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August 16, 2019

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:21 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  August 16th, 2019

Meetings and Announcements:

The next Council Meeting is Monday, August 26th.  The Workshop will start at 6 pm and there will be department presentations from  Community Development and more information on  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.

Maplewood is nominated in two Categories: Public Safety and Planning, Land Use and Public Works.

We invite you to join the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and East Metro Chamber partners on Thursday, September 12 for the Leaders in Local Government Awards Luncheon. The event is held to honor five organizations and an Elected Official of Note in the east metro who exemplify and demonstrate innovation, excellence, and success in local government. Please let Lois know if you would like to attend ASAP. Thanks.

Event takes place, Thursday, September 12thfrom 11:30 to 1:30 pm at the Vadnais Heights Commons. Finalist shown below:

Business Retention and Expansion
City of Burnsville
City of Lakeville Economic Development Department
City of Oakdale Community Development Department

Communications and Marketing
Ramsey County Communications and Public Relations Department
City of Woodbury Communications Department

Innovation
City of Saint Paul Human Rights and Equity Opportunity Department
City of Saint Paul Office of Technology and Communications
Saint Paul Public Library

 Planning, Land Use and Public Works
City of Burnsville, Community Development
City of Maplewood
City of Oakdale Community Development Department

Public Safety
Dakota County Sheriff's Department
Lakeville Fire Department
Maplewood Department of Public Safety

 Elected Official of Note
Stan Karwoski, Washington County Commissioner


Updates from Staff and Council:

Follow up to the T-21 discussion: 

The following warning had been released from the MN Department of Health Tuesday, August 13:

The Minnesota Department of Health has been alerted to four suspected cases of severe lung injury among adolescents who report vaping. Adolescents and young adults who experienced severe lung disease after vaping have also been identified in Illinois and Wisconsin. Minnesota patients presented for care with symptoms indicative of pneumonia, including fever, but symptoms did not resolve after broad spectrum antibiotic treatment. Evaluation for infectious diseases was negative in all patients. Symptoms have resulted in hospitalizations lasting multiple weeks, with some patients requiring invasive ventilation

 

https://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2019/vaping081319.html

https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/ep/han/2019/aug13lung.pdf

 

Town and Country MHP, LLC v. City of Maplewood

We received by e-service the attached written order this afternoon granting the City’s motion and dismissing the complaint. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Andrea Sindt awarded new certification

Andrea was notified this week that she has received an award from the Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association. She has been awarded the designation of Minnesota Certified Municipal Clerk. This designation recognizes her competency in the execution of the duties of City Clerk. Andrea attended week long training sessions for 3 years to learn the material needed to attain this designation. Congratulations to Andrea!

 

RCLLG Meeting

I attended the RCLLG meeting last evening. Metropolitan Council Chair Nora Slawik spoke to the group.  She discussed various issues including transit, housing and livable communities, as well as  updates from the Governor’s office and state legislature. The presentation was informative with much of the questions and discussion focusing on the lack of public transportation in the suburbs where we have several employers and residents who need buses to get to work, school, etc.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Spanish Nature Walk

The Nature Center offered a series of 3 translated walks on Friday mornings this summer in Hmong, Somali and Spanish. Last Friday, several families participated in the Spanish nature walk led by  Arturo Leyva, a native Spanish speaker and Nature Center volunteer. He taught folks several words including caracol (snail) estanque (pond) and tortuga pintada (painted turtle).  Muchas Gracias a Arturo por enseñarnos sobre caracoles, estanques y tortugas! (Many Thanks to Arturo for teaching us about snails, ponds and turtles!)

 

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Hillcrest Golf Course Master Plan

The City of St. Paul has announced that they will be undergoing a master planning process for the former Hillcrest Golf Course site at McKnight and Larpenteur Ave. The master planning process will start in October of this year with final adoption expected in March 2021. Mayor Carter will be appointing a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to guide the planning process, and they have one or two spots targeted for Maplewood residents. The applications for the CAC are due on September 6th and is available on the city of St. Paul’s website. In addition, there will be a Technical Advisory Committee with representatives from city of Maplewood community development and public works staff. Here is the website for additional information – www.stpaul.gov/hillcrest

 

Ponds at Battle Creek

City staff attended the Ramsey County board workshop on Tuesday, August 13th. The county board discussed the 2020-2021 parks and recreation budget and the proposal to close the Ponds at Battle Creek golf course and sell the land for future development. It is important to note the county board is considering the closure as part of its biennium budget, and not through a separate public process. Residents can provide feedback online at the county’s website or at two public hearings on the budget – August 29th, 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul City Hall and November 25th, 6:30 p.m. at Maplewood Ramsey County Library.  Additional information on the budget and providing feedback is available on the county’s website https://www.ramseycounty.us/your-government/budget-finance. 

NEWS FROM THIS WEEK:
Here is an update on the shooting.  It does not reference anyone in specific:  http://www.startribune.com/charges-social-media-dispute-prompted-triple-shooting-in-maplewood/531090671/

 
Dear Friend of 622,
We would like to invite you to the District 622 Welcome Back Event that will be held at Woodland Hills on Tuesday, August 27, from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM. 

Highlights of the event include the Fusion Drumline, the Keynote address from Superintendent Tucci Osorio, and the Elementary Freedom Schools.

All the best,

Josh Anderson

  

That’s the news for this week. Have an enjoyable weekend. Melinda