Ward 6 Weekly Update 10/28/2022

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October 28, 2022

Congratulations to Business Awards Winners!

Hmong Village, recipients a of St Paul Business Award

This week we celebrated the winners and runner's up for the Saint Paul Business Awards! Congratulations to Hmong Village Shopping Center in Ward 6, winner of the People’s Choice Award recognized for its excellence by Saint Paul residents.

Thank you to the over 100 St Paul businesses who were nominated or applied for the 6th annual Saint Paul Business Awards. Your businesses all play a critical role in the City's economic vitality. Thank you for your resiliency and commitment to remaining a business partner throughout the ongoing hardship of the pandemic which has challenged many businesses. 

Read about past award winners and learn more about the categories and criteria here.

Halloween Fun!

Railroad Island Neighborhood Group Halloween Event

Love First - Trunk Or Treat Harvest Festival event

Halloween at Battle Creek

Parks & Rec Halloween events

East Metro Main Street Economic Revitalization Grants Available

East Metro Main Street Economic Revitalization Program

Is your East Side business or non-profit in need of economic relief?

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation has been selected as one of the partner organizations for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Main Street Economic Revitalization Program.

This program will distribute up to $7 million in grants to businesses and nonprofit organizations for capital projects in the East Side community, as well as Snelling-University-Rice Cultural District and along West Seventh Street.

Grants will support economic recovery from the impacts of civil unrest, the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges to these commercial corridors since March 15, 2020.

Learn more and apply here.

Translation services are available for potential applicants, including audio files and project intake forms in Spanish, Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, Oromo and Karen. For additional translation support, please call 651.325.4202, and we will connect with you through an interpreter. Audio files, Vietnamese and Karen will be available soon.

Hafner Site Request for Offers

former Hafner site

The City of Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) released a Request for Offers (RFO) for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Hafner’s site located at 1570 White Bear Avenue on the Greater East Side of Saint Paul. Offers are due by 4 pm on Monday, December 5, 2022.  View the full RFO and find more information on how to submit proposal materials at stpaul.gov/1570WhiteBearAve.

About the site

The HRA acquired the property in 2002 and demolished the building in 2003. The 2.18-acre, vacant parcel offers proximity and access to transit, parks and natural amenities, the commercial districts along White Bear Avenue and the upcoming redevelopment of the former Hillcrest Golf Course site, now known as The Heights.

The HRA is seeking proposals that align with the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and the Greater East Side District and White Bear Avenue Small Area Plans. 

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 and extended to 5 pm Friday, November 4th. 

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

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.

Apply Now - Planning Commission

Apply to be on the Planning Commission

There is still time to apply to be on the St Paul Planning Commission! This body makes decisions about zoning and recommendations on City plans, which impacts how people in St Paul live, work and play. Applications are still needed for the Ward 6 vacancy! 

Applications are due November 2, 2022. Apply today

Individuals who reflect Saint Paul's diversity are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit stpaul.gov/planning-members or contact Planning Director Luis Pereira at luis.pereira@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-266-6556.

Fall Swim Activities

people swimming

Fall Swimming Lessons & Aquatics Memberships

Fall swimming lesson registration is open and open swim and all-access membership sales are available for Great River Water Park. All-access memberships include water aerobics and lap swim in addition to open swim.

Aquatic Teen Fitness

Aquatic Teen Fitness takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30-5:30pm at Great River Water Park. Youth ages 14-18 will participate in a supportive community, increase physical fitness, learn lifeguarding skills, and have fun. This drop-in program consists of swimming, sauna, slides, music, healthy snacks, games, drills, community mentors, guest speakers and service projects. This is a free program and no pre-registration necessary.

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.

Minnesota's Voting Season is Here

voting in MN

Minnesotans can now cast their ballots for the November 8 General Election.

Minnesota registered voters can request an absentee ballot to vote from home at mnvotes.gov or vote early with an absentee ballot at a local election office. Using mnvotes.gov, Minnesotans can register to votecheck their registration, and update their registration on their computer or smartphone.

Public Forums with Five St Paul Police Chief Finalists

st paul police

Two public forums were held with the five finalists for Saint Paul Police Chief who were advanced by the 
Saint Paul Police Chief Examining Committee. You can watch the full recording on the City of St Paul’s Facebook page.  

Read about the five finalists 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 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.

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

Appointments are now available
 to receive an updated bivalent booster – which is formulated to be more effective against the Omicron variants. Boosters now available for children ages 5-11:

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. 

What to do 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