NEWS FROM THE WEEK:
next City Council meeting and workshop will be held on October 14th . There
will be a Maplewood EDA meeting at 6 pm in lieu of a workshop. The
Council meeting will begin at 7 pm.
Business Council meetings (MBC) and the
St. Paul Chamber Business Education Series schedule of events is listed below:
o October or
Maplewood Business Engagement Breakfast. Staff is working on
holding a networking event in late afternoon/early evening in lieu of the
breakfast format. This is based on feedback of past attendees and Mayor Abrams
and Councilmember Smith. More details to come.
o December 10 /
Education Series – 8 Metrics to Success (Roseville)
Market Opening- Saturday (tomorrow) at noon. 1700 Rice Street. I will not be
able to attend but Ellie and other staff have indicated they will stop by for
Updates from Staff
New Maplewood Y/MCC Community Board
wanted to let you know that starting in
January, I will be the Chair of a newly created Maplewood Community Board.
Previously, the YMCA Community Board served both White Bear Lake and
Maplewood. A decision was made earlier this year to go to two separate
As such, I am looking for members to serve on the
Board. I am reaching out to you to see if you know anyone who might be
interested in serving. The specific commitments for serving on the Board
involve being advocates and boosters for the YMCA, seek out community partners,
connections and relationships and help with fundraising. The goal of the Board
is to lead in planning, monitoring and evaluate YMCA programs and services. The
Board meets every other month for an hour and a half at lunch time.
One of my interest areas is enhancing our
partnerships we have with our low income areas(such as Maplewood Ponds) and
residents, including after school day care and providing food and other
services. I am also interested in seeing if we can enhance partnerships with
If you know anyone who might be interested in
serving with me, please let me know.
Thanks for your assistance, Melinda
Connections with U.S Virgin Islands
On 10/9/19 the Public Safety Director and the
Chiefs of Fire and EMS met with representatives of the U.S. Virgin Islands to
discuss operational issues with a focus on Fire based EMS services. It
was a great conversation and exchange of information. The Virgin Islands
continue to look to improve services and were impressed with Maplewood’s
capacity to respond to both Fire and EMS calls.
The Maplewood Police Department was featured in
the Minnesota Police Journal, which is the official publication of the
Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association. The article highlighted
how Maplewood is empowering our frontline staff in areas related to problem
solving and strategic planning.
A copy of the article can be found online at: online.fliphtml5.com/grquv/yqvy/
If you like I can print out a copy of the
Metro Bowhunters Resource Base (MBRB) will be
conducting archery hunts on the following dates in Maplewood:
Battle Creek Archery Hunt- October 14-16, Nov 4-6
Priory- Oct 25-27, Nov 15-17
Fish Creek (on Ramsey County land)- Oct 25-27,
The Parks will be closed during the hunts, and
the entrance to Afton Heights will be barricaded during the Battle Creek hunt.
Signs have been posted at the Priory, and letter mailed to the adjacent
neighbors. Ramsey County is responsible for notifications and posting signage
for the Fish Creek and Battle Creek hunts.
Pedestrian Crossing Policy
City staff and the City’s consultant, S.E.H.,
have started work on a pedestrian crossing policy. Over the next several
months we will be reviewing existing policies in use by other local agencies,
review best practices, meet with various departments (such as public safety and
community development), and draft a new policy for the City of Maplewood.
We are planning to present the draft policy at the January 27, 2020 City
Council work shop as an update and to gather feedback on the policy from the
for reading this week’s FYI. Please call if you have any questions or concerns.
See you on Monday! Melinda