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DearFriendsandNeighbors ByCouncilmemberWillRossbach AsIwritethisletterIamlookingfrommyprospective istogivetheexhilaratedordepressed,dependingon forwardtothedinnertonighttothankcounciltheiropinionofwhat thecityhowthenighthadgone.Therewas allthemembersof thenumerousshouldbedoingwithwhatevertopicisenoughofabalancethough, sothatI commissionsandboards thatvolunteerathand. alwaysfeltexcitedforthenextmeeting. theirtimetohelpMaplewoodto beaThereareafewwhowouldThereisaspecialsatisfactiontoserving betterplace. Thepeoplewhochoosetoarguethatthecommissionersshouldjustyourcityanditscitizensthatyouhave stepforwardaredoingsoonlybecausebeworkingtoadvancethecouncilstoexperiencetounderstand. theywanttodowhattheycantohelpagenda,butiftheyweretheretoonlyTonightIwilldomybesttosay theircity. Inreturnthecityasksfortheirsayyes,whywouldweneedthem? Asthankyoutoallofthepeoplethathave time,sometimeslateatnightorweekpaymentfortheireffortswegivethemachosentoserveusandIwouldaskyou ends,asksthemtoprovideanswerstomealandusuallysomeminorpartingtodothesameifyouknowoneof difficultissues, or togivetheirgift.Iwouldguessthough,thatmostofthem. Theyhaveajobthatmanyrefer interpretationofadizzyingarrayofthemarehappyintheirrole. toasÒthanklessÓ, thatisofcourse,only codes.Attimestheymayhave toDuringtheyearsthatIservedbecausenotnearlyenoughpeoplesay decideissuesthatcouldputthem atonacommissionitwasnotuncommonÒthankyouÓ. oddswiththeirneighbors. Their roleformeleavemeetingseitherfeeling

WinterSkatingRinksinMaplewood GetOutandEnjoyWinterSkating inMaplewood!

Maplewoodoperatesnineskatingrinks throughoutthecity, fourofwhichhave supervisedwarminghouses.Ifthe temperaturefallsbelow10degreeszeroor thewindshieldreaches25degreesbelow zeroshelterswillnotopen.Weather information:651-249-2190. AftonHeights63N.SterlingSt. ShelterandRink FourSeasons1685GervaisAveShelterandRink Gethsemane2401E7thSt. ShelterandRink Wakefield1590FrostAveShelterandRink Edgerton2001BradleyStRinkOnly Harvest2561BarclayStRinkOnly Kohlman1000Co.Rd.CRinkOnly Maplecrest2101ArcadeSt. RinkOnly Pleasantview1100MarnieSt. RinkOnly

ShelterHours: MondaythruFriday 4:30pmto8:30pm Saturday 12:00(noon)to8:00pm Sunday 12:00(noon)to6:00pm

Everyone IsInvited! ToThe

CityCouncilmembers SwearingIn...

JohnNephew WillRossbach Monday,

January7th, PM 7:00,

CityHallCouncil Chambers. Cakeandcoffee willbeserved.


2008BUDGETADOPTEDUNANIMOUSLY CityCouncilRetainsAllCurrentCityEmployeesin2008.

OnDecember10,2007theCityCouncilfor2008. Usingthesamepropertytax adoptedthe2008CityBudgetof39.7levyfor2008thatwasusedinthe2007 milliondollars. Ina5Ă?0votetheCityBudgetresultedinthemajorityof CouncilpassedthebudgetanddeclaredMaplewoodpropertytaxpayersseeinga allcurrentcityemployees thatreduction incitytaxesfor2008. wouldberetainedinthe2008 Citytaxesontheaveragevalue. budgetTheCityCouncilgave .$ 222,600MaplewoodHomewith theApproximately78%ofthelevy unanimousdirectiontoreducespending 2008Budgetandnolevyincreasewillbewillbeusedforoperationsandthe withouteliminatinganypositionthatwas 684.00. Thisisa $ 25decreasefrombalanceisforprincipalandinterest currentlyfilled. 2007,whichisareductionof3.5%. paymentsonbonds. Expendituresfor CityManagerGregCopeland 50.8%ofMaplewoodhomeswillseeaoperationsin2008willbe $31.4million, advisedtheCityCouncilreductionsin decreaseintheir2008city propertyanincreaseof4.7%.DebtServicewill spendingoftherequired $260,000, taxes. Totheextentthatthecounty hasbe 6 $.8million,anincreaseof3.0% couldbefoundbyeliminatingvacantcity increasedtheassessedvalueof theirTheemphasisinrecentyearson jobsandreducingtravelandtraining home, someresidentsmaystillexperienceincreasedpoliceandfirefightersis budgetstobalancethebudget. increases. maintainedin2008. ThenumberoffullThe2008Budgetwasprepared 60%ofCityrevenuescomefromtimeemployeesincludedinthe2008 withtheCityCouncilspolicyofusingthe sourcesotherthanpropertytaxes. Budgetis163. Thisisadecreaseof11 2007propertytaxlevyof $15.5million from2007,dueprimarilytothetransfer ofemergencydispatchingtoRamsey County. Part-timeemployeesequivalentto 21full-timeemployeesarealsoincluded 2008OPERATINGBUDGET SummaryofRevenuesandExpenditures inthe2008Budget. Therewere22 correspondingFTEpositionsinthe2007 Budget . The2008capitalimprovement expendituresare $1.6million, an increaseof89.3%. Theincreaseof 735,000isduetoincreasedfundingfor theCityparksandtrails. Thesewillbe paidforfromParkAcquisitionCharges PAC) generatedin2008andthosePAC feescurrentlyonhand. NeighborhoodStreetProjects

RevenuesbySource$32.2Million

2007Projects BeamAve DeSotoArea BrookviewArea Ferndale-GeraniumArea Lark-ProsperityArea PondOverlook 2008Projects Myrtle/Sterling/IdahoArea PondAve./DorlandRoadArea KohlmanLaneArea Hazelwood-FrostArea SterlingSt,LarpenteurtoHolloway UpperAftonRoad CenturyAve.,I-94toLowerAfton BeamAve .


March2008

NEWS Together WeCan! MAPLEWOOD RECYCLING CHALLENGE

Althoughmanycommunitiesacrossthemetroareahave seenrecyclingvolumessteadilydecline,thecityof MaplewoodÕsrecyclingprogrambuckedthetrendand EXTRA! EXTRA! E-NEWS experiencedadditionalgrowthforthesecondyearina NOWITISEASIERTHANEVERTOKEEPINFORMED row! However,thereisstillgreatopportunitytoincrease ABOUTHAPPENINGSINTHECITYOFMAPLEWOOD. participationsincethreeoutoftenMaplewoodresidents Maplewoodresidentsandotherinterestedpartiescan arenÕtrecyclingatthecurbÉyet! MaplewoodÕs nowsignupforFREEe-mailmessagesfromthecityona EnvironmentalandNaturalResourceCommissionalong varietyoftopics (crimestatistics,employment withstaffareencouragingeveryhouseholdtoparticipate opportunities, MCCfitnessschedules, sportscancellations intherecyclingprogramsowecanseeanevengreater andmore).HereÕsanexample: someonesubscribingto increasein2008. CityCouncilAgendas" wouldreceivenotifications Themoreweallrecycle,themorenaturalresourcesand regardingupcomingCouncilmeetingandworkshop energyweconserve. Recyclingeliminatespollutionand agendasandspecialannouncementsrelatingtothe greenhousegasemissionscausedwhenwasteissentto activitiesoftheCityCouncil. Anoticewouldbesentto subscribersofthislistwhenanagendahasbeenposted landfillsorincinerators.Yourdailydecisiontorecycle reallyDOESmakeabigdifference! ontheWeb. Theuserwouldclickonthelinkincluded withinthee-mailtoviewtheCouncilagenda. Tosignup,visitourwebsite, CalltheRecyclingHotlineat651-222-SORT (7678)and www.ci.maplewood.mn.usandclickonÒE-mailUpdatesÓ. asktohavearecyclingguideandschedulemailedto Enteryoure-mailaddressandcheckwhichitemsyouÕd yourhome.EurekaRecyclingÕsfriendlystaffarehappyto liketosubscribetoandthatÕsit. YouÕresignedup! RecyclingChallengecontinuedonpage4


TheMaplewood CommunityCenterisextremely excitedforthegrandopeningofour

NEW Strength/WeightliftingCenter newlyrenovatedand expandedCardioCenter.

WATCH forthe NewActivityCenter. Activitiesthatwillbeoffered willinclude Tots-a-GoGo,BeginningTumbling, TotsinMotion,YouthYoga,

KidsBootCamp, KidsBeat, TableTennis, SeniorPrograms, Thestrengthcenterrenovationwillbecompletein

Sing-a-longs, CardClub,

approximately6weeksandwillinclude16additional

SelfDefenseClasses, AdultTableTennis,

piecesofNautilusstrengthequipmentandaNautiluscable

ProgressivePilates, andPowerKick .

crossovertower. Thecardiocenterwillbeadding

ScheduleswillbeavailableafterMarch1st.

8piecesofNautilusandStairMastercardioequipment treadmills,ellipticals,recumbentbikesandaStepMill.) Nautilushasbeendesigningandbuildingthehighestquality fitnessproductformorethan35years. Theirequipment

combinescutting-edgetechnologyandsuperbcraftsmanship resultinginhighlyfunctionalfitnessequipmentthatensuresa betterfeelandproperform.

toanswerallyourquestionsaboutMaplewoodÕsredrecyclingbins.ThebinsRemember, recyclingisgreatforthe MaplewoodÕsrecyclingprogramorareeasytosee,easytocarry,andtheyenvironment, anditÕsgreatfor questionsaboutrecyclingingeneral. aretherightsizeforourdriverstoliftMaplewoodtoo.Whentherecyclable safelytoourtrucks.Ifyouarenotmaterialsthatyouplaceatthecurbare Ifyouarealreadyrecycling (whetheryou currentlyusingoneofMaplewoodÕsbins, sold,theCityreceivesrevenuesbackfor juststartedrecently,orhavebeen callMaplewoodÕsPublicWorksofficeatthesematerials. Thismoneyoffsetsthe recyclingforyears),itÕsgoodtorefresh 651-249-2400togetone,andcostofrecyclingtoresidentsandallows yourrecyclingknowledgebyreadingthe encourageyourneighborstodotheMaplewoodtomakechoicesabout 2008GuidetoRecyclingtomakesure same. fundingotherenvironmentalprograms, youarerecyclingeverythingthatyoucan. too. TheremightbesomethingnewÑlikemilkYoucangoonestepfurther,too.When cartonsandjuiceboxesÑsinceEurekayousetoutyourrecycling,takealookupWhydestroyresourcesthatcaneasilybe Recyclingisconstantlyworkingtoaddanddownyourstreet.Areyourneighborsusedagain?LetÕsmakeacitywide newmaterialstotheprogramsoyoucanparticipatingintherecyclingprogram? commitmenttomake2008theyearthat recyclemore. Talkwithyourneighbors.IftheyarenotMaplewoodrecyclesmorematerialsthan recycling,askthemwhy.EurekaRecyclinginthelastfewyearscombined! LetÕsbe willmakespecialarrangementsfor leadersÐrecyclebecauseitistheright Oneeasywaythatyoucanencourage residentswhoareunabletocarrytheirthingtodo! otherstorecycleistodemonstratethat recyclingtothecurb. youarerecyclingbyusingthe 4


ST.PATRICKÕSDAYISMONDAY,MARCH17th Whilewewanteveryonetobeable tocelebrateandenjoySt.PatrickÕs Day,wewouldliketotakethis opportunitytoremindeveryonethatif theyaregoingtodrink,theymustnot drive. Arrangetohaveadesignated driverorcallacabtoensurethatthe holidayisahappyandfestiveone.

InMinnesota,itisillegaltodriveif youralcohollevelis 0 . 8orgreater. Manyfactorsmaydeterminehowyou willbeaffectedbyalcohol,including yourgender,age,physicalcondition, amountoffoodconsumed, medicationtaken,etc.,sothe followingtablesareonlyestimatesof howalcoholmayaffectyou.

EstimatingTable ForWomen BodyWeight ? Pounds DrinksAlcohol100120140160180200220240 0fl. oz. 00000000 1. 05. 04. 03. 03. 03. 02. 02. 02 21. 09.08. 06. 06. 05. 05. 04. 04 31. 14.11. 10. 09. 08. 07. 06. 06 42. 18.15. 13. 11. 10. 09. 08. 08 52. 23.19. 16. 14. 13. 11. 10. 09 63. 27.23. 19. 17. 15. 14. 12. 11 73. 32.27. 23. 20. 18. 16. 14. 13 84. 36.30. 26. 23. 20. 18. 17. 15 Subtract.01%foreach40minutesofdrinking.One-halfounceofpureethylalcoholcanbefoundin1ounceof80proofliquor,12ouncesofbeeror5ouncesofwine.

