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Aug 19

August 17th, 2018

Posted to City Manager Blog by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  August 17th, 2018


Meetings and Announcements:   

Our next City Council meeting and Manager Workshop will be held on Monday, August 27th.   Start time for Workshop is 5:30 pm to resume discussions regarding the 2019 Budget.  

 

Maplewood North End Vision Kick-Off and Open House.  Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The City of Maplewood is hosting a community open house to kick off planning for the future of the North End. The purpose of the open house is to inform the community about the planning process and how residents can be a part of shaping a vision for the North End. The event will be held at the Ramsey County Library - Maplewood (3025 Southlawn Drive).

 

The North End vision study will cover the area between I-694, White Bear Avenue, Beam Avenue and the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority right-of-way (Bruce Vento Trail).

The Rush Line BRT Project team will be in attendance to discuss future Rush Line BRT stations at St. John's Hospital and the Maplewood Mall Transit Center, located within the North End vision study area.

 

Community Business Engagement Breakfast

The 4th Annual Community Business Engagement Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, November 1 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at the Maplewood Community Center in Room C. The event will feature a recap from this year’s Business Retention Engagement & Attraction (BRE&A) visits and Perkins Will will discuss the North End Vision Plan. As a heads up, the Annual State of the City Address has been scheduled for January 10, 2019.  Please reserve these dates on your calendar! 

 


Updates from Staff and Council:

 

ADMINISTRATION

Human Resources/Maplewood U held a customer service workshop for all staff this past week.

 

FINANCE

2019-2023 Capital Improvement Plan is Available for Review and Comment

The City’s draft five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the years 2019-2023 will be available next week on the City’s website for review and comment.

 

The CIP identifies, prioritizes, and addresses community needs through careful long-term capital planning and balanced public investment.  This strategic planning tool assists the City Council in identifying proposed capital improvement projects over the next five years.  A critical step in the plan adoption process is the collaborative nature of plan review that involves the leadership of the City Council, the input of appointed commissions and staff, and comment from the community.  This ensures that community priorities are reflected in the capital investment plans of the City. 

 

The Maplewood 2019-2023 CIP provides for the replacement and upgrade of equipment and facilities, street improvements, park improvements, and economic development initiatives.  Major improvements happening in 2019 include:

·      Gladstone Area Phase 3 Street Improvements will include a reconstruction of the section of Frost Avenue lying between English Street and White Bear Avenue, expansion of storm water facilities, utility main repairs, water quality improvements and pedestrian facilities.

·      Ferndale/Ivy Area Street Improvements will include a full reconstruction of the street, installation of concrete curb and gutter, expansion of storm water facilities, sanitary sewer and water main repairs, and pedestrian improvements.  Streets in the project area include Dennis Street, Farrell Street, Ferndale Street, Hawthorne, Ivy Avenue, and Mayhill Road.

·      Other major projects in 2020-2023 include the Dennis/McClelland Area Street Improvements, East Shore Drive Area Street Improvements, Cope/McMenemy Street Improvements, Prosperity Road Street Improvements, and the Gladstone Area Redevelopment Project. The City will also spend $5,115,000 over the five-year period on the parks system. 

·      Mailand/Crestview Forest Area Pavement Improvements include Mailand Road, Deer Ridge Lane, Crestview Forest Drive, O'Day Street, O'Day Circle, Pond Avenue, O'Day Lane, Mary Lane and Mary Street.  The existing curb and gutter will be maintained and the pavement will be reclaimed and replaced. 

The draft CIP will be located on the City’s website at https://maplewoodmn.gov/cip

The CIP will be adopted, along with the 2019 City Budget, following a public hearing on December 10, 2018. 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

The Public Works Department recently teamed up with Communications to produce a short video explaining street maintenance and reconstruction basics, including how Maplewood prioritizes projects and our plan for maximizing the life of all new projects.  Attached is a one page communication tool to use when talking to citizens about street repair and reconstruction.  https://youtu.be/Pf8G_FZh8Oc

 

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Maplewood YMCA- Racquetball Update, from the YMCA.

We wanted you to be the first to hear about some upcoming changes to the racquetball courts at the Maplewood YMCA Community Center. Effective Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, the racquetball/handball courts will close permanently.  We made this decision only after significant deliberation, including an 18-month long assessment on facility space and usage. The courts will be converted into a space designed to serve families with young children, which is a necessary piece to our long-term strategy of creating sustainability for the MCC.

