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Mar 03

March 1, 2019

Posted on March 3, 2019 at 4:35 PM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  March 1, 2019


Meetings and Announcements:   

             

More Snow!  The Public Works crew will be out plowing this afternoon.   Timing will depend on snow levels.

Home Massage Business.  You may be contacted by a resident, Trevor Brown.  Mr. Brown seeks a home based business permit to open a message based business at his place of residence.  City Code prohibits home based message business in residential zoned areas, but does allow them in commercial zoned properties.  Staff has conveyed this information to Mr. Brown along with some viable options he could pursue.  He seems intent on wanting the code changed and may be contacting you. 

Commission openings- we have had a large number of applicants for the openings. In addition, we notified the Council applicants of the openings and are giving them time to apply if they are interested. We will break down the interview sessions into 2 workshops (March 11th and March 25th).

 

The Council Calendar for March is Attached. 


Updates from Staff and Council:

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Carver Elementary Family Learning Night, from Audra Robbins

Maplewood Parks and Recreation was asked to participate in the Carver Elementary Family Learning Night Event on Thursday, February 28 and we were happy to oblige! We also invited Police and Fire to join us which was much appreciated by the school staff.

 

Students and their families were served dinner and then made the rounds to different stations throughout the school. We provided family games, an information table and the bouncy castle and Public Safety hosted “dress like a police officer/firefighter” stations complete with photo opp.

 

It was a great opportunity to connect with our south Maplewood families and share information about parks, recreation programming, and public safety.

 

ADMINISTRATION

Wunderkammer Event, by Joe Sheeran 

The City of Maplewood, east metro governments, Sundance Family Foundation and nonprofit partners, hosted nearly 300 high school students this week for a unique employment fair. The aim was to boost access to current job opportunities and awareness about well-paying public sector careers. Those who participated were impressed at the number of students and their level of engagement and interaction at the booths. This was an excellent opportunity to continue Maplewood’s community outreach mission. Thanks to all of you who help organize your colleagues from other agencies to make this a success.  

See photos at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2799159713460091&type=1&l=f4f900001f

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

North End Working Group Meeting, from Mike Martin

The North End Working Group met this week to further review and refine potential land use and redevelopment scenarios for the North End. The Project Team again used Legos as an instrument to help attendees visualize height and massing of potential development. Multiple concepts have been developed from input received directly from the Working Group and outreach meetings the city has been conducting with land and business owners in the area. Outside of the Working Group meetings, the project team is meeting directly with major land owners in the area to review these proposed concepts.

 

The Working Group next meets on March 27 at 6 p.m. at the Gladstone Fire Station where the project team will reveal a single, unified draft vision for the North End.

 

Rental Housing License Program – Second Outreach Meeting, from Mike Martin

City Staff will be holding the second of two planned community meetings next Tuesday to solicit feedback from landlords, renters and other community members interested in weighing in on the proposed rental housing license program.  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 “nonhomesteaded.”

 

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 next community meeting, staff will bring this issue back to the Housing and Economic Development Commission and City Council at meetings in April for further discussion.

 

Below is information for the next meeting. (also shown in Council Calendar- see attached)

Date: Tuesday March 5, 2019

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Venue: Fire Station No. 2

1955 Clarence St, Maplewood

 


 

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

https://www.twincities.com/2019/02/22/after-maplewood-standoff-free-citizen-with-apparent-pig-shaped-f-the-police-explosive-charged/  Reference:  Chief Scott Nadeau

http://www.startribune.com/east-metro-cities-counties-sharpen-job-recruitment-strategies/506524322/  Reference:  Joe Sheeran



Have a great weekend. 

Mike