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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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May 06

May 3rd, 2019

Posted on May 6, 2019 at 10:39 AM by Chad Bergo


Meetings and Announcements:   


Next Council Workshop and Meeting on Monday, May 13.  Workshop start time is TBD.

The Council Calendar for April and May . Most of the events included in the Council packet calendar have now been loaded on to this calendar as well.

Maplewood Spring Clean Up FYI

The City’s annual Spring Clean Up will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aldrich Arena.  The event provides residents with the opportunity to properly dispose of and recycle items that are not typically accepted through their curbside trash and recycling service

Residents are encouraged to bring a food or cash donation to support Second Harvest Heartland, a local food shelf.  For a full list of items accepted and fees, visit the Maplewood’s website.

City Council and Environmental and Natural Resources Commission volunteers are needed to assist with
checking in residents at the entry gate.  This is a great opportunity to meet and greet Maplewood residents, all while helping the environment.  


League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference - Please contact Lois if you would like her to register for the conference. It is asked that if you are planning on attending that you let Lois know by April 29th for the lower price for the conference. Picture1

Updates from Staff and Council:



Tenant Focus Group Meeting – Rental Housing Licensing Program

This week staff sent letters to more than 800 apartment units throughout the City inviting tenants to a focus group meeting to be held on May 15 at 5:30 p.m. This focus group meeting will be held in the new Wakefield Park Community Building and will be an opportunity for renters to provide feedback to the City on what issues they feel are important to housing in Maplewood and what their initial thoughts are on a licensing requirement. Staff intends to bring the rental housing licensing program back to Council for its consideration in June. 

North End Open House 

On May 29 the public is being invited to review and provide feedback on the vision plan for the North End. This open house will take place at the Ramsey County Library branch in Maplewood from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and the public will be able to see every step the Working Group took in developing the vision plan. The project team will take the feedback gathered at this open house to make refinements to the final, draft vision plan document. The project team is tentatively scheduled to make stops at a City Council Workshop on June 10 and the Planning Commission on June 18 to provide an update on the project. The final Working Group meeting is scheduled to take place on June 26 and the plan will then be brought back to the City Council in July to consider adoption. 


Summer Nature Walks (see attachment)

The Nature Center is offering 3 translated nature hikes this summer - June 7 in Hmong, July 19 in Somali and August 9 in Spanish.  Everyone is welcome to attend all sessions.

The translations were done by volunteers who are also helping us advertise within their communities.  A big thank you to Konnie Her, Kayd Ahmed, and Arturo Leyva, for their help translating and creating the flyers!


News From Print and Other Partners


Bergeron Memorial

·       Fox9 - Reference:  Mike Shortreed   Ashley Bergeron

·       KSTP - Reference:  Ashley Bergeron   Scott Nadeau  -  Includes Video

Myth Related

·       East Sider Review News - Reference:  Kathleen Juenemann, Scott Nadeau, Bryan Smith, Marylee Abrams

·       East Sider Review News - Reference:  City Council, Kathleen Juenemann


 Have a great weekend.   –Mike