting. Here are a few quick highlights:
Welcome Fridley! Mayor Scott Lund says his city is experiencing a growth spurt. The city hall campus (a $51 million endeavor) has housing on its perimeter that is selling like hotcakes.
The old BAE site on East River Road south of 694 is now called Northern Stacks. The old buildings had as many square feet as the IDS tower. The 4,000 employees who worked there at one point rode bicycles down the halls to get from end to the other. The new spaces are a mix of uses, including a brewery that’s in the works. Here’s something for you history buffs: Two smoke stacks still stand from World War II days and one has special stars on it only seen on battleships. The Navy gave the site the recognition for building battleship cannons for the war effort. Mayor Lund says that site is the only dry land honoree. The Navy is paying to manage contaminated soils. Mayor Lund says the current practice is to contain in place, not remove it. Paved parking lots make great caps.
We’re very pleased and honored to have Fridley at the table with us. A formal vote to add them will occur at the next board meeting. Also at that meeting, we’ll consider two updated organizational documents–bylaws and a joint powers agreement. Community Partner Tiffany Schmidt, of Abrams and Schmidt Attorneys at Law, did a fabulous job reviewing the documents for us. Thank you, Tiffany!
We heard a legislative update from Troy Olsen. There are no financial targets, yet. Leadership is in discussion. Troy is anticipated a short special session.
Jay Stroebel, city manager, Brooklyn Park, reported on the changes at Edinburgh Tiffany concurs the new caterer, D’Amico, is excellent. This month the city decided to move forward with city hall renovations.
Community Partner Mike Kaeding, Norhart, shared the Pioneer Press interviewed him for having one of the most technically advanced apartment buildings in the state Oh, what smart phones can do.
Start shopping for housewarming gifts. New Hope will move into their new city hall in a matter of weeks.
Community Partner John Connelly, Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce, shared materials on MnPass construction happening now on 35W. Thanks, John, for working with area businesses to help them navigate the project.
Mounds View City Administrator Nyle Zikmund says city hall is trying something new for the summer. Staff are able to work four 10-hour days and take Friday off. City hall will be closed to the public Fridays. A new employee retention benefit? Nyle hopes so.
It was a pleasure to have City Councilman Ryan Sabas represent Champlin. Lots of housing options coming online.
Coon Rapids City Manager Matt Stemwedel updated us on the city’s plans to turn East River Road into a full interchange on Hwy 610. Timing is good to tag onto the county’s work on Foley Blvd.
Thank you! Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.
Any thoughts or questions, call me any time.
Jill Brown, Executive Director