next City Council meeting and workshop will be held on February 10th.
Reminder that the Council will have a work session prior.
The following dates for upcoming neighborhood
meetings for our street projects: Steve will provide updated information on the
outcome of the first two meetings at the Council meeting.
McClelland Area Street Improvements
meeting on February 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the MCC
Road B & Arcade Street Improvements
meeting on February 6th at 6:00 p.m. at the MCC
Area Pavement Rehabilitation
meeting on February 21 at 6 p.m. at the MCC
EVENT: Join Us! Metro Cities Workshop with MN Housing
Metro Cities and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) on Friday,
February 21 for a workshop with information for cities on accessing
funding for housing programs administered by MN Housing. Attendees will have an
opportunity to discuss funding priorities and application scoring criteria with
MN Housing officials and to learn about:
programs and cycles;
a competitive application;
funding priorities; and
family and multi-family development and rehabilitation.
staff and elected officials are welcome.
DATE: Friday, February 21, 2020
TIME: 9:00 - 11:00 am
LOCATION: St. Anthony Village City Hall, 3301 Silver Lake Rd, St.
RSVP: Please respond by
February 14 to Kimberly@MetroCitiesMN.org
Updates from Staff and Council:
On Monday night, I will be
distributing a proposed Agenda for the 2020 Council Staff Retreat. In addition,
I will be providing a calendar for you to identify when you are available to
attend a one day retreat.
Tax Exemption – North Fire Station
The City of
Maplewood has secured Chief Authors for legislation seeking a Sales Tax
Exemption for construction materials, supplies, and equipment for the North
- Sen. Chuck Wiger is the Chief Author
in the Senate, with Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent as Co-Author.
- Rep. Peter Fischer is the Chief
Author in the House, with Rep Tou Xiong, and Rep. Leon Lillie as
As noted earlier, this
Sales Tax Exemption could save nearly $500,000 in total project costs. The
Legislative Session begins Tuesday, February 11, 2020. More updates to follow.
Global Environmental Conservation Program
Representatives from Turkmenistan
will be visiting Maplewood to review the city’s local GreenStep City’s
initiatives. The U.S. State Department in Minnesota hosts a yearly
International Visitor Leadership Program. Five visitors and two interpreters
from Turkmenistan are participating in the Global Environmental Conservation
portion of the program which will include a stop in Maplewood on Thursday,
February 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the 1902 Building on City Hall Campus.
During their visit representatives from the Environmental Commission and Green
Team will speak with them about the process of becoming a GreenStep City
and how it helps achieve cost savings and reductions in waste and
energy. This will be accomplished through a presentation and demonstrations
of some of the City’s sustainability best practices.
Hillcrest Golf Course Master Plan Community Workshop – Wednesday,
February 12; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The City of Saint Paul is hosting its
first Community Workshop this coming Wednesday, February 12 from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. – the presentation will start at 5:40 p.m. This workshop will take place
in the cafeteria at The Heights Community School located at 1863 Clear Avenue
East in Saint Paul. Postcards were sent to more than 4,800 residents living in
proximity to the former golf course – including Maplewood residents. Please let
Maplewood city staff know if you are planning on attending as we want to make
sure the Saint Paul project managers know that Maplewood officials will be in
Maplewood city staff are members of
the technical advisory committee which is working on the Hillcrest Master Plan.
This plan will determine future land uses and a new street network for the
112-acre former golf course on Saint Paul’s East Side. According to the City of
Saint Paul: “Community engagement throughout the process will outline
how to build opportunity and community wealth on the redeveloped Hillcrest site
– bringing more housing, jobs, and public amenities. The City is currently
seeking feedback from the community to establish redevelopment priorities, from
which concepts will be developed (alongside technical and policy
considerations) for further engagement throughout 2020.”
MPCA Informational and Listening Sessions – February 25 to 27
MPCA is hosting public meetings regarding the 3M settlement for PFAS
contamination in the east metro. Representatives from each of the 14 affected
communities, including Maplewood, along with MPCA, DNR, MDH, Washington County
have been working together to identify long-term drinking water supply options
for evaluation. The list of long-term drinking water supply options and
recommendations are part of the Conceptual Drinking Water Supply Plan; a key
component to ensuring that drinking water needs and options for the East
Metropolitan Area are appropriately and thoroughly considered. The plan will
take into account both public water systems and private wells, using a
public meetings will share the long-term drinking water supply options and
associated costs for those living and working in east metro area. Meeting times at each
venue are: 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. The
format for each meeting will be a 30-minute presentation followed
by a Q & A and open house. Dates and locations are:
25: Prestwick Golf Club 9555 Wedgewood Drive Woodbury
26: Lake Elmo Inn Event Center 3712 Layton Ave North Lake Elmo
27: Cottage Grove City Hall 12800 Ravine Pkwy S.
PARK AND RECREATION
Lawns to Legumes: Your Yard Can BEE the Change Neighborhood
Demonstration Project Grant
We are excited to share that our
grant submission, Pollinators by the Yard - Maplewood Demonstration Neighborhood
was selected and awarded for the full amount of approximately $39,000!
