Maple Grove forwards plans for 66-home development

City recognizes retiring firefighter

The Maple Grove City Council forwarded plans to approve the development stage plan for the Mills Creek project, and funding for Age Friendly Maple Grove.

The council also recognized retiring firefighter Ron Johnson during its Monday, May 15, meeting. Johnson has more than 20 years of service to the Maple Grove Fire Department.

MILLS CREEK

The council considered the Mills Creek project planned unit development. The project would develop the site into 66 single-family detached units with amenities. The development would be located north of Weaver Lake Road, near Forestview Lane and 86th Avenue.

Community Development Director Dick Edwards said the housing units would be custom, high-end rental units. All property grounds and homes would be maintained throughout the year and landscaping and snow removal services would be done professionally.

Housing options include two- to four-bedroom homes that could be one- to two-stories. Rents are estimated to be between $1,800 and $2,300.

The streets in the development would be 28 feet and guest parking would be only allowed on one side of the street or in designated parking stalls.

The Maple Grove City Council also recognized Ron Johnson for his more than 20 years of service to the Maple Grove Fire Department. Pictured are Fire Chief Scott Anderson, Johnson and Mayor Mark Steffenson.

Other amenities of the development would include: a clubhouse, patio, outdoor recreation (trail and game lawn area), dog park and open green belt. The clubhouse would have a recreation room, business center, fitness room with yoga mats and basic cardio equipment.

Resident Pam Svihel expressed concerns over the amount of traffic that the development will bring to the area. She asked whether or not a stop sign could be placed at 88th Avenue and Forestview Lane. Currently, that area has a two-way stop there.

Councilor Karen Jaeger asked if the council has “the ultimate discretion in said placement” of a stop sign. Director of Public Works/City Engineer Ken Ashfeld said, “Council always has the discretion to place traffic control devices that are not specifically excluded by law. If you use your own judgment to place a stop sign on a local street, yes you could.”

The council first directed staff to draft an ordinance rezoning property from single-family agricultural to planned unit development, subject to filing the final plat. Next the council directed the city attorney to draft a resolution approving the development stage plan for Mills Creek, subject to several conditions including exploring the placement of a stop sign along Forestview Lane and 88th Avenue.

FIREFIGHTER RECOGNITION

The council also recognized Ron Johnson for his more than 20 years of service to the Maple Grove Fire Department.

Fire Chief Scott Anderson said Johnson was hired as a probationary firefighter in October 1995. During his time with the department, Johnson has served as a firefighter, fire investigator and treasurer of the Maple Grove Fire Relief Association for 10 years.

“We’d like to recognize that service,” Anderson said. “We appreciate it.”

Johnson received his fire helmet from Chief Anderson and a service plaque from Mayor Mark Steffenson.

“You don’t get a helmet this burned up without doing something,” Anderson said of Johnson’s helmet.

AGE FRIENDLY FUNDING

In other matters, the council approved funding up to $5,000 to Age Friendly Maple Grove to be used toward hiring a consultant to assist with creating a formal plan, developing an implementation schedule and beginning execution of the plan.

Last July, the city was formally accepted into the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Network. The three- to five-year cycle of assessment, plan, execute and evaluate began then.

The assessment phase has been completed, with over 400 individuals begin interviewed. Those findings were presented at the May 1 City Council meeting.

There has also been funding received from Maple Grove Hospital, Fairview Foundation and Silvercreek on Main.

OTHER

In other action, the council:

APPROVED the retirement of Police Sergeant Rory Hanson, effective June 30, and begin the recruitment process for the position.

AUTHORIZED staff to begin the recruitment process for the vacant position of police officer due to the resignation of Dennis Hemminger, effective June 21.

PROCLAIMED May 18 has Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Day throughout the city, as the community welcomes riders into Maple Grove. The ride event is an annual cross-country motorcycle trek that raises funds and awareness for Victory Junction — a camp dedicate to providing life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

ACCEPTED Mary Lynn KenKnight’s resignation from the Arbor Committee effective April 28.