EstimatingTableForMen BodyWeight -Pounds DrinksAlcohol100120140160180200220240 0fl. oz. 00000000 1. 04. 03. 03. 02. 02. 02. 02. 02 21. 07.06. 05. 05. 04. 03. 03. 03 31. 11.09. 08. 07. 06. 06. 05. 05 42. 15.12. 11. 09. 08. 07. 07. 06 52. 19.16. 13. 12. 10. 09. 08. 08 63. 22.19. 16. 14. 12. 11. 10. 09 73. 26.22. 19. 16. 15. 13. 12. 11 84. 30.25. 21. 19. 17. 15. 14. 12

RememberthatanarrestforDWIcan Subtract.01%foreach40minutesofdrinking.One-halfounceofpureethylalcoholcanbefoundin1ounceof80proofliquor,12ouncesofbeeror5ouncesofwine. meanrevocationofyourdriverÕs license;losingyourdrivingprivileges foruptoayear,afterwhichyouwillhavetore-takethewrittenexamandroadtestandpayareinstatementfee; towingandimpoundcharges; mandatoryalcoholassessment; attorneyfees;courtfines;andadditionalhigh-riskcar insuranceforuptothreeyears.

RAINGARDENWORKSHOPSERIES LearnaDo-It-Yourselfapproachto raingardeninstallationto capturerainwaterina beautifulgardenandhelp preventstormwaterpollution. Seriesincludesclassroomsession onthebasicsandoptionalsessionson FieldPracticumandDesignCoaching. Location: NorthSt.PaulCommunityCenter 2290FirstStreetE,NorthSt.Paul (locationoffieldsessionTBA) Dates: Tuesdays, March25,April8and22nd Fee:$10/session, Pre-registrationrequired Time: 6:00p.m. Toregisteron-linevisit,www.metroblooms.org orcall612-554-9261

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SaveTheDate! Watchformoreinformation. June19th TasteofMaplewoodandGrandRe-OpeningoftheMaplewood CommunityCenterFeaturingtheRockinÕHollywoods! July4th Fireworks,FamilyFunandMusicbyLamontCranstonBandat HazelwoodPark!

May2008

NEWS Together WeCan!

forthefinancialperiodthatendedonMarch2008,ourformerAssistant December31,2006. Thatreport,theFinanceDirectorhelpedtrainourcurrent ComprehensiveAnnualFinancialReportforstaffontheprocessforreconciling 2006,wonanawardforfinancialstatementsandmanyofthebankissues reporting. Ourfinancialstaffisinthewereresolvedandtheremaindershould processofpreparingtheComprehensiveberesolvedwithinthenextfewdays. AnnualFinancialReportfor2007,which Anotheritemwithinthearticle willbethesubjectoftheauditofthe2007 indicatedthatDepartmentHeadsdidnot financialtransactions. TheCityÕsauditing haveinformationÒ... toknowiftheyare firmisawareoftheseissuesandwillbe overorunderbudgetonamonthly reviewingalltransactionfrom2007and makingtheirreporttotheCityCouncillater basisÉÓ. SinceIreportedthatinformation totheCityCouncilinFebruary,theFinance thissummer. Firstandforemostletmeassurestaffhasprovidedthatinformationandthe youthatIdonotbelievethatyourtaxThefinancialissuesrelatetoanmonthlybudgetsarecontinuouslybeing dollarsorfeespaidtotheCityhavebeenappropriateleveloftimelyaccountingor,inreviewedtoassurecompliancewiththe mis-appropriated. Ihavefoundnothiscase,lackthereof. Oneexampleallocatedamounts. Iamconfidentthat evidenceofdollarsthataremissingandnotedwithinthePioneerPressarticle:JustthereisnolongeraDepartmentin havenevermadeanyclaimsorreportstolikeinyourhome,theCitygetsstatementsMaplewoodthatisÒÉoperatinginthe theCityCouncilormediatothatend. fromthebankabouttheamountoffundsdarkÉÓ. Aswasindicatedinthearticle,I Furthermore,Idonotbelievethathaswehaveinvariousaccounts. TheCityofamconfidentthatthechangesthathave occurredorwillbediscoveredasweMaplewoodhasover $2.0millioninbeenmadewillreturntheconfidenceinour continuepreparingforourannualaudit. monthlytransactions, sowehavenumerousfinancialmonitoringandmanagementof accountstotrack. Ourfinancialstafffunds. IreportedtotheCityCouncilon attemptednumeroustimesin2007to February10,2008,afterIassumedtheIreportedataWorkShopofthe reconcilewhattheamountoffundsthatthe roleofActingCityManager,bankbelievedwasinthevariousaccounts; thattheissuesCityCouncilonMarch10,2008,about withourfinancialsituationrelatedtothetheFinancialStateofTheCity. The2008 however,wewereunabletoagreewith processofreportingandmonitoring, whichBudgetfortheCitypresentedtotheCity whatwehadwithinourrecordssince arerequiredbygovernmentaccountingCouncilonDecember3rdandDecember February2007. Insomecircumstances, standards. TheCityisrequiredtohavean10thof2007estimatedthattheCitywould ourbankindicatedthatwehadmore auditofourfinancesonanannualbasis. end2007withasurplusof $ 308,570. moneythanwethoughtandinother ThelastauditwascompletedinJuly2007 circumstances, wehadless. Earlyin continuedonpage5


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MAPLEWOODCOMPREHENSIVE PLANUPDATE

SPRINGHASARRIVEDANDALONGWITHITCOMESTHE POTENTIALFORSEVEREWEATHER. ÑaffectrelativelyÑÑEvery thunderstorm THUNDERSTORMSTHUNDERSTORMWINDSLIGHTNING smallareaswhencomparedwithmostThunderstormscanproducestraight-lineproduceslightning. Lightningkillsabout otherstorms. Thetypicalthunderstormiswindsthatexceed100milesperhour. 100AmericanseachyearÑmorethan 15milesindiameterandlastsfor30Forthisreasonyoushouldtreatseveretornadoes Ñandcausesabout300 minutesÑbutwhatevertheirsize,allthunderstormsjustasyouwouldinjuries. thunderstormsaredangerous. Severetornadoes. Movetoanappropriate thunderstormsproducelargehailorshelterifyouareinthepathofthestorm. 1.Allthunderstormsproducelightning. windsofatleast58mph.SomewindThestrongrushofwindfroma 2.Getinsideabuildingorenclosed gustscanexceed100mphandproducethunderstorm iscalledadownburst.One vehicle. Manyfatalitiesoccurwhen tornado-likedamage.ThatÕswhymanyoftheprimarycausesisrain-cooledair warningsignsareignored. communitieswillsoundtheiroutdoorwhichacceleratesdownward, producing 3.Ifyouarecaughtinanopenareawith sirensfordamagingstraight-linewinds. potentiallydamaginggustsofwind. lightningaround,crouchdown Whenaseverethunderstormthreatens, Strongdownburstscanbemistakenfor immediately! Putyourhandsonyour moveinsideastrongstructure. Mobiletornadoes. Theyareoftenaccompanied knees, butdon'tliedownontheground. homeoccupantsshouldgotoamorebyaroaringsoundsimilartothatofa 4.Donotuseatelephoneorelectrical permanentstructure. tornado. Downburstscaneasilyoverturn appliancewhenlightningistakingplace. Ñisaproductofthunderstormsthatmobilehomes, tearroofsoffhousesand HAIL Anearbylightningstrikecantravel causesnearlyonebilliondollarsintoppletrees.Campersareespecially throughphoneorpowerlines,rightinto damageeveryyear.Mosthailispeavulnerablebecausetreescanfallinto thehome. sized. Muchofitisthesizeofbaseballscampsitesandontotents. Minnesota's 5.Neverseekshelterbeneathonelone anditcanreachgrapefruit-size.Largestrongest thunderstormgustin2006was tree. hailstonesfallfasterthan100mphand 85mph, nearJacksononAugust1. havebeenknowntokillpeople.

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ARBORDAYEVENTS Saturday,April26 MaplewoodNatureCenter

Saturday, April26th 7a.m.to2p. m. AldrichArenaparkinglot 1850WhiteBearAvenue. Maplewoodresidents, withproofofresidency, willbe abletodisposeofappliances, tires,construction debris,mattresses, furniture, carparts,scrapmetal andelectronicequipmentsuchastelevisions, computers, monitors,cellphonesandotherÒe-wasteÓ. Therewillbenofeeforthedisposalofelectronic equipment. NOBRUSHORTREEWASTEWILLBEACCEPTED.

AfterBuckthornÐ RestoreOakstoYourWoods 10:00amÐ11:30am FREE ÐCalltoregister651-249-2170

WalkingStickHike 2:00Ð3:30pm Children6Ð12yrs andAdults

Makeyourownwalking stickusingbuckthorn, an invasiveshrub. Thengoon awalkingstickhike.

COLLECTIONFEES (CASHORCHECKONLY) TYPEOFLOAD Carswithoutatrailer . . . . . . . . . Carswithatrailer . . . . . . . . . . Pick-uptrucks . . . . . . . . . . . . Largeloads (determinedbycity) . . . .

. 10 . .$ . 15 . .$ . .15 .$ . .50plus .$

INDIVIDUALITEMS Cartireswithorwithoutrims . . . . . . . 3each .$ Appliances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10each $ Pleasecall651-249-2400withanyquestionsthatyoumay haveorcheckthewebpageatwww.ci.maplewood.mn.us.

ADOPTAPARKFORCLEANUP Saturday, April19 Foradditionalinformationcall249-2170 orgotothewebpage: www.ci.maplewood.mn.us

Gettogetherwithyourneighbors,teamorgrouptohelp pickupTrashatthecityparkyouusethemost! CalltheMaplewoodNatureCentertoreserveaFREEkit. Call651-249-2170orgotothewebpage: www.ci.maplewoood.mn.us

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CITYOFMAPLEWOOD Mayor: DianaLongrie651.774.1490diana.longrie@ci.maplewood.mn.us

CouncilMembers: KathleenJuenemann651.771.3670kathleen.juenemann@ci.maplewood.mn.us ErikHjelle651.846.4328erikhjelle@yahoo.com WillRossbach651.484.5427will.rossbach@ci.maplewood.mn.us JohnNephew651.776.5963john.nephew@ci.maplewood.mn.us CityManager: ChuckAhl651.249.2050chuck.ahl@ci.maplewood.mn.us

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ThreeCheersForUs!ByWillRossbach Picturethis,mewearingoneofthosecityemployeesshouldthrowyour highschoollettersweaterswithabigshouldersbackandholdyourheads ÒMÓonthefrontrunningasfastasIhighbecauseyouaresomeofthe canfor50feet,springingintoamosttalentedanddedicatedpeople coupleofcartwheels,afliportwowithwhichIhaveeverhadthe andaroundoffandlandinginapleasureofbeingassociated.ItisnÕt completesplitonthegroundwithonejustmesayingsoeither.Thecitizens handonmysideandtheotherhandtellmeandyouthatsamethingallthe straightupintheair,shoutingyahrahtime.Maplewoodisagreatcity.Every rah,MAPLEWOOD. IofcoursecanÕtsurveythatwehaveeverdonehas actuallydothat,thefiftyfootrunisindicatedthatyou,thecitizens,believe aboutthemostthatIcanhandle,butthattobetrue.Alargepercentofyou symbolicallythatisoneofthejobsthathavelivedhereforyearsand I,andallthecouncilyears. YoudidnÕtdecideto members,shouldhaveindothatbecauseyou ourjobdescription. thoughtMaplewood wasabadplaceto TheCouncilisthe live,ortowork,or figureheadofthecity. M raiseyourfamily. As Wearenottheemployer longasyoubelievewe forthecityÕsemployees aremorethanhalf butwecanhavea waytoactuallybeing hugeimpactontheir agreatcitybecauseit moraleandthustheir isyouthatdecides jobperformance. Thesameistrue weatherwearegreatornot. forthemoraleofthecityÕscitizensand theopinionofoursistercities.HaveCertainlywehavehadsomerough youeverbeenhavingagreatdayspotsrecently,buttheyarepassing andthensomeonecomesinandwithphaseswhichwillbeovercomebythe theirpoorattitudecompletelyruinsitinmuchlarger,muchstrongerbeliefsthat abouthalfasecond?Howmanytimesyouallhold.Thenexttimethat doesittakeforsomeonewiththattypesomeoneasksyouwhereyouliveyou ofattitudewhocontinuallyinsistsonshouldlookthemstraightintheeye tellingyouthatyou,oryourwork,orandsay,ÒIliveinMaplewoodoneof yourcity,arebadbeforeyoustarttothebest,mostinnovative,hardquestionweathermaybeyouareaworkingcitiesinthemetroarea.ÓIf badperson,orthatyourworkispoor, yousayitwithauthorityandoften oryourcityissub-par? enough,thentherestofthemetrowill alsorealizethatyoucanÕtkeepa Wellrightnowgolookinthemirror. goodperson,agoodemployee,or SeeyouÕreanokayperson.Maybea goodcitydown. coupleofhairsareoutofplacebutits nothingthatacombcanÕtfix.Allyou ÒTogetherWeCanÓ WillRossbach

BESTBUYOFFERSFREEELECTRONICSRECYCLING

MAKEANEWADDITION TOANOLDHABIT Didyouknow thatmilkcartons, juiceboxesand reusableclothes andlinensare recyclablein MaplewoodÕs program?This isyetanother waytoget involvedinrecyclingandacceptthe challengeofMaplewoodÕsEnvironmental andNaturalResourceCommissionto increaserecyclinginMaplewood. Placemilkcartonsandjuiceboxesinyour recyclingbinalongwithyourbottlesand cans.

