Ward 6 Weekly Update 7/7/2023

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July 7, 2023

$2.55 Million to Improve Street Pavement Conditions Citywide

pothole patching

The City of Saint Paul is investing $2.55 million this summer to improve street pavement conditions across the entire city!

The funds have helped to put all available Public Works Street Maintenance staff and resources towards repairing and pothole patching all streets that were damaged by winter weather conditions.

Public Works is in the process of “route patching” the entire city, which means they will review and patch all streets, and then go back and skim pave streets in areas that need more extensive work. Crews are expected to patch or skim pave all 530 miles of residential streets and more than 2,000 alleys throughout Saint Paul this summer and into the fall. 

Route patching is a more efficient, systematic approach to patching all city streets compared to responding to individual patching requests. Currently, crews are pothole patching in designated areas and addressing each street where needed before moving to the next street and neighborhood area. City crews will review every street in Saint Paul throughout the summer.

On average a Saint Paul Public Works crew will hand shovel about 15-20 tons of asphalt per day for patching city streets. 

Saint Paul Public Works pothole patches year-round; however, route patching the entire city is an extraordinary measure that requires additional dedication of staffing and resources to prepare the city’s streets for next winter.

Thank you to our amazing and dedicated Public Works staff!

2023 Neighborhood STAR Application Now Open 

Neighborhood STAR program

Applications are now open
 for the 2023 
Neighborhood STAR program funding round. Completed applications must be submitted by Monday, July 31 at 4 p.m.

STAR funding may only be used for permanently affixed, physical (“bricks and mortar”) enhancements which strengthen and/or improve the neighborhoods of Saint Paul. Projects may include commercial and/or housing rehabilitation, parks projects, streetscape projects, creative placemaking/place-keeping, and economic development activities with an expected life of seven or more years. Public, private, non-profit or for-profit entities located in or doing business in Saint Paul may apply for STAR funds.

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

Program changes for 2023 

The Saint Paul City Council recently adopted guideline changes for Neighborhood STAR to increase accessibility to grant funds. These changes include:  

  • In 2023, Neighborhood STAR will be a grants-only program (no loan awards)
  • Grant requests of up to $50,000 will no longer require matching funds. Going forward, only grant requests of over $50,000 will require one-to-one matching funds in the full amount of the Neighborhood STAR funding request.

Payne-Phalen Community Cookout

Payne-Phalen Community Cookout

You're invited to the Payne-Phalen Community Cookout!

Saturday July 22, 2023, 4 - 7 PM at the Phalen Park Pavilion (1600 Phalen Drive). There will be free food and games for all ages!

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: 

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.

Saint Paul Business Awards

Saint Paul Business Awards

The Saint Paul City Council is accepting 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. This business recognition is open to all businesses, so don't miss the chance to submit a business award nomination by Wednesday, August 23rd!

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

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!

The Payne Phalen Community Council wants your input on how to make these design happen! 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.

East Side Artmobile!

East Side Artmobile

Join in the FREE drop-in art classes for youth at different recreation centers each weekday. Taught by professional artists. Each week is a new take-home art project.

Two sessions offered: July 10 - 28, and July 31 - August 18.

Click here to view the East Side Art Council's Artmobile summer schedule.

Swimming Lessons Scholarships

Free Swim Lessons

Apply for no-cost swimming lessons through Saint Paul Aquatics! You can get more details and apply for the scholarship in-person at any of the 3 St Paul Aquatics centers, or by emailing parksaquatics@ci.stpaul.mn.us

Free Meals for Kids and Teens

SPPS Free Summer Meals Food Truck

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 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