City of Maplewood COVID 19 Updates
City Hall remains closed, services to resume May 26th by appointment only.
For the health and safety of our community and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been following the recommendations of public health professionals in Minnesota and the federal government in terms of social distancing and staying at home. While this included closing City Hall to the public, most transactions, including tabs and other services, have continued being processed through our drop box.
With Governor Walz’s announcement—which has been informed by public health data—to lift the stay-at-home order carefully, the City of Maplewood will resume limited appointment-only, in-person transactions at our DMV and Citizen Services counter starting May 26. This includes resuming passport processing, license renewals and other services. On Monday, May 18th restrictions will be lifted at basketball courts, playgrounds and picnic tables.
In the coming week we are finalizing the safety mechanisms and technology, such as appointment scheduling software, to conduct these operations successfully.
As Governor Walz has said, this is not like flipping a switch and everything will be back to normal. With our DMV and Citizen Services Operations serving more than 300 people daily at City Hall, we feel appointment-only services to maintain social distancing is a prudent step to resuming operations.
Anyone entering a City facility must wear a mask, maintain a 6-foot distance from staff and other customers and practice other good hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
Due to COVID-19 and budget concerns, Parks and Recreation is canceling all programming
COVID-19 has made a significant impact on the City of Maplewood’s budget due to program and event cancelations and shifts in service delivery. We anticipate a future reduction in property tax collections because of the economic impact on commercial businesses. City Council has directed department heads to deliver a 0% increase in the 2021 tax levy to ease the financial burden on homeowners.
On top of the pandemic’s impacts, several unforeseen budget constraints have arisen, including:
•$250,000 increase in worker’s compensation premiums; and
•$250,000 increase in debt service payments.
When the pandemic first hit, we took several budget measures, including furloughing all part-time Police Department Community Service Officers, offering early retirement incentives, stopping overtime, in except public safety or health emergencies and cutting Maplewood Living from 8 to 4 pages to save on printing and publication. The city has also put off vehicle purchasing. Unfortunately, of all the services Maplewood provides, Nature Center and Parks and Recreation were the most impacted and felt the biggest fiscal losses.
We have tried to be creative about service delivery and put off the most painful decisions until we truly understood long-term budget impacts. Now, with a clearer budget forecast and in consultation with members of council, we have decided to cancel programing in Parks and Recreation and at the Nature Center. This was a difficult decision but was done to prevent deeper cuts to core city services while easing the burden on city taxpayers.
Virtual programs such as Geocaching and the photo scavenger hunt will continue, but leagues and other programing will be canceled and full refunds will be processed.
While the Governor is starting to allow some recreational activities to resume, they would be running at significantly reduced capacity, with higher costs in a time of social distancing and constant sanitization. Maplewood’s nearly 50 other parks, trails and preserves—including the Nature Center pond and trail—will continue to be maintained and open for people to enjoy.
We are forming a task force to explore ways to provide park and recreation programing through various community partners. Once health experts allow large-scale gatherings, we will put a plan in pace to resume the Celebrate Summer and other community gatherings.
Regards, Melinda Coleman
City Manager, City of Maplewood
Posted June 19, 3:50pm
Drop box now available at city hall
In light of city hall’s closure, we have set up a secure drop box so that staff can continue processing vehicle tabs, business permits and other city business. Be sure to: provide your name, address, and phone number and item of business. City staff will contact you or mail your items. The drop box will be checked several times per day. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. Posted Tuesday, March 17 12:03pm
If you have routine business with the City of Maplewood:
Department of Motor Vehicles
There are two ways to renew tabs without coming to city hall:
Online at dps.mn.gov for a list of open deputy’s.
Mail application to:
1830 East County Rd B
Maplewood, MN 55109
Please include your phone number in case we have questions during processing.
If you have additional questions contact, Deputy149@maplewoodmn.gov or 651-249-2000
(Permits, inspections, planning, zoning, public health, or code enforcement)
|New permit applications can be mailed:|
1902 County Rd B East
Maplewood, MN 55109
Parks and Recreation
Due to CDC guidelines, we are not taking rentals until further notice, with the exception of picnic shelters.
Picnic shelter reservations are now open to groups of 25 or less who are able to properly social distance. We accept reservations for picnic shelters up until noon on the Wednesday prior to each weekend.
Maplewood playgrounds and basketball courts are no longer closed as of May 18, 2020.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC), however, does not recommend use of playgrounds for the following reasons:
- They are often crowded and could easily exceed recommended guidance for gatherings.
- It can be challenging to keep surfaces clean and disinfected.
- The virus can spread when young children touch contaminated equipment and then touch their hands to their eyes, nose, or mouth.
In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and for community safety please do the following:
- Practice social distancing (6 feet apart)
- Please use hand sanitizer before and after using equipment
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- Staying home if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing)
- Wash your hands when you return home
- Tai Chi Ch’aun Classes-current session cancelled, next session starting May 27
- Maplewood Nature Center, Wakefield Park Community Building, Carver Community Gym, Edgerton Community Gym
- Due to CDC guidelines, we are not taking rentals of any kind until further notice with the exception of picnic shelters.
- Adult Softball-Start date of week of May 11 for all leagues
All May Maplewood Nature Center programs have been cancelled with the exception of online programming.
Not accepting any field rental requests at this time
Contact email@example.com and or 651-249-2111 with any questions.
Permit to purchase/transfer firearm procedure
Applications will only be accepted for residents of Maplewood, and must be signed in all appropriate spots. Once our staff has received the application, via email or mail, the final page of the application will be filled out and sent via mail. This is a receipt only and not a permit.
- Email - Fill out the application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once an application is received via email, an automatic confirmation email will be sent back.
- Mail: Fill out the application, sign it, and mail it to Gun Permit Applications, C/O Maplewood Police Department, 1830 County Road B E, Maplewood, MN 55109
Posted Wednesday, March 25 10:40am