Update from Commissioner McGuire - March 10, 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.

March 10, 2017


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock

Sandi Thompson
Administrative Assistant 

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Little Canada

Mounds View

New Brighton


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Upcoming Legislative Town Hall Meetings

District 41A 


Senator Carolyn Laine 
Representative Connie Bernardy

DATE: Saturday, March 11
TIME: 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Mississippi Library
410 Mississippi Street NE

District 41B 


Senator Carolyn Laine 
Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein

DATE: Saturday, March 11
TIME: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Columbia Heights Library 
3939 Central Ave NE 

Columbia Heights

Enjoy spring break at Ramsey County Library

Spend spring break at Ramsey County Library locations and enjoy plenty of fun, engaging activities for kids and teens.

Select events are listed below. Registration is required for some events.

View full spring break activity calendar

dog park

Provide feedback on off-leash dog areas

Ramsey County Parks & Recreation is drafting an off-leash dog area master plan in 2017.

A draft plan will be presented this summer and will be followed by a public meeting and comment period. Final plan recommendations will be published in fall-winter 2017.

The planning process will include a review of current off-leash dog areas, preview possible future locations and discuss other amenities within existing parks. All off-leash dog areas users are encouraged to participate in the planning process. 

The survey will be open until March 31. 

Project details will be shared on the parks planning page as they become available.

Memory kits available for caregivers at Ramsey County Library in Roseville and Shoreview

Memory Minders, special kits for caregivers who are caring for people experiencing memory loss, are now available at the Ramsey County Library locations in Roseville and Shoreview.

The kits contain materials used to spark memories, create conversations and provide positive and engaging interactions between clients and their caregivers. Kits are divided into high, middle and low activity levels. 

Each kit is unique and features a variety of items such as: 

  • An interactive activity for those with memory loss (puzzle, bingo, games or conversation cards).
  • A book with color illustrations created for individuals with memory loss. 
  • A CD with music to soothe and spark memory. 
  • A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia by Laura Gitlin, which explores use of activities and other techniques to prevent, reduce and manage behavioral symptoms of dementia. 

Memory kits can be checked out for three weeks. They are also renewable and can be requested via the Ramsey County Library catalog

Public Hearing on Sales Tax
for Transportation Funding

A public hearing will be held March 14, 2017, to discuss a proposed sales tax imposition of up to one half-cent for transportation funding in Ramsey County in lieu of the one quarter-cent sales tax currently imposed for the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB).

The hearing will take place at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers of the Saint Paul City Hall - Ramsey County Courthouse.

Presentation (PDF)

Transportation Sales and Use Tax Capital Improvement Plan (PDF)

Additional Background 

Read the Request for Board Action establishing the Public Hearing (PDF)

Watch the related county board discussion

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