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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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Jan 26

January 26th, 2018

Posted on January 26, 2018 at 6:53 PM by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  1.26.18

Meetings and Announcements:   
Our next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, February 12th, 2018.   Workshop will begin at 5:45.  We will have a discussion on the sale of the Mancheski Property and Annual Operations Report from the YMCA/MCC staff.

Comp Plan Community Open House #2 - January 30, 2018; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Avenue – The Community Open Houses will be organized with information at stations so residents can come and go when it works best for your schedule.

Updates from Staff and Council

ADMINISTRATION

2018 Retreat
I did not remember to distribute the survey on Thursday night to get your thoughts on content and dates for this year’s retreat. It is attached.

Comcast Franchise Renewal
Mychal and I and Bob Vose met with representatives to begin discussions on the new agreement. We have tentatively scheduled the public hearing to get input from residents for February 26th. More to come on this and where we are with finalizing the Needs Assessment. Mychal and I would like to schedule outside meeting with Council to discuss prior to the public hearing. Lois will assist with getting the meetings scheduled.

Winter Plowing
I have talked to Steve and Joe about putting together updated information for our residents on how snow plowing/removal works. We did not get many emails/concerns about this week’s storm but I think it will be good to share information on our process and priorities for snow removal. I would like to acknowledge our public works crews who put in the extra time to make sure our streets are drivable and safe.

 

EEDD 

Lion’s Park Comprehensive Plan Meeting
Last night, January 25th  – between 25-30 residents attended a neighborhood meeting at Carver Elementary to discuss the proposed future land plan for the Lion’s Park Neighborhood.  There were about 75 in attendance and 80% of the attendees came to discuss the Lions Park Plan.

Most of the residents from Lion’s Park neighborhood are opposed to the Plan. In attempt to have some additional dialog, Dewey and I have scheduled a meeting with this neighborhood next Wednesday at 6 pm at the McKnight Fire Station. You are welcome to attend if your schedule allows.  

 

PARKS AND RECREATION
From Audra Robbins: 2018 is going to be a great year for special events in Maplewood, all of which involve several City departments, the YMCA and community organizations. New events this year include a family night at the Gladstone Savanna and a fall(Halloween) event at the Bruentrup Farm.

Due to the upcoming construction at Wakefield Park this summer, The WOW event series has been replaced with unique events at parks located throughout Maplewood. The KID CITY Laugh In will be a part of the End of Summer Celebration that takes place on August 22 at Edgerton Park.

In an effort to update our offerings to meet the needs of the community, we are no longer holding a daddy daughter dance and are working with the YMCA to offer a family night at the Community Center for the Assalam Mosque in Maplewood.

Special Events Planned for 2018

 

2018 Special Events

  • Easter Egg Hunt at Edgerton, March 31
  • Rescheduled Music in the Barn at Bruentrup Farm, June 15
  • Parks Special Events in place of WOW due to construction at Wakefield:
  • June 6 – Bike Rodeo and Kid’s Duathlon at Afton Heights
  • July 18 – Touch a Truck at MCC/YMCA
  • August 22 –End of Summer Celebration/ KID CITY Laugh In at Edgerton Park
  • 4th of July at Hazelwood
  • Movie Nights at Bruentrup Farm, June 26  & August 14
  • Community Event at Gladstone Savanna, August 2
  • Rec Run 5K at MCC/YMCA, September 29
  • Fall Music in the Barn at Bruentrup Farm, September 7
  • Halloween Event at Bruentrup Farm, October 27

      


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News From local sources and agencies :

 https://www.twincities.com/2018/01/25/25-part-time-maplewood-firefighters-expect-to-lose-their-jobs-in-march/  Reference:  Michael Mondor, Melinda Coleman

 http://www.startribune.com/suspect-shot-while-attempting-to-rob-maplewood-liquor-store/470684043/  Reference:  Cmdr. Dave Kvam

 http://kstp.com/news/police-suspect-fatally-shot-in-maplewood-liquor-store-robbery-attempt-/4755330/  Reference:  Maplewood Police

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/01/23/maplewood-liquore-store-robbery-fatal-shooting/  Reference:  Video

 North Dakota:  http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/Suspect-fatally-shot-during-liquor-store-robbery-470741853.html  Reference:  Cmdr. Dave Kvam 

http://kstp.com/news/part-time-firefighters-lose-jobs-maplewood/4749442/  Reference:  Chief of EMS Michael Mondor

https://www.twincities.com/2018/01/22/winter-storm-wreaks-havoc-in-the-region-prompts-gov-dayton-to-call-out-national-guard/  Reference:  Maplewood City Hall (closed early)  City Meeting (postponed) 

http://www.startribune.com/suspect-shot-while-attempting-to-rob-maplewood-liquor-store/470684043/  Reference:  Maplewood Police

 

League Events & Training


Free Webinar: 2018 Legislative Preview and City Advocacy
Feb. 14—1-2 p.m.
What can cities expect during the 2018 legislative session? Set a date this Valentine's Day for this free webinar to preview the upcoming session and get tips on how you can effectively advocate for cities.

2018 Legislative Conference for Cities
March 22—St. Paul
Once the 2018 legislative session is in full swing, join your city colleagues in St. Paul for the 2018 Legislative Conference for Cities. Focus on how city priorities are faring at the Capitol, get tips on how to advocate for cities, and more!

 

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great weekend. Melinda