Maple Grove City Council Shares 'State of the City' for 2018
Jan 08, 2018 05:06AM
● By Wendy Erlien
Jan. 2, 2018 Maple Grove City Council Meeting
At the first meeting of 2018, the Maple Grove City Council shared the “State of the City” as part of the opening comments.
“I think it’s been another excellent year in our city. We have put in place a budget that is fiscally sound and financially does what our city needs to do. We have seen many new and wonderful projects come forward,” Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson. “I think what I am most excited about this year is all the projects we see on the horizon that we know are going to be coming down the way.”
Mayor Steffenson commented about the new Arbor Lakes Business Park, redoing of old concrete site up along County Road 81, as well as a grant for the Hilger Transfer Station site.
“We know we’re going to see a lot of additional housing in our community. New apartment complexes and single-family home projects – all which bring a great deal of excitement to our community and great deal of vitality. I know we’ll continue to see commercial growth and retail growth. And, I think that goes to the excellence of our staff and excellence of the community that we live in,” he said. “I’m very excited about the upcoming year and all it has to offer – I think it just follows upon 2017, which was also a very wonderful year for our city.”
Echoing the mayor’s comments, Councilmember Karen Jaeger reflected on last year and the upcoming year.
“2017 was a great year and I anticipate it will be strong in 2018,” Jaeger said. “We are a vibrant city with new growth and population, housing and new commercial construction. This year, we will see more affordable housing, more senior buildings, housing, restaurants, and business park giving us more revenue. This past year, we were careful on our spending and achieved a small increase in our tax base – also in keeping a good credit rating.”
In addition to providing highlights for the year, such as the National Night Out first place recognition, Jaeger thanked city staff and citizen volunteers for their work last year.
“Thank you to all the residents who make this great city what it is,” Councilmember Phil Leith said.
Looking back at 2017, Leith mentioned several highlights – including Coffee with a Cop which started in 2017 and highlighted the upcoming event on Jan. 11. In addition, he shared an update about work happening on the comprehensive plan as well as Arbor Lakes Business Park, Highway 610, and development of northwest corner of city.
Sharing the same sentiments, Councilmember Judy Hanson thanked city staff, council, and city volunteers for their work in 2017 and highlighted several upcoming developments. She talked about several retirements last year and staff changes in city, including the fire chief, finance director, and leadership in the Parks and Recreation department.
“2017 was a very busy and productive year for all of us and I look forward to continuing my work with the city and all the boards and commissions and the council.” Hanson said.
In her first year, Councilmember Kristy Barnett reflected on how it was “a great year of learning” of how the city works and thanked staff, councilmembers, and resident volunteers.
“I think our city is on the right path as we continue to grow, and I look forward to the things we will accomplish together in 2018. We definitely set ourselves up last year to continue forward with a lot of growth and exciting opportunities,” Barnett said.
Jan. 2, 2018 City Council Meeting