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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. 

Apr 20

April 19, 2019

Posted on April 20, 2019 at 9:54 AM by Chad Bergo

Meetings and Announcements:   
Next Council Workshop and Meeting on Monday, April 22nd.  Workshop start time is 5:30.  We have 3 items including my annual performance review which will be a closed session, update on rental licensing program and our Trash and Recycling RFP process.

  • North End Study Group- April 24th from 6-8 pm at the Ramsey County Library
  • Maplewood Spring Clean Up FYI
    The 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 at www.maplewoodmn.gov/cleanups.
    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. 

 Updates from Staff and Council:

ADMINISTRATION
Remackel hearing:
I heard from Kelly and Lemmons that the Judge held the hearing today on our case against the Remackel noise violation. Greg Schiffler testified for the City. The Attorneys for both sides have until the end of May to submit their briefs. The Judge then has 90 days to rule. We hope to get a Mediation date set by the end of May and that this will all be resolved. This is a follow up to my earlier email from Joe Kelly. 

PUBLIC SAFETY
From Chief Lukin-
It was great to see everyone who came out to donate blood and support the Maplewood Public Safety Department’s 2ndAnnual Battle of the Badges blood drive. THANK YOU! Together, we collected: 54 pints of blood! In the Battle of the Badges, the Fire department won with 27 votes to Police department’s 23 votes.

The winners of the two $50 Target gift cards: Cindy Johnson (wife of Sergeant Kevin Johnson in Police department) and Sarah Rogers.  Also, the Battle of the Badges was featured as the Red Cross’ “tweet of the week.”  

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this a successful blood drive, including the Communications Department, Fire/Police Chiefs and staff. We hope to see more people come out next year to support this great cause and support the Public Safety Department. Save the date for next year’s Battle of the Badges, Thursday, April 16, 2020!

NEWS FROM PRINT AND OTHER PARTNERS

These articles are referencing the YMCA/MCC: 

Have a great weekend and enjoy the warm weather! I want to thank you for taking time to participate at the retreat yesterday. I appreciate having the time to review our strategic plan and other priorities.

Melinda


Apr 15

April 12, 2019

Posted on April 15, 2019 at 9:23 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  April 12th, 2019

Meetings and Announcements:  

            

·      Council/Staff Retreat – Thursday, April 18th at Wakefield Community Building 8 am to 3:15 pm. Agenda and Pre-work sent in email earlier today.

·      Next Council Workshop and Meeting on Monday, April 22nd.  Workshop start time is 5:30

·      Wednesday, April 17th – Xcel Energy will be hosting an open house meeting at the YMCA-MCC for their County Road B gas main replacement project (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) 

·      The Council Calendar for April is Attached. Most of the events included in the Council packet calendar have now been loaded on to this calendar as well.

·      Metro Cities Annual Meeting- Thursday, April 24th at Como Park Conservatory 5:30- 8:00 pm. Let Lois know if you would like to attend. I will be out of town and unable to go.

 

Maplewood Spring Clean Up FYI

The 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 at www.maplewoodmn.gov/cleanups.

 

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.

                                                                                                            

Updates from Staff and Council:

 

PUBLIC WORKS

 

17-18 Farrell-Ferndale Update:

Work on the Farrell-Ferndale is anticipated to being next week (weather dependent).  The contractor will be finishing the area south of Minnehaha Avenue which was 90% completed last year.  This will include the construction of the neighborhood sidewalk and placement of the final layer of bituminous.  Additionally, the contractor will begin work on the area north of Minnehaha Avenue with utility improvements and repairs.  The contractor’s goal is to complete the project by mid-July.

 

Larpenteur Avenue 4 Lane to 3 Lane Conversion:

Larpenteur Avenue is under the jurisdiction for Ramsey County.  The county is currently exploring the feasibility of converting Larpenteur Avenue from a 4 lane road to a 3 lane road (one lane of traffic in each direction with a continuous center left turn lane) from Dale Street to I-35E.  The county is looking at doing the portion of Larpenteur Avenue from Dale Street, through Rice Street, to the railroad crossing east of Rice Street in 2019.  In 2020 they are planning on doing the portion of Larpenteur Avenue from the railroad crossing to I-35 E.

 

The County will be hosting a neighborhood meeting to inform property owners and residents about the project and to gather feedback about the project at the following time and location:

 

•   Tuesday April 30th from 5:30-7 PM at the Community School of Excellence (270 Larpenteur Avenue)

 

The county will be sending out a mailing about this meeting in the near future.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

 

Beginning Bird Watching

Once again, Maplewood Nature Center and Saint Paul Audubon have partnered to offer a program series for beginning bird watchers; Beginning Bird Identification. Wednesday evening classes focus on identification skills and Saturday morning field trips put those skills to practice! This program filled quickly; the combination of learning and fun field trips draws bird enthusiasts from the entire metro area and beyond, some as far as 60 miles away!

