COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS FROM THE WEEK: April 30th, 2021
Meetings and Announcements:
• The next City Council meeting will be held virtually on Monday, May 10th with start time of 7 pm.
• We will have a Council Manager workshop at 6 pm to hear reports from the Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee and the M.O.R.E Team
Updates from Staff and Council:
The Police Department will be holding a memorial event for Sgt. Joe Bergeron on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 9:00 am. They will not be advertising the event due to COVID concerns and the possibility of outside disruption.
Metropolitan Council’s Inflow and Infiltration Grant
Public Works staff applied to take part in the 2020 State Bond Funded Municipal Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) Grant Program. This grant provides funding to cities to help prevent storm water from entering into the City’s sanitary sewer system. This can be done by performing sanitary sewer main lining, sealing of sanitary sewer manholes, and replacement of old sewer casting. I&I can reduce the capacity of the sewer system and increase the amount of flow going to the sanitary sewer treatment plant. This increase in flow to the treatment plant increases the annual cost the City pays for sewage treatment.
This week we received a letter that the City has been selected to take part in the 2020 I&I grant program. The City is eligible to receive $52,820 for I&I work in the City of Maplewood. This item will be brought to the City Council, at a future council meeting, for consideration to participate in the grant program.
The Maplewood Police Department has been partnering with the Maplewood Mall for the past seven seeks to work on some issues with disruptive juveniles on Friday and Saturday nights. After a couple of meetings a plan was devised where Mall Security would increase staffing, the Police Department would add two officers on overtime on Saturday nights, and the mall would adopt a policy that limited the number of juveniles to groups of no more than four on Friday and Saturday nights. The police department also made a series of recommendations on best practices and policies that the mall could consider.
The plan was in place for 6 weeks and it was recently decided that while the Police will continue to work with the mall, that Police Officers were no longer needed on Saturday nights to supplement the security officers. The mall and the officers working there reported less disorder and no significant issues since the changes were made.
Operation Safety Net
Maplewood Public Safety had been involved in training and preparation for the decision on the Chauvin trial since last summer. In working with other county, regional and federal partners Maplewood Police had increased staffing, worked with vulnerable businesses, and made deployment plans in the event of unrest. As the verdict was announced the Police Department acted quickly and had 36 officers on the street and strategically deployed them in a targeted fashion. Luckily there were no reported issues in Maplewood or surrounding communities and Police started to pare down staff within the first couple of hours. Although the planning and activation were not ultimately necessary, we appreciate the officers willingness to quickly respond, most on their days off, and standby to serve their community. It was also a great exercise in emergency planning and preparation.
Emergency Management Training
Maplewood Public Safety obtained a grant from Ramsey County Emergency management and hosted a large, hands-on emergency management training this week at the Maplewood Community Center. The planning for this event took over six months and involved all supervisors and managers from Police and Fire for three days. The City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and other department heads were invited to the third day for some hands-on experience as well. In addition to Maplewood staff there were staff from other Police and Fire departments as well as Ramsey County Emergency Management. This training on how to handle and coordinate resources and partnerships during a large scale event is critical to keeping our residents safe in the event of an emergency such as a tornado, train derailment, active shooter, or other emergency.
These are the reports for this week. Please call if I can address any questions or concerns. Enjoy the weather warm –up tomorrow.
I will be out of the office this afternoon. I am available by phone if you need to reach me.