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.
City Offices will be closed on Thursday and
Friday next week for the Thanksgiving Holiday. There will not be an FYI next
Maplewood Business Engagement &
Networking Event Wednesday, December 4th at 4:00p.m. -
6:00 p.m. at Unison Event Center
Council meetings (MBC) and
the St. Paul Chamber Business Education Series schedule of events is listed: - 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:
From Director Nadeau- his recent travel to US Virgin Islands
In the past
month Maplewood Public Safety (MPS) has been involved in working with the
United States Virgin Islands Public Safety Support Foundation to exchange
information and ideas to improve public safety in the U.S. Virgin
Islands. The MPS began its exchange with hosting three senior Fire/EMS
leaders on October 9th and they had a tour, discussion, and
dinner with MPS leaders including Chiefs Mondor, Lukin and Director
Nadeau. MPS found that the USVI staff also had a number of valuable
insights such as response to natural disasters.
who is recognized as a leader in Community Policing, was then asked to
present at a conference on youth, gun violence, and Community Oriented Policing
in the USVI 10/13/19 and 10/14/19. Other police leaders from Florida, New
York, North Carolina, and other locations also gave presentations on best
practices and what is working in their communities. On 10/15/16 Nadeau
toured Fire Facilities and met again with Fire/EMS officials to continue to
strengthen the partnership and build upon this relationship. Director
Nadeau’s presentation on community policing, which draws on his experience in
both Maplewood and Columbia Heights was well received. Also noteworthy
was the positive feedback and questions that were received from other agencies
attending the conference.
the USVI Public Safety Support Foundation paid for all expenses and hope that
the partnership will continue to advance professional development in both the
USVI and their partnering agencies on the mainland. Attached are some
photographs from the event(s).
I have asked
Director Nadeau to give a brief overview of his presentation at the December 9th City
Open to Business Program
The Open to
Business program is now available to all communities in Ramsey County. Open to
Business offers Maplewood businesses and residents free, one-on-one, business
consulting and technical assistance to help entrepreneurs through the process
of growing or starting their businesses. The program also assists entrepreneurs
to identify borrowing needs and accessing financing options, including direct
financing and loans in partnership with banks and nonprofit lenders. Funds can
be used for inventory, working capital, asset and equipment purchases, real
estate acquisition, and start-up costs. Maplewood’s business advisor, Noah Her,
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-294-1911.
More information is available at https://www.mccdmn.org/open-to-business.
Bruce Vento Trail Signage Update
Ramsey County is
in the process of installing updated signage along the Bruce Vento Trail to
provide accurate contact information and up-to-date information about the Rush
Line, and bring the signage into conformity with the current county brand
Rush Line Bus Rapid Transit – Design Guide
and city staff have been working to create a Design Guide, which will set the
parameters for the design of the Ramsey County rail right-of-way—including the
Bruce Vento Regional Trail—when Rush Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is
constructed. Maplewood property owners in proximity to Rush Line were sent
letters outlining this effort and inviting them to view the Design Guide,
available atwww.rushline.org and to speak to project
staff in person about it. Three drop-in events have been scheduled – including
one in Maplewood – where the public can attend to learn more about the Rush
Line’s Design Guide. See scheduled times below.
December 5: 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, Saint Paul.
- Tuesday, December 10: 5-7 p.m. at Maplewood Fire Station, 1955 Clarence
December 12: 6-8 p.m. at CLUES, 797 7th Street East, Saint Paul.
Menards – Purchase of Single-Family Home Comprehensive Plan Amendment and
submitted comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning applications this week for
six single-family properties it has purchase agreements in place. These six
properties are being purchased willingly from the existing property owners.
See image below – yellow box indicates the properties Menards is
purchasing. The red outline is Menards existing property. If the comprehensive
plan amendment and rezoning requests are approved, Menards intends to
incorporate the properties into its existing site to facilitate a complete tear
down of its existing store and build a new one-story store in its place. A
proposed site plan is also shown below. Menards intends to apply for the required
Conditional Use Permit, Design Review and Variance applications if and after it
receives city approval on the comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning
requests. Menards had been looking at the potential at building a two-story
store on this site but recently made a company decision to no longer build
two-story stores anywhere in the country. According to Menards this is because
of building code and accessibility issues it was facing in other states as it
related to its moving sidewalk that accesses the second floor.
commission will be holding a public hearing for the comprehensive plan
amendment and rezoning requests on December 17.
Housing Project News
following article from the Star Tribune where the governor announced $254
million to be invested statewide for affordable housing. One project in
Maplewood received funding – Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation
received $6.7 million in financing to acquire and rehabilitate 29 affordable
housing units in the Maplewood Gardens development. This has been a building in
dire need of rehab so this is great news.
the two tax credit projects that the council adopted resolutions of support
earlier this year were not funded – JB Vang project at Frost/English, and the
MWF Properties project at County Rd C and White Bear Ave.
disappointing news but we are hopeful that the Developer’s will look for
alternative funding to continue with these projects.
PARK AND RECREATION
Harvest Park Master Plan
November 20th, staff along our consultant from LHB Inc. held two
stakeholder meetings concerning the Harvest Park Master Plan. We met with
representatives from First Evangelical Free Church and Twin Cities Bible Church
as well as representatives from the many community organizations that utilize
Harvest Park for their games, practices and other activities. These
meetings were well attended and we received valuable feedback about people’s
needs, wants and concerns for Harvest Park both now and in the future. The next
steps in the Harvest Park master planning process will be to present to the
Parks and Recreation Commission at their December meeting and to hold a
Community Open House in January of next year
Reference: Maplewood Police, City Prosecutor
Reference: Kohlman Lake
Thanks for reading
this week’s FYI. Staff will see you at the Special MEDA and HEDC meeting at 4
pm on Monday. Melinda