 

Maplewood Nature Center is considered one of the top spots for birding in the east metro area.  Kudos to MNC staff seasonal Naturalist Konnie Her, a very knowledgeable birder, and Volunteer teacher Chase Davies, long-time Audubon field trip leader, for their teaching efforts!  SNOWSTORM ALERT: Spring snowstorms are hard on birds; they depend on local feeders to get them through, due to loss of habitat.  Several fox sparrows are feeding currently at the nature center feeders.

 

NEWS FROM PRINT AND OTHER PARTNERS

 

·      https://www.twincities.com/2019/04/06/myths-management-maplewood-police-chief-trade-blame-after-violence-at-concert-venue/  Reference:  Scott Nadeau, Marylee Abrams

 

·      https://www.twincities.com/2019/04/08/maplewood-city-council-orders-security-plan-to-address-problems-at-myth-nightclub/  Reference:  Kathleen Juenemann, Sylvia Neblett, Scott Nadeau, Marylee Abrams

 

·      http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2019/04/02/maplewood-get-signs-times  Reference:  Kathleen Juenemann, Melinda Coleman, Marylee Abrams, Bill Knutson, Sylvia Neblett, Mike Martin

 

·      http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2019/04/10/man-shot-myth-maplewood-should-survive  Reference:  Scott Nadeau

 

·      http://www.startribune.com/frustrated-maplewood-leaders-to-lay-out-new-rules-for-myth/508322272/  Reference:  Marylee Abrams, Scott Nadeau

 

Have a great weekend.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or other staff members.  See you on Thursday, the 18th!

 

Melinda

 

Apr 05

April 5th, 2019

Posted on April 5, 2019 at 8:08 PM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  April 5th, 2019

Meetings and Announcements:       

Next Council Workshop and Meeting on Monday, April 8.  Workshop start time is 5:30.

Wednesday, April 17th – Xcel Energy will be hosting an open house meeting at the YMCA-MCC for their County Road B gas main replacement project (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

Maplewood Spring Clean Up FYI
The 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.  Items accepted for a reduced fee or for free include:  

  • appliances 
  • electronics 
  • bulky metals 
  • tires 
  • furniture (including mattresses and box springs)
  • carpet 
  • bicycles (any condition)
  • small engines
  • reusable clothes (new this year)
  • household hazardous waste
  • paper shredding of confidential documents

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 at www.maplewoodmn.gov/cleanups.

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.  

Maplewood Business Council meetings (MBC) and the St. Paul Chamber Business Education Series schedule of events is listed below:
MBC                                                               


Updates from Staff and Council:

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
New Maplewood Moose Lodge Building
The Maplewood Moose Lodge is hosting a neighborhood open house next Wednesday – April 10 at 6 p.m. – to discuss the new home they seek to build on vacant land located at Hazelwood Street and County Road D East. All property owners within 500 feet of this site are being invited by the Moose to this meeting. The meeting will take place at the existing Moose Lodge located at 1946 English Street in Gladstone. In the next few weeks, the Moose Lodge will be submitting formal land use applications to the city to receive approval to build their new facility. 

Late last year the city sold vacant property at County Road D East and Hazelwood Street to the Maplewood Moose Lodge for its new club building. The Moose Lodge and the City of Maplewood have a purchase agreement for the existing club site in Gladstone – closing is scheduled to take place later this spring. The Moose’s existing site neighbors the proposed Rush Line Station in Gladstone and is a key redevelopment parcel.

IT
Council Calendar Update
Staff have been meeting to review and refine our internal process for scheduling, notifying, requesting, etc. people and resources for our public events.  As part of this internal process events are then placed on certain calendars, the new Sharepoint Intranet site being one of the primary locations.  Currently the City Council receives a calendar as a PDF attached to the FYI each week which shows upcoming events.  We are currently in the process of creating a Sharepoint site specifically for the City Council where you could then find not only the calendar of events but also potentially this weekly FYI, links to Council resources, important contacts and many other items.  The conversation is ongoing but expect to see a rough draft of the site by the end of April.

Comcast Cable Franchise Renewal Update
For the last month staff has been meeting weekly with Comcast in regards to the renewal of their cable franchise agreement.  With each meeting we get closer to a final agreement, progress continues to be made albeit maybe not as fast as we’d prefer.  We anticipate bringing a proposed franchise agreement renewal to Council for discussion in May.


NEWS FROM PRINT AND OTHER PARTNERS

District 622 e-news for Friday, April 5, 2019

  • At a Glance 
  • Facilities bond referendum
  • Grandma's Best Years and PressStart! on stage this weekend
  • District Art Show coming up April 8-14
  • Festival of Cultures is back at North High School!
  • Multilingual seal exam information
  • Community Education news

Follow the link to read this week's District 622 e-news.

Safety Review of Myth - Reference:  Marylee Abrams, Dave Kvam

Have a great weekend.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or other staff members.  - Melinda