Ch, ch, ch ChangesCh, ch, ch ChangesThe North Metro Mayors Operating Committee met this week in Ramsey. Thank you, Kurt Ulrich, for hosting! Here are a few quick highlights of things that are a changing.
We said hello to Wally Wysopal, Fridley city manager. It’s great to have Fridley in the NMMA family. He told us the city is welcoming their first brewery.
We started our long Minnesota goodbye to Dean Lotter, New Brighton city manager. This week he accepted a new position in Eureka, California. He’ll move in December. I hate to see him leave the family. Dean, we’ll always have a chair open for you any time you visit Minnesota.
The dues and budget for 2020 were discussed. Dues will go down 2%. For some cities, it will be about the smallest annual investment they’ve made in our 33 history. There’s a welcomed change!
Changes in our cities include:
• Ramsey’s water testing shows manganese is a little too high; different water treatment options are being investigated.
• Champlin plans to break ground in April on the Mississippi Crossings redevelopment project.
• New Brighton had a ribbon cutting for their new water treatment facility expansion.
• Circle Pines has two more street projects to go, with one scheduled next year, and then the oldest thing in town will be from 2008.
• Dayton added a special benefit assessment for the interchange and adopted franchise fees.
• Maple Grove is working with the park board on public engagement for a vision on the community center.
• Coon Rapids saw architectural concepts last week on an expansion at the ice arena site.
• New Hope discovered a boulder, 10’ x 10’, when they dug the hole for the 50-meter pool. Free to anyone who will come get it!
• Mounds View is breaking ground next month on a project 12 years in the making.
• Spring Lake Park’s HyVee opens in March.• Andover’s cold storage maintenance building will be ready for use next month.
Proposed 2020 Meeting Calendar
Board of Directors Meetings, 5:30 p.m. except March 18:
• January 15 – Fridley
• March 18 –Tentative Day at the Capitol
• May 20 – Coon Rapids
• September 16 – Ramsey
• November 18 – Maple Grove
Operating Committee Meetings, 11:30 a.m.:
• February 19 – New Brighton
• April 15 – Champlin
• June 17 – New Hope
• October 21 – Andover
• December 16 – Circle Pines
Today, Troy and I attended the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce meeting featuring two of our Community Partners, CenterPoint Energy and Xcel. It was good to see our old friend Al Swintek, CenterPoint. We learned from Al’s colleague, Todd, that new technologies will be piloted in 10 locations in Minnesota starting next month. The natural gas we use to heat our homes and water creates carbon which will now be captured and used to make other products, like the bar of soap in the photo with Al and Todd. How cool is that? We also heard about Xcel’s plans to be carbon free by 2050.
Jill Brown, Executive Director