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May 23, 2022

Posted on May 31, 2022 at 9:55 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: May 23, 2022

Maplewood Middle School Be the Match Fundraiser Run

In March we were approached by a teacher at Maplewood Middle School that was setting up a fundraiser run for their principal who was diagnosed with cancer. After speaking with her, we provided them with event planning support by sharing the Gateway Trail route Parks used in past Rec Run Events, contacts with other necessary entities, provided barricades, cones, picnic tables for set up, and recommendations from previous experience. We were happy to be able to provide support for this event! Below is a note from the teacher about the event and a picture.

 From Ashley Rome (Maplewood Middle School): Earlier this year the principal of Maplewood Middle School, Eric Mjolsness, was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. Eric is an inspirational leader so we wanted to host a 5k to honor him and his fight with cancer and to raise money for Be The Match. With the help of so many wonderful individuals and organizations, including Maplewood parks and rec and the Maplewood PD, we were able to have a successful event with over 200 people in attendance and raised over $11,000 with all proceeds going to Be The Match.

 

2022 Arbor Day Tree Sale

The City of Maplewood partnered with Tree Trust, a local non- profit, for our fourth annual Arbor Day Tree Sale. Tree Trust received tree orders, emailed confirmations, provided pickup directions, pickup signage and handed out tree planting and care manuals for each resident. 

Residents were limited to two trees per address. Each tree ordered came with a bag of mulch. One hundred fifty trees were ordered and delivered, including a Honeycrisp apple tree won by resident Liz Jefferson won at our Arbor Day event!

Tree Trust staff coordinated delivery of trees and mulch to Maplewood Public Works on Thursday, May 19, and provided staff and volunteers for each pickup event. Residents were able to pick up their order on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00am- Noon or Monday, May 23 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Pickup ran like a well-oiled machine! Trees were arranged in assembly-line fashion by species, making it easy to direct the residents through the garage.  Many of the trees we received were much larger than expected. Staff placed trees into vehicles with care, ensuring that trees were packed well with mulch bags to avoid damage during transport.

Thank you to Tree Trust and their volunteers, Public Works and Parks staff for their hard work making the 2022 Arbor Day Tree Sale a success!

 

Spring Clean Up

We had a successful Spring Clean Up on Saturday May 21 at Aldrich Arena. Thank you to all of the City employees, City Council, and volunteers at the event. Following is a sampling of the number vehicles and materials collected at the event. A more detailed report with a comparison from previous years will be included in next week’s FYI.  

  • Vehicles:  367
  • Mixed Solid Waste:   32.25 Tons
  • Metal:  7.48 Tons
  • Construction & Demolition:  2.87 Tons
  • Tires:  155
  • Mattresses/Box Springs:   139
  • Electronics:  194
  • Appliances:  141
  • Clothes:  350 pounds
  • Small Electronics:  61
  • Bikes:  Not yet reported.

 

Maplewood Ambassadors Program (MAP) 

This week we officially launched our MAP program for new employees.  MAP is intended to provide an overview on our community, our form of government, our culture and the unique aspects of our staff and sense of place.   New hires participated in department tours where they were able to see first-hand the elements of each department, meet department representatives and better understand the aspects of being a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week operation.  The best element of MAP, however is the mentorship of pairing existing employees with new hires.  As a MAP mentor, existing employees will be checking in with their mentee to ensure that things are going well.  Thanks to all those who participated! 

As we move into the Memorial Day weekend, our thoughts are with those who served or are serving in the military.  We hope you are able to enjoy the weekend with family and loved ones!