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Posted on September 24, 2018 at 10:06 AM by Chad Bergo
AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: September 21, 2018
Our next City
Council meeting and Manager Workshop will be held on Monday,
September 24th. The workshop will begin at 5:30.
Topics include Code Enforcement Update and proposed Pilot Code Enforcement
Conifer Ridge Open
House - Council members are invited to the Conifer Ridge Grand Opening
party on Tuesday September 25 from 5-7 p.m. The building’s
manager hopes for a great turnout and people should “Come for some delicious
food and tour our new community!”
Ribbon Cutting for
Firstat, will be held on Friday, September 28th from
noon until 6 pm. The Mayor has indicated that she is unable to attend.
Would one of the other Council members like to fill in for the Mayor? Let me
2018 Business &
Achievement Awards-White Bear Area Chamber
October 2, 2018
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
and other staff will be attending. We have not heard from any Council
Community Business Engagement Breakfast
The 4th Annual Community Business Engagement
Breakfast is scheduled forThursday, 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:
PARKS AND RECREATION
Raingarden Installation Update
contractor, Outdoor Landscape Lab, will be installing three raingardens
at City Hall in October. Their plan is to construct the parking lot
raingarden the week of October 1st and they hope to finish that
in one week. The parking stalls adjacent to that garden will be blocked
off for the week. Removal of the trees in the parking lot garden may
occur next week.
will install the two gardens right in front of city hall sometime later in
PUBLIC SAFETY- POLICE
to questions raised by the Maplewood City Council regarding Maplewood Police
interactions with homeless persons.
council meeting on September 10, 2018, Chief Nadeau was asked about issues and
concerns relating to homelessness in Maplewood. The questions included:
what resources are offered, where do homeless individuals tend to be in the
city, and what citizens should do if they have questions or concerns about
encounters with a homeless individual. Attached is a response to these
questions and information concerning a response to the homeless in
City of Maplewood has entities which provide shelter services to those in
need. The providers include Catholic Charities, The Harriet Tubman
Center, the Salvation Army, and Woodland Hills Church. Housing providers,
such as Concordia Arms (administered by The Wilder Foundation) have arranged
grant funding opportunities to provide shelter to senior citizens who are
long-term homeless persons. As well, many homeless citizens (both with
and without shelter) utilize Metro Transit, and a major terminal is located at
Maplewood Police Department responds to any number of complaints of persons who
are likely homeless. These calls include camping in Ramsey County open
spaces, persons sleeping in cars overnight in private business parking lots,
and persons who obstruct traffic through panhandling.
Maplewood Police Department has trained officers in de-escalation and problem
solving techniques. As part of this, officers are encouraged to provide
homeless with information on how to access services. The Handbook for the
Streets is published by Saint Stephen’s Outreach, and printed and electronic
versions are used by officers to help connect citizens with services.
homeless is not a crime, but we know persons who are homeless have higher rates
of substance abuse, mental health problems, and police contacts. Citizens
are encouraged to call 911 for any person who appears to be in crisis or needs
medical attention. In order to avoid becoming victimized, we recommend
citizens to not engage with panhandlers: Instead, citizens who wish to
make change should consider providing donations to organizations who help
Upgraded Pedestrian Crossing at Hazelwood St. and Saint Johns
Works was contacted by the property manager of the new Hazelwood Medical
Center. They had concerns about the pedestrian crossing at the
intersection of Hazelwood Street and Saint John’s Boulevard. They had
seen an increase in the number of patients walking between Saint John’s
Hospital and the Hazelwood Medical Center. The intersection was signed
and stripped for pedestrian, but they wanted to know if there were any
additional improvements that could be made that would further alert drivers
that there may be a pedestrian crossing the intersection.
Works purchased and installed a solar pedestrian crossing sign. These
signs look very much like typical pedestrian signs. However, these signs
include a button which activates the LED lights that surround the edge of the
pedestrian sign. These type of signs are more effective than a
continuously flashing signs due to the fact that the signs only flash when
being used by a pedestrian. Thereby, alerting drivers that something is
different then what they are used to seeing.
thank you to the Public Works staff that helped with the installation of the
A quick update on a few items being addressed from Thursday’s
o Public Works crews are pumping the Edgerton Pond near the Forest
Lawn Cemetery. This is the location that we installed a system that
allows us to do this pumping a few years ago.
o Public Works crews are pumping a pond near Ripley Avenue south of
the Edgerton Pond.
o We have some flooding out at Markham Pond. We have contacted
Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District about this issue. Their outlet
appears to be partially blocked which is slowing down the drainage of this
system. The flooding is impacting the soccer fields. We did check
with Park and Recreation and they are done using the fields for the year so
there should be no impacts to any programs.
o We had one tree that was down, but Public Works crews have removed
ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMIC
Work Begins on New Panera Bread Location.
work began this week of the former Bremer Bank location at 2965 White Bear
Avenue – just east of the Maplewood Mall. The building is being taken down to
make way for a new Panera Bread restaurant building that will start
construction later this fall. The new Panera Bread location is expected to open
for operation by next summer.
Frost English Silver Grand Opening – October 3, 4 -7 p.m.
October 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. Sherman Associates will be hosting a grand opening
celebration for its opening of Frost English Silver, Sherman’s new luxury
residences (55 ) in the City of Maplewood . To R.S.V.P. please firstname.lastname@example.org by
October 1. The formal program will begin at 4:40 p.m. Frost English Silver is
phase 2 of this overall redevelopment project and consists of 107 market-rate
senior housing units located near the intersection of Frost Avenue and English
Street. For more information on this project please visit www.frostenglishsilver.com.
great weekend! Mike