Ward 5 News: March 2020

St. Paul Ward 5 Update

Como Lake gets A "makeover"

Vimeo Photo

Capitol Region Watershed District is committed to improving Como Lake. Reducing phosphorus and controlling curly-leaf pondweed are critical for restoring balance.

This spring an herbicide treatment targeting curly-leaf pondweed (April 2020) and an alum treatment to reduce phosphorus in the lake (May 2020) will address key water quality issues.

We would like to invite you to a public meeting to hear more about these projects and to answer any questions you may have.

- Como Lake Public Information Meeting on Monday, March 2, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Como Pavilion, or

- Como Lake Public Information Meeting 2 on Saturday, March 7, 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Como Historic Streetcar Station.

Click the video below if you are interested in more information regarding curly pond-leaf and it's impacts on Como Lake. 

Sunday Series hosted by Como Park Community Council

The first of the series starts next week on Sunday, March 8: Forgotten Como History 

The 1917 Saint Paul Winter Carnival was arguably the biggest and best rendition in the event's celebrated history. The city had revived the winter festival the year before, paying homage to the past and promoting its future. In 1917, organizers upped the ante: hosting epic-scale parades, world-class ski jumping, and the Red River Derby -- a 522-mile dogsled race from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Saint Paul. When that race finished at Como Park, an incredible spectacle unfolded. Among 10,000 viewers, the finish gave rise to an unlikely hero. Join local writer Drew M. Ross and hear what happened. Where: Mount Olive Lutheran Church Fireside Room, 1460 Almond Ave.

To review the remainder of the series click HERE.

Ayd Mill Road (AMR)


For some Ward 5 residents, Ayd Mill Road may seem like a distant planet, while for others it may be more of a oft-used favorite short cut to fun spots around the city. Regardless of your passion around this odd road, it is consuming 1/3 of our City’s Public Works pothole time and budget because it’s not safe and it desperately needs to be rebuilt. The question now is how, when and if.

On February 19th, the council approved a bond sale (7-0) for the Five-Year Street Reconstruction Plan (2020-2024). Projects in the five-year plan include: Griggs and Scheffer street reconstruction; Phase I&II, Como Avenue from Brompton to the city limits (rejoice), Water Street and Ayd Mill Road

As a condition of the vote, Public Works has agreed to do traffic modeling to forecast likely diversion routes to inform potential mitigation for a 3-lane Ayd Mill Road, as well as hold a public meeting and provide presentations to District Council’s as requested. After the public meeting and traffic modeling is complete, the Public Works department will return the to City Council with a resolution to approve the final design and financing prior to commencing work.

I support the current proposal that will fix the road, fix underlying water issues, add permanent lighting (its all currently temporary), keep 3 lanes of traffic (2 southbound, 1 northbound) and add one lane just for bikes and pedestrians. There are big projects ahead for Ward 5, so I am also mindful that further delays on this project could delay projects in other parts of town. Please call or email if you want to talk more about this project.

Climate Justice

Don't forget to read brave

Climate Justice by Mary Robinson

An urgent call to arms by one of the most important voices in the international fight against climate change, sharing inspiring stories and offering vital lessons for the path forward.

Holding her first grandchild in her arms in 2003, Mary Robinson was struck by the uncertainty of the world he had been born into. Before his fiftieth birthday, he would share the planet with more than nine billion people—people battling for food, water, and shelter in an increasingly volatile climate. The faceless, shadowy menace of climate change had become, in an instant, deeply personal.

Mary Robinson's mission would lead her all over the world, from Malawi to Mongolia, and to a heartening revelation: that an irrepressible driving force in the battle for climate justice could be found at the grassroots level, mainly among women, many of them mothers and grandmothers like herself. From Sharon Hanshaw, the Mississippi matriarch whose campaign began in her East Biloxi hair salon and culminated in her speaking at the United Nations, to Constance Okollet, a small farmer who transformed the fortunes of her ailing community in rural Uganda, Robinson met with ordinary people whose resilience and ingenuity had already unlocked extraordinary change.

Powerful and deeply humane, Climate Justice is a stirring manifesto on one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and a lucid, affirmative, and well-argued case for hope.

"As advocate for the forgotten and the ignored, Mary Robinson has not only shone a light on human suffering, but illuminated a better future for our world." -Barack Obama

March 3rd is Super Tuesday!

Rice Street Library is a polling place, so I cannot hold community office hours on March 3rd. That said, I hope you consider going out and voting in the Primary. If you don’t know where your polling location is, click HERE.

Vote here

Stay in touch

Don't forget I have community office hours at the Rice Street Library first and third Tuesdays of each month from 4-5:30 PM. You can also call 651.266.8650 or email ward5@stpaul.gov to contact us. Regardless of the weather, I'm happy to take a Lake Lap.

Thanks for reading, 

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March 2020

News worthy

City of Saint Paul Issues conduit bonds for affordable housing: 

St. Paul to Issue bonds for affordable housing in Rochester and Brooklyn Center - Pioneer Press

Interested in learning more about Saint Paul's bond rating? 

Saint Paul Receives AAA Bond Rating

Washington Technology Magnet School's Safe Routes to School plan is shovel ready for this spring:

Check out the plan here!

The Rice and Larpenteur Alliance has been busy, the first annual report has been published. Take a look at the report and the great work going on at the intersection:

Rice and Larpenteur Alliance Annual Report

Ward 5 resident and Disability Advocate Noah McCourt makes the news:

Abolish sub-minimum wages for people with disabilities -Star Tribune

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