Blog module icon

All Blog

Find out what's happening in the blog. Below is a list of blog items.

Feb 21

February 17th, 2017

Posted to City Manager Blog by Chad Bergo


Meetings and Announcements:  Our next City Council meeting will be held on February 27 th Workshop start time yet to be determined.  We will have punch and cake in the lobby at 6:30 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of Maplewood. 

In addition, a neighborhood meeting has been set for Wednesday, February 22nd to solicit input on the proposed bill for sound mitigation for the gun range. The meeting will be held at the Crestview Forest Club House at 6-8 pm. 

Maplewood 60th Anniversary Celebration: Will be held at the MCC from 6:30 to 8 pm pm on February 24th.  Lots of great activities are being planned. 

Updates from Staff and Council: 
Much of the week has been spent on the March edition of Maplewood Living, which also includes the spring issue of Seasons. 
The Communications Department has received two bids for work on the communications studio and both bidders will be at City Hall soon to walk through their bids inside of the studio, showing staff where equipment would be placed, and how it would be used.
Several website updates were completed this week.
Finalizing video services and other logistics for upcoming 60th anniversary event.

EEDD:  Shann attended the Rice-Larpenteur Work Group meeting yesterday.  Here is an update on the planning process:
The Rice-Larpenteur Work Group released a request for proposals for the Rice Street/Larpenteur Avenue Gateway Area Visioning in mid-January.  The Work Group received nine proposals.  A team of staff from Maplewood, Roseville, and St. Paul reviewed and ranked the proposals and recommended three finalists.  The Rice-Larpenteur Work Group met on Tuesday, February 14 and chose one proposal to move forward with the gateway area visioning - Perkins Will (proposal attached).  The proposal outlines a planning process that will run from March through November 2017, with final reporting by the end of the year.  The Roseville City Attorney is drafting an agreement for all three jurisdictions.  The agreement will be presented to the Maplewood City Council in March for approval of the City’s funding and participation.  

Thank You From: Remark, Megan M <Megan.M.Remark@HealthPartners.Com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 2:03 PM
To: Nora Slawik
Subject: Appreciation 
Dear Mayor Slawik – 
On behalf of all of us at Regions Hospital I want to thank you and your team for your partnership and support of our IRTS (Intensive Residential Treatment Services) facility in Maplewood.  We appreciated the follow up conversations you had with the PTO and for your leadership as well as the support from the city council to advance this initiative.  Know that we are committed to staying connected to this work and our team is looking forward to partnering with you on any questions or  issues that may come up in the future.  I indicated in my voice mail to you today that you can reach out to me at any time if you want to talk.   Thank you again for your support!  Together we can continue to provide the outstanding care, resources and support our community needs.
Sincerely, Megan  
Megan M. Remark, MHA, MBA
President and CEO, Regions Hospital
Mar 01

The New Guy - Bryan Smith

Posted to Council Account by Chad Bergo

When I got the assignment to write an article for this month’s Maplewood Living, I really didn’t want to write “the new guy” article. The reality is, however, that I have now been sworn in for about six weeks, I have attended 3 council meetings, and have been working hard to learn the ins and outs of Maplewood operations and how to be the best councilmember I can. It feels strange to be writing this so early; I am the new guy after all…

We have all been the new person: new kid at school, new person at work, or the new family on the block. It can be a tough time of uncertainty and anxiety, but it is also a time of opportunity for new friends, new skills, and new knowledge. I have felt all of these feelings since being sworn in. In fact, I am not only the new guy here, but also am the new guy on the Gateway Corridor Commission and a number of other groups for which I now represent the city.

As I have begun this journey, there are a number of life lessons I reflect on and hold in my heart:
1. Be grateful: I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to serve our city, and also for my colleagues on the council, the mayor, and many leaders from the city staff who have all been generous and patient while teaching me and answering all my rookie questions.

2. More elephants and fewer hippos: Picture it: elephants have huge ears and small mouths while hippos have huge mouths and small ears. I know I can tend to be more of a hippo, more apt to speak than I am to listen carefully. I am doing my best to be more of an elephant, and it takes a great deal of energy for me to slow down, shut my mouth, and listen. I am doing my best, and when I am successful, I find it serves me quite well.

3. Be kind: I have never regretted being kind to someone – I have, however, regretted being unkind almost every time. My wife and I have always expected our son to show kindness to others, and at 7 years old, he is now my role model. I hope I can grow up to be as kind and empathetic as him.

While I really didn’t want to write the new guy article, I think that I just did. One thing I have learned in my career is that people typically feel “new” a lot longer than they are seen as “new” by others. Hopefully you still see me as “new” – I know I still feel it. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead, to getting to know you all better, and to working to make our city the best it can be.

Tag(s): Bryan Smith