Update from Commissioner McGuire - March 15, 2016

Ramsey County District 2 News

Serving the communities of Lauderdale, Little Canada, Mounds View (Precinct 4),
New Brighton, Roseville and the Ramsey County portion of St. Anthony.

March 15, 2016


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock

Sandi Thompson
Administrative Assistant 

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Recent Events

Here are some of the events that Commissioner McGuire or her staff have attended recently.

  • Ramsey County Legislative Delegation Meeting
  • Meeting with Congresswoman McCollum and Ramsey County Board
  • Ramsey Conservation District Water Quality Forum (staff)
  • Union Depot visit by Vice President Joe Biden
  • Active Living Ramsey Communities Quarterly Meeting
  • NACo Legislative Conference
  • AMC Legislative Conference
  • St. Paul Children's Collaborative Board Meeting
  • Facility Committee of Recycling & Energy Board
  • The Stir: Women's Foundation of Minnesota
  • Ramsey County League of Local Govts - Annual Conversation with Ramsey County Legislators
  • Arc Greater Twin Cities Legislative Visit
  • Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative
  • Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
  • Lunch with BOMA Board members
  • NYFS Service to Youth Awards
  • Mounds View Schools Education Foundation Partnering for Education Luncheon
  • NACo Healthy Counties Symposium
  • I35W Coalition Meeting
Ramsey County Delegation Leaders
Commissioner McGuire with Senator Bev Scalze and Representative Rena Moran, the Chairs of the Ramsey County Legislative Delegation after a recent meeting with legislators at the State Office Building.

workforce solutions

U LEAD: Young Adult Employment Program Seeking Applicants

U LEAD is now accepting applications for the summer employment program.   Applications will be accepted until April 1st.   This is a great opportunity for young adults in Suburban Ramsey County to gain work experience and lifelong skills that they can carry with them along their career journey. 

To qualify for the summer employment program young adults must:

  • Live in a Suburb of Ramsey County
  • Be 14 to 24
  • Be low income/have a barrier to employment

To apply or for more information: https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/assistance-support/youth-resources

road construction

Construction "season" will soon be upon us

As the snow begins to melt and the temperatures rise, Ramsey County Public Works is gearing up to start working on more than 30 projects that will be completed around the County this summer.

For more information, visit https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/roads-transit/2016-construction-maintenance.

Mounds View Police Department launches program for seniors

From the Sun Focus, March 1, 2016

The Mounds View Police Department has launched the S.A.V.E. program (Safe Adult Validation and Education) to strengthen its relationship with members of the community.

A daily phone check system has been established so that the department has regular contact with program participants. The goal is to provide early intervention in the event of a fall or other emergency where those who live independently cannot get help on their own.

The program is open to Mounds View residents and citizens over the age of 65, or individuals over 18 years old who are physically or mentally handicapped.

Participants must be living independently; those who live in a staffed facility or with family are not eligible. Participants must voluntarily register.

Participants are asked to call 763-717-4082 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. If a call isn’t received from a participant, Public Service Officer Sam Drewry will call to make sure everything is OK. If the call is not answered, Drewry will go to the participant’s home and make contact.

This is a program specific to the Mounds View Police Department. The idea was taken from police programs in Eveleth, Minnesota, and Venice, Florida. The department hopes to broaden the program with education presentations geared toward senior citizens in the community.

“The idea came about when I became frustrated for members of our senior citizen community as I took fraud report after fraud report where these citizens were easy targets for scams,” Mounds View Officer Kirsten Heineman said. “A simple warning could have prevented their victimization.”

Heineman conducted research and found other programs that she felt did an excellent job of reaching the senior citizen community. The programs all shared the concept of making personal connections.

“I felt strongly this program met the very definition of the police motto ‘to protect and serve,’ she said.

There is no fee to participate in the program, which is open to those who would like to participate on a permanent or temporary basis. Call Officer Heineman at 763-717-4070 to register. The program has no end date and will continue as long as there is a need.

