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City Council: 4 police officers sworn in, HERO Center business plan approved

New Woodbury police officers (left to right) Michael Carlson, Karla Hernandez, Kyle Myers and Robert Boleen are sworn-in by Mayor Anne Burt on May 22, 2019, at Woodbury City Hall. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
New Woodbury police officer Kyle Myers has his badge pinned on by his mother after being sworn in May 22, 2019, at Woodbury City Hall. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
New Woodbury police officers Michael Carlson (left) and Karla Hernandez are sworn in May 22, 2019, at Woodbury City Hall. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

The city of Woodbury has four new police officers.

Robert Boleen, Michael Carlson, Karla Hernandez and Kyle Myers were sworn in by Mayor Anne Burt at the May 22 City Council meeting.

The four appointments filled vacancies within the department, according to a council letter.

Boleen was a deputy sheriff with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and has an associate's degree in law enforcement from Rasmussen College. Carlson was formerly a gang enforcement detective with the Willmar Police Department and has a bachelor's degree in sociology and criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Hernandez was previously a behavioral health intake social worker at NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center and a paralegal with Contreras & Metelska, PA. She earned a bachelor's degree in criminology and criminal justice and psychology from Hamline University. Myers, formerly a community service officer with the city of Woodbury, has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of St. Thomas.

Woodbury police officers Natalie Bauer and Garrett Kissner were also promoted to sergeant at the meeting. Kissner's promotion was effective May 23 and Bauer's will be effective June 28.

City approves HERO Center business and operational plan

City Council approved the Health and Emergency Response Occupations (HERO) Center business and operational plan for 2019-2020 with little fanfare at its May 22 meeting.

The $20 million, 47,000-square-foot project will be owned and operated by Woodbury and Cottage Grove, which approved the plan at a May 15 council meeting.

The complex, located next to City Hall and the Public Safety Building at 10125 85th St., Cottage Grove, will serve as a professional development and training facility for police, fire and EMS.

The resolution also approved the hiring of HERO Center staff and a budget amendment transferring $78,722 from the city's general fund to the public safety training center special revenue fund.

In other news...

• A 3.2% off-sale malt liquor license was approved for Kowalski's Woodbury Market. The store already held licenses to sell wine and liquor.

• A 10,080-square-foot addition to the Cornerstone Medical Building, 6025 Lake Road, was approved. The new structure is planned for the southeast corner of the campus in lieu of a third story originally planned for the existing building. Planned construction would add 51 parking spaces.

• The city accepted the donation of a scoreboard for the HealthEast Sports Center White 14 baseball field from New Life Academy. New Life has used the field for varsity baseball home games since the early 2000s.

• The council approved the submission of applications for three projects that could receive part of $25 million in 3M settlement money set aside for expedited projects. The three projects include time-sensitive elements, such as private wells in the scope of 2019 roadway rehabilitation projects.

• The council approved a resolution authorizing the city to begin developing a comprehensive plan for its water system. To develop the plan, the city has entered into an agreement with Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. The total estimated cost is $249,106 and includes a 20% contingency funded through the city's trunk water and sanitary sewer fund. However, costs will be tracked for possible reimbursement through 3M settlement funds, according to a council letter.

• Former Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens was appointed as a citizen member of the Metropolitan Council Transportation Advisory Board at the council's May 8 meeting. Stephens will serve as District F representative until January 2021.

Hannah Black

Hannah Black is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. She is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and trying new coffee shops. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.

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