For Maplewood only (Local) members who frequently use the courts, we are going to offer a free upgraded membership to YGTC for 1 year, this only affected a handful of members. This will allow these members to utilize the four nearby YMCAs with racquetball/handball courts: the Hudson YMCA, Downtown St. Paul YMCA, Midway YMCA, and White Bear Area YMCA, which is less than 3 miles north of the MCC.

·      Movie Night at Bruentrup Farm, Audra Robbins (see attached photos)

Luckily, the rain held off for our final Movie In the Barn Event at the Bruentrup Farm. Around 250 people took part in the fun with activities  that included a bounce house and a petting zoo. The Maplewood Area Historical Society sold  concessions and KID CITY artists did stilt walking and interactive juggling for the crowd.  Ramsey County brought their mobile library that allowed attendees the opportunity to check out books and sign up for a Ramsey County Library card.  At 6:30pm they all headed into the barn for a showing of Coco and  great time seemed to be had by all.

 

Here is a list of the remaining community engagement events facilitated by Parks & Recreation, by Audra Robbins

·      August 22 – End of Summer Celebration/ KID CITY Laugh In at Edgerton Park, 6pm7:30pm   [**Rush Line BRT will have a presence]

·      September 29 - Rec Run 5K at MCC/YMCA, 9am – 11:30am

·      October 27 - Halloween Event at Bruentrup Farm, 1pm3pm

·      December 7 - Santa’s Workshop Party at the MCC/YMCA, 6pm – 7:30-pm

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PUBLIC WORKS

Tree Removal.  A very large dead oak tree will be dropped today (Friday) morning by the city’s tree contractor. The tree is a hazard that would cause extensive damage to the building if it fell. The tree is located just behind the south-east corner of the PD garage. The contractor will bring a lift in off of the walking trail to gain access to the back of the building. The contractor will only be dropping the tree for us, at a later date city maintenance staff will haul it off.

 

ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

North End Vision and Rush Line BRT Open House – August 21, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The City of Maplewood is hosting a community open house to kick-off planning for the future of the North End. The open house will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Ramsey County Library, Maplewood at 3025 Southlawn Drive. The purpose of the open house is to inform residents and property owners about the planning process and how they can be a part of shaping a vision for the North End. More than 800 invitations to the open house were mailed directly to residents, business owners and property owners in the North End area. This invitation talked about how important the North End area is to the City of Maplewood and the northeast metro. Also the most recent edition of Maplewood Living advertised the open house to all Maplewood residents. 

In addition to being the kick-off of the North End Vision planning process, the open house will also be an opportunity to be provided an update on the planned Rush Line BRT and the two stations planned for this area. Staff from Ramsey County will be present will large maps to talk through the proposed BRT alignments and stations.

St. Paul Regional Water Services’ (SPRWS) Sandy Lake Site

St. Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS) owns the Sandy Lake site which is located on the southwest corner of County Road B and I-35E.  The site was originally used to remove spent lime from the water system in four lagoons.  The City Council approved a conditional use permit (CUP) in 2006 to allow SPRWS to operate a materials storage and crushing and recycling operation at the site.  In 2009, during the spent lime lagoon capping operation, the City Council heard complaints from the surrounding residents about all-hour hauling and the resulting noise and dust.  The City Council ultimately amended the CUP to limit the crushing operation to Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  At that time the City of St. Paul gave SPRWS a lease to use property near Pig’s Eye Lake to conduct the nighttime emergency water main break stockpiling operation. 

 

The City of St. Paul recently made a decision to alter the use of the Pig’s Eye site and terminated SPRWS lease.  SPRWS is now proposing to relocate the nighttime emergency water main break stockpiling operation to the Sandy Lake site.  On July 31, 2018, the City of Maplewood received a complete CUP application for the project.  The City sent the neighbors a survey and a notice regarding the August 21 Planning Commission public hearing to review the CUP.  The City received several telephone calls, e-mails, and mail from neighbors asking questions and expressing concern about the expanded use of the site.  Because of the neighborhood concerns, SPRWS has agreed to cancel the CUP public hearing to allow them time to meet with the neighbors and explain the operation.

