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Posted on July 12, 2019 at 12:55 PM by Chad Bergo
Meetings and Announcements:
The next Council
Meeting is July 22nd. The Workshop will start at 5:30 pm and there
will be presentations on the Public Works Department, Community Development and
Big Picture 2020 Budget.
See registration information for the White
Bear Chamber sponsored Governor Walz visit below. Lois has arranged for a
City of Maplewood table for 8. Please let me know soon if you would like to
· Maplewood Business Council meetings (MBC) and the St. Paul Chamber Business
Education Series schedule of events is listed below:
August / 3-4:30
Education Series – Healthcare Affordability [Shoreview]
September 26 / 7:30 – 8:30
a.m. MBC – Public
October 8 / 7:30 – 9
Education Series – Benefits Other Than Pay [Shoreview]
October or November
December 10 / 3-4:30
Education Series – 8 Metrics to Success [Roseville]
– to be
Education Series – HR practices [Roseville]
Staff and Council:
Smith, Jeff Thomson and myself met with the Dayna and Byron Frank, the owners
of First Avenue and several other music venues. We met on Tuesday and discussed
the possibilities of music venues in Maplewood. It was a very positive meeting
and we are planning to send them information on the North End Study and meet
again to do a tour of available spaces in Maplewood, including the Sears
Building. They seemed interested in coming to Maplewood if we can find them the
PARKS AND RECREATION
4TH OF JULY
LIGHT IT UP MAPLEWOOD – A SUCCESS!
exception of a 20 minute downpour, it turned out to be a beautiful night for a
party at Hazelwood on July 4th! There was something for everyone –3MWizards,
vendor booths, a bean bag tourney, tattoo and glitter hair booths, game
stations and of course giant inflatables.
The food vendors
and our event partners the Dog House Bar & Grill kept everyone satisfied
with delicious food and drink. Mayor Abrams and Councilmember Neblett handed
out hundreds of the famous City Council fans that were much appreciated on such
a warm afternoon.
circus performers(especially the stilt walker) were a hit with kids and parents
alike, stopping to take photos and even dancing with the crowd. Good for Gary
lit up the stage and energized the crowd with a wide array of hits and built up
the excitement for the upcoming fireworks show which went off without a hitch.
definitely a team effort across many City Departments and we are looking
forward to next year!
These are a few
of the comments that were posted online after the event:
Thank you for an
AWESOME show tonight!! My little family loved it.
They were so
excited to see the stilt walker!
Thank you so
much for the awesome celebration you put out for the community!! My
granddaughters had so much fun (they are 10 & 11) & they even said the
fireworks are better than the ones they saw in Stillwater!!?
We had an
awesome time! Thank you for another great year!
What a great
night! Great food! Great band! Spectacular fireworks! Definitely will go again
next year. Thank you for a great night!
family said it’s the best 4th of July they’ve ever had
Avenue Parade and Fair
The rain stopped
and the sun shined just in time for a great White Bear Avenue Parade. Our two
newest council members, Sylvia Neblet and Bill Knutson, came through the parade
in the city’s two newest public safety vehicles with Mayor Marylee Abrams. Thanks
to a grant our police and fire department acquired the two ATV-type vehicles,
which will help them better navigate Maplewood’s many parks and trails along
with better public safety support for big events like the 4th of
July Celebration. A great crowd turned out for the parade, which also
marks the kick off to the Ramsey County Fair.
A lot of work
has been completed on Frost Avenue between White Bear Avenue and Prosperity
Avenue. In the image below you can see the existing street width where
all the construction vehicles are and how the new roadway looks with the
narrowed street and the sidewalk in place. This week the contractor is
paving first lift of pavement on this section and next week they will be paving
the trail on the south side of Frost Avenue.
Meetings and Important Dates:
are a couple of upcoming meetings and important dates related to the Public
· Wednesday, July 17th – Ramsey County will be hosting the
Rush Line Community Advisory Committee at the Maplewood Fire Station (6:00 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m.)
· Thursday, July 25th – Ramsey County will be hosting the Rush Line
Policy Advisory Committee at the Maplewood Community Center (2:30 p.m. to 4:30
News from local
sources or partners
Ashley Bergeron, Emily Burt-McGregor, Rochelle Hawthorne, Michael Mondor, Mike
Dugas, Joseph Bergeron
THIS WARM WEEKEND. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON
THE FYI ITEMS. MELINDA
Posted on June 24, 2019 at 9:32 AM by Chad Bergo
Meetings and Announcements:
Workshop and Meeting is Monday, June 24th. Workshop
start time is 5:30 pm. We will continue our report on the CIP
as well as a presentation on the Communications Plan and Department
Presentation. (please bring your CIP document).
We will be setting up a booth at Hazelwood Park for Council and ENR use.
