Maple Grove designates CDBG funds plan for 2013

Swears in 2 new police officers

The Maple Grove City Council went over the 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) funds allocation plan during its Monday, Feb. 4, meeting.

Two new police officers were also sworn in and an amendment was made to the Alcohol Compliance Training ordinance.

Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.



The council heard from Community Development Director Dick Edwards regarding the 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds plan. The estimated amount of CDBG funds the city will receive in 2013 is $118,462.

Edwards said the program requires that least 70 percent of the funds be used for activities benefitting very low- and low-income persons, such as affordable housing. He added not more than 15 percent of the allocation can be used for social service activities.

He said the social services activities being allocated money include: Maple Grove Senior Center, CAPSH, HOME Line and Senior Community Services.

Land Trust-WHAHLT (Homes Within Reach) and Hennepin County Rehab Program will also be receiving funds in 2013.

“Off the list this year is allocation for our Scattered Site Housing program,” Edwards added. “We are at 28 units now and any higher would probably stretch staff a little bit too thin at this point.”

The council then approved the 2013 CDBG Funds Allocation Plan.



Mayor Mark Steffenson sworn in two new Maple Grove Police Officers during the meeting.

Maple Grove Police Chief David Jess introduced new officers Aaron Schonning and Angela Sellman.

Schonning, originally from Brooklyn Center, “comes to us from the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis where he was a police officer,” Jess said.

Sellman, originally from Big Lake, “has been a community service officer here with us since May 2011,” Jess added.



The council also adopted an ordinance amendment regarding Alcohol Compliance Training for liquor license applicants.

Current city code states all applicant, new or renewal, “shall attend a mandatory alcohol compliance training session prior to approval and that the training session shall be presented by the Maple Grove Police Department.”

The amendment will now allow the city to have discretion to designate trainers as well as the date and times for the Alcohol Compliance Training.



In other action, the council:

APPROVED the Law Enforcement Training Facility government agency rental agreement form and authorized range coordinator to execute agreements. The city will be renting the facility to third party law enforcement agencies and government agencies in exchange for an hourly and/or daily fee.

APPOINTED Sharon Martin-Kotula as commissioner to the Lake Quality Commission representing Lake Edward and Mike Newman as commissioner-at-large to the Lake Quality Commissioner with terms to expire Dec. 31, 2015.

ACCEPTED the resignation of Jeremy Miller from the Maple Grove Transit Commission.