Maple Grove awards transit station bid

The Maple Grove City Council awarded a construction bid for the second phase of the Parkway Transit Station at its Monday, June 17 meeting.

The council also witnessed the swearing in of three new Maple Grove Police Officers as well as approved weekend shuttle service to State Fair.



The council awarded the base construction bid to Morcon Construction and authorized the mayor and city administrator to enter into an agreement for an amount not to exceed $4,902,000 for the construction of the Parkway Transit Station phase two.

The Parkway Transit Station is located at 9870 Maple Grove Parkway near the Maple Grove Hospital and Target.

The second phase of the project involves expanding the existing 501-stall surface park-and-ride lot by constructing 298 additional parking stalls, making up one level. A concrete ramp will also be constructed as part of the project.

Three construction bids were received on June 10. The lowest bidder was Morcon. Other bids came in at $4,933,300 and $4,950,000.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is providing funding not to exceed $2,851,500 for the construction of phase two. The Metropolitan Council is also providing an additional $1,879,000 in funding for construction costs. The city will use $172,000 from the transit capital account for the remaining balance.



Three new Maple Grove Police Officers were sworn in during the meeting. Maple Grove Police Captain Tracy Stille presented the three new officers to the council. The new officers are Derek Jacobson, Daniel Neitzel and James Ohnstad.

“These new police officers competed with hundreds of other candidates in extensive and thorough hiring process,” Capt. Stille said. “They should be proud of their accomplishment. We here at the Maple Grove Police Department are very fortunate and very proud to have them serving with us.”

Ohnstad is originally from Maple Grove. He previously worked for the Moorhead Police Department as a police officer since 2008.

Jacobson is initially from Champlin. He comes from the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, where he was a corrections officer since 2007.

Neitzel, from Ham Lake, previously worked as a police officer with the Duluth Police Department since 2009. Prior to that he worked as a deputy sheriff with the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office from 2003 to 2009.

Mayor Mark Steffenson gave the oath of office to the three new police officers.



The council has again been approached by Metro Transit to provide shuttle bus service from the Maple Grove Transit Station to the State Fairgrounds on Saturdays, Sundays and on Labor Day during the 2013 State Fair. Dates include: Aug. 24, 25, 31, Sept. 1 and 2.

Shuttle service will not be provided on weekdays during the State Fair, as the city’s transit station parking ramp is utilized during that time.

Metro Transit would be providing all the staff and equipment, at their cost, to run buses every 30 minutes from 8 a.m. to midnight on the above dates.

The council unanimously authorized the mayor and city administrator to execute an agreement between the city and Metro Transit (Metropolitan Council) for the 2013 State Fair shuttle bus service.



In other action, the council:

AUTHORIZED staff to begin the recruitment process for a Street Department Supervisor in the Public Works Department due to the retirement of Rod Keller.

CANCELED the Monday, July 1, City Council meeting.

APPROVED the on sale intoxicating/Sunday sale liquor license for Rodizio Grill, 12197 Elm Creek Blvd., subject to compliance with liquor license requirements in the city code. Ownership has changed with the restaurant, the cause for the new liquor license.