COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: November 6th, 2020
Meetings and Announcements:
• The next City Council meeting will be held Monday, November 9th. We do not have a workshop scheduled on this evening.
•We will canvass the Election results on Thursday, November 12th. The meeting will be hybrid style so you can call in or come to city hall. Thanks to all who responded to the survey that Lois sent out on preference for in-person or zoom meetings. The Mayor will be reporting on the findings on Monday.
Updates from Staff and Council:
New Council Orientation
I have reached out to our newly elected Council members, Nikki Vilavicencio and Rebecca Cave, to set up orientation meetings prior to their swearing in on January 11th. I will also start sending them the link to the City Council meeting packets.
Our Police Department took home the top prize in the Public Safety category, 2020 St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leaders in Local Government Award, for its community relations, transparency and hiring initiatives over the last three years. I think we are all proud of our department for their leadership in community relations and intentional hiring practices to increase the diversity of our work force.
A Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa crew helped out with some invasive species removal at Fish Creek Natural Area this past week. The crew, which consisted of four young adults ages 18-25, worked diligently for several days and focused their efforts on the removal of buckthorn. Buckthorn poses a threat to the ecosystem due to its ability to rapidly spread and outcompete our native species. This work is critical to the protection of prairie habitat in the Twin Cities. The Conservation Corps crew had a blast exploring Fish Creek and leaving their legacy in the form of huge piles of buckthorn. The crew was provided at no cost to the city of Maplewood through a partnership with Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service. They hope to be back again next year!
NEWS FROM LOCAL AND REGIONAL PARTNERS
https://www.twincities.com/2020/11/04/maplewood-city-election-results-marylee-abrams-leads-for-mayor-rebecca-cave-nikki-villavicencio-bill-knutson-for-city-council/ Pioneer Press Elections
From the Pioneer Press-Maplewood City Council to return to in-person meetings Nov. 9, with precautions
According to Mayor Marylee Abrams, the city has updated its safety procedures and protocols to make it feasible to have city staff, council and members of the public to be physically present for certain portions of meetings, including public hearings.
None will be required to attend in person, and participation via telephone will be provided.
The public will still be able to view live or recorded video of any of the meetings.
Some of the protocols that have been changed are the seating arrangements, changes to airflow and HVAC systems, technology upgrades and overflow viewing for members of the public extended to the lobby.
These are the reports for this week. As always, please call if I can address any questions or concerns. Thank you.