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Jul 16

July 13th 2018

Posted to City Manager Blog by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  7.13.18

 

Meetings and Announcements:   

Our next City Council meeting and Manager Workshop will be held on Monday, July 23, 2018.   
Start time for Workshop TBD. 

Gold Line Open House Schedule             

Gold Line Corridor Open House – West 

July 17, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Grace Lutheran Church: 1730 Old Hudson R, St. Paul, MN

Google Map Link to location: https://goo.gl/maps/yL9SRf735eS2

Gold Line Corridor Open House – East 

July 18, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Guardian Angels Catholic Church: 8260 4th St. N, Oakdale, MN

Google Map link to location: https://goo.gl/maps/P6maQy59TJ92

Touch a Truck at MCC/YMCC (6-7:30 pm)

 

Council Member Abrams and City Manager Coleman attended the following:
Ribbon Cutting Celebration for the Maplewood Area Historical Society
Tuesday, July 10th at 3:30pm 
2170 County Road D East, Maplewood
651-748-8645

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting Celebration for the Maplewood Area Historical Society . You will enjoy a great afternoon of networking and learn more about the historical society and tour their beautiful facility. Remember your business cards!

Celebrate Gladstone Savanna.   A TRIP THROUGH TIME CELEBRATE GLADSTONE SAVANNA FUN FOR FAMILIES AND ALL! What does the St. Paul and Duluth railroad have in common with the common eastern bumblebee? Gladstone Savanna! Once the site of railroad repair shops, the Savanna is now one of Maplewood’s most unique preserves. your passport to the past is here. join us for a fun-filled summer evening where history and nature converge. Hike the trails and let the story of the savanna unfold before you.  Street parking on Frost Avenue, west of English Street or in parking lot at Flicek Park. 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 6:00PM - 7:30PM 

GLADSTONE SAVANNA

SW CORNER OF FROST AND ENGLISH

 

Updates from Staff and Council:

PARKS AND RECREATION

 From Ginny Gaynor...Maplewood’s EAB program is in full swing.  Council updated the EAB Management Plan in April and it is posted on our city website, along with links to educational videos and brochures.  An EAB open house for residents is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2nd, to continue educating and informing residents.

 

First year removal.  Our Public Works crew removed 100 ash trees this past winter.  These trees were not confirmed to have EAB but were in poor condition or were in the neighborhood with the first case of EAB.  In June a contractor ground the stumps left from removals.  The contractor adds soil over the stump location and sprinkles grass seed.  Residents are responsible for watering and re-establishing the area.  

 

Replanting.  Residents that had a tree removed received a questionnaire in June asking their preference for type of tree they would like replanted.  The city is offering 7 types of trees this year.  We will pull together the plant order and go out for quotes in July, with planting by a contractor scheduled for September and October.  Residents that do not want a boulevard tree do not have to have one.  About 30 homes in one neighborhood will not have trees replanted because they are scheduled for street reconstruction in 2020 and trees will be planted as part of that project.  

 

Annual EAB Schedule.   Below is our annual EAB management schedule:

Winter:              Remove ash trees

March:               EAB inspections and notifications

May/June:         Grind stumps

Summer/Fall:    Inspections as time permits

Fall:                    Prepare list of ash to be removed 

 

Here is a list of the upcoming season of Park Events

 

1)       Parks Special Events in place of WOW due to construction at Wakefield,6pm7:30pm

·       July 18 – Touch a Truck at MCC/YMCA

·       August 22 –End of Summer Celebration/ KID CITY Laugh In at Edgerton

2)       4th of July at Hazelwood, 5pm – 10pm

3)       Movie Nights at Bruentrup Farm, 5:30pm8:30pm

·       June 26 

·       August 14 

4)       Community Event at Gladstone Savanna, 6pm7:30pm

·       August 2

5)       Rec Run 5K at MCC/YMCA, 9am11:30am

·       September 29 

6)       Fall Music in the Barn at Bruentrup Farm, 5:30pm9pm

·       September 7 

7)       Halloween Event at Bruentrup Farm, 1pm3pm

·       October 21

EEDD

3M Building 220 Mural Sign Request

3M is requesting city approval for an exception to the city’s temporary signage ordinance. The city’s sign ordinance allows this type of request to be considered by the Community Design Review Board (CDRB) as part of a Comprehensive Sign Plan request. The CDRB will consider this request at its meeting on July 17.  In summary, 3M has stated these signs on Building 220 will be temporary lasting a duration of 6-12 months.  The signs will be applied directly to the façade (excluding window mullions/frames) of the 3M Headquarters building.   It is part of a 3M marketing campaign that according to 3M “celebrates the curiosity that is innate in all people.” 

 

Maplewood Business Council Meeting

Last Thursday morning – June 28 – nearly 25 people attending the latest meeting of the Maplewood Business Council held at the Community Center. This meeting focused on the proposed Rush Line transit project and the city’s planning efforts in Maplewood’s North End – and more importantly the synergy between the two efforts. A market study the city had commissioned regarding the North End will be presented to the city council at its workshop on July 23.  This discussion will include proposed next steps for the planning process in this important part of the city.


 ????????????That’s the news for this week. Enjoy the weekend!  Mike  

 

Mike Funk     651-249-2053

Arranger | Individualization | Futuristic | Relator | Analytical

 

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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