COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: October 16th 2020
Meetings and Announcements:
The next City Council meeting will be held Monday, October 26th. We do not have a workshop scheduled on the 26th.
Updates from Staff and Council
YMCA/MORE Team Food Distribution – (Get your community service credit hours)
With the help of the Public Safety Department, Mayor Abrams, Councilmember Neblett and other volunteers from the City and Maplewood YMCA Community Center, we were able to distribute more than 1200 boxes of fresh produced, meats and dairy to families in need. The USDA’s Farms to Families Program selected Maplewood through the YMCA for distribution in our area. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Maplewood Y has delivered more than 50,000 meals.
We still need staff to help greet and load boxes for the next two distributions. They will be next Thursday, Oct 22 and the following Thursday, October 29th from 9:45 to noon. This is a great opportunity to attain your community service credits for the year. Contact Joe Sheeran firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Coverage of the event on WCCO
By the end of day Friday, Oct 16, we, at city hall, expect to have received over 1400 ballots, either from in-person voting or ballot returns. Currently, almost 27% of registered Maplewood voters have cast their vote and over 50% have requested an absentee ballot. The AB turnout for Ramsey County as a whole and Maplewood individually can be viewed at https://data.ramseycounty.us/stories/s/qzeh-89k8. City election staff is receiving many questions about the election process and AB voting along with many appreciative comments for conducting a safe, pleasant voting experience. May I pass along that thanks to city management and the city council for allowing us to take over the chambers until Election Day. Starting Tuesday, Oct 27, the ballot counter will be available for those voting in person.
Our call for election judges was met with great response from our wonderful residents. We are grateful for all who responded and trained. We must work with party balance in polling locations and as a result not all those who responded, trained and otherwise, could be assigned to a precinct at this time. Those unassigned but trained judges will be called upon as Election Day approaches and openings occur.
No Sales Tax Exemption – Fire Station
The Minnesota Legislature passed a $1.9 million bonding bill that included some changes to tax law for businesses. Unfortunately, the city’s request for a Sales Tax Exemption for the new fire station was not included. We will continue to work with our local representatives on seeking this authority next session.
We will also partner with the League of Minnesota Cities staff and the other cities who are in the same position, so we may have some leverage later.
IT- message from Nick Franzen
I’ve just been informed that due to the road construction projects happening in downtown North St Paul, some of the fiber optic cable resources will be relocated beginning on Monday at 10:00 PM. Work is expected to be completed by 6:00 AM on Tuesday. I apologize for the lengthy email, but here are some of the services that will or may be affected:
There is a possibility that we will lose Internet connectivity. Our partners are Metro-iNet are working to minimize that risk. If this happens, all email, VPN connectivity, and websites hosted in our server room will be inaccessible. Our phone system, Sharepoint, Teams, and Zoom will be unaffected if you are using them remotely. If you are working at most of the city buildings, you would still be able to access files on the S, P, or H drive.
These are the major services will be unavailable if we lose the Internet:
Email (sending, receiving, and access via the Outlook Web App)
Laserfiche Mobile App and Web Link
Zuercher (at City Hall)
We will lose all network connectivity to the South Fire Station and the Fire Training Center.
The phone system will be offline for users at the South Fire Station or the FTC.
I will contact Ramsey county to let them know the Station Alerting system will be down.
No access to CJIS websites from PCs located at City Hall or the South Fire Station.
Zuercher will be unaffected from City Hall PCs unless we do lose Internet connectivity. Zuercher will be accessible from the MDTs over their Verizon connections
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
These are the reports for this week. As always, please call if I can address any questions or concerns. Thank you.