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July 22, 2022

Posted on July 25, 2022 at 9:33 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: July 22, 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. We will provide dinner at 4:30 in the Maplewood Room.

ADMINISTRATION
Cultural Agility Training
Yesterday we wrapped up our cultural agility training for all staff.  All staff were required to attend this training as part of our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.  

Session objectives included:

  • Understanding what intercultural agility is and how it can help employees be inclusive in their roles
  • Increasing knowledge of how biases occur in the workplace and the various communities we serve
  • Developing an action plan that outlines behaviors and actions that support an inclusive workplace

Over the next several months, we will be working with our MORE team and Senior Management Team to develop action steps based upon these trainings.  Look for updates in the coming months.

PUBLIC WORKS
Street Project Updates
Construction on the City’s three street improvement projects is well underway and the projects are progressing nicely despite the heat of summer.

The Gervais Area Improvements are currently focused on replacing the water main system along 11th Street from White Bear Avenue to Ariel Street. Water main replacements along Ariel Street are complete. Pavement has been installed on Flandrau Street, Barclay Street, Sextant Avenue, and Gervais Court with paving scheduled for next week on Gervais Avenue. The overall project is on schedule to be completed this construction season.

The Cope Avenue improvements are currently focused on the section of roadway between Hazelwood Street and White Bear Avenue. Water main has been replaced in this area, with the contractor shifting to replacing the concrete curb and gutter in the upcoming weeks. Water main work on Cope Avenue between English Street and Hazelwood Street is anticipated to begin in early August. The overall project is on schedule to be completed this construction season.

The McMenemy Street Improvements are currently focused on installing storm sewer and water main installations between Larpenteur Avenue and Roselawn Avenue. Some material shortages have affected the timing on this project, delaying these utility installations. Water main materials are expected to arrive in early August. The contractor is working on other work items to keep this project on schedule.

As these projects include many residential and commercial properties, Staff are meeting regularly with area property owners to minimize the project’s impact on them and to ensure their needs are being met. We will continue this effort throughout construction. Any project related questions can be directed to Assistant City Engineer Jon Jarosch at (651) 249-2405.   

PUBLIC SAFETY
Fire Department Open House
Unfortunately I was unable to attend what was a very successful open house for our new fire station yesterday.   Beyond a tremendous turnout, we received a lot of positive feedback for not only the event, but for the work that our Fire Department does on a day to day basis. As was stated yesterday, there were many, many people that had a hand in opening up this amazing facility.  From our current Mayor and Council to those members who advocated for this in the past, to past and present staff and community stakeholders.  It took a lot of time and energy to make yesterday a reality, but the effort was so worth it!  

National Night Out- August 2nd
To register you party for National Night Out go to: Maplewoodmn.gov/nnosignup or click the following link. https://gisapps.maplewoodmn.gov/NNO_2022/.  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 Update
The goats have arrived on Campus! Between 50 - 60 goats are busy eating up invasive species on City Hall campus for the forest portion of our pollinator restoration project with Great River Greening. They will be with us until the end of August, moving from one area to another devouring buckthorn in their wake. Goat Dispatch is responsible for the goat maintenance but they are also looking for volunteer goat herders to keep extra eyes on the herd. Several city employees have already stepped up and if you are interested, please contact Maplewood’s Natural Resources Coordinator, Carole Gernes, carole.gernes@maplewoodmn.gov for more information. Check out this link for video of the goats in action: https://fb.watch/epfkQ4HoAn/

Enjoy the weekend, I look forward to seeing you on Monday.
Melinda