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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 13

May 10, 2019

Posted on May 13, 2019 at 10:43 AM by Chad Bergo

Meetings and Announcements:   

  • Next Council Workshop and Meeting on Monday, May 13.  Workshop start time is 5:00 pm. We are starting at 5 pm to accommodate the schedule of Attorney Bob Vose, to discuss the Comcast Franchise Renewal.
  • The Council Calendar for April and May is Attached. Most of the events included in the Council packet calendar have now been loaded on to this calendar
  • Bike Rodeo and Safety Fair- See attached flyer for details. Event is May 14th from 6-8 pm at the Gladstone Fire Station                                                                                                         

Updates from Staff and Council:

PARKS AND RECREATION

Successful Tree Sale
Maplewood’s first ever online tree sale yielded solid results, with citizens purchasing 125 trees. Based on estimates, the city initially ordered 150 trees. Despite falling just short of our goal, the representative from Tree Trust, our sales partner, says for a first-time sale this is an awesome result. The city canceled delivery of the 25 unsold trees at no cost. Tree Trust will deliver the trees next Friday, May 17th for citizens to pick up on Saturday and Monday.  With Emerald Ash Borer hitting Maplewood hard, this online tree sale gave the city an opportunity for citizens to buy trees at just $40 to help maintain our urban forest and tree canopy.

 

Troop 461 Adopts Wakefield Park

The most recent addition to our Adopt- A- Park program is Scout Troop 461. We received the following email from their leader about their first cleanup effort. We are so grateful to all of the wonderful people, both young and old that donate their time to help beautify Maplewood Parks!

 

Hello, 

Just wanted to inform that per our Adopt a Park agreement, Scout Troop 461 was at Wakefield Monday evening (5/6/2019) to pick up litter.  We were able to pick up around the construction area, the play equipment and the pavilion. We were unable to do the large open field closest to Frost as a group was there playing ball. We plan to go back later this month to do the area around the lake/pond and to pick up any large sticks or branches on the ground.  We were able to collect a lawn-size garbage bag worth of trash and dispose of it off site. The night ended in a little Frisbee so we all had fun! 

Anne Retzloff

 

Sci Girls Program at the Nature Center

Sci Girls and ELPIS teamed up with nature center staff to build bat houses and learn about all about bats. Sci Girls is based on the PBS TV show “Sci Girls”; – a program showcasing girls learning about science; and supported with curriculum and activities for any who want to have their own group at home.  ELPIS is a local non-profit that provides job and work training for young adults through several social enterprises, including wood working workshops such as building bat houses. 

 

Sixteen Sci Girls ages 9-13 years old spent the day learning about homesteading and Minnesota bats and then built bat houses out of reclaimed cedar fencing with ELPIS leaders, Nature Center staff and volunteers.

 

PUBLIC WORKS

County Road B and I-35E Road Closure

Ramsey County is closing down County Road be just west of the I-35E bridge due to flooding over the road.  The county will be pumping the water over the weekend and anticipates being able to open the road on Monday.

https://www.twincities.com/2019/05/07/tired-of-potholes-one-maplewood-resident-went-to-menards-and-fixed-them-himself/  Reference:  Bryan Smith, Steve Love

 

Xcel County Road B Gas Main Replacement

County Road B between Prosperity Road and White Bear Avenue was closed this week as Xcel starts their gas main replacement project.  One of the methods that Xcel is using to keep residents informed about the project is a door hanger.  Approximately one week prior work beginning in an area Xcel will distribute this door hanger.

NEWS FROM PRINT AND OTHER PARTNERS

From the Pioneer Press. https://www.twincities.com/2019/05/07/tired-of-potholes-one-maplewood-resident-went-to-menards-and-fixed-them-himself/   Reference:  Bryan Smith, Steve Love (Both Mayor Abrams and Steve Love had follow up conversations with the residents in this article).