Maple Grove accepts Police Chief’s retirement

Considers final layout, municipal consent for Hwy. 610 project


The Maple Grove City Council accepted the retirement letter of Police Chief Dave Jess, with regret, at its Monday, March 3 meeting.

There was an update on the final layout and municipal consent for the future Highway 610 project, which will connect Highway 610 at Elm Creek Boulevard to Interstate 94.

The council also considered an on sale wine and 3.2% liquor license and an off-sale liquor license.

Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.



The council unanimously adopted, with extreme regret, the retirement letter from Police Chief Dave Jess, effective May 30. The council also begin the recruitment process for a replacement.

Chief Jess has been with the city in law enforcement since 1985. He has been Police Chief since October 2011, when former Police Chief Mona Dohman left the department to in March 2011 to become the Commissioner of Public Safety for the state.

Jess was appointed to Deputy Police Chief in 2005. During his time with the department, Jess has served as a patrol officer, investigator, patrol sergeant, emergency response unit commander and patrol captain.

Councilor Leann Sargent said the city was going to miss him. “And I thank you,” she added.


HWY. 610 project

Also during the meeting, the council adopted a resolution approving the final layout for Hwy. 610 from Elm Creek Boulevard to I-94.

Staff said the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is proceeding with plans to complete the last segment of Hwy. 610. MnDOT was requesting municipal consent for the project.

The project will construct a 4-lane freeway between Elm Creek Boulevard and I-94 along the existing alignment of 101st Avenue. To mitigate the loss of the 101st Avenue corridor, 105th Avenue will be reconstructed to a 3-lane paved roadway starting at Maple Grove Parkway and extending westerly to connect with the existing 105th Avenue, continuing along 105th Avenue to Holly Lane and proceeding toward I-94 and connecting to 101st Avenue to Lawndale Lane.

Also, Maple Grove Parkway will be reconstructed over Hwy. 610 with a full access interchange. Fernbrook Lane will also be reconstructed to allow it to go under Hwy. 610.

The project is anticipated to be let out for bids in August. The project is estimated to be substantially completed by the end of the 2016 construction season and fully completed in 2017.

Funding for the project will mostly by funded by state funds earmarked within the Corridors of Commerce program with an estimated cost of $100 million. Maple Grove expected to incur costs associated with enhanced improvements to the city roadway system and requested utility improvements. City costs would be funded by a combination of Municipal State-Aid System Funds and trunk utility funds.



The council took up to different liquor license requests during the meeting.

The first request approved was for an on sale wine and 3.2% liquor license for Punch Neapolitan Pizza. The business is anticipated to be open before Memorial Day.

The second request approved was for an off-sale liquor license for Vom Fass. This is business will sell fine Scotches and various oils and vinegars imported from Germany, Spain and Italy.



In other action, the council:

APPOINTED Becky Fahrenbruch as the Eagle Lake Representative to the Lake Quality Commission with a term to expire Dec. 31, 2015.

AUTHORIZED staff to begin the recruitment process for a records management technician position in the Police Department due to the retirement of Pat Larson, which was accepted with an effective date of May 1.

PROCLAIMED Saturday, May 3, at Arbor Day in Maple Grove. Activities will be scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road.

APPROVED the attendance of Mayor Mark Steffenson to Washington, D.C., on April 8 to 9 to testify on behalf of the North Metro Crossing Coalition for funding for Highway 610.