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Jun 18

June 1, 2018

Posted on June 18, 2018 at 12:38 PM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  6.1.18

 

Meetings and Announcements:  

Our next City Council meeting and Manager Workshop will be held on Monday, June 11th, 2018.   Start time for Workshop is TBD. 

 

Rice Larpenteur Project.  Come out and Celebrate the Gateway on Thursday, June 7, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Attached find the flyer announcing the celebration.  If you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact Kari Collins, Roseville Community Development Director, kari.collins@cityofroseville.com.  We hope to see you there!

 

Annual League of Minnesota Cities Conference. The conference will be held in St. Cloud on June 20-22nd at the River’s Edge Conference Center. Please let Lois know if you are planning on attending. Mayor Slawik and Council Member Abrams will be attending. Melinda will be attending the Strengths Coaching Class June 18- 22nd; however Mike Funk, Assistant City Manager may be attending.

 

Also, Maplewood will be receiving the Step 5 GreenStep Cities recognition once again this year.  The recognition is given to cities who measure their sustainability best management practices, and improve on at least three of those best practices from the previous year.  The awards will be given out during the League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference in St. Cloud on June 21.  The award activities begin at 2:45 p.. with individual City photos, group photo at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception, dinner, and awards program.

 

 

Updates from Staff and Council

 

ADMINISTRATION

City of Maplewood and Fire Relief Special Legislation update.  On Thursday the Governor signed the Pension Bill!  Next steps include finalizing a settlement agreement and to begin implementation of the terms.  Thanks to our staff and consultants who worked extremely hard these past few months to settle this issue.   Staff also appreciated the support of the council.  http://www.startribune.com/dayton-signs-pension-bill-aimed-at-long-term-stability-in-state-retirement-system/484203521/#4

 

Surrounded by commissioners, legislators, workers, and retirees in the Capitol Rotunda, Gov. Mark Dayton signed the pension bill into law Thursday.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Special Events Planned for 2018

 

1.     March 31 - Easter Egg Hunt at Edgerton, 10am1pm

 

2.     June 15 - Rescheduled Music in the Barn at Bruentrup Farm, 5:30pm9pm

 

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

 

A.    June 6 – Bike Rodeo and Kid’s Duathlon at Afton

 

B.    July 18 – Touch a Truck at MCC/YMCA

 

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

 

4.     July 4 - 4th of July at Hazelwood, 5pm – 10pm

 

5.     Movie Nights at Bruentrup Farm, 5:30pm8:30pm

A.    June 26

 

B.    August 14

 

6.     August 2 - Community Event at Gladstone Savanna, 6pm7:30pm

 

7.     September 7 - Fall Music in the Barn at Bruentrup Farm, 5:30pm9pm

 

8.     September 29 - Rec Run 5K at MCC/YMCA, 9am – 11:30am

 

9.     October 27 - Halloween Event at Bruentrup Farm, 1pm3pm

 

EEDD

Trail’s Edge Apartments Neighborhood Meeting

Jim Kellison is proposing a 152-unit, market-rate apartment building on vacant land north of Costco.  The developer is holding a neighborhood meeting on June 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Cardinal Pointe Community Room, 3003 Hazelwood Street. All property owners within 500 feet of this proposed project have been sent invitations from the developer to this neighborhood meeting where representatives from the development team, land ownership, architectural/engineering and property management firms will provide additional materials and be available to answer questions.

 

This project is scheduled to be reviewed by the CDRB and Planning Commission on June 19.

 

 

Maplewood Business Council

The next Maplewood Business Council is scheduled for Thursday, June 28 from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. This event will be held at the Maplewood Community Center and will focus on the future of the City’s North End. The North End of Maplewood is home to Maplewood Mall and St. John’s Hospital as well as two future mass transit stations serving the proposed Rush Line. With the changing nature of retail and the healthcare industry becoming more important every day, we know this part of the city will change. To foster this change, the city will be developing a vision plan for this area that will also incorporate the transit stations. This Business Council meeting will have representatives from Ramsey County to talk about Rush Line and from Perkins Will to talk about the big picture findings there are putting together as part of the market study they have been commissioned to conduct.

 

If you are interested in attending, please register by clicking on the link below:

 

https://saintpaulmncoc.wliinc1.com/events/Maplewood-Business-Council-2452225/details

 

Rush Line - Informational Fun Ride & Walk

The Rush Line project team is conducting a public outreach effort on Saturday, June 16 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Residents and interested parties are being asked to join the project and enjoy a morning of fun activities for people of all ages and abilities. Meet at the Bruce Vento Trail circle north of Frost Avenue in Maplewood. Members of the project team will be available to discuss trail and guideway alignments, landscape design and station area planning.

 

If interesting in attending, please register by clicking on the link below:

                              

https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/roads-transit/regional-railroad-authority/rush-line-brt-project/public-engagement/rush-line-brt-informational-fun-ride-walk-registration?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

The Rush Line project team will also be at this weekend’s Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District WaterFest at Lake Phalen Regional Park to gather input and educate residents about the project.

 

Have a great weekend!  -Mike

 

Mike Funk     651-249-2053

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