The Maple Grove City Council approved a promotion within the Maple Grove Police Department during is Monday, March 18 meeting.
The council also received an update on the community survey, which will be completed this year.
In other matters, the council approved the mayor’s attendance in Washington, D.C., and the placement of traffic control signs.
Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.
The approved the promotion of Dan Wilson to the position of Police Sergeant at an annual salary of $76,103.94, effective March 19, subject to a 12-month probationary period.
Maple Grove Police Chief Dave Jess said Officer Wilson began his employment with the city March 10, 2003. “Dan competed with four other very qualified candidates, in a very comprehensive process that involved five components,” he said. “I think Dan would agree, a great deal of hard work went into this process and he rose to the top.”
Chief Jess added Wilson has served with the department in the patrol and services divisions, as a patrol officer, investigator, field training officer and Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force member.
Wilson thanked the council for the opportunity. “I want to make a pledge to you that I will continue to serve the citizens of Maple Grove with honor, integrity and pride,” he added.
Mayor Mark Steffenson congratulated Wilson and said he looked forward to him being a sergeant.
City Administrator Al Madsen said the community survey the Citizens Advisory Committee had been working on, had finished the draft. The draft was provided to the council for review.
“Once we have all the input, then the [surveys] will be mailed out around 1,200 homes,” Madsen said. “Hopefully we’ll get a nice feedback. It will be interesting to see the 2013 responses compared to 2008.”
The 2013 survey will cover topics such as: quality of life, services and current topics or issues facing the city. The results should help the city make planning decisions regarding the future of the city and include a benchmark comparisons to results in other areas in the country.
Also during the meeting, the council approved the attendance of Mayor Steffenson in Washington, D.C. on March 13 to 15.
He and Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeffrey Lunde visited with the Minnesota Congressional Delegation to promote funding for Highway 610. This continues to be a high priority for both cities.
Both mayors are part of the 610 Crossing Coalition and North Metro Mayors Association, which both groups have been trying to get funding efforts for the completion of Hwy. 610 for years.
TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAGE PLACEMENT
The council also amended the ordinance regarding the placement of traffic control signage. The amendment will now allow the Public Works Director to place traffic control signage for the temporary closure of roadways to through traffic during periods of construction and other times when roadway conditions may be in unsafe conditions.
According to the staff report, “Apart from those instances involving construction, an intended use of this authority would be to minimize damage to roadways and potential damage to vehicles as a result of traffic on minimally improved rural roads.