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Posted on May 20, 2019 at 10:12 AM by Chad Bergo
Updates from Staff and Council:
Rental Housing Licensing – Tenant Focus Group Meeting
On Wednesday evening, staff hosted a tenant focus group in an effort to hear directly from residents the issues and concerns they have regarding rental housing in Maplewood. It was also an opportunity to garner feedback from residents on the proposed rental housing licensing ordinance and its goals. While staff sent out more than 800 notices to apartment units throughout the city inviting tenants to attend this meeting, which was held at the new Wakefield Park Community Building, only a small handful of individuals attended. Even with a smaller group a dynamic discussion was held regarding rental housing and the role licensing can play in providing safe housing conditions in Maplewood. Staff is working to finalize the timeline for next steps in this process which includes the council holding a public hearing and considering adoption of the ordinance.
Proposed Senior Housing Project, County Road C East and Hazelwood Street North
Cassia, a senior housing developer, and First Evangelical Free Church are holding a Developer Open House this Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at First Evangelical Free Church of Maplewood located at 2696 Hazelwood Street North, in the Main Sanctuary to discuss conceptual plans to build an estimated 140-unit senior living housing project at the intersection of County Road C East and Hazelwood Street North – currently home to community gardens. First Evangelical Free Church owns this land and has long-term plans of relocating its church to this site as well. The senior living community will be developed, owned and operated by Cassia. All property owners within 500 feet of the community garden site have been invited to this open house. The new senior living community is proposed to be one to three stories tall and have underground parking, feature studios and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and allow older adults an option to live in independent, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing or transitional care within the building.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Wakefield Park Playground Meeting
The next exciting phase of the Wakefield Park improvements is the replacement of the playground. The current equipment has reached the end of its life cycle and the City is working with Northland Recreation/Little Tikes to design a brand-new play area that is safe, full of play value and accessible.
Please join us on Wednesday, May 22 between 6:00pm-7:30pm to review the proposed design for the new Wakefield playground and give us your feedback.
This week Public Works crews were out doing spot pavement repairs on McKnight Road and Case Avenue north of Minnehaha Avenue. These type of repairs will help address areas where filling potholes is no longer effective. Additionally, these repairs will also provide relief to residents until the City address the street conditions as part of a CIP project.
Xcel County Road B Gas Main Replacement Update
County Road, B between Prosperity Road and White Bear Avenue, will be closed over the next several weeks as Xcel works on the removal and replacement of the gas main in this area. Around the first week in July it is anticipated that work will begin on County Road B between White Bear Avenue and McKnight Road. Over the next several weeks staff will be working with Xcel on how to handle access to City Hall and the main access point off of County Road B. If there are any questions about this project please contact Steven Love.
Trees are being delivered to the Public Works building this Friday. Tree pick-up will be located up at the Public Works building and pick-up dates are as follows: Monday, May 20, 5:00-7:00 pm
Have a dry and warm weekend. -Mike
Posted on May 13, 2019 at 10:43 AM by Chad Bergo
Updates from Staff and Council:
PARKS AND RECREATION
Maplewood’s first ever online tree sale yielded solid results, with citizens
purchasing 125 trees. Based on estimates, the city initially ordered 150 trees.
Despite falling just short of our goal, the representative from Tree Trust, our
sales partner, says for a first-time sale this is an awesome result. The city
canceled delivery of the 25 unsold trees at no cost. Tree Trust will deliver
the trees next Friday, May 17th for citizens to pick up on
Saturday and Monday. With Emerald Ash Borer hitting Maplewood hard, this
online tree sale gave the city an opportunity for citizens to buy trees at just
$40 to help maintain our urban forest and tree canopy.
Troop 461 Adopts
The most recent
addition to our Adopt- A- Park program is Scout Troop 461. We received the
following email from their leader about their first cleanup effort. We are so
grateful to all of the wonderful people, both young and old that donate their
time to help beautify Maplewood Parks!
Just wanted to
inform that per our Adopt a Park agreement, Scout Troop 461 was at Wakefield
Monday evening (5/6/2019) to pick up litter. We were able to pick up
around the construction area, the play equipment and the pavilion. We were
unable to do the large open field closest to Frost as a group was there playing
ball. We plan to go back later this month to do the area around the lake/pond
and to pick up any large sticks or branches on the ground. We were able
to collect a lawn-size garbage bag worth of trash and dispose of it off site.
The night ended in a little Frisbee so we all had fun!
