Ward 5 Update

St. Paul Ward 5 Update

December 2021

2022 budget passes!


After months of deliberation and community engagement, the City Council passed the 2022 city budget in December. The budget reflects our community's interest in public safety, affordable housing, safer streets, and stimulates neighborhood businesses. In addition, it lowers the levy from the original proposal. Highlights include:

- $37.5 million for affordable housing at 30% AMI (about $31,000 for a family of four)

- Second police academy to keep police staffing more consistent year-round and $1million investment in a new mental health first responder program

- Neighborhood Development Funds to support small businesses and nonprofits in each ward

- Funding for traffic-calming and pedestrian safety infrastructure

-More investments in our urban canopy- including stumping and replacement of EAB tree removals.  Read the highlights here. https://www.startribune.com/st-paul-city-council-unanimously-approves-budget-6-1-levy-increase/600125164/

We begin setting 2022 budget priorities in the winter and spring of next year, so please be in touch with your input and ideas!

Winter has arrived! Here's the 411 on snow removal and plowing.

snow emergency


Special parking rules go into effect when a snow
emergency is declared to allow all streets in Saint
Paul to be plowed to the curb. The City does not
plow alleys.
All residents and visitors must move their
vehicles off of city streets according to the snow
emergency parking rules.
Vehicles that are not parked according to the snow
emergency rules will be ticketed and towed up to
96 hours after a snow emergency went into effect.
Always follow all posted signs. Do not park
vehicles where signs say “No Parking.”
The City of Saint Paul does not plow alleys.


Saint Paul Public Works declares a snow
emergency no later than 3 p.m. to allow time for
residents and visitors to move their vehicles.
Many factors are considered before the City of
Saint Paul declares a snow emergency, such as air
and road temperatures, future weather forecasts,
type of precipitation, and accumulation. The City
often declares snow emergencies after snowfalls
of 3 inches or more.

Everything you need to know can be found in the link below, including how to sign up for email alerts.



Shovel your sidewalk.

Saint Paul City Ordinance requires snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours. Corner property owners must shovel curbs, walkways and crosswalks to the street.

  • Do not push snow out into the streets.
  • Do not place recycling and garbage carts in the street. Carts should be kept in the boulevard or at the end of the driveway.
  • If you are able, please shovel hydrants out and clear snow and ice off storm drains to prevent street flooding.

back in the saddle

in person mtg

Last week we had our first in-person meeting in the Ward 5 Office since March 2020!! How wonderful to have our first meeting with the leadership crew of Sustain Saint Paul to discuss innovative housing ideas and strategies. It was energizing to see them and it was a very fun conversation. Oh, how we have missed human interaction!

Come visit us downtown or schedule a Lake Lap. We are back at the Rice Street Library for Community Office Hours on the first and third Tuesday of every month; 4:00-5:30. So many options.  If you’re not ready for humans quite yet, we understand, but do drop an email (ward5@ci.stpaul.mn.us) or give us a call (651) 266-8650 to stay connected. We love hearing from the community. 

Until then, enjoy the winter holidays and spend some time outside! We live in a beautiful place.


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happy holidays

There is lots to do over the holiday break, here are some of our favorite things to do in Saint Paul.

sledding at Battle creek!


Rice Park lights, Downtown Saint paul!

rice park

como zoo and conservatory!

como conservatoryzoo

Did you know that the Como Zoo & Conservatory are open 365 days a year, including on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and News Years?

bell museum!

bell museum

Minnesota's official history museum and planetarium is now located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in Saint Paul. Take amazing journeys from the far reaches of the cosmos to deep inside the human rain in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. Eplore the origins of the universe, the diversity of life on earth, and take a walk through the  state of Minnesota, featuring our world famous wildlife dioramas.

Engage all your senses in our Touch & See Lab with 10,000-year-old fossils, living plants and animals, and more. Wander outside on our green roof and observation deck, and explore the learning landscape of native plants, geology gardens, and solar station.