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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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Apr 19

April 16, 2021

Posted on April 19, 2021 at 10:29 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: April 16th, 2021

 

Meetings and Announcements:  

 

• The next City Council meeting will be held virtually on Monday, April 26th with start time of 7 pm.

• We will have an EDA meeting at 6:00pm to review 3 or 4 purchase agreements under a Closed Session

Updates from Staff and Council:

 

ADMINISTRATION

Community engagement opportunities

There are several opportunities for employees to get involved in Community Outreach around environmental initiatives in the next two weeks. 

Maplewood Spring Clean Up, April 17, 8am – 1pm. Check in with Shann Finwall if you want to help out.

 

Earth Week Parks Clean Up, April 18 – 24, walk through one of Maplewood’s many parks and trails and collect trash as you see it –Click here for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/884104395779658/

 

Earth Day Campus Clean Up April 22 – Click here for more details: https://maplewoodmn.sharepoint.com/sites/NewsCenter/SitePages/Campus-EarthDay-Clean-Up.aspx

 

Rice Larpenteur Clean Up, April 24, 9-11:30am

 

 

PUBLIC WORKS

Street Projects bid results(from Jon Jarosch)

am pleased to inform you that the bid results for the City’s two 2021 pavement rehabilitation projects came in well below the Engineer’s estimates. We received great bid prices indicative of an excellent bidding market and the hard work of our Team on creating highly detailed and understandable plans.

The Montana-Nebraska project low bid of $1,632,490 by T.A. Schifsky and Sons was roughly $220,000 below the Engineer’s estimate.

The Southcrest-Ferndale project low bid of $1,294,515 by Northwest Asphalt was roughly $258,000 below the Engineer’s estimate for the base bid. We had bid alternates on this project for a neighborhood fog seal (pavement rejuvenation) and sanitary sewer lining to prevent inflow and infiltration in problem areas throughout the City. If we awarded both bid alternates, we’d still end up $115,000 under the Engineer’s estimate for the base bid alone!

The current plan is to bring the award of contracts to the May 10th Council meeting for approval. The Engineering Team, along with area residents, are excited to get these much needed improvements underway.

PARKS AND RECREATION

Plalking for Earth Week

We are once again encouraging people to go plalking (pick up litter while walking) during Earth Week. This year, we have added a Facebook event  for extra incentive and fun:

Earth Week Plalking Challenge

The challenge is simple - Go plalking at a Maplewood park, trail or open space during Earth Week, April 18-24, and send us a picture of you and/or your family in action. That’s it! Everyone that sends in a picture will have a chance to win an Earth Week themed Maplewood Parks and Rec Swag Bag!

No need to register, just “Like/Attend” this event http://bit.ly/plalkingchallenge2021 and email your “plalking  picture” to recreationonline@maplewoodmn.gov.

 

Conservation Corps@Fish Creek

In February of 2021, staff applied for and received assistance from Mississippi Park Connection to obtain help from their Conservation Corps Minnesota River Crew.  This crew works exclusively within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA). Because most of Fish Creek Preserve falls within the MNRRA boundaries, these crews have helped us with many of our goals at Fish Creek.

Work started this week to survey for and remove invasive plants.  Crews were oriented to the preserve; and were trained to identify, report and remove three species of invasive plants.  They also pre-treated buckthorn to prevent summer berry production.

In the coming months, both adult and Youth Outdoors crews will continue invasive plant reporting and removal, collect native plant seeds, maintain the Oak Study planting areas and plant native flowering shrubs for pollinators.   All 2021 work will be completed by the end of October.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Spring Clean Up Update – April 17th, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday will be a nice day for the Spring Clean Up – partly sunny, in the low 50s.  A perfect day to greet Maplewood residents as they drop off their items.  The City Council is invited to volunteer as entry gate greeters during the event.  We have 200 Ramsey County Recycles bags filled with goodies and 50 compost kits to distribute to residents while they wait in their vehicle for their turn to enter.  Additionally, we are accepting food and cash donations for our local food shelves.  We are planning for a Covid-19 safe event, which will include distributing and accepting these items in a container extended out toward the vehicle.  Volunteers and residents should wear masks.  The greatest need for entry gate greeters is from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Vehicles start lining up at 7 a.m., and enter right away at 8 a.m.  Don’t forget to clean out your own garages and bring your items to the Spring Clean Up.  A full list of items accepted and pricing can be found at www.maplewoodmn.gov/cleanups.

 

Rice Larpenteur Neighborhood Clean-Up

The Rice Larpenteur Alliance is organizing a spring clean-up for the neighborhood on Saturday, April 24th at 9:00 a.m.

If you are interested in attending, the group is meeting at Caribou Coffee at 1720 Rice Street in Maplewood, and you can RSVP with this sign-up form.

 

LOCAL NEWS

https://www.twincities.com/2021/04/13/ramsey-county-pushes-forward-with-levy-proposal-cities-worried-about-tax-burden/  Reference:  City Manager Melinda Coleman

 

Maplewood golf course is Ramsey County's latest redevelopment fight. http://strib.mn/3e1LljP   Reference:Mayor Abrams

 

These are the reports for this week.  Enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather. Please call if I can address any questions or concerns.

Melinda