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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 29

October 26th, 2018

Posted on October 29, 2018 at 9:02 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  October 26th, 2018

 

Meetings and Announcements:    

Our next City Council meeting and Manager Workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 13th.  The workshop will start at 6:00 p.m.  We will be discussing the EDA Programs and Responsibilities.

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.

 

ADMINISTRATION

Report from SPRWS:  Attached you will find the response from SPRWS addressing our concerns with compliance with the existing CUP.  In addition, there is a summary that was prepared by Shann Finwall that defines where the SPRWS is in compliance and where they are not. It is my recommendation that we set a public hearing date to discuss and amend the CUP. I will discuss the timing of this with Mayor Slawik. 

 

Strengths Training: In recent weeks, I conducted 3 Strengths Training sessions for Public Safety staff and others who have been unable to attend training in the past. We had approximately 80 employees come spend 3 hours to learn about their strengths and how their talents can be harnessed to define who they are and be more successful in our work and relationships. It was a lot of fun to meet the new Fire staff and get to know all of the participants better. Besides training and coaching activities we have an Engagement and Strengths committee that meets to plan ways to better engage employees through Strengths exercises and other events. 

 

EEDD

North End Working Group Kick-Off Meeting

The first meeting of the North End Working Group was held Wednesday evening this week at the Maplewood location of the Ramsey County Library. Between 20-25 members of the working group were in attendance to kick off this important visioning and planning process. The two-hour meeting included Jay Demma from Perkins Will – the city’s planning consultant – walking through the market study and other relevant data affecting the North End. After the data presentation, we broke out the markers and asked members to draw their big ideas, concerns, opportunities and other issues affecting the neighborhood directly on a map of the North End. This meeting was marked by a lot of positive and enthusiastic energy and members indicated to staff they are looking forward to the next meeting on November 28.

  

PUBLIC WORKS          

Last Public Work’s Paving Work of 2018

With fall firmly here and winter on the horizon the Public Works crews finished their last major pavement maintenance project of the year this week.  The pavement condition of Arcade Street between Highway 36 and the Spoon Lake Bridge has continued to deteriorate and is in bad condition.  This street is not identified as part of a future CIP project within the next 10 years.  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 Consultant Pool

The Public Works Department, Environmental and Economic Development Department, and Parks and Recreation Department have been working on a process for sending out a request for Statement of Qualifications (SOQ’s) once every five years.  On Friday, October 26, 2018 requests were sent out to fourteen firms in the local area.  Staff has identified multiple service areas where the need may arise for use of outside consultants.  Firms are eligible to be retained in as many of the service areas for which they express interest and are qualified.  The goal is to review all the SOQ’s, conduct interviews as necessary, and bring forward staff’s recommendations for City Council consideration in January of 2019.  Moving forward it is the City’s plan to go through this process once every five years to ensure we are providing the best services for our residents.

 

CITY CLERK

Elections  –  Remember, the 7-day Early Voting period when designated centers are open begins on Tuesday, October 30 – Monday, November 5.  The Maplewood site is the Ramsey County Library on Southlawn.  For a full list of centers and hours.

 

New this year, all Ramsey County early voting centers (not Maplewood city hall) will be handing out “I Voted” pins to those voting.  They will also have Early Voting ads on the billboard by White Bear Ave and Hwy 36.

 

Also new this year, Ramsey County has a new initiative to get 16 & 17 year olds involved on Election Day as Student Election Judge Trainees. The County has a surplus of interested ISD 622 students and asked if Maplewood would be willing to have student judges at some 622 precincts. The County trained these students, appointed them to serve in Ramsey County and will pay them.  We are excited for this opportunity!

 

News from local newspapers or other agencies.

Landlord License Fee - Reference- Mayor Slawik, Councilmember Smith and Chief Nadeau

Denied Justice - Reference- Commander Kvam

That’s the news for this week.  Last night’s Council Meeting agenda illustrated in many ways, the rewards of public service! 

 

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Melinda