Ward 6 Weekly Update 12/23/2022

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December 23, 2022

Recognizing Life Care Animal Hospital for Heroism and Excellence in Service

Life Care Animal Hospital logo

This week, City Council passed a resolution recognizing the emergency life-saving service provided by Life Care Animal Hospital (1328 White Bear Ave).

On Tuesday, September 27th, 2022, officers responded to a incident with two gunshot victims -- a person and a dog -- on White Bear Ave. The person was rushed to the hospital for treatment, while the dog was carried across the street to Life Care Animal Hospital.

The dedicated staff at Life Care Animal Hospital, including Dr. Amanda Mickelson, Rhonda Morrison, Lisa Anderson, and all the client services and clinical teams on staff, immediately triaged, assessed, stabilized, ran cranial x-rays, performed all treatments, and prescribed all the essential medications for the pup. 

Life Care Animal Hospital of St. Paul is committed to treating every pet as if it were their own, working to ensure all animals who come to them are happy and healthy in the long haul. 

The Saint Paul City Council honors and recognizes Life Care Animal Hospital of St. Paul and their entire team for 27 years of dedicated service and commitment to all animals and veterinary excellence.

Improvements to “Class N” Business License Application Process

Class N Business License process

 As of December 19th, 2022, there are new improvements to the application process for Class N Business Licenses! Key changes to the Class N License process include:

  • Requires Class N License applicants to provide District Councils with their business proposal prior to submitting their application to the city.
  • Elimination of petition requirements for Class N Licenses.
  • Reduces the overall Class N License application review process by approximately 30 days.
  • Provides more user-friendly ordinance language.

Businesses requiring a Class N License include parking ramps, auto-related, health clubs, massage centers, alcohol establishments, gambling locations, tobacco retailers, entertainment venues, and rental halls.

This effort is to make licensing more user-friendly for staff and community members as well as highlight the city’s priority of “Open for Business.” This new process reflects business owners’ concerns about the length of time it takes to obtain certain business licenses, as well as the community’s interest in being involved earlier in business licensing conversations. A stakeholder workgroup reaffirmed these points and worked with the city to develop a better application process for Class N Business Licenses. 

More about Saint Paul’s Business Licensing

More about Saint Paul’s Open for Business initiative.

Share Your Housing Input to Win $100

anti-displacement study survey

Do you live in St Pal? Complete this survey for a chance to win $100! Open through January 13, 2023. 

This survey is part St Paul's effort to identify, explore and analyze strategies to minimize displacement risks for low- and moderate-income people and businesses, while encouraging housing production and business investment. 

Visit the project webpage for more.

New Dog Park Now Open

List of dog parks in Saint Paul (as of Dec 2022)

Come play with your pup at our city's newest dog park at Lower Landing Park (200 Warner Rd)! This is now the 7th dog park in Saint Paul. Click here for a list of locations!

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. 

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.

Winter Break Programs

Two adults at drumming class

Winter Break begins next week and the Parks department is offering a wide variety of drop-in programs for youth and families while Saint Paul Public Schools are closed! Offerings include basketball, volleyball, tot time, and more.

Hmong Plaza Design Open House

possible design for Hmong Plaza

Help us celebrate Saint Paul’s Hmong Plaza Design! 

Join the City of Saint Paul for an in-person community design open house celebration at Hmong Village Shopping Center (1001 Johnson Pkwy) on Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 10am-1pm with a brief presentation at 10:30am.

At this event, attendees will be able to view the Phalen Regional Park Hmong Plaza design, share feedback and ask questions of the project team. This event will mark the conclusion of the schematic design project phase and celebrate the future plaza construction.

RSVP today. More information about the Hmong Plaza and Saint Paul Changsha China Friendship Garden here.

East Metro Main Street Economic Revitalization Grants Available

open business

Is your business along Payne Ave, Arcade St, East 7th St, or White Bear Ave? If yes, apply for the Main Street Economic Revitalization Program! This program will distribute up to $7 million in grants to businesses and nonprofit organizations for capital projects in select St Paul business corridors. 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. For translation support, please call 651.325.4202.

Financial Help for Homeowners

mortgage assistance

The Saint Paul Homeownership Preservation Program (SPHPP) still has funds available to help struggling local homeowners with future housing costs. Eligible Saint Paul homeowners can receive grants for direct mortgage assistance or other associated costs.

Check your eligibility and get started by visiting hocmn.org/stpaulhpp or by calling 651-236-8952.

COVID Testing and Treatment Resources

Test to Treat

Four additional COVID-19 rapid tests per household will be available in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday through the state’s online ordering program. Minnesotans who have previously 
ordered tests are again able to receive four additional tests per household at order your free at-home rapid tests on mn.gov/covid19 or by calling 1-833-431-2053. Language assistance is available. 

Make an appointments to receive the newest covid booster, available for adults and children ages 5-11.

Find test-to-treat locations  where you can get and fill COVID treatment medications same-day. 

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Self-testing 

What to do if you are Sick or Test Positive: COVID-19

Close Contact or Exposure to COVID-19