Ward 6 Weekly Update 10/8/2021

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October 8, 2021

Share your thoughts on the Budget!

Budget Priorities meeting at Como Lakeside Pavilion

The St. Paul City Council will be having an in-person meeting at Como Lakeside Pavilion on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. The start time for the meeting will start at 3:30 PM which will include a public hearing on the 2022 city budget.

The community is invited to attend and share their thoughts, priorities, and concerns with Councilmembers. Each person wishing to speak will be allowed two minutes to share.

Additional information and an overview of the 2022 budget here: https://www.stpaul.gov/councilbudgeting.

Hope to see you there!

Help Name the Hillcrest Redevelopment Site

name the Hillcrest site

We want your input on finding a name for the Hillcrest redevelopment project. If interested, please submit your ideas to https://www.sppa.com/engagehillcrest.

Proposed Tobacco Ordinance Changes

tobacco and cigarettes

You may have heard a bit about the newly proposed changes to St Paul's Tobacco Ordinance. Outlined below are the biggest changes in the proposal: 

Changes proposed to the Saint Paul Tobacco ordinance:

1) Change to two classes of tobacco licenses: Tobacco Shop, locations like convenience stores that sell tobacco along with other products and Tobacco Products Shop, locations that primarily sell tobacco.

2) The distance between locations which sell tobacco would be one-half mile. This provision would not impact renewal of existing licenses.

3) The cap on the number of Tobacco Shop licenses would become 150 and the cap on the number of Tobacco Products Shops would become 25.

4) Liquor stores would no longer be able to sell any flavored tobacco products including menthol flavor. Non-flavored products would still be allowed. 

5) The minimum price for packs of cigarettes or standard size cans of chewing tobacco would be set at $10.00. Coupons or price promotions would no longer be able to be used to reduce the price of any tobacco products including vape products.

7) Penalties for violations of age-of-sale and sale of flavored tobacco products would be increased.

To share your thoughts on this proposal with the whole City Council, email Contact-Council@ci.stpaul.mn.us or leave a voicemail at 651-266-8506. 

Read the full resolution here

Emergency Rental Assistance

Rental Assistance

Do you need rent or utility help? Assistance is available for Saint Paul residents. Eligible renters can qualify for rent and utility assistance for up to 15 months (this includes assistance with a future month’s rent!). The State of Minnesota’s eviction moratorium is lifting and evictions for the non-payment of rent can start on Oct. 12, unless renters have a pending application submitted for assistance. If you are in need of assistance, apply online or connect with a field navigator who can help you apply today.

Are you a landlord and want to help? Saint Paul also participates in the Zero Balance Project, where landlords who want to start the application process on behalf of their renters can apply.


Restaurant Free Consultations

restaurant technology

Calling all restaurant owners!

St Paul's Department of Planning and Economic Development has partnered with NCXT to recruit 16 restaurants for the next Restaurant Resiliency Project cohort. Participating restaurants will get free digital consulting on a range of needs, including digital marketing, ordering, delivery, and operations. 

All Saint Paul restaurants are welcome to apply! Applications are due October 16th. Restaurant operators can register here: https://www.ncxt.co/operators

How to Get Tested for COVID-19

covid swab

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced two new semi-permanent COVID-19 community testing sites in Saint Paul and Bloomington.

The Saint Paul testing site is located in Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 175 West Kellogg Blvd. Testing at the Saint Paul site will occur Monday – Thursday, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Bloomington testing site is located at 9930 Logan Ave. S (former DMV). Testing at the Bloomington site will occur Monday – Friday, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Testing is free at all of the state's community testing sites. Appointments can be made through the Vault Health registration site. Walk-ins are also accepted.

You can also order a test through the state’s no-cost at-home COVID-19 testing program.

Find a testing option near you through the state’s Find Testing Locations map. Walk-in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s no-cost community testing sites across Minnesota.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Vaccines for MN

Get vaccinated at the YMCA

The YMCA vaccine clinics will not require any form of personal identification or medical insurance. Language interpretation, American Sign Language (ASL) and ADA accommodations will be available onsite.

Teen Tech Center (21 4th St. E., St. Paul MN, 55101) - Mobile Bus

  • October 12 — 4:00-7:00pm

North Community (1711 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411) - Mobile Bus

  • October 18 — 4:00-7:00pm

Get vaccinated at the Minneapolis-St Paul Airport
Community vaccination sites at MSP Terminal 2 (open to general public) and MSP Terminal 1 (terminal access required) are administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine through Sept. 21. Get your shot at Terminal 2 and enter for a chance to win a $200 travel voucher through Sun Country Airlines

Contact Us

Email: ward6@stpaul.gov

Phone: 651-266-8660

Facebook: NelsieYangWard6

Twitter: @NelsieYangCM

Meet & Greet phone call appointments are available on Thursdays.  Register online at stpaul.gov/ward6.

Uŋči Maká Wóabdezapi | Recognizing Mother Earth: A Wakan Tipi Center Celebration and Ceremony

Wakan Tipi Center

Join in on Indigenous People's Day, Monday, October 11 from 4-6pm at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary (265 Commercial St.), to celebrate the first phase of construction for Wakaŋ Tipi Center, alongside Lakota elders, local leaders and the Lower Phalen Creek Project. All are welcome. Please register online for the event.

Take the 2022 Budget Survey

Budget Survey

The budget survey is available now through November 30th. Take the survey to share your views on St Paul's values and priorities. Click here to take the survey directly.