Ward 6 Weekly Update 9/16/2022

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September 16, 2022

Public Hearing on the Proposed 2023 Budget - Tues, Sept 20

2023 Budget public hearing

The Saint Paul City Council invites you to share your thoughts on the proposed 2023 City Budget. Join in the public hearing at the Como Lakeside Pavilion (1360 N Lexington Pkwy), on Tuesday, September 20th at 5:30pm!

This public hearing is an excellent opportunity for you to help shape next year’s budget. During the public hearing, community members will have two minutes each to provide their spoken testimony. You can also share your feedback by emailing Contact-Council@stpaul.gov or calling 651-266-6805.

If you need special assistance or interpreting in a language other than English, please call 651-266-8560 at least 72 hours before the event.

Rent Stabilization Public Hearing - Wed, Sept 21

view of an apartment building

The public hearing for the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (Ord 22-37) will continue on Wed, Sept 21st at the 3:30pm weekly Council meeting. We encourage you to testify live in person or over the phone. Or if you would like to submit a comment before the meeting, 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

Join the St Paul Youth Commission

St Paul Youth Commission

The Youth Commission is still looking for a few representatives from District 2-Greater Eastside, District 4-Dayton’s Bluff, District 9-West 7th / Fort Road, and District 11-Hamline / Midway. If you are interested or would like to learn more, please reach out to Haley Vien at haley.vien@ci.stpaul.mn.us

The Saint Paul Youth Commission represents young people in decision making for the City of Saint Paul. Each year, youth in grades 9 – 12 from each of the city’s 17 planning districts commit to serving the community through impact projects as well as  local and state advocacy. Youth Commissioners enhance their leadership skills while serving their community. Youth Commissioners earn a stipend for participation.  

Learn more about the Saint Paul Youth Commission here.

Inspiring Communities Program Accepting Applications

building a single family home

The City of Saint Paul's seventh Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Inspiring Communities program is live.

This program supports developers to construct homes for sale to homebuyers with low to moderate incomes on residential lots currently owned by the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA).

Read more about this opportunity for housing developers here

FREE Job Training Opportunities

free training

St Paul Public Schools is offering three FREE job training courses from October 3rd - December 16th this year:

  • PARAPRO Certificate for working with school-aged children and teens
  • Building Maintenance
  • Medical Office Preparation

TO REGISTER: Complete the registration form at www.spps.org/hubbs, and an Advisor will contact you to schedule testing and your classes. 

QUESTIONS? Contact Edric at 651-744-4516 edric.lysne@spps.org.

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.

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! There are 4 current vacancies. The next meeting is October 5th at 6pm.

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. 

Submit your application until positions are filled.

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.

Citywide Drop Off Event - Sat, Sept 17

volunteer taking drop-off items

Drop off unwanted trash and other items at the St Paul Citywide Drop-Off event this Saturday, Sept 17th between 8am-1pm!  The drop off is at the MN State Fairgrounds (NE Corner of Fairgrounds, enter from west on Larpenteur Ave). Volunteers will be there to assist. Read this flyer to learn what items are accepted.

Learn more at stpaul.gov/drop-off or call 651-266-6199.

Did you know that residents of 1-4 unit properties can have 2-3 bulky items collected by your garbage hauler at no additional charge each year?  This includes items such as mattresses, electronics, appliances, and furniture. Call your garbage hauler to schedule pick-up in advance. For details, visit stpaul.gov/bulky.

Free Composting Workshop

hands holding compost

Learn about backyard composting with Saint Paul Public Works at this FREE Composting 101 Workshop! Space is still available for Sat, September 24thClick here to register.

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. 

Enter the Free Tree Lottery!

Tree Trust Lottery

St Paul Parks & Rec are partnering with Tree Trust to give away FREE trees to Saint Paul property owners! 🌲🌳 Register for the tree lottery for your chance to win a free tree: https://treecovery.myshopify.com

Hillcrest Knoll Disc Golf Course Now Open

Hillcrest Knoll Disk Golf

The new 9-hole Hillcrest Knoll Park Disc Golf Course is now OPEN at 1672 Hoyt Ave E. This is the second disc golf course in St Paul (the other course is located in Highland Park).

Help Shape the Future of St Paul Parks & Recreation

Pedro Park plan

Take the Parks & Recreation System Plan survey to help shape the future of St Paul parks!

Main Survey (10 minutes)

Shorter Survey (5 minutes and more kid-friendly!)

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.

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. 

COVID Resources

Test to Treat

If You Are Sick or Test Positive: COVID-19

Close Contact or Exposure to COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing

Types of COVID-19 Tests

COVID-19 Self-testing 

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.