Anotherunusualmaterialacceptedin Maplewood'srecyclingprogramisgood, clean,reusableclothesandlinens.Put theseitemsinasturdy,plasticbag clearlymarked "Clothes & Linens" nextto yourotherrecycling.EurekaRecycling sellstheclothingtoUSÕAgain,acompany thatdistributesusedclothingtomarkets intheTwinCities,Chicago,and abroadÑthesamemarketstowhich Goodwillandotherthriftstoresselltheir excessclothing. ThefolksatEurekaRecyclingknowthat recyclingisanimportantpartof achievingitsmissiontoreducewaste todayandreachawaste-freetomorrow, sotheyarealwaysactivelysearchingfor recyclingmarketsfornewtypesof materials.Ifyouhavequestions,please callEurekaRecyclingÕsrecyclinghotline at651.222.SORT (7678).AnddonÕt forget,pleasehaveyourrecyclingsorted andatthecurbby7:00am.

Richfieldbasedelectronicsbringinonlytwoitemsperday. store,BestBuyhas Sincelastsummer,Minnesotahashadoneofthetoughest launchedapilotprogram thatoffersfreeelectronics electronicsrecyclinglawsinthecountry,essentiallyrequiring manufacturerstohelppaythecostofrecyclingtheirgoods. recyclingforconsumers. Computerprocessorsand SinceBestBuymakessomeofthebrandsthatitsells,the companyÕsnewprogramgoesbeyondtheletterofthelaw monitorsandTVswith screensupto32inchesmayberecycledat17participating andintotherealmofgoodcitizenship.BestBuywillhandle afargreatervolumeofelectronicwastethanislegally BestBuystoresintheTwinCitiesarea,includingthe Maplewoodstoreat1795EastCountyRoadDatSouthlawn required.BestBuyÕseffortdemonstratesproductstewardship Drive.ConsoleTVs,airconditioners, microwavesandother bytakingresponsibilityforproductsfrompurchaseto largeappliancesarenotaccepted. Customersareallowedto obsolescence.


CELEBRATE25YEARSOF NATIONALNIGHTOUT!

LEGACYVILLAGEUPDATE ByTomEkstrand, SeniorPlanner

ItÕsbeenfiveyearsnowsincethecitycouncilapprovedtheplannedunit development (PUD)knownasLegacyVillageofMaplewood,westofthe MaplewoodMall.LegacyVillage isan80-acrecommercialand residentialprojectlocatedsouthof CountyRoadDbetweenHazelwood StreetandSouthlawnDrive.The exceptionistheCottagesatLegacy Village,adetachedtownhouse Tuesday,August5,2008 development,constructedby ThisyearNationalNightOutcelebrates anotherdeveloperwhichalso 25yearsofbringingneighborsand frontsontheeastsideof neighborhoodstogether.Lastyear LegacyVillage HazelwoodStreet. LegacyVillage Maplewoodresidentshosted66block partiesandthisyearourgoalistohaveisabout75percentcompleted.Thedeveloper, theHartfordGroup,is over75parties. continuingtoworkoncompletingtheentiredevelopmentproject. NationalNightOutisagreatwaytomeet andinteractwithyourneighbors.It providesatimetogettoknowoneanother andmakesyourneighborhoodmoreofa¥ communitythanacommonlocation. Partiesareheldinmanydifferentformats including: pot-luck,bar-b-que,snacksand beverages,kidsgames,poolpartiesor anyotherideasyoumaycomeupwith. ThedateforNationalNightOutisAugust 5,2008andpartiesusuallytakeplace betweenthehoursof5:00pmand9:00 pm.PoliceOfficersandFirefightersattend mostofthepartiesandyoucanrequesta K9officerortheMcGruffcharacterattend yourparty. Formoreinformationortoregisteryour party,call651-249-2700,email MaplewoodNightOut@ci.maplewood.mn.us orvisitwww.ci.maplewood.mn.usandfill outthepartyregistrationform.

SincethecitycouncilapprovedtheLegacyVillagePUD,thefollowing phasesofthedevelopmenthavebeenstartedorcompleted: HeritageSquareTownHomes (220units)Ðnearlyfinished HeritageSquare2ndAddition (81units)Ðunderconstruction WyngateRentalTownHomes (50units)Ðcompleted AshleyFurnitureÐcompleted KennardProfessionalBuilding (phaseoneofanofficesite) Ðcompleted MaplewoodSculptureParkÐcompleted LegacyRetailShoppesÐapproved,butnotyetstarted RamseyCountyLibraryÐcompleted (originally,thissitewastocontain storesorrestaurants) TheRegentSenior-HousingApartments (150units)Ñconstructionpending Therearethreesitesthatstillawaitdevelopmentincluding: 1.An11-acresitesouthofCountyRoadDbetweenHazelwoodStreet andKennardStreet. Thisareahasbeenapprovedforasmalloffice buildingsonthesouthwestcornerofKennardandCountyRoadDand 91townhomesontheremaining10acres 2.ThesecondphaseofalargerofficebuildingsitenorthLegacy ParkwayacrossfromtheSculpturePark,and 3.TheLegacyRetailShoppesonthevacantlotwestofAshleyFurniture

PARKSANDRECREATIONCOMMISSION ByPeterFischer TheParksandRecreationCommissionparkspolicy,facilities,programsandkeeppeopleofallagesphysicallyand issetuptoadvisetheCityStaff, financialsupport.OncetheCouncilmentallyhealthy. ManagerandCityCouncilinallapprovedtherecommendationstheParks matterspertainingtopublicparksandandRecreationDirectorandstaffbuilta Thisyearweareworkingonimplementing theJoyParkmasterplan,developing recreation. Theappearanceoffullactiveandpassiveparksystem. masterplansfortheGladstonearea MaplewoodParkshaschangedgreatly Therearenow35Parks, 13parks, redevelopmentofLionsParkand overthepast35years.Intheearly neighborhoodpreserves,oneprovidinginputontheParkssectionof 70'stheparkswereprimarilyfor baseballandmowedfromendtoend. communitycenter, anaturecenterandtheCityÕsComprehensivePlan. milesoftrails.Thishasresultedinthe Overtimethecommissionhasmajorchangethatalmostallparksnow FormoreinformationontheParksand RecreationCommissionvisit: facilitatedmanyneighborhoodincludeareasthatarenolonger www.ci.maplewood.mn.usandfollow meetingstolearntheneedsofthemowed,butrestoredtomorenative communityandthenmakeconditions. Programmingnowincludes thelinkstoResidentBoardsand recommendationstotheCityCouncilonfineartsandrecreationopportunitiesto Commissionorcall651.249.2300.


BuckthornMayBeLurkingInYourYard! JointhecityÕseffortthisfalltoremovebuckthornfromMaplewood! HereÕshowyou canhelp: AttendaBuckthornRemovalEventÐseeParksissuefortimesanddates. LearnhowtogetridofbuckthornbyreadingtheBuckthornManagement Brochure, availableatMaplewoodNatureCenter,CityHallandCommunity Center,andthecitywebsite. Checkyouryardsandneighborhoodsforbuckthorn.VolunteertobeaBuckthorn BlockCaptainifyouareinourdesignatedneighborhood. MaplewoodresidentsmaycheckoutaWeedWrench, fromtheMaplewood NatureCenter,forfree! Wrenchesareavailableforaoneweekperiod.Please bringproofofresidencyandareturnable $25checkdeposit.Pleasecall 651.249.2170tocheckonavailability. DropoffonlybuckthornatoneofMaplewoodÕsbuckthorndrop-offsites (inearly Novemberonly). CalltheBuckthornHotlineat651.249.2188,foranswerstofrequentlyasked questionsortoleaveamessage. Maplewoodhastwotargetedbuckthornneighborhoodsthisyear.Thefirstisthe SunsetRidgeParkNeighborhoodandthesecondistheareabetweenUpperAfton Road,MarylandAve.,CenturyAvenue (Hwy120)andMcKnightRoad.Pleasesee ourwebsiteformapsoftheseneighborhoods. Targetedneighborhoodsreceivefree buckthornonlypickupinearlyNovember.

RemovalMethods: Toremovebuckthornwithoutcausingerosionanddamagetonearbyoaksand native,desirablevegetation,pleasecutyourbuckthorninthefallonly,andthen treatthestumpswithherbicide.Thisisessentialtopreventresprouting. Formore informationonremovalmethods,pleaseseeourBuckthornManagementBrochure onlineatwww.maplewood.ci.mn.us.ClickonNatureCenter,NaturalResources ConservationandthenBuckthorn. Buckthornshouldnotberemovedwithheavyequipment.Thiswillresultinsoil erosion,soilcompaction,andstressofnearbytrees.Ourforestsareunderattack fromseveralfronts,includingdiseases.Extrastressmayguaranteeanuntimely deathofnearbytrees.

CityMeetings: July1 7:00pm PlanningCommission July26:30pmParksandRecreation Commission (specialmeeting) JULY4 &5 CITYOFFICESARECLOSED July5 10:00am CitizenÕsForum July8 6:00pm CommunityDesign ReviewBoard July14 6:30pm CityCouncil July155:15pmEnvironmentalandNatural ResourcesMeeting July15 7:00pm PlanningCommission July16 6:30pm ParksandRecreation Commission July17 7:00pm HistoricPreservation Commission July22 6:00pm CommunityDesign ReviewBoard July286:30pm CityCouncilMeeting

AllmeetingsareheldatCityHall, 1830CountyRoadBEast. Anymeetingcancellationsarepostedonthe CityÕswebsite. www.ci.maplewood.mn.us Ifyouhavebasiccableservice,allCityCommissions, informationandprogramscanbeviewedonChannel 16.AllCityCouncilandCommissionmeetingsare broadcastliveonChannel16andarerebroadcastona schedulethatispostedatwww.ci.maplewood.mn.us.

MaplewoodPoliceDepartment2007Achievements DuringtheWeekofMay11-17,NationalPoliceWeekwascelebrated. Herearesomeofthe2007highlightsforyour MaplewoodPoliceDepartment. AuthorizedhiringofthreeadditionalOfficers¥ Graduated10thAnnualCitizenAcademy Received $80,000granttofundNarcoticsOfficerand ¥ Educated200+kidsinDAREcurriculum GangStrikeForceOfficer¥ Respondedto25,000+callsforservice Trainedtwonewcanineofficersandtheirpartners¥ Made323drunkdrivingarrests Implementedelectronicticketwritersysteminsquadcars ¥ Expandedbikepatrolthroughacquisitionof4newbikes purchasedthroughgrantfundingthroughgrantfunding Reached66neighborhoodpartiesonNationalNightOut¥ CongratulatedOfficerSypniewskionhisawardfromthe MNChiefsofPoliceAssociation CITYOFMAPLEWOOD

Mayor: DianaLongrie651.774.1490diana.longrie@ci.maplewood.mn.us CouncilMembers: KathleenJuenemann651.771.3670kathleen.juenemann@ci.maplewood.mn.us ErikHjelle651.217.2172erik.hjelle@ci.maplewood.mn.us WillRossbach651.484.5427will.rossbach@ci.maplewood.mn.us John Nephew651.776.5963john.nephew@ci.maplewood.mn.us CityManager: Chuck Ahl651.249.2050chuck.ahl@ci.maplewood.mn.us

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PrimaryElectionSeptember9,2008 PollsOpenat7:00AM Withthisbeingapresidentialelectionyearitismoreimportantthanevertogetoutandvote. Howevervotinginanytypeofelection,whetheritsforlocalgovernmentorthepresidential primaries, providesauniqueopportunitytovoiceyouropinion. Despitetheimportantdecisions determinedthroughelections (forexample,whoourlocal,state,andnationalleaderswillbe orwhetherareferendumwillpassorfail)mostpresidentialracesareparticipatedinbyless than70percentoftheeligiblevotingpublic. Thesenumbersdropevenlowerinoff-presidential yearsorinthecaseoflocalelections. Sothisyearmakeyourvotecount,beginningby participatinginthePrimaryElectiononSeptember9. Seepagethree precinct! Pleasenotethattherearenewprecinctsand/orprecinctboundariesformanypolling

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AttheMaplewoodCommunityCenterwerecognizethat peoplewantanaffordabletop-notchfacilitywith state-of-the-artequipmentandinnovativeproducts.Voted “Best FitnessCenter”eighttimesandrecognizedinThe Minneapolis/St.PaulBusinessJournal’s T“ op25MetroArea FitnessCenters,”theMaplewoodCommunityCenteroffers morethanyouraveragelocalhealthclub. Weinviteyou tobeapartofMaplewoodCommunityCenter.

