COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: October 8, 2021
Meetings and Announcements:
• The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, October 11th
• 5:30 PM Workshop – Boards and Commission Interviews. We have openings on the ENR and HPC
• 7:00 PM – City Council Meeting
• Save the Date: Fire prevention week is October 3-9, 2021. The fire department will be hosting an open house on Saturday October 9th from 11am-2pm. There will be fire prevention demonstrations, food and activities for all ages. A flyer with additional information is attached.
Assistant City Manager/Human Resource Director Position
We have interviewed 8 candidates and will be conducting 2nd interviews with 5 of them on Thursday, October 14th. We have some very strong candidates and will be making a decision soon after.
City Receives Award for 2021 budget
The City of Maplewood has received its 35th annual Certificate of Recognition for Budget Preparation from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the City’s FY 2021 Budget. The GFOA released the following press release:
Government Finance Officers Association is pleased to announce that City of Maplewood, Minnesota, has received GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.
The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as:
- a policy document
- a financial plan
- an operations guide
- a communications device
Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.
When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual(s) or department designated as being primarily responsible for having achieved the award. This has been presented to Finance Department.
There are over 1,700 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA's website. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the communities they serve.
Frost Avenue Boulevard Restoration
The boulevard areas along Frost Avenue between English Street and White Bear Avenue was restored with sod in 2019 as part of the street reconstruction project. The recent drought was very hard on these boulevard areas and they are in need of some help. Additionally, we have received several calls from residents about some of the properties not mowing/maintaining the boulevard areas.
The City generally fixes damaged sidewalks/trails and removes snow in the winter. Property owners are responsible for maintenance of the boulevard grass areas. This includes the watering and mowing the areas between the sidewalks/trails and the street.
In order to address these two issues a letter was mailed to the property owners this week (see attached letter). The letter explains the maintenance responsibilities of the property owners and the City’s plan to help address the condition of the boulevard areas. In the spring, the City will be removing the dead sod that lies between the sidewalk/trail and the street. These areas will then be seeded and mulched to help re-establish the boulevard grass areas. Additional communication will be provided this spring to keep property owners informed about the project and to provide tips on how property owners can best care for the seeded areas throughout the summer.
PUBLIC SAFETY- Fire/EMT
Contractors began installing precast walls at the North Fire Station this week. Crews installed most of the exterior walls in the two story portion of the building and will be working into next week to install that apparatus garage and plank floors. While the precast installation was delayed by one month due to COVID-19 spread at the precast plant, Kraus Anderson was able to accelerate other activities to keep the project largely on the expected timeline. We are hoping to occupy the new station in June 2022.
One of the fire department’s initiatives involves training all of our EMT staff to become paramedics. Firefighter Nick Danley attended paramedic school at Century College in 2020-2021 and was recently recognized as Century College’s Outstanding Student for 2021. We are proud of Nick’s ability to represent the city and the department while completing a challenging program in the midst of a pandemic.
This is the news for the week. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I would like to thank the Mayor and City Council for their participation in the Council- Staff retreat. I know some of you had to take time from other jobs to attend, so thank you for that. I hope you found it to be helpful and productive. Have a great weekend.