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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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Dec 07

December 6th, 2019

Posted on December 7, 2019 at 2:43 PM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK 

Meetings and Announcements:   

The next City Council meeting and workshop will be held on Monday, December 9th , 2019.  The Workshop will start at 5:30 with the EDA meeting beginning at approximately 6 pm. We will have the public meeting on the 2020 Budget and CIP and also hold a hearing for the Myth Liquor License. At the end of the meeting we will have a closed session to review the Myth litigation with our legal team.

Please note that the Tubman Tour will be next Tuesday from 8 am to 9:30 am. Please let me know if you are NOT attending.

City Offices will be closing at 1 pm on Christmas Eve. We will also be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The annual Employee Breakfast will be held on Thursday, December 11th at 7 to 9 am at the Y/MCC. For our new Council members this is a long standing tradition of the manager and department heads providing a delicious breakfast for staff and Council. I hope you will join us. We also have an ugly sweater contest that is always fun to see!

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:

PARK AND RECREATION
EAB Grant Update

Staff was excited to find out this week that the City of Maplewood was awarded The Emerald Ash Borer Community Forest Response Tree Planting Grant from the Department of Natural Resources. The grant will fund $30,000 of boulevard tree planting over two years, reducing the impact the loss of ash will have on Maplewood due to emerald ash borer.

 

Deer Management

Maplewood, St. Paul, and Ramsey County are partnering on deer management south of I-94 this winter, pursuant to the 2019 Ramsey County Deer Management Program. In this area, the current deer population exceeds the amount of sustainable deer habitat, which may result in an unhealthy, stressed herd. During the winter of 2019-2020 deer management activities will be accomplished in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Wildlife Services division. All deer removed in this program will be donated to underserved residents of Ramsey County in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

 

It was a slow news week and also no snow events, just clean-up of icy conditions. Thanks for reading this week’s FYI and please call if you have any questions about the Budget, the Myth license or any other matters. Have a great weekend.    Melinda