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Meeting Name: City Council Agenda status: Final-revised
Meeting date/time: 4/10/2019 3:30 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Council Chambers - 3rd Floor
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RES 19-571 11ResolutionAuthorizing the City Attorney's Office to pursue an available funding opportunity offered by the Bush Foundation.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 19-592 13ResolutionAccepting the gift of airfare, transportation, and food expenses from the National League of Cities for City staff to the attend the National League of Cities’ Supporting a Strong Prenatal to Age 3 convening.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 19-563 14ResolutionApproving the agreement between the Saint Paul Fire Department and the East Metro Public Safety Training Facility.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 19-542 15ResolutionEstablishing the rate of pay for the new classification of Accessibility Coordinator.Laid Over  Action details Not available
RES 19-567 16ResolutionAuthorizing the Mayor's Office and the Department of Public Works to enter into and sign a host site agreement(s) with the MPCA to host 3 AmeriCorps members from the Minnesota GreenCorps, a program of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, for the 2019-2020 program year.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 19-568 17ResolutionAccepting the gift of the costs of travel expenses from the National League of Cities (NLC) for the City of Saint Paul delegation including: Councilmember Jane Prince and Chief Equity Officer, Toni Newborn to attend the National League of Cities’ cross site convening in Washington D.C. to be held from April 11 - April 12, 2019.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 19-534 18ResolutionAuthorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to apply for grant funds of $15,000 from the Minnesota State Arts Board to support the McDonough Celebrate Me - Celebrate Community Festival and Art Crawl 2019 and, if awarded, accept and enter into a grant agreement, and indemnify and hold harmless the State of Minnesota, the Board, its agents, and employees in the performance of the contract related to the grant funds.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 19-594 12ResolutionAppointing Ballard Spahr LLP as special counsel, and approving the agreement for outside counsel services between the City Attorney's Office and Ballard Spahr LLP.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES 19-531 19ResolutionHonoring the recipients of the 2019 Saint Paul Business Awards.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 19-36 110Resolution-Public HearingRatifying the assessment for the 2018 Street Maintenance Service Program-Sealcoating Street and/or Alley. (File No. 185600, Assessment No. 185600)AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 19-40 111Resolution-Public HearingRatifying the assessment for the 2018 Street Maintenance Service Program-Mill and Overlay: Stryker Avenue. (File No. MO1805, Assessment No. 185503) (Public hearing held April 3; laid over from June 5)Laid OverPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 19-42 112Resolution-Public HearingRatifying the assessment for the 2018 Street Maintenance Service Program-Mill and Overlay: Victoria Street. (File No. MO1807, Assessment No. 185505) (Public hearing held April 3; laid over from June 5)Laid OverPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 19-38 113Resolution-Public HearingRatifying the assessment for the 2018 Street Maintenance Service Program-Mill and Overlay: Arlington Avenue. (File No. MO1802, Assessment No. 185501) (Public hearing held April 3; laid over from June 5)Laid OverPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 19-41 114Resolution-Public HearingRatifying the assessment for the 2018 Street Maintenance Service Program-Mill and Overlay: Forest Street. (File No. MO1806, Assessment No. 185504) (Public hearing held April 3; laid over from June 5)Laid OverPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 19-73 215Resolution-Public HearingAmending the Ford Site Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan for use with the Ford zoning districts for the Ford site redevelopment area.Adopted As AmendedPass Action details Video Video
Ord 19-19 216OrdinanceAmending sections of the Legislative Code pertaining to the Ford Districts (Leg. Code §§ 66.912 - F1 Residential District, 66.917 - F6 Gateway District, 66.921 - District Use Table, 66.931 District Dimensional Standards Table, 66.942 - District Vehicle Parking Standards, 66.943 - District Bicycle Parking Standards), and amending the City’s Zoning Map (Leg. Code § 60.303) to adjust zoning district boundaries to follow realigned streets.Adopted As AmendedPass Action details Video Video
Ord 19-20 117OrdinanceCreating Chapter 141 of the Legislative Code to regulate shared transportation systems.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
Ord 19-15 118OrdinanceAmending Chapter 4.04 of the Charter of the City of Saint Paul to allow for cancellation of council meetings pursuant to a process outlined by ordinance.Laid Over to Third Reading/Public Hearing  Action details Video Video
Ord 19-16 119OrdinanceAmending Saint Paul City Charter Chapter 8.02 and 8.03 to clarify signature and petition requirements.Laid Over to Third Reading/Public Hearing  Action details Video Video
