Sets special meeting for Feb. 3 for Hawaii Spa license revocation
The Maple Grove City Council approved the County Road 101/Brockton Lane bridge replacement during its Tuesday, Jan. 21 meeting.
The council also voted to suspend Hawaii Spa’s business license and set a special meeting for considering the possible revocation of the business license.
Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.
County Road 101
The council’s approval of the County Road 101/Brockton Lane bridge replacement includes approving the project’s plans. The city council granted municipal approval for the project. The project consists of Hennepin County replacing the bridge over the south fork of Rush Creek.
Construction of the new bridge will begin in July and end in early fall.
Director of Public Works/City Engineer Ken Ashfeld said the existing bridge, which is about 80 years old, will be demolished. “The bridge is deteriorating to the point it needs to be replaced now,” he said.
The new bridge project will be two lines of concrete box culverts and provide one 12-foot through lane in each direction with four-foot shoulders, curb and gutter. These new culverts are designed to allow for extension to the west for future expansion of County Road 101.
“The new bridge will also be wider to accommodate for pedestrian trails,” he added.
The project will not cost the city any money. “This is a county road, so the county receives and uses bridge replacement funds for this type of project,” Ashfeld said.
Traffic will be detoured off of County Road 101/Brockton during demolition and construction. Hennepin County intends for motorists to use County Road 10, County Road 116 and County Road 30 during construction.
The council approved suspending the business license for Hawaii Spa, 7382 Kirkwood Court.
Owner and operator Edwin Berrios holds a commercial business certificate for Hawaii Spa. According to city staff, the application for licensure described the by business as “massage” with hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
On Jan. 2, the Maple Grove Police Department investigated a report that Hawaii Spa was operating outside of permissible business hours. That day an undercover officer visited the business at 10:20 p.m., outside lawful business hours, for a scheduled massage. During this investigation, an employee of Hawaii Spa accepted cash from the undercover officer for the purposes of sexual activity.
Maple Grove Police charged the employee with prostitution, in violation of state statute, and performing massage services without a license, in violation of city code. Berrios was also charged with aiding an offender in violation of city code.
City code states the City Council may suspend any business license,without notice, pending a hearing on revocation within the subsequent 30 days following the suspension. The suspension should be made known to the licensee. A suspension can be approved for several reasons: 1). failure to comply with any of the ordinances of the city, rules promulgated thereunder or statutes of the state or 2). presence of the massage business being found to be detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the citizens of the city. The council may suspend Hawaii Spa under both provisions.
The council also set a special meeting for Monday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. to host a hearing on the possible revocation of the business license for Hawaii Spa. This meeting is open to the public.
In other action, the council:
APPROVED the hiring of Donna Skaja to the position of part-time office clerk in the Public Works Department at an hourly rate of $19.37 effective Jan. 22.
HIRED Janice Slimmer to the position of part-time scheduling clerk in the Building Department at an hourly of $18.25 effective Jan. 22.
APPROVED the hiring of Jupe Hale to the position of transportation operations engineer at an annual salary of $93,329 effective Feb. 1.