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Jan 13

January 10th, 2020

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 9:09 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK 

Meetings and Announcements:  

  • Council Calendar is not attached as there are no new meetings/events identified. We will start posting as the calendar is planned.
  • The next City Council meeting and workshop will be held on January 13th.  The Workshop will start at 6:00 pm with an update on the US Census Count and discussion on the Boards and Commission Appointment Process.  We will also have an EDA meeting to Elect Officers and discuss schedule.
  • Reminder that the EDA and HEDC will continue the strategy/planning work session on Monday, January 27th from 4-7 pm. Dinner will be provided.
  • State of the City Date- Coming Soon! - 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. All Council members will have a speaking role at the event. If you are unable to attend, please let me know. Joe will contact you regarding your script.




Updates from Staff and Council:

ADMINISTRATION 

State of the City - We’re excited for this year’s State of Maplewood Luncheon (Wednesday, January 15,  11am-1pm). For your constituents and partners who can’t make it, please let them know they have three options to watch it live: The City’s Facebook page, our website and Ch 16 in Maplewood.  This year’s event will feature ISD 622 Superintendent Christine Osorio to share highlights of their accomplishments, and provide a look into the future as the district undergoes a major facilities overhaul.

Employee Survey - Mike and I and Ellie will be meeting with the Labor Management Committee and Supervisors in the next week to review the 2020 Budget and survey results.  In February we will conduct 3 All Employee meetings to review the results of the survey and the 2020 Budget. We will also prepare a report and the survey results for the City Council to review.

Governor Walz Proposes $276 Million for Housing in 2020- From Metro Cities Bulletin - Governor Walz on Thursday released his recommendation for affordable housing funding including funding to support affordable housing construction, preservation and rehabilitation. The Governor announced his proposed housing budget as one part of his bonding package rollout this month. Metro Cities will review these and other recommendations as they are released.


$200 million would be used to fund Housing Infrastructure Bonds (HIB), appropriation bonds that fund privately built and owned residential buildings and houses. HIB funds support new construction and renovation of existing affordable homes across the state as well as shelter for people experiencing homelessness. The funds are awarded through a competitive process administered by Minnesota Housing.


$60 million would be borrowed through general obligation bonds to support publicly owned housing units and buildings. Funds would be awarded on a competitive basis to local public housing authorities across the state. A focus on veterans’ affordable housing would be funded by $15 million under the Governor’s recommendation. These funds would support renovations and security upgrades to state veterans’ homes administered by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.


Contact Charlie Vander Aarde at 651-215-4001 or charlie@metrocitiesmn.org with any questions.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Neighborhood Meeting Hosted by Menards - Nick Brenner of Menards is hosting a neighborhood meeting on January 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at John Glenn Middle School – in the Media Room. An invitation to this meeting was sent by Menards to all property owners within 500 feet of the proposed project. Menards is proposing to purchase six residential properties south of its existing store, tear down the homes and the existing store and build a new facility – see proposed site plan below. The planning commission and community design review board will be reviewing this project at their meetings on January 21. Those packets will have more detail about the project if you are interested. ----- Council review is tentatively scheduled for February 10. For more information on this project please visit www.maplewoodmn.gov/menards or please call me or staff.

PARKS AND RECREATION

Harvest Park Master Plan Open House - January 21 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm Wakefield Community Building

As part of the Harvest Park Master Plan process, we will be holding an Open House on January 21 to get resident feedback and ideas concerning usage, facilities, and Harvest Park as a whole. We will have drafts of initial concepts available that evening to facilitate the discussions and our consultant and Rush Line BRT staff will be there as well to answer questions. 

A letter was sent out to 200 homes near the park inviting them to the Open House and flyers were posted on the website and social media. Since the event takes place at the Wakefield Community Building, this will be a great chance for the public to tour the new facility. We would love to have City Council join us and hope to see you there!

Eagle Service Projects Benefit Edgerton Garden and the Nature Center - Last summer Matthew Peiffer and his team built 4 new compost bins and put in translated signs at the Edgerton Community Organic Vegetable Garden as his Eagle Service Project.  These were needed due to the increased number of plots installed this past year and they look great!  Matthew said that he “extremely appreciated everyone at Maplewood Parks and Rec giving me the opportunity to help out in the community.”

Last September, Jed Fisher and 20 of his volunteers hauled gravel and cleared overgrown shrubs and plants  in an effort to improve a muddy, narrow section of the nature center trails as part of Jed Fisher's Eagle project.  In addition, Jed and his crew donated the materials for and built 3 brand new wood duck houses and installed them in new locations near two woodland ponds.  Lastly, Jed prepared a short presentation on wood ducks for the Nature Center's 40th anniversary celebration. 

The Maplewood Parks and Recreation Commission awarded Matthew and Jed certificates of appreciation for their projects at their December meeting.

  

News from Partners and local media


Governor Walz Proposes $276 Million for Housing in 2020- From Metro Cities Bulletin - Governor Walz on Thursday released his recommendation for affordable housing funding including funding to support affordable housing construction, preservation and rehabilitation. The Governor announced his proposed housing budget as one part of his bonding package rollout this month. Metro Cities will review these and other recommendations as they are released.


$200 million would be used to fund Housing Infrastructure Bonds (HIB), appropriation bonds that fund privately built and owned residential buildings and houses. HIB funds support new construction and renovation of existing affordable homes across the state as well as shelter for people experiencing homelessness. The funds are awarded through a competitive process administered by Minnesota Housing.


$60 million would be borrowed through general obligation bonds to support publicly owned housing units and buildings. Funds would be awarded on a competitive basis to local public housing authorities across the state. A focus on veterans’ affordable housing would be funded by $15 million under the Governor’s recommendation. These funds would support renovations and security upgrades to state veterans’ homes administered by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.


Contact Charlie Vander Aarde at 651-215-4001 or charlie@metrocitiesmn.org with any questions.

  

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns with the upcoming Council packet.  Melinda