Ward 6 Weekly Update 6/30/2023

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June 30, 2023

Groundbreaking at The Heights

Groundbreaking event at The Heights

Big things continue to happen at The Heights, and you are invited to celebrate with the St Paul Port Authority as we officially break ground on July 11th, 2023!

RSVP for The Heights groundbreaking event here.

Hayden Heights Library and Rep Betty McCollum

CM Yang and Rep Betty McCollum at Hayden Heights Library

This past Tuesday, Council Member Yang visited Hayden Heights Library (1456 White Bear Ave N) to speak with House Representative Betty McCollum about funding for Hayden Heights Library renovations. Responding to the needs of the East Side, renderings by LSE Architects and lead architect Mohammed Lawal includes designs for enhanced safety for everyone who uses the library, more green space, play opportunities, and investments in technology and the comfort of staff. CM Yang expressed the importance of having the library’s design catering to the needs of East Side residents. We love our libraries!

Cultural STAR Info Sessions

cultural star

The Cultural STAR program provides grants for arts and cultural programming and organizations within the City of Saint Paul.

Want to learn more about the program and what makes a successful application?  Reserve your spot for an upcoming info session about the 2023 application cycle: 

  • Wednesday, July 5th, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Virtual session (link to join)
  • Thursday, July 6th, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Rondo Community Library Multipurpose Room
  • Wednesday, July 12th, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. George Latimer Central Library Andy Boss Community Room (4th floor)

Applications are open for the 2023 funding round. Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, July 21 at 4 p.m.

Find more details, specific program guidelines and a link to the application at stpaul.gov/cultural-star.

Free Meals for Kids and Teens

SPPS free summer meals

Summer meals are available at NO COST to kids 18 and under, or those over 18 with a disability enrolled in a school program. 

SPPS Nutrition Services’ food truck will serve meals at daily locations from June 26 to August 18. 

Check out the FREE summer meal schedule and menu here!

Saint Paul Business Awards

Saint Paul Business Awards

Starting on Monday, July 3, 2023, the Saint Paul City Council will once again accept nominations and applications for the Business Awards.
These awards are part of the City Council's ongoing Open for Business initiative, which began in 2015 with the aim of enhancing Saint Paul's business environment and making it an even more attractive place for commerce.

In 2022, the City Council recognized ABC Realty LLC, Hmong Village Shopping Center, Mr. Michael Recycles Bicycles, NEOO Partners Inc., and Selby Wines & Spirits Inc

Watch this video about last year's Saint Paul Business Awards winners! 

This business recognition is open to all businesses, so don't miss the chance to submit a nomination by Wednesday, August 23rd. 

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.

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.

Hmong International Freedom Festival (J4) This Weekend!

Hmong International Freedom Festival (J4)

The Hmong International Freedom Festival (J4) is taking place at McMurray Fields July 1st - 2nd. Come celebrate and check out the food, sports, vendors, and performances!

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 applications are due on Friday, July 14, 2023 before 5PM.

Grant-Making – Saint Paul Children's Collaborative (saintpaulkids.org)

The 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.

Summer Fun through St Paul Parks & Recreation

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

Summer camps and activities

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 MotionA 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