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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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Sep 16

September 13th, 2019

Posted on September 16, 2019 at 9:21 AM by Chad Bergo

Meetings and Announcements

The next Council Meeting is Monday, September 23rd.  The Workshop will start at 5:30 pm and we will hear from Commissioner Reinhardt and her staff about the Ponds of Battle Creek Golf Course.  I think we can expect several residents to attend.


At the Council meeting will be holding a public hearing on the Rental Licensing Ordinance. Staff is looking for Council approval on the Ordinance.


 

And the winner is Maplewood! The St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce presented our Community Development Department with its Leaders in Local Government Award for the City's North End Vision Plan. Our Public Safety Department was also a finalist in the Public Safety category for their collaboration on training, mental health intervention and community outreach. Thanks to Mike Martin, Jeff Thompson, Public Safety Director Scott Nadeau, EMS Chief Mike Mondor and Fire Chief Steve Lukin for their work to make the city a more vibrant and safer place.


Updates from Staff and Council: 

ADMINISTRATION


ACM/HR Director Position

We have a new Director! On Thursday I offered our position to Mike Sable. He will start next Wednesday, the 18th.  He had a pre-planned commitment for the week of September 30th but will return on October 7th. Mike currently has his own consulting company and before that worked at Hennepin County and Brooklyn Park. Mike has several years of experience in both municipal and human resource administration. We are pleased to have him join our team. I look forward to the Council meeting Mike (aka- the new Mike).

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Senator Chuck Wiger has requested that the Senate create a proclamation honoring the Maplewood Nature Center on their 40th Anniversary and if passed, will present it to the City at the celebration on September 21 at the Nature Center


NATURE CENTER TURNS 40!  (For all ages, no registration required)

AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1:00PM-3:30PM

Help us celebrate 40 years on Green Heron Pond! Bring the whole family to enjoy the festivities including folk music, crafts, games, face-painting, freshly pressed apple juice and a shadow puppet show “Waterways and Otterways “ by artist Kat Corrigan and her puppeteer family.

Walk the history trail to discover 40 fascinating facts from the Nature Center’s History, view historic photos thru retro viewers and add your memories to the history storyboard! See attached flyer for more info on the Saturday event.

 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Letter of thanks from a Gladstone resident to our Engineering Consultants and staff

From: CenturyLink Customer <pdec22@q.com>

Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:46 PM

To: Schmidt, Bob <bob.schmidt@kimley-horn.com>; McPhee Anderson, Erin <Erin.McPheeAnderson@kimley-horn.com>

Subject: Gladstone Construction

 

Bob, Erin & all others affiliated with the Gladstone Corridor project,

I just read my recent update and I want to take a moment to thank you for your communication. I've read each update and I've accessed the website also.

My home is in the 'work zone'.  Not only do I appreciate the improvements to my neighborhood; the updates have been timely & professional, the construction crews have been accommodating to residents, and the project has moved in a very timely manner.

The neighborhood is looking great!

Thank you for a job WELL DONE.

Sincerely, Pat Oslund

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police – community engagement opportunity

On 9/10/19 at 6:00 PM the Maplewood Police Department, assisted by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, did a Level 3 Sex Offender Meeting at St. Jerome's Church.  Prior to the meeting, it was found that the subject of the notification had moved out of Maplewood and into St. Paul.


Due to the short notice in which we were informed the Police Department decided to go ahead with the meeting to address any questions or concerns.  Approximately 60 people attended the meeting and had a dialogue with police and corrections officials.

NEWS FROM THIS WEEK

That’s the news for this week. It was a really great week for the City. We were recognized by our peers for our work in planning and public safety and we hired a great candidate for the Assistant City Manager/HR Director position. As always, please call if you have any comments or concerns with the information in the FYI. Enjoy the weekend. Melinda