Ward 6 Weekly Update 6/16/2023

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June 16, 2023

Honoring Juneteenth & Pride

Juneteenth & Pride

This month, City Council passed two resolutions, honoring Juneteenth and Pride celebrations in Saint Paul!

Juneteenth Independence Day, June 19th, a celebration of Black liberation, is as an extremely significant day of remembrance and acknowledgment of the history, freedom, culture, strength, perseverance, and achievement of the past, present, and future generations of the African American community.  Since 2021, the United States Congress and President Joe Biden took formal action to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, and in Saint Paul, Mayor Melvin Carter established Juneteenth as an official city holiday. Click here for ways to celebrate Juneteenth in Saint Paul!

Current reparations work in Saint Paul includes the creation of the Inheritance Fund, part of a program that affords low-income families from Saint Paul’s historic Rondo Neighborhood the opportunity to rebuild wealth through homeownership. The Inheritance Fund is available through two City programs: the Downpayment Assistance Program and the Homeowner Rehab Program.

The Saint Paul City Council also recognizes the 51th Anniversary of Twin Cities Pride and will continue furthering the actions around LGBTQ+ issues to ensure that Saint Paul continues to be an inclusive community for people of all backgrounds and orientations.

I'm proud that in 2023, the State of Minnesota lead by example and passed laws protecting the LGBTQ+ community in the legislative session, including expanding access to healthcare for trans Minnesotans, making Minnesota a trans refuge state, codifying access to abortion and reproductive freedoms and making record investments in LGBTQ+ communities in every area of life. Click here for information on the Twin Cities Pride Festival

Juneteenth 2023 resolution  |  2023 Pride resolution

Paint the Pavement - TOMORROW!

Paint the Pavement Flyer

The Greater East Side Community Council invites you to participate in a community art installation - Paint the Pavement!

TOMORROW, Saturday, June 17th from 9 am - 6 pm at the intersection of Ivy Ave E and Kennard St North

It's not too late to sign up as a volunteer to Paint the Pavement with muralist BriiNoir!

Please come when you can, no need to stay the whole day!

Seeking Artists of All Disciplines 

Payne Phalen call for artists

Seeking experienced artists, makers, and crafts people to join a paid public art team in East Saint Paul. 

The Payne Phalen Community Council and Wonderlust Productions are seeking artists of all disciplines with experiende living or working in the Payne Phalen area, to collaboratively develop public art that captures the community's dreams for the district and invites ongoing participation in community in planning its future.

You don't need to know anything about city planning, the learning will be collaborative. The only requirements are that you are an experienced artist, you have an invested experience around the neighborhood, and you are excited to work collaboratively with the community. If selected for the team, you will be compensated $35/hour for your time working on this project. The time commitment is somewhat flexible and will take place between July and December 2023

Interested artists should please fill out this sign-up form by June 30th to be invited to an artist mixer and informational meeting to learn more.

Apply for the paid public artist position here

Payne Phalen Survey - Design A City

Payne Phalen - Design a City

Remember the Payne Phalen Community Council's Earth Day in 6 Languages? What an amazing event! Thank you for your ideas on environmental justice, the concept of home, and how we can design a more inclusive and sustainable city!

Everyone's Design A City designs have been added to an exciting survey here: https://forms.gle/1PVn4r46UoSE5vYH6

The Payne Phalen Community Council wants your input on how to make these design happen! Leave your thoughts on 2-3 designs (or more). Then be sure to forward the link to anyone who lives, works, or has a strong connection to the Payne-Phalen neighborhood. 

Also, if you have a new design for a more inclusive and sustainable city of your own send it to district5@paynephalen.org and it will be added to the form.

Saint Paul Bicycle Plan Open House

St Paul Bike Plan

Join in to learn more about the updated Saint Paul Bicycle Plan draft, talk to staff, and share your feedback.  

