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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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Aug 12

August 9th, 2019

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 8:58 AM by Chad Bergo

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 SafetyCommunity 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: audra.robbins@maplwoodmn.gov 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 Ramsey County.

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
Where:  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

 

Updates from Staff and Council

 

PUBLIC WORKS

2019 Ramsey 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 shown below:

 

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 Pavement Rehabilitation
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 Survey 

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/.

 

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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!

Melinda