VISITOROPENHOUSE Sunday,October5,9:00AMto3:00PM 2100WhiteBearAvenue,Maplewood, MN55109

YOURFREEADMISSIONINCLUDES: AccesstoStrengthandCardioCenters (ages16+) andPool DrawingsandPrizes ChildCare9:00AM -3:00PMforvisitorsages2+ GroupFitnessClassesBeginningat9:15AM DanceandFitnessProgramsstartingat12:00PM FamilyFlotationParty --bringyourswimsuit!

FeelingFullAftertheFair? CometotheMCCOpenHouse foryour “Mid-DayMembership onaStick!”

MCCisexcitedtoannouncethat mid-daymembershipswillbeavailable startingOctober1. Mid-daymemberships arevalidMondaythroughFridayfrom 10:00AMto2:00PM. Theyareavailable JoinasanannualmemberandgetonemonthFREE forfamilyorindividualpurchaseforthree 75forindividual, $120forfamily)or andpayNOinitialfees!Mid-dayMemberships twelvemonthincrements ($300for excluded. Offerends10/31/08.) individual, $480forfamily). Visitwww.maplewoodcommunitycenter.comorcall 651-249-2230

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DianaLongrie: Mayor KathleenJuenemann: Councilmember WillRossbach: Councilmember ErikHjelle:Councilmember JohnNephew:Councilmember ChuckAhl:ActingCityManager

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ParkCommission: September17at7:00PM PlanningCommission: September16at7:00PM HistoricalPreservationCommittee: September18at7:00PM AllCityCouncilandCommissionmeetingsarebroadcastliveonChannel 16andarerebroadcastonaschedulethatispostedat www.ci.maplewood.mn.us. Anymeetingcancellationsarepostedonthe City’swebsite.

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CaughtRecycling: 48DennisLaneNorth Theresidentsat48DennisLaneNortharetheluckywinnersof $50for recyclingduringthemonthofAugust. Eachmonth,throughDecember2008, recyclingdistrictswillbethewinnersof $50cash. Therecyclablesmustbe setoutby7:00AMthatmorning. It’sthatsimple!

Maplewoodresidentsaregreatrecyclers. In2007yourecycledalmost2,700 tonsofmaterialinthecurbsiderecyclingprogram. Thatamountofrecycling preventedthereleaseofover6,800metrictonsofgreenhousegascarbon dioxidefrombeingreleasedintoouratmosphere. Unfortunately,noteveryoneinMaplewoodisparticipatinginthecity’s recyclingprogram. Anaverageof67%ofMaplewoodhouseholdsare

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ifwecandoevenbetter! RecyclingbinsareavailableatthePublicWorks buildingat1902CountyRoadBEast,MondaythroughFridayfrom8:00AMto 4:30PM. Call651-249-2400formoreinformationorEurekaRecyclingat 651-222-SORT (7678)forrecyclingquestions.

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ByCouncilmemberKathleenJuenemann

DearFriendsandNeighbors Localgovernmentistrulyateameffort. Thecitycouncil,citymanager, citystaff, volunteercommissionersandcitizensareallimportantpartnersintheprocess. We, thecitycouncilareresponsibleforpolicydecisionsanddirectingthecitymanager whoisresponsiblefordailycityoperations, assistedbycitystaff.Citycouncil membersandstaffregardourcommissionersandcitizensasintegraltotheprocess. Weareonlysuccessfulinkeepingourcommunityviableandvitalifallthepartners putforthpositiveeffort.

DuringMaplewood’sformativeyears (1957-1970’s),thecitytrustees (council members)andstafftooktheresponsibilitiesforbuildingacommunityframework, establishingasystemofbasicservicesandvisioningforthefuture.Theirlegacyto

VisittheMCCOpen HouseonSaturday, October5

Center. We,too,therecentandcurrentcitycouncilsarechargedwithupgradingthat communitystructureandprocess, maintainingandimprovingourbasicservicesand visioningforthefuturestability,renewalandredevelopmentofourcity.Whatwillbe ourlegacytofutureMaplewoodresidents?

CheckoutMaplewood CommunityCenter’snewsignfor upcomingeventsandannouncements!

LetusallmoveforwardtogetherworkingtokeepMaplewoodagood,stable community.

PrecinctLocations

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MaplewoodCommunityCenter 2100WhiteBearAvenue FormerlylocatedatMaplewoodCityHall)

St.JeromesSchool 380RoselawnAvenueE. B ( oundaryChange)

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RamseyCountyHome 2000WhiteBearAvenue (BoundaryChange)

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EdgertonSchool 1929EdgertonStreet

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MaplewoodMiddleSchool 1896LakewoodDriveN. B ( oundaryChange)

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MaplewoodFireStation #2 G ( ladstone) 1955ClarenceStreet

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BeaverLakeSchool 1060SterlingStreetN.

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GladstoneCommunityCenter FrostAvenueatMantonStreet

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CarverSchool 2680UpperAftonRoad (BoundaryChange)

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FirstEvangelicalFreeChurch 2696HazelwoodStreet

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RamseyCountyLibrary 3025SouthlawnDrive FormerlylocatedatConcordiaArms)

LutheranChurchofPeace 47CenturyAvenueS. B ( oundaryChange) FormerlylocatedatLondinLaneFireStation)

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ByCommissionChairLindaOlson

CommissionCorner: CommunityDesignReviewBoard TheCDRBisthecity’s architecturalandsite-designreviewcommittee. Theboard reviewsalldevelopmentproposalslargerthanasingle-familyhome. TheCDRB iscurrentlycomprisedofsomeveryexperiencedvolunteers: MattLedvina,Anath Shankar, MattWise,JohnDemkoandmyself. Withourvariedbackgroundwe provideawiderangeofprofessionalexperienceinEnvironmental, Architectural, and CivilEngineering, CorporateDevelopmentandInfrastructure. Ourissuesofconcern andlighting. WeworkintandemwiththePlanningCommissionandstaffliaison SeniorPlannerTomEkstandandwemakeourrecommendationsdirectlytotheCity Council.

TheCDRBhasstudiedtheissuesoflightpollutionandtheDarkSkysInitiativeas theyaffectMaplewood, andwithstaffandCityCouncildraftedthecity’s Lighting Ordinance. Wealsospentseveralyearsrevisingthesigncode,includingthe recentlypasseddynamicsigns. Oneofourinitiativesistopromotesidewalksand improvepedestrianaccess, bothincreasinglynecessaryformobilityandsafety. Anothergoalisretainingpermeablesurfacesandreturnrainwatertotheground, ratherthanchannelingitintoourstormsewersystems. Ultimately, asvolunteers wedependonCitystaff,andtheCityManager’s directions. ActingCityManager ChuckAhl,hasbeenveryforwardthinkinginpromotingraingardens, roundabouts andwalkability. TheBoardvaluesChuckAhl’sdepthofknowledgeandyearsof experienceinthiscity. 22000099 SSUUMMMMEERR SSOOCCCCEERR RREEGGIISSTTRRAATTIIOONN NOWTHROUGHSEPTEMBER 30,2008 Registeratwww.nesasoccer.org NorthEastSoccer Association (NESA)CompetitiveTraveling isa Soccer associationthatcompetesintheMinnesotaYouthSoccer Association (MYSA) withteamsfromtheeastmetroarea. Bothboys andgirlscompeteinagegroupsrangingfromUnder9toUnder19

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CityNowAcceptingApplicationsfor2009CharitableGamblingFunds TheCityofMaplewoodisnowacceptingapplicationsfortheuseofthe2009proceedsoftheCity’s 10%CharitableGamblingTax.The applicationdeadlineisSeptember12,2008 prioritytoorganizationsfromoutsidethecityproposingtomeettheneedsofMaplewoodresidents. Ingeneral, requestsfromorganized athleticgroupsarenotfunded.

TheCityCouncilawardedatotalof $35,000inCharitableGamblingTaxFundsin2008. Fundswenttothefollowinggroups: theRamsey CountyFair,theAmericanRedCross, HeritageTheaterCompany, MaplewoodAreaHistoricalSociety,TubmanFamilyAlliance, Friendsof ThefundsareawardedbyavoteoftheMaplewoodCityCouncil. Applicationsareavailableonthecitywebsitewww.ci.maplewood.mn.us orbycallingSarahBurlingameat651.249.2051.

ReadytoTalkTransit? ByAssistantCityEngineerMichaelThompson GetreadytoofferyourcommentsabouttransitoptionsontheproposedRushLine Corridor, an80-milecorridorfromdowntownSt.PaulnorthtoHinckley. Asgrowth continuesinthenorthmetro,it’s timetobeginthinkingabouthowtoprovidetransitservice withinthecorridor. Severalbusrapidtransit,lightrailtransit,andcommuterrailoptions theMaplewoodCommunityCenter (RoomC),2100WhiteBearAvenue,onOctober2nd from5:30to8:00PM.,withpresentationsat6:00and7:00PM. Thesecondopenhouse willbeheldonOctober7thattheNorthBranchLibrary, 6355379thStreet,from5:30to 8:00PM,withpresentationsalsoat6:00and7:00PM. Formoreinformation, visitthe projectwebsiteatwww.rushline.orgorcallTimMayasichat651.266.2762.

BuyerBeware! deals”. Butawordofcaution --whensomethingsoundstoogoodtobetrue, brokenintoinaSt.Paulpark. Stolenitemsincludedacellphone, acamera, variouspersonalitemsandaDepartmentissued800MHzportableradio. checkingCraigslist,apopularon-line “wantads”. Afewdaysafterthetheft,he

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OnthePoliceScanner InJuly,theMaplewoodPoliceDepartment respondedto2,527callsforservice. Includedinthisnumberwerethefollowing incidents: 31 AssaultCases 5 RobberyCases 39 BurglaryCases 152 TheftCases 52 CriminalDamagetoPropertyCases 28 AutoTheftCases 86 TheftfromVehicleCases shoplifting,29arrestsforDWIandissued 1,014citations.


ByBuckthornCoordinatorCarolGernes

MaplewoodBuckthornManagementProgramAnnouncements BuckthornRemovalDayatVistaHillsPark! Saturday, October11,From10:00 -11:15AM, adultsandkids (11+)willpullbuckthorn andplantanacorninitsplace! Fromnoon—2:00PM, adultswillcutandherbicidebuckthorn. Training,tools,glovesandrefreshments are provided. CalltheMaplewoodNatureCentertoregisterandformoreinformation, 651.249.2170. issueoftheMaplewoodCityNews. Donotdropofftreesoranyotherbrush, insteadbringthemtoaRamseyCountyCompostBrush Site. VisittheRamseyCountywebsiteorcall651.266.1155formoreinformation. VolunteertobeaBuckthornBlockCaptain! Blockcaptainsdistributedoorhangers,checkouttoolsandpromotebuckthornremovalin theirneighborhoods! Leaveamessageat651.249.2188tosignup!

BuckthornTargetNeighborhoods: 1.SunsetRidgeParkNeighborhood -- borderedbyWalterStreet,Highway61,CountyRoadDandBeamAvenue. 2.MarylandtoUpperAftonNeighborhoodincludingMaplewoodhouseholdsbetweenUpperAftonRoad,MarylandAvenue, Century AvenueHwy120)andMcKnightRoad. pickupbyOctober28. Toregister, leaveyourname, addressandphoneoremailontheMaplewoodBuckthornHotlinevoicemail:

BuckthornHerbicideCoupon JointheCity’sefforttoremove buckthornfromMaplewood. Tohelp withthisimportantcommunity environmentalissue,thesebusinesses areofferingMaplewoodresidentsa discountonbuckthornherbicide products. Bringyourbuckthornbrochuretomake surethatyoubuyeffectivechemicalconcentrations!

