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Nov 18

November 15, 2019

Posted on November 18, 2019 at 9:17 AM by Chad Bergo


Meetings and Announcements:   

  • The next City Council meeting and workshop will be held on Monday, November 25th , 2019.  The workshop will begin at 4:00 p.m. This is the Special EDA/HEDC Planning Session. A light dinner will be provided.
  • Maplewood Business Engagement & Networking Event  Wednesday, December 4th at 4:00p.m. - 6:00 p.m.at Unison Event Center
  • December 10 / 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.      Business Education Series – 8 Metrics to Success (Roseville)
  •  State of the City Date - Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 15th from approximately 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The meeting will include District 622 Superintendent Christine Osorio as a guest speaker.

Updates from Staff and Council:



News from Bob Jensen 

Recently the Society hosted an interview by NBC News with General Joseph Votel in the barn.  General Votel was commander for the U.S. in the Middle East until last March and the interviewer (Charlotte Gardiner, an associate of Richard Engel of NBC) wanted his reaction to President Trumps decision to remove U.S. troops from the Turkish border.  This interview will be aired on MSNBC on Sunday evening, November 17 at 9pm CST as "On Assignment with Richard Engel."  I doubt if the barn is featured as anything more than a backdrop for the interview (the associate wanted a rustic, wood backdrop) but there may a scene of General Votel walking on the adjacent path.  If nothing else, General Votel provides insight into what's happening in Syria and you can claim you saw the barn on national TV.


We have photos of the interview and will post them on social media when Charlotte gives us the ok.  Also, I introduced General Votel to Judy Woodward of Ramsey County Libraries to give a talk at the Roseville library in June 2020 as part of her current events lecture series. You can check the library for the exact time.

Bob Jensen - Treasurer

Maplewood Area Historical Society


Community Survey – for Maplewood Residents 


Please pass along the survey link below to your staff/constituents on behalf of the League of Minnesota Cities. While anyone is free to fill it out, we’re specifically encouraging employees who are Maplewood residents to tell us how we’re doing from a resident’s perspective. They may also share it on their social networks and with neighbors or friends in town. It is completely anonymous.  




T-21 Letter to Cities

I have heard from only the City of Vadnais Heights in response to the letter I sent out. They report that it is unlikely the city will work on this issue. They have divided views on T-21 on the Council at this time.

Metropolitan Mosquito Control District Report

Please see the very thorough report from the MMCD regarding efforts in Maplewood and around the State. See attachment.




2019 Regional Forecast Released – Projects Changes in Population, Jobs, Households- From Metro Cities Newsletter

The Metropolitan Council released its newest regional forecast this week. The updated 2019 forecast includes projections in several demographic areas as well as number of jobs in the seven-county metropolitan region. The new 2040 forecast projects 3.653 million residents, 1.447 million households and 2.016 million jobs. That population change translates to an additional 803,000 new residents between 2010 and 2040. Council staff explained population changes are based on natural growth (births and deaths) and migration. The 803,000 residents projection is flat with the 2015 forecast (802,000 residents) and an 85,000 resident reduction from the 2017 forecast (888,000 residents).

Within those population changes, several demographic trends were highlighted. The population is aging (residents age 65 will double from 307,000 in 2010 to 661,000 in 2040), the region will continue to experience growing racial and ethnic diversity, and household makeup will change (increases in smaller households and older households). Met Council projections show the region will be 40 percent people of color in 2040 (compared to 24 percent in 2010).

A key data highlight made by Council staff explained how the primary market for single family homes is not projected to significantly grow. Larger households, defined as those under age 65 with 2-3 persons or 4 persons will only increase by 72,000 households between 2010 and 2040. Overall household growth is projected to grow by 329,000 over 30 years (a reduction of 45,000 households compared to 2015 projections).

Council staff explained there are no regionwide local forecast changes at this time, following the release of this new regional forecast. The next complete update of local forecasts will occur in 2023 and inform the next regional development guide. However, local forecasts can be adjusted individually, based on a local request. More information on regional and local forecasts can be found on the Met Council website.


District 622 e-news for Friday, November 15, 2019

At a glance

·  No School November 27-29

·  Videos for Veterans Day and National Community Education Day

·  Points of Pride

·  Scene Around 622

·  Community Education News

Visit the e-news webpage or open the attached PDF to read this week's District 622 e-news. 


Thanks for reading this week’s FYI.  Melinda