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Posted on June 17, 2019 at 9:06 AM by Chad Bergo
COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: June 14th, 2019
Meetings and Announcements:
PARKS AND RECREATION
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.
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:
News from local sources or partners
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
Posted on June 10, 2019 at 6:26 AM by Chad Bergo
Next Council Workshop and Meeting is Monday, June 10th. Workshop
start time is 5:30 pm. Items include the Preliminary CIP review
and update on the North End Study. Dinner will be available at 4:30 pm.
Updates from Staff and Council:
The following is an traffic control update
related to the Xcel’s gas main replacement project on County Road B and
o The crossing of
White Bear Avenue at County Road B is being done in thirds
o Monday, June 10,
will be shifting traffic control early Monday morning in order to start work on
Phase 3 (east third of White Bear Avenue crossing)
copy of the traffic control plan for Phase 3 is attached to this email
Hall entrance will be open and accessible from Van Dyke Street (see attached
3 is anticipated to be completed by 6/27 (weather dependent)
of City Hall entrance is anticipated to be done some time between 6/19-6/27
o As we get closer to
this crossing I will update everyone on the dates, how long the crossing will
take, and how you will be able to access City Hall.
2 Traffic Control Changes
bound traffic on White Bear Avenue – No
Access to County Road B
bound traffic on White Bear Avenue – No
Access to County Road B
Road B west of White Bear Avenue – Open, Full Access to White Bear Ave,
and No Access to County Road B East of White Bear Ave.
Road B east of White Bear Avenue – Full closure between White Bear Ave.
and City Hall entrance/Van Dyke Street
the White Bear Avenue and Castle Avenue/Cope Avenue Intersection
o East on Castle
Avenue to Van Dyke Street
o South on Van Dyke
Street across County Road B to City Hall
the White Bear Avenue and County Road B Intersection
o No Access
the White Bear Avenue and MCC entrance road intersection
o Road closed to
o Two crews are working
on County Road B
Road B between White Bear Ave. and McKnight Road is anticipated to be completed
by early August
o A crew is working
on Century Avenue between County Road B and Holloway Avenue
Avenue fully closed at Century Avenue
attachment for detour route
For more information on Xcel’s gas main
replacement project please see their project
The following is a list of dates, times, and
locations of upcoming Tuesday on Trails public engagement events for the Rush
City-Owned Buildings in Gladstone
As part of the city’s redevelopment strategy in
Gladstone two buildings have been purchased within the last year – the former
Gladstone House (1375 Frost) and the former Moose Lodge (1946 English). Staff
is aware there is an eagerness in removing these two unattractive buildings but
there are a couple of considerations that need to be made before demolition can
begin. First, Public Safety is looking at running training sessions within the
Moose Lodge building before it is torn down. Next, the biggest barrier with
demolishing either building is there is development impacts in terms of the use
of tax increment financing (TIF). Based on state statute, once the building has
been removed, the property owner - in both cases here the city - has three
years to implement a TIF district. Anything beyond three years is then not TIF
eligible because the "blight" has been removed. So again, while staff
does want the buildings removed for aesthetic reasons we're also being cautious
to not inadvertently eliminate the potential use of TIF from our toolbox as we
work on getting these sites redeveloped.
2040 Comprehensive Plan
This week the Metropolitan Council notified staff
it has found Maplewood’s draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan complete and will begin
its formal approval process. Metropolitan Council is allowed by state statute
to take 120 days to complete its formal review. The full Metropolitan Council
is scheduled to approve Maplewood’s plan on August 28, 2019. Staff will then
bring the plan to the Maplewood City Council in September for formal adoption
which will also complete the comprehensive plan update process.
Staff submitted Maplewood’s draft 2040
Comprehensive Plan to the Metropolitan Council on December 21, 2018 – meeting
the required deadline for plan submission. The city received feedback from the
Metropolitan Council on January 23, 2019 requesting minor revisions to the
plan’s sanitary sewer chapter. Staff worked with the Metropolitan Council to
make the required minor changes to this chapter. It should be noted that while
the city staff only had to submit two revisions to the entire draft 2040
Comprehensive Plan, each submission resets the clock in which the Metropolitan
Council is required to respond to the city’s submittal. This has resulted in
the amount of time it has taken from plan submission last December to the
anticipated approval in August. The Metropolitan Council’s timeline for
Maplewood’s comp plan approval is consistent with the timeline for other cities
that submitted their plans by the end of 2018.