Dege’sGardenCenter: 25%OFF! 651.739.5296 ConcentratedKills-All©,withsurfactants (41% Glyphosate)orFerti-Lome©BrushandStumpKiller 8%Trichlopyr) Linder’sGardenCenter: 20%OFF! 651.488.1927 AllGlyphosateproductsandBrush-B-Gone (8% Trichlopyr) Bachman’s: 20%OFF! 651.770.0531 Maplewoodstoreonly. 20%offVine-X®Vine &Brush Control (Trichlopyrester13.6%)

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What’sNewInMaplewood? OnSeptember22,CityCouncilapprovedtheplansforHealthEasttoenlargetheSt.John’sHospitalCampus. Thisproposalincludedseveral expansionelements:

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DianaLongrie: Mayor KathleenJuenemann: Councilmember WillRossbach: Councilmember ErikHjelle:Councilmember JohnNephew:Councilmember ChuckAhl:ActingCityManager

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Primary ElectionSeptember9,2008 PollsOpenat 7: 00AM With this being a presidential election year it is more important than ever to get out and vote. However voting in any type of election, whether its for local government or the presidential primaries, provides a unique opportunity to voice your opinion. Despite the important decisions determined through elections (for example, who our local, state, and national leaders will be or whether a referendum will pass or fail) most presidential races are participated in by less than 70 percent of the eligible voting public. These numbers drop even lower in off-presidential years or in the case of local elections. So this year make your vote count, beginning by participating in the Primary Election on September 9. See page three precinct! Please note that there are new precincts and/or precinct boundaries for many

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At the Maplewood Community Center we recognize that people want an affordable top-notch facility with state- of-the-art equipment and innovative products. Voted “Best Fitness Center” eight times and recognized in The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’ s “Top 25 Metro Area Fitness Centers,” the Maplewood Community Center offers more than your average local health club. We invite you to be a part of Maplewood Community Center.

VISITOROPEN HOUSE Mid-Day Membership on a Stick! Access to Strength and Cardio Centers ( ages 16+) MCC is excited to announce that and Pool mid-day memberships will be Drawings and Prizes available starting October 1. Mid-day Child Care 9:00AM - 3: 00PM for visitors memberships ages 2+ are valid Monday Ready to talk transit? Group Fitness Classes Beginning at 9: 15AM through Friday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. They are available for family Dance and Fitness Programs starting at 12:00 NOON or individual purchase for three ($ 75 Family Flotation Party -- bring your swimsuit! for individual, $ 120 for family) or Join as an annual member and get one month FREE twelve month increments ($300 for and pay NO initial fees! On the Police Scanner individual, $480 for family). Call TODAY! 249-2230 Visit www.maplewoodcommunitycenter. com or651call 6

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Proposed2009NeighborhoodStreetImprovements ByMichaelThompson,AssistantCityEngineer

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ByCommissionViceChairBethUlrich CommissionCorner: TheMaplewoodHousing & RedevelopmentAuthority

Ourmaindutyistoadvisethecitycouncilonmattersthatrelatetohousingin recommendationonvariousmatterstotheCityCounciltohelpguidethemintheir decisions.

homebuyersareassuredofthebasicconditionofahousepriortotheirpurchase.

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GatheringYourGroup?

ChildCare ChildCareprovidesastimulatingenvironmentforyourchildto

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Lock-Ins/AfterHourGroups carepunchcardsareavailablefor

CHILDCARE: 651.249.2218 CALL651.249.2203TORESERVEYOURDATE!

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SWIMREGISTRATIONISGOINGONNOW! DecemberMiniandWinterFullSession

PoolHours calendarsareavailableonour

admissionsandcustomerservice

AdultOnlySwimTime

WaterSafetyInstructorTraining

WaterSafetyAideProgram SATURDAY, DECEMBER6,10:00AM -3:00PM

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Snorkeling SATURDAY, NOVEMBER22ANDJANUARY24 2 ( SEPARATESESSIONS) 8:30 -9:45AM (AGES6 -11) 10:00 -11:30AM (AGES12ANDUP)

GirlScoutsandBoyScoutsSwimmingPrograms

AquaticCenterEvents FlotationFridays FRIDAYS, NOVEMBER28,DECEMBER26,ANDJANUARY30,5:00 -8:00PM

OtherFlotationDays WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER26,1:00 -4:00PM,

Swim-InMovieNight FINDINGNEMO: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER15,5:00PM (6:00PMMOVIE) RUDOLPHTHEREDNOSEDREINDEERANDFROSTYTHESNOWMAN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER6,5:00PM (6:00PMMOVIE) DISNEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;SPETERPAN: SATURDAY, JANUARY17,5:00PM (6:00PM)

Ifyoulovemoviesinthepoolbesuretocheckoutmoviesinthepark. Seepage23formoreinformation!

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PreschoolPrograms

BeginningTumbling SESSIONONE (A):FRIDAYS, NOVEMBER7 -DECEMBER19,9:00 -9:45AM (AGES2 -3)OR9:45 -10:30AM (AGES4 -6) SESSIONONE (B):SATURDAYS, NOVEMBER8 -DECEMBER20,9:00 -9:45AM (AGES2 -3)OR9:45 -10:30AM (AGES4 -6) SESSIONTWO (A):FRIDAYS, FEBRUARY6 -MARCH13,9:00 -9:45AM (AGES2 -3)OR9:45 -10:30AM (AGES4 -6) SESSIONTWO (B):SATURDAYS, FEBRUARY7 -MARCH14,9:00 -9:45AM (AGES2 -3)OR9:45 -10:30AM (AGES4 -6)

PreschoolGymboree THURSDAYS, GOINGONNOW -APRIL23,10:00 -11:30AM

GymandSwim SESSIONONE: MONDAYS, FEBRUARY2 -MARCH9,9:30 -10:30AM SESSIONTWO: MONDAYS, FEBRUARY2 -MARCH9,6:00 -7:00PM

ofclass.

TotsinMotion SESSIONONE: TUESDAYS, NOVEMBER11 -DECEMBER16,5:15 -6:00PM SESSIONTWO: TUESDAYS, FEBRUARY3 -MARCH10,5:15 -6:00PM

PreschoolSportsSpectacular WEDNESDAYS, FEBRUARY4 -MARCH11,5:00 -5:45PM

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MCCKidsClub MONDAY,TUESDAY, & WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER3 -26,9:30 -11:00AM MONDAY,TUESDAY, & WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER1 -JANUARY28,9:00 -11:00AM

MCCKidsClubFabulousFieldTrip:Children’sMuseum! WEDNESDAY,NOVEMBER19,11:30AM -2:00PM

ExploringNature &TakingCareOfTheEarth ASERIESOFFEREDATTHENATURECENTERWITHEARLYCHILDHOOD & FAMILYEDUCATION (ECFE) SATURDAYS,OCTOBER - MAY,10:00 -11:30AM

Datesandtopics:

Jasmine’sMagicCarpetRide THURSDAY,NOVEMBER20,1:00 -2:00PM

OnceUponaStarKidParties,startedin2002,specializes inbirthdayparties,childcareentertainmentandspecial events. KimMaxwell,Owner,wasaneducatorfor10years beforestartingthisBurnsvillebasedbusiness. MaplewoodCommunityCenter: 651-249-2230

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School’sOut!

HolidayCrafts

SEEDATESBELOW

THURSDAY,NOVEMBER20,6:15 -7:15PM THURSDAY,DECEMBER18,6:15 -7:15PM

easyholidaycrafts,guaranteedtoputtheminafestivemood.

Register 25.00 SCHOOL’SOUTDATES:

SCHOOL’SOUTWILLBEOFFEREDATCARVER COMMUNITYGYMONTHEFOLLOWINGDATES:

MaplewoodRecreationDramaClasses FlightsofFancy THURSDAY, JANUARY15 -FEBRUARY26,6:00 -7:00PM

CharactersWanted THURSDAY, JANUARY15 -FEBRUARY26,7:00 -8:00PM

MeettheInstructor: ClaudiaHaas

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SeniorHighBasketballLeague

December19. runJanuarytomid-March

refereespergame.

YouthBasketballClinic GRADESK-1:THURSDAYS, JANUARY8 -FEBRUARY13,5:30 -6:30PM GRADES2-3:THURSDAYS, JANUARY8 -FEBRUARY13,6:30 -7:30PM GRADES4-5:THURSDAYS, JANUARY8 -FEBRUARY13,7:30 -8:30PM game,thedifferentlinesonacourt,dribbling, passing,shooting,offensiveanddefensive

Heykids! Checkoutpage24forinformationregardingguitarlessons.

MaplewoodCommunityCenterandAmericanRedCrossPresent... SafeOnMyOwn THURSDAY,DECEMBER11,6:30 -8:00PM

RedCrossBabysittingClass SESSIONONE: SATURDAY,JANUARY24,9:00AM -3:00PM SESSIONTWO: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY21,9:00AM -3:00PM

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NEW!18+OpenDodgeballLeague SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER23 -FEBRUARY15 (NOGAMESDEC.7ORDEC. 28) interestedinexperiencingthefunofarecreationaldodgeballleagueinastructuredandexciting

AdultVolleyballLeagues MEN’S LEAGUE: MONDAYS, BEGINNINGNOVEMBER, STARTTIMESBETWEEN6:15 -9:00PM WOMEN’SLEAGUE: WEDNESDAYS, BEGINNINGNOVEMBER,STARTTIMESBETWEEN6:15 -9:00PM CO-RECLEAGUE: FRIDAYS, BEGINNINGNOVEMBER,STARTTIMESBETWEEN6:15 -9:00PM

New!AdultCeramics StartingJanuary!

forinformationoncurrentleagueofferings.

AdultSoftballLeagues classdatesandregistration information.

WinterBotanyEvent SATURDAY, DECEMBER6,9:00AM -12:00PM

T’aiChiCh’uan WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY14 -MARCH4,7:30 -8:30PM (FREEDEMONSTRATIONNIGHTONJANUARY7) LOCATION: DRAGONSKUNGFUSTUDIO, 25727THAVEE.,NORTHST.PAUL

AdultPhotographyClass TUESDAY,NOVEMBER18,6:30 -8:30PM

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SeniorStriders MONDAY,TUESDAY, THURSDAY, & FRIDAY,10:00AM -1:00PM, ONGOING

LunchBunchWednesdayCardSharks SEEDATESBELOWWEDNESDAY, 12:00 -2:00PM, ONGOING

meets November20,January22, February19,andMarch26from 11:30AMto1:30PM.Transportationis

Striders.

GrabBagBingo THURSDAY,NOVEMBER6 &DECEMBER4,1:00 -2:00PM

feecoversonlytransportationanddoesnot

FREESeniorHealthandWellBeingSeminars WEDNESDAYS, GOINGONNOW -DECEMBER17,10:00 -11:00AM seniorsinthecommunitytheopportunitytoattend

TopicsandDates: dietaryneedsatthetimeofregistration.

Seniors! Checkoutpage21forT’ai ChiCh’uanandseepage26forBOSU SeniorBalanceTraining. Bothgreat programsforimprovingbalanceand

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MaplewoodMovieNights KUNGFUPANDA -FRIDAY,DECEMBER12,6:15PM (MOVIEAT7:00PM) WALL-E -FRIDAY,JANUARY2,6:15PM (MOVIEAT7:00PM)

IfyouloveMaplewoodMovieNightscheckoutpage14forinformationontheMaplewoodCommunityCenterSwim-InMovies!

MaplewoodNatureCenterFamilyEvents! FeedtheAnimals SATURDAY, NOVEMBER22,10:00 –11:15AM

FullMoonWalk FRIDAY,DECEMBER12,7:00 –8:30PM

WildlifeHoliday SATURDAY, DECEMBER20,10:00 –11:30AM

SnowshoeFrolic SATURDAY, JANUARY31,1:00 –2:30PM

AlleventslistedheretakeplaceattheMaplewoodNatureCenter andNeighborhoodPreserves (2659East7thStreet). Call651.249.2170toregister!

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BeginningGuitarLessons TUESDAYS, DECEMBER2 –JANUARY13,7:00 –8:00PM NOCLASS12/23) Thisclassisforallbeginnerguitarplayersagestenandup. Ifyou

CPRandFirstAidClasses

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ADULT & CHILDCPR/AED &INFANTCPR: SATURDAY, DECEMBER13ORSATURDAY, FEBRUARY14, 10:00AM -5:00PM CHILDCPR/AED &INFANTCPRWITHFIRSTAID: SATURDAY,NOVEMBER8ORSATURDAY,JANUARY10, 10:00AM -5:00PM

MONDAY, DECEMBER29,6:00 -8:00PM

emergencysituations. Theirpurposeisalsotoinstruct

ATTENTIONCHILDCAREPROVIDERS! ChildCPR/AED &InfantCPRwithFirst AidisdesignedtomeetstateCPRand FirstAidrequirements.

Lookingtospendsometimein thegreatoutdoors? StopbytheMaplewoodNatureCenter & NeighborhoodPreserves!

