Update from Commissioner McGuire - December 14, 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.

December 14, 2018


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock
Principal Assistant

Beverly Hammond
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.

  • AMC Annual Conference
  • St. Paul Children's Collaborative Board Meeting
  • CAPRW Board Meeting
  • Ramsey County Library Board Meeting
  • Roseville Area Community Foundation Board Meeting
  • Roseville Area Community Foundation Board Meeting
  • Roseville Area League of Women Voters Holiday Brunch
  • New Brighton League of Women Voters Event
  • SWLRT Groundbreaking
  • Early Childhood Advisory Committee Meeting
  • LUCC Symposium
  • Public hearing on Ramsey County Budget
  • Roseville Business Council
  • NYFS Program Committee
  • Roseville Rotary Meeting
  • Optimist Club Meeting

Community Newsletters


Little Canada

Mounds View

New Brighton


Saint Anthony

Hmong New Year

Commissioner McGuire visited the Hmong Minnesota Senior Center in Little Canada, to help celebrate the Hmong new year! Thank you for Minnesota Senator John Hoffman for also being there!

Hub for the Holiday events at Union Depot

Photo credit: Art in the Sky
Photo credit: Art in the Sky

Celebrate the holiday season at Union Depot!

Union Depot will again host a variety of holiday-themed, family-friendly events again this season.

View full holiday event schedule

Winter hours begin Dec. 1 at yard waste collection sites

As of December 1, Ramsey County's yard waste collection sites will be open limited winter hours.

All seven sites will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Winter hours are in effect through late March. 

Find site locations and learn about accepted materials


Did you know

MetroTransit offers $1 for qualified riders

The Transit Assistance Program (TAP) is designed to help make public transit more affordable for low-income residents.

To sign up, you must:

  • Present one of the following accepted certificates listed below.
  • Show a photo ID card or utility statement with your name and address on it.
  • Add money to your TAP card.
  • Once the TAP card is used, you will have access to the $1.00 fare for a full year.

(The discounted price is not valid on Metro Mobility or Transit Link buses and only a partial discount is applied on Northstar fares)

New! Enroll online (with valid certification ID's)

Or you must bring your valid certification ID’s to the following locations (open to the public):

Homestead applications due Dec. 17

The deadline to file for homestead status for property taxes paid in 2019 is Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

Residents need to apply for homestead if:

  • They’ve purchased a property in the past year and they, or a qualifying relative, occupy the property for homestead purposes on Dec. 1, 2018, or
  • Their property is being used for homestead purposes on Dec. 1, 2018, and the property was previously classified as non-homestead.

Applications must be submitted to the County Assessor's office, located in the Plato Building. They can also be sent by mail, and must be postmarked on or before Dec. 17, 2018.

Once a homestead designation has been granted, the Homestead Market Value Exclusion will be applied to property taxes payable in 2019.

Contact 651-266-2040 or AskHomesteads@ramseycounty.us for additional assistance.

Learn more about homestead requirements

Had your flu shot yet?

It’s not too late. And there are still good reasons to get one.

Although flu peaks between December and February most years, it can last as late as May. Influenza is a serious viral disease that can lead to hospitalization and 80,000 deaths last year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Flu shots are widely available, check this  HealthMap Vaccine Finder to search by ZIP code below for locations offering vaccine near you. Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health’s Immunization Clinic also has low-cost flu vaccine available for anyone age six months or older who are uninsured or whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccine. Public Health offers flu shots by appointment only, call 651-266-1234 for more information.

Flu viruses are spread by droplets when people infected with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Flu also is spread by touching a surface or object that has flu viruses on it. The best way to prevent seasonal flu  is to get a seasonal flu shot every year and practice good health habits:

    • Cover your coughs and sneezes
    • Wash your hands

Comp Plan Workshop

Commissioner McGuire with Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center participants and staff at a recent board workshop on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

We Want to Hear From You

Rice Creek North Regional Trail Master Plan Public Comment Period

A 30-day public comment period is now open for the preferred draft development plan of the Rice Creek North Regional Trail Master Plan Amendment.  The draft concept is a result of the public engagement process including five public meetings, two online surveys, engagement with local agencies and user groups, and other comments received. The preferred draft plan will be available for a period of 30 days to gather additional input and feedback. The 30-day public comment period will end January 11, 2019. 


Public comment period now open for updated multi-hazard mitigation plan

Now until Jan. 11, 2019 residents are invited to review and submit feedback on Ramsey County's updated multi-hazard mitigation plan.

The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires local governments to update their plan every five years to remain eligible for federal diaster preparedness and relief grants.

Following the public comment period, the draft will be submitted to the state of Minnesota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Review the plan and submit feedback

More information

Please contact Ramsey County Emergency Management Coordinator Bryan Mayer at 651-266-1017 for more information.

County Board Discussion Session Recap

Many weeks, the County Board holds workshops or discussions session on Tuesdays in addition to their weekly meeting.  Here are some of the topics recently discussed by the Board:

  • Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update: Public Feedback and Community Engagement Finding

Upcoming Events Around District 2