“We hope this program brings our residents and our police department closer together,” Heineman said.

rc library

New Brighton Library Increases Hours

Last year Ramsey County Library began a pilot study in order to evaluate the feasibility of increasing hours on Tuesday mornings at the library in New Brighton. A positive effect was seen in both circulation and visits with the added hours. The library in New Brighton will not only maintain the Tuesday mornings, but will also add Monday hours.

In late December, the County Board voted to add Monday hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting April 4, 2016. The New Brighton branch will then be open 45 hours a week.

Little Canada Wants You!

The City of Little Canada has an opening for a Parks & Recreation Commissioner.  The meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at the City Center.  The Parks & Recreation Commission advises the City Council on park acquisitions, park development, and recreational programming.  The meeting minutes are available or you can watch an archived meeting for more information.  Please contact Jim Morelan by email or phone at 651-766-4045 with any other questions.

If you would like to apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume by 4:30pm on Friday, April 15, 2016.  Applications can be emailed to the City Clerk or mail/deliver to Little Canada City Center, 515 Little Canada Road East, Little Canada, MN  55117.

 The City of Little Canada has an opening for a Planning Commissioner.  The meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm at the City Center.  The Planning Commission reviews zoning and development applications and makes recommendations to the City Council.  The meeting minutes are available or watch an archived meeting for more information.  Please contact Heidi Heller by email or phone 651-766-4047 with any questions.

If you would like to apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume by 4:30pm on Friday, April 15, 2016.  Applications can be emailed to Heidi Heller or mail/deliver to the Little Canada City Center, 515 Little Canada Road East, Little Canada, MN  55117.

Congratulations to the 2016 Northeast Youth and Family Services Service to Youth Award Winners!

Service to Youth Award Winners
Standing L to R - Dan Hovenman, Dave Stipmson and Jen Sprain (Paul Harris Award) Sitting L to R - Thomas Griffin , Kevin Ameyaw, Ella Maahs and Lloyd Kornmann

Live in Roseville?

Join the Volunteer Gardening Team

Get your hands dirty and volunteer. Roseville Parks and Recreation is looking for some green and not-so-green thumbs to join its volunteer Gardening Team.

Roseville relies on volunteers to help keep city parks in tiptop shape. Each year, individuals, businesses and community groups help through the Adopt-a-Park program, the Arboretum Green Team and the Blooming Boulevards program.

These volunteers plant, weed, water and so much more in the parks, along boulevards and at the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum, making a visual difference in our community.

If you love plants, appreciate the beauty of our parks, or just want to spend some time outdoors with a group of fun volunteers, contact Volunteer Coordinator Kelly O’Brien at 651-792-7028 or kelly.obrien@cityofroseville.com.

We’re putting teams together for the 2016 season, so please call today. Whether you can volunteer a few hours or want to work every day, have a group you’d like to volunteer with, or want to be matched with an existing team, we’ll help find the right park project for you.

City of New Brighton is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Community Partnership Award

The City of New Brighton is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Community Partnership Award. The Community Partnership Award will be awarded to a group, non-profit organization, or other non-governmental organization that has made a positive impact in the City of New Brighton. The nomination form can be downloaded from the City of New Brighton website at newbrightonmn.gov.

The deadline for award submissions is April 11th, 2016.

Any questions can be directed to Trevor Hamdorf by calling 651-288-4165 or via email a trevor.hamdorf@newbrightonmn.gov

St. Anthony Police Department Accepting Applications for Police Reserve Officers

The St. Anthony Police Department is seeking to fill vacant Police Reserve Officer positions. This is a volunteer position that is suitable for law enforcement students looking for professional experience or community members who simply want a fun and exciting way to give back.

For more information click here

Upcoming Events Around District 2

March 14 & 15 - Women & Islam Lecture Series

March 19 - 3rd Annual Ramsey County vs City of Saint Paul Charity Hockey Game

March 21 - Mounds View Town Hall Meeting

April 30 - Mounds View Spring Clean Up Day

May 2 - City of New Brighton Town Hall / Community Open House

May 21 - New Brighton Recycle/Clean Up Day

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