COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK
Meetings and Announcements:
The next Council Meeting is Monday, 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.
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.
Reminder, register now for the August
15th RCLLG Met Council Update with Nora Slawik.
Join RCLLG and newly appointed Metropolitan Council Chair, Nora
Slawik, to hear an important and timely overview of what’s new as well as
future plans for the Met Council, particularly as it relates to communities in
Specific issues and opportunities addressed will include transit,
housing and livable communities, as well as any updates from the Governor’s
office and state legislature. The presentation will include time for your
questions, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn more! All elected and
appointed officials and staff of RCLLG organizations are invited to
participate. Please contact Lois Knutson if
you’re interested in registering for the event.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Shoreview Community Center, Activity Rooms 1 & 2
When: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - $10/person
5:30 - 6:00 PM | Social Hour and Networking
6:00 - 7:00 PM | Met Council Presentation by Nora Slawik
from Staff and Council
County Public Works Projects
This week Ramsey County started work
on their Larpenteur Avenue overlay projects. The project consists of Larpenteur
Avenue between east of White Bear Avenue and west of Century Avenue.
Larpenteur Avenue will be restriped
to add bike lanes. On street parking will be removed between Beebe Road
and McKnight Road to accommodate the new bike lanes. This project is
expected to be completed by Late August of 2019.
Ramsey County has finished work on
the resurfacing of Century Avenue between Linwood Ave. and Century Avenue as
In 2021 Ramsey County is proposing to
do a concrete rehab and replacement project on White Bear Avenue, Larpenteur
Avenue, and North St. Paul Road (see map below). This project is
currently in the planning stage.
Mailand-Crestview Forest Area
This Saturday the City’s contractor
will be paving the first lift of pavement on Phase 1 of the Mailand-Crestview
Forest project. The work will include all of Mailand Street and Mary
Street. All the underground utilities have been completed for this
project and project is on schedule.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Maplewood Nature Center Frog and Toad
Maplewood Nature Center created frog
monitoring routes in 2006 and began training citizen scientists to survey frogs
and toads in 2007. To date, 43 volunteers have contributed to the
program. In 2018, for the 5th year in a row, frogs were heard at all of
our 40 listening stops. 2019 reports are beginning to be turned in.
A special thanks goes out to volunteers Clair and Mike Rohweder and Dan Sadoff
for agreeing to be interviewed by Metro area newspapers this season. The
latest article on our program can be found here: http://www.startribune.com/maplewood-frog-count-measures-wetland-health/514717872/.
Republic Services Billing Error
Maplewood’s residential trash
customers received inaccurate bills from Republic Services this week which
substantially increased their bi-monthly trash bill. The error impacted
approximately 8,000 households. Republic Services has acknowledged the mistake
and city staff is actively working with Republic on correcting the issues. The
city posted an alert on the home page of the city’s website, and Republic sent
out automatic phone calls on Wednesday, August 7th to all
impacted customers. In addition, Republic will be sending letters to all
impacted customers next week with corrected invoices. So far there have been no
impacts to customers that are enrolled in automatic payments. Republic is
working on resetting the automatic payments so that customers are not
overcharged. The city will be working with Republic Services on a plan to avoid
billing errors in the future.
Rice Larpenteur Summer Block Party
The Rice Larpenteur Alliance will be
hosting a summer block party on Saturday, August 17th from
3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the MyThrift Store parking lot. The block party
will include kids activities, live music and dancing, and will highlight local
businesses and restaurants in the Rice Larpenteur neighborhood. A poster for
the event is attached.
2040 Comprehensive Plan
The city’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan
was reviewed by the Metropolitan Council Community Development Committee on
Monday, August 5th. The committee did not have any concerns or
questions on the city’s comp plan, and unanimously recommended approval. The
Metropolitan Councilmember for Maplewood, Susan Vento, is a member of the
Community Development Committee, and commended the leadership of Maplewood on
the quality of the city’s plan.
The full Metropolitan Council is
expected to approve Maplewood’s plan on August 28th. 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 comprehensive plan.
Maplewood Mall Meeting
City staff met with the new general
manager of Maplewood Mall, Paula Mueller, on Wednesday, August 7th.
Ms. Mueller has worked as an on-site manager at Northtown Mall in Blaine for
over 20 years and is serving at Maplewood Mall on an interim basis. City staff
provided an update on the North End Vision Plan, and mall management provided
an update on new initiatives that they are working on, which include additional
special events, increasing opportunities for short-term and pop-up tenants, and
re-facing vacant tenant spaces within the mall.
NEWS FROM THIS WEEK:
Coverage of the shooting:
District 622 e-news for
Friday, August 9, 2019
· Back to School News & Information
· Immunization Clinics
· Early Childhood Screening
· Parent Portal Information
· Upcoming Events
· Community Education News
Visit the e-news webpage or open the attached
PDF to read this week's District 622 e-news.
Enjoy this beautiful summer weather!