The Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) is evaluated annually by the Maplewood Engineering Department and is subject to change. This program reflects proposed public improvements over the upcoming 5-year period.
Most capital improvement projects are funded in part by special assessments and in part by city tax levy, as well as various other applicable funds, such as:
St. Paul Regional Water Services
The Maplewood Pavement Management Policy, established in 1999, sets assessment rates based on the type of improvement procedure proposed for a given project. These assessments rates are adjusted each year.
The City Council prioritizes these prospective projects and authorizes feasibility studies for those scheduled in the following year.
The Engineering Division then schedules informational meetings with the project area residents, surveys the area, prepares preliminary designs, evaluates alternatives and presents a recommendation to the City Council. Some improvement projects are initiated by resident petition.
If the council approves the project, the engineering division then prepares final construction plans, lets the project out for bids and provides inspection during construction of the improvement.
Outside engineering consulting firms are sometimes hired to handle improvement projects within the city. These firms work in conjunction with the Maplewood engineering staff.
A city inspector works as a liaison on those projects.