Ward 6 Weekly Update 7/28/2023

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July 28, 2023

Road Improvements

Mill & Overlay

This week we had a presentation from Public Works about their mill and overlay projects planned to improve road conditions across our city. 

A highlight is that the E Shore Drive mill and overlay project is moving through! This has been a huge request from our community, and I'm glad to see it moving forward!

We have been hearing concern from residents around funding for these projects, specifically how the city will determine how much nearby residents will be asked to pay for these improvements. I want residents to know I am grateful for your input, and there will be continued conversations among the Council for what the formula for payment will be.

Click here to learn more about the mill and overlay process.

Share your thoughts by Monday, July 31 - Saint Paul Bicycle Plan Update

Bike Plan

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 to a final version. The deadline for feedback is July 31, 2023.

You can learn more about the updates to the Bicycle Plan at the links below:

Join a Purple Line Station Area Working Group

Purple Line

Ramsey County is looking for community members to share ideas for areas around planned
Purple Line bus rapid transit (BRT) stations.

If you live, work, or play along the Purple Line route in Saint Paul, then this group is for you!

  • The Saint Paul Station Area Working Groups will meet three times from August 2023 to July 2024.
  • All Station Area Working Group members will receive $25 per meeting.
  • Meals will be provided at in-person meetings.

For questions about the Station Area Planning Working Groups, please email Denetrick Powers at powers@neoopartners.com.

Liu Ming Yuan Garden Poetry Contest

Poetry contest

Enter to win this year's Liu Ming Yuan Garden Poetry Contest! The theme this year is "friendship". Poems will be accepted in Dakota, Hmong, Chinese, and English. Open to all ages. Please submit your poetry here by September 15, 2023!

Call for Artwork Submissions - 2023 Solidarity Street Gallery

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Join in celebrating the tapestry of cultures in our neighborhood! Participate in the 2023 Solidarity Street Gallery fine-art exhibition on September 8 and 9 - in its 4th year in 2023!

This call for artwork is open to all - and free!
"We are encouraging all visual artists to participate, be they local or national, and be they well established or emerging! We are seeking diverse representation of all the groups who live, work and shop in our neighborhood - and yours - be they recent immigrants, new arrivals in the neighborhood, or long-term residents."

Please submit your art for the 2023 Solidarity Street Gallery by July 31st.

2023 Neighborhood STAR Applications 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.

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.

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!

Join a State Board, Committee or Commission

MN Secretary of State openings

The MN Secretary of State has a large number of open seats on various state boards, commissions, and committees. If you live or work in the City of St Paul, one of these spots could be for you! View and apply for open state board, commission, and committee positions here.

Contact Us

Email: ward6@stpaul.gov

Phone: 651-266-8660

Facebook: NelsieYangWard6

Twitter: @NelsieYangCM

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

TOMORROW - Rivoli Bluff Bash!

Rivoli Bluff Bash 2023

Back for a third year, visit Urban Roots' largest growing site at this open house-style, family-friendly event -- Rivoli Bluff Bash! This event will include fresh produce for sale from the Mobile Market (SNAP/EBT accepted), food trucks, Children's Garden activities, community organization information tables, and more! Rivoli Bluff Bash is free to attend but registration is required.

Rail Road Island Neighborhood Group Block Party

RING Block Party 2023

The Railroad Island Neighborhood Group (RING) is hosting their annual National Night Out Block Party on Tuesday August 1st from 6-8PM at the neighborhood sign park (Desoto & Tedesco). Come for free food, activities, and community!

MN China Friendship Garden Society Opportunities

MN China Friendship Garden Layout

The MN China Friendship Garden Society is looking for Board Nominations and Volunteers for its standing committees. Click here to apply to become a MN China Friendship Garden Society board or committee memberApplications are due by August 10th.

This is a particularly exciting time to be involved with the Garden Society as work has begun on the construction of Phase II of Liu Ming Yuan (click for photos).

2023 Business Awards

St Paul Business Awards

Attention Saint Paul Businesses! This is your chance to be recognized for all you do in your community. 

Submit nominations or apply here before August 23rd for the 2023 St Paul City Council’s Business Awards!

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 calling 651-642-0390.

East Side Artmobile!

East Side Artmobile

Join in the FREE drop-in art classes for youth July 31 - August 18 at different recreation centers each weekday. Taught by professional artists. Each week is a new take-home art project.

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

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!

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 & activities

Summer Rec Check - FREE

Summer S'more Fun

Recreation in Motion - FREE

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