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Feb 11

February 8, 2019

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 10:49 AM by Chad Bergo


Meetings and Announcements:             

  • The next City Council and Council Manager Workshop will be held on Monday, February 11th.  Workshop will start at 5:30 pm and the time will be devoted to interviewing the top 4 candidates for the vacant city council seats. We will swear in the new Council members at the beginning of the Council meeting. We will also select seat locations as follows: Mayor in the middle, then Kathy selects, next Bryan and then the top vote getter gets fourth pick.
  • Council Photographer Coming-   Joe Sheeran has arranged for a photographer to come on February 25th prior and during our Council meeting. Please plan on arriving at 4:15 for individual shots. We will do a group photo prior to the Council meeting. Let me know if you are unable to get to city hall by 4:15. Thanks. As usual we will have food prior to the workshop at 5:30 pm.
  • City Offices Closed February 18th- Presidents Day


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.

The Roseville Area League of Women Voters which includes Lauderdale, Falcon Heights, Little Canada, Maplewood and Roseville will host a presentation of an updated study on the Metropolitan Council by the Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues of Women Voters (CMAL).  Titled Spotlight on the Metropolitan Council - Ripe for Change or Pretty Darn Good as It Is.  The program will be held on Thursday, February 19th at 6:30 p.m.  at the Autumn Grove Park Building, the corner of Lydia and Hamline Ave. in Roseville.  

A PowerPoint summary of the study will be given by Karen Schaffer, Roseville Area League member and chair of CMAL.  Interviews with mayors, city managers, and various governance professionals throughout the Metropolitan Council area were conducted to gather information on the current Metropolitan Council status.  League members within the Met Council region will vote to determine points of consensus on updating the current CMAL position.  A written report of the study including consensus questions is attached to this e-mail.

We invite you and any staff in your city with interest in the direction of the Metropolitan Council to attend this meeting.  The program is open to the public and all in attendance may participate in the discussion.  Only League members can vote on the consensus questions.  A flyer for posting is also attached.

SPRWS Suggested dates for Neighborhood Mediation Meeting are March 6 or 7. I am waiting on confirmation from the Water Utility.



Updates from Staff and Council:




City Council Appointment Press Release


For Immediate Release: February 11, 2019

Contact: Joe Sheeran, Communications Manager

651-368-2951; Joe.sheeran@maplewoodMN.gov


Maplewood to interview and choose two new council members


Maplewood – Maplewood City Council will interview four finalists vying to fill two open council seats at tonight’s (Monday, February 11th) Council Workshop. They plan to announce their appointments at the council meeting later in the evening.


“All four finalists are accomplished in their fields and respected in Maplewood and the communities they’ve served,” said Mayor Marylee Abrams. “We’re excited to hear their visions for the City, especially in the areas of economic development, livability and community engagement.”  


Finalists include a long-time healthcare executive, an education equity and civil rights advocate, a public safety leader, and a property manager for Ramsey County.


“The 18 applicants for the posts brought experiences and backgrounds as wide and as varied as the City itself,” said Councilmember Kathleen Juenemann. “We were thrilled so many talented people have a desire to serve our community. It was a challenge narrowing the list down to four finalists.”


The vacancies were triggered when former Councilmember Tou Xiong won election to legislature and when then-councilmember Abrams was appointed to mayor. She filled that role after former mayor Nora Slawik was appointed to lead the Metropolitan Council. The two council appointees will be up for reelection in November 2020.


“After an interesting 2018 election cycle, we’re eager to get back to the regular business of setting policy and direction for Maplewood,” said Councilmember Bryan Smith. “I’m looking forward to how our two new members will help us establish a bold plan for the future.”


Finalists at a glance:


William Knutson – 35-year Maplewood resident, health care executive, served on Maplewood’s EMS task force.


Sylvia Neblett – 20-year Maplewood resident, education equity and civil rights advocate, served Maplewood’s Use of Force Work Group, current Police Advisory Commission member.


Timothy Butler – 27-year Maplewood resident, St. Paul Fire Emergency Management Communications Chief, former St. Paul Fire Chief, retired Coast Guard member.


Bruce Thompson – 39-year Maplewood resident, former director of Ramsey County Property Management, current Maplewood Community Design Review Board Member.


Learn more about the candidates, go to: bit.ly/2BreEtz


City Manager Review

It is my understanding that we are waiting for Councilmember Juenemann to complete the evaluation. Mike has reached out to Nora Slawik to see if she plans to complete it. I will speak to Mayor Abrams about how to proceed with scheduling the review on a Council agenda. 




Rental Housing License Program – Outreach

City Staff will be holding two community meetings in February and March to solicit feedback from landlords, renters and other community members interested in weighing in on the proposed rental housing license program. The first meeting is being held next Tuesday – both meetings will be held at Fire Station No. 2 in Gladstone. To publicize these community meetings, letters were sent to all apartment building owners as well as to the owners of all properties that are categorized as “non-homesteaded.” Staff realizes that not all non-homesteaded properties are being used as rental units but wanted to ensure the City is getting the word out about this program in the best way possible. In addition to the letters, staff included information regarding this program and the upcoming meetings in the most recent edition of the Maplewood Living. Interested parties are also invited to provide comment via a survey which can be found at www.maplewoodmn.gov/rentalsurvey.


After the two community meetings, staff will bring this issue back to the Housing and Economic Development Commission for its April meeting and to a City Council meeting for further discussion and consideration.


Below is information for the two upcoming meetings. 

Meeting 1                                                                           Meeting 2

Date: February 12, 2019                                                Date: March 5, 2019

Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.                                                      Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Venue: Fire Station No. 2                                             Venue: Fire Station No. 2                            

1955 Clarence St, Maplewood                                    1955 Clarence St, Maplewood





Tree Sale Update

Plans are moving along well for the Tree Sale.  We are still waiting to hear back on the tree variety but Ginny Gaynor will give an update on that as soon as it is decided.

The Schedule at this point is:

                March 1 – Article in March City News, webpage up and running

March 18 –   Sale opens and notice on City webpage banner (twitter and facebook postings start)

April 1 --   April City newsletter will include our Seasons Newsletter, which will focus on trees (4 pages) and will promote the sale

May 4 – City’s Arbor Day Celebration at the Nature Center  (will take Arbor Day proclamation to council in March)

Early May – Sale Closes

May 18 – PICK UP DAY

May 20  -- pick-up evening




http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2019/02/06/maplewood-approves-plans-gold-line-station  Reference:  Bryan Smith, Kathleen Juenemann


District 622 e-news for Friday, February 8, 2019

At a Glance 

ALL parents invited to attend National African American Parent Involvement Day on Monday, February 11

No school on Monday, February 18 in honor of Presidents' Day

Kindergarten Information Night to be held on Tuesday, February 19

Points of Pride galore!

Follow the link or open the attached PDF to read this week's District 622 e-news: www.isd622.org/e-news

Have a great weekend and as always call or email if you have any questions or concerns with the content of the FYI.