Jason opened the 7:30 a.m. meeting at the Mounds View Community Center and Nils led the invocation. John Johnson arranged for coffee, juice and pastries.
Devin Massopust, New Brighton City Manager, brought us up to date on what’s happening in New Brighton, including:
  • Beginning September 1, 2022, the speed limit on all city streets will be reduced from 30 MPH to 25 MPH. This is a first step towards safer streets for all modes of transportation and is consistent with actions in neighboring cities except for Mounds View.
  • Phase 1 of a parks comprehensive plan for 6 parks includes reconstruction at Sunny Square Park with the addition of exercise equipment, a splash pad at Lion’s Park, and connections to the Rice Creek Regional Trail.
  • Vision Silver Lake Road 2040 is a comprehensive plan for three areas intersecting with Silver Lake Road: Highway 694, 14th Street, and Rice Creek Road. The City is conversing with residents about concepts for mixed use in the event redevelopment is proposed for any of those properties.   Palmer Apartments is under construction on the former US Bank location. Some road changes are being made to control traffic flow in the area.
  • New Brighton is developing licensing requirements and regulations for single family home rentals to enable code enforcement and accountability for landlords and renters. The regulations will promote public safety, quality and affordability. There are 550-600 rental homes in the City.
  • Public safety incidents are requiring 17% more officer time in 2022 as in 2021. Motor vehicle theft is up 75% and assaults 33%. New Brighton is short 4 officers.
  • The City is financially sound.
Devin is shown with President Jason Miller, below.
Let John O. know if you have a preference for seating at the Ordway production of “Six”.  Balcony seats will be $55 and mezzanine seats will be $120.
Next week’s meeting will be at The Exchange at noon. The topic of discussion is times and locations of future meetings. If you are unable to attend, please communicate your thoughts by email to the Board or to me (Dana) to be passed on to the Board and the Club. District Governor, Dayle Quigley, will join us. The Board meeting will begin at 11 a.m. immediately before the regular meeting.