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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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February 2, 2018

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 6:58 PM by Chad Bergo


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




2018 Retreat

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!




Goldline Update:

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:


  • Tuesday, February 6, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.:  Conference Call with Washington County and Consultant staff to discuss contingency Phase 2 public engagement plan considering the challenges of hosting a neighborhood meeting with the Lion’s Park land use issue still in play.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 1 to 2 p.m.:  Washington County, Consultants, and City Staff are meeting with 3M representatives to review preliminary station area concepts.



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:


  • Tuesday, February 13, 5 p.m., St. Paul Regional Waters Services (SPRWS) Rice Street Facility – Presentation to the SPRWS Board
  • Thursday, February 15, 3 to 4:30 p.m., SPRWS Rice Street Facility - Gateway Planning Committee Final Review and Approval
  • Tuesday, February 20, 7 p.m. - Planning Commission
  • Monday, March 12, 5 p.m. or later - City Council Workshop Presentation
  • Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. or later - City Council Meeting Action Item



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





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TAC Openings

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 
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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 
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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 
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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 
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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 
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District 622 e-news for Thursday, February 1, 2018

At a Glance 

  • No school tomorrow, Friday, February 2
  • Northern Lights Show Choir Showcase is Friday night
  • SPARC meeting on Monday, February 12
  • New flyers uploaded to Peachjar!

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