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Jun 12

May 8, 2018

Posted to City Manager Blog by Chad Bergo

COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK:  6.08.18

 

Meetings and Announcements:  

 

Our next City Council meeting and Manager Workshop will be held on Monday, June 11th, 2018.   Start time for Workshop is 5:30 pm. 

  

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. Please let Lois know if you are planning on attending. Mayor Slawik and Council Member Abrams will be attending. Melinda will be attending the Strengths Coaching Class June 18- 22nd; however Mike Funk, Assistant City Manager may be attending.

 

Also, Maplewood will be receiving the Step 5 GreenStep Cities recognition once again this year.  The recognition is given to cities who measure their sustainability best management practices, and improve on at least three of those best practices from the previous year.  The awards will be given out during the League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference in St. Cloud on June 21.  The award activities begin at 2:45 p.. with individual City photos, group photo at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception, dinner, and awards program.

 

Gold Line Open House Schedule           

Gold Line Corridor Open House – West

July 17, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Grace Lutheran Church: 1730 Old Hudson R, St. Paul, MN

Google Map Link to location: https://goo.gl/maps/yL9SRf735eS2

 

 Gold Line Corridor Open House – East

July 18, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Guardian Angels Catholic Church: 8260 4th St. N, Oakdale, MN

Google Map link to location: https://goo.gl/maps/P6maQy59TJ92

 

Updates from Staff and Council

 

ADMINISTRATION

Photos from National Running-Walk Day. Several employees from the City, the Y/MCC and Ramsey County Participated.  Another activity that is included as part of the City Wellness Program. I heard that Mayor Slawik participated too!

 

Remodeling at City Hall Update:

The floors were not completed last week due to a mix up by the sub-contractor. Floors are expected to be completed on Saturday. We will have the final walk through sometime next week.   We still need to get furniture for the lobby/DMV area but we were waiting to see where we are at with budget. Overall, the project went very well and I would like to compliment Bryan Nagel for his oversight of the project and Lois Knutson who was leading on the design decisions. The updates look great.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Treasure Hunt Winner:

The rain held off on Saturday, long enough for Lily Lofgren and family to find the “golden boot” during our annual National Trails Day Treasure Hunt. This year, the boot was hidden in Edgerton Park by the Community Gardens. Clues were posted on Parks and Rec’s social media pages starting at 7am on how to find the “golden boot” in one of our parks.

 

It took these three clues for Lily to find it:

Clue #1: I am located in a park near the “edge” of Maplewood’s northwest border.

Clue #2: During the week, this park’s next door neighbor is full of some of Maplewood’s best & brightest young people.

Clue #3: Find me next to a giant salad in the making – yum!

 

The lucky hunters received a summer tote full of things to help them get out and enjoy our parks all summer long.

  

Bike Rodeo at Afton Park

Maplewood Parks and Recreation hosted the first of three Celebrate Summer events on Wednesday June 6th at Afton Heights Park. The theme for this event was a Duathlon and Bike Rodeo along with fun games and other vendor/visitor activities.

The night started with a bike rodeo for all ages followed by kids ages 7-12yrs taking part in the Duathlon which consisted of 2 miles of biking followed by 1 mile of running. The racers had their first lap around the course led by Sgt. Paul Thienes before turning them loose to finish the remaining 4 bike laps and 5 running laps on their own. Skill levels ranged from those with training wheels to regular bikers. We had one racer complete the race after having her training wheels taken off two days prior! #TeamLilah

There were multiple City departments involved in making the event a success:

- Police, Police Reserves and Bike patrol for putting on the bike rodeo

- Fire for hands only CPR and helmet checks

- Nature Center for bringing a nature activity

 

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

KID CITY – dragon art table and performance of Somalia’s Balloon by Ifrah Mansour

3M Visiting Wizards – science on the go

Go Squeeze - free samples

Ramsey County Health – information and family activity packs to give away

Misc. - Temporary tattoos, krazy hair spray, bounce castle and other family activities and yard games

 

 

Parks Update

Bike Rodeo/Duathlon special event on Wednesday at Afton Heights Park with Police and Fire Departments

North East United (NEU) Tournament this weekend at Hazelwood and North High School –  Staff helping out at both sites in cooperation with NEU and the School District.

 

Recreation  Update

Gymnastics classes begin this week – 3 sessions

T-ball starts Sunday – full with waitlist.

