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File #: Ord 18-38    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 8/8/2018
Title: Amending Chapter 60 of the Saint Paul Administrative Code to include collection of delinquent coordinated trash collection accounts.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Attachments: 1. Misc. comments for July 18 meeting from website, 2. Online comment re Coordinated Collection, 3. Comment rec'd by Council re Coordinated Trash Collection


Amending Chapter 60 of the Saint Paul Administrative Code to include collection of delinquent coordinated trash collection accounts.



The Council of the City of Saint Paul does hereby ordain:


Section 1


Chapter 60.01 of the Saint Paul Administrative Code shall hereby be amended to read as follows:


Sec. 60.01 - Definitions.


Abatement shall mean the services performed by the city or on behalf of the city to abate any nuisance on private property.


Coordinated Trash Collection shall mean the collection of trash under Chapter 220 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code.


Inspection shall mean the cost of a review of a property within the city performed by a city inspector to verify compliance with a municipal housing maintenance code.


Notice shall be performed by first class mail to the owner of the property where the services were performed and any other interested party known to the city at the owner's last known address and the address on file at Ramsey County Property Records, if different. In the case of coordinated trash collection, the notice shall be mailed only to the owner of the property where the services were performed.


Property monitoring service shall mean a city system intended to identify, register and/or monitor vacant and/or nuisance structures in order to protect the property from issues not limited to trespass, neighborhood endangerment, criminal activity and deterioration.


Property services shall include abatement, inspection, coordinated trash collection, and property monitoring.


Section 2


Sec. 60.02. - Record keeping.



a.                     Other than Coordinated Trash Collection, tThe department of safety and inspections shall keep a record of the cost of property services, the name and address of the owner and the date(s) of the service(s). The department of safety and inspects shall give notice to the owner of the property for the cost property services provided. If the property owner fails to pay the invoice as ordered, the matter shall be referred for assessment. The department of safety and inspections shall retain a copy of all correspondence regarding property services rendered and invoices sent


b.                     In the case of coordinated trash collection, the department of public works shall follow the notification process outlined in Chapter 220.07 of the legislative code.


Section 3

Sec. 60.03. - Procedure.


a.   Resolution approving total, setting date for public hearing. In the event that property services costs are not paid as ordered in the invoice, the matter shall be referred to the division of real estate. The division of real estate shall notify the city council of the amounts owed by individual properties for property services including the addresses of the individual properties and the property services provided to each individual property. Upon receipt thereof, the council shall by resolution fix a date for public hearing at which time the council shall consider adopting and levying the property services costs. The date of the public hearing shall be at least twenty (20) days after the adoption of said resolution.


b.  Notice of council hearing. Following the adoption of the resolution provided in paragraph a. above, the division of real estate shall publish a notice of the hearing in a daily newspaper of the city at least five (5) days prior to the public hearing. The notice shall state the date, time and place of hearing, the purpose of the hearing, and identify the services provided and the property to be assessed.


c.  Notice to owner and interested parties, if applicable. At least ten (10) days before the hearing, notice thereof shall be sent. Such notice shall inform the recipient of the notice:


1. Of the procedures he or she must follow under the charter in order to appeal the assessments to the district court; and


2. Except in the case of unpaid fees for Coordinated Trash Collection, Oof the provisions for deferred assessments under of Minnesota Statutes, sections 435.193 to 435.195 and the existence of any deferment procedure established pursuant thereto the procedure outlined in St. Paul Leg. Code Chapter 64.07.



d.                      Public hearing; adoption of assessment roll. On the date of the public hearing, the council shall meet to consider the adoption of the proposed property services costs. The council shall hear all interested parties concerning the proposed costs. At such meeting or at any adjournment thereof, the council may amend the proposed property services costs, and shall, by resolution, adopt the property services costs as a special assessment against the properties which utilized the property services. Special assessments levied hereunder shall be payable in a single installment.


e.                     For assessments for unpaid fees for Coordinated Trash Collection a flat fee will be charged to cover the city's costs related to the assessment as determined by the real estate manager and treasury manager and as approved by the Council in the resolution adopting the assessment roll. For all other assessments, an additional interest factor will be charged to cover the city's costs related to the assessment as determined by the real estate manager and treasury manager.


ef.                      Certification to county for collection with taxes. After adoption by resolution of the property services costs and assessment rates therefore, the city clerk shall transmit a certified copy of said resolution to the county department of property taxation to be extended on the proper tax list of the county and collected the following year along with current taxes.


fg.                      Appeal. Within twenty (20) days after adoption of the resolution adopting the property services costs, any person aggrieved may appeal to the district court in the manner set forth in chapter 14 of the City Charter.


Section 4


This ordinance shall take effect and be in force on October 1, 2018, following its passage, approval and publication.


Date NameDistrictOpinionCommentAction
9/29/2018 6:41 PMShawn d Against My garbage bill has doubled for the same service!! You lied to the people and are forcing us to pay a private company. It's disgusting. +1 -1 2
9/5/2018 6:12 AMEric Lein (again) Against The overall cost of city-wide organized collection should be cheaper, NOT more expensive. But, the total price to be paid by consumers is up, not down. After looking at data collected and distributed by St. Paul’s Department of Public Works, one local analyst (John Genereux) calculates that approximately 73,000 affected St. Paul households will be forced to pay an excess cost of about $11.6 million per year (or more), for a total of $58 million (or more) during the city’s five-year garbage contract. Instead of benefiting from touted savings (via energy and efficiency of geography), consumers city-wide will pay MILLIONS of DOLLARS more each year. To more than a few voters, this is way beyond "frustrating." +2 -2 1
9/5/2018 3:40 AMMary Bollman Against I am against this plan because there is no Opt-Out. My husband and I have a small bungalow in St. Paul that we use as our "Urban cabin" when we visit our adult children. Any garbage generated there is taken HOME with us to our home in Southern Minnesota. Just create an option for people who spend a limited time in the city! So easy!! +1 -1 1
7/12/2018 10:07 PMEric Lein Against REGARDING "Skyrocketing Rents" --- Please note that St. Paul's new "NO SHARING" trash contract (negotiated with almost zero public transparency and little or no opportunity for public input) will raise rents by $15 to $20 PER MONTH per apartment for more than a few tenants in 2-, 3-, and 4-unit buildings. This time, it is NOT the landlords' fault. Local politicians, bureaucrats and little-guy trash haulers are 100-percent responsible for mandating this unreasonable increase. PLEASE DO NOT ADOPT THIS ORDINANCE AS CURRENTLY WRITTEN. PLEASE ALLOW "SHARING" OF CARTS AND GIVE SIGNIFICANT CREDIT FOR "ZERO WASTERS" WHO GENERATE LITTLE OR NO TRASH. +2 -1 1