Update from Commissioner McGuire - February 21, 2017

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.

February 21, 2017


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 has attended recently.

Community Newsletters


Little Canada

Mounds View

New Brighton


Saint Anthony

Urban Expeditions

Travel around the world without leaving Minnesota!


Join Landmark Center as they travel around the world through their various Urban Expedition events in the upcoming months. The events are part of Sundays at Landmark and feature crafts, exhibits, dance and live animals from different cultures and countries around the world. All of the events are from 1-3 p.m. and are free to attend. 


  • Sunday, March 12 - Colombia
  • Sunday, April 9 - Togo
  • Sunday, April 23 - Karen (Burma) 

For more information, visit the Landmark Center website. 

Legislative Town Hall Meetings

Senate District 66
Representative Lesch, Senator Marty, Representative Hausman, and Commissoner McGuire
42B Town Hall
Representative Becker-Finn and Senator Isaacson

Legislators that represent parts of District 2 held Town Hall meetings recently, and both were standing room only!  It is great to hear from them about the issues facing the Legislature right now.

Thank you so much to the residents that showed up!


I-694/Rice Street Interchange 
Open House

Ramsey County is requesting state funding in 2017 for a project to design and reconstruct the interchange at I-694 and Rice Street adjacent to the communities of Shoreview, Little Canada and Vadnais Heights. Construction would begin in 2019 or 2020 depending on project funding.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend the I-694/Rice Street interchange open house, review proposed improvements, ask questions, and leave comments. Project team members will be at the open house to answer your questions.

Where: Vadnais Heights Commons, 655 East County Road F

Date: Tuesday, February 21
Time: 4 - 7 p.m.
Presentations: 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

2017 road projects announced

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners has approved more than 30 proposed construction and maintenance projects for the upcoming 2017 season. Ramsey County Public Works will be leading or participating in these projects that will improve travel and commerce throughout communities in the east metro.

A project listing and details may be found at www.ramseycounty.us/roadwork. Most projects will begin in the summer. Updates will be provided online and via an interactive map as construction season progresses — including detours and timelines. Subscriptions for e-mail updates on projects are also available online.

Major construction projects include:

  • White Bear Avenue (County Road 65) between I-94 and Beech Street in Saint Paul. This project was initiated in 2016 and will be completed this year.
  • Rebuilding the intersection at County Road I, Rice Creek Parkway and Old Highway 8 in Arden Hills and Mounds View. The project will improve access to the Rice Creek Commons development site.
  • Traffic signal and lane configurations at several locations.

Public Works will resurface about 15 miles of county roads as part of its 2017 maintenance program, with projects in nearly every Ramsey County community — from Gem Lake to Saint Paul. These projects typically include curb and crossing improvements for pedestrians.

Of the $7.4 million in resurfacing projects scheduled this season, $3.8 million was raised by a $10 per vehicle wheelage tax approved in 2013 to fund maintenance of Ramsey County roads. Wheelage tax revenues have allowed Public Works to keep pace with what had been a growing backlog of road segments in pressing need of repair. Nearly 15 percent of county roads throughout Ramsey County have been resurfaced in the past three years. 

More than 40 percent of all vehicle miles traveled in Minnesota are on roads maintained by counties. Ramsey County's system includes nearly 300 miles of county roads, more than 90 bridges, 365 signal systems, sidewalks, tens of thousands of signs, more than 12,000 drainage structures, and related infrastructure.

League of Women Voters of Roseville Area
Housing Panel

The Roseville Area League of Women Voters will host a panel of housing experts at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 21. Speakers will discuss “How to have fair housing for all our community members.” League members are studying affordable housing and its availability in the cities of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood and Roseville. The meeting is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of St. Paul and Centennial Methodist Church.

Panelists are Edward G. Goetz, Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota, State Rep. Alice Hausman, multiple awardee for her housing advocacy on the Capital Investment Committee and John Slade, organizer, (Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Housing (MICAH).

The meeting will be at Centennial Methodist Church, 1524 W. Co Rd C-2 (corner of C-2 and Snelling), Roseville. 

There will also be a recorded viewing of the program at 9:30 a.m. on Wed., Feb. 22 at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 3115 Victoria St. N., Roseville. 

Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1087056634755526/

Open Book Meeting for 2017 Property Valuations

Property valuation notices are mailed in mid-March. Many questions or concerns about property valuation can be answered over the phone. Please call us first at 651-266-2131 if you have any questions or wish to appeal.

If you still have questions after contacting the Assessor's Office, you may attend an open book meeting to discuss your concerns with the Assessor.

  • Bring any documentation (such as a recent appraisal or sale of the property) that supports your claim of overvaluation or erroneous classification. 
  • An interior review of your property will be required prior to any value adjustment. 
  • Based on the documentation you provide and our interior review, we may be able to adjust the valuation or classification of your property without further appeals. 
  • You will be notified by mail of the Assessor's findings.

Open book meetings are held in the Plato building on April 4th and 5th.  Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events Around District 2