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City Manager Blog

Each week I send out an FYI Update to City Council and staff on the latest happenings within the City of Maplewood.  I would like to share this information with the residents of Maplewood, as well. 

Follow my blog if you would like to be kept up to date on the behind the scenes happenings within the City. 

Sep 16

September 13th, 2019

Posted on September 16, 2019 at 9:21 AM by Chad Bergo

Meetings and Announcements

The next Council Meeting is Monday, September 23rd.  The Workshop will start at 5:30 pm and we will hear from Commissioner Reinhardt and her staff about the Ponds of Battle Creek Golf Course.  I think we can expect several residents to attend.


At the Council meeting will be holding a public hearing on the Rental Licensing Ordinance. Staff is looking for Council approval on the Ordinance.


 

And the winner is Maplewood! The St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce presented our Community Development Department with its Leaders in Local Government Award for the City's North End Vision Plan. Our Public Safety Department was also a finalist in the Public Safety category for their collaboration on training, mental health intervention and community outreach. Thanks to Mike Martin, Jeff Thompson, Public Safety Director Scott Nadeau, EMS Chief Mike Mondor and Fire Chief Steve Lukin for their work to make the city a more vibrant and safer place.


Updates from Staff and Council: 

ADMINISTRATION


ACM/HR Director Position

We have a new Director! On Thursday I offered our position to Mike Sable. He will start next Wednesday, the 18th.  He had a pre-planned commitment for the week of September 30th but will return on October 7th. Mike currently has his own consulting company and before that worked at Hennepin County and Brooklyn Park. Mike has several years of experience in both municipal and human resource administration. We are pleased to have him join our team. I look forward to the Council meeting Mike (aka- the new Mike).

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Senator Chuck Wiger has requested that the Senate create a proclamation honoring the Maplewood Nature Center on their 40th Anniversary and if passed, will present it to the City at the celebration on September 21 at the Nature Center


NATURE CENTER TURNS 40!  (For all ages, no registration required)

AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1:00PM-3:30PM

Help us celebrate 40 years on Green Heron Pond! Bring the whole family to enjoy the festivities including folk music, crafts, games, face-painting, freshly pressed apple juice and a shadow puppet show “Waterways and Otterways “ by artist Kat Corrigan and her puppeteer family.

Walk the history trail to discover 40 fascinating facts from the Nature Center’s History, view historic photos thru retro viewers and add your memories to the history storyboard! See attached flyer for more info on the Saturday event.

 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Letter of thanks from a Gladstone resident to our Engineering Consultants and staff

From: CenturyLink Customer <pdec22@q.com>

Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:46 PM

To: Schmidt, Bob <bob.schmidt@kimley-horn.com>; McPhee Anderson, Erin <Erin.McPheeAnderson@kimley-horn.com>

Subject: Gladstone Construction

 

Bob, Erin & all others affiliated with the Gladstone Corridor project,

I just read my recent update and I want to take a moment to thank you for your communication. I've read each update and I've accessed the website also.

My home is in the 'work zone'.  Not only do I appreciate the improvements to my neighborhood; the updates have been timely & professional, the construction crews have been accommodating to residents, and the project has moved in a very timely manner.

The neighborhood is looking great!

Thank you for a job WELL DONE.

Sincerely, Pat Oslund

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police – community engagement opportunity

On 9/10/19 at 6:00 PM the Maplewood Police Department, assisted by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, did a Level 3 Sex Offender Meeting at St. Jerome's Church.  Prior to the meeting, it was found that the subject of the notification had moved out of Maplewood and into St. Paul.


Due to the short notice in which we were informed the Police Department decided to go ahead with the meeting to address any questions or concerns.  Approximately 60 people attended the meeting and had a dialogue with police and corrections officials.

NEWS FROM THIS WEEK

That’s the news for this week. It was a really great week for the City. We were recognized by our peers for our work in planning and public safety and we hired a great candidate for the Assistant City Manager/HR Director position. As always, please call if you have any comments or concerns with the information in the FYI. Enjoy the weekend. Melinda


 


Aug 23

August 23, 2019

Posted on August 23, 2019 at 10:43 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK

Meetings and Announcements:   

The next Council Meeting is Monday, August 26th The Workshop will start at 6 pm and there will be department presentations from Community Development and more information on  the 2020 Budget. We will provide dinner beginning at 4:45 pm.

