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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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Jan 27

January 24th, 2020

Posted on January 27, 2020 at 10:14 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK

Meetings and Announcements:  

The next City Council meeting and workshop will be held on January 27th.   Reminder that the EDA and HEDC will continue the strategy/planning work session from 4-7 pm.

 
Updates from Staff and Council:

ADMINISTRATION

From Kim O’Brien with the Rice and Larpenteur Alliance:

The Winter Warmer event is shaping up for Saturday, February 1 from 11:30-1:30 at Nepali Kitchen! We need your help personally inviting people you think should attend. So far, we have 37 people registered (see below for current list of attendees—note some orders are for 2 people). We have 80 total spots available.

 

Note: The Alliance agreed to fund a low-cost façade improvement for the restaurant ahead of the event. Unfortunately, the window painter we hoped to hire is unable to complete the project because of the tint on the windows (and too cold to paint from the outside). I’ll keep working to see if there is something else we can do in the short timeframe.

Thanks for your help promoting and attending the event!! Let me know if you have any questions.


COMMUNICATIONS

New booth notification light in Council Chambers

The communications staff has had a vertical Recording light installed in the council chambers.  It is located above the Hmong necklace.

Basically, Nate turning on the light is equivalent to getting the thumbs up from Nate that the meeting can begin. In the situation of multiple meetings in one evening, the light is intended to be turned off and then back on when he is ready for the subsequent meeting to begin.

As a note, please remember the meetings must begin at the stated time or later, never before.


PUBLIC SAFETY

Mental Health Outreach (From Director Nadeau) In 2019 Maplewood Public Safety began an outreach effort to those who suffered from serious and persistent mental health issues, who were high-users of system resources, and who were judged to be in need of resources to assist them.  The year took a lot of time to set up the program and bring our staff up to speed, as well as to research and implement strategies to assist with Screening evaluate things like HIPPA compliance.

I am going  to extend this program for 2020 and will be gathering more data to see if we are achieving the desired outcomes and to see if we are able to justify the resources necessary beyond 2020.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

The efforts of this team will be highlighted in the Public Safety annual report but I thought it would be good for you to get this report earlier. If you would like to discuss this further, Director Nadeau could discuss at a future Council Manager workshop.

  

PARKS AND RECREATION 

Harvest Park Master Plan Open House

There was no shortage of lively discussion at the Harvest Park Community Open House on Tuesday night at the Wakefield Park Community Building. Maplewood residents, City and Rush Line Staff, our LHB Consultant as well as the Mayor and Parks Commissioners all gathered to discuss the proposed changes to Harvest Park and give their feedback and input. We received great suggestions and comments from the attendees that will be incorporated into the master plan going forward. The next steps in the master planning process will involve a POLCO community survey that is being developed with the Communications Department.