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January 20 2023

Upcoming Community Conversation

Community Conversation

Come share your feedback and ideas about snow plowing and trash pickup in the City of Saint Paul with Councilmember Nelsie Yang and Saint Paul Public Works staff. Meet on Monday, January 23rd at the Arlington Hills Rec Center from 6-8pm. Email Ward6@ci.stpaul.mn.us or call 651-266-8660 with any questions or accommodations. 

Input on Possible Truck-Parking Ordinance

truck parking

Discussions are underway about a possible restriction on truck parking in St Paul. A possible ordinance could limit semi parking to off-street locations only within the city. 

If you are a trucker, a resident with ties to trucking, or someone who has had difficulties with trucks parked on city streets, please reach out to our office! You can email ward6@ci.stpaul.mn.us or call 651-266-8660. 

Payne-Phalen "Voices of Our Communities Data Party" - Feb 4th

Payne-Phalen community party

You're invited to the story circle table for a FREE community meal, to process data, and to meet with a lot of great people!

Join in this Payne-Phalen Community Council party on Saturday, Feb 4th from 11am-2pm at the Arlington Hills Community Center. If a $50 gift card would allow you to attend, there are some available. More at paynephalen.org. Contact: district5@paynephalen.org

Management Partner Sought for the Phalen Lakeside Activity Center

Phalen Lakeside Activity Center

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation has released a Request-For-Proposals (RFP) seeking a management partner for the Phalen Lakeside Activity Center (1530 Phalen Dr). This is a unique facility that has been an important part of the parks and recreation system for decades, and now the City hopes to reimagine and revitalize it with a partner organization and the community. Solicitations are open on Saint Paul Bids through February 3rd, 2023 at 4pm.

1% Sales Tax Proposal to Support Roads and Parks Infrastructure

road repair

Last week, City Council supported 6 to 1 the proposed 1% sales tax increase to fund special capital improvement projects. This local sales tax of one percent would generate $984,000,000 over 20 years, starting in 2024, and would be used to support regionally significant improvements for transportation infrastructure as well as parks and recreational infrastructure. This proposed tax will require approval from the House and Senate Taxes Committees before becoming law. If passed, the use of this tax money will require a ballot measure subject to voter approval for each project.

I am supportive of this 1% sales tax increase as it will fund much needed improvements to our streets and parks infrastructure. It also ensures that all people, beyond just Saint Paul residents, who utilize and benefit from all that our capital city has to offer contribute toward this critical revenue gap. This is a form of tax relief that Saint Paul residents in financial distress have been asking for.

I hope you will join me in supporting this important measure to improve our streets and parks infrastructure.

Read the full resolution here



is offered through Minnesota Housing to help if you have fallen behind on your mortgage or other housing-related expenses due to the pandemic. Get help with past-due mortgage payments, other past-due expenses, and find resources to avoid foreclosure. Apply online at homehelpmn.org.

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.

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.

Funding Approved for Hazel Park and Duluth & Case Play Areas

current Duluth and Case and Hazel Park rec centers

This week, City Council approved the dedication of $89,244 in 2022 Capital Improvement funding for renovations to the play areas at the Duluth and Case and Hazel Park Play Areas! Read the full resolution here.

New 3D Printers for Teens at Createch

3D printers

Createch—created by teens for teens ages 12 to 18—is the perfect place for exploring creative talents, pursuing interests, and sparking new passions! Check out the newest addition to Createch’s collection of hands-on maker tools—3D printers! Createch at Arlington Hills, Rice Street, Rondo, and Sun Ray Libraries now has everything teens need to model, slice, print, and process a 3D design.

Createch also offers a cool place for teens to play video games with friends, create a design on the laser engraver, dive into a VR game on an Oculus Quest headset, try painting or sewing, pilot a drone, or record a song in the recording studio. Drop in during open hours to explore all Createch has to offer!

MPCA Environmental Justice Advisory Group

playground and pollution

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking new members for its environmental justice advisory group.

Through participation, members can share insight and feedback with MPCA leadership to better inform the agency’s work in communities disproportionately impacted by pollution.

The advisory group advises the MPCA commissioner on implementing the agency's environmental justice framework, provides feedback on its effectiveness, and ultimately help guides systemic change within the agency.

Upcoming info session: 

More information here: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/about-mpca/environmental-justice-advisory-group

Youth Spring Sports Registration Open through January 31st

Youth boy being instructed at a volleyball clinic


Youth Spring Sports registration is open for spring volleyball and futsal (indoor soccer). New this year: boys volleyball for ages 13+!

Interested in coaching or officiating? Coaches and officials are needed especially for volleyball and futsal this spring. Volunteer coaches should fill out the volunteer form and someone will reach out to you, or call Municipal Athletics at 651-558-2255 to get connected.

Officials should apply online. No experience is required. These are great opportunity for adults who want to stay involved with their favorite sport or a great resume builder for older teens and college students!

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 Testing and Treatment Resources

Test to Treat

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

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

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