 

ADMINISTRATION

From Mike Funk:

Today is my last day with the City of Maplewood, and as I finish one of my last tasks, I again reflect on what a tremendous last 4.5 years have been.  I am extremely proud of the work and progress that we’ve made as a TEAM.  I emphasize TEAM because when I look up and down the organization there is leadership at every level that collectively are making decisions that will position the city for long term sustainability and success well into the future.  Mayor and Council, you’re well respected by staff.  You’re support for the work we do is very much appreciated and you allow us the ability to be creative so the best ideas can be discussed.  More importantly, you support and embrace the city’s strategic plan.  Not many cities have developed an in-depth strategy, performance measures, and action plans.  Nice work!  

 

As for the staff, City Manager Coleman has brought a renewed sense of purpose for the work we do.  Her dynamic leadership and that of the Senior Management Team (department heads) are moving the organization forward in countless positive ways.  Further, this is being permeated down to the front line staff.  

 

Thank you for again for the opportunity to be part of a progressive organization.  I look forward to checking in from time to time to see the continued current efforts paying off.  Best of luck and we’ll see you all soon.

 

 

ACM/HR Director Position

Staff and myself will be interviewing 7 applicants for Mike’s position. This will take place on Wednesday, the 28th. I will keep you informed on our progress in filling the position.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Parks and Recreation Commission Parks Tour

 

The Parks and Recreation Commission, staff and Councilmember Neblett took a tour of several of Maplewood’s parks on Monday evening.

 

It was a great opportunity for discussion about the importance of maintaining aging infrastructure in our parks as well as planning exciting new projects in the future. Some key topics of discussion were tennis courts, the new accessible playground at Wakefield, revisiting the idea of an off leash dog area and upgrades to Hazelwood Park. It was also lovely to enjoy dinner on the new patio of the Wakefield Park Community Building!

 

Farewell to Summer Event at Edgerton Park

What a night!

Thank you to everyone who attended or helped with our final Celebrate Summer Event on August 21 at Edgerton Park. The weather was beautiful, the park was packed and there were tons of laughs, smiles and fun for everyone.  The inflatables, games and activities run by the Parks & Rec staff were a huge hit with lines right up till the end. Police and Fire handed out stickers, chatted with the crowd and showed attendees how to do Hands Only CPR. There was lots of community interest in the Ramsey County Health, 3M Wizards and Rush Line BRT booths and the ever popular Nature Center activity station. GoGo SqueeZ staff said they handed out over 900 packets of fruit to the crowd!

 

We were especially happy to see so many of the neighbors of Edgerton Park come out with their families to enjoy the evening and we stayed open a half an hour longer to make sure everyone got their fill of food and fun.

 

 

PUBLIC WORKS

Update on County Road B

Friday morning Xcel’s contractor will be milling the north lane of County Road B in preparation for paving on Monday.  They will be starting at the west end of the project near White Bear Avenue and working to the east.  Traffic will be controlled by flaggers.  While the equipment moves east past our entrances access will be limited and controlled by the flaggers.

On Monday they are planning to pave the final layer of asphalt on the north lane of County Road B.  This work will take a few hours before traffic can cross County Road B at the main entrance.  The contractor will be controlling traffic with flaggers during this

 

NEWS FROM THIS WEEK:

https://www.twincities.com/2019/08/20/ponds-battle-creek-golf-course-maplewood-closing/

 

District 622 e-news for Friday, August 23, 2019

 

At a glance

·  Back to School News & Information

·  Upcoming Events

·  High Potential Learners Featured in Lillie News

·  Community Education News

Visit the e-news webpage or open the attached PDF to read this week's District 622 e-news.

 

That’s the news for this week. Have a great weekend. Melinda


Aug 19

August 16, 2019

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:21 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  August 16th, 2019

Meetings and Announcements:

The next Council Meeting is Monday, August 26th.  The Workshop will start at 6 pm and there will be department presentations from  Community Development and more information on  the 2020 Budget.

Parks And Recreation Commission(PRC) Parks Tour

The PRC and staff will be taking a parks tour on August 19 from 4:30pm – 7:00pm to check out recent improvements as well as areas/facilities that pose challenges in our parks system. We will be boarding the bus at 4:15pm at City Hall, and returning to City Hall around 7:00pm. The tour will include a stop at the Wakefield Community Building for dinner. We would love to have the Mayor and Council join us and if interested, please contact Audra Robbins by email: audra.robbins@maplwoodmn.gov or by phone: 651-249-2125.

Maplewood is nominated in two Categories: Public Safety and Planning, Land Use and Public Works.

We invite you to join the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and East Metro Chamber partners on Thursday, September 12 for the Leaders in Local Government Awards Luncheon. The event is held to honor five organizations and an Elected Official of Note in the east metro who exemplify and demonstrate innovation, excellence, and success in local government. Please let Lois know if you would like to attend ASAP. Thanks.

