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Posted on January 7, 2019 at 10:32 AM by Chad Bergo
Posted on December 31, 2018 at 10:20 AM by Chad Bergo
Meetings and Announcements:
The next City Council and Council Manager Workshop will be held on Monday, January 14th. Workshop will start at 6 pm and we will discuss the selection process for Council and Mayor Replacement.
State of the City is Thursday, January 10th at 11 am to 1 pm at the MCC/YMCA. If you have not done so, please contact Joe Sheeran to discuss your comments for the State of the City Address.
Experienced Officials: 2019 Leadership Conference
Various Dates & Locations in February
Discover the keys to effective leadership as you learn how to use communication styles to build understanding and trust, discover tips to communicate clearly, and explore how you can effectively engage others to work better as a team. Plus, build connections with newly elected and experienced city officials.
Save the Date! 2019 Legislative Conference for Cities
February 20-21—St. Paul
Your city has a voice! Join more than 150 city officials at the Capitol and make sure city priorities are heard. Just six weeks into the session, you'll hear updates on what's been happening so far, get tips on how to advocate effectively, and more! Please let Lois know if you would like to attend.
Updates from Staff and Council:
I have completed my comments for the Goals and Accomplishments for my annual performance review process. Mike will be contacting you about logging into Neo Gov to fill out your review comments. Let Lois know if you need to come in and use a computer or would like to check out a laptop for easier access to this software. Thank you.
Community Development Director update
Mike and I have completed the review of applications for the Director position. We have scheduled the first round of interviews for January 8th and 9th. We will be interviewing 6 candidates.
Consultant Pool Interviews
City staff is also holding interviews with 12 Planning and Engineering firms to create a consultant pool for a new term of 5 years. Interviews will also be held the week of January 7th.
Census 2020; Complete Count Committee
Ramsey County recently established a joint Complete Count Committee (CCC) to prepare for the 2020 Census. Maplewood is working with Ramsey County and other county municipalities on this effort. A member of Maplewood’s planning staff will be involved with the CCC and attend all of its meetings. The CCC is bringing together representatives from local government, community organizations, faith-based groups, education, media, and the local business community. Members will work together to raise awareness about the upcoming census and encourage participation, especially among historically undercounted communities. We expect the committee to meet quarterly through spring 2020. Subcommittees may meet more often.
A complete, accurate census count is necessary for equal political representation, fair distribution of federal and state funding, and sound planning and investment in infrastructure, real estate, business development, and public policy and programming.
Trails Edge Apartments
Earlier this week, the building permit for the new Trails Edge Apartment building was submitted to Community Development for review. Trails Edge is a 152-unit market-rate apartment building and will be built on 5.6 acres of vacant land north of Costco. Grading and footing work will begin in January and total construction is expected to last almost a year. The developer is shooting for a late 2019 opening. Pictured below is a rendering of what this building will look like once completed.
Tono Pizzeria and Cheesecake – 3088 White Bear Avenue
This week staff received a building permit application for a new pizza and cheesecake restaurant to be located at 3088 White Bear Avenue. This is the location of the new commercial building that was built this year and replaced the former Bakers Square. This pizzeria will fill out the remaining lease space in this building. The other two tenants of this building include a dental clinic and cell phone store.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Youth Dance Performance
Sunday, December 16 marked one of our favorite times of the year – recital day! Our fabulous youth dancers got to perform on the Ashland Productions Stage at the MCC/YMCA which was packed with family and friend cheering them on. This season’s theme was the Nutcracker Suite and showcased everything from ballet and tap to hip hop. The next season of dance begins on February 4 and we are excited that weekly classes will be held in the New Wakefield Community Building.
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2018/12/26/maplewood-mayor-stepping-down-head-met-council Reference: Nora Slawik
http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2018/12/26/53a-rep-elect-part-state’s-first-asian-pacific-caucus Reference: Tou Xiong
http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2018/12/19/myth-liquor-license-approved Reference: Nora Slawik, Bryan Smith, Kathy Juenemann
Please see: Maplewood faced with 2 openings Star Tribune 12.28.18. Reference: Nora Slawik, Bryan Smith and Melinda Coleman
Below is a summary of highlights and accomplishments from the TAB in 2018 by Elaine Koutsoukos
Highlights of 2018 work:
I enjoyed working with all of you in 2018 and wish you a very Happy 2019!
