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Posted on December 31, 2018 at 10:20 AM by Chad Bergo
Meetings and Announcements:
The next City Council and Council Manager Workshop will be held on Monday, January 14th. Workshop will start at 6 pm and we will discuss the selection process for Council and Mayor Replacement.
State of the City is Thursday, January 10th at 11 am to 1 pm at the MCC/YMCA. If you have not done so, please contact Joe Sheeran to discuss your comments for the State of the City Address.
Experienced Officials: 2019 Leadership Conference
Various Dates & Locations in February
Discover the keys to effective leadership as you learn how to use communication styles to build understanding and trust, discover tips to communicate clearly, and explore how you can effectively engage others to work better as a team. Plus, build connections with newly elected and experienced city officials.
Save the Date! 2019 Legislative Conference for Cities
February 20-21—St. Paul
Your city has a voice! Join more than 150 city officials at the Capitol and make sure city priorities are heard. Just six weeks into the session, you'll hear updates on what's been happening so far, get tips on how to advocate effectively, and more! Please let Lois know if you would like to attend.
Updates from Staff and Council:
I have completed my comments for the Goals and Accomplishments for my annual performance review process. Mike will be contacting you about logging into Neo Gov to fill out your review comments. Let Lois know if you need to come in and use a computer or would like to check out a laptop for easier access to this software. Thank you.
Community Development Director update
Mike and I have completed the review of applications for the Director position. We have scheduled the first round of interviews for January 8th and 9th. We will be interviewing 6 candidates.
Consultant Pool Interviews
City staff is also holding interviews with 12 Planning and Engineering firms to create a consultant pool for a new term of 5 years. Interviews will also be held the week of January 7th.
Census 2020; Complete Count Committee
Ramsey County recently established a joint Complete Count Committee (CCC) to prepare for the 2020 Census. Maplewood is working with Ramsey County and other county municipalities on this effort. A member of Maplewood’s planning staff will be involved with the CCC and attend all of its meetings. The CCC is bringing together representatives from local government, community organizations, faith-based groups, education, media, and the local business community. Members will work together to raise awareness about the upcoming census and encourage participation, especially among historically undercounted communities. We expect the committee to meet quarterly through spring 2020. Subcommittees may meet more often.
A complete, accurate census count is necessary for equal political representation, fair distribution of federal and state funding, and sound planning and investment in infrastructure, real estate, business development, and public policy and programming.
Trails Edge Apartments
Earlier this week, the building permit for the new Trails Edge Apartment building was submitted to Community Development for review. Trails Edge is a 152-unit market-rate apartment building and will be built on 5.6 acres of vacant land north of Costco. Grading and footing work will begin in January and total construction is expected to last almost a year. The developer is shooting for a late 2019 opening. Pictured below is a rendering of what this building will look like once completed.
Tono Pizzeria and Cheesecake – 3088 White Bear Avenue
This week staff received a building permit application for a new pizza and cheesecake restaurant to be located at 3088 White Bear Avenue. This is the location of the new commercial building that was built this year and replaced the former Bakers Square. This pizzeria will fill out the remaining lease space in this building. The other two tenants of this building include a dental clinic and cell phone store.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Youth Dance Performance
Sunday, December 16 marked one of our favorite times of the year – recital day! Our fabulous youth dancers got to perform on the Ashland Productions Stage at the MCC/YMCA which was packed with family and friend cheering them on. This season’s theme was the Nutcracker Suite and showcased everything from ballet and tap to hip hop. The next season of dance begins on February 4 and we are excited that weekly classes will be held in the New Wakefield Community Building.
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2018/12/26/maplewood-mayor-stepping-down-head-met-council Reference: Nora Slawik
http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2018/12/26/53a-rep-elect-part-state’s-first-asian-pacific-caucus Reference: Tou Xiong
http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2018/12/19/myth-liquor-license-approved Reference: Nora Slawik, Bryan Smith, Kathy Juenemann
Please see: Maplewood faced with 2 openings Star Tribune 12.28.18. Reference: Nora Slawik, Bryan Smith and Melinda Coleman
Below is a summary of highlights and accomplishments from the TAB in 2018 by Elaine Koutsoukos
Highlights of 2018 work:
I enjoyed working with all of you in 2018 and wish you a very Happy 2019!
TAB Coordinator | Transportation Advisory Board
P. 651.602.1717 | F. 651.602.1739
390 North Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
This is the last FYI for the year! I wish you all a happy and healthy new year. Melinda