COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK
Meetings and Announcements:
The next Council Meeting is August 12. The Workshop will
start at 5:30 pm and there will be department presentations from Public Works,
Public Safety, Community Development; and the 2020 Budget.
National Night Out, Tuesday August 6
City Staff will email a revised map to you on Monday. As of today, the party list has been updated
to reflect the latest changes. On
Monday, you can communicate through Lois on which parties you’re planning to
attend. Lois, in turn, will assist in coordinating where all the council
members will be.
Parks And Recreation Commission(PRC) Parks Tour
The PRC and staff will be taking a parks tour on August 19 from
4:30pm – 7:00pm to check out recent improvements as well as areas/facilities
that pose challenges in our parks system. We will be boarding the bus at 4:15pm
at City Hall, and returning to City Hall around 7:00pm. The tour will include a
stop at the Wakefield Community Building for dinner.
We would love to have the Mayor and Council join us and if
interested, please contact Audra Robbins by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone: 651-249-2125.
Updates from Staff and Council:
Strategic Plan - As previously reported, Mike Funk and Lois Knutson
participated in a webinar that showcased the city’s strategic plan. There were nearly 200 attendees that watched
the presentation and heard about our success story to construct a high
functioning strategic plan.
Additionally, we have been highlighted in a case study – which has given
Maplewood broader exposure. See
County Road B/Xcel Update - Xcel will be working on the restoration of County Road B
next week between Van Dyke Street and Ariel Street. They are anticipating their work will be
completed to the point where they will be able to open up County Road B from
White Bear Avenue to Hazel Street, at a minimum, following this work. This will restore access to City Hall from
White Bear Avenue on County Road B.
Ramsey County is planning on doing a mill and overlay of
that part of County Road B that Xcel has been working between Prosperity Road
and Henry Street in North St. Paul. They
are anticipating that this work will take place towards the end of September or
early October. This will be dependent on
Xcel’s schedule and the weather.
Farrell-Ferndale – Gas Service Replacement - Jon Jarosch and I met with a representative of Xcel Energy
this week regarding the work Xcel Energy did in the Farrell-Ferndale
neighborhood while the City’s street project was being constructed. Xcel Energy was notified by their pipe
supplier that there has been a recall on some of the gas service pipe material
that was utilized on this project. There
are about 21 gas services in this neighborhood which are affected by this
recall. In September Xcel Energy will be
replacing the affected gas services.
They will be notifying the residents by mail prior to the work taking
place. This letter will explain the
reason the work will be taking place and provide residents with contact
information if they have any questions or concerns. This work will take place in the boulevard
and yard areas. The street will not need
to be disturbed as part of the project.
Street Sweeping - The MPCA has guidelines on how to properly dispose of street
sweeping. To meet the MPCA disposal
guidelines the Public Works Department rents a screener to separate the sand
from dirt and organics. The sand is
taken to a quarry where they use it as fill material in their operations and
the dirt, organics, and other materials are disposed of at an industrial waste
site per MPCA requirements. This process
also save the City money as the cost of disposal at the industrial waste site
is significantly higher than the cost of the sand disposal at the quarry site.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Nature Center Junior Volunteers - The Maplewood Nature Center Junior Volunteers program is
coming to a close for the summer – what an awesome group of young people! These 10-14 year olds helped clear the trail
at the Nature Center, plant native plants in the demonstration gardens, take
care of the Nature Play Yard, and more, all while learning, spending time in
nature, and making fun nature discoveries together.
Maple Pond Apartments Community Outreach Event - On 7/30/19 Maplewood Police conducted a Community Outreach
event at the Maple Pond Apartments on Beebe Road. Maple Pond is a large complex of mostly
subsidized housing. The Police partnered
with Fire, Recreation, Metro Transit, the Census Bureau, the YMCA, Ramsey
County Sheriff, Public Works and other partners in an event that helped to
build relationships with both adults and kids in the complex. There were about 150 residents that attended
and it was a great night to hear the thoughts and concerns of residents and
give them information that could both assist them, and inform them about the
great things happening in Maplewood. Our
next public safety community outreach event (other than National Night Out) is
scheduled for the Mississippi Street Apartments on 8/13/19 where we will be
spending some time with our Karen community members.
Trash and Recycling Contract Negotiations - Staff has been meeting frequently with Republic Services and
Tennis Sanitation to negotiate new hauling contracts which are slated to begin
in January 2020. These two companies were the preferred companies selected by
the city’s solid waste RFP selection committee - Republic Services for trash
and Tennis Sanitation for recycling. Council then directed staff to negotiate
contracts with the two haulers. In order to stay within a timeline that ensures
new contracts are in place before year end staff intends to bring the proposed
contracts to council in September for approval.
Staff is satisfied with the progress being made in
negotiations with both haulers at this point. If in the next week staff feels
progress has stalled and we will not be able to move forward with either of the
haulers we will discuss options - including selecting another hauler - with the
council at its workshop on August 12.
2040 Comprehensive Plan - Metropolitan Council staff is recommending approval of
Maplewood’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The Metropolitan Council begins its formal
review of the plan on Monday, August 5 at its Community Development Committee.
The full Metropolitan Council is expected to approve Maplewood’s plan on August
28. Assuming this schedule, Maplewood staff will bring the 2040 Comprehensive
Plan to the city council in September for final adoption which will complete
the plan update process and officially put the plan in effect. Once the plan is
finally adopted, staff will begin the process of making all required zoning
amendments to ensure consistency between the city’s zoning code and
North End Vision Plan - Staff will be bringing the draft North End Vision Plan to
the planning commission on August 20 for its final review and recommendation.
After this meeting, the city council will be asked to consider final adoption
of the plan in September. Staff will then work on the implementation process of
this vision which will include zoning amendments and discussions with the EDA.
Have a great weekend. –Mike