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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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Apr 02

March 30, 2018

Posted on April 2, 2018 at 7:48 AM by Chad Bergo


Meetings and Announcements:   

Our next City Council meeting and Manager Work will be held on Monday, April 9th, 2018.   Start time for Workshop is 5:30 pm. We will have presentations on the Results of the Citizens Survey ( I sent out the results under separate cover via email) and the Gas and Electric Franchise Fee Policy.   Dinner will be available at 4:45 pm.

White Bear Area Chamber 2018 Annual Meeting / Inaugural 

Thursday, April 5th

Keller Golf Course

2166 Maplewood Drive, Maplewood 

11:30am - 1:30pm

Featuring Carl Rick, Leadership Development Specialist - 
Kwik Trip

Kwik Trip was founded by Dan Zielow in 1965. His Gas station /Convenience Stores have grown from one location to over 500 with 18,000 employees. What makes Kwik Trip different from its competitors is their industry leading employee retention rate and that they are rated as a Top Ten Workplace in the three states the company operates. Carl Rick will discuss their strategies to create a profit driven business model.  

At the Inaugural we also recognize outgoing and incoming Board members, and showcase your Chamber’s accomplishments in 2016.
Cost to attend is $35.00 Chamber members and $50.00 non-members. Reserved Tables of 8 are $280. Registration begins at 11:30am with the Inaugural and lunch from 12:00-1:30pm. 

Registration is required HERE.  So far, we have Council member Abrams, DuWayne Konewko, Steve Love and myself attending.


Afton Place Open House- April 12th 4-7 pm.

Council – Staff Retreat will be held on Tuesday April 17th. We will meet at the Conference Center at Manatou Station in downtown White Bear Lake. The retreat will be from 8 am to 3:30 pm.

Save the date- Maplewood Spring Clean Up, Saturday, April 21st, 8am -1 pm, Aldrich Arena


Join us on as we celebrate the women in our communities who make things happen at the 3rd annual Women in Leadership Celebration.


Thursday, April 12

5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Gulden's Restaurant

2999 North Hwy. 61

Maplewood, MN 55109


Metro Cities Annual Meeting – Join Us!

RSVP today for the Metro Cities Annual Meeting! This year, the event will be held on Thursday, April 19th at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in the Bullard Rainforest Auditorium. We're pleased to announce that this year's guest speakers are B Kyle, President and CEO of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and Jonathan Weinhagen, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber.


The evening will start off with a social hour at 5:30pm, followed by the guest speakers at 6:30pm, and will wrap up with a brief (but important!) business meeting at 7:00pm to elect members and officers to the Board of Directors. All member city staff and elected officials are welcome and encouraged to attend!

More information is attached, and can be found here on our website homepage.

There is no registration cost, but please RSVP by April 6th if you plan to attend. To RSVP, or if you have any questions, please contact Kimberly at 651-215-4000 or kimberly@metrocitiesmn.org.

Update on Assemblies Project: from Miriam Ziven

The Assemblies Project will take place on April 27th and 28th. The entire City Council and interested staff are invited to attend on April 28th at 3:30 to 4:30. I will be attending part of the day on the 27th to discuss the functions of city government; services, challenges etc. When we get closer to the date, I will check in on who is attending. Thanks




Annual League of Minnesota Cities Conference. The conference will be held in St. Cloud on June 20-22nd at the River’s Edge Conference Center. Registration is open and is discounted if you register before April 30th.  Please let Lois know if you are planning on attending. Thanks

Updates from Staff and Council



New Coffee Shop – 2146 White Bear Avenue

Staff has received an application for design review from Stephen Linn to make site and building improvements to the property located at 2146 White Bear Avenue – just northwest of the City Hall Campus and MCC.  Mr. Linn developed the Holiday location at 36 and English.  The former occupant at 2146 White Bear Avenue – BabyZone Daycare – is now close and Mr. Linn is proposing to add a drive through and expand the parking lot to allow for a national coffee franchise to be located at this site. This project is scheduled to be reviewed by the CDRB at its meeting on April 17.

Mercedes-Benz – 2780 Maplewood Drive
The letter below was sent to all property owners within 500 feet of 2780 Maplewood Drive – the location of the Mercedes-Benz dealership – announcing an upcoming neighborhood meeting on April 3. The city owns property within this radius and received this letter as well.  Morrie’s Automotive Group (owner of the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Maplewood) will be proposing a new dealership building on its property that will required a conditional use permit revision and perhaps a variance request. No plans have formally been submitted to the city but preliminary drawings staff have reviewed have noted setback challenges.  Staff is requiring Morrie’s to hold this neighborhood meeting prior to any applications being submitted to the city.  City staff expects Morrie’s to start making formal applications to the city later in the spring.  




Wakefield Park Update: From Audra Robbins

After over a year of planning and community process, the Wakefield Park Improvements Project is springing in to action with the help of our awesome Street Department, Utility and Park Maintenance crews!


To help clear the path for the Wakefield Park Improvements, City staff have:

  • Cleared 6 trees on the site
  • Demolished the existing warming house structure which involved:
  • Disconnecting sanitary sewer
  • Stripping the metal roofing and all metals from the interior( recycled for a credit of $877.00)
  • Hauling 50 yds. of construction debris to a licensed landfill
  • Hauling 95 yds. of cinder block and concrete slab for recycling
  • Removed ball field fencing, aggregate and benches
  • Removed old hockey boards
  • Relocated several items in the park(dumpsters, etc.)


A huge thanks goes out to Bryan Nagel, Bob Running, Doug Edge, Todd Tevlin, Erick Oswald, Brent Buckley, Don Jones, Tom Douglass, Scott Schultz, Mark Haag, Dave Adams, Jeff Wilber, Joe Jensen,  Gary Hinnenkamp, Tammi Hays, John Naughton, Jason Sakry, Jordan Ore and Miles Hamre!


Because of this great interdepartmental effort, Maplewood is set to break ground on a new multi-purpose community building at Wakefield Park and upgrade the skating facilities, trails and other amenities. Pending Council approval of award of bid, construction is expected to start this spring and wrap up in November of 2018.


 News From local sources and agencies :


http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2018/03/25/maplewood-adopts-vision-plan-rice-larpenteur-area  Reference:  Kathleen Juenemann, Nora Slawik, Melinda Coleman


Thanks for reading. Staff continues to work on the challenging legal and legislative issues with the Fire Relief Association. The Legislators are on Spring break until April 9th so we won’t know the status of our bill until then. I will continue to keep you informed of on-going concerns. Please call or email any time for updates or if you have questions about this content or any items of interest.   

I wish you a very happy Easter holiday!




Melinda Coleman | 651-249-2055