This two year grant is offered by the
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources and our partner, Ramsey Washington
Metro Watershed District, agreed
to supply the required match. The goal of this project is to provide funds
to at least 15 homeowners to install native plantings within the federally
endangered Rusty Patch Bumblebee habitat areas in Maplewood and to provide at
least 8 educational programs per year on pollinators and the habitat needed.
Kudos to the Nature Center staff and everyone involved for your hard work on
2020 Maplewood Tree Sale
Plans for the 2020 Tree Sale are
underway! Maplewood is partnering with Tree Trust again this year to offer
trees to city residents for only $40. Residents can choose from 7 different
species, including a fruit tree duo. The sale starts March 9th and pickup dates
for residents will be Saturday, May 16 and Monday May 18th. To advertise the
sale, a flier has already been included in the Recreation brochure and there
are plans to advertise in Maplewood Living, on social media, and using targeted
Xcel Energy Open House
Xcel Energy is hosting and open house
meeting for their County Road B gas main replacement project. At the
meeting property owners will have the opportunity to learn about the project,
expected construction schedule and anticipated traffic control measures.
The meeting information is as follows:
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (open house)
Place: Maplewood Community Center
The HVAC system replacement
project for the 1902 Building is underway and going well. The
old unit was removed and the new unit was put in place on Wednesday, February
The contractor is now working on
connecting the new HVAC unit to the buildings existing systems. Bryan
Nagel did a great job coordinating with the contractor and staff to make sure
employees new about the project and relocated staff temporarily while the new
unit was lifted into place.
RWMWD Pond Dredging
RWMWD has dewatered the two basins at
the southeast corner of McKnight Road and Larpenteur Avenue. This week
the watershed district’s contractor has been excavating and removing the
sediment that has built up in the basins. These basins are two of the
three City maintained basins that the City is partnering with the water shed
district to clean out this winter.
Arlington Avenue Flooding Issue
With this week’s warm weather the
wetland at the Arlington Avenue and Currie Street overflowed and flooded a
section Arlington Avenue. Flooding appears to be happening because the
water from melted snow is unable to reach the outlet structure. City
crews have been working throughout the week to keep Arlington open and
passable. Staff has worked with RWMWD to receive a permit to allow our crews
to go into the wetland and open up a path so the water can reach the outlet
structure. This work is taking place Friday, February 7, 2020.
2020 Street Improvement Projects Update
Staff held neighborhood meetings this
week for two of our 2020 street improvement projects. The public hearings
for these projects are scheduled for Monday, February 10th. Staff
expects a good turnout from these well-engaged neighborhoods.
Dennis-McClelland Area Street Improvements
A neighborhood meeting was held
Tuesday evening for the Dennis-McClelland Area Street Improvement project. The
meeting ran from 6 PM to 8:15 PM and included a short presentation followed by
a questions and answer session. Many great questions were asked by a
well-engaged neighborhood, with roughly 50 residents attending. The majority of
the conversation revolved around two topics the residents are most concerned
The first topic includes a strong
opposition from the residents whose property lies adjacent to Upper Afton about
the proposed sidewalk along the north side of Upper Afton Road, between Afton
Heights Park and Mayhill Road. Concerns with this sidewalk proposal included
loss of driveway space for parking, loss of privacy, and a feeling that the
existing system is working adequately. A petition was received at the meeting
(see attached), noting these concerns. The proposed walk is called out in
the 2040 Comprehensive Plan as a missing segment. This walk would
provide connections to Afton Heights Park, pedestrian infrastructure on Century
Avenue, consolidate the number of crossings to the trail on the south side of
Upper Afton, and would include enhanced crossings.
The second topic of concern is the
proposal to limit parking on the neighborhood streets to one-side only, as
recommended by the City’s Living Street’s Policy. Residents in the area are
opposed to this, citing concerns with overflow parking from events at Carver
Elementary that result in numerous cars parking along neighborhood streets. The
residents also note that many people within the neighborhood park on the
streets on a regular basis. They feel the parking restrictions could require
them, or their guests, to park further from their homes.
County Road B & Arcade Street Improvements
A neighborhood meeting was held on
Thursday for the County Road B and Arcade Street Improvement Project. The
meeting ran from 6 PM to 7:30 PM and included a short presentation followed by
a questions and answer session. Roughly 40 residents attended the meeting. The
majority of the conversation at this meeting revolved around concerns with the
impacts the proposed walkways would have on resident’s properties, concerns
over the loss of parking area in driveways due to the walkways, the necessity
of these walkways, and concerns about assessments.
Gold Line Update
The Gold Line project has hit a new
milestone by completing 30% design plans. Staff is currently reviewing
the plans and will be providing feedback/comments to the Gold Line project team
in the coming weeks.
Please let me know if you have any
questions or concerns. Have a great weekend. See you on Monday.
Melinda Coleman 651-249-2055
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