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Posted on February 6, 2018 at 6:58 PM by Chad Bergo
COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: 2.02.18
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.
Updates from Staff and Council
Retreat survey is attached for your input on topics and dates for this year’s retreat. Please fill out and return to me or Lois.
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 will be sending out the draft needs assessment soon so we can get your feedback prior to the public hearing on the 26th.
Green Team Video
Councilmember Kathleen Juenemann stole the show with her cameo performances in Maplewood’s Recycling Feud. The Green Team collaborated with the communications division in crafting an entertaining and informative gameshow-style PSA on recycling and composting best practices. Kudos for their efforts. Watch to find out which team took home the prize!
The Gold Line consultants, Crandall Arambula, will be in town to present the 3M/Maplewood Preferred Station Location and Details during the February 26 City Council Workshop. Prior to that meeting the following will take place:
The Rice-Larpenteur Gateway Area Vision Plan is almost complete. The consultants, Perkins Will, are finalizing the document for review and approval by the Gateway Planning Committee on February 15. After approval of the plan by the GPC and City Council the document will be adopted as an addendum to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The final review schedule is included below:
Comp Plan Community Open House #2 – the meeting took place on January 30 at Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Avenue – There were about 45 people that attended and 80% of them were there about Lion’s Park and are opposed to the Comp Plan amendment.
Lion’s Park Comprehensive Plan Meeting
On Wednesday, the 31st, Dewey and I attended a neighborhood meeting at the McKnight fire station to discuss the proposed future land plan for the Lion’s Park Neighborhood. There were about 45 residents in attendance.
Most of the residents from Lion’s Park neighborhood are opposed to the Plan. In attempt to find some common ground, we created 3 alternatives that will be recommended to the City Council eventually. The options include- leave the Comp plan proposal as is, reduce the density and land area of change in the proposed designation or do not make any comp plan amendments at this time and wait for the Gold Line project to start. Dewey and I will be talking more about this at the Comp Plan steering Committee Meeting on February 22nd. A timeline of decision points and review process is attached for your review.
News From local sources and agencies :
https://www.twincities.com/2018/01/26/pioneer-press-treasure-hunt-maplewood-park-myth-busted/ Reference: Mike Funk, Mayor Nora Slawik
Metro Cities is seeking interested applicants for two open seats on the Metropolitan Council’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which advices the TAB (Transportation Advisory Board). The TAC and …click for full newsletter
DPS and MNIT Release Project Roadmap and Funding Request for MNLARS Fix
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) recently released a “project road map” with respect to improving the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System …click for full newsletter
Metropolitan Council Authorizes Public Hearing on Wastewater Reuse Amendments
The Metropolitan Council has authorized a public hearing to receive comments on three proposed amendments to the Water Resource …click for full newsletter
Metropolitan Council Approves Corridors of Commerce Submissions to MnDOT
The Metropolitan Council has approved 10 projects for submission to MnDOT for funding from the Corridors of Commerce Program. As a reminder, MnDOT is accepting submissions through Feb. 5th. All projects …click for full newsletter
Metro Cities Convenes Livable Communities Act Program Review Work Group
Metro Cities has convened a work group to review the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities (LCA) programs. Formation of a group was recommended by Metro Cities for the purposes …click for full newsletter
Metropolitan Council Hosts 50-Year Event
The Metropolitan Council hosted a 50-year event last week at the U of M’s McNamara Center, with over 250 people in attendance. Governor Dayton gave opening remarks, highlighting the region’s …click for full newsletter
Metropolitan Council Approves Waivers on LCDA, TOD awards
The Metropolitan Council last week approved five additional Livable Communities awards for projects in Minnetonka, Minneapolis, …click for full newsletter
Save the Date for the Metro Cities Annual Meeting!
Mark your calendars and save the date for the Metro Cities Annual Meeting! This year’s event will be held on Thursday, April 19th at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in their Bullard Rainforest …click for full newsletter
EVENT: Met Council Training for LCA Applicants
The Metropolitan Council is offering design workshops for applicants to the Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA) and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) programs in an effort to improve the …click for full newsletter
Metropolitan Council SAC Task Force
The 2016-2017 SAC Task Force will be hosting a meeting with small businesses regarding the Task Force’s recommended changes to the SAC Program on Tuesday, February 6. These changes …click for full newsletter
District 622 e-news for Thursday, February 1, 2018
At a Glance
Follow the link to read this week's District 622 e-news: www.isd622.org/e-news
Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great weekend. Melinda