I am writing in response to the “Inquiring Minds” question asking whether or not notary services are available at the Ramsey County Library (they are not). However, free notarial services are available at the full service law firm of Johnston | Martineau, PLLP, located immediately across the street from the Roseville branch on the main floor of the Roseville Professional Center.
After reading the previous letter from a new Roseville resident who attempts to speak for all of us and to make sure our City Council doesn’t think so too, I want to make two comments. I have lived here for 49 years and found it to be a wonderful town with many excellent attributes and services and place to raise children.
Volunteering is great! On the last Saturday of March I had the rare privilege to volunteer to help out the less fortunate. The time to help others is one thing that retirement has afforded me. I joined 140 other individuals at a small non-profit company called Bridging to assemble 89 new dressers purchased at a discount from Ikea using money provided by eight Kiwanis clubs and their associated Key clubs in the metro area.
Recent newspaper stories describe plans for large-scale solar fields built by Xcel and proposed community solar gardens built by entrepreneurs. The political, technical, and legal “climates” are such that it is a good time to work toward integrating solar power into the Roseville community. Consequently, last week, a small group of interested residents and City officials met to learn about the current state of affairs, with interest in starting to explore solar possibilities for Roseville.
In a recent Roseville Review, a letter writer suggests that the issue of private vs. public trash pickup is one of choice. I respond, who the heck cares who picks up their trash so long as it gets picked up?
The Roseville City Council has committed to conducting a telephone survey at a cost of some $17,000 of some 400 residents regarding most all of the services the city provides. Although the survey will provide some information about the opinions of some residents regarding these services, there is only one question among the 100 or so questions that is important to note, and that is the one regarding Roseville’s trash collection.
Improving transportation needs to be a priority at the legislature this session. At Transportation Day at the Capitol, hundreds of transportation advocates, including myself, came together to voice our support for investments in transportation. Without immediate action on transportation, Minnesota will lose its best talent, our businesses will experience higher costs, and we will fall further behind. 2014 is the year to make real improvements to Minnesota’s transportation system.