COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK
Meetings and Announcements:
The next City Council meeting and workshop will be held on
January 27th. Reminder that the EDA and
HEDC will continue the strategy/planning work session from 4-7 pm.
Updates from Staff and Council:
From Kim O’Brien with the Rice and Larpenteur Alliance:
The Winter Warmer event is shaping up for Saturday, February
1 from 11:30-1:30 at Nepali Kitchen! We need your help personally inviting
people you think should attend. So far, we have 37 people registered (see below
for current list of attendees—note some orders are for 2 people). We have 80
total spots available.
Note: The Alliance agreed to fund a low-cost façade
improvement for the restaurant ahead of the event. Unfortunately, the window
painter we hoped to hire is unable to complete the project because of the tint
on the windows (and too cold to paint from the outside). I’ll keep working to
see if there is something else we can do in the short timeframe.
Thanks for your help promoting and attending the event!! Let
me know if you have any questions.
New booth notification light in Council Chambers
The communications staff has had a vertical Recording light
installed in the council chambers. It is
located above the Hmong necklace.
Basically, Nate turning on the light is equivalent to
getting the thumbs up from Nate that the meeting can begin. In the situation of
multiple meetings in one evening, the light is intended to be turned off and
then back on when he is ready for the subsequent meeting to begin.
As a note, please remember the meetings must begin at the
stated time or later, never before.
Mental Health Outreach (From Director Nadeau) In 2019
Maplewood Public Safety began an outreach effort to those who suffered from
serious and persistent mental health issues, who were high-users of system
resources, and who were judged to be in need of resources to assist them. The year took a
lot of time to set up the program and bring our staff up to speed, as well as
to research and implement strategies to assist with Screening evaluate things
like HIPPA compliance.
I am going to extend
this program for 2020 and will be gathering more data to see if we are
achieving the desired outcomes and to see if we are able to justify the
resources necessary beyond 2020. Please
let me know if you have any questions.
The efforts of this team will be highlighted in the Public
Safety annual report but I thought it would be good for you to get this report
earlier. If you would like to discuss this further, Director Nadeau could
discuss at a future Council Manager workshop.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Harvest Park Master Plan Open House
There was no shortage of lively discussion at the Harvest
Park Community Open House on Tuesday night at the Wakefield Park Community
Building. Maplewood residents, City and Rush Line Staff, our LHB Consultant as
well as the Mayor and Parks Commissioners all gathered to discuss the proposed
changes to Harvest Park and give their feedback and input. We received great
suggestions and comments from the attendees that will be incorporated into the
master plan going forward. The next steps in the master planning process will
involve a POLCO community survey that is being developed with the