Sci Girls Program
at the Nature Center
Sci Girls and ELPIS
teamed up with nature center staff to build bat houses and learn about all
about bats. Sci Girls is based on the PBS TV show “Sci Girls”; – a program
showcasing girls learning about science; and supported with curriculum and
activities for any who want to have their own group at home. ELPIS is a local
non-profit that provides job and work training for young adults through several
social enterprises, including wood working workshops such as building bat
Sixteen Sci Girls
ages 9-13 years old spent the day learning about homesteading and Minnesota
bats and then built bat houses out of reclaimed cedar fencing with ELPIS
leaders, Nature Center staff and volunteers.
County Road B and I-35E Road Closure
Ramsey County is
closing down County Road be just west of the I-35E bridge due to flooding over
the road. The county will be pumping the water over the weekend and
anticipates being able to open the road on Monday.
https://www.twincities.com/2019/05/07/tired-of-potholes-one-maplewood-resident-went-to-menards-and-fixed-them-himself/ Reference: Bryan Smith,
County Road B Gas Main Replacement
County Road B between Prosperity Road and White
Bear Avenue was closed this week as Xcel starts their gas main replacement
project. One of the methods that Xcel is using to keep residents informed
about the project is a door hanger. Approximately
one week prior work beginning in an area Xcel will distribute this door hanger.
NEWS FROM PRINT AND OTHER PARTNERS
From the Pioneer
Press. https://www.twincities.com/2019/05/07/tired-of-potholes-one-maplewood-resident-went-to-menards-and-fixed-them-himself/ Reference:
Bryan Smith, Steve Love (Both Mayor Abrams and Steve Love had follow up
conversations with the residents in this article).
Posted on May 6, 2019 at 10:39 AM by Chad Bergo
NEWS FROM THE WEEK: May 3, 2019
Next Council Workshop and Meeting on Monday, May
13. Workshop start time is TBD.
Calendar for April and May . Most of the events
included in the Council packet calendar have now been loaded on to this
calendar as well.
Spring Clean Up FYI
City’s annual Spring Clean Up will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aldrich Arena. The event provides residents with the
opportunity to properly dispose of and recycle items that are not typically
accepted through their curbside trash and recycling service
Residents are encouraged to bring a food or cash
donation to support Second Harvest Heartland, a local food shelf. For a
full list of items accepted and fees, visit the Maplewood’s website.
City Council and Environmental and Natural
Resources Commission volunteers are needed to assist with
checking in residents
at the entry gate. This is a great opportunity to meet and greet
Maplewood residents, all while helping the environment.
of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference - Please contact
Lois if you would like her to register for the conference. It is asked
that if you are planning on attending that you let Lois know by April 29th for
the lower price for the conference.
Tenant Focus Group
Meeting – Rental Housing Licensing Program
week staff sent letters to more than 800 apartment units throughout the City
inviting tenants to a focus group meeting to be held on May 15 at 5:30 p.m.
This focus group meeting will be held in the new Wakefield Park Community
Building and will be an opportunity for renters to provide feedback to the City
on what issues they feel are important to housing in Maplewood and what their
initial thoughts are on a licensing requirement. Staff intends to bring the
rental housing licensing program back to Council for its consideration in June.
North End Open
May 29 the public is being invited to review and provide feedback on the vision
plan for the North End. This open house will take place at the Ramsey County
Library branch in Maplewood from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and the public will be able
to see every step the Working Group took in developing the vision plan. The
project team will take the feedback gathered at this open house to make
refinements to the final, draft vision plan document. The project team is
tentatively scheduled to make stops at a City Council Workshop on June 10 and
the Planning Commission on June 18 to provide an update on the project. The
final Working Group meeting is scheduled to take place on June 26 and the plan
will then be brought back to the City Council in July to consider adoption.
Summer Nature Walks
Nature Center is offering 3 translated nature hikes this summer - June 7 in
Hmong, July 19 in Somali and August 9 in Spanish. Everyone is welcome to
attend all sessions.
The translations were done by volunteers who are
also helping us advertise within their communities. A big thank you to
Konnie Her, Kayd Ahmed, and Arturo Leyva, for their help translating and
creating the flyers!
News From Print and Other Partners
- Reference: Mike
Shortreed Ashley Bergeron
- Reference: Ashley
Bergeron Scott Nadeau - Includes Video
Sider Review News - Reference:
Kathleen Juenemann, Scott Nadeau, Bryan Smith, Marylee Abrams
Sider Review News - Reference:
City Council, Kathleen Juenemann
Have a great weekend. –Mike