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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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Nov 08

November 8, 2019

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 12:05 PM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK

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 6:00 p.m.

The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 3rd annual casual post-election day celebration/meet-and-greet for all East Metro elected officials and East Metro businesses. This will be a great opportunity to meet more of your constituents and your fellow elected officials. Date is Thursday, November 14th from 5:30- 7:00 pm at Midland Hills Country Club.  Cost $10 for Chamber members, students, and elected officials and their staff; $20 for non-members. Cash bar, hosted appetizers.  If you are interested in attending, please register here: Elected officials in attendance will be recognized.

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.  Tour schedule is text below.

  • 8:00 – Meet at city hall – coffee & pastries

  • 8:30 – Bus leave city hall

  • 9:00 – Bus arrives at Richfield

  • 9:00 – 9:30 – Cedar Commons Project Tour

  • 9:30 – Leave Richfield

  • 10:00 - Arrive St. Louis Park

  • 10:00 – 10:30 Excelsior Grand Project Tour

  • 10:30 – Leave St. Louis Park

  • 11:00 – Arrive Robinsdale

  • 11:00 – 11:30 Robinsdale Tour

  • 11:45 – 1:00 – Lunch at Nonna Rosa’s

  • 1:00 – Leave Robinsdale

  • 1:30 – Arrive at city hall

 

Strategic 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.

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:

December 10 / 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.      Business Education Series – 8 Metrics to Success (Roseville)

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 guest speaker.

Updates from Staff and Council:

ADMINISTRATION
Community Survey – for Maplewood Residents 
Please pass along the survey link below to your staff/constituents on behalf of the League of Minnesota Cities. While anyone is free to fill it out, we’re specifically encouraging employees who are Maplewood residents to tell us how we’re doing from a resident’s perspective. They may also share it on their social networks and with neighbors or friends in town. It is completely anonymous.   https://polco.us/groups/city/maplewood-mn

T-21 Letter to Cities
Attached is the letter sent to our 6 Neighboring Cities that have not yet changed the legal age to 21 to purchase tobacco products. This is follow up from our last discussion on T-21. 

Sales Tax Legislation
Mike and I met with State Senator Chuck Wiger on Monday, November 4th  to discuss the Sales Tax Legislation.  In addition, Senator Kent, Senator Chamberlain, and other staff members met with us to discuss our proposed legislation. The meeting was very helpful as we got advice on process and what is expected to move this legislation along. We will bring the proper resolutions for your approval at our December meeting. In addition, staff will be putting together a time line and other decision points for you in the next week or so. We will need to consider if we want to hire a lobbyist and also communications assistance on our promotional campaign.

We will have Joe help prepare talking points for you as once we pass the Resolutions in support of the new tax initiatives, you may get calls from the public.

Please feel free to contact area legislators and let them know your support for these initiatives.

 PUBLIC WORKS

Neighborhood Meetings on 2020 street projects
On Wednesday, November 6, the Engineering Department held the initial neighborhood meeting for the Dennis-McClelland Street Improvement Project. Approximately 50 residents attended the meeting. A presentation was given to introduce the project, followed by a question and answer session. The residents were actively engaged, asking many great questions. The majority of the discussion revolved around proposed street widths along with parking being restricted to only one side of the street per the City’s Living Street’s Policy.  The feasibility study for this project is scheduled to be brought before Council in January of 2020.

Staff will be hosting a neighborhood meeting for the Schaller Area Pavement Rehabilitation project on Thursday, November 7, at 6 PM. The feasibility study for this project will be brought before Council in December of 2019.

PARKS AND RECREATION

EAB Replacement Tree Plantings
On Tuesday and Wednesday, 67 trees were planted in neighborhoods across Maplewood. These trees replace boulevard ash that were removed in the winter of 2018-2019 in response to emerald ash borer. This planting helps the City meet its goal of creating a more diverse canopy. Watch this video for a snapshot of the planting process:  https://youtu.be/Av8kniI9wvU

Maplewood Youth Volleyball League Tournament
Maplewood Parks and Recreation is hosting their youth volleyball tournament on November 9th.  The tournament will be played at multiple sites throughout Maplewood including Carver Community Gym, Edgerton Community Gym, and the Maplewood Community Center/Maplewood YMCA. There are 38 teams from Maplewood, Little Canada, Oakdale, White Bear Lake, and Stillwater(over 400 youth) participating in the double elimination tournament throughout six tournament brackets.  The league and tournament are made possible through great partnerships with surrounding cities, the Maplewood YMCA, and our part time/ seasonal staff that officiate the games and supervise facilities.

2019 Neighborhood Buckthorn Pick - Up a Roaring Success
This year’s City-Wide Buckthorn program saw great participation, despite less than ideal weather conditions!  Nineteen Blue Thumb Partners including landscape professionals attended buckthorn training taught by MNC staff in late March.  Eleven residents attended our September Buckthorn Demonstration program to learn techniques and receive Buckthorn Blaster herbicide applicators.

Gertens and Bachman’s partnered with the City to offer a coupon discount for herbicides for our residents.  The coupon was published in the September edition of the City News.

Thirty-four residents and one townhome association registered for free buckthorn pickup.  Buckthorn was also removed by contractors at Fish Creek Natural Area, and by Century College students at Maplewood Nature Center.  Thanks to Carole Gernes for coordinating and  answering numerous questions; to Bryan Nagel and the wonderful Maplewood street crew for picking up 305 cubic yards of buckthorn this year!  Thanks to everyone for the best participation since 2016!

 NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS

http://www.startribune.com/kenneth-collins-former-maplewood-police-chief-dies-at-age-76/564527592/

Here is the news from the weekend:

https://www.twincities.com/2019/11/01/met-council-chair-nora-slawik-resigns-walz-legislature-mn/  Reference:  (Just FYI)

http://www.startribune.com/met-council-chair-nora-slawik-resigns/564224302/

http://www.startribune.com/edina-maplewood-toughen-licensing-rules-for-landlords/564291662/  Reference:  Jeff Thomson, Marylee Abrams, Scott Nadeau, Bryan Smith

  

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.

 

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