Freenatureexhibitsforfamiliesincludingacrawlthrough log,children’spuppettheatre, AlextheFrogcomputer game,realskullsandfurtotouchandfeel, andmuchmore! VisitorCenterHours: Tuesday -Saturday 8:30PM -4:30PM TrailsOpenEveryDay From1/2 hourbeforesunriseto1/2houraftersunset 2659EastSeventhStreet 651.249.2170 www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/nc MaplewoodCommunityCenter: 651-249-2230

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training,andcardioblast. AcurrentscheduleisavailableattheMaplewoodCommunityCentercustomerservicecounteror onlineatwww.maplewoodcommunitycenter.com.

DitchtheWorkoutandJointhePartywithZumbaatMCC! SIX-WEEKSESSION: TUESDAYS,5:30 -6:30PM,NOVEMBER4 -DECEMBER16 SIX-WEEKSESSION: SATURDAYS,NOVEMBER1 -DECEMBER20,11:30AM -12:30PM (NOCLASSNOV.15 &22) SEVEN-WEEKSESSION: THURSDAYS, OCTOBER23 -DECEMBER11,5:30 -6:30PM (NOCLASSNOV.27)

ZumbaExpress THURSDAYS, JANUARY15 -FEBRUARY26,4:30 -5:15PM

PowerKickClass SESSIONONE: THURSDAYS,NOVEMBER6 -DECEMBER18,5:45 -6:30PM SESSIONTWO: THURSDAYS, JANUARY8 -FEBRUARY12,5:45 -6:30PM

IntermediateMatPilates MONDAYS) SESSION1:NOVEMBER3 -DECEMBER8,10:30 -11:30AM MONDAYS) SESSION2:JANUARY5 -FEBRUARY9,10:30 -11:30AM WEDNESDAYS)SESSION1:NOVEMBER5 -DECEMBER17,5:20 -6:20PM WEDNESDAYS)SESSION2:JANUARY7 -FEBRUARY11,5:20 -6:20PM THURSDAYS) SESSION1:NOVEMBER6 -DECEMBER18,9:15 -10:15AM THURSDAYS) SESSION2:JANUARY8 -FEBRUARY12,9:15 -10:15AM

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NEW!WalkNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Stroll SESSIONONE: FRIDAYS,NOVEMBER7 -DECEMBER19,11:00AM -11:45AM SESSIONTWO: FRIDAYS, JANUARY9 -FEBRUARY13,11:00AM -11:45AM

MommyandMeYoga SESSIONONE: THURSDAYS,NOVEMBER6,13,20 &DECEMBER4,11,18,9:30 -10:10AM SESSIONTWO: THURSDAYS,JANUARY8,15,22,29 &FEBRUARY5,12,9:30 -10:10AM

YogaForKids SESSIONONE: TUESDAYS, NOVEMBER11 -DECEMBER2,5:15 -6:00PM SESSIONTWO: TUESDAYS,JANUARY6 -FEBRUARY12,5:15 -6:00PM

SeniorGroupFitness SeniorBOSUBalanceTraining SESSIONONE -THURSDAYS, NOVEMBER6 -DECEMBER18 (NOCLASSNOVEMBER27),8:15 -9:00AM SESSIONTWO -THURSDAYS, JANUARY8 -FEBRUARY12,8:15 -9:00AM

SeniorStrengthGroupTraining SESSIONONE: WEDNESDAYS, NOVEMBER5 -DECEMBER17,9:00AM -10:00AM SESSIONTWO: WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY14 -FEBRUARY18,9:00AM -10:00AM

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NEW!WallyballLeagues JANUARY10TOAPPROXIMATELYMARCH20

WinterTableTennisTournament SATURDAY, DECEMBER13,2:30PM (CHECK-IN),3:00PM (TOURNAMENTBEGINS)

Learn!RacquetballClinics -Freeforeveryone! ADULTCLINIC: SATURDAY, JANUARY31,12:00 -1:00PM KIDSCLINIC: SATURDAY,JANUARY31,1:00 -2:00PM olderareinvitedtoparticipateinouradultclinic.

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Ballet &Jazz AGES3 -5:TUESDAYS,JANUARY13 -MARCH31,5:30 -6:15PM AGES6 -8:MONDAYS, JANUARY12 -MARCH30,6:45 -7:30PM

BeginningTap &JazzCombo AGES3 -5:MONDAYS, JANUARY12 -MARCH30,6:00 -6:45PM AGES6 -8:MONDAYS, JANUARY12 -MARCH30,7:30 -8:15PM

Tap &JazzCombo AGES3 -5:TUESDAYS,JANUARY13 -MARCH30,6:15 -7:00PM AGES6 -8:TUESDAYS,JANUARY13 -MARCH30,7:00 -7:45PM

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LatinNightClub SUNDAYS,JANUARY4 -FEBRUARY8,7:30 -8:30PM h

WeddingDanceSurvival SESSIONONE: SUNDAYS,JANUARY4 -FEBRUARY8,6:30 -7:30PM SESSIONTWO: TUESDAYS,FEBRUARY10 -MARCH17,8:00 -9:00PM

BestofBallroom: Foxtrot,Swing,andMambo TUESDAYS,FEBRUARY10 -MARCH17,9:00 -10:00PM

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MaplewoodCommunityCenterTeamsUpwithTheEdgeMartialArts!

Lil’DragonsProgram MONDAYS, 5:15 -6:00PM -AGES4TO6

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KidsBeginnerKarate MONDAYS, 6:15 -7:00PM -AGES7TO12

TeenToAdult MONDAYS, 7:15 -8:00PM - AGES13TOADULT receivestheindividualattentiontheydeserve,ensuringsuccessandhelpingthemattaintheirhighest personalpotential.

KidsSafetyAwareness SEEWEBSITEFORUPCOMINGPROGRAMDATES

EmpowerWomen’sSelfDefenseSeminar SEEWEBSITEFORUPCOMINGPROGRAMDATES

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MaplewoodMonthly

January2009CityNewsletter

CouncilConsidersOptionsforLevyReductionon2009Budget

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ByActingCityManager, ChuckAhl OnSeptember8,2008,theCityCounciladoptedaresolutionsettingthemaximumlevyincreasefor the2009Budgetata6.0%increaseoverthe2008levyamount. Intotaldollars,thislevyincreaseis: 15,546,450 [08Levy]X6% =935, $ 370. ThetaxlevyistheamountoffundsthattheCitycollectsfrom propertytaxes. Thetaxlevyof $16,481,820proposedfor2009isoutofatotalbudgetofover $39million. Theotherrevenuesinthebudgetaresewerfees,environmentalutilityfees,servicefeesassociatedwiththe MaplewoodCommunityCenterandRecreationprograms, ambulanceservicefees,andbuildingpermitfees. The6%taxlevyincreasewassetbaseduponapreliminaryanalysisoftheCity’sneeds. Atrackingof governmentalexpenses, calledtheImplicitPrice serviceshaveincreasedby6.2%. Majorexpenses increasingforthecityincludefuelandutilitiesupnearly 175,000from2008,bituminousmaterialsforroadway maintenance, employeehealthcarecosts,anddebt servicetopayforbondssoldtopayforneighborhood roadwayreconstruction. Includedintheproposed2009 budgetareexpensesforre-creatingthepositionof DeputyPoliceChieftohelpadministerourPolice DepartmentServices, anew ¾timetechnicianto assistwithcomputerandtechnicalservicesforthenew webpageandanewbuildingmaintenancetechnicianto assistwithrepairstoCityHall,theCommunityCenterand ourFireStations. Propertytaxstatementshavebeenmailedtoallproperty ownersestimatingtaxesontheirpropertyin2009. The

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willdebateoptionstoreducethelevyamountattheirTruthinTaxationHearingthatisscheduledfor Monday,December8,2008at7:00PMintheCityCouncilChambers. Allpersonswishingtobeheard shouldeitherappearatthishearing,orprovidecommentstotheCouncilmemberspriortothisdate.

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LevyReductionOptions

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Option #1:Keepthelevyatthemaximum6.0%increasesetinSeptember. Thebreakdownofthe6.0%proposedmaximumlevyincreasesareasfollows: 1) AdditionalFundsinGeneralFundforoperations: $ 2) AdditionalsubsidyforCommunityCenteroperations: $ 3) AdditionalfundsfortheDebtServiceFundforbondeddebt: $ TOTALLEVYINCREASE $

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507,955 70,000 357,415 935,370

Option #2:Makecutstoreducetheincreaseto4.5% Thisoptionproposesthatsavingsfromare-assignmentofdutiesimplementedinOctober2008,that eliminatedtheDeputyDirectorofPublicWorkspositionandcreatedtheParksandCommunity DevelopmentDirectorpositionbeaccountedforinthisbudget. storycontinuedonpage4)


DianaLongrie: Mayor KathleenJuenemann: Councilmember WillRossbach: Councilmember ErikHjelle:Councilmember JohnNephew:Councilmember ChuckAhl:ActingCityManager

651.774.1490 651.771.3670 651.779.0220 651.846.4328 651.776.5963 651.249.2050

diana.longrie@ci.maplewood.mn.us kathleen.juenemann@ci.maplewood.mn.us will.rossbach@ci.maplewood.mn.us erik.hjelle@ci.maplewood.mn.us john.nephew@ci.maplewood.mn.us chuck.ahl@ci.maplewood.mn.us

FrequentlyCalledNumbersMaplewoodMeetingSchedule MaplewoodCityHall

CityCouncil:Monday,January12 &26at6:30PM

GeneralInformation DeputyRegistrarandPassportHours: Monday -Friday:8:00AM -4:30PM Saturday:8:00AM -12:00PM

651.249.2000

CitizenForum:Saturday, January3at10:00AM Environmental &NaturalResourceCommission:Tuesday, January6at 5:15PM

MaplewoodCommunityCenter Registration CustomerService Admissions Theater/BanquetRoomInformation GroupInformation BirthdayPartyInformation Aquatics ChildCare Fitness

PlanningCommission: Tuesday, January6 &20at7:00PM

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CommunityDesignReviewBoard: Thursday, January9 &23at6:00PM ParkCommission: Wednesday, January21at7:00PM Housing &RedevelopmentAuthority:Wednesday,January14at7:00PM HistoricalPreservationCommittee: Thursday,January15at7:00PM AllCityCouncilandCommissionmeetingsarebroadcastliveonChannel 16andarerebroadcastonaschedulethatispostedat www.ci.maplewood.mn.us. Anymeetingcancellationsarepostedonthe Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;swebsite.

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RamseyCounty (MaplewoodPolice, MinnesotaStatePatrol,MoundsViewPolice, NewBrightonPolice, NorthSt.PaulPolice, Ramsey CountySheriff,RosevillePolice,St.AnthonyPolice,St.PaulPolice,andWhiteBearlakePolice)worktogetheronselectedroadways

36corridorbetweenHighway280andCenturyAvenue. Thesetwoeventsresultedinremoving36intoxicatedorimpaireddriversfromthe roadthosenights.

drivesafelyandresponsiblyduringtheupcomingholidayseason.

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ByCouncilmemberKathleenJuenemann TheCouncilCornerisaspacethatisrotatedmonthlybetweentheMayorandCouncilmembers.

DearFriendsandNeighbors, AsIwritethisletter,itisonlytwoweeksbeforeThanksgivingandsixweeksuntilChristmas/winterholidays.Thisisthetimeoftheyear Inadditiontoourpersonalreasonsforgratitude, Ibelieveweallhavecausetobethankfulforthepositiveconditionsandgoodservices ourfellowproactiveresidents.Whilethereisalwaysroomforchangeandimprovements, weareindeedfortunatetoenjoythequalityof lifewehaveinthiscommunity. Astheholidayseasonapproaches, thereisalwaysasenseofrenewedhope,peaceandresolve.Itismyhopethatwewillall –city council,staffandcitizens – moveintothenewyearwithhopeforabetter,moreproductiveyearahead;withseriousintenttocreate genuinepeaceandacceptanceinourcommunity;withtrueresolvetoworktogethertoachievereasonablegoalsformaintenanceand revitalizationofourcitywiththeguidanceandassistanceofournewcitymanager.

