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July 19, 2019

Posted on July 22, 2019 at 7:47 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  July 19th, 2019


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.

Governor Walz will be at the White Bear Chamber Meeting at 8-9 am at the MCC/YMCA on Tuesday, July 23rd. We have a full table of 8 but call Mike Funk if you would like to attend, he will work to get you a seat.

Updates from Staff and Council:

 

PUBLIC SAFETY-news from Chief Nadeau

 

This week Maplewood Police conducted three community outreach events.  Two of our community outreach events were focused on multi-family housing complexes/communities including Emma's Place and the Rolling Hills community.  These two communities are also culturally and ethnically diverse.  The Rolling Hills community contains a large Hispanic population while Emma's Place serves lower-income families of all races, cultures, and ethnicities.  Both of these outreach events included partnerships with Metro Transit who came out and discussed low priced fares and other programs they offer, Maplewood Fire Department, Maplewood Parks & Rec., Maplewood Public Works, the YMCA, and the US Census Bureau who came out to encourage all citizens to be counted.  Connecting with residents and ensuring that we have an inclusive community are important elements of the cities strategic plan.

The third event was the 2nd Annual Cops & Bobbers event held at Spoon Lake.  This event included Maplewood Fire, Maplewood Police Reserves, and Maplewood Police CSOs interacting with, mostly kids, and teaching them about fishing.  According to Commander Shortreed, he thought there were about 60-70 people present at the event.  One Facebook message received was a photo of a young girl with a fish and the comment that she caught her first fish with us.  Councilmember Knutson was also able to join in the fishing fun.

On Wednesday the department was notified that we had been awarded $190,000 over two years for the purpose of hiring a dedicated auto theft investigator through an auto theft grant.  The City of Maplewood has had a high rate of auto theft for many years, partially owing to the number of car dealerships, as well as apartments and retail areas where cars are often stolen.  This funding, which covers the full wage and benefits for an investigator, will be focused on both auto theft and theft from autos in our city.  We are one of only a few cities to qualify for a full-time funded position and applaud Sgt. Mike Nye of the Police Department for putting together a professional and convincing grant application. 

HR

 

T-21 Update

The City Clerk’s office has fielded several questions from the business community with concerns regarding potential changes to the current ordinance.  Staff wants you to be aware that you may be contacted as well.  

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

 

Wakefield playground update:

In spite of the weather, we’ve gotten a jumpstart on the installation of the new play equipment at Wakefield Park and it is coming along nicely! Our target completion date is the end of August and with any luck, it will be done sooner.

  

PUBLIC WORKS

City staff has hired SEH to assist the City of Maplewood with an evaluation of intersection control and sight distance at Keller Parkway/County Road C.

This intersection is an all-way stop t-intersection. Concern has been expressed from a property owner on the south side of County Road C east of Keller Parkway. That concern is that motorists do not stop and in particular, northbound and southbound drivers on Keller Parkway making turning onto County Road C don’t stop. Therefore, it is alleged that the egress from that property’s driveway is difficult and unsafe

 

Upcoming Meetings and Important Dates:

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

·       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/2019/07/12/after-720k-and-3-missed-deadlines-st-paul-police-say-software-company-broke-contract/  Reference:  Kerry Crotty