Ward 6 Weekly Update 9/2/2022

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September 2, 2022

Library Interior Design Survey

Transforming Libraries Survey #3

Survey #3 for transforming Hamline Midway, Hayden Heights, and Riverview libraries is now open! Share your feedback on interior design elements, including the look and feel of library spaces and meeting rooms, comfort and functionality of new library furniture, and types and themes in public art.

Take the survey now through September 6th: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BC5NJ5M

Find out more about Transforming Libraries at sppl.org/transform

Rent Stabilization Public Hearing

apartments in St Paul

The public hearing for the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (Ord 22-37) will continue on Wed, Sept 7th at the 3:30pm weekly Council meeting. If you would like to testify in person or over the phone, please do! If you would like to submit a comment, email Contact-Council@stpaul.gov or call 651-266-8506.

Read the full ordinance, plus multiple amendments proposed by Councilmembers, and the comments submitted before the hearing here. Watch the video of the discussion and live testimony here

Housing at The Heights

Hillcrest Housing

Come talk housing! The Saint Paul Port Authority has partnered with LISC Twin Cities to host a workshop series focused on the housing options coming to The Heights (formerly Hillcrest Golf Course). Session 1 was on August 25, there's still time to join Session 2: 

Session Two: September 8
Explore the opportunities and challenges of housing types
(senior, luxury, workforce, etc.) with a panel of developers that
offer a wide range of expertise.

Learn more and register at: https://www.sppa.com/lisc-housing-sessions

2022 Solidarity Street Gallery

Solidarity Street Gallery 2022

Visit Payne Avenue (centering on Payne and Case) for the art and culture festival, Solidarity Street Gallery, on Friday, September 9th Saturday, September 10

  • visual artists
  • multicultural performance program featuring a number of well-known Southeast Asian performers
  • exciting activities for children and family
  • colorful Street Market

Volunteers Needed! 

Volunteers are needed on days before the event and during the event. Sign up using the online form which offers a choice of 6 different roles from event signage to children's activities. See all the volunteer areas, times of day and dates that volunteers are wanted to sign up https://airtable.com/shrEoXSIZhrrVsWja.

Annual Payne-Phalen Community Council Meeting & Party

Payne Phalen Community Council Event

You're invited to attend the Payne-Phalen Community Council's Annual Meeting & Party on Saturday, September 10th! This event is embedded in the Solidarity Street Gallery:

1-4pm: Activities Related to District Planning & the Future of Payne-Phalen

5-7pm: FREE Community Meal & Conversation 

Park at the lot at the NE corner of Payne & Case (next to Anderson's Shoes)

Visit PaynePhalen.org for more information. 

Phalen Dance Performance Sept 10

Xiang Jiang Pavilion

There will be a third performance of Shen Pei’s Encounter in Liu Ming Yuan on Saturday Sept 10th at 6:30pm at the Picnic Island at Phalen Park

Come to celebrate Chinese & Hmong Culture, and enjoy the dance performance! This event is FREE and open to all! This activity is made possible through the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Cultural STAR Applications Open

Cultural STAR Program

The application is currently open for the next round of Cultural STAR! The program provides funding for projects and programs that attract audiences, develop and improve cultural facilities and build capacity of artists and cultural organizations in Saint Paul.

This round is for projects taking place between January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023.

Make sure to apply by September 23 at 4 pm. Find more information and the application link at stplaul.gov/cultural-star.

Serve on the Neighborhood Safety Community Council

Office of Neighborhood Safety

Apply to serve on the new Neighborhood Safety Community Council (NSCC)!

This 15-member group will work with the Director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety to create a strategic plan, review the effectiveness of initiatives undertaken by ONS, advise staff, and gather input from residents.

The NSCC will meet at least four times per year, with additional meetings taking place as often as necessary, and members will receive a $50 stipend per meeting. 

Submit your application now through September 16.

Read about the Office of Neighborhood Safety here

Become a Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commissioner

civilian review board

The St Paul Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission is currently seeking commissioners from Wards 6 and 7! 

The Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC) reviews and makes disciplinary and policy recommendations to the Saint Paul Chief of Police on all civilian-initiated police conduct complaints. 

The time commitment for a Commissioner is 10-20 hours per month depending on the number and type of cases being reviewed and any community outreach events. Meetings are evenings on the first Wednesday of each month in community centers around St Paul. Each meeting carries a stipend of $50. 

