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Meeting Name: Charter Commission Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 2/11/2019 4:30 PM Minutes status: Draft  
Meeting location: Room 220, City Hall
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CCI 19-8 11Dec. 4, 2018 Charter Commission MinutesCharter Commission ItemsApproving the December 4, 2018 Charter Commission meeting minutes.   Not available Not available
CCI 19-11 1 Agenda Comments from WebsiteCharter Commission ItemsComments posted to the February 11, 2019 Charter Commission agenda.   Not available Not available
CCI 19-9 1 Jan. 14, 2019 Charter Review Committee minutesCharter Commission ItemsJanuary 14, 2019 Charter Review Committee Minutes.   Not available Not available
CCI 19-1 124.04 charter amendment, business meetingsCharter Commission ItemsRecommending the amendment to Chapter 4.04 of the Saint Paul Charter pertaining to City Council business meetings.   Not available Not available
CCI 19-2 1311.03 Charter amendment, tax authorityCharter Commission ItemsRecommending the amendment to Chapter 11.03 of the Saint Paul Charter pertaining to the City of Saint Paul's tax authority.   Not available Not available
CCI 19-3 14Charter amendment 6.03.01 civil penaltiesCharter Commission ItemsRecommending the amendment to Chapter 6.03.1 of the Saint Paul Charter pertaining to the imposition of civil penalties for violations of city ordinances .   Not available Not available
CCI 19-6 15Charter 8 PetitionsCharter Commission ItemsRecommending the amendment to Chapter 8 of the Saint Paul Charter pertaining to petitions.   Not available Not available
CCI 19-7 16Ramsey County Elections Manager Joe Mansky staff reportCharter Commission ItemsStaff report from Joe Mansky, Ramsey County Elections Manager.   Not available Not available
CCI 19-10 17 Charter Commission ItemsSetting future meeting dates.   Not available Not available
File #Date NameDistrictOpinionCommentAction
CCI 19-3 2/11/2019 10:51 PMLuke Stultz Against So much for leaving public comments on this resolution as the City continues to delete them—at least 5 including mine. This shows that it's not about listening to constituents or doing what is in the benefit of the public. It's about corruption, back-door deals, and taking money from large trash companies. This City Council should be ashamed of themselves. Let's see how long this stays up. +3
CCI 19-3 2/11/2019 9:56 PMLuke Stultz Against Voting to charge people more money when they cannot afford to pay what is already illegally put on them (CORRUPT TRASH PROGRAM) is ridiculous. Amy Brendmoen does not represent the best interest for the low-income and impoverished people of Ward 5, but rather the interest of multi-million dollar out-of-state corporations. Putting forth this rule is to shut those of us up that are taking a stand. Adding financial penalties to those who are barely able to live in this city for not being able to pay for imposed services is inhumane. People like my neighbor shouldn't have to live for more than a year without water service because they can't afford it. People who have lived in their houses for 40+ years are being priced out so that Amy Brendmoen can get campaign donations. Instead of caring and doing something to help people, Amy Brendmoen pushes forward ordinances that benefit her and further punishes her constituents. How very Donald Trump of her this entire Council. Shame on you all. +4
CCI 19-3 2/11/2019 9:45 PMEric Lein (yet again) Against I realize that this proposed Charter amendment is aimed at much more than just citywide trash. That said, I believe that this proposal takes the City in the wrong direction. Given the oppressive garbage-related anti-consumer "mistakes" created by City/Hauler garbage negotiators, today's brand new trash program provides an excellent example of why "civil penalties for violations of city ordinances" are a BAD IDEA. Unfortunately, we citizens cannot trust our elected representatives, or city staff, to exercise their fiduciary duty -- duty which, I believe, is owed to citizens......not to private companies (e.g., trash haulers, etc.). +5
CCI 19-3 2/11/2019 8:39 PManonymous Against Please vote against this amendment to the city charter. Civil disobedience is warranted at times, especially regarding the ill-advised and ill-conceived trash program. Trying to force people to pay extra for unnecessary and unwanted trash carts is ridiculous. This program doesn't take individual needs into account. City council members have been unable to address or alleviate concerns of many taxpayers who are being overcharged and are receiving poor service with no recourse due to the monopoly. +6
CCI 19-3 2/11/2019 7:48 PMBruce Becker Against I strongly oppose any penalties for compliance regarding the payment of the citywide garbage system. This system was implemented without fair and upfront disclosure regarding costs. It favors the trash haulers while harming the citizens; why harm them further? +8
CCI 19-3 2/11/2019 7:21 PMDave B (St Paul) Against Odd our Mayor signed off on this while telling the Library fines just make people feel bad. City Council just wants to hammer us into compliance with their flawed trash program. Pls vote no. +8
2/11/2019 6:14 PM    I have been a resident of Saint Paul for over 20 years. I worked very hard to become a zero waste composting recycling reusing anything possible that I can do to keep our environment friendly. Now I am forced to pay for garbage to be hauled away when I have none! Isn't that the goal we all should be working toward is to be more self-sufficient more efficient to our environment more eco-friendly? Then why is the billing upside down where you get a better rate for more garbage? Why is there no option to opt out because we're zero wasters.? For residents to have zero choice and then force them by putting the bill on their taxes is totally disgraceful I thought Saint Paul was better than that! And as for the people that drop off their garbage on boulevards in parks that is still continuing to happen so this is not a solution for that issue. I am hoping we can find a resolution that we all can live with and can vote on thank you +2
