Maple Grove recognizes employee for water award

A Maple Grove city employee was honored with a recognition award during the Monday, Dec. 3, Maple Grove City Council meeting.

The council also discussed the city’s bond rating and the refinancing of a bond.

A separate story on the 2013 budget hearing can be found in this paper.

Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.



Public Works Utilities Supervisor Jim Sadler was recognized with the 2012 American Water Works Association- Minnesota Section’s Leonard N. Thompson Award. This award is presented annually to an American Water Works Association member for their distinguished service to the water supply field in commemoration of Leonard Thompson, past general manager of the St. Paul Water Utility for 34 years.

Sadler has actively represented the city on numerous committees of the American Water Works Association for more than 20 years. He has also served as the Water/Wastewater Advisory Council Chair, which is appointed by the Secretary of State.

He is 36-year employee in the city and has served as the Utility Supervisor since 1998. He also served as a Maple Grove Firefighter from 1977 to 1992.

Public Works Director/City Engineer Ken Ashfeld said, “Staff is pleased to have the opportunity to bring this item to you.”

Carol Blommel Johnson, Past Section Chair, was in attendance at the meeting to present Sadler with his award. She said, “The Thompson Award Committee felt Jim Sadler’s performance typifies [the award traits].”

Councilor Leann Sargent thanked Sadler for all the work he does.

Sadler said to the council, “I really appreciate all your support.”




The council also was informed by City Administrator Al Madsen the city’s AAA bond rating was reaffirmed by Standard and Poor’s.

“I want to thank every member of the council here for there do-diligence,” Madsen said. “I want to thank everyone in our finance department staff, Finance Director Jim Knutson, all of our dedicated employees. We continue to be a AAA city.”

The city also refinanced G.O. Improvement Refunding Bonds and CIP Plan Refunding Bonds. This refinancing will save the city $3.1 million over the life of the bonds.

“Thanks again to our staff,” said Mayor Mark Steffenson.



In other action, the council:

APPROVED a planned unit development concept amendment and development stage plan for the HighGrove 3rd Addition. This development would be located south of Weaver Lake Road, east of Main Street and west of Forestview Lane N.

ACCEPTED a change order of a decrease of $27,835 of an increase of $22,316 to the Public Works Facility Expansion Project for miscellaneous contract modifications and a change order.