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June 21, 2019

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 9:32 AM by Chad Bergo


Meetings and Announcements:   
Next Council Workshop and Meeting is Monday, June 24th.  Workshop start time is 5:30 pm. We will continue our report on the CIP as well as a presentation on the Communications Plan and Department Presentation. (please bring your CIP document).                                                                  



We will be setting up a booth at Hazelwood Park for Council and ENR use. Please contact Audra if you want to use the space. Thanks



Minnesota Deputy Registrar Grant Reimbursement

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has awarded the Maplewood Driver and Vehicle Services Division a grant in the amount of $124,178.44, pursuant to the Special Session Laws of 2019.  The grant was based on transaction counts and is intended to reimburse Deputy Registrars for overtime and other costs incurred as part of the failed MN LARS system.  We are currently reviewing staffing and technology options to alleviate the backload of work and provide more efficient service.  MN LARS will be replaced by a new system that has been tested and proven in other states.  However, we still expect the transition to be disruptive and it is unlikely that the new system will speed up the process.  The Minnesota Deputy Registrar Association has been lobbying for a fee increase and it appeared to have some support in the legislature this year.  If this legislation passes, the increased fee will support the additional staff person that we are hoping to hire.



Wakefield Playground Demolition

Work began this Thursday to remove the old playground equipment, concrete and gravel at Wakefield Park to make room for the new and improved play environment that is scheduled to be completed by the end of August. Having Park Maintenance/Public Works Crews do this work enabled the City to get a lot more play value built in to the project.


The Communications Team created the following video to help us inform the public of the exciting changes to come.


YouTube Link (v1, 22s):  https://youtu.be/Yu5j9ZFxFwM


Movie Night at the Bruentrup Farm

It was another perfect night for a Community Event on Tuesday, June 18th! This time it was Movie Night at the Bruentrup Farm.  Gates opened at 5:30pm with the movie starting at 6:30pm. The movie shown was Ralph Breaks the Internet, which was chosen by the public through voting on social media. The 400 attendees enjoyed activities performed by our special event staff that included temporary tattoo and colored hairspray stations, a jump castle, and yard games. The petting zoo was also a huge hit where people got to play with a miniature llama, miniature horse, goats, rabbits, chickens and more!


The Maplewood Historical Society sold a ton of hot dogs, burgers, popcorn and root beer floats and Ramsey County Library joined in on the fun by signing people up for library cards and doing crafts with the kids.


Thank you to the Maplewood Police and Fire Departments for stopping by.  Participants enjoyed the police cars, ambulance and hanging out with Public Safety Staff.


The Parks & Rec special event staff did a great job leading the activities and creating a fun and welcoming environment and received many thanks and shout outs on social media from the public.

See attached photos from this event. 


Save the Date


TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 6:00-7:30PM  


Celebrate the 10 year anniversary and grand reopening of Edgerton Community Garden and the new improvements installed this past year including ADA accessible beds and water spigots. The ribbon cutting takes place at 6:30pm followed by tours

and pollinator planting that starts at 7:00pm.  Other activities include a scavenger hunt, seed art crafts and treats – fun for the whole family!  



Rush Line – Tuesday on the Trails

The following is a list of dates, times, and locations of upcoming Tuesday on Trails public engagement events for the Rush Line project:


·         Tuesday, June 25: Intersection of Bruce Vento Trail and Gervais Avenue, 4-6 p.m. 

News from local sources or partners

http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2019/06/19/maplewood-council-bares-teeth-enacting-myth-security-plan  Reference:  City Council, Marylee Abrams, Kathleen Juenemann, Scott Nadeau


http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2019/06/19/maplewood-approves-new-tennis-courts  Reference:  City Council  


HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. Let me know if you have any comments or questions with the Council packet or other items. MELINDA