The Kitchen Table
The February Operating Committee reminded me of sitting around the kitchen table. With lunch to share, and surrounded by people whose insights are valued, a variety of topics were placed on the table for admiring, solving, or testing our collective experiences.
- A change in apartment building ownership puts 60+ tenants on the street.
- A failed legal challenge causes a city council to consider a moratorium on some types of development.
- A personnel lawsuit victory gives hopes for addressing cases with post-traumatic stress disorder—a growing concern for cities.
- A completed special election may affect the process on appointments.
- Parental leave policies are up for discussion.
- A contractor’s recommendations for a flooring material in a new building cause delays.
We also celebrated many victories.
- The 200 x 400 foot temporary building is down after the WDE landfill cleanup is completed in Andover.
- Ice castle draws crowds in New Brighton.
- Bids open March 13 for the Interchange in Dayton.
- MN Health Village plan is approved in Maple Grove.
- The Center for Innovation and the Arts had its first meeting in Brooklyn Park. The proposal is gaining momentum.
- The Port River Walk real estate closing occurred last week in Coon Rapids after a couple years of title issues.
- Circle Pines road project bid comes in under estimates. Good year for bituminous projects!
- Construction starts in an area of Brooklyn Center that sat empty for about 20 years (old Jerry’s Food site).
- Mounds View offers interest free loans for homeowners to do septic linings.
Some celebrating. Some problem solving. Some planning for what’s next. Just like my favorite times around the family’s kitchen table. The North Metro Mayors Association provides a unique opportunity to gather with neighborhoods.
Thank you, New Brighton, for hosting!
Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, a NMMA Community Partner, invites you to attend the National Leadership Development Conference, June 22-24, at Grand Casino Hinckley. This year, North Metro Mayors is a sponsor, thanks to a membership swap. If you register by March 1, you can save $50 with the code “Bob” or “Mike” or “Scott.” Learn more at www.leadershipdevcon.com. I attended part of it a couple of years ago. Well worth the time. While I was there, I networked with elected and local business leaders, too!
The next NMMA meeting is the Day at the Capitol. Please save Wednesday, March 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for legislator visits followed by a board meeting at the capitol at 3:30 p.m.
As always, call or email with ideas or questions. Thanks.
Jill Brown, Executive Director