Update from Commissioner McGuire - April 5, 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.

April 5, 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.

  • Roseville Business Council Meeting
  • Metropolitan Mosquito Control District Executive Committee Meeting
  • Luncheon meeting with the County Board and BOMA 
  • Roseville Rotary Meeting
  • Rethink Poverty Simulation
  • MnDOT Road Project Overview Meeting hosted by Sen. Chuck Wiger
  • Rice & Larpenteur Alliance Meeting
  • Association of Minnesota Counties Leadership Summit
  • WeCount 2020 Census Kickoff

Community Newsletters


Little Canada

Mounds View

New Brighton


Saint Anthony


Commissioner McGuire with MetCouncil members Deb Barber and Peter Lindstrom talking about transportation with other local leaders at the recent Roseville Business Council Meeting.

i35w mnpass map

MnPass Construction Underway on I-35W

I-35W will see construction for the next three years from Lino Lakes to Roseville. This will cause some temporary traffic congestion. MnDOT has identified alternate routes and commuters are expected to use the alternate routes to avoid traffic delays. 

MnDOT is encouraging residents to go to their website at: www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/35wnorthmnpass and sign up for construction updates. 

Residents can also post complaints/suggestions/concerns on the MnDOT website by emailing to: info@35WNorthMnPASS.com or calling at: 651.800.4965. 

Public HEalth Week

Commissioner McGuire alongside Public Health Director Anne Barry and Health and Wellness Service Team Deputy County Manager Dr. Paul Allwood with a proclamation to recognize National Public Health Week!

2019 Public Health Award winners announced

The 2019 Ramsey County Public Health Awards were presented at the April 2 board of commissioners meeting in celebration of National Public Health Week, which is April 1-7.

Two organizations and two individuals were honored for their exceptional contributions to improving health by advancing racial and health equity in the community.

The 2019 Ramsey County Public Health Award winners are:

  • East Side Neighborhood Development Company - for the nonprofit’s work to reduce child lead poisoning in low-income, inner-city neighborhoods.
  • The Hmong TB Advisory Council - for its work to increase awareness of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and to stop its transmission in the community.
  • Como High School student Dissel Moo - for mentoring youth at Sejong Academy about healthy choices and active living.
  • Tamara Stark - for her work to prevent violence and create safe spaces for youth and adults.

Nominations for the awards were submitted by the public earlier this year. This is the fifth year Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health has recognized individuals and groups for their work.

Nominations for the 2020 Ramsey County Public Health Awards will be accepted starting in January of next year.

Yard waste sites opened for regular season on April 1

Ramsey County's yard waste collection sites open on April 1 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


Visit a household hazardous waste mobile collection site

Free household hazardous waste mobile collection sites will be offered at various cities in the county from April - October.

Many household products you use to clean your kitchen and bathroom, maintain your car and home, and control animals and insects contain hazardous materials.

On Fridays and Saturdays throughout each month, the collection site will be available to assist residents in disposing of household products safely and conveniently. It is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the garbage.

2019 mobile collection sites include:

  • April - Maplewood
  • May - Arden Hills
  • June - Roseville
  • July - Arden Hills
  • August - Saint Paul
  • September - Saint Paul, across from State Fairgrounds
  • October - Maplewood

In addition to the mobile collection sites, a year-round site in Saint Paul is also available to residents.


belden plastics

Commissioner McGuire recently toured Belden Plastics located in Roseville. Thank you to Brad and John Johnson Sr. for the warm welcome and hospitality!

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

A new 911 emergency and non-emergency dashboard is now available through our online Open Data Portal.

This dashboard shows 911 emergency and non-emergency calls from the public; internal calls and incidents generated by police, fire and ambulance services; and calls from other public safety agencies served by the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center. Data is updated on a monthly basis.

The public data in the portal can be used to create comparative charts and graphs, downloaded into spreadsheets and other formats, developed into mobile apps, and used for other purposes.  

The portal currently contains over one hundred datasets related to the county's operations which are expanded and maintained on an ongoing basis.

Community Spotlight: Northland Cup Charity Hockey Game

Since 2012 employees of Ramsey County and the City of Saint Paul have played a friendly hockey game as a way to raise money and awareness for the Saint Paul/Ramsey County Intervention Project (SPIP). This event brings together city and county officials, employees and volunteers to benefit victims of domestic violence in our community. Last year we raised $20,000 benefit victims of domestic violence in our community.

The Saint Paul & Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (SPIP) offers critical services and access to safety to victims during a time of greatest need. This past year, over 5,800 domestic assault victims and their children received crucial protection and transitional support from SPIP. An additional 8,000 people affected by domestic abuse received assistance on their 24-hour crisis line. SPIP’s broad-continuum of critical, comprehensive programs and services increase domestic abuse victims’ long-term protection and offer families multiple options to move forward to stable futures, free from violence. All services are free, confidential and accessible.

The 2019 game is taking place on Saturday, April 6 at 12:00 pm at the Highland Arena, 800 Snelling Ave S, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55116.

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

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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.

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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.

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

March 19: Energy Workshop

March 26: Body Worn Cameras

April 2: Ramsey County Workforce Statistics Report

Upcoming Events Around District 2