Submit your application until positions are filled.

Help Shape the Future of St Paul Parks & Recreation

Pedro Park plan

The City of Saint Paul is in the beginning stages of preparing a new Parks and Recreation System Plan - a comprehensive guide to physical improvements and changes to parks and recreation facilities such as parks, athletic fields, recreation centers and trails. This survey will provide us with valuable information help guide our planning process.

This survey takes around 5-10 minutes to complete, or longer if you wish to review specific parks at the end of the survey.

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.

Youth Winter Sports Registration is Now Open! 

Girls basketball jump shot under basket

St Paul Parks & Rec is excited to announce that registration fees have been eliminated for winter basketball for 10U and up (ages 9+) at all recreation center sites.

Eliminating these fees allows Saint Paul youth to have access to quality programming, encourages healthy and active lifestyles, builds confidence, and creates community.

Fees apply for 4U, 6U and 8U but you can advantage of the early bird 10-25% discounts by registering in the first five days of the month!

Visit the youth sports website for more information on youth sports registration.

Free 20-Is-Plenty Yard Signs Available

20 Is Plenty yard signs

St Paul Public Works continues to offer FREE “20 is Plentyyard signs for your yard!

Pick up your sign at St Paul Public Library branches during open hours and at the Public Works Operations building (899 Dale Street) on weekdays from 8 am-3 pm.

Nominate a Favorite Business for the St Paul Business Awards

St Paul Business Awards

Can you think of a business that has strong attributes and contributions to you, your neighborhood, and the city? If so, NOMINATE it or APPLY to be recognized as a business for the 6th annual Saint Paul Business Awards! These awards give recognition with the award categories below:

  • Alice O’Brien, women-owned business that is committed to equity and empowerment
  • Good Neighbor, shows dedication to improving the community (check out this video about the 2021 Good Neighbor winner -- Hoa Mei Market & Deli in Ward 6!)
  • New Kid on the Block, open in Saint Paul within the last five years
  • People’s Choice, recognized for its excellence by Saint Paul residents
  • Traditions, has been active in Saint Paul for at least 20 years

Nominations close September 28, 2022 @ 4:30 pm. Applications close October 5, 2022 @ 4:30 pm.

Kids Try Hockey for Free!


Kids ages 4-10 can try hockey for FREE at four upcoming Starwahls events in September:

Girls Try Hockey for Free!

Friday, September 16th: 6:40-7:40pm @ Pleasant Arena (848 Pleasant Ave)

Saturday, September 17th: 6:30-7:30pm @ Highland North (800 Snelling Ave S)

Boys Try Hockey for Free!

Friday, September 23rd: 6:40-7:40p @ Pleasant Arena (848 Pleasant Ave)

Saturday, September 24th: 1p-2p @ Pleasant Arena (848 Pleasant Ave)

Equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. More at www.starwhals.com.

HomeHelpMN Assistance Expanded


HomeHelpMN adopted program changes that took effect last week which expand eligibility:

  • The cap on assistance is increased to $50,000 per household
  • There is no time restriction on past-due expenses
  • Homeowners can apply for assistance as long as funds remain

Applicants who were previously denied but are still in need of assistance and meet eligibility criteria may request their case be reopened by calling 800-388-3226. Call the number to begin an application, or visit HomeHelpMN.org.

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. 

Free Composting Workshops

Composting 101 workshops

Learn about backyard composting with Saint Paul Public Works! Join in one of four, free Composting 101 Workshops this summer:

  • Sun, September 18
  • Sat, September 24

Attendees will receive training and all the supplies necessary to get started with backyard composting. 

Classes are limited to 30 attendees and to Saint Paul residents. Register today at https://form.jotform.com/GarbageProgram/compost 

COVID Resources

Test to Treat

On Thursday, Aug. 11, the CDC shared updated COVID-19 guidance:

Test-to-Treat locations are open in the Twin Cities! Find test-to-treat locations where you can get and fill COVID treatment medications same-day. 

Order FREE At-Home COVID Tests by SEPTEMBER 2nd at www.covid.gov/tests.

Monkeypox Resources Available


The Minnesota Department of Health has released guidance about monkeypox.

The CDC has more information about Monkeypox here, including resources in Spanish/Español and other languages that can be found in the top right corner of the screen.