September 2020 newsletter: Information on COVID-19, voting by mail, 2021 supplemental budget hearings

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September 2020 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Coronavirus/COVID-19 update
- Vote by mail
- 2021 supplemental budget hearings
- 2020 census
- New murals in Council Chambers
- BizRecycling grants
- Upcoming events
- In the news

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 updates

Service Centers now open with in-person assistance, computer access

Five Service Centers are now open to provide more convenient access to programs for residents. The centers feature Navigators who provide comprehensive in-person assistance with enrollment information and connections to county programs. Service Centers also have computer workstations available by reservation and secure 24/7 document drop boxes

The downtown Saint Paul, Maplewood and Roseville locations also feature Community Career Labs to assist job seekers who have been impacted by COVID-19.

View Service Center locations


Free home meal delivery available for people impacted by COVID-19

A home meal delivery program is available for Ramsey County residents who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 and are challenged to leave their homes. Five community partners have been selected to provide healthy home-delivered meals to qualifying residents free of charge. Meal options include medically-tailored, vegetarian, culturally-specific and Halal-only meals.

Learn more about the home delivery program


TechPak program launched to assist job seekers

TechPak is a new initiative that brings computers, internet and digital literacy training into the homes of Ramsey County residents who have experienced economic impacts due to COVID-19.

The current TechPak enrollment period is open until Sept. 2. Additional enrollment periods will be offered in September, October and November. TechPaks will be awarded to eligible Ramsey County residents who have experienced job loss, reduced hours, change of household income or have other barriers due to COVID-19

Learn more and apply for a TechPak

Request your absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 general election

Vote by Absentee Ballot

Ramsey County voters may vote by using an absentee ballot in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3. All voters can vote absentee in Minnesota. 

Voting for the general election begins Friday, Sept. 18.

Request an absentee ballot


Serve your community as an election judge

We're looking for election judges to staff local polling places for the general election as well as during early voting. Student judge opportunities are also available for youth 16-17 years old.

Sign up to be an election judge

2021 supplemental budget hearings

County Manager Ryan O'Connor presented the proposed 2021 supplemental budget to the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 25.

A 4.5% property tax levy increase that had been previously approved in December 2019 for the second year of the 2020-2021 biennial budget has been reduced to 0%.

Hearings on the 2021 performance measures and supplemental budget will take place on several dates throughout September.

View budget materials and the hearing schedule

Last chance to fill out your 2020 census

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The 2020 census will end on Sept. 30. Everyone living in Ramsey County, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, should be counted. Answers provided are confidential.

Census counts help determine critical functions of government – everything from the number of elected officials that represent us, to funding for hospitals, schools, highways and social programs. 

Respond today online, by phone (call toll-free 1-844-330-2020) or with a census taker, and do your part to help Ramsey County have a complete count of all our residents.

New murals exhibited in City Hall-Courthouse chambers

Images of murals within the Council Chambers.

New murals have been installed in the Council Chambers of Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse. 

In December 2018, the county and the City of Saint Paul launched a project to create contemporary community-based artworks for exhibition in the chambers in partnership with the Ramsey County Historical Society and a community task force. 

The works, above, were created by Leah Yellowbird, Emily Donovan, Adam Swanson and by artist collaborative CLUES Latinx Mural Project.

Learn more about the process and read artist statements 

BizRecycling Relief Grants

Biz Recycling grant relief

BizRecycling helps businesses in Ramsey and Washington counties reduce waste, improve recycling and better manage food waste. 

BizRecycling is offering funding to support small businesses that are facing financial hardship as the result of COVID-19, recent civil unrest or the economic downturn.

One-time grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to eligible businesses for operational expenses related to managing waste and recycling effectively.

Learn more about BizRecycling Relief Grants

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Upcoming events

Resident biking on trail

Board of Commissioners Meeting
Tuesdays, Sept. 1, 15 and 22.

Labor Day - Holiday
County offices and Library locations closed.
Monday, Sept. 7.

2021 Supplemental Budget Hearings
Tuesdays, Sept. 1 and 8.
Thursdays, Sept. 3 and 10.

Public Hearing on 2021 Supplemental Budget
Thursday, Sept. 10.

Early Childhood Community Conversation
Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Foster Care Parent Orientation
Thursday, Sept. 10.

Active Living Ramsey Communities Quarterly Meeting
Monday, Sept. 14.

Skyway Blood Drive at Union Depot
Thursday, Sept. 17.

Baby Cafe (Facebook event)
Monday, Sept. 21

Rule 20 Virtual Town Hall
Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection - Saint Paul
Fridays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25.
Saturdays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26.

Household Hazardous Waste 'Pop-up' Mobile Collection - Saint Paul
Saturday, Sept. 12.

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In the news