Ward 6 Weekly Update 3/25/2022

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March 25, 2022

New Ward Boundaries!

New Ward Maps

This week, the Council approved new Ward boundaries for St Paul. Map option 6 has been approved as the final map. Take a look at this final version and other versions considered at www.stpaul.gov/redistricting

Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission

human rights

The City of Saint Paul’s Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission (HREEOC) is seeking new commissioners who reflect the broad diversity of Saint Paul’s residents. HREEOC is tasked with reviewing the HREEO Department’s performance, advising the City on related policies, and holding hearings to decide human rights cases brought under the City ordinance. The time commitment is 1-2 meetings per month. Membership is open to all with an interest in Saint Paul, and people with diverse backgrounds and life experiences are particularly encouraged to apply. The Commission is also in need of representatives from the 5th and 7th Wards. Submit your application by March 31 to be considered for appointment in the summer/fall of 2022.

Library Design Survey

Hayden Heights Library

What do you want to see at your library? Take this five-minute survey to provide feedback that will inform the future designs of three library buildings: Hamline Midway, Hayden Heights, and Riverview. Together with community members, Saint Paul Public Library is creating a vision to transform libraries in Saint Paul to meet the needs and desires of community members—now and for the next generation. Survey closes March 31. Learn more and sign up for the newsletter.

Citywide Spring Cleanup

spring cleanup

Registration is open for the 2022 Citywide Spring Cleanup.
Join forces with friends, family and local organizations on Saturday, April 23 from 9-11:30am to help beautify Saint Paul parks and neighborhoods by collecting trash that has recently recently become exposed due to the melting snow.

Phase 2 for the 1-4 Unit Housing Study -- Take the Survey!

1 to 4 unit housing study


The community engagement phase of the City of Saint Paul's 1-4 Unit Housing Study is wrapping up soon, and we need to hear from you!

The study is evaluating additional zoning flexibility to support greater housing diversity across the city. This includes looking at the potential to allow duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes in more places as well as more types of single-family homes, such as cluster developments, townhomes, and accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

Take the online survey by March 28 and share your thoughts on housing types, where they should be allowed, and potential policy changes to allow more housing across Saint Paul.

Visit the engagement website for information sheets on neighborhood-scale housing, how the City can add more housing, and housing development considerations. Visit the project website for project background, FAQs, and official memos on the study.

Purple Line Community and Business Advisory Committee

Purple Line Bus Rapid Transit

Apply by April 22 to be on the Purple Line Community and Business Advisory Committee!! www.metrotransit.org/purple-line-project

The METRO Purple Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is seeking people who live, work or own a business near Purple Line stations, as well as people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives to sit on the committee.

Apply to serve on the committee here (www.surveymonkey.com/r/CJWT9G6) or download an application form on the project website (www.metrotransit.org/purple-line-project). Submit applications, request a mailed paper copy and direct any questions to Purple Line Community Outreach and Engagement Lead, Liz Jones at elizabeth.jones@metrotransit.org or 651-602-1977.

Work for St Paul Parks & Rec

seasonal Parks work

Love the outdoors and ready for some summer fun? Join the St Paul Parks and Rec team! Apply and sign up for job alerts at www.stpaul.gov/jobs.

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.

Renter Advisory Council and Renter Forum


The next Renter Advisory Council / Renter Forum is coming up next Tues, March 29th at 6:30pm at the Hayden Heights Library with the Greater East Side Community Council.

Ben Bildsten from HOMELine will give a tenant’s rights training and there will be time for renters to talk about their issues, connect with one another on the experiences of renting on the greater east side, and discuss how to advance East Side tenant power.

Renters who live in the Greater East Side (https://www.stpaul.gov/sites/default/files/Media%20Root/City%20Council/D2%20Map.pdf) are eligible for a $30 stipend for attending. There will also be meals provided by the Sanneh foundation.

Garbage Advisory Committee Survey

st paul garbage

Give your feedback about your St Paul garbage hauler experience! The St Paul Garbage Advisory Committee wants to hear from you. Fill out the Advisory Committee Feedback survey at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx....

The Saint Paul Garbage Advisory Committee will advise the Department of Public Works staff who will report to the Mayor and City Council on future solid waste policies and programs, ensuring that the needs and challenges of the City’s residents are considered. The current Agreement with the Saint Paul Haulers Consortium ends on September 30, 2023. More at www.stpaul.gov/garbage.

Help envision the future River Learning Center

Mississippi river

Help the City of Saint Paul and Great River Passage Conservancy envision the future River Learning Center – a city-led project that will serve as a national gateway to the Mississippi River, with a National Park Service Headquarters and year-round outdoor recreation experiences. Learn more about this innovative community resource and share your thoughts on Thursday, April 14 from 7-8 p.m. at the next virtual community meeting.

Year Round STAR Grants

Ward 6 STAR funding

Do you own a business or run a non-profit in St Paul's 6th Ward? Are you in need of funding for a time-sensitive building repair or improvement?

You may be eligible for a Year-Round STAR Grant from Ward 6. Please email our office at Ward6@stpaul.gov with information on your project and to receive an application.

Applications are subject to approval from the St Paul STAR Board and St Paul City Council. Funding is given as reimbursement for approved expenses, up to $15,000 per project per year. 

Pothole Patching

pothole repair

The snow is melting and that means POTHOLES. Please help get potholes filled faster by reporting them as soon as you see them! To report, call the 24/7 street maintenance line at 651-266-9700 or email potholes@stpaul.gov.

Curious about how potholes form? Want to learn the difference between winter and spring/summer/fall patching techniques? Need to submit a claim for vehicle damage from a pothole? Visit https://www.stpaul.gov/.../street.../pothole-patching.

Masks Welcome, but Not Required

March 2022 new masking guidance for City of Saint Paul

Mayor Carter has lifted the masking requirement for staff and visitors in City-controlled facilities. Face masks are welcome and will be available for anyone wishing to wear one. Visit the COVID-19 Updates webpage for the latest information.

COVID Resources

free covid tests

COVID Community Coordinators (CCCs) are community-based organizations that connect Minnesota’s diverse communities to COVID testing, vaccination, and other resources. Coordinators help community members find and get critical resources to deal with health concerns, as well as employment, food access, housing, child care, and legal rights. Search for a COVID Community Coordinator that fits your needs.

You can order a second set of FREE at-home Covid-19 rapid antigen tests from the federal government at www.COVIDtests.gov or by calling 1-800-232-0233. 

These COVID-19 testing sites are free and open to everyone who believes they need to be tested, with or without symptoms. Additional testing locations are open throughout the state. 

All Minnesotans are eligible for their COVID-19 booster shot. Make your appointment.