AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: November 1, 2019
Meetings and Announcements:
The next City Council meeting and workshop
will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019(City Hall will be closed
Monday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day). The
workshop will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Council/HEDC Development Tour- Saturday, November 16th at
8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Tours are being planned in the cities of
Richfield, St. Louis Park, and Robbinsdale. Details to come soon.
Planning Meeting- City Council and HEDC scheduled for November 25th at
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This will be held in the Council Chambers and a
light dinner will be provided.
Maplewood Business Engagement & Networking Event Wednesday, December
4th at 4:00p.m. - 6:00 p.m at Unison Event Center
Maplewood Business Council meetings (MBC) and the St. Paul Chamber Business Education Series
schedule of events is listed below:
10 / 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Business Education
Series – 8 Metrics to Success (Roseville)
Staff and Council:
Sales Tax Legislation
Staff is meeting with State Senator
Chuck Wiger on Monday, November 4, 2019 to discuss the Sales Tax
Legislation. In addition, staff spoke with representatives of the League
of Minnesota Cities (LMC) regarding this issue. To date, 12 cities have
expressed interest in pursuing legislative authority for a Local Option Sale
Tax in the coming legislative session. Please feel free to contact area
legislators and let them know your support for these initiatives.
Tobacco 21 in the News
The Pioneer Press reported earlier
Carla Nelson, R-Rochester and Rep.
Heather Edelson, DFL-Edina, held a bipartisan news conference at the Capitol
Monday, October 28, 2019 to show the support in the House and Senate for
raising the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21. The two lawmakers are
also chief sponsors of legislation that would add warnings about vaping to
school health curriculum.
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
Please mark your calendars for
Wednesday, January 15th from approximately 11:00 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. The meeting will include District 622 Superintendent Christine Osorio as a
Last week we heard from the Ramsey County Auditor and Assessor
regarding the status of Maplewood’s tax petitions for taxes payable in
2019. Several large properties, including some of the mall properties,
are petitioning for a reduction in market value. Ramsey County has
estimated the potential impact of the petitions and will be subtracting
$742,000 from the City’s upcoming November tax settlement. This money
would be used to pay for the City’s share of the pending claims if the
petitioners are successful. The County and the mall property owners have each
hired independent appraisers and the case is expected to go to tax court.
In response, city staff are currently evaluating the 2019 budget
and making projections for the year end. We are also holding off on any
expenditures that are not necessary or can be deferred. The General Fund
budget is performing well and is expected to finish with a surplus. We
will continue to update you as we work through the impact(s) to the General
Fund, Debt Service, and Capital Improvement Funds.
This recent news comes on the heels of record high petitions in
fiscal year 2018, when the second half tax settlement was reduced by $720,000
for several large petitions. The petitions have represented a significant
hit to the City’s revenue stream the last couple of years, as we typically plan
for about $250,000 in successful petitions. At this point, there is no
way to know if this pattern is the “new normal.” However, the allowance
for petitions should be given additional consideration as we prepare the budget
for taxes payable in 2021.
Country Road B and White Bear Avenue
Striping is complete at the County
Road B and White Bear Avenue intersection and opened back up to traffic.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Boo Bash at the Bruentrup Farm
It was a brisk but beautiful day for
our Boo Bash event at the Bruentrup Farm last Saturday (October26, 2019). The
crowd started showing up an hour before the event and Bill Bruentrup stayed
late to make sure everyone that wanted a hayride got one! An estimated 1200
people joined us for an afternoon of spooky delights that included live
animals, crafts, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, storytelling and Belle and
Gaston made a surprise appearance thanks to Ashland Productions!
Our event staff had a blast daring
kids to try the sensory tables, play games and get crazy hair/ tattoos. Nature
Center staff and volunteers provided fun yet educational activities and The
Census and Ramsey County Health provided great information and giveaways. The
Maplewood Historical Society ran the concession booths with all proceeds
benefitting the Society.
A special thanks to our sponsor GoGo SqueeZ
for giving out over 800 packets of fruit, Friends of Maplewood Nature for
sponsoring the Audubon Center animals and the Police Dept. and YMCA staff that
helped with activities and made sure that people made it across County Road D
NEWS FROM OUR
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
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
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.
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Have a nice weekend,