Update from Commissioner McGuire - May 11, 2018

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.

May 11, 2018


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock
Principal Assistant

Ania McDonnell
Administrative Assistant 

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The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on a number of volunteer boards and committees. 

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Recent Events

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

  • Land O’Lakes Headquarters Ribbon Cutting Event
  • Roseville Rotary
  • St. Paul Children's Collaborative Meeting
  • Roseville Business Council
  • Roseville Area Schools Leadership Meeting
  • Senate Regional Parks Funding Meeting
  • Metropolitan Mosquito Control Meeting
  • Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
  • Suburban Ramsey Family Communities Exec Meeting
  • Heart of Dance Event
  • New Brighton’s 41st Annual Open House
  • Roseville LWV Annual Meeting
  • Mounds View Community Town Hall Meeting

          Community Newsletters


          Little Canada

          Mounds View

          New Brighton


          Saint Anthony

          Commissioner McGuire and Sheriff Serier

          Commissioner McGuire and Sheriff Jack Serier at the recent Ramsey County Sheriff's Foundation School Patrol recognition event.  It is a great celebration of the School Patrol members that help their fellow students get to school safely!

          Parks & Recreation to conduct spring burns

          Ramsey County Parks & Recreation will conduct prescribed burns of some county-owned prairies and woodlands this spring. Burns are planned to begin in April and run through June. Experienced county staff and contractors work carefully to manage smoke conditions while conducting burns, however, some residents may smell smoke.

          Specific dates and times of burns are dependent on weather and wind conditions and will be announced whenever possible on ramseycounty.us/parks and on the Parks & Recreation Twitter and Facebook pages.

          Burns will be conducted at the following parks:

            Warrant Resolution Day

            This event is an opportunity for community members to resolve their warrant without being arrested. Misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors and probation violation warrants are eligible for resolution. Felony warrants will be turned away at the door.

            May 12, 2018
            10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
            High School of the Recording Arts
            1166 University Avenue W.
            Saint Paul, MN 55104

            Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with additional community resources.

            Check your warrant status

            Photo: Tony Webster

            Elections News

            Get Registered to Vote!


            To register online, you must:

            • Meet eligibility guidelines to register and vote in Minnesota.
            • Provide an email address.
            • Provide an identification number from either your Minnesota driver's license, your Minnesota ID card or the last four (4) digits of your Social Security Number.

            If you can't provide an email address and one of the identification numbers listed above, you cannot register online.

            In person or by mail

            If you meet eligibility guidelines to vote, you can submit a completed voter registration application to Ramsey County Elections by mail or in person. You may also be able to register at your polling place on Election Day, if you bring approved identification with you.​

            Filing opens May 22

            May 22 is the first day to file affidavits of candidacy for state and county offices, cities with a primary, and for Saint Paul City Council - Ward 4.

            For more information or to see who has filed, visit https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/elections-voting/candidates/candidate-filing.

            Election Judges Needed!

            Serve the community and promote the democratic process!

            Election judges staff local polling places during the primary and general elections. You can earn money, meet your neighbors and help ensure that elections are administered in a fair manner.

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            Household Hazardous Waste

            Where do you get rid of old fertilizer? What do you do with unwanted paint or pesticides? Ramsey County offers a safe alternative to dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW).

            Hazardous waste, including fluorescent and mercury vapor lamps, mercury thermostats and switches, old gasoline, paint and lead paint chips, solvents, pesticides, antifreeze, motor oil and filters, or any products labeled poisonous, flammable or corrosive, can be disposed of at no cost.

            The HHW mobile collection sites located throughout Ramsey County will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Staff recommends that you visit in mid-afternoon when traffic is usually low.

            Ramsey County HHW Mobile Collection Locations

            • May – Arden Hills, 1352 Ben Franklin Road
            • June - Roseville, 1725 Kent Street
            • July - Arden Hills, 1352  Ben Franklin Road
            • August - St. Paul, 848 Pleasant Ave.
            • September, after Labor Day – Saint Paul 1660 Como Ave. near State Fairgrounds
            • October – Maplewood, 1850 White Bear Ave.

