Council learns about Maple Lake Recovery


Maple Lake Recovery Center Human Resources Manager Andrea Suker addressed the Maple Lake City Council Tuesday, Oct. 1, “just to introduce us to those of you who aren’t aware we’re in the community, and to remind everybody else that we are still here.” 
The center’s mission is to help chemically dependent adolescents accept addiction issues and learn how to live chemical-free. It runs  an outpatient treatment facility and a 16-bed boys’ house in Maple Lake, as well as a females’ facility in Monticello. 
“We offer a family day program, and also family counseling, to help repair relationships there,” Suker said. “Our clients go to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings every evening. We have them work the 12 steps and get a sponsor. We also have a rather structured daily schedule, and along with that we teach responsibility and accountability between doing daily chores, doing their own laundry, things like that. But the most important thing that we focus on is helping the adolescents find out who they are and who they really want to be.” 
The organization has been serving Maple Lake for 16 years. The center treats about 127 teens annually and is available to make drug use assessments for any age.
“I just want to remind everyone that we are your addiction and alcohol and drug resource in the Maple Lake area,” Suker said. “So feel free to contact us at any time.” 
The center’s phone number is 651-338-3317. 
In other business, the council:
• Received a feasibility report and ordered a Nov. 19 public  hearing for the 2014 Street Improvement Project. The project area includes Linden and Park Avenues as well as areas of Division Street. Proposed work includes street improvements, water main replacement and sewer repairs. Work on Division also includes replacement of the water main and a failed sanitary sewer, as well as minor curb and sidewalk repairs, in anticipation of a 2015 county paving project. The total estimated project cost is $1,498,000. The total amount to be assessed to non-city owned property is about $456,480. For this project, the street assessment rate has been estimated by taking 35 percent of the street and storm sewer cost as well as 50 percent of the sidewalk cost and dividing the sum by the total assessable footage. Lateral sanitary sewer and lateral water main costs have been calculated similarly. 
• Heard from Councilmember John Northenscold that the Planning Commissio toured several possible industrial sites and rated the top four.  A map of those areas will be available at the next Planning Commission meeting, Oct. 8. The Planning Commission will schedule an open house and invite any property owners whose land use would change under proposed amendments.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.