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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. 

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June 22, 2018

Posted on June 25, 2018 at 7:40 PM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  6.22.18

 

Meetings and Announcements:   

 

Our next City Council meeting and Manager Workshop will be held on Monday, June 25th, 2018.   Start time for Workshop is 5:30 pm, food will be available at 4:30 pm.  At the workshop we will be presenting on EDA Overview and Rental Housing Licensing. 

 

July 4th Festivities

Could you please let me know if you want a City Council booth at the July 4th festivities? If you are not planning on attending or are coming for just the fireworks, we probably would not need a booth. Thanks

 

Gold Line Open House Schedule             

Gold Line Corridor Open House – West 

July 17, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Grace Lutheran Church: 1730 Old Hudson R, St. Paul, MN

Google Map Link to location: https://goo.gl/maps/yL9SRf735eS2

 

Gold Line Corridor Open House – East 

July 18, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Guardian Angels Catholic Church: 8260 4th St. N, Oakdale, MN

Google Map link to location: https://goo.gl/maps/P6maQy59TJ92

  

 

Updates from Staff and Council

 

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Maplewood receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.  The City of Maplewood has once again been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).  The award, which is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting, was presented to the City's finance department for Maplewood's 2018 Budget and Capital Improvement Plan.

 

The award represents a significant achievement by the City of Maplewood.  It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  In order to receive the budget award, Maplewood had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.  These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.

 

There are over 1,600 participants in the Budget Awards Program in the United States and Canada.  Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

 

Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association serving the needs of local, state, and provincial government officials and finance practitioners.  The association is headquartered in Chicago, IL, with offices in Washington, D.C.  

 

PUBLIC WORKS

Metropolitan Council Sewer Lining Project Update

No doubt you have seen the large black pipes and the work that is taking place along Highway 61.  This is a major sanitary sewer rehabilitation project led by the Metropolitan Council on their sewer interceptor line.  The large black pipes you see are the temporary conveyance system that was installed to handle flows while the work takes place.  By the end of July of 2018 they are expected to have finished with the lining of the interceptor line.  Work will continue through the summer of 2018.  Removal of the temporary conveyance system will take place during the fall of 2018 with restoration work planned for the spring of 2019.

PARKS AND RECREATION

Here is a list of the upcoming season of Park Events

 

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

·       July 18 – Touch a Truck at MCC/YMCA

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

 

2)       4th of July at Hazelwood, 5pm – 10pm

 

3)       Movie Nights at Bruentrup Farm, 5:30pm8:30pm

·       June 26

·       August 14

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

7)       Halloween Event at Bruentrup Farm, 1pm3pm -  October 21

Ice Cream Social.On Thursday, June 14th, The  Minnesota Food Association/The Food Group held an Ice Cream Social to gather community feedback on the proposed project to turn 3 acres of Harvest Park into an urban farm, in partnership with the City of Maplewood.

 

We had a good turnout including students and professor from the Horticulture program at Century College,  community gardeners from Harvest Community Garden, neighbors and community members, a representative of Community Education from District 622, and members of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

 

Participants gave feedback on the park in several ways including writing feedback on flip charts and painting and drawing their vision for the space on a large canvas. There was also the chance to plant some cover crop seeds and look at the site design. We served delicious ice cream from Sweet Science, a local business based in St. Paul.  We are thankful to Ramsey County SHIP for funding this community engagement event.

 

 

EEDD        

Green Step Cities Award.  On June 21 the City of Maplewood received the GreenStep Cities Step 5 award at the League of MN Cities Conference in St. Cloud.  They present the awards during the Minnesota Cities Awards Show and Dinner on Thursday evening (https://www.lmc.org/page/1/2018AC-GreenSteps.jsp?ssl=true).   For your information the City’s public work’s department just installed six GreenStep Cities signs on population signs throughout Maplewood. 

 


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