Maple Grove projects include closing County Rd. 101

The Maple Grove City Council was updated about some upcoming projects at its Monday, July 21 meeting. Those projects include Cedar Island water quality improvements and the bridge replacement along County Rd. 101 at the south fork of Rush Creek.

Mayor Mark Steffenson also administered the oath of office to two of the newest Maple Grove Police Officers.

Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.


Project updates

City Engineer/Public Works Director Ken Ashfeld gave the council updates on a few upcoming projects.

He said the council received a letter regarding Cedar Island issues as it relates to water quality improvements. “A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July 31, at 4:30 p.m. here at the city government center,” Ashfeld said. “This is a collaboration between the city and MnDOT to provide for storm water improvements as it relates to run off from the I-494 project.”

Another update was the replacement of the County Rd. 101 bridge over the south fork of Rush Creek. This bridge is located approximately 500 feet north of Gladstone Boulevard N.

Effective Monday, July 28, County Road 101 will be closed until about Oct. 31. There will be a marked detour provided to follow County Road 10, County Road 116 and County Road 30.



Maple Grove Police Chief Eric Werner brought before the council two new police officers — Samantha Geisler and Bailey Peetz. Mayor Steffenson administered the oath of office for Geisler and Peetz.

“I am pleased to introduce the two newest members to our department,” Chief Werner said.

Geisler is from Champlin and a graduate of Champlin Park High School. She has a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Bemidji State University and attended Alexandria Technical College. She was a Police Explorer in Champlin, worked for Target Asset Protection and was a corrections officer.

Peetz is from rural Isanti County and a graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School. She has a bachelor of science degree in law enforcement from Minnesota State University- Mankato and attended Hibbing Community College. She was a Ramsey Corrections Officer.



In other action, the council:

APPROVED the hiring of Kathryn Benson to the position of police records management technician at an annual salary of $43,621 effective Aug. 4, subject to a 12-month probationary period.

TRANSFERRED Erik Lodgaard to the position of light equipment operator in the Public Works Department at an annual salary of $49,820 effective Aug. 11, subject to a 12-month probationary period. Currently he is employed as a park keeper and has been employed with the city since 2010.

APPROVED the hiring of Crystal Larson to the position of probationary paid-on-call firefighter with a starting salary of $10.93 an hour effective July 22, subject to an 18-month probationary period.


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