Update from Commissioner McGuire - July 6, 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.

July 6, 2018


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock
Principal Assistant

Ania McDonnell
Administrative Assistant 

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Get Involved

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

Click here for more information or to apply.

Recent Events

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

  • Taste of Rosefest
  • Rosefest Parade
  • Active Living Ramsey Communities Quarterly Meeting
  • Ramsey County Library Board Meeting
  • Lunch meeting and tour at Goodwill
  • Serving Our Seniors: Isolation Work Group Meeting
  • AMC Board of Directors' Meeting
  • Recycling & Energy Board Meeting
  • Hmong International Freedom Festival

          Community Newsletters


          Little Canada

          Mounds View

          New Brighton


          Saint Anthony

          Commissioner McGuire, Roseville School Board Member Erin Azer and County Attorney John Choi

          Commissioner McGuire, Roseville School Board Member Erin Azer, her daughters, and County Attorney John Choi at the Rosefest Parade!

          A Message from Your Commissioner

          Dear constituents,

          Happy July!

          As we get into the full swing of summer, I hope you begin to take part in the many fun events that our community offers.

          I love attending the community festivals, parades, and local farmers markets. Summer is always a great time to utilize our Ramsey County library facilities and our beloved county and city parks.

          Roseville, Mounds View, Little Canada, New Brighton, and Lauderdale all have festivals this summer which is a time to celebrate and gather as a community.

          For kids, the Ramsey County Historical Society’s Gibbs Farm has fun Day Camps for kids throughout the summer.

          Thanks so much for reading, enjoy the newsletter!

           Mary Jo

              Rosetown Playhouse

              Community Spotlight: Rosetown Playhouse!

              Shows this weekend and next!

              The mission of the Rosetown Playhouse Community Theater is to strengthen community through inclusive, playful theater experiences. The Rosetown Playhouse puts on two shows a year along with summer camps and programs for kids and other events. Come out to see their summer show: State Fair by Rogers and Hammerstein. Performances are on July 6, 7, 8 and 12, 13, 14, 15th at the Como Pavilion in Como Park, St. Paul.

              You can learn more about this wonderful organization by visiting their webpage at https://rosetownplayhouse.org.

              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

              Did you know

              Free Summer Meals for Kids

              This summer, free meals are available at the Ramsey County libraries in Maplewood and Roseville. This federally funded program is an extension of the school lunch program, open to anyone 18 years old or younger on a first-come, first-served basis. Ramsey Couny Library is partnering with Youthprise and Saint Paul Piblic Schools. See the hours below:

              • Maplewood's program is Monday through Thursday, lunch is from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and snack is from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
              • Roseville's program is Monday through Friday from 3:50 - 4:10 p.m. serving a free cold lunch.

              To find a summer meal site near you, text, call, or go online.
              1. Text "food" to 877-877 or call 1-866-348-6479.
              2. Visit 2harvest.org/summerfood

              Rice Creek North Regional Trail Community Meetings

              Ramsey County is starting a public engagement process to create an updated master plan for the Rice Creek North Regional Trail, which is four miles long in the northwestern part of the county, surrounded by 534 acres of park land.

              The second and final meeting will take place at the Ramsey County Public Works facility in Arden Hills on July 18, 2018 at 6 p.m.

              Register to Vote

              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.​

              Public Comment Open for the Transportation Improvement Program

              The Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Advisory Board is receiving public comment on the Draft 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) through August 7th, 2018. You can read a draft of the TIP here.

              It’s important for residents to engage in this process, as these projects affect highway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects that are proposed for federal funding in the seven-county metropolitan area through 2022, as well as the Minneapolis-St. Paul Urbanized area.

              You can submit your comments by writing to the Metropolitan Council through the mail, by email, or a call.

              • Write: Metropolitan Council, Public Information at 390 Robert St. N., St. Paul, MN 55101
              • Email: Metropolitan Council, Public Information at info@metc.state.mn.us
              • Record: Metropolitan Council Public Comment Line at 651.602.1500 (TTY 651.291.0904)

              Public comment will be received until 5 p.m., Tuesday, August 7.

              Get Involved

              Volunteer applications open for advisory boards and committees

              The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for citizen advisory boards and committees. These help shape policy, review programs and plans, and represent families and residents.

              Here is a link to the online application.

              Current opportunities include:

              Road Closed

              Road and Lane Closures from Minneapolis to Roseville

              Summer road work is upon us. See below for the July road and lane closures between Minneapolis and Roseville.

              Lane Closures: June 27 through Fri, Oct. 12. NB I-35W reduced by one lane between 4th St. and Co. Rd. C
              Road closures include NB I-35W between 4th Street and County Road C from 10 p.m. Friday, July 13 through 5 a.m. Monday, July 16.

              Both directions of I-35W will be closed between 4th Street and County Road C from 10 pm Friday, July 27 through 5 am Monday, July 30.

              Long Lake Road Resurfacing

              The surface layer of the roadway on Long Lake Road between County Road H2 and County Road J in Mounds View will be removed and replaced with new, smooth pavement in 2018. Pedestrian curb updates are complete.

              The road will be restriped to add bike lanes. As a result, parking will be removed on the east side of the roadway. 

              Paving is nearly complete. Stripes and updated signs will be added to the road the week of July 2. Work is expected to be complete by July 6.

              Motorists should use alternate routes during construction. Driveway access will be maintained throughout the resurfacing.

              Bike lanes
              The striping changes and new bike lanes on the roadway reflect the goals of the Ramsey County's Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan to make the community walkable and bikable for people of all ages and abilities. Bike lanes will assist in creating a safe transportation system for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists by providing a separated and designated travel space in the roadway.

              View visualizations of the current and future lane configuration

              Old Highway 8 Resurfacing

              The surface layer on Old Highway 8 between Long Lake Park and County Road H will be removed and replaced with new, smooth pavement in 2018. The roadway will be reconfigured from 4-to-3 lanes north of Highway 96.

              Ground-in, high-durability stripes will be added to the road. This type of road marking requires a 10-day wait between the completion of resurfacing and the installation of the stripes.

              New accessible ramps for pedestrians have been installed.

              Land surveying crews will be working in the project area before, during and immediately after construction.

              Work is underway and is expected to last until mid-July.

              Lane closures will be in place.

              City of Roseville Raises the Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

              On June 18, Roseville became the 11th city to change the age to buy tobacco to 21 years old. The Minnesota Department of Health relates an increase use of tobacco in schools by the popularity of e-cigarettes. Also in this study it was found that 59% of 18 and 19 year olds had been asked by someone younger to buy them cigarettes. 

              This is an ongoing public health issue being addressed at the city level.

              This vote will take 30 days to go into effect, beginning mid-July.

              Read more here: http://bulletin-news.com/articles/2018/06/26/roseville-raises-age-buy-tobacco-21-11th-mn-city-do-so

              Job openings

              New Brighton Parks and Recreation Maintenance Worker  

              Little Canada Utility Billing Clerk- Park Time

              Little Canada City Administrator

              Community Festivals

              Upcoming Events Around District 2