Ord 19-18 120OrdinanceAmending Chapter 6.03.1 of the Saint Paul City Charter pertaining to the imposition of civil penalties for violations of city ordinances.Laid Over to Third Reading/Public Hearing  Action details Video Video
Ord 19-17 121OrdinanceAmending Saint Paul City Charter Section 11.03 regarding the City of Saint Paul’s Property Tax Authority.Laid Over to Third Reading/Public Hearing  Action details Video Video
Ord 19-26 122OrdinanceAmending section 106.01 of the Legislative Code to permit sidewalk signs on the public sidewalk and boulevard.Laid Over to Third Reading/Public Hearing  Action details Video Video
Ord 19-27 123OrdinanceAmending Chapter 64 of the Legislative Code pertaining to zoning to allow businesses and institutions to place sandwich board signs on public sidewalks and boulevards in certain zoning districts.Laid Over to Third Reading/Public Hearing  Action details Video Video
Ord 19-21 124OrdinanceAmending Section 409.06(n) of the Legislative Code, exempting the Downtown Business District from certain liquor license location restrictions, and removing restrictions relative to religious organizations City-wide. (Title amended April 10, 2019.)Amended and Laid Over for Final AdoptionPass Action details Video Video
Ord 19-22 125OrdinanceAmending Section 410.03(g) of the Legislative Code, exempting the Downtown Business District from certain non-intoxicating malt liquor license location restrictions, and removing restrictions relative to religious organizations City-wide. (Title amended on April 10, 2019.)Amended and Laid Over for Final AdoptionPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 19-85 126Resolution-Public HearingAmending the financing and spending plans in the Department of Parks and Recreation in the amount of $316,450 to reflect additional 2019 funding expected from Como Friends.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 19-95 127Resolution-Public HearingAmending the 2019 budgets related to Solid Waste.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 19-84 128Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of Minnesota United FC & Allianz Field for a sound level variance to present a DJ and amplified music on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 400 Snelling Avenue North for the MN United FC Home Opener.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 19-88 129Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of Planned Parenthood MN ND SD for a sound level variance for amplified music and announcements at 671 Vandalia Street for Solidarity Day on Friday, April 19, 2019.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES 19-638 1 ResolutionDeclaring April 10, 2019 as "Water Action Day" in St. Paul in support of efforts at the State Capitol to protect our water and watershed basins now and for future generations to come.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH FCO 19-27 230Resolution LH Fire C of O OR Correction OrderAppeal of Augustine Mai to a Correction Notice-Reinspection Complaint at 1330 BLAIR AVENUE.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH VBR 19-25 231Resolution LH Vacant Building RegistrationAppeal of Taylor Johnson to a Vacant Building Registration Notice plus Revocation of Fire Certificate of Occupancy and Order to Vacate at 1047 FOURTH STREET EAST.Adopted As AmendedPass Action details Not available
RLH RR 19-5 432Resolution LH Substantial Abatement OrderOrdering the rehabilitation or razing and removal of the structures at 718 ORANGE AVENUE EAST within fifteen (15) days after the March 13, 2019 City Council public hearing. (Amend to 180 days) (Public hearing continued from October 23)Referred  Action details Not available
RLH VBR 19-24 233Resolution LH Vacant Building RegistrationAppeal of Mark Kaehler, Property Restoration Management, to a Vacant Building Registration Notice and Fire Certificate of Occupancy Revocation at 1241 SIXTH STREET EAST.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH FCO 19-24 234Resolution LH Fire C of O OR Correction OrderAppeal of Bob and Leah Usselman to a Reinspection Fire Certificate of Occupancy With Deficiencies at 1210 THOMAS AVENUE.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH TA 19-198 135Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealAmending Council File RLH AR 19-14 to delete the assessment for Graffiti Removal services during October 24 to November 20, 2018 at 2274 UNIVERSITY AVENUE WEST. (File No. J1905P, Assessment No. 198404)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH RR 19-12 236Resolution LH Substantial Abatement OrderOrdering the rehabilitation or razing and removal of the structures at 1143 WOODBRIDGE STREET within fifteen (15) days after the April 10, 2019 City Council public hearing. (Amend to grant 180 days) (Public hearing continued from April 10)Referred  Action details Not available
File #Date NameDistrictOpinionCommentAction
Ord 19-18 5/8/2019 9:02 PMEric Lein   ORD 19-18 Withdrawn. DSI to work with City Attorney's office to revise proposed language for later consideration by the Charter Commission. Thank you, councilmembers, for listening. +4 -2 2
Ord 19-18 5/8/2019 3:44 PMAlisa Lein Against In short, please listen to the people of St. Paul. Vote No. Unintended consequences are a big deal. If DSI needs more tools in their toolbox, I understand that, but don't have it be a blank check for anything and everything under DSI. If Animal control is causing many issues, look at Animal Control, but don't put full authority over everything without properly engaging the community on the exact details. Organized Trash details were not disclosed to the public and look where we are today with that mess. +4 -2 2
