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Mar 12

March 9th, 2018

Posted to City Manager Blog by Chad Bergo


Meetings and Announcements:  

Our next City Council meeting and Manager Work will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018.   Start time for Workshop is 5:30 pm. We will have presentations on the Rice and Larpenteur Gateway Plan and from the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce.  Dinner will be available at 4:30 pm.

Maplewood Business Council will meet Thursday, March 22 from 7:30 m – 8:30 am at the Maplewood Community Center.  A strong, diversified economy in Maplewood is critical to the well-being of the businesses and residents of the City and to the fiscal strength of the City. The goal of Maplewood's 2040 Comprehensive Plan is to identify and outline the roadmap to support the ongoing growth of companies and industries while preserving and enhancing quality of life factors that make Maplewood attractive to new companies and new residents.

Please join us for a conversation! The City of Maplewood will discuss how the 2040 Comprehensive Plan has evolved since our last meeting to better promote the ongoing growth of companies and industries while preserving and enhancing quality of life.

The business perspective is important to the City of Maplewood, so this opportunity to give feedback is encouraged. Please let Lois know if you are planning on attending.

Afton Place Open House - April 12th 4-7 pm. Please see attached flyer for details.

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

Updates from Staff and Council


City hall remodel: The city hall remodel project will begin on Monday. The contractors will primarily be working at night although most employees here at city hall will be displaced for a week at a time. The Deputy Registrar area will be getting the most changes. There are walls to be removed, expanded counter area and new and refurbished cubicles. All of the west wing offices will get new carpet and paint over a 7 week period. It is going to be chaotic and messy for a while. The Council Chamber remodel will start on April 10th and will take about 4 weeks. The Council Chambers will get tv’’s mounted on the walls, new paint and carpet as well as new chairs for Council and the audience. (You can check out the chair options in the Maplewood room on Monday night).  The dais will be changed as well. The oak trim will be sanded and re-stained to get a new look that will complement the other improvements. There will also be new work top surfaces.

Our April 23rd Council meeting will be held at the MCC.  We will be able to cablecast and web cast our meetings as normal. If we have to have the May 14th in a temporary location, that will be held at the Gladstone Fire Station. All of our advisory boards and commission meetings will be held at the Gladstone Fire Station. They will not be live cable cast but will be live streamed on the web page and re-played on Channel 16. We are limiting the board meeting videography because of the extra $1,000. per meeting and the Fire Station is not equipped to handle the necessary technology.

We have put a notice of these meeting locations in the next Maplewood Living.

CIP Process to begin:

The materials have been sent out to department heads to start this years’ CIP Process. Below are some key dates to be aware of.

April 13 – last date for CIP requests from department heads to be submitted to City Manager and Finance Director

July 9 – Council work session; can add additional meeting if necessary

July 17 – Planning commission hearing on CIP

July 23 – Preliminary adoption (final adoption with 2019 budget)


March 20, 2018 7 p.m. Public Hearing – Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Notices have been published and mailed announcing the public hearing for the Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan which will be held at the March 20 Planning Commission meeting.  More than 1,000 notices were sent to property owners and neighbors of significant land use changes.  Staff also sent letters to residents of the Lion’s Park neighborhood informing them of the Steering Committee’s recommendation of leaving the 2030 land use plan in place for residential properties in this neighborhood. The public hearing draft of the land use chapter now reflects this direction.

Prior to the council meeting on Monday night, staff will deliver to each council member a physical copy of the public hearing Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The draft chapters of the plan have also been posted to the city’s website – links to each chapter can be found below.

Electronic Links to PDFs of Each Chapter of 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Cover and Table of Contents

News From local sources and agencies :

The Maplewood Review on March 7th had an article titled “Maplewood Sues fire relief association over surplus pension fund money”. I could not find an on-line version to send out but we have extra copies here if you didn’t get this at home. Me and Attorney Rice are quoted. Firefighter quotes in this version. 3.2.18 In demand communities have affordable homes along commuter routes.

District 622 e-news for Thursday, March 8, 2018

At a Glance

No school tomorrow due to staff development

SPARC meeting on Monday, March 12

Tartan hosting college fair on Wednesday, March 14

Space Pirates coming to the stage next week and beyond

New flyers uploaded to Peachjar!

Follow the link to read this week's District 622 e-news:

League Events & Training


2018 Legislative Conference for Cities

March 21-22—St. Paul

Once the 2018 legislative session is in full swing, join your city colleagues in St. Paul for the 2018 Legislative Conference for Cities. Focus on how city priorities are faring at the Capitol, get tips on how to advocate for cities, and more!

Free Webinar—Residential Service Lines: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Until There’s a Problem

March 14—1-2 p.m.

With growing attention being paid to Minnesota's aging sewer and water infrastructure, there's more potential for residents to experience expensive problems related to replacing infrastructure. Learn more about a program that can help both residents and cities during this free webinar.

Free Webinar—Advocacy 101: How Things Get Done and Your Part in the Process

March 14—3:30-4:30 p.m.

During this free online training, you'll explore how League policies are decided each year and discover how you can help the League’s lobbying efforts by getting involved in policy development and sharing your city’s story.

2018 Safety & Loss Control Workshops

March-April—Various Dates & Locations

Hands-on, affordable training is headed your way this spring! Attend the location nearest you to hear the latest news you can use, and get practical tips to take back to your job. This year, get information for administrators, police, public works professionals, building engineers, insurance agents who work with cities, HR professionals, parks & rec staff, and more!

Save the date! 2018 Annual Conference

June 20-22—St. Cloud

Get your bags packed and ready to head off to Camp #MnCities this June for the League of Minnesota Cities 2018 Annual Conference! What will you discover as you join hundreds of your fellow city campers? Keep checking the League's website for more information and registration opening later this month!

Co-Sponsored Events & Other Training

Minnesota Mayors Association 2018 Annual Conference

April 27-28—Perham

Join mayors from across Minnesota for the Minnesota Mayor’s Association 2018 Annual Conference as together we explore how to be the leaders our communities require in times that can be challenging.

Workshop—Bridging Divides: What to do When People Disagree

April-June—Various Dates & Locations

Join local government officials for these free workshops in a city near you to discover how to de-escalate difficult situations and move from confrontation and conflict to effective problem solving.

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February 23, 2018

Reminder - Metro Cities Board of Directors Openings

Due to term completions, there will be openings on the Metro Cities Board of Directors that begin July 1, and …click for full newsletter

2018 Legislative Session Preview

The 2018 legislative session started on Tuesday, February 20th, and will run approximately 12 weeks, to …click for full newsletter

Submit Your Housing Ideas to Governor’s Housing Task Force

Governor Dayton’s Task Force on Housing is soliciting ideas from Minnesotans on housing issues facing the …click for full newsletter

Reminder: Met Council Wastewater Reuse Workshops and Public Hearing

The Metropolitan Council Environment Services Division (MCES) will hold two workshops and a public hearing …click for full newsletter

RSVP Today for 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 …click for full newsletter

Bills of Note

During the legislative session, Metro Cities will provide information on introduced bills of note and interest to …click for full newsletter

Thanks for reading.  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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