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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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July 15, 2022

Posted on July 18, 2022 at 10:15 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: July 15, 2022

Meetings and Announcements: 

The next regular City Council Meeting will be on Monday, July 25th and will begin at 7 pm.  The Workshop will begin at 5:30 to discuss/review the Compensation Study. We will also convene an EDA meeting in the Council Chambers at 6:30 pm to discuss deal points for the redevelopment of the Myth property.

The Fire Station grand opening will be held on July 21st at 2 pm. For those of you that would like to make remarks at the grand opening, please keep them short and let Joe know if you need assistance.

ADMINISTRATION
Emma’s Place Update
Emma’s place manager has requested to appeal two of the latest fines for excessive calls for service. Ron Batty, Andrea Sindt and Lt. Dugas are working on the staff report to outline the process for City Council to address this request.

PUBLIC WORKS
WHITE BEAR AVE AND LARPENTEUR AVE PROJECT UPDATE
Ramsey County is currently in the design process for an improvement project for White Bear Avenue and Larpenteur Avenue intersection area.  The proposed project includes concrete repairs to White Bear Avenue, reconstruction of Larpenteur Avenue and reconstruction of North Saint Paul Road.   In addition, there will be improvements to ADA signals, new sidewalk, and improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists.  The proposed project is scheduled to be constructed in 2023.

One item of discussion lately has been the status of the existing traffic signal located at White Bear Avenue and Ripley Avenue.  During the design process it was found that the signal at this intersection does not meet warrants for a signalized controlled intersection.  In recent discussions with the County’s design team a decision has been made to leave the existing signal in place at this intersections.   The proposed project no longer shows it being removed as part of the project.

For more information about project, please see Ramsey County’s project website listed below. 

PURPLE LINE ROUTE MODIFICATION STUDY
The Purple Line project team recently provided the City Council an update on the project and the route modification study.  Their project webpage has both a Route Modification Study and a Public Engagement tab.

The route modification study page indicates that public engagement on all route options will begin later this summer.  For more information on the project, proposed route modifications, and upcoming public engagement events please see the following webpage 

PUBLIC SAFETY
National Night Out- August 2nd
To register you party for National Night Out go to: Maplewoodmn.gov/nnosignup 
This announcement has run on various Maplewood social media sites last week. It’s also on the front page of the website.  It is in July Living.

PARKS AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Goat Grazing Update
Pollinator Central Project at Maplewood City Hall Campus
Here are the latest updates on the progress of the goat grazing portion of our City Hall Campus Restoration for Pollinators project:
Non-profit Great River Greening (GRG) hired Goat Dispatch as the contractor for the forest portion of the City Hall Campus pollinator restoration project.
Both Great River Greening and Maplewood staff have been busy preparing for the arrival of the goats:

  • Our first City of Maplewood Temporary Goat Permit was applied for and issued
  • A MN DNR permit was applied for to allow fencing and grazing within the Gateway Trail right of way
  • Signs were created to inform the public and keep people out of the enclosure
  • Temporary fencing was installed for the goats on Thursday
  • Goats are expected to arrive Tuesday 7/19, depending on their progress on buckthorn control at other contracted sites

Getting goats was a bit more complicated than I thought but it will be fun to watch and see what kind of results we get.

That’s the news for this week. Enjoy the weekend and please call or email if you have any questions or concerns.
- Melinda