COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: September 2, 2022
Meetings and Announcements:
The next regular City Council Meeting will be on Monday, September 12th. The Council meeting will begin at 7pm. Prior to that we will have an EDA meeting to set the 2023 levy and a closed session to discuss the just received Proposal from Ramsey County on the South Parcel. The agenda will be set on Tuesday and the time will be indicated in the packet. We will likely start at 6 pm.
We will be adopting the Preliminary 2023 Budget at the Council meeting.
PARKS AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Celebrate Summer Event at Edgerton
Maplewood Parks and Natural Resources hosted the final Celebrate Summer event on Wednesday August 31st at Edgerton Park. The theme this month was “End of Summer Celebration” to give attendees one last fun summer event before everyone is off to school! Neither the state fair nor temps kept people away as we had the largest turnout of the Celebrate Summer Events.
The crowd came hungry and ate a whopping 600 +hotdogs along with chips, water and GogoSqueeZ fruit packs! Guests also had the option to buy ice cream from the Milk Mart Ice cream truck, which is donating 10% of proceeds to the Maplewood Youth Scholarship fund.
In addition to the inflatables and food there was a variety of other activity stations and vendor booths providing free swag and activities to those in attendan
- Inflatables – Obstacle courses, giant slide, baseball speed pitch, jumper/slide combo
- Public Safety – Fire Department obstacle course and dress like a cop and fire fighter stations
- YMCA – Club information, free swag and temporary tattoos
- 3M Visiting Wizards – Variety of science on the go activities
- Ramsey County 4H – Program information and fun trivia and family activity
- GoGo SqueeZ - Free fruit pouch samples
- Cub Scout Pack 9050 – Foam archery course
- Other Information Booths - Ramsey County Health (Child/Teen Checkup), Community Dental Care
- Other Activities - Temporary tattoos, krazy hair spray, and yard games
Parks and Natural Resources wants to give a huge thank you to staff from other departments, partners, and sponsors that helped make this event a success. We also want to take this chance to recognize the hard work of our special event staff that contribute in a major way to all of these events and without them these would not be possible.
Special shout out to City staff Scott Christenson for helping out at every celebrate summer event!
Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair
Cities participating in the GreenStep Cities program volunteered at the Eco Experience, a project of the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Visitors are immersed in everything green and learn how they can support a healthy ecosystem. At the GreenStep Cities booth, people were interested to find out if their city participates in the GreenStep Cities program. If not how they can encourage their city to become involved, if so what more their city can do to help the environment. During her three-hour shift, Shann Finwall met several Maplewood residents who were proud to know or find out that their city has been recognized as a Step 5 GreenStep Cities and are working on solutions to our environmental challenges.
Roselawn Ave and McMenemy Intersection Closure
In the next few days advanced warning signs will be put into place to notify the public that the intersection of Roselawn Avenue and McMenemy Street will be closed on September 14th. The closure will last about 1 week and will allow the MeMenemy project contractor to complete the water main and storm sewer work in this intersection. Additionally, the contractor will be able to bring the gravel up to the design elevation in preparation for curb and gutter and pavement that will follow soon after. Metro Transit, ISD 622, and ISD 623 have also been notified of the pending intersection closure.
From the Pioneer Press
A belated sainting to our neighbors, Nicki and Karen, who once again hosted our Neighborhood National Night Out. Almost daily we notice many of our neighbors walking down our street and we’ll often wave or shout a quick hello, but it’s amazingly rewarding to meet face to face and have the time for friendly conversation.
And what a joy to see the diversity growing in our area and the many new young couples with their children.
Also sainted are the admirable and hard-working police officers and firemen who took the time from their scheduled duties to meet and mingle with those they so bravely protect. We are truly blessed to live in such a caring area!
Stacie and Mike Hafner
Recently my home was compromised by a visit from a person who smashed his way into my space. Positioned himself in a bedroom and frightened me to death.
Called 911 and Maplewood Police responded ASAP. Thank you, officers. What peace of mind and body to see them arrive and handle the situation in a very professional manner. I can’t say thank you enough in too many ways or words.
Our community is well served.
Karla Sand, Maplewood
More from the Pioneer Press
Free backpacks, back-to-school haircuts as Black officers’ association works to build trust in St. Paul – Twin Cities Ref: Officer Rae Brown
This is the news for this week. Enjoy this beautiful weather and the long Labor Day Holiday weekend.