Please contact Audra if you want to use the space. Thanks
Registrar Grant Reimbursement
Department of Public Safety has awarded the Maplewood Driver and Vehicle
Services Division a grant in the amount of $124,178.44, pursuant to the Special
Session Laws of 2019. The grant was based on transaction counts and is
intended to reimburse Deputy Registrars for overtime and other costs incurred
as part of the failed MN LARS system. We are currently reviewing staffing
and technology options to alleviate the backload of work and provide more
efficient service. MN LARS will be replaced by a new system that has been
tested and proven in other states. However, we still expect the
transition to be disruptive and it is unlikely that the new system will speed
up the process. The Minnesota Deputy Registrar Association has been
lobbying for a fee increase and it appeared to have some support in the
legislature this year. If this legislation passes, the increased fee will
support the additional staff person that we are hoping to hire.
Work began this Thursday to remove
the old playground equipment, concrete and gravel at Wakefield Park to make
room for the new and improved play environment that is scheduled to be
completed by the end of August. Having Park Maintenance/Public Works Crews do
this work enabled the City to get a lot more play value built in to the
The Communications Team created the
following video to help us inform the public of the exciting changes to come.
YouTube Link (v1, 22s): https://youtu.be/Yu5j9ZFxFwM
Movie Night at the Bruentrup Farm
It was another perfect night for a
Community Event on Tuesday, June 18th! This time it was Movie Night
at the Bruentrup Farm. Gates opened at
5:30pm with the movie starting at 6:30pm. The movie shown was Ralph Breaks the
Internet, which was chosen by the public through voting on social media. The
400 attendees enjoyed activities performed by our special event staff that
included temporary tattoo and colored hairspray stations, a jump castle, and
yard games. The petting zoo was also a huge hit where people got to play with a
miniature llama, miniature horse, goats, rabbits, chickens and more!
The Maplewood Historical Society sold
a ton of hot dogs, burgers, popcorn and root beer floats and Ramsey County
Library joined in on the fun by signing people up for library cards and doing
crafts with the kids.
Thank you to the Maplewood Police and
Fire Departments for stopping by. Participants enjoyed the police cars,
ambulance and hanging out with Public Safety Staff.
The Parks & Rec special event
staff did a great job leading the activities and creating a fun and welcoming
environment and received many thanks and shout outs on social media from the
See attached photos from this event.
AT EDGERTON COMMUNITY GARDEN!
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 6:00-7:30PM
FREE DROP-IN EVENT
Celebrate the 10 year anniversary and
grand reopening of Edgerton Community Garden and the new improvements installed
this past year including ADA accessible beds and water spigots. The ribbon
cutting takes place at 6:30pm followed by tours
and pollinator planting that starts
at 7:00pm. Other activities include a scavenger hunt, seed art crafts and
treats – fun for the whole family!
Rush Line – Tuesday on the Trails
The following is a list of dates,
times, and locations of upcoming Tuesday on Trails public engagement events for
the Rush Line project:
· Tuesday, June 25: Intersection of Bruce Vento Trail and Gervais
Avenue, 4-6 p.m.
News from local sources or partners
Reference: City Council, Marylee Abrams, Kathleen Juenemann, Scott Nadeau
Reference: City Council
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. Let
me know if you have any comments or questions with the Council packet or other
Posted on June 17, 2019 at 9:06 AM by Chad Bergo
COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: June 14th, 2019
Meetings and Announcements:
Wakefield Grand Opening
We had a beautiful night for the Grand Opening/ Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The parks staff served Root Beer Floats to attendees and put up displays about the new ADA play equipment that will be installed this summer. Mayor Abrams welcomed guests and talked about all of the planning and coordinating involved to get to this new wonderful community park and new building. I visited with several residents, most of which had lived a long time in the neighborhood, some 40 -66 years! Many talked about swimming and fishing in Wakefield lake and they were happy to hear about our partnership with the Watershed District to clean up the lake. Special thanks to Audra and her staff for shepherding this project from vision to building!
Celebrate Summer Event: Maplewood Summer Challenge
It was a picture perfect night Wednesday for the first of our Celebrate Summer Events. Over 500 people flocked to Afton Heights Park to test their skills on the inflatable challenges, wrestle a raccoon, perform science experiments, learn hands only CPR and grab a hot dog with the family. Parks & Rec and Public Safety staff had a blast interacting with the community and are looking forward to the rest of the summer’s events. Thank you to everyone who filled our collection boxes with donations for Second Harvest Heartland and to GOGO SqueeZ and Ramsey County Health for giving out great freebies to the crowd!
Hmong Nature Walk
The first of a new series of Translated Nature Walks at Maplewood Nature Center, started out great on June 7th!
The Hmong interpreter was recommended by gardeners at the Edgerton Community Garden and did an excellent job creating a fun, cross cultural connection with staff and participants.
Topics included woodland wildflowers, pond plants, dragonflies, and pollinators during the walk and all participants, including the instructor, interpreter, and the kids reached their goal of learning at least 3 new nature concepts.
The following is a list of dates, times, and locations of upcoming Tuesday on Trails public engagement events for the Rush Line project:
https://www.twincities.com/2019/06/14/152-unit-apartment-development-underway-at-former-country-view-golf-course-in-maplewood/ Regarding the new Trails Edge Apartment project
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. MELINDA