TAB Coordinator | Transportation Advisory Board
P. 651.602.1717 | F. 651.602.1739
390 North Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
This is the last FYI for the year! I wish you all a happy and healthy new year. Melinda
Posted on December 14, 2018 at 12:57 PM by Chad Bergo
COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: December 14th 2018
· Our next City Council meeting will be a Special Council meeting for the swearing in of our newly elected Council members on Monday, January 7th. The Special meeting will start at 5:30 pm.
· The next City Council and Council Manager Workshop will be held on Monday, January 14th. Workshop will start at 6 pm and we will hear from Excel Energy on the Gas Main Replacement Project
February 20-21—St. Paul
Your city has a voice! Join more than 150 city officials at the Capitol and make sure city priorities are heard. Just six weeks into the session, you'll hear updates on what's been happening so far, get tips on how to advocate effectively, and more!
I am working on my Goals and Accomplishments for the annual performance review process. Lois will be contacting you to set up a one-hour meeting with me after the Christmas Holiday. After we have had a chance to meet, Mike will be sending out the NEO GOV notification for your individual input. We will have laptops available for you to check out if you need to access NEOGOV from a city computer. Mike or Lois can help with that.
Survey on Community Development Director Traits- please fill out the survey that was sent to you by Mychal Fowlds. We are looking for your input on Leadership Competencies. Thank you.
City Hall Campus Wayfinding Signs
City Hall Campus will receive a new look. Five new wayfinding signs with the City’s updated colors and logo are being installed around the campus. The signs were approved by the Community Design Review Board as part of a City Hall Campus comprehensive sign plan in July 2018.
The signs are being funded by Xcel Energy as an incentive for achieving the City’s energy goals as outlined in the Energize Maplewood! Energy Action Plan. The plan identified energy actions the City could take to motivate local businesses and residents to reduce their energy impact. Xcel Energy offered the incentive for signs that included a sustainable message and the Xcel Energy logo. The GreenStep Cities logo, which is the sustainable message, and Xcel Energy’s logo are found at the bottom of the wayfinding signs.
This week staff has installed three of the signs and will be assessing them to determine effectiveness. Minor changes may be required. Ultimately, the comprehensive sign plan will ensure standardized messaging for all new signs on Campus.
The fire department has a couple of items worth noting for the FYI this week. We had a mention in the article linked below.
Also, the Ramsey County Fire Chief’s Association will be recognized on 12/13/2018 as a recipient of a Local Government Innovation Award from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Maplewood was a leading agency on the closest unit dispatching committee. The program began in October of 2016.
City Category: Ramsey County Fire Chiefs Association – Closest Unit Dispatching for Cities in Ramsey County
Fire Chiefs Association Closest Unit Dispatching (CUD) for Cities in Ramsey County brings 10 fire departments within a 170-square-mile area together to dispatch the closest agency for response within the county’s different combinations of highly trained full-time, part-time, volunteer and/or paid-on-call firefighters. Ramsey County’s 12 cities entered into this CUD joint powers agreement in 2016 and have improved response times for critical calls, resulting in a higher survivability rate and less property loss.
Chief’s Lukin and Mondor will represent the department at the awards ceremony.
Parks and Recreation
Santa's Workshop Party
Parks and Recreation had a full house at our Santa’s Workshop Party at the
MCC/YMCA on Friday, December 7th. Children ages 2 and their families got
the party started with reindeer games and the bounce castle, then headed to the
banquet room for holiday stories, music, snacks and crafts. Kids also got a
chance to make their wish lists while they waited for their turn to talk with
Santa. We are happy to report that they all made the “nice” list!
Busy week but slow on news. Have a great weekend. Melinda