COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK
Meetings and Announcements:
- The next regular City Council Meeting will be on Monday, August 8th and will begin at 7 pm. The Workshop will begin at 5:30 to hear an update on Scattered Site Housing and an update on the City’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives.
National Night Out
The party list is somewhat fluid as parties have been cancelled because of Covid and others are still signing up. We will have a “final” map printed for you on Monday. They will be placed in the Council office.
White Bear Meadery Update
City staff has confirmed that the goats have been removed from the property this week and the outstanding building code items have been addressed. The city will therefore be issuing a temporary Certificate of Occupancy to allow the business to open. City staff has sent a final notice to the property owner indicating that the goats must not return to the property at any time and that we will issue administrative citations and fines with the potential to revoke the conditional use permit if the property is found to be in violation. We will continue to monitor the property and provide an update at the September 26th city council meeting.
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 browsing portion of our City Hall Campus Restoration for Pollinators project:
o Goats arrived Wednesday, July 20 and cleared the first of three enclosures of buckthorn and weeds by Sunday morning and were moved to the second enclosure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhaycqwFERQ
o Goat company staff are checking the fence line and for browsing progress. Goats will be moved to the third enclosure soon.
o Goats will browse each section twice; an initial browsing and a follow-up browsing of any re-sprouts.
o Staff and Nature Center Volunteers have volunteered to walk the area to check on fences and watch for issues.
o Native woodland plant seeds will be planted to provide ground cover and pollinator food sources.
Harvest Park Native Seed Garden Open House
The City collaborated with Urban Roots for an open house at the Harvest Park Native Seed Garden on Saturday morning (July 23). David Woods, Urban Roots Conservation Program Director, lead people on a tour of the garden. The group meandered through the garden while David pointed out the native plants, identifying the names and how to plant and maintain them. Four years ago, Urban Roots planted the garden. The plants are now mature enough to harvest this fall for restoration projects.
The second half of the program included a bird hike with Naturalist Konnie Her. A few young birders joined us, excitedly learning how to use binoculars and spotting several birds in the garden and woods.
At the end of the program, Urban Roots held a pop up native plant sale. Our next program at Harvest Park Native Seed Garden is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, September 27 for native seed harvesting.
Celebrate Summer Event at Afton Heights Park
Maplewood Parks and Natural Resources hosted the second of three Celebrate Summer events, Summer Challenge, on Wednesday July 27th at Afton Heights Park. The theme this month was “Summer Challenge” and attendees were able to compete with themselves, family, friends and Public Safety staff in a variety of fun activities!
After conquering the challenges, everyone was able to refuel with free grilled hotdogs, chips, GoGo SqueeZ and water! Guests also had the option to buy some delicious ice cream from the Mik Mart Ice cream truck, which is donating 10% of proceeds to the Maplewood Youth Scholarship fund.
In addition to the inflatables and food there was a variety or other activity stations and vendor booths providing free swag and activities to those in attendance.
- Inflatables – Obstacle courses, foam ax throwing, baseball speed pitch, soccer shootout
- Fire Department Obstacle Course
- Nature Knowledge Challenge
- 3M Visiting Wizards – Variety of science on the go activities
- GoGo SqueeZ - Free samples
- Cub Scout Pack 471 – Foam archery
- Other Information Booths - Ramsey County Health (Child/Teen Checkup), Metro Transit (Gold Line)
- Other Activities - Temporary tattoos, Krazy hair spray, and yard games
Parks and Natural Resources wants to give a huge thank you to staff from other departments, partners, and sponsors that helped make this event a success!
We are looking forward to the final Celebrate Summer “End of Summer Celebration” event on August 31st at Edgerton Park.
That is the news for this week. I am going to be out of the office this afternoon but available by cell phone if you need anything. Going to take advantage of this beautiful day!