Sanitary tunnel repairs—Contractor ECI started repairing a sanitary tunnel shaft at Ford Parkway and Woodlawn Avenue on March 28. The work is expected to take four weeks and will reduce westbound Ford to one traffic lane between Woodlawn and Mount Curve Boulevard. Woodlawn will be closed to through-traffic between Highland Parkway and Ford, and sidewalks on the north side of Ford at Woodlawn will be temporarily closed.
Blue Line/Riverview study—Ramsey County is undertaking an 18-month study on plans to connect the proposed Riverview Corridor streetcar line to the light-rail Blue Line. A virtual open house will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31. Register at bit.ly/331openhouse.
Board candidates—The Highland District Council will hold online board elections from April 7-12. Up for election will be one representative for each of the even-numbered grids, along with two at-large positions. Call the HDC office or email Kathy@highlanddistrictcouncil.org to request a mail-in ballot. Learn more, meet the candidates and vote at bit.ly/HDCelection22.
Annual meeting—The HDC’s annual meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at Lumen Christi, 2055 Bohland Ave. A virtual option will be available in addition to the in-person event and posted at bit.ly/HDCelection22. Send questions for a presentation on crime prevention to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5.
Upcoming meetings—There will be no HDC board or committee meetings in April. Learn more about joining a committee by visiting highlanddistrictcouncil.org/committees or contacting Kathy Carruth at email@example.com or call 651-695-4005.
Board elections—Applications to run for the Macalester-Groveland Community Council’s board of directors will be accepted through April 14. Apply online at macgrove.org/boardelections or pick up a form at 320 S. Griggs St. Board elections will take place April 21-28. An informational session on becoming a board member will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, via Zoom. Register at macgrove.org/event/board-interest-session.
Annual meeting—The community council will host its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, via Zoom. Participants will learn about the city’s new Office of Neighborhood Safety from director Brooke Blakey and meet Saint Paul district council coordinator Cat Beltmann. Register at macgrove.org/event/annualmeeting2022.
Egg hunt—Join the Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation and the Macalester-Groveland Community Council for an egg hunt, petting zoo and other activities from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Mattocks Park. Admission is free. Visit macgrove.org/events for information.
Safety in the city—The University of Saint Thomas will hold a conversation about crime trends and public safety from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 2, in Room 100 at McNeely Hall, 2060 Summit Ave. The discussion will include Brooke Blakey of the city’s Office of Neighborhood Safety, Saint Paul crime prevention coordinator Patty Lammers and UST public safety director Dan Meuwissen. Register at 651-962-6123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Century building plaques—Owners of Macalester-Groveland homes and other buildings that will be 100 years or older by 2027 are still eligible to purchase plaques to identify the age of their structures. Order by March 31 at macgrove.org/100years.
Mac-Grove T-shirts—A new supply of Macalester-Groveland T-shirts has been received and includes new colors. Visit macgrove.org/tshirts.
Upcoming meetings—Community Building Team on Monday, April 11; Inclusivity Task Force on Wednesday, April 20; and annual meeting on Thursday, April 21. All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. To receive monthly meeting notices and Zoom log-in details, visit macgrove.org/participate.
Spring plant sale—Summit Hill residents can add color and life to their homes and gardens while supporting the Summit Hill Association by purchasing plants through its spring plant sale. Orders are due by 10 p.m. Thursday, April 7, and will be delivered to the Linwood Recreation Center on Friday, April 29. Plants will be supplied by Gerten’s.
Adopt a drain—The SHA is encouraging residents to help reduce flooding while keeping the Mississippi River water clean by clearing trash, leaves or other debris in streetside storm drains. Household who are interested in adopting a nearby drain and spending about 15 minutes twice a month to keep it clean may sign up at adopt-a-drain.org.
Summit Master Plan—The city of Saint Paul continues to collect opinions on the future of Summit Avenue. Visit the Engage Saint Paul website at engagestpaul.org/summit to comment and take a brief survey. A virtual drop-in session will be held from 12:30-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Visit tinyurl.com/4csfhwmx.
Upcoming meetings—Neighborhood Plan Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5; Communications Committee, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7; and Zoning and Land Use Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. For Zoom log-in information, visit SummitHillAssociation.org/calendar.
Union Park resource map—Staff at the Union Park District Council are beginning work on a map of resources in the neighborhood. Those who know of an establishment or organization that they consider vital to the quality of life in the neighborhood are being asked to email email@example.com.
Committees combined—The UPDC has merged its Environment and Parks Committee and its Neighborhood Involvement Committee. The joint meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.
Upcoming meetings—Joint Transportation Committee, 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 6; board of directors, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6; and Transportation Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 11. See unionparkdc.org/calendar for the Zoom links.
Contact us—The public is invited to “like” the Union Park District Council on Facebook, follow it on Twitter at @UnionParkDC, and subscribe to its e-newsletter, “Neighborhood Matters,” by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board notes—At its March 14 meeting, the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation board voted to send a letter to the Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority supporting the acquisition and development of the CP Railway spur that runs between the former Ford Plant and the former Schmidt Brewery. Work continues on the Equitable Development Scorecard at the Transportation and Land Use Committee level.
Annual meeting—The Fort Road Federation’s annual meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Summit Ratskeller, 910 Montreal Circle. The keynote speaker will be Brooke Blakey, director of Saint Paul’s new Office of Neighborhood Safety. Six new board members also will be elected at the meeting.
Upcoming meetings—Transportation and Land Use Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6; Community Engagement and Outreach Committee, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21; and annual meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 (in person at Summit Brewery). All other meetings will be held via Zoom. For meeting details, visit fortroadfederation.org/calendar.
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