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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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June 17, 2022

Posted on June 20, 2022 at 8:12 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: June 17, 2022 

Meetings and Announcements:   
The next regular City Council Meeting will be on June 27th and will begin at 7 pm.  The Workshop will begin at 5:50 and the agenda will include the preliminary review of the 2023-2027 CIP and the Review of the Fire/EMS Study and Staffing Plan. 

I am working with Chief Mondor to select a date for the Fire Station grand opening. We had been waiting on confirmation for the installation of doors. The installation will occur in the next couple of weeks. We are looking at setting the Opening for the weeks of July 18th or 25th. I will coordinate with Mayor Abrams and let you know where we land on the date and time.

 

ADMINISTRATION
Employee Announcement from today- 6-17-22

Good afternoon everyone. I have several updates for today.

First, I wanted to announce some lunch and learn opportunities. On July 20th we will meet in the Council Chambers to watch a TED talk from Simon Sinek. The title of the talk is “Most Leaders don’t even know the game they are in”. It is one of the best I’ve seen. Mr. Sinek is a great thinker and speaker. He has a bold goal to help build a world in which people wake up every day feeling inspired, feel safe at work, and feel fulfilled at the end of the day. We will meet from 11:30 to 12:30 on July 20th. Please email me if you are interested in attending. I will then send out calendar invites. Remember to let your Supervisor know that you will be attending.

Second, I am planning a book club lunch and learn for October. Date to be determined later. The book chosen is Start with Why” by Simon Sinek.  Here is an excerpt from Amazon. You might consider getting this as an audible book as he is an amazing speaker.

The inspirational best seller that ignited a movement and asked us to find our why.

Discover the book that is captivating millions on TikTok and that served as the basis for one of the most popular TED Talks of all time - with more than 56 million views and counting. Over a decade ago, Simon Sinek started a movement that inspired millions to demand purpose at work, to ask what was the why of their organization. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, and these ideas remain as relevant and timely as ever.

Third, Maplewood wrapped up its third Lead Academy class Thursday, with participants discussing which portions of the course had been most valuable to their professional development.  The class members are Ashley Bergeron, Brent Buckley, Nick Danley, Brad Davison, Christine Evans, Michael Hoemke, Meghan Janaszak, Jason Kuchenmeister, Ken Powers, Mike Renner, Jennifer Stanley, Tyler Strong and Ron Westlund.

Creating connections, enhancing professional development

Overall those who participated in LEAD Academy say it’s helpful to be in class with staff from other City Departments. They felt they were able to make real connections with people they wave to at city events. The main course in which everyone seemed to find the most valuable was Budgeting 101. Participants say they were able to take a step out of their own department’s needs and consider all of the other services the city provides and how they’re funded.

“LEAD opens your mind to how the city operates and actually helps you be more successful in your role,” says Christine Evans, Deputy City Clerk and LEAD Academy class member.

“I learned a lot about myself as a leader,” says Detective Ashley Bergeron, another LEAD Participant. “It was interesting to see how the city operates beyond the police department.”

We are processing this classes evaluation of LEAD and working on scheduling the next session. If you are interested, please let your supervisor know and keep an eye out for the next course registration.

Last item, Participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run

Join a great cause and get in your miles. The Public Safety Department is hoping for a good citywide showing for Maplewood’s stretch of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. After we pass the torch, it will continue on until it enters the Minnesota Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies. If you’re interested in participating, please reach out to Officer Katherine Lynch; katherine.lynch@maplewoodmn.gov. Learn more about the run.

I hope you will consider participating in a community event this summer and/or attend one of the up-coming lunch and learns. I will also be scheduling a lunch and learn on Strengths. Stay tuned for more info.

Enjoy this beautiful weekend. - Melinda

PUBLIC SAFETY
National Night Out Info

To register you party for National Night Out go to: Maplewoodmn.gov/nnosignup  or click the following link. 

https://gisapps.maplewoodmn.gov/NNO_2022/

The announcement has run on various Maplewood social media sites last week. It’s also on the front page of the website.  It will run in July Living.

PARKS AND NATURAL RESOURCES
TOUCH A TRUCK 2022

After a two year COVID hiatus, Maplewood Parks and Natural Resources staff were excited to host the Celebrate Summer Touch a Truck event, on Wednesday June 15th at the YMCA/MCC. We want to give a huge thank you to Public Safety, Public Works, our partners, sponsors and City volunteers for helping make the event a huge success!

Upon arrival, attendees were greeted by the smell of grilled hotdogs before partaking in all of the other event activities. We had lots of cool vehicles from Public Safety, Public Works, and Parks, along with a school bus, Ramsey County swat vehicle (Bearcat), trash and recycle trucks, 18ft Escalade limo and an ice cream truck which is donating 10% of proceeds to the Maplewood Youth Scholarship fund.

Other activity stations included vehicle themed temporary tattoos, Krazy Hair Spray, bounce castle, yard games, 3M Visiting Wizards and a nature craft/activity station. In addition, we had booths from Ramsey County Public Health, GoGo SqueeZ, City and County Credit Union and the YMCA all providing free activities, “swag” or product to our attendees.

A special thanks to the Parks Commission for hosting the Parks and Natural Resources booth! They gave out the always popular construction hats, stickers and candy and talked with attendees about upcoming city happenings. 

We are looking forward to the next Celebrate Summer event on July 27th at Afton Heights Park!

RAISING CANE’S FUNDRAISER – Maplewood Youth Scholarship Fund

Maplewood Parks and Natural Resources is “raising funds with Raising Cane’s” on Tuesday June 21st from 5-9pm. Anyone mentioning the fundraiser at checkout will have 15% of their sale donated to the Maplewood Youth Scholarship Fund. This is the first of two summer fundraising drives with the other scheduled for August 16th.

The youth scholarship fund allows us to pay 2/3rd of the programming fee for qualifying Maplewood residents. We have been using these funds toward the RevSports program offerings.

PUBLIC WORKS
Gervais Area Project

Work within the Gervais Area Pavement Rehabilitation project began on May 31st. The Contractor has removed and replaced deteriorated portions of the concrete curb and gutter throughout the portion of the project west of White Bear Avenue. Watermain replacements have also begun along Ariel Street south of 11th Avenue along our border with North Saint Paul. Those replacements will continue over the next few weeks. Material shortages and delays have impacted the project schedule. The portion of the project west of White Bear Avenue will sit mostly idle until late July at which time it is expected that ductile-iron piping and storm sewer structures will become available. Until that time, the contractor will be leaving the existing pavement in-place and maintaining the site to reduce the projects impact on area property owners. Overall the project remains on track to be completed this construction season. 

LOCAL NEWS

https://www.twincities.com/2022/06/09/citing-lack-of-density-ramsey-county-rejects-rice-creek-commons-development-agreement-between-alatus-arden-hills/  More on the standoff on the TCAP property. 

Have a great weekend everyone. As always, please call if you have any questions or concerns .

Melinda