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Posted to City Manager Blog 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.
2040 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting – February 22, 2018 – 5 p.m.
Residents of Maplewood have been reviewing and providing comments on the Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan during the last few months to help provide the city with guidance to further refine the document. This second phase of public engagement is wrapping up and the Steering Committee will utilize its next and last scheduled meeting to review comments received, see an overview of the changes made to the second draft and give additional recommendations as we move forward with the more formal review by the planning commission and city council in March and April.
The next 2040 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting is scheduled for February 22, 2017 starting at 5 p.m. This meeting will once again be held at Fire Station No. 2 in the Gladstone Neighborhood. Many of the comments staff has received during this phase of public engagement have focused on the Lion’s Park neighborhood and the proposed land use change. At the steering committee meeting, staff and consultants will walk through three options the city could take to address these comments. The three options will also be presented at the subsequent planning commission and city council meetings.
Draft Rice-Larpenteur Vision Plan
Residents, businesses, planning commissioners, members of neighborhoods and business organizations, elected officials and city staff have spent the last year creating a vision to shape the development of the Rice and Larpenteur area. This vision is captured and documented by the plan developed by the three adjoining cities. This plan is in draft form and is currently being reviewed by staff.
Below you will find a link to the DRAFT Rice-Larpenteur Vision Plan. This plan is being presented to the Gateway Area Planning Committee (elected officials and staff) at its last meeting scheduled for February 15. The Maplewood Planning Commission will then review the plan on February 20. The City Council is scheduled to review and consider approval of the plan on March 12.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING DISCUSSION, LEAD BY THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN’S VOTERS (See attachment)
The LWV Roseville Area will host a panel of city officials on February 20. Each speaker
will explain the status of their city’s affordable housing goals that are being proposed as
they update their comprehensive plans. League members studied affordable housing for the
past two years and advocated for local cities to include needed affordable housing in their
plans that are due to the Metropolitan (Met) Council this year.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Autumn Grove Park Building, 1365 Lydia Ave. W.,
Roseville. The event is free and open to the public. There will also be a recorded viewing
of the program at 9:30 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 3115 Victoria St.
Ash Tree Removal and Cost Savings
Over the winter Public Works crews have helped the City get a jump on boulevard ash tree removals.
Crews have removed 78 ash trees this winter with the goal of removing an additional 21 trees in the upcoming weeks. Staff rented a bucket truck to help safely remove the trees one section at a time. By renting the bucket truck and utilizing city staff the removal costs are about 1/3 of the cost per tree compared to hiring a contractor to do the removals. Staff will be providing additional information on the EAB plan at an upcoming Council Workshop.
Gearing Up For Pothole Season
Maplewood is expecting a healthy crop of potholes come this spring. This year’s patching operation will be more efficient and safer thanks to the newly purchased asphalt patch trailer, hotbox.
With the ability to carry twice the amount of patching material crews can spend more time patching and less time waiting for additional material to arrive. In the past, at the end of the day, any remaining material would need to be disposed and the next day would start with crews waiting in line at the asphalt plant for new material. Crews can now be out patching potholes right up to the end of the day and go out first thing in the morning with remaining previous day’s material thanks to the electric overnight heater. During the peak pothole season this saves an hour or more each day for the whole crew. With LED strobe lights and a LED arrow board mounted on the new hotbox this operation will more visible to traffic and will make the operation safer for the patching crew.
Posted to Council Account by Chad Bergo
Tag(s): Bryan Smith