NewPedestrianTrailConstructedDitchtheWorkoutandJointhePartywith Hazelwood/HWY36CrossingClosed WinterZumbaatMCC! ByMichaelThompson,ActingPublicWorksDirector Pedestriancrossingon Highway36atHazelwood Streetisnolonger oneofthesegreatclasses,call651.249.2230orvisitMCCCustomerService. permitted. Duringthe improvementsto SessionOne: Tuesdays,5:30-6:30PM,Jan.6 -Feb.24 HazelwoodStreetthis Cost: $56 ($42forMCCmembers) summertheCityworked SessionTwo: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30PM,Jan.15 -Feb. 26 withMn/DOTtoprovide Cost: $56 ($42forMCCmembers) analternativepedestrianroute. Atrailwasinstalledon SessionThree: Saturdays, 11:30-12:30PM, Jan.10 -Feb.28 thesouthsideofthehighwayconnectingHazelwood NoclassonJanuary24 StreetdirectlytotheBruceVentoTrail,whichutilizesthe Cost: $56 ($42forMCCmembers) bridgeoverpass. Mn/DOTiscontinuingtoworkon solutionstodissuadepedestriansfromcrossingatthe ZUMBAEXPRESS:Don’thavetimeforan oldlocationandjustrecentlyexcavatedthecenter hour-longworkout? Checkoutthe median. TheCitycontinuestoworkwithMn/DOTon addressingpedestriansafety. Thursdays, 4:30 -5:15PM, Jan.15 -Feb.26 Alsoaspartofthestreetimprovementproject, aCost: $49.00 ($35.00forMCCmembers) sidewalkwasinstalledalongtheeastsideof T’aiChiCh’uan HazelwoodStreetbetweenHighway36andFrost Avenue, whichnowprovidesadirectconnectiontothe Wednesdays, Jan.14 -March4,7:30-8:30PM (FreeDemoOnJan.7) GatewayTrail. Asecondtrailwasconstructed Location: DragonsKungFunStudio,25727thAveE.,NorthSt.Paul providingaconnectionbetweenSherwoodParkandthe T’aiChiCh’uan,practicedinChinafor2,500years,usesrelaxed newsidewalkonHazelwoodStreet. Thesidewalkand movementstodevelopstrengthandeliminatetension. Doingsowill trailshavegreatlyimprovedthewalkabilityfor neighborhoodresidentsandstudentsattendingnearby Costis $50.00.Register JohnGlennMiddleandWeaverElementary. bycalling651.249.2230orbyvisitingMCCCustomerService. CityofMaplewood

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HolidayHappeningsinYourNeighborhood Thisseason,getintotheholidayspiritwiththesefuneventshappening HOLIDAYCRAFTS rightinyourbackyardattheMaplewoodCommunityCenter (2100White THURSDAY, DECEMBER18,6:15 -7:15PM BearAvenue, Maplewood,MN55109). Parents, doyouneedalittlehelpgettingyourkidsintheholidayspirit? Childrenages5 -8areinvitedtotheMaplewoodCommunityCenter HOLIDAYGIFTEXPO MotionZonetocreatefunandeasyholidaycrafts,guaranteedtoput FRIDAY,DECEMBER5,3:00 -8:00PM theminafestivemood. Costis $7.00andpre-registrationisrequired Areyoualastminuteshopper? Doyouhaveaholidayto-dolistamile atleastoneweekbeforeclassdate. We’llhavefunmusicplayinganda long? Ifso,thenMaplewoodCommunityCenter’sHolidayGiftExpois delicioussnackpreparedsograbyourpaintshirtandcomejoinusfora greattime! CalltheMaplewoodCommunityCenterat651.249.2230to register. holiday-readymerchandise. Thisholidayseasonavoidthecrowded mallsandstreetsandutilizethisone-stop-shoptosimplifyyourholiday HOLIDAYSING-A-LONG giftpurchasing. Inadditiontoourwideselectionofvendors,the MONDAY, DECEMBER22,11:00AM -12:00PM MaplewoodCommunityCenterwillalsoofferchildcare. ANDjustfor JoinMaplewoodCommunityCenter’sguitarinstructorandlocal stoppingbytoregisteryouareeligibletowinoneofmanyfabulous musicianDaveRobyforaholidaysing-a-long. Participantswillsingalong doorprizes. SothisyearcometotheMaplewoodCommunityCenterfor tothegreatseasonalandholidaymusicalthatwe allofyourlast-minuteholidayshoppingneeds! Formoreinformation allknowandlove. Don’tmissthis contactPaulineStaplesat651.249.2103. FREE,festiveevent! For moreinformationcall COOKIESWITHMRS.CLAUS 651.249.2204. SATURDAY, DECEMBER13,1:00 -3:00PM ComespendanafternoonwithMrs.Claus! Childrenages5 -9are invitedtotheMaplewoodCommunityCentertodecorateholiday

asnackandgatheraroundMrs.ClausasshereadsTheNightBefore Christmas. Costis $5.00perchild. Parentsarewelcometostayaswell! CalltheMaplewoodCommunityCenterat651.249.2230toregister.


4.GiveEducation: Giveyouradventurousfriendorfamilymemberacrash courseinsomethingtheyhavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ttriedbeforewithlessonsforactivities suchasscubadiving,inlineskating,snowboardingormountainclimbing. shoppingandtheoftentimesdauntingtaskofdeterminingthebestgiftfor Ifyourgiftrecipientismoreofawatcherthanadoer,buythema everyoneonyourshoppinglist. Thisyear,skipthestressandshowloved magazinesubscriptiontokeeptheminformedthroughouttheyear. onesyoureallycarewithoneoftheseuniqueandthoughtfulgiftideas: 5.GiveMembership:Anothergiftthatkeepsongivingisayear-long 1.GiveAnExperience: Doesyourwifelovetheater? Isyoursistera membership. Fortheactiveathleteconsideragymmembershipsothey baseballfan? Ifso,considergivingticketstosportingevents,concerts, cangettheirexercisehigheveninwintermonths. Thelife-longlearner plays,orotherentertainmentvenue. willappreciateaScienceMuseumorHistoricalSocietymembershipand childrenaresuretoloveamembershiptothezoo! 2.GiveCustom: Notonlyarecustomizedgiftsguaranteedtobeunique, theyalsoshowtherecipientthatyouputspecialthoughtintoyour 6.GiveHomemade: Takingthetimetomakeyourgift,ratherthan purchase. Manycustomizeditemscanbecreatedonlineand,depending purchaseitisanothergreatwaytoshowyourrecipientthatyoucare. ontheitemdesigned,canincorporateaname,messageorphoto. Thekeyistoplaytoyourstrengthsandmakeyourgiftunique. For However,besuretoallowextratimeforcustomizinginyourholiday example,ifyoulovetocookstartwithabasiccookierecipethatyoucan planning! modifyforavarietyoftastesandshapes. 3.GiveAllYear: Whetheryourdadisawineconnoisseuroryourmotheris 7.GivetheGiftofGiving:Areyoushoppingforsomeonewholiterally achocolateaddictyoucanarrangetohavethese (ormanyotheritems) haseverything? Thisyear,insteadofpurchasinganotherredundanttie deliveredeachmonthtoyourgiftrecipient. Visitwww.club-offers.com orkitchenapplianceconsidermakingacharitabledonationorganization forinformationonavailableclubs. personaltoyourrecipientinthatpersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sname.

GiftGivingMadeEasy! Holidayseasonisuponusandwiththatcomestherushofholiday


PickingOutThePerfectPine Theselectionanddecorationofaholidaytreeisoneofthemostpopular

traditionsassociatedwiththecelebrationofChristmas. Thisyear,choosethe perfecttreewiththesesimpletips:

MeasureTwice:Beforeyoubeginshoppingforyour “perfecttree”decide boththespace’sceilingheightandwidth. Alsomeasureyourtreestandto determinethemaximumdiameterofthetreetrunkitcanhold. aswellasgloves (toprotectyourhands)withyouwhenyoushop.

thatdonotfalloffwhenyoupullonabranchandthetrunkbuttofafresh treeshouldbestickywithresin.

theyoffermorespacebetweenbranchesandtypicallyhavestrongerstems to holdheavierornaments. trunkbottomsothetreewillbegintosoakwaterimmediately.

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HolidayRecipeArticle Delightyourfriendswiththesefunandfestiveholidayrecipes! Candy-CoatedMarshmallowsandCaramels Usestore-boughtmarshmallowsandcaramelsforthesefunholidaytreats! Skeweronemarshmallowortwocaramelswithacoloredwoodenorplastic toothpick,thenseparatelymeltCandyMelts (whiteandcocoavarieties; availableatMichaelsandwilton.com)accordingtopackagedirections. DipmarshmallowsorcaramelsintoCandyMelts,thenrollindecorative sprinkles,redandgreensugarornonpareils, oruseaspoontodrizzlewith meltedredandgreenCandyMetls. Lettreatsset,thenplaceeachoneina smallpapercuptoserve.

Forafungiftidea,lineasmall giftboxwithcoloredtissuepaper andarrangethecandiesinside. Beforeclosingboxes,carefully removetoothpicksfromtreatsand tucktheminsidethebox. Tiewith aribbon.

CuteSnowmenCookies 0 1.Preheatovento350F. ofrefrigeratedsugar-cookie dough. 2.Tearoffapieceofdough androllitinyourpalmsto

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EverythingHasItsPlace Holidaydecorationsarefuntotakeoutbutcanbeahassletoputaway. Simplifyyourholidaystorageandmanageyourpost-partycleanupwith thesetipsandtricksforkeepingholidaytrimandaccentsinorder. involved,andyou’llgetitalldoneinnotime!Makeitaparty.After everythingisstoredawayandcleanedup,enjoyfood,musicand conversationwitheveryonewhohelped. storagecontainerstoplasticcontainerswithsecurelidstoprotectfrom moistureandcritters. Buyingcontainersinthesamesizewillalsomake forneatandorderlystackingandsavespaceinyourstoragearea.

minutedecorations. Labeleachboxneatlywiththecontentsor,fora visualreference,takeapictureoftheinventoryandplaceitonthefront.

pieceofmaskingtapetoIDeachstringasindoororoutdoor. Thenwind thelightsaroundsturdycardboardortubing (oldgiftwrappingtubes workwell). inbubblewraptohelpkeepthemfrombreakingorchippingwhilein storage.Linethe containerwithbubblewrapforadditionalprotection andlabelthecontaineras “Fragile”and “ThisSideUp”toprevent accidents.


CityCounciltoConsiderOptionscontinuedfromcover) Thisre-assignmentofdutiesresultedinonelesscitybuildinginspector. Thereportedsavingsfromthisre-assignmentofdutiesisestimatedat 23,220fortheGeneralFund,withsavingsinotherFundsthatdonotimpactthetaxlevy. TheproposedbudgetincludedanAdditionalInsurance maintenanceequipment. Thisoptionproposedtoreducethat $250,000InsuranceReserveby85%andtocoverthatpotentialexpensewithother Cityreservefunds. ThisplanwouldrequirethattheCouncilreviseprioritiesduringtheyear,shouldthesituationarrivethattheseunexpectedfunds beneeded. TherearecurrentlynoindicationsthatthereasonsfortheAdditionalInsuranceFundProgramwillbeforthcoming.

Option #3makecutstoreducetheincreaseto3.0%ActingCityManagerRecommendation] [ Thisoptionproposesthatthelevyincreasebesetatone-halfthemaximumlevysetinSeptemberwhichwouldbea3.0%levyincreaseor $467,685 overthe2008levy. Theallocationwouldbe: 1) AdditionalfundsintheGeneralFundforoperations: $ 82,845 2) AdditionalsubsidyforCommunityCenteroperations: $ 27,425 3) AdditionalfundsfortheDebtServiceFundforbondeddebt: $ 357,415 TOTALLEVYINCREASE $ 467,685

ThisistherecommendedoptionfromtheActingCityManager. Thisoptionwouldpermanentlyaccountforthesavingsfromthereorganization ofCommunityDevelopmentandParksandwouldfullyeliminatethe $250,000proposedintheAdditionalInsuranceProgram. Regardingthe later,althoughwenotanticipateaneedforthosefundsin2009,otherfundingoptionsareavailableshouldaneedarise. TheCouncilwillalso considerareductionintheFundBalance (cityreservesneededforoperationstocoverexpensespriortothereceiptofrevenues) to37.5% aspartofananalysisofriskfactors. Anumberofriskfactorsthatcouldcausebudgetproblemsin2009wereconsideredandweighedby

foreclosureandnon-paymentoftaxes,decreasedbuildingpermitrevenueduetothestalledeconomy,possibleincreasesinfuelandutility fundtheproposedDeputyPoliceChiefpositionfrominternalPoliceDepartmentsavingsfromanEarlyRetirementIncentiveProgram.

