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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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Sep 10

September 7th, 2018

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 10:20 AM by Chad Bergo


Meetings and Announcements:  

Our next City Council meeting and Manager Workshop will be held on Monday, September 10th.  The workshop will begin at 5:30. Topics include Marketing and Branding Discussion and Excessive Calls for Service.

City Employee Picnic – Thursday, September 13th from 11am- 1pm in the Courtyard outside DMV. Come enjoy food and games and visit with employees.

Maplewood Council Informational Workshop - I have invited all of the candidates for Maplewood Mayor and Council to come and learn more about Maplewood and local government. This will take place on September 20th from 5-6 pm.

2018 Business & Achievement Awards-White Bear Area Chamber - October 2, 2018
11:30am Registration
12:00 - 1:30pm Program
Keller Golf Course, 2166 Maplewood Dr., Maplewood

Featuring Guest Speaker, Mark Lindquist

As a special treat, Mark Lindquist will keynote our program. Mark has appeared in ABCs Lost, CBS’s Hawaii Five-O and the Universal Studio’s “Battleship”.  He is a world -touring entertainer and motivational business speaker. You are guaranteed to find his presentation inspiring and incredibility uplifting.

The cost to attend is $35 per person or a reserved table of 8 for $250. Please let Lois or I know if you would like to attend. At this point, Mike Funk and I will be attending.

Community Business Engagement Breakfast
The 4th Annual Community Business Engagement Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, November 1 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at the Maplewood Community Center in Room C. The event will feature a recap from this year’s Business Retention Engagement & Attraction (BRE&A) visits and Perkins Will will discuss the North End Vision Plan. As a heads up, the Annual State of the City Address has been scheduled for January 10, 2019.  Please reserve these dates on your calendar! 

Updates from Staff and Council:


Police Advisory Commission- As previously noted, staff has engaged the services of Chad Weinstein to help with Strategic Planning with the Police Advisory Commission. We are have met with Chad Weinstein and discussed potential changes to the PAC.  A contract has been signed and Chad will be reaching out to PAC members to gain their thoughts and insights as to how we can make the PAC more effective and an asset to the police department.

Our plan is to begin this outreach in the next couple of weeks and we hope that PAC members and others are able to share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns with Mr. Weinstein on how to improve the PAC.  After gathering information from different stakeholder we will discuss the findings as a group in a facilitated discussion and consider next steps.

The City Council will be interviewed.


 The League of Women Voters Roseville (LWV) hosted two candidate forums in the Maplewood City Council Chambers this week. One featured candidates for our city council and mayoral election, the other candidates for St. Rep seat 43B.   Both were broadcast live on Channel 16 and the web, via Facebook Live.  We thank the LWV for providing this opportunity to voters in our community and the candidates.

Watch either forum here: http://webstreaming.ctv15.org/typeview.php?regionid=61&typeid=23

They will also be rebroadcast on channel 16 Monday, Wednesday and Fridays starting next week at 8am. They will run back to back, leading with the council/mayor forum.


Here is a list of the remaining season of Park Events

  • Rec Run 5K at MCC/YMCA, 9am11:30am September 29
  • Halloween Event at Bruentrup Farm, 1pm3pm October 27
  • Santa’s Workshop Party at the MCC/YMCA, 6pm – 7:30-pm December 7

News from outside agencies and newspapers:

http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2018/09/04/17-year-old-shot-maplewood-during-drug-deal  Reference:  Dave Kvam

Enjoy your weekend and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns with the content of this FYI or the upcoming Council packet.  Melinda