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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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Jul 12

July 12, 2019

Posted on July 12, 2019 at 12:55 PM by Chad Bergo

Meetings and Announcements:   

        

The next Council Meeting is July 22nd. The Workshop will start at 5:30 pm and there will be presentations on the Public Works Department, Community Development and Big Picture 2020 Budget.

See registration information for the White Bear Chamber sponsored Governor Walz visit below. Lois has arranged for a City of Maplewood table for 8. Please let me know soon if you would like to attend.

·         Maplewood Business Council meetings (MBC) and the St. Paul Chamber Business Education Series schedule of events is listed below:

August / 3-4:30 p.m.                                      Business Education Series – Healthcare Affordability [Shoreview]

September 26 / 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.                MBC – Public Safety Update-MCC/YMCA

October 8 / 7:30 – 9 a.m.                               Business Education Series – Benefits Other Than Pay [Shoreview]

October or November                                   Business Engagement Breakfast

December 10 / 3-4:30 p.m.                          Business Education Series – 8 Metrics to Success [Roseville]

TBD – to be rescheduled                      Business Education Series – HR practices [Roseville]

                                                                                                       


Updates from Staff and Council:

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

First Avenue Connection

Council member Smith, Jeff Thomson and myself met with the Dayna and Byron Frank, the owners of First Avenue and several other music venues. We met on Tuesday and discussed the possibilities of music venues in Maplewood. It was a very positive meeting and we are planning to send them information on the North End Study and meet again to do a tour of available spaces in Maplewood, including the Sears Building. They seemed interested in coming to Maplewood if we can find them the right location.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

 

4TH OF JULY LIGHT IT UP MAPLEWOOD – A SUCCESS!

With the exception of a 20 minute downpour, it turned out to be a beautiful night for a party at Hazelwood on July 4th! There was something for everyone –3MWizards, vendor booths, a bean bag tourney, tattoo and glitter hair booths, game stations and of course giant inflatables. 

The food vendors and our event partners the Dog House Bar & Grill kept everyone satisfied with delicious food and drink. Mayor Abrams and Councilmember Neblett handed out hundreds of the famous City Council fans that were much appreciated on such a warm afternoon.

The roving circus performers(especially the stilt walker) were a hit with kids and parents alike, stopping to take photos and even dancing with the crowd. Good for Gary lit up the stage and energized the crowd with a wide array of hits and built up the excitement for the upcoming fireworks show which went off without a hitch.

 

This was definitely a team effort across many City Departments and we are looking forward to next year!

 

These are a few of the comments that were posted online after the event:

Thank you for an AWESOME show tonight!! My little family loved it.

They were so excited to see the stilt walker!

Thank you so much for the awesome celebration you put out for the community!! My granddaughters had so much fun (they are 10 & 11) & they even said the fireworks are better than the ones they saw in Stillwater!!?

We had an awesome time! Thank you for another great year!

What a great night! Great food! Great band! Spectacular fireworks! Definitely will go again next year. Thank you for a great night!

AGREED! My family said it’s the best 4th of July they’ve ever had

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

White Bear Avenue Parade and Fair

The rain stopped and the sun shined just in time for a great White Bear Avenue Parade. Our two newest council members, Sylvia Neblet and Bill Knutson, came through the parade in the city’s two newest public safety vehicles with Mayor Marylee Abrams. Thanks to a grant our police and fire department acquired the two ATV-type vehicles, which will help them better navigate Maplewood’s many parks and trails along with better public safety support for big events like the 4th of July Celebration.  A great crowd turned out for the parade, which also marks the kick off to the Ramsey County Fair.   

 

PUBLIC WORKS

 

Gladstone Phase 3 Update

 

A lot of work has been completed on Frost Avenue between White Bear Avenue and Prosperity Avenue.  In the image below you can see the existing street width where all the construction vehicles are and how the new roadway looks with the narrowed street and the sidewalk in place.  This week the contractor is paving first lift of pavement on this section and next week they will be paving the trail on the south side of Frost Avenue.

 

 

Upcoming Meetings and Important Dates:

The following are a couple of upcoming meetings and important dates related to the Public Works Department:

 

·         Wednesday, July 17th – Ramsey County will be hosting the Rush Line Community Advisory Committee at the Maplewood Fire Station (6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

·         Thursday, July 25th – Ramsey County will be hosting the Rush Line Policy Advisory Committee at the Maplewood Community Center (2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

 

News from local sources or partners

 

https://www.twincities.com/2019/07/08/after-the-dnr-ended-its-frog-and-toad-survey-maplewood-volunteers-refused-to-quit/    Reference: Carol Gernes

 

http://www.startribune.com/maplewood-police-paramedics-launch-mental-health-team/512238992/  Reference  Ashley Bergeron, Emily Burt-McGregor, Rochelle Hawthorne, Michael Mondor, Mike Dugas, Joseph Bergeron

 

 

ENJOY THIS WARM WEEKEND. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THE FYI ITEMS.  MELINDA