COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: March 19th, 2021
Meetings and Announcements:
• The next City Council meeting will be held virtually on Monday, March 22nd with start time of 7 pm.
• At the meeting on March 22nd meeting we will have a closed session at 6 pm to discuss Labor Contract negotiations.
Updates from Staff and Council:
New Salt Shed Cover Replacement Completed
The City utilizes slat as part of winter maintenance activities. Proper salt storage is required to prevent chloride runoff impacts to surface and groundwater. The salt shed, located in the Public Works construction yard, was built in 2005. The fabric cover reached the end of its useful life with holes developing and seams beginning to separate. The fabric cover was replaced this week. It took 2 days to remove and replace the cover.
MnDOT Virtual Open House Meeting – Hwy61/Hwy 5
MnDOT hosted the first of two virtual open house meeting for their future Stillwater Road/Hwy 5 project this week. MnDOT gave a presentation on the project, the time frame, and took questions from the public. The following are a few key notes from the open house:
• Temporary easement will be needed from property owners in locations where sidewalk or trail improvements are planned. MnDOT will be contacting property owners where temporary easements are needed this summer.
• SPRWS will be replacing watermain as part of this project.
• Several questions were asked about the storm sewer pond that is needed to meet storm water requirements. The proposed basin would be on City owned property (see image) which is currently being used for storm water purposes. MnDOT will be looking to acquire property/easements from the City. Municipal Consent will be required for the acquisition. A public hearing will be held by the City as part of the Municipal Consent process.
PARKS AND RECREATION
WAKEFIELD COMMUNITY BUILDING: Rental Update
We are cautiously excited to be moving toward re-opening the Wakefield Community Building for rentals. Staff is hard at work developing the required COVID safety plan based on the most recent guidance provided by the state and reaching out to former seasonal staff for availability.
As of today, capacity is set at 50% of occupancy which will allow up to 38 guests per rental. Masks will be required indoors and any event with food/beverage will be subject to additional restrictions. We plan to start taking registrations on April 19 with the earlies rental date being May1.
NEWS FROM LOCAL MEDIA
https://www.twincities.com/2021/03/13/ponds-golf-course-redevelopment-maplewood-plans/ Reference: Mayor Marylee Abrams
https://www.twincities.com/2021/03/16/man-charged-with-threats-of-violence-at-maplewood-mall-in-incident-that-drew-crowd-of-juveniles/ Reference: Sgt Joe Steiner
These are the reports for this week. Please call if I can address any questions or concerns.