Wednesday, June 28 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Frogtown Community Center - 230 Como Avenue, Saint Paul

If you are not able to attend the Open House, you can learn more about the updates to the Bicycle Plan at the links below:

Share your feedback by posting comments on the interactive Bicycle Plan Network Map. You can also share more in-depth feedback through the survey. Your feedback will be used to update the draft Bicycle Plan. The deadline for feedback is July 31, 2023.

Next steps:

  1. City staff will review your feedback and use it to update the Bicycle Plan.
  2. The updated Bicycle Plan will go to the City Council for a public hearing and adoption towards the end of the summer.
  3. Once the updated plan is adopted, city planners and engineers will use the updated Bicycle Plan to make decisions about the design of streets in Saint Paul.

For more information, visit stpaul.gov/bikeplan.

ESNDC Friendly Storefronts Program

ESNDC Friendly Storefronts Program

Attention Ward 6 Businesses! Are you looking to refresh the appearance of your storefront this summer? Check out East Side Neighborhood Development Company’s Friendly Storefronts Program - Grant funding is available for façade improvement projects on a first come basis. See the flyer for general program guidelines, and send all inquiries to jmcgregor@esndc.org to start the application process!

Contact Us

Email: ward6@stpaul.gov

Phone: 651-266-8660

Facebook: NelsieYangWard6

Twitter: @NelsieYangCM

Meet & Greet virtual appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Major Wins at the State

MN State Capitol

This week we had a legislative session update from Intergovernmental Relations Associate Eric Petersen with some amazing news. The 2023 session ended on time on May 22nd, with a $17B budget surplus and passing important pieces of legislation funding K-12 education, healthcare, public safety, local aid, and transportation, as well as Paid Family Leave, legalized adult-use cannabis, gun control measures, expanded collective bargaining rights, and more. 75 bills in total! Listen to the full legislative session report here (starting at 18min in)

Become a Saint Paul Firefighter/EMT!

Saint Paul Firefighters

The Saint Fire Department is accepting applications for Firefighter/EMT through June 30th.

There are three upcoming information sessions where candidates have an opportunity to learn more about a career in Firefighting/Emergency Medical Service, along with the hiring process:

Saint Paul Children's Collaborative Grant

Saint Paul Children's Collaborative

The Saint Paul Saint Paul Children’s Collaborative (SPCC) grant period is now open! 

This year, SPCC will provide approximately $2.2 million as an award to community organizations that provide services to children or youth experiencing gaps in opportunities and outcomes. Eligible applicants include organizations with fiscal sponsors and nonprofit organizations that meet the criteria of connecting children to caring adults and any additional goals above.

Applications are due on Friday, July 14, 2023 before 5PM. Please use this link to access the RFP: Grant-Making – Saint Paul Children's Collaborative (saintpaulkids.org)

Youth Programs for the Summer 

Paddle Share group photo of kayakers going down Mississippi River

Choose from a variety of fun summer programming options for youth through Saint Paul Parks & Recreation. Register today as some camps and activities have limited spots remaining. 

Summer camps and activities: Full and half-day camps for youth of all ages. Costs range from free up to $275.

Summer Rec Check: Free program for those entering grades 1-6 this fall on Monday-Thursday from 1-4pm at 23 sites. 

Summer S'more Fun: $42/day for those entering grades 1-6 this fall on Monday-Friday from 7am-6pm at 3 sites. Limited spots available.

Recreation in MotionRecreation in Motion brings outdoor summer fun to your neighborhood! A free youth program offering athletic programs, arts and crafts, and other organized activities. No pre-registration is required. 

Ward 6 Year Round STAR Grant

Ward 6 STAR funding

If you run a business or non-profit in St Paul Ward 6 and are you needing to make a permanent improvement (lasting 7+ years) to your building, you may be eligible for Ward 6 Year-Round STAR Funding!

Please email our office with information on your project to receive an application. Read full STAR eligibility guidelines here. Applications are subject to approval from the Saint Paul STAR Board and Saint Paul City Council.  

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. Visit the link above or call 651-556-6091.

COVID Testing and Treatment Resources

Test to Treat

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