            A year-round HHW drop-off site for Ramsey County residents is located at Bay West, 5 Empire Drive, St. Paul. Get more information at RamseyRecycles.com or call 651-633-EASY (3279). Calls answered 24/7.

            Yard Waste

            Yard waste sites open for regular season

            Ramsey County's yard waste collection sites are open for the regular season.

            Yard waste sites extended regular season hours are:

            • Monday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
            • Tuesday: Closed
            • Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
            • Thursday: Closed
            • Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
            • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
            • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

            Regular season hours run through late fall, weather permitting. All sites are free and open to Ramsey County residents only. A photo ID is required.

            Find a yard waste collection site near you

            Dump it out

            Prevention is the Key to Fighting Mosquitoes!

            REMEMBER: When in doubt, dump it out!

            When you’re doing your Spring yard work, remember: All you have to do is make sure you don’t have anything around your yard that will hold water for more than a week in the summer. Bird baths, old tires, clogged gutters, discarded wading pools and toys — Use your imagination!

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            Volunteers Needed - Ramsey County Libraries

            Volunteers help in many ways. In 2016, our library volunteers provided over 25,000 hours of service:

            • Shelving requested items
            • Pulling requested items to fill patron requests
            • Mending worn library materials
            • Tutoring school age children
            • Providing animals for Paws to Read programs
            • Helping with computer classes
            • Photographing library events
            • Cleaning up and gardening on library grounds 

            Volunteers play a vital role in support of the Library's mission and goals. We appreciate how volunteers bring energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to help out  -- we appreciate everything they do!

            Questions about volunteering at Ramsey County Library? Please call or email Heidi Holland, Volunteer Services Librarian, at 651-724-6023, volunteer@rclreads.org.

            Workshop Recap

            The 2018 workforce statistics report for Ramsey County was presented to the board last week and is now published online here. This document indicates the current Ramsey County workforce statistics regarding race and gender.
            Ramsey County now employs five generations: Traditionalists (1928-1945), Baby Boom (1946-1964), Generation X (1965-1980), Millennial (1981-1997), and Generation Z (After 1997).

            Ramsey County employs a total of 3,752 people, which includes administrative support, officials and administrators, para-professionals, professionals, protective service workers, service and maintenance workers, skilled craft workers, and technicians.

            In the past year, the county hired 464 employees representing nearly 13 percent of the workforce. The county hired 235 (or 51 percent) and promoted 144 (or 46 percent) employees of color; 131 (or 33 percent) of those separating employment were employees of color. These numbers are broken down further in the report by departments.

            Community Spotlight: Mounds View Community Theatre!

            Each July, Mounds View Community Theatre presents a high quality Broadway Musical.

            This summer, it’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Auditions are being held now, May 10-12.

            Mounds View Community Theatre first began in the mid 1970s as a summer-school theater for students in the Mounds View School District.

            It has now blossomed into a program run by volunteers and a few staff by way of cooperation with the Mounds View Parks and Recreation Department.

            This Theatre depends on donations, grants, and fundraising to support each summer production.

            We want to hear from you! Do you have a community group you'd like us to spotlight?  Send us a suggestion at district2@co.ramsey.mn.us

            Stay tuned for the next Community Spotlight: New Brighton Historical Society!

            Job openings

            Ramsey County Parks & Recreation Lifeguards

            Metropolitan Mosquito Control District Seasonal Jobs

            City of Roseville Seasonal Jobs

            St. Anthony Village Looking for Paid-on call Firefighter and more!

            Community Festivals

            Now that the snow has melted (mostly) and ice outs have happened on our area lakes, it’s time to get ready for the summer festivals around District 2!

            Upcoming Events Around District 2