Event takes place, Thursday, September 12thfrom 11:30 to 1:30 pm at the Vadnais Heights Commons. Finalist shown below:

Business Retention and Expansion
City of Burnsville
City of Lakeville Economic Development Department
City of Oakdale Community Development Department

Communications and Marketing
Ramsey County Communications and Public Relations Department
City of Woodbury Communications Department

Innovation
City of Saint Paul Human Rights and Equity Opportunity Department
City of Saint Paul Office of Technology and Communications
Saint Paul Public Library

 Planning, Land Use and Public Works
City of Burnsville, Community Development
City of Maplewood
City of Oakdale Community Development Department

Public Safety
Dakota County Sheriff's Department
Lakeville Fire Department
Maplewood Department of Public Safety

 Elected Official of Note
Stan Karwoski, Washington County Commissioner


Updates from Staff and Council:

Follow up to the T-21 discussion: 

The following warning had been released from the MN Department of Health Tuesday, August 13:

The Minnesota Department of Health has been alerted to four suspected cases of severe lung injury among adolescents who report vaping. Adolescents and young adults who experienced severe lung disease after vaping have also been identified in Illinois and Wisconsin. Minnesota patients presented for care with symptoms indicative of pneumonia, including fever, but symptoms did not resolve after broad spectrum antibiotic treatment. Evaluation for infectious diseases was negative in all patients. Symptoms have resulted in hospitalizations lasting multiple weeks, with some patients requiring invasive ventilation

 

https://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2019/vaping081319.html

https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/ep/han/2019/aug13lung.pdf

 

Town and Country MHP, LLC v. City of Maplewood

We received by e-service the attached written order this afternoon granting the City’s motion and dismissing the complaint. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Andrea Sindt awarded new certification

Andrea was notified this week that she has received an award from the Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association. She has been awarded the designation of Minnesota Certified Municipal Clerk. This designation recognizes her competency in the execution of the duties of City Clerk. Andrea attended week long training sessions for 3 years to learn the material needed to attain this designation. Congratulations to Andrea!

 

RCLLG Meeting

I attended the RCLLG meeting last evening. Metropolitan Council Chair Nora Slawik spoke to the group.  She discussed various issues including transit, housing and livable communities, as well as  updates from the Governor’s office and state legislature. The presentation was informative with much of the questions and discussion focusing on the lack of public transportation in the suburbs where we have several employers and residents who need buses to get to work, school, etc.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Spanish Nature Walk

The Nature Center offered a series of 3 translated walks on Friday mornings this summer in Hmong, Somali and Spanish. Last Friday, several families participated in the Spanish nature walk led by  Arturo Leyva, a native Spanish speaker and Nature Center volunteer. He taught folks several words including caracol (snail) estanque (pond) and tortuga pintada (painted turtle).  Muchas Gracias a Arturo por enseñarnos sobre caracoles, estanques y tortugas! (Many Thanks to Arturo for teaching us about snails, ponds and turtles!)

 

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Hillcrest Golf Course Master Plan

The City of St. Paul has announced that they will be undergoing a master planning process for the former Hillcrest Golf Course site at McKnight and Larpenteur Ave. The master planning process will start in October of this year with final adoption expected in March 2021. Mayor Carter will be appointing a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to guide the planning process, and they have one or two spots targeted for Maplewood residents. The applications for the CAC are due on September 6th and is available on the city of St. Paul’s website. In addition, there will be a Technical Advisory Committee with representatives from city of Maplewood community development and public works staff. Here is the website for additional information – www.stpaul.gov/hillcrest

 

Ponds at Battle Creek

City staff attended the Ramsey County board workshop on Tuesday, August 13th. The county board discussed the 2020-2021 parks and recreation budget and the proposal to close the Ponds at Battle Creek golf course and sell the land for future development. It is important to note the county board is considering the closure as part of its biennium budget, and not through a separate public process. Residents can provide feedback online at the county’s website or at two public hearings on the budget – August 29th, 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul City Hall and November 25th, 6:30 p.m. at Maplewood Ramsey County Library.  Additional information on the budget and providing feedback is available on the county’s website https://www.ramseycounty.us/your-government/budget-finance. 

NEWS FROM THIS WEEK:
Here is an update on the shooting.  It does not reference anyone in specific:  http://www.startribune.com/charges-social-media-dispute-prompted-triple-shooting-in-maplewood/531090671/

 
Dear Friend of 622,
We would like to invite you to the District 622 Welcome Back Event that will be held at Woodland Hills on Tuesday, August 27, from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM. 

Highlights of the event include the Fusion Drumline, the Keynote address from Superintendent Tucci Osorio, and the Elementary Freedom Schools.

All the best,

Josh Anderson

  

That’s the news for this week. Have an enjoyable weekend. Melinda