BY ALICIA MILLER
Prior to the Monday, June 4, Maple Grove City Council meeting, the council and city staff dedicated the new Public Works building, located at 9030 Forestview Lane.
The council, excluding Councilor Erik Johnson, was present for the dedication and got a tour of the building.
Public Works Director Ken Ashfeld said, "It is important we dedicate the building before it goes into service."
In about a week, staff will begin to move into and use the building.
Ashfeld said the building is energy efficient. This includes lots of windows to allow natural light into the building, which was the key objective in the project. There are also sky lights that look like a light and lights that be controlled to shut off or on if needed.
The Public Works site allows for operations and the city’s equipment to be located in one location. This building is also the location for residents to drop-off items during the city’s clean-up events.
This newly-expanded building will make room for all the administrative services of the Public Works Department, vehicle maintenance and storage, workshops and for outdoor storage of street, utility and parks maintenance materials. Previously, the equipment of the department had been stored in several locations around the city.
According to staff, an environmental energy audit guided the design, which resulted in the city being awarded a $20,000 rebate from Xcel Energy.
"This building will provide the city and Public Works Department will service through the rest of the century," Ashfeld said. "This building was built to handle the build-out of rest of the city."
Ashfeld thanked the City Council for advancing the project and City Administrator Al Madsen for his work on getting the project going and completed.
An open house for public is being planned for late August or early September.