Option #4makecutstoreducetheincreaseto2.0% Thisoptionproposesthatthelevyincreasebesetata2.0%levyincreaseor $310,930overthe2008levy. Theallocationwouldbe: 1) ReducefundsintheGeneralFundforoperations: ($ 46,485) 2) NoadditionalsubsidyforCommunityCenteroperations: $ 0 3) DebtServiceFund: $ 357,415 TOTALLEVYINCREASE $ 310,930 ThisoptionproposesallofthereducedcostsincludedinOption3whilefurtherreducingallocatedoperationsreserves. Financialstaffisnot recommendingthereductionofreservefundsgiventhecurrentuncertaintiesaffectingtheCity. Amoreprudentapproachwouldbemid-year budgetadjustmentsonlyifnecessary, includingstaffreductionstomeetunexpectedexpenditures. Thisoptionalsorequireseliminationofthe proposedbuildingmaintenancestaff,whichisapositionthatwasoriginallywithinthebudgetin2006,butwaseliminatedincostsavings measureswhenanemployeeleft.Ourbuildingmaintenanceisinneedofimprovements, especiallymissinghasbeentheCityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;seffortsat recyclingandgreeninitiatives. Ourinvestmentinfacilitieshassufferedslightlyduetothelackofpreventivemaintenanceandcleaning. FurtherreductionsinthisoptionarereductionsinexpensesatMaplewoodCommunityCenter. Thiscouldfurtherdelayneededbuilding improvementsatMCC. Thisoptionalsowouldrequireanincreaseinfeeschargedforourrecreationprograms. Ourstaffanalysisindicates reductioninthisoptionwouldbeencouraginglong-termemployeestoretireearlythroughanEarlyRetirementIncentiveProgram. This Storycontinuedonpage5)

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CityCounciltoContinueOptions continuedfrompagefour) Option #5makecutstoeliminatetheincreasefora0.0%LevyIncrease Thisoptionproposesthatthelevyincreasebesetatthe2008levy. Thefollowingisalistoflikelyimpactsfromcutsforimplementingthisoption: Thefollowingreductionswouldbenecessarytoimplementthisoption: a) SavingsfromtheCommunityDev –ParksRe-org - $ b) ReducetheAdditionalInsuranceProgramby100%: $ c) ReducetheFundBalanceto37.0% $ d) FundtheDeputyPoliceChiefpositionfromEarlyRetireSavings: $ e) CutthenewBuildingMaintenanceTechnicianfrombudget: $ f) ReducetheMCCoperationssubsidyto2008level: $ g) IncreaseRecreationProgramFeesby8% $ h) PlanforsavingsfromtheEarlyRetirementProgram: $ i) CuttemporarystafffromCommunityDevelopment $ j) Cutthe0.75FTEInfoTechnicianfromITDept $ k) CutPart-timestaffatNatureCenter $ l) CutMaintenanceMaterialsandOvertimefromPublicWorks $ m)CutOvertime-Part-timeinCityClerkandDeputyRegistrar $ n) CutOvertimeinFireDepartmentBudget $ o) CutOvertimeinPoliceDepartmentBudget $ p) Useone-timecashforDebtServiceFund $ TotalReductionforOption #5 $

23,220 250,000 206,400 25,000 45,900 27,425 16,495 30,000 19,100 30,000 20,000 36,000 9,500 17,400 51,000 127,930 935,370

ofthedepartments. ThiscouldresultinareductionofstaffwithinourCommunityDevelopmentdepartmentthatprovideussupporttoCommissions andCommittees. TheCitywouldeliminatethenew ¾timepersonproposedinourITDepartmentthatwasproposedtoreturnstafflevelstothatin thatservicewouldbereducedattheNatureCenterto3-4 daysperweek. TheCitywouldalsolikelyseeareductioninmaintenancematerialsfor streetrepairandsnow/icecontrol,alongwithareductioninservice. Plowingofsidewalksafterasnoweventwouldbeextendedoutduringworking hoursonlyandpotholerepairandboulevardmaintenancewouldbereduced. AreductioninhoursforourDeputyRegistrarandCityClerkfunctions wouldlikelyoccurresultinginlongerlinesatthecounter, anddelaysinrespondingtodatarequests. Further, thisoptionwouldrequireareductionin Departmentwouldresultinareductioninovertimeforpatrolandmedics. Thiswouldreduceservicetoourcommunityandisnotrecommended. Finally,thereductioninDebtServicepaymentswouldbealastresort. Thiswouldproposetouseone-timefundsthatarededicatedtoCapital ImprovementProjectsandprovidethisyear’s increasetotheDebtServiceFund. TheCity’sDebtiscurrentlywellmanagedasreportedbyanindependentstudyperformedbyanoutsideconsultanthiredbytheCityCouncil. Maplewoodcurrentlyisontracktohaveover75%ofourdebtretired (orpaidoff)inlessthan10years. Thisfarexceedsamajorityof municipalitiesnationallyandresultsinveryfavorableratesforborrowing. Cutsinfundingourdebtpaymentsisnotasustainablereductionandmay impactthisbondrating.ArecentMoody’sratingserviceonMaplewood’smostrecentbondissueacknowledgedthatthecity’s0%levyincreasein increasein2010wouldneedtobecoveredbyaneardoublingoffunds. Whilemanyofthereductionsarenotrecommended,thisoptionshouldbe thelastconsideredbytheCityCouncil.

VoiceyourOpinion Asnoted, theCityCouncilwillconsideralloftheseoptions, plusotherpotentialreductionsattheirhearingonDecember8,2008. Property ownersarewelcometoattendorcanprovidewrittencorrespondencetotheattentionofActingCityManager,ChuckAhl,at chuck.ahl@ci.maplewood.mn.usorbymailingcommentstoCityHallpriortothehearingdate. CityofMaplewood

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ByCommissionChairGinnyYingling

CommissionCorner: EnvironmentalandNaturalResources TheMaplewoodEnvironmentalandNaturalResources (ENR)Commissionwas establishedtoprovideadvicetothecitycouncilonenvironmentalpriorities; review existingenvironmentalpolicies,procedures, andordinances; andpromotegreater use,understandingandappreciationofthecity’s environmentalassets. Aspartof ourwork,theENRCommissionhasrecentlycompletedreviewandrevisionstothe city’s wetlandordinance, toprotectthisvitalcomponentofournatural environment. Themajorobjectivesofthewetlandordinanceareto: protectandenhancewater qualityinthebodiesofwaterthewetlandssurround, providecriticalhabitattoplant andanimalspeciesthatdependonwetlands, andprotecttheaestheticaspectsof changeshavebeenproposedtotheordinance. First,thedraftordinancewould WashingtonMetroWatershedDistrict. Second, thewidthofbufferssurrounding

regardingtheamountofbufferneededtoremovepollutedrunoffandtheneedsof uplandhabitatandnestingareasforwetlandspecies. Finally,additionallanguage wasaddedtograndfatherinmostexistingusesofresidentialproperties. Thecitycouncilwilllikelytakeupconsiderationofthewetlandordinanceearlynext year. Maplewoodresidentsareencouragedtoprovidefeedbacktothecitycouncil www.ci.maplewood.mn.us.

WorkingTogetherWithOurNeighbors ByBryanNagel,StreetMaintenanceSuperintendent Recentlytheideaofworkingwithourneighboringcommunitieshasbeensuggestedasacostandenergysavingmeasure. Somepeople’s reactionhasbeenoneofsurprisewhentheydiscoverthattheCityofMaplewoodisnotonlycurrentlydoing,buthasdonesoformanyyears. HereareafewexamplesofhowtheCityofMaplewoodworksdirectlywithourneighboringcities: twelveyearslater,wecontinuetosharethisequipment. However,theCityofNorthSt.PauldoesnothaveasignshopandtheCityofMaplewooddoes. Sharingtheseresourcesbetweenthe upbuckthornpilesthroughoutMaplewood. Theclamtruckhasalsobeenusedtoassistourcitycrewsduringstormcleanupandtree

ofmanyfunctions. Toallowfortheinterchangeoftruckbodiesandroll-offsbetweenthesemunicipalitiesandourown,Maplewood’s

Oakdale. Thesearejustafewexamplesofhowequipmentsharinghasworkedovertheyearsandresultedinapositiveexperienceforallentities involved. CityofMaplewood

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CodeComplianceinMaplewood: AnIntroduction

CodeEnforcementisresponsibleforidentifyingcitizenswhoareviolatingproperty-relatedlaws. Iftheywon’tchangetheirbehaviorvoluntarily, CodeEnforcementhastheauthoritytoissueacitationortoresolvetheissueinothermannersaspermittedbytheCityCode. Themost commoncomplaintsinclude:

Beforeyoucallwithacomplaint,pleasediscusstheproblemwithyourneighbor. Ifyouareunabletoresolvetheissue,call651-249-CODE 2633)orvisitwww.ci.maplewood.mn.ustosubmitacodeviolation.

Whathappensafteryoucall? accesstothepropertytheinvestigationwillbelimitedtowhatcanbeviewedfromthestreet. InsomeinstancetheCitymaypetitionthe situation.

Theviolationisexplainedtotheresidentandadatebywhichthesituationmustberesolved. Iftheresidentisnotpresentfor theinspectionacomplianceordermaybeissued. TobeadmissibleincourttheComplianceOrdermustbewritten,itmustdescribethe locationandnatureoftheviolation, itmustestablishatimeforthecorrectionoftheviolationandgivenoticeof howtoappealanydecision, it possible,thenoticemustbepostedonthepropertyordwelling.

Theprimarygoalofcodeenforcementisvoluntarycompliance, notpunishment. Thecourtsareonlyusedasa lastresort. Afterreasonableattemptstoobtaincompliance, acitation willbeissuedandthecasewillbeturnedovertotheCityAttorneyfor mustbepaidandhowthematterwillberesolved. Tosubmitacodeviolationcall651-249-CODE (2633)orvisitwww.ci.maplewood.mn.us.

PetLicensing

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Maplewoodordinancerequireslicensing CheckOne: 21Male ________ $ 18NeuteredMale Seniors62orolderreceivediscounts, ofallcatsanddogsoverthreemonths ofage. Ifyouhavenotalreadylicensed 21Female ________ $ 18SpayedFemale pleasecallformoreinformation) yourpetanditisnotconvenientforyou Add $1PenaltyforlicensespurchasedafterJanuary31! tocometoCityHall,youmayobtain I, ___________________________________________ residingat _____________________ thelicensebymail. Completetheform Maplewood, MN_______________________ andmailitalongwiththeappropriate Telephone (H)____________________________ W)________________________________ ( ofrabiesvaccinationfromyour herebyapplyforapermittokeepthebelow-describedcat/doganddoagreetocomplywiththerulesand veterinarianto: regulationsdulyadoptedbythelawfulgoverningbodyoftheCityofMaplewoodandtheprovisionsof Cat/DogLicense MunicipalCode1101,andsubsequentamendmentsandanyotherapplicablestateandlocallaws. 1830EastCountyRoadB Cat_______Dog_______RabiesShotDate________ NextDue_________Color____________ Maplewood, MN55109 Breed____________________ Pet’sName______________________ Age________________ Applicationscanalsobeobtainedonline atwww.ci.maplewood.mn.us. Call Date____________________ Owner’sSignature_____________________________________ 651-249-2000formoreinformation. CityofMaplewood

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HolidaySafetyTips

OnthePoliceScanner

Theholidaysareaspecialtimeofyear,buttheycanalsoleave InOctober,theMaplewoodPoliceDepartmentrespondedto individualsespeciallyvulnerabletotheftandothercrimes. Here 2,122callsforservice. Includedinthisnumberwerethefollowing aresometipstohelpmakeyourholidayssafeandhappy: incidents:

Out &About withcampershells,orcarswithtintedwindows. tobegoneforafewminutes.

becomeseparatedinastoreorshoppingmall. Theyshould nevergototheparkinglotaloneorleavewithastranger.

30 AssaultCases 3 RobberyCases 37 BurglaryCases 125 TheftCases 41 CriminalDamagetoPropertyCases 19 AutoTheftCases 77 TheftfromVehicleCases forDWI.

withacheckorcreditcardwhenpossible (andhavearecordof allyourcreditcardnumbersinasecureplace).

orstoreandshieldyourPINnumberfromtheviewofothers. onashelfwhiledistractedbyshopping. Keepwalletsinan insidepocket.

AtHome itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sonlyforafewminutes. Leavelightsandaradioortelevision onsothehouselooksandsoundsoccupied.

doorway. atrustedneighborwatchyourhouseandpickupthemailand newspapers, andmakearrangementsforyourdrivewaytobe plowedintheeventofsnow.

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What’sNewInMaplewood? ByTomEkstrand,SeniorPlanner Menard’sStoreImprovements: AlthoughMenardsisnotnewtoMaplewoodthestore’sextensivebuildingandsiteimprovementsmay certainlymakeyouthinkotherwise. Recentimprovementsincludearemodeledentrywaywithlogandstoneentrycolumnsandthe additionofanewgardencenterextendingwestofthemainbuilding. These changesrepresentbeautifulimprovementsfrobothMenardsandthecommunity. Menardshasalsoproposedanewlumberstoragebuildingdesignedtobebuilt withintheirfencedoutdoorstorageyard. Thisproposaliscurrentlyunderreview andwillbebroughtbeforeCouncilinDecember. ProjectsUnderReview: LookinfutureissuesofMaplewoodMonthlyforupdates Maplewood.

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