News from local
sources or partners
BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND. I WILL SEE YOU ON MONDAY. PLEASE CALL IF YOU HAVE ANY
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS WITH COUNCIL REPORTS OR OTHER MATTERS. MELINDA
Posted on June 3, 2019 at 1:53 PM by Chad Bergo
Meetings and Announcements
· Next Council Workshop and Meeting is Monday,
June 10th. Workshop start time is 5:30 pm. Items
include the Preliminary CIP review and update on the North End Study.
Staff and Council:
Appreciation Event, took place Wednesday, May 29th. Here is a
list of Employees honored for their years of service:
Christine Evans- 15 years,
Lois Knutson- 15 years.
Steve Lukin 20 years
Nick Franzen- 15 years
Audra Robbins- 20 years
Don Jones-20 years
Doug Edge-25 years
John Ducharme- 30 years
Brian Touzell- 10 years
Tony Gabriel- 15 years
Glen McCarty- 15 years
Michael Nye- 15 years
Dan Busack- 20 years
Julie Olson- 20 years
Jay Wenzel-20 years
Kevin Johnson- 25 years
It was a really
great event held at our new Wakefield Community Building.
Below are the
links to the completed Employee Recognition 2019 video named ‘Looking Back
& Moving Forward’.
(v1, 4m22s): https://youtu.be/ir-edCswIig
Vimeo Link (v1,
At the last City
Council meeting Comcast’s Internet Essentials program was discussed and staff
was asked to look into promoting the program within our community. Since
that discussion we’ve registered as a partner on the programs website, www.internetessentials.com.
As a partner we now have access to professionally created flyers, postcards and
brochures all explaining the program and how to learn more/sign up for the
service. Many of the marketing materials are available in multiple
languages as well (Spanish, Hmong, Somali and many more). Now that we
have access to these materials we are now discussing how and where to utilize
them. Stay tuned for a future FYI on how we plan on using these
Sharepoint Council Calendar
to City Council that online access to the Council calendar will be coming soon,
and it will be. However, as we continued discussions on the logistics of
managing the various calendars, we need to change the configuration of a few calendars
so that the items are presented accurately. Those changes are taking
place now and will be done by June 7th. Once they are completed and
testing confirms that the new configuration operates the way we need it to,
instructions will be sent to Council on how to access the new calendar.
Until then, please continue to view upcoming events via the FYI and Council
Notice of the new
LGA distribution under the new Omnibus Tax Bill (SS HF 5), which is
expected to become law this year. The bill was approved during the May 24
special session and is waiting for the Governor’s signature. The bill
restores LGA to 2002 levels. Maplewood is expected to receive $1,102,768 in
2020, which is an increase of $227,086 over the amount of
$875,682 received in 2019. This is really great news for the City.
Silver in statewide media competition
Kevin Schmitz (Communications) on winning a Silver prize from the Minnesota
Association of Government Communicators (MAGC) for his video on the Fire
Department’s Emergency Vehicle Operations Training. The City entered the video
in the Public Health and Safety Video category. This is the second straight
year MAGC has recognized the communications team for its video work.
Firefighter/Paramedics Rochelle Hawthorne and Charlie Smith and Battalion Chief
Shawn Conway added insightful commentary to help explain the importance of the
Please take a
minute to watch the video: Youtube.com/watch?v=QOkAiq9Wcsk
planning on setting the public hearing for the new rental housing licensing
ordinance at the council meeting on July 8. We will send notices again to all
property owners and include an article in the July Maplewood Living.
Council can then adopt on July 8 or bring it back to the July 22 meeting if
they wish to make changes. We did hold an open house for the rental
community. Over 800 notices were sent out and 3 people attended the open house.
Renters were also given an opportunity to send in their comments to staff or do
an on-line survey. Staff tells me that they received no additional input from
Ridge Alzheimer's Special Care Center
4th at 4:30pm
1700 Beam Ave., Maplewood
for a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Elk Ridge Alzheimer's
Special Care Center! This is going to be a GRAND celebration with live music,
great food and special tours of the new facility. We will meet the leadership
of JEA Senior Living, the team members from Elk Ridge and learn more about
their philosophy of care.
