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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 22

October 19th, 2018

Posted on October 22, 2018 at 8:54 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  October 19th, 2018

Meetings and Announcements:   
Our next City Council meeting and Manager Workshop will be held on Thursday,  October 25th The workshop start time will start at 5:30 p.m.  Items to be discussed will be: Tobacco 21 Advocates and Update on the Gold Line BRT

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!  

New Calendar Approach

Please note that I have prepared a monthly calendar that will add all events and meetings where Council members should attend or have been invited. The calendar will be updated weekly but the intent is try to give you these activities so you can sync with your own work or family calendars. Eventually, we hope to have this on the Maplewood Intranet page so you can check on the calendars from any of your devices. This is a work in progress so note there may be some glitches until this if fully functional for everyone.

Updates from Staff and Council:

ADMINISTRATION

Report from SPRWS:  I did receive the response from SPRWS addressing our concerns with compliance with the existing CUP.  After staff has reviewed this information, we will send out a report to City Council with our assessment and also discuss options for how to share this with the neighborhood.

  

PUBLIC WORKS          

Van Dyke North of City Hall

The pavement condition of VanDyke Street, just north of City Hall, has deteriorated to the point where filling potholes is no longer effective.  This street is part of a future CIP project that will take place sometime in the next 6-10 years.  This week Public Works crews overlaid the street with a thin layer of pavement which will act essentially as large band aid for the street until it can be reconstructed.  This is a temporary fix as the pavement failures below the overlay are still there and will eventually make their way to the surface.  This overlay will help hold the street together and provide some relief for the residents that utilize this road until it is reconstructed.    

CITY CLERK

Foster Dogs, by Andrea Sindt - At a recent council meeting, the topic of fostering dogs was raised.  Staff has surveyed other cities and spoken with Animal Control regarding how foster dogs are handled.  Research has shown most cities do not address fostering in their code but a few do have an administrative plan for working with properties which foster.  Commonly, upon demand, fosters are required to produce paperwork from the Rescue Organization regardless of whether the city also requires the animal to be licensed or grants extensions from licensing.  All cities seem to maintain their pet limit regardless of dogs being resident or foster and work within their licensing guidelines to accommodate fosters.  

 

Currently, pups under 4 months and dogs on site for less than 30 days are exempt from licensing in Maplewood.  On average, the length of fostering a dog is 3 months. Animal Control uses this information as they balance the complaint and the foster situation to arrive at the best solution for all parties.

 

In Person Absentee voting is in full force!  650 ballots have been received from Maplewood voters. Of this number we have assisted 200 voters at City Hall and next week we will be conducting on-site nursing home facility voting.

Again, this election will have the seven day Early Voting period.  This will be October 30 – November 5 at 12 locations throughout Ramsey county.  During this period, any Maplewood voter can cast their vote at any of these early voting location.

For a listing and hours please see https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/elections-voting/voters/vote-election-day/early-voting

 

PARKS AND RECREATION 

Deer Management

Metro Bowhunter’s Resource Base is partnering with Maplewood and Ramsey County again this year to conduct bowhunt deer removal at 3 sites in Maplewood:  Fish Creek, Priory Preserve, and Battle Creek Regional Park.  Fish Creek and Priory Preserves are closed during hunts and signs will be posted.  The City sends letters to residents near the Priory Preserve.   The county notifies people about the other sites.

Fish Creek and Priory Hunts:
  • Fri-Sun  October 19, 20, 21
  • Fri-Sun  November 9, 10, 11

Battle Creek Park

Mon-Wed   November 5, 6, 7

The City is also planning on sharpshooting removals this winter.  Staff is meeting with partners from USDA, Ramsey County, and St. Paul to determine logistics later this month.  The focus will again be on south Maplewood.

 

MN Conservation Corps at Fish Creek

The Minnesota Conservation Corps (MCC) has been doing great things at Fish Creek. Both the youth MCC crew (15-18 year-olds) and an adult MCC crew (18-25 year-olds) are working hard fixing fencing to protect trees from deer, removing locust and buckthorn, and sowing additional see in the rain basins.

MCC comes to Fish Creek via a grant Mississippi Park Connection (MPC) coordinated for several partners.  We typically pay about $1000/day for an MCC adult crew and the grant covers that cost.  The focus of the grant is enhancing forests and woodlands within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, to help reforestation in an era of Emerald Ash borer  

News from local newspapers or other agencies.

North End Transportation Concern Council Candidates - Reference:  City Council candidates

Smooth Transition to full-time Fire Department – Reference: Chief Steve Lukin

That’s the news for this week.  I hope you all have a great weekend. - Melinda