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Posted on June 24, 2019 at 9:32 AM by Chad Bergo
Meetings and Announcements:
Workshop and Meeting is Monday, June 24th. Workshop
start time is 5:30 pm. We will continue our report on the CIP
as well as a presentation on the Communications Plan and Department
Presentation. (please bring your CIP document).
We will be setting up a booth at Hazelwood Park for Council and ENR use.
Please contact Audra if you want to use the space. Thanks
Registrar Grant Reimbursement
Department of Public Safety has awarded the Maplewood Driver and Vehicle
Services Division a grant in the amount of $124,178.44, pursuant to the Special
Session Laws of 2019. The grant was based on transaction counts and is
intended to reimburse Deputy Registrars for overtime and other costs incurred
as part of the failed MN LARS system. We are currently reviewing staffing
and technology options to alleviate the backload of work and provide more
efficient service. MN LARS will be replaced by a new system that has been
tested and proven in other states. However, we still expect the
transition to be disruptive and it is unlikely that the new system will speed
up the process. The Minnesota Deputy Registrar Association has been
lobbying for a fee increase and it appeared to have some support in the
legislature this year. If this legislation passes, the increased fee will
support the additional staff person that we are hoping to hire.
Work began this Thursday to remove
the old playground equipment, concrete and gravel at Wakefield Park to make
room for the new and improved play environment that is scheduled to be
completed by the end of August. Having Park Maintenance/Public Works Crews do
this work enabled the City to get a lot more play value built in to the
The Communications Team created the
following video to help us inform the public of the exciting changes to come.
YouTube Link (v1, 22s): https://youtu.be/Yu5j9ZFxFwM
Movie Night at the Bruentrup Farm
It was another perfect night for a
Community Event on Tuesday, June 18th! This time it was Movie Night
at the Bruentrup Farm. Gates opened at
5:30pm with the movie starting at 6:30pm. The movie shown was Ralph Breaks the
Internet, which was chosen by the public through voting on social media. The
400 attendees enjoyed activities performed by our special event staff that
included temporary tattoo and colored hairspray stations, a jump castle, and
yard games. The petting zoo was also a huge hit where people got to play with a
miniature llama, miniature horse, goats, rabbits, chickens and more!
The Maplewood Historical Society sold
a ton of hot dogs, burgers, popcorn and root beer floats and Ramsey County
Library joined in on the fun by signing people up for library cards and doing
crafts with the kids.
Thank you to the Maplewood Police and
Fire Departments for stopping by. Participants enjoyed the police cars,
ambulance and hanging out with Public Safety Staff.
The Parks & Rec special event
staff did a great job leading the activities and creating a fun and welcoming
environment and received many thanks and shout outs on social media from the
See attached photos from this event.
AT EDGERTON COMMUNITY GARDEN!
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 6:00-7:30PM
FREE DROP-IN EVENT
Celebrate the 10 year anniversary and
grand reopening of Edgerton Community Garden and the new improvements installed
this past year including ADA accessible beds and water spigots. The ribbon
cutting takes place at 6:30pm followed by tours
and pollinator planting that starts
at 7:00pm. Other activities include a scavenger hunt, seed art crafts and
treats – fun for the whole family!
Rush Line – Tuesday on the Trails
The following is a list of dates,
times, and locations of upcoming Tuesday on Trails public engagement events for
the Rush Line project:
· Tuesday, June 25: Intersection of Bruce Vento Trail and Gervais
Avenue, 4-6 p.m.
News from local sources or partners
Reference: City Council, Marylee Abrams, Kathleen Juenemann, Scott Nadeau
Reference: City Council
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. Let
me know if you have any comments or questions with the Council packet or other