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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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February 21, 2020

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 8:58 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK

 

Meetings and Announcements:   

  • The next City Council meeting and workshop will be held on February 24th.   PLEASE NOTE THE TIME – The Council will have a work session beginning at 6:00 pm. Workshop items include a presentation on the Pedestrian Safety Plan, an update on the Rental Licensing Program and an update on the 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan.
  • The House Tax Committee will hold a hearing on the Sales Tax Exemption Bill (attached) in the house next Thursday, February 27th at 8 am. The location is the State Office Building, Room 5, 100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN 55155.  Parking is available at the League of Minnesota Cities Building.
  • City Council Staff Retreat date has been set for April 29th. We will meet at the Wakefield Park Building and will start at 8 am and be finished by 4 pm. 

 

Updates from Staff and Council:

 

ADMINISTRATION

Early Voting:

The seven-day early voting period before the Presidential Nomination Primary day begins next week already. The dates are Feb 25th through March 2nd.  This period is for normal hours and also Saturday, Feb 29 from 10am – 3pm and Monday, March 2nd until 5pm – all similar to 2018.

 

Regional Host (MCMA) 

The Minnesota City/County Management Association – Women in the Profession Committee hosted its monthly East Metro event to encourage and support women in leadership in local government.  The topic was how people can be better allies to women in the profession. 

 

 

RECREATION AND PARKS

Harvest Park Concept Survey

The Harvest Park Concept Survey is the next step in the process of developing a new master plan for Harvest Park. This survey is part of a public engagement process that has included meetings with park users and a public open house. After gathering information from those meetings and this survey, city staff and consultants will present a preferred direction to the Parks Commission and City Council later this spring. You can take the survey by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HarvestPark

 

We will be posting the survey on the Parks and Recreation Website, the City’s social media platforms and in the March edition of the Maplewood Living.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Green Team Hosts International Leaders from Turkmenistan

On February 13th, five international leaders from Turkmenistan braved the cold to visit the City of Maplewood.  The leaders from various environmental and foreign affair agencies and organizations from Turkmenistan were visiting several states, cities, and organizations as part of the US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program.  Their visit focused on ways these organizations were protecting the environment including resource conservation, recycling, and public information campaigns. Maplewood resident and manager of the local Global Minnesota program Laurel Stoneking, asked Maplewood to host the international leaders to learn about the GreenStep Cities and Maplewood’s sustainability best practices.  Members of the Green Team, Environmental Commission, and GreenStep Cities program presented the GreenStep Cities program and followed up with a tour of City Hall Campus, spotlighting various sustainability best practices. The international visitors explained that one of their country’s greatest challenges is the lack of water resources due to their changing climate.  Much of the country is occupied by the Karakum Desert, where the temperature in the summer can reach as high as 122 degrees F.  The international visitors seemed most interested in the City’s street sweeping, asking questions about the cost and maintenance of the street sweepers. 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police Department Takes Delivery of New Combo Radar/Sign Trailer

On Monday morning, February 10th, the Police Department took delivery of a new combination radar/sign trailer from Applied Concepts.  This new trailer replaces our existing radar trailer that had been purchased in June of 2000 with an expected life cycle of 10 to 12 years.  During the Spring and Summer months, there is a high demand for the radar trailer throughout our Maplewood communities when we receive a large increase in speeding complaints due to the nicer weather.  With the added feature of also being a sign trailer that will accommodate customized digital signs, it is anticipated that this new addition will be in high demand throughout the year.

 

Please Send Police Sergeant Mike Hoemke Well Wishes as he prepares for an Extended Deployment with the Minnesota Army National Guard

In the next two weeks, Maplewood Police Sergeant Mike Hoemke will depart his assignment as he will be deployed on an extended mission with the Minnesota Army National Guard.  Mike has been with the Police Department since December of 2013, and he was recently promoted to the rank of Sergeant on November 6th of last year.  In addition to his law enforcement career here in Maplewood, Mike has been a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard for the past ten years and currently holds the rank of Captain.  Mike recently received deployment orders for a mission in Africa where he will serve as an Infantry Company Commander.  It is anticipated that Mike will return to his position in Maplewood in June of 2021.  Mike states that he is very grateful for the support that he continuously receives from both the Department and the City of Maplewood for his military career.  In a recent session with the soldiers he will be supervising on the upcoming mission, Mike reports hearing that many of them are receiving little or no support from their employers.  Good luck Sgt. Hoemke on your upcoming mission, and we look forward to your safe return!

 

 

NEWS FROM MAPLEWOOD OR OTHER PARTNERS.

 http://www.startribune.com/st-paul-fire-wants-to-end-aid-agreement-with-suburbs/567993212/   Reference:  Mayor Marylee Abrams  Chief Scott Nadeau

 

https://www.twincities.com/2020/02/14/marylee-abrams-st-paul-tried-to-bail-on-fire-agreement-all-of-a-sudden-and-with-inaccurate-assertions/  Reference:  Mayor Marylee Abrams

 

https://www.twincities.com/2020/02/16/blight-blusters-or-financial-hardships-for-the-poor-critics-call-st-pauls-vacant-building-fees-too-high-and-too-low/  Reference:  Michael Martin

 

https://www.twincities.com/2020/02/16/maplewood-plan-closes-fire-station-remaining-2-would-be-more-efficient-city-says/  Reference:  Michael Mondor, Mayor Marylee Abrams, Steve Lukin

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Have a great weekend.

Mike   

Michael Sable

Assistant City Manager | HR Director

City of Maplewood

1830 East County Road B

Maplewood, MN 55109

651-249-2053