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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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Oct 28

October 25, 2019

Posted on October 28, 2019 at 10:32 AM by Chad Bergo

Meetings and Announcements:   

The next City Council meeting and workshop will be held on October 28th .    The workshop will begin at 5:30. We will have two Commission interviews for openings on the Park and ENR Commissions and bring back T-21 for follow up clarification and direction. The Council meeting will begin at 7 pm.

·         Maplewood Business Council meetings (MBC) and the St. Paul Chamber Business Education Series schedule of events is listed below:

o   November                                   Maplewood Business Engagement Breakfast. Staff is working on holding a networking event in late afternoon. We hope to have plans nailed down next week.

o   December 10 / 3-4:30 p.m.      Business Education Series – 8 Metrics to Success (Roseville)

·         Council Calendar is attached for upcoming Community Events.

·         Council/HEDC Development Tour- Saturday, November 16th at 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Details to come soon.

·         Strategic Planning Meeting- City Council and HEDC scheduled for November 25th at 4 pm to 7 pm. 

Updates from Staff and Council:

ADMINISTRATION

Sales Tax Legislation
Staff is working to set up meetings with our Legislative Team. Please feel free to contact them and let them know your support for these initiatives.

November 12th City Council meeting and workshop.

Reminder that we will be meeting on Tuesday, instead of Monday, the 11th which is Veteran’s Day.

State of the City Date is Set
Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 15th from approximately 11 am to 1:30 pm. Tentative speaker will be Christine Osorio.

 

PUBLIC WORKS
County Road B and Arcade Street Neighborhood Meeting
On Wednesday, October 23rd, the Engineering Department held the initial neighborhood meeting for the County Road B and Arcade Street Improvement Project. Approximately 30 residents attended the meeting. A presentation was given to introduce the project, followed by a question and answer session. Many great questions were asked, with most of the conversation revolving around pedestrian and bicyclist safety improvements, vehicle speeds, and assessments. The feasibility study for this project is anticipated to be brought before Council in November of 2019.

Annual Lift Station Maintenance
Each year maintenance work is performed on 4 of our 9 sanitary sewer lift stations.  To do this work one of the Public Works sanitary sewer maintenance staff has to enter the lift station to clean, grease and remove debris from the system.  This work is vital for ensuring the City’s sewer system is operating properly.  A big thanks to our crews taking for the work they do to ensure the City’s sewer system is properly maintained. 

Xcel Gas Main Replacement Update
The first phase of Xcel’s gas main replacement project is coming to an end.  Once striping is completed at the County Road B and White Bear Avenue intersection is completed traffic control will be removed and opened back up to traffic.  This work should be competed today or early next week.  The following are a few updates on the rest of Xcel’s project (weather dependent):

·         10/27 – Mill and Overlay – McKnight Road to 7th Ave.

·         10/29 – Mill and Overlay – Henry to Century

PARKS AND RECREATION
Emerald Ash Borer Community Forest Response Tree Planting Grant
The City of Maplewood’s pre-application for the Emerald Ash Borer Community Forest Response Tree Planting grant has been selected to move forward. We are invited to submit a final application and will find out if we receive funding by December 6, 2019. The grant would provide $30,000 to replant approximately 100 boulevard trees that were removed due to emerald ash borer.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Join Us! LMC Metro Regional Meeting and Metro Cities Policy Adoption Meeting

Join your colleagues for the LMC Metro Regional Meeting and Policy Adoption Meeting on Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Minnetonka! The Metro Regional Meeting is jointly hosted by LMC and Metro Cities, and Metro Cities membership will also meet to approve the 2020 Legislative Policies. Click here for more information.


2020 Draft Legislative Policies

Metro Cities' Draft 2020 Legislative Polices are now online for review. The draft policies were recommended by members through Metro Cities' four policy committees and were approved by the Metro Cities Board of Directors at their October meeting. The policies will be put forward for adoption by the Metro Cities' membership at the Policy Adoption Meeting on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Click here for more information.


DEED Awards Redevelopment Grants; Announces 2020 Grant Program

DEED announced over $2 million in redevelopment grants and demolition loans to several cities this month. The metro awards were funded from the Redevelopment Grant Program. Click here for more information.


Metropolitan Council Releases Draft 2020 Budget for Public Comment

The Metropolitan Council on Wednesday approved the draft 2020 unified budget which includes the Council's operating budget and capital program budget. The budget is now open for the public to review and comment. Click here for more information.


Metropolitan Council Accepting Comment on Regional Solicitation Application

The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) approved a draft document with recommended changes to the Regional Solicitation application process at its meeting last month and released the application document for public comment. Click here for more information.


EVENTS: Metropolitan Council Regional Solicitation: Intersecting Transportation, Equity and Housing

The Metropolitan Council has scheduled two opportunities for communities to learn about the Regional Solicitation equity and affordable housing criteria and scoring measures. The Draft Regional Solicitation application is currently out for public comment. Click here for more information on the scheduled events.

Thanks for reading this week’s FYI. Please call if you have any questions or concerns with the packet reports or other issues.  See you on Monday. Melinda