Update from Commissioner McGuire - March 22, 2019

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 22, 2019


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.

  • Association of Minnesota Counties Legislative Conference
  • St. Paul Children's Collaborative Board Meeting
  • Ramsey County Library Board Meeting
  • DoGood Roseville Event - Depolarizing America"
  • Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
  • Roseville Business Council/Roseville State of the City
  • NACo Legislative Conference
  • Roseville Rotary Meeting
  • Optimist Club Meeting
  • New Brighton Business Council ft. Ramsey County Economic Development Staff member Kari Collins
  • MELSA Joint Advisory/Trustee Board Meeting
  • Serving our Seniors Workgroup Meetings
  • JDAI State Advisory Committee Meeting
  • Meeting with Lt. Gov Flanagan on early childhood issues
  • Recycling & Energy Board Meeting and Workshop
  • RCLLG Board Meeting and Updates from Legislators
  • Metropolitan Mosquito Control District Meeting

Community Newsletters


Little Canada

Mounds View

New Brighton


Saint Anthony

RCLLG Meeting and Session Update

Commissioner McGuire at the Ramsey County League of Local Governments meeting where they got an update from members of the Minnesota Legislature. Thank you to Roseville for hosting at the OVAL.

2019 property valuation notices and tax statements mailing mid-March

Annual property valuation notices and tax statements for 2019 will be mailed to Ramsey County property owners in mid-March. Valuation notices include your property classification, estimated market value and taxable market value, which is used to determine property taxes payable in 2020.

Question or appeal your valuation

Please review your valuation notice carefully. If you believe there is an error, now is the time to appeal or question your classification or valuation. It will be too late to appeal when proposed taxes are mailed in November. The first step in the process is to contact the Assessor’s Office about your questions or concerns at 651-266-2131.

If you still have questions after speaking with the Assessor’s Office, you may attend an Open Book meeting in April at the Plato building. Open Book meetings will be held April 2 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and April 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn more about appeal options

Prepare for increased spring flood risk

The recent record-breaking snowfall has created an increased risk of major flooding this spring across Ramsey County and all of Minnesota. Many homes and apartments that have never experienced flooding may have issues this year.

Emergency Management & Homeland Security encourages homeowners, renters and businesses to review their current insurance policies and consider adding flood coverage. The time to act is now; there's a 30-day period before policies go into effect.

The Mississippi River banks are an official flood plain, but flooding can also happen in our community along creeks and streams, low-lying areas, drainage ditches, lakes or anywhere snow melts too quickly or rain falls too heavily.


pot hole season

See a pothole? Report it!

Ramsey County Crews are working to address potholes across the nearly 300-mile county road system. Pothole repair is prioritized based on the severity of the potholes and the road’s traffic volume. Large potholes or a significant series of potholes on heavily trafficked streets are repaired first.

Our maintenance team is routinely monitoring several stretches of roadway that are in particularly rough shape. The patch material available for use this time of year only lasts a few days under current weather conditions. ​Potholes will improve and repairs will last longer in the weeks ahead as roads are able to dry out from the spring snow melt.

Consider using alternate routes when possible to avoid rough areas.

We appreciate your help in identifying problems on county roadways. Use our online reporting form to submit a problem to our maintenance team. Items will be added to our repair list based on priority.

Ramsey County Public Works Report an Issue

Or contact your city directly for city roads:

Did you know

Discounted backyard compost bins available for Ramsey County residents

Ramsey County residents are currently eligible for a $20 discount on compost bins purchased through the Recycling Association of Minnesota. Bins are $44 (plus tax) after the discount is applied (regularly $64).

To place your order, visit RecycleMinnesota.org and enter promo code ramsey, or call 651-641-4589 and mention that you are a Ramsey County resident.

Pre-ordered bins will be available for pick up April 27 in Maplewood or June 1 in Saint Paul.

Board Adopts 2019-2023 Transportation Improvement Plan

The Transportation Improvement Program consists of a five-year schedule of projects developed by assessing the condition of the existing system. The program identifies county road projects for implementation based on community input and financial resources. Projects are prioritized for implementation based on technical analysis, employee resources, existing roadway conditions and opportunities for project coordination with cities or the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The Transportation Improvement Program is reviewed annually. Additional projects are added to the program based on funding analyses.

Ramsey County has a cost participation policy designed to equitably distribute the cost of construction and major maintenance projects between the county and partner communities. County cost participation continues to increase as pedestrian, bicycle and transit features are added to the roadway system.

Estimated costs identified in this program are based on construction of similar roadways. Expected costs of engineering and right-of-way acquisition are included in the project estimates.

Future road projects in planning and design stages include engineering and community engagement work. Current road projects include maintenance and reconstruction.

Community Spotlight: St. Anthony Band Boosters

The mission of the Band Boosters is to support the fifth through twelfth grade St. Anthony-New Brighton Band Program, including the Patriots Marching Band, through assisting with capital purchases (such as instruments), funding other projects, and providing people and idea support for other Band Program needs.

You can support this organization at their upcoming Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 24 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.  There will be music from 8th gr & HS Jazz Bands. Tickets are $8.00, $7 for Seniors, Children 5 & under eat free. Pancakes, Sausage, Fruit Toppings, Dunn Bros. Coffee, OJ & Milk. Auction Items & Pops Concert Tickets available as well.

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

Little Canada History Center Lending Library Now Open

The Little Canada History Center’s new lending library is now open to our membership! We have local history books available for check out on many topics including the history of Minnesota, St. Paul and other MN Cities and Counties, the local Military, early Fur Trade in the area, Native Americans, and others.

The History Center also has many other books and material that can be reviewed at the Center.

Books can be checked out by History Center members for up to 2 weeks at a time. If you are not a member yet, please consider applying for membership at only $10/year (or lifetime memberships are available at $100 and only $50 for seniors age 65+).

Books Available for Checkout

  1. Little Canada Historical Society Lending Library Book List (PDF)

Job openings

Jobs Corner

Ramsey County employs nearly 4,000 people in full and part-time positions in a variety of fields related to Health and Wellness, Safety and Justice, Information and Public Records, Economic Growth and Community Investment and more.

We welcome all applicants - you do not need to be a county resident to apply.

Other job opportunities

Maintenance Worker - City of Roseville

Part-time Recreation Coordinator - City of Little Canada

Seasonal Parks & Public Works Maintenance Workers - City of Little Canada

Youth Instructor/Umpire- City of Little Canada

Various - City of New Brighton

Firefighter - City of St. Anthony

Seasonal Maintenance Workers - City of Mounds View

Various - YMCA at Mounds View Community Center

County Board Discussion

Session Recap

Workshops and discussions are informative presentations by the county departments and/or service teams to the board of commissioners that are often tied to the county’s strategic priorities. The presentations serve the following purposes:

  • To provide in-depth informational session to educate county board on topics of a strategic nature to the county.
  • To establish a foundation for policy/programmatic direction and/or future county board action.
  • To seek input on and/or guidance for future direction.

Workshops and discussions and held on Tuesdays and are open to the public. These take place at the Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse in Suite 220 (2nd floor). You can find the schedule for all upcoming board meetings, workshops, and discussions sessions at https://www.ramseycounty.us/your-government/leadership/board-commissioners/board-meetings-information.

February 26: Housing Affordability

February 26: Community Short-term Use of Land

March 12: 2019-2021 Economic Development Work Plan and Initiatives

March 19: Energy Workshop

Upcoming Events Around District 2