Ward 6 Weekly Update 3/10/2023

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March 10, 2023

North End Community Center Construction Begins

North End Community Center

Following community engagement and project design in 2019 and 2020, this project is now under construction!

The North End Community Center is a $20 million project, and it includes construction of a new 25,000 square foot building and enhancements to the existing 6-acre park in Saint Paul's North End neighborhood. The new building will be located at 145 Lawson Avenue West, near the Rice Street Library and directly across the park from Wellstone Elementary School. 

Click here to view the design layout and to subscribe to project updates

Saint Paul Financial Empowerment Community Awards

Financial Empowerment Awards

Do you know a person or organization that should be recognized for their hard work in the field of financial empowerment? Nominations are now open for first ever Saint Paul Financial Empowerment Community Awards! Submit nominations at

Apply to Serve on the Neighborhood STAR Board!

Neighborhood STAR program

Help decide what projects get funding through the Neighborhood Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) program -- be a Neighborhood STAR Board memberApply here.

The Neighborhood STAR Board has not been able to achieve a quorum for several months due to dwindling membership and low participation. The board's recommendations are needed to advance Year Round STAR projects!

The Sales Tax Revitalization Program (STAR) board is made up of 21 members appointed by the Mayor for four-year terms. City residency is required and Minnesota State Law requires three representatives to be appointed from each City Council Ward. Meetings take place monthly on 3rd Fridays.

Paint the Pavement - Public Art Opportunity!

Community Art Installation

The Greater East Side/District 2 Community Council is seeking an artist or collaborative team to design and create artwork that can be painted on the intersection of Kennard and Ivy near Prosperity Park. This project aims to slow traffic which has become an issue due to it's proximity to major roads (White Bear Avenue and Maryland Avenue) as well as the park and reflect the neighborhood.

The artist will work with the community to design a mural to be painted by volunteers in June of 2023.District Council staff will assist the artist in engagement and volunteer recruitment for the implementation of the design.

It is highly recommended that artists visit the site in person prior to design to better envision the project. All designs must meet community as well as City Public Works staff approval and must be original and without inclusion of copyrighted graphics or logos. The selected artist or team will be awarded $6,000 to complete the project. This amount must cover all costs, including artist fee, materials, and artist insurance.

For more information, contact Lisa at d2lisa@outlook.com or Annie at d2annie@outlook.com. https://greatereastside.org/

HomeHelpMN Workshop

Home Help MN workshop

 can help with past-due mortgage payments, other past-due expenses, and find resources to avoid foreclosure. Apply online at homehelpmn.org. Attend the application workshop on Saturday, March 11th from 11am-12om at the Wellstone Center (179 Robie St E). 

New Position: Water Utility Trainee

water utilities trainee

Become a UTILITY TRAINEE with St Paul Regional Water Services! Trainees who complete the program and obtain a driver's license will be promoted into a Water Utility Worker I position to continue a long rewarding career in the water industry. Apply:

Request for Grant Proposals -Community Gun Violence Prevention

gun violence prevention

St. Paul’s Office of Neighborhood Safety is currently accepting application proposals for programs that promote health and well-being for the Saint Paul community and reduce barriers to safety by disrupting gun violence, youth violence, and group-based and structural violence trends.

Programs should creatively incorporate elements of Community First Public Safety recommendations and seek to prevent, intervene, or interrupt activities that impact public safety and/or rehabilitate communities adjacent to or impacted by violence.

Program details, selection process, and application here.

Join ONS Director Brooke Blakey and other City staff members for an informational webinar on February 23 at 6 p.m. Register here to join the event.

Community Reparations Commission - Now Accepting Applications

reparations report

The Saint Paul City Council has announced the launch of the application process for the Saint Paul Recovery Act Community Reparations Commission

This 11-member Commission will serve as an advisory body to the Mayor and the City Council on matters related to damage caused by public and private systemic racism in the City of Saint Paul which resulted in racial disparities in generational wealth, homeownership, health care, education, employment and pay, and fairness within the criminal justice system among the American descendants of slavery.

Applications due by March 24th: https://www.stpaul.gov/department/city-council/city-council-reparations-efforts/saint-paul-recovery-act-community.

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.

Hiring - Snow Emergency Ticketers

cars covered in snow

It may be late in the season, but it doesn’t look like the snow is done with us yet. More staff are needed to help enforce parking rules during snow emergencies. Become a Snow Emergency Ticketer and earn $22/hour! This is a part-time position, perfect for those passionate about snow emergency rules. Click here for more information and to apply!

Ramsey County - Food Security Engagement Sessions

food security updates

Learn more about the Ramsey County Food Security Assessment through one of three upcoming virtual meetings. Join to hear about next steps to address food insecurity, learn how to get involved, and participate in a community conversation:

  • Wednesday, March 15 | 1 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 17 |  10 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 21 |  6 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

These sessions will hosted via Zoom

Youth Summer Sports Registration Now Open

Youth Summer Sports header--offered for free for ages 9 and up!

Sign up for summer youth sports! Registration fees have been eliminated for youth sports 10U and up (ages 9+) at all recreation center sites. 

Registration for all summer sports runs through March 31. Learn more and register at stpaul.gov/youthsports.

For the summer 2023 season, all registered 4U, 6U and 8U participants will receive a free glove, courtesy of the Minnesota Twins!

Play Area Improvements

Play area improvements

New play equipment and other improvements are coming to the play areas at Duluth and Case Recreation Center and Hazel Park Recreation Center. Learn more on our play area projects webpage and take the surveys below to help us plan for these exciting upgrades:

HREEO Commission Application Open

HREEO commission

The Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) Commission is seeking new members. This commission works to promote human rights and opportunities in St. Paul. Apply online by April 1st at stpaul.gov/Apply.

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. 

Help for Businesses

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. 

Learn more and apply here. For translation support, please call 651.325.4202.

Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens

Property tax deferral

Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens through the State of MN may allow you to defer a portion of the property taxes you owe. Read full details here or call 651-556-6091.

Year Round STAR Grants Available

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