CCI 19-3 2/11/2019 6:14 PManonymous Against Please do not change the charter to stifle civil disobedience, aimed at the over 5000 petitioners, and many other St Paul residents, who do not support the ill-thought-out thrash plan. How about truly building community by enlisting active community members who oppose the plan as written, and listening to why so many issues of this thrash plan have been rejected by so many St. Paul residents? Admitting errors in this plan is not a bad thing, and would serve the City and all of its residents well. Imposing more fines and penalties for "civil disobedience" is NOT the answer. This plan has many drawbacks that need to be addresses with those providers you contracted with. Instead of the overkill of threats and penalties, I strongly suggest that those who do not support it should not be put in a category that will stifle dissent, but rather be used as a resource to fix what is broken. You have no right to stifle free speech. Nor do I believe you should subvert the ordinance as it is now. +8
CCI 19-1 2/11/2019 4:19 PMAnonymous Against I'm posting as "anonymous" because I'm feeling a dangerous change occur lately in the St. Paul City Council. Question: These "special meetings" that the Council is requesting authority to hold....are notices of them to be published beforehand? Are the meetings conforming to Open Meeting laws? Are the proceedings going to be recorded and available to public view and comment? What is going on here?? +6 -1
CCI 19-3 2/11/2019 4:03 PMAnonymous (additional) Against There are those who aren’t paying the new trash service invoices. There are those who are active in the St. Paul Trash referendum work. All have angered the Council to the degree that NOW the Council sees a need to silence the resistance. The Council knows that if the referendum is successful, their trash policy, and all the fines and penalties, and all the additional charges on your property taxes related to the trash ordinance GO AWAY. Today, the Council seeks the Charter Commission to partner with it to silence the trash resistors. Who will it seek to silence tomorrow? +13 -1
CCI 19-3 2/11/2019 3:32 PMAnonymous Against Going back to the founding of the City of St. Paul in 1854, the City Council has never found it necessary to ask for a change to the City Charter to punish acts of Civil Disobedience. For 165 years, the country, along with St. Paul, has been through two World Wars, a Depression, major labor unrest during the trucker's strike of the 30's, protests here and around the country over Vietnam, Civil rights protests, the turmoil around the 2008 Republican National Convention, and so on. However, NOW, the fearful Council decides it needs the Charter Commission to grant it iron fist authority to impose fines and penalties on those protesting its ordinances. What is this issue that causes the Council to tremble and to attempt to stifle dissent? It's the Mandatory Trash Collection Policy imposed on the residents of St. Paul. Does the Charter Commission stand for the people's right to peacefully challenge their government, or is the Commission a collaborator to deny citizens this right? +14 -1
CCI 19-3 2/11/2019 8:40 AMEric Lein (again) Against A fairly large number of city trash "customers" are refusing to pay for empty, unused and unnecessary trash carts that are mandated by the City's new garbage program. If the City's public works garbage department has its way, our civil disobedience (i.e., citizens' refusal to pay private haulers or the City for unconscionable charges) will be punished via levies on our property taxes. The recommended amendments to Chapter 6.03.1 of the City Charter say loud and clear, "CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE SHALL BE CRUSHED!" Please do NOT adopt these changes without first submitting the proposed amendment to all voters citywide. +10
CCI 19-3 2/11/2019 8:26 AMEric Lein Against St. Paul’s new trash collection scheme rewards customers who create more solid waste. Perversely, responsible stewards of the environment who create less waste for landfills and further the goals of the Waste Management Act are punished with higher rates for a service they do not need and cannot opt out of. The City granted itself authority to enforce payment for empty, unused & unnecessary trash carts via property tax levies. PLEASE DISCOURAGE THIS KIND OF UNCONSCIONABLE PUBLIC POLICY. Please do NOT adopt these proposed changes to the City Charter without a citywide vote. +11
CCI 19-6 2/11/2019 8:02 AMEric Lein Against I support Peter Butler's position. I draw your attention to the following: "People who sign the petition and then move to another St. Paul address will have their signatures rejected. People can easily register or update their registration on election day. Requiring an exact match between a petition signature and a current voter registration record makes it harder to sign a petition than to actually vote." To encourage voting, Mr. Mansky urged the City Council to require landlords to provide voter registration information to renters. Voters' right to PETITION for referendum is just as important as the right to VOTE. Please do not "simplify" the City's job by devaluing and hindering petitioners' efforts. +5