Champlin, our wonderful host for the first North Metro Mayors Association Board meeting of 2018, is a hidden gem. According to Mayor Ryan Karasek, they’re polishing the gem to make it shine.
A new PSA that promotes Champlin pride is running on 14 movie screens before every movie at the Mann Theater in town. There is a lot to be proud of, with $129 million in investments currently happening in housing, transportation, recreation, and more.
Speaking of recreation
See the attached invite to a special event, Feb. 9, 6 to 8:30 p.m. (or so), Sticks and Stones Restaurant, inside Fogerty Arena, Blaine. We’re working with Comcast to offer a Winter Olympics opening ceremony viewing event and spotlight on sports in the north metro. Please share the invite with your colleagues. The event is free! Keynote is Jordan Leopold, former MN Wild hockey player and U.S. Olympian. Southern BBQ is on the menu. Info on cool recreational facilities in the north metro will be shared (and bragged about).
A few highlights from member cities shared at the meeting
Ramsey is working with University of MN students on community building. Open house poster session Tuesday at city hall. Ride the Northstar train from Ramsey to Super Bowl events.
Maple Grove is hosting Wonders of Winter around the big game. State Fair style bussing to downtown Minneapolis available for $2.50.
Mounds View has a new city administrator, Nyle Zikmund. Welcome! Their public works building is done.
Coon Rapids has bids coming in next week for the Hanson bridge project. It’s the 50th anniversary of Bunker Hills Golf Course.
Blaine had 15,000 building permits related to storm damage. Eight building inspectors are hustling.
Brooklyn Park received more funds for their highway 169 project; about $13-14 million to go.
Brooklyn Center is gearing up to interview developers for the large piece of land off of John Martin Dr. and Bass Lake Road.
New Hope broke ground Jan. 5 on their new police station and city hall.
Something new came up that is of interest to probably all members. Brooklyn Center is partnering with CEAP and Luther Auto to bring a program idea from Albuquerque, New Mexico to address the needs of people on street corners asking for money. Safety, work for the day and more are taken into account. The program rolls out in the spring.
See you Feb. 9 at the Olympic Training Site for Curling—Fogerty Arena.
As always, your thoughts are welcome. Call me any time, 612-889-2611. Thanks.
Jill Brown, Executive Director