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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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Nov 19

November 19, 2021

Posted on November 19, 2021 at 12:55 PM by Chad Bergo



Meetings and Announcements:    


• The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, November 22nd.

• Please note that we will be returning to zoom meetings for the foreseeable future. This has been reinstated by Mayor Abrams due to the extremely high levels of positive Covid cases. We have surpassed the benchmark of 50 positive cases in 100,000 population for over two weeks. Today’s number was 75 per 100K.

• Reminder that City Offices will be closed next Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

• The last Council meeting of the year will be on December 13th at 7 pm. There will not be a workshop.



Maplewood’s wellness program has helped save the city more than $1 million in health care costs since it started in 2010. The program covers a wide range of topics focusing on preventative care, tips on living healthier and better understanding mental wellness. It’s helped many Maplewood employees lead more active, healthier lives. Three of our employees shared their personal road to better health.


ICMA recognizes communities for their commitment to the principles of performance management. Maplewood received our first award with our first entry that was submitted by Lois Knutson and Mike Sable.

We are grateful to get the award and will continue to strive to achieve the next two award levels. Thanks for Lois and Mike for applying for this award on the City’s behalf.

Nov 16, 2021 | ARTICLE


ICMA recognizes communities for their commitment to the principles of performance management and effective communication of their performance data with residents and peer communities.

Depending on the level of recognition, Excellence being the highest, criteria include incorporation of data gathering and verification, public reporting, benchmarking and networking, strategic planning, community surveying, staff development, dashboarding, and continuous improvement.

For more information, visit the certificates in performance management page. For those interested in applying for the 2022 Certificates in Performance Management, the criteria and application form will be posted when it is available.

Certificate of Achievement

  • Bettendorf, Iowa
  • Chester County, Pennsylvania
  • Costa Mesa Sanitary District, California
  • DeLand, Florida
  • Elk Grove, California
  • Frisco, Texas
  • Georgetown, Texas
  • Hudson, Ohio
  • Lake Wales, Florida
  • Maplewood, Minnesota
  • St. Lucie County, Florida
  • Stanly County, North Carolina
  • Temple, Texas




New Embedded Social Worker coming soon

The Public Safety Department is pleased to announce that the department will be adding a second embedded social worker in partnership with Ramsey County.  The second social worker will begin training with the Mental Health Outreach Team on December 6th, 2021.  Maplewood’s approach to mental health has become a model in the region. Both of our embedded social workers and mental health outreach team members will continue to work collaboratively to address the needs of the community.





Notes from residents- Steve Love passed this on for you to see. Always great to share positive feedback.

A couple of residents sent some nice messages to the engineering department this week.  I thought you would like to see them.


The first one came in to Tyler (see attached image below) and Tyler sent it out to the engineering team.   His email is as follows:


Good Morning Team,

The attached card reminds me of all the good we do here at the City, please take a moment to read.   The excellent service the Engineering Division provides to the residents of this City wouldn’t be possible without all of you. So… thank you for all you do, it matters.




The second one came in to Lu about John DuCharme.  John is in the process of helping a resident who has an issue with their private sanitary sewer service line to their house.


Hello Lu

John is really a wonderful man.  He answered all my questions,  His work attitude is absolutely amazing.  He went beyond my expectation.

If I have to rate him on Yelp or BBB, I would give him 5 star *****.  I also believe his boss (whoever boss) does the good job too by hiring the right person and providing the good leadership, and culture within his department.

I would also like to thank you for helping me.  You're great and respond to my questions promptly and friendly.



Johnathan Nguyen

651-503-2048 Cell



Parks and Natural Resources


Volunteer Meet and Greet at the Nature Center

The Parks and Natural Resources Department hosted a volunteer meet and greet at the Maplewood Nature Center on Wednesday afternoon. Long time and new volunteers attended to learn about a variety of upcoming opportunities at the Nature Center and other open space sites. In between hot chocolate, cookies and socializing, volunteers were asked to complete a form to update their contact information and indicate which activities they would like to be involved with in the future. Many attendees expressed that they hoped we would do more of these and that they were glad to be back in the Nature Center.



Edgerton Community Garden

The last day of gardening at the Edgerton Community Garden was October 18.  Gardeners were asked to remove all fences, tomato cages, and trellises.   Weeds, corn stalks, tomato plants, and non-woody plants went into the compost bin.  Staff joined them and helped gardeners as needed.  Most gardeners did a great job clearing their garden and preparing it for winter. Century College students assisted the City in final shut down of the gardens on November 10. Professor Korpik and his biology students pulled weeds, picked up trash, and other garden choirs as part of their service learning.


The 2022 Edgerton Garden registration will begin in February for returning gardeners and March for new gardeners. In 2022 the City will transition management of the garden from Carole Gernes, Natural Resources Coordinator, to Shann Finwall, Environmental Planner.


Fall Clean Up Campaign

The City offers disposal and recycling events and opportunities throughout the month of October. The Fall Clean Up Campaign also includes education and outreach on reducing, reusing, and recycling. One of the events was the October 9 shredding event which was summarized in a previous FYI. This FYI summarizes the results of the reduced price bulky item collection by Republic Services and the free mattress collection by Second Chance Recycling.


Reduced Price Bulky Item Collection: Prior to the City’s organized trash hauling, the City held two clean up events, one in the spring and one in the fall. The events allowed residents to drop off bulky items at Aldrich Arena for recycling or disposal. The events require City funding and staff.  Now the City offers one clean up event in the spring, and promotes the curbside bulky item collection offered by Republic Services as part of the City’s contract in the fall. Curbside bulky item collection is convenient for residents.  Republic Services bills the resident directly for the service. Prices are reduced by 20 percent throughout the month of October. This October Republic Services collected 288 bulky items including refrigerators, furniture, televisions, etc.


Free Mattress Collection: New this year Maplewood collaborated with the Ramsey/Washington Recycling and Energy Center to offer free mattress and box spring collection through Second Chance Recycling. There was a limit of four mattresses/box springs per household. Second Chance collected 249 mattresses and 139 box springs.   All parts of the mattress and box spring are recycled, which is not the case when residents dispose of mattresses as a bulky item in the City’s trash program.


Bruentrup Farm Event

A Draft from the Past with Beer Choir Twin Cities!

Wed. Nov. 24 6-9pm

Bruentrup Heritage Farm


Come on out for a beer-in-the-barn event with Beer Choir Twin Cities, Maplewood Area Historical Society, and Vikings Table Food Truck!


Partake in Minnesota's great German Heritage on Thanksgiving Eve in this indoor/outdoor event at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm. Grab a burger, grab a beer, sing a song in the European song leader tradition in the historic 1905 Big Red Barn and maybe learn some Minnesotan/German history along the way!

Dress warmly, we'll be in a barn! All food sales from the Vikings Table Food Truck support the well-being of youth through engaging health and education initiatives with the Minnesota Vikings Foundation. Beer sales support the Maplewood Area Historical Society's Bruentrup Heritage Farm and Beer Choir Twin Cities!


Grab your friends, grab your family and join us for this one of a kind Thanksgiving Eve community event!


COVID Safety: This is an indoor/outdoor event.  We encourage fully vaccinated folks to attend with or without masks at your discretion.   If you are feeling ill, we ask that you stay home and join us for another event in the future.


This is the news for the week.  Have a great weekend. Please call if you have any concerns or questions. I will be on vacation for the rest of today but am available by phone should you need to contact me.
















Melinda Coleman


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