December Operating Committee
Thank you, Nyle and Mounds View, for hosting the December Operating Committee. As Nyle says, we met in the house Kurt built and Nyle maintains, referring to Kurt Ulrich’s stint as Mounds View’s top gun a few moons ago.
Mounds View is hopping with multi-family housing either just opened in 2019 or scheduled to open next year. The public works remodel means every vehicle has a home, now. There’s a new water initiative to incentivize homeowners to voluntarily scope their water lines in order to improve the quality of the infrastructure. The water program rolls out Jan. 1, 2020. The city has obtained a $2 million loan at 0% interest from MPCA that homeowners can access to help with the cost.
Five additions to the legislative work plan were discussed. They will come to the full board next month for further review.
- Fridley: Rail grade bridge crossing over the BNSF rail line at 57th Avenue.
- Dayton: Work with the League of MN Cities and Metro Cities to support local government having more tools in the toolbox for improvements, such as use of transportation fees for major roadway improvements for new development.
- Mounds View: Unintended consequences of legislation can mean liability falls on cities. Reform is requested in cases were first responders express symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. More details to be worked out.
- Champlin: Support funding the Mighty Ducks program, which aids in converting refrigerants for ice sheets.
- Circle Pines: Rice Creek Regional Trail has a missing link that could be fixed with two bridges. The trail goes all the way to Duluth and has a significant regional impact.
Happy holidays to everyone. Thank you for a successful year of collaboration. As always, I’m a phone call or email away.
P.S. Congrats, Coon Rapids, on Hanson Blvd reopening today with the new railroad overpass! Now that’s a nice Christmas present.
Jill Brown, Executive Director
North Metro Mayors Association