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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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September 16, 2022

Posted on September 19, 2022 at 9:12 AM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: September 16, 2022

Meetings and Announcements:  
The next regular City Council Meeting will be on Monday, September 26th. We will have an EDA meeting at 6 pm. It is not a closed session.
We will have a closed workshop on October 10th to discuss the status of the Compensation Study.
Our City Council meeting will follow at 7pm. 

ADMINISTRATION
Maplewood Ambassador Program- We held our second cohort of our MAP program this week.  MAP is intended to celebrate our new employees and pair them with a Maplewood Ambassador (existing staff-member) for support and mentorship during their first year as a new employee. Kudos to our amazing Ambassadors for sharing their “Why Maplewood Stories.”   Thank you to our amazing ambassadors, new employees and Mayor Abrams for attending! 

PARKS AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Ramsey County Master Gardeners to the Rescue
The Ramsey County Master Gardener volunteers share researched-based, eco-friendly gardening with all residents of Ramsey County.  To maintain their certification, master gardeners must complete 25 volunteer service hours of county-specific public education per year.  The master gardeners have volunteered at the Edgerton Community Garden on three occasions this year.  In the spring, they conducted a garden planting demonstration for all of the new gardeners.  In the summer, they assisted with the solarization project, reinstalling clear plastic sheathing to heat the soil and kill weeds and seeds on the north side of the garden.  Most recently, the master gardeners assisted with a weeding project.  Four hard working master gardeners spent two hours weeding the pollinator and live edge gardens to ensure the native plants can thrive and support our pollinators.  Interested in learning more about Ramsey County Master Gardeners, or taking one of their garden classes – visit www.ramseymastergardeners.org.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Embedded social worker program featured on national podcast
The national podcast Call to Mind, recently highlighted an MPR story that followed our embedded social worker Amy Kuusisto-Lathrop, LICSW for two days on the job. As you know, our Mental Health Outreach Team began a partnership with Ramsey County in 2021 to embed social workers in the public safety department. Last year alone, more than 1600 Maplewood calls for service involved a mental health crisis.  The MHOT with the embedded social workers (Amy and Dean Miller) have improved outcomes for people in our community and has given our public safety team another tool to keep community members and first responders safe.  The podcast takes an in depth look at mental health and suicide. Amy’s portion starts at 34 minutes and lasts about seven minutes.  calltomindnow.org/988-a-call-for-crisis-care

This is the news for this week. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

I am out of the office next week visiting my grandson in Spokane. Mike will be available Monday through Wednesday and out also on Thursday and Friday. Please feel free to contact me if something comes up. There will not be an FYI next week due to Mike and I both being out of the office. Melinda