SPRWS hosted a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, August 15.  At the time of writing this FYI there have been no updates to City staff on the results of that meeting.  The SPRWS representative working on the project is on vacation and staff is waiting on updates from others in the department.   SPRWS will meet with City staff to discuss the neighborhood meeting and create a plan for addressing neighborhood concerns.  SPRWS will then host a second neighborhood meeting prior to the City rescheduling the public hearing to review the CUP. 

 

Twin Cities Susan G Komen 3-day Walk.  Harvest Park will be the headquarters for the Susan G Komen Twin Cities 3-Day Walk this weekend, August 17 – 19.  About 350 walkers and 200 crew members will be calling Harvest Park in Maplewood their “home” after walking approximately 20 miles each day.  The walk will start at Southdale Mall in Edina on Friday.  Walkers will then walk around Lake Harriet, through the Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens, Loring Park and the University of Minnesota.  Saturday walkers will enjoy the beautiful lakes and nature in White Bear Lake and Vadnais Heights.  The final day, walkers will go through local neighborhoods in Maplewood, Battle Creek and Indian Mounds Park.  The final stretch walk them along the river with their closing ceremony being at Harriet Island.  Maplewood is excited to host this amazing event and celebrate the walkers success!


News from outside agencies and newspapers:

 

http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2018/08/15/maplewood-mosque-vandalized-possible-hate-crime  Maplewood Review’s coverage   Reference::  Cmdr Dave Kvam  Chief Scott Nadeau

https://www.twincities.com/2018/08/15/early-returns-showed-wrong-candidates-in-the-lead-in-roseville-maplewood/  Reference:  Maplewood Council – Ramsey County Elections


Have a great weekend! Mike

 

Feb 27

Maplewood Police Department – Ever Evolving, Always Serving

Posted to Council Account by Chad Bergo

It’s hard to imagine the days when the Maplewood PD consisted of a constable and a few deputies. As Maplewood grew from a conglomeration of villages into an incorporated city by 1957 to today’s fully developed suburb, city leaders have sought to change, refine and improve the system of services to meet the needs of a growing and diversified community.

This service evolution includes a professional public safety system, a full-service public works department, a business and environmental development department, and an envied park and trail system. It ensures the community maintains a high quality of life for everyone in a financially and operationally sustainable manner.

For example, Maplewood Police Department’s 52 sworn officers wear body cameras and well-equipped duty belts. A professional civilian staff keeps them informed in the field with state-of-the art records technology systems. Everyone, from those on the job a few weeks to the chief, have attended extensive, nation-leading training.

We can best understand and appreciate their dedication and level of service when we comprehend their mission, policies and plan of operation.

21st Century Policing
– Long before former President Barack Obama commissioned a task force and released a report on best practices in 21st Century Policing to build community trust, transparency and legitimacy, Maplewood PD had established and was practicing many tenants of the final report’s key pillars. New Public Safety Director Scott Nadeau is committed to building relationships with the community with programs such as Coffee with a Cop and outreach in our schools. The Maplewood Police department is committed to examining its records to ensure cultural bias isn’t influencing enforcement. It’s also striving to ensure training is relevant to what officers need to know in the field.

Police Department Strategic Plan 2018
– The police department recently completed its first strategic plan to ensure officers and command staff are meeting community expectations and are accountable for carrying out the plan. It emphasizes community-oriented and problem solving policing, building community relationships, better utilizing technology and implementing a health and wellness guidefor officers’ physical and mental fitness.
Analysis of 2017 Enforcement Action – Chief Nadeau recently released the department’s first comprehensive enforcement action report. When looking at discretionary arrests (where officers have the option to take enforcement action) and demographics, it suggests that officers are not exhibiting bias in their enforcement. It also identifies key demographic changes and highlights certain disparities in non-discretionary enforcement (where officers are mandated by statute or department policy to take an enforcement action). This latter finding highlights broader societal factors that need further exploration.

New Training Initiatives – The department is working to ensure officers’ training goes beyond the tactical mandates. One key training goal is to ensure officers are prepared for crisis intervention and de-escalation, especially when confronting someone struggling with mental illness.

To learn more about recent Maplewood Police Department goals, please visit their website. It is my hope that seeing this information will help us all to be aware of, and appreciate the dedication, values and accountability of the Maplewood Police Department.

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