COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK
- The next City Council meeting and workshop will be held on March 9th. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME – The Council will have a work session beginning at 5:30pm. Workshop agenda items include a Closed Session for continued discussion on the Londin Lane Property Purchase Agreement and a report on the results of the Employee Survey.
- City Council Staff Retreat date has been set for April 29th. We will meet at the Wakefield Park Building and will start at 8 am and be finished by 4 pm.
Updates from Staff and Council:
Tax Hearing on Sales Tax Exemption
Several staff attended The House Tax Committee hearing on the Sales Tax Exemption Bill on Thursday morning. Mayor Abrams, Chief Mondor and myself testified on the bill. Here is an email comment I received form Representative Fischer on our attendance. “First thank you once again to you and your team for the presentation today. It was exactly what the Chair likes to see in presentations. Informative and to the point. Chair Marquardt is not able to commit to funding anything right now because targets are not yet set. I do know that he does look favorably towards these kind of projects.” I will be monitoring our progress on our bill with our Legislative Delegation and keep you posted.
RECREATION AND PARKS
Maplewood Nature Center Fur Trade Program
The Maplewood Nature Center along with parks staff and over a dozen volunteers completed their annual Fur Trade program for 2020. They taught a total of 17 classes of 4th and 5th graders over a 3 week period. Over 400 students from 6 different schools attended a 4 hour program featuring Minnesota fur trade era history. Students role-played the meeting of different cultures, trading of goods and technologies from each culture and natural resources affected to support this exchange.
The Communications Department captured the hands on learning fun with this video of Eagle Point Elementary 4th (ISD 622) graders experiencing the program: https://youtu.be/8ZczhPYhqo8
The development application for Menards will be on the March 9th city council meeting agenda. Menards is requesting approval to tear down its existing building and build a new store in its place. In addition, Menards is proposing to purchase six residential properties to the south of its existing store, remove the houses, and incorporate the land into its new store site. No access is being proposed or will be permitted from County Road B East to the new store. Access drives to a new store building would be located generally in the same area as today. If Council members have any questions, please contact me or Jeff. We would be happy to meet with you before the meeting on the 9th.
Public Safety Staff to Host 1st Annual Maplewood Public Safety Citizens Academy
The Police and Fire Departments will combine collaborative efforts to host the 1st annual Public Safety Citizens Academy. The Academy will start on Thursday, April 2nd and run for six sessions through Thursday, May 7th. The goal of the Maplewood Public Safety Citizens Academy is to provide an opportunity for those who live and work in the Maplewood area with a hands-on approach that enables attendees to better understand the role public safety plays in their community.
Police and Fire staff will alternate weekly sessions to present topics that will help attendees learn what it is like to be a public safety professional. Ideally, it is hoped that the Academy could be utilized as an early recruitment tool to spark interest from community members in becoming future public safety professionals. The Police Department has utilized this format over the years when they hosted several Citizens Police Academy sessions. The Public Safety Citizens Academy takes this format to the next level by showcasing both of our Police and Fire staff in collaboration.
Interested attendees who live and work in the Maplewood area are encouraged to register at www.maplewoodmn.gov/academy with class size limited to 15 attendees. All six sessions of the Academy will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, and the location will rotate throughout the various public safety buildings within the City of Maplewood. Questions about the Academy can be directed to either Fire Chief Steve Lukin or Police Commander Mike Shortreed.
NEWS FROM MAPLEWOOD OR OTHER PARTNERS.
District 622 e-news for Friday, February 28, 2020
At a glance
· No School on Tuesday, March 3
· No School on Friday, March 6 and the week of March 9-13
· Coronavirus Update
· Upcoming Events
· 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.
That’s the news and announcements for this week. Please contact me if you wish to hear an update on the Londin Lane Purchase Agreement. We are close to an agreement but need to bring it back to City Council at our next meeting. Enjoy the warmer weekend. Melinda