COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: July 9th, 2021
Meetings and Announcements:
• The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, July 12th, with start time of 7 pm.
• July 12th will be our first in-person city council meeting. Please note that we will not have a work session before the City Council meeting but we will have a professional photographer at 6 pm for individual and group photos of the Mayor and Council. Please contact Joe Sheeran to arrange a time slot for your photo. Individual photo slots will be available from 4:30 – 6. Please confirm your time with him, thanks.
• In addition, there will be a formal resolution terminating the COVID-19 Local Emergency. This action repeals the action taken on March 16, 2020 in response to COVID-19.
• Ramsey County staff member Kari Collins will be present to discuss Ramsey County’s new Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) formation and proposed levy and its impacts on Maplewood residents.
• Public Safety Director Brian Bierdeman’s swearing-in ceremony also be on the agenda July 12th.
• The regularly scheduled meeting of the EDA is cancelled and will be moved to July 26, 2021 at the call of the chair. A joint workshop of the EDA and HEDC will be held to discuss the American Reinvestment Plan Act (ARPA) monies and how those could potentially be used to implement the economic development and housing strategies that were developed in early 2020.
Updates from Staff and Council:
ADMINISTRATION & COMMUNICATIONS
Update from EXCEL Energy
Dear community and chamber leaders:
This update is big on reducing carbon emissions!
The most effective way to reduce carbon emissions in our industry is to help customers use less energy. This week Xcel Energy recognized 41 Minnesota businesses for their outstanding efforts to help customers save energy and reduce their environmental impact. The Efficiency Partner awards recognize the top contractors, equipment suppliers and engineers that contributed the greatest electricity and natural gas savings to Xcel Energy’s Minnesota conservation programs in 2020. These are the top 41 trade partners out of the 1,475 partners working with Xcel Energy. The attached news release has more detail. If one of these businesses calls your community or chamber home, make sure to congratulate them.
One of our most dependable sources for carbon-free energy hit a milestone this month. Our Monticello nuclear plant celebrates its 50-year anniversary of providing reliable, carbon-free electricity this week and its performance continues to be among the highest in the industry. In fact, prior to the plant’s scheduled refueling outage last spring, the plant set a record run of 704 days generating electricity. Nuclear energy is a key component to reaching our goal of producing 100% carbon-free energy by 2050.
Take care, Jake.
Manager, Community Relations and Economic Development
Fire Station Demolition Update
Chief Mondor let me know that the demolition of the Hazelwood Fire Station has been postponed to the week of July 19th. We expect the ground breaking ceremony will now happen the first week of August. We will keep you posted.
Workers compensation premium update
Due to rising workers compensation costs, the City changed its premium structure in 2020 to save on premiums. We transitioned from a zero deductible option to a $50,000 deductible level, with savings projected in seven out of ten years based on the previous ten years of experience. An accumulated balance in the Insurance Fund, funded through annual interdepartmental insurance user charges, exists to self-insure the claim deductibles.
Shown below is an example of the financial activity for the first year, which includes the premium year of 6/16/2020 through 6/15/2021.
Premium for $0 Deductible $1,041,484.00
Premium for $50K Deductible $ 804,905.00
Premium Savings $ 236,579.00
Total Paid Medical Losses and Reserves $ 100,977.25
Net Savings $ 135,601.75
The savings accrues in the Insurance Fund to help reduce annual costs and build reserves for potential losses in the future. We are confident that this change in premium structure will result in continued costs savings for the City.
PARKS AND RECREATION
4th of July Fireworks
Despite it being a hot, windy day with a chance of storms, the 2021 fireworks show went off without a hitch at Hazelwood Park. It was great to hear the oohs and aahs of the crowd again and we are looking forward to hosting a full Light It Up Celebration in 2022! A special thanks to Public Safety and Park Maintenance for all of the time and effort that you put into making sure that we had a safe and fun event.
Our Communications Team broadcast a live feed of the fireworks on our Facebook page which was appreciated by many. See link below to watch.
One of our patrons posted the following comment: Thank you for doing this! Many individuals for one reason or another cannot go see fireworks! I think it is great the city did this! Many elderly with the heat, or individual’s with a disability are short PCA’s, support Staff or home health care nursing! Doing this is Equity and inclusion and for all!
This is olmstead ruling?? Kelly Sue Kausel
Article from the Pioneer Press- Nature Center Opening
NEWS AND INFORMATION
https://www.kare11.com/article/news/crime/police-searching-for-suv-after-shooting/89-e72d09a5-42f8-437e-9e15-a312b37d34d7 Reference: Sgt Joe Steiner
That’s the news for this week. Please call or email if you have any concerns or questions. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday.