- Next Council
Workshop and Meeting on Monday, May 13. Workshop start
time is 5:00 pm. We are starting at 5 pm to accommodate the schedule
of Attorney Bob Vose, to discuss the Comcast Franchise Renewal.
- The Council
Calendar for April and May is Attached. Most of
the events included in the Council packet calendar have now been loaded on to
- Bike Rodeo and Safety Fair- See
attached flyer for details. Event is May 14th from 6-8 pm at
the Gladstone Fire Station
Updates from Staff and Council:
PARKS AND RECREATION
Maplewood’s first ever online tree sale yielded solid results, with citizens
purchasing 125 trees. Based on estimates, the city initially ordered 150 trees.
Despite falling just short of our goal, the representative from Tree Trust, our
sales partner, says for a first-time sale this is an awesome result. The city
canceled delivery of the 25 unsold trees at no cost. Tree Trust will deliver
the trees next Friday, May 17th for citizens to pick up on
Saturday and Monday. With Emerald Ash Borer hitting Maplewood hard, this
online tree sale gave the city an opportunity for citizens to buy trees at just
$40 to help maintain our urban forest and tree canopy.
Troop 461 Adopts
The most recent
addition to our Adopt- A- Park program is Scout Troop 461. We received the
following email from their leader about their first cleanup effort. We are so
grateful to all of the wonderful people, both young and old that donate their
time to help beautify Maplewood Parks!
Just wanted to
inform that per our Adopt a Park agreement, Scout Troop 461 was at Wakefield
Monday evening (5/6/2019) to pick up litter. We were able to pick up
around the construction area, the play equipment and the pavilion. We were
unable to do the large open field closest to Frost as a group was there playing
ball. We plan to go back later this month to do the area around the lake/pond
and to pick up any large sticks or branches on the ground. We were able
to collect a lawn-size garbage bag worth of trash and dispose of it off site.
The night ended in a little Frisbee so we all had fun!
Sci Girls Program
at the Nature Center
Sci Girls and ELPIS
teamed up with nature center staff to build bat houses and learn about all
about bats. Sci Girls is based on the PBS TV show “Sci Girls”; – a program
showcasing girls learning about science; and supported with curriculum and
activities for any who want to have their own group at home. ELPIS is a local
non-profit that provides job and work training for young adults through several
social enterprises, including wood working workshops such as building bat
Sixteen Sci Girls
ages 9-13 years old spent the day learning about homesteading and Minnesota
bats and then built bat houses out of reclaimed cedar fencing with ELPIS
leaders, Nature Center staff and volunteers.
County Road B and I-35E Road Closure
Ramsey County is
closing down County Road be just west of the I-35E bridge due to flooding over
the road. The county will be pumping the water over the weekend and
anticipates being able to open the road on Monday.
https://www.twincities.com/2019/05/07/tired-of-potholes-one-maplewood-resident-went-to-menards-and-fixed-them-himself/ Reference: Bryan Smith,
County Road B Gas Main Replacement
County Road B between Prosperity Road and White
Bear Avenue was closed this week as Xcel starts their gas main replacement
project. One of the methods that Xcel is using to keep residents informed
about the project is a door hanger. Approximately
one week prior work beginning in an area Xcel will distribute this door hanger.
NEWS FROM PRINT AND OTHER PARTNERS
From the Pioneer
Press. https://www.twincities.com/2019/05/07/tired-of-potholes-one-maplewood-resident-went-to-menards-and-fixed-them-himself/ Reference:
Bryan Smith, Steve Love (Both Mayor Abrams and Steve Love had follow up
conversations with the residents in this article).