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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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Oct 01

September 28th, 2018

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 9:27 AM by Chad Bergo

Mayor and City Council,


Meetings and Announcements:   

 

·        Our next City Council meeting and Manager Workshop will be held on Monday, October 8th The workshop start time TBD. 

·        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 and other staff will be attending. We have not heard from any Council members yet. 

·        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:

FINANCE-DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES (DMV)

·        DMV Closed Today.  The State of Minnesota required all DMV offices to be closed across the state to prepare for implementation of Real ID.  Communications assisted with an aggressive notification plan to inform residents and potential customers.  Unfortunately, not everyone was aware of the office closure and had to be turned away. 

PUBLIC WORKS

·        Trail Trimming on City Trails

In Maplewood trails are maintained by several different agency including the State of Minnesota, Ramsey County, and Maplewood.  For each city trail that is maintained by the Public Works Department it is checked annually for tree branch and brush issues. This occurs each fall on a proactive basis as well as any time throughout the year we receive notice of a possible issue from trail users or from city staff. Any tree branches or brush that may impede pedestrians and or city maintenance equipment from using the trails are trimmed back.  

·        Pedestrian Crossing Improvement

Public Works was contacted and was asked to look into options for helping improve the safety of the Gateway Trail crossing at English Street.  This crossing currently has pedestrian signs, pedestrian crossing ahead signs, and a painted cross walk.  One item that was noted was that the intersection did not have any lighting to help drivers see pedestrians at night.  City staff worked with Xcel Energy to install a street light on the existing power pole.  Xcel has completed the work at no cost to the City.  The City will pay for the electricity similar to all of our city street lights.  This new light has been installed just in time to brighten up this intersection for our long winter nights.


 

Have a great weekend! Mike