Attached is a
Mpls/St Paul Business Journal article about the Saint Paul Port Authority
looking to purchase this site and master plan it for development.
golf course is located at the southwest corner of McKnight and Larpenteur – in
Saint Paul. Many Maplewood residents are obviously interested in the future of
this land and redevelopment will have impacts on the viability of other
projects in Maplewood. Saint Paul guides the north third of the course as Mixed
Use and the remaining area is Urban Neighborhood.
Maplewood Organics Collection Site
Ramsey County offers residential organics drop off at their yard waste
sites. They are expanding the organics program by partnering with cities
to install satellite organics recycling collection sites throughout the
County. Maplewood has been chosen to host one of the sites.
The organics recycling collection site will
be constructed on the MCC/YMCA parking lot adjacent White Bear Avenue within
three existing parking stalls. The enclosure design includes a concrete
pad, six foot high composite fencing (brown in color), with a service gate and
entry door. Organics collection recycling signage will be installed on
the outside of the enclosure.
The City will enter into an agreement with
the County for the construction and maintenance of the site. The County
will pay for and construct the enclosure, ongoing maintenance, hauling costs,
compostable bags for residents, and promote the site to Ramsey County
residents. The City will monitor the site capacity and hauling, promote
the site locally, and be responsible for snow removal. The City Council
will review the agreement on June 10. The design of the enclosure will be
reviewed by staff, Community Design Review Board, and the City Council through
a minor project review which will be released once the agreement is approved.
Maplewood Trash Cart Yearly Purchase
The City purchased 10,330 trash carts in 2012 for the City’s organized trash
hauling system. The trash carts have a ten-year warranty, and could be
used for 20 years. The total cost was $404,876, which was financed
through a seven-year utility bond. The City charges residents $.75 per household
per month on their trash bill to cover the cost of the trash cart utility
bond. The final payment for the trash cart utility bond will be made
later this year.
Beginning in 2016, the City has also used the collected
trash cart funds to purchase new carts in addition to paying for the utility
bond to pay for the original carts. While the carts are under warranty,
new carts are needed from time to time to replenish the trash cart supply due
to new trash services and cart attrition due to loss of carts. The 2019
trash cart purchase will be brought to the City Council for review in the
Planting at the Edgerton Community Garden
Elementary School 6th grade students planted pollinator strips at
the community gardens last Wednesday, May 29. These pollinator strips are
part of the plan for the garden and will provide a colorful entryway as well as
habitat for bees and butterflies.
This was a
coordinated effort between our Naturalists and Edgerton teachers Rick Wallin,
Susanne Collin, Alicia Bjork.
Many of these
students had never planted anything before and we were excited to introduce
them to bees and to the community aspect of the garden as well.
The first phase
of the Gladstone Phase 3 Improvement project, between Prosperity Road and White
Bear Avenue began this week. The pavement has been reclaimed and work on
water main replacement and sanitary sewer services is taking place. During
the first phase a detour route of White Bear Avenue to Larpenteur Avenue to
English Street is available and signed.
Xcel Gas Main
Xcel Energy and
their contractor Q3 started the process of crossing White Bear Avenue this week
with their gas main replacement project. This crossing is being done in
three phases. The first phase is taking place right now and requires a
lane closure and a lane shift to the south bound White Bear Avenue
traffic. It is anticipated that phase 1 will be completed on Monday of
morning Q3 will be adjusting the traffic control on White Bear Avenue early in
the morning to begin phase 2 work. Phase 2 includes working in between
the northbound and south bound lanes on White Bear Avenue. Therefore, there
will be no east/west traffic allowed through the intersection, southbound White
Bear Avenue traffic will not be allowed to turn east, and north bound White
Bear Avenue traffic will not be allowed to turn west on White (see attached
Phase 2 traffic control plan). Phase 2 is anticipated to take 3 to 4 days.
Phase 3 will
include a lane closure and lane shift of the north bound lanes on White Bear
Avenue. Phase 3 work is anticipated to take 8 to 10 days. It should
be noted that this schedule is dependent of field and weather conditions.
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 4: Intersection of Bruce Vento
Trail and Atlantic Street, 4-6 p.m.
· Tuesday, June 11: Intersection of Bruce Vento
Trail and Larpenteur Avenue, 4-6 p.m.
· Tuesday, June 18: Intersection of Bruce Vento
Trail and Frost Avenue, 4-6 p.m.
· Tuesday, June 25: Intersection of Bruce Vento
Trail and Gervais Avenue, 4-6 p.m.