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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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Mar 06

March 6, 2020

Posted on March 6, 2020 at 3:50 PM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: March 6th, 2020

 

Meetings and Announcements:  

  • The next City Council meeting and workshop will be held on March 9th.   PLEASE NOTE THE TIME - The Council will have a work session beginning at 5:30pm. Workshop agenda items include a Closed Session for continued discussion on the Londin Lane Property Purchase Agreement and a report on the results of the Employee Survey
  • 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.

2020 Legislative Conference

March 18-19 — St. Paul

Get ready to showcase cities at the Capitol! During this year’s conference, you’ll hear updates from state leaders, explore the bonding process, receive an update from Capitol reporters, and more. Just announced! Governor Tim Walz will address attendees on Thursday morning. Find out more in the finalized agenda. Make sure you register online by March 15 to take part.

Updates from Staff and Council:

ADMINISTRATION

Tax Hearing on Sales Tax Exemption- We will be presenting our testimony on Senate File 3370 on Wednesday, March 11th at 8:30 am. We will have our same speakers and discussion points for the Senate. I will let you know how it goes.

 

Election Overview

Here are a few stats from the Primary election, unofficial of course. Also, same day registered votes is not included here.

 

Maplewood votes totaled 5078

% of turnout was roughly 21%

DFL/Rep split was approximately 90-10

 

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Menards- On the agenda Monday night. There will likely be a few neighbors at the meeting. Staff has worked diligently to address the neighborhood concerns. Please review the very thorough staff report and if you have any questions, please call me or Jeff.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Good news to share. I wanted to share this email that was forwarded to the Mayor and I regarding a positive encounter between Captain Kubat and Shores of Lake Phalen.

 

Chiefs and Captains:

On Wednesday of this week my wife and I went to visit several assisted living facilities for possible placement of a family member.  One of them was the Shores of Lake Phalen (1870 East Shore Dr).  During our meeting with them, the business sales manager made it a point to highlight how wonderful the Paramedics with the Fire department are if transport is needed to a hospital.  She went on to say the Fire Department is respectful to not only the patients, but also the staff and they love working with us.  Another comment was they thought we are the best and they are thankful to have us in the community.   She did not know this is where I work and I did not tell her that I work for the department.  It was really great to hear those genuine comments and that they use that as a selling point for them.  It is a testament to all the hard work and professionalism of our crews.  I wanted to pass this along to everyone.

 In a follow up phone conversation the next day, she did find out I work for the Fire Department.  I did let her know we really appreciate her comments and that we also enjoy working with their staff as well.

 

Thank you,

Eric Kubat

Captain/Paramedic

Maplewood Fire Department

651-435-1192

eric.kubat@maplewoodmn.gov