              

Nature Center/Open Space Update

Wetland Puppet Show for 100 kindergartners

Pond Study for 4th graders from Wester School

Woodbury Sr. High Service group – service projects – yard and trail maintenance

 

 

EEDD

 

Maplewood Business Council

The next Maplewood Business Council is scheduled for Thursday, June 28 from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. This event will be held at the Maplewood Community Center and will focus on the future of the City’s North End. The North End of Maplewood is home to Maplewood Mall and St. John’s Hospital as well as two future mass transit stations serving the proposed Rush Line. With the changing nature of retail and the healthcare industry becoming more important every day, we know this part of the city will change. To foster this change, the city will be developing a vision plan for this area that will also incorporate the transit stations. This Business Council meeting will have representatives from Ramsey County to talk about Rush Line and from Perkins Will to talk about the big picture findings there are putting together as part of the market study they have been commissioned to conduct.

 

If you are interested in attending, please register by clicking on the link below:

 

https://saintpaulmncoc.wliinc1.com/events/Maplewood-Business-Council-2452225/details

 

Rush Line - Informational Fun Ride & Walk

The Rush Line project team is conducting a public outreach effort on Saturday, June 16 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Residents and interested parties are being asked to join the project and enjoy a morning of fun activities for people of all ages and abilities. Meet at the Bruce Vento Trail circle north of Frost Avenue in Maplewood. Members of the project team will be available to discuss trail and guideway alignments, landscape design and station area planning.

 

If interesting in attending, please register by clicking on the link below:

                               

https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/roads-transit/regional-railroad-authority/rush-line-brt-project/public-engagement/rush-line-brt-informational-fun-ride-walk-registration?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

The Rush Line project team will also be at this weekend’s Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District WaterFest at Lake Phalen Regional Park to gather input and educate residents about the project.

 

PUBLIC WORKS

 Engineer in the Park

In order to provide another means to ensure the Farrell-Ferndale area residents are kept well informed about the proposed project in their neighborhood, Assistant City Engineer Jon Jarosch hosted a question and answer session Thursday evening at Lion’s Park. The session was attended by 20-25 residents with many excellent questions being asked. Staff will be hosting similar ‘Engineer in the Park’ events in the future to keep residents up to date and guide them through the construction process. (What a great way to engage the neighborhood- good job Jon!)

 

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I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. Please call if you have any questions about this news or the Council packet.

 

Melinda

 

Feb 27

Maplewood Police Department – Ever Evolving, Always Serving

Posted to Council Account by Chad Bergo

It’s hard to imagine the days when the Maplewood PD consisted of a constable and a few deputies. As Maplewood grew from a conglomeration of villages into an incorporated city by 1957 to today’s fully developed suburb, city leaders have sought to change, refine and improve the system of services to meet the needs of a growing and diversified community.

This service evolution includes a professional public safety system, a full-service public works department, a business and environmental development department, and an envied park and trail system. It ensures the community maintains a high quality of life for everyone in a financially and operationally sustainable manner.

For example, Maplewood Police Department’s 52 sworn officers wear body cameras and well-equipped duty belts. A professional civilian staff keeps them informed in the field with state-of-the art records technology systems. Everyone, from those on the job a few weeks to the chief, have attended extensive, nation-leading training.

We can best understand and appreciate their dedication and level of service when we comprehend their mission, policies and plan of operation.

21st Century Policing
– Long before former President Barack Obama commissioned a task force and released a report on best practices in 21st Century Policing to build community trust, transparency and legitimacy, Maplewood PD had established and was practicing many tenants of the final report’s key pillars. New Public Safety Director Scott Nadeau is committed to building relationships with the community with programs such as Coffee with a Cop and outreach in our schools. The Maplewood Police department is committed to examining its records to ensure cultural bias isn’t influencing enforcement. It’s also striving to ensure training is relevant to what officers need to know in the field.

Police Department Strategic Plan 2018
– The police department recently completed its first strategic plan to ensure officers and command staff are meeting community expectations and are accountable for carrying out the plan. It emphasizes community-oriented and problem solving policing, building community relationships, better utilizing technology and implementing a health and wellness guidefor officers’ physical and mental fitness.
Analysis of 2017 Enforcement Action – Chief Nadeau recently released the department’s first comprehensive enforcement action report. When looking at discretionary arrests (where officers have the option to take enforcement action) and demographics, it suggests that officers are not exhibiting bias in their enforcement. It also identifies key demographic changes and highlights certain disparities in non-discretionary enforcement (where officers are mandated by statute or department policy to take an enforcement action). This latter finding highlights broader societal factors that need further exploration.

New Training Initiatives – The department is working to ensure officers’ training goes beyond the tactical mandates. One key training goal is to ensure officers are prepared for crisis intervention and de-escalation, especially when confronting someone struggling with mental illness.

To learn more about recent Maplewood Police Department goals, please visit their website. It is my hope that seeing this information will help us all to be aware of, and appreciate the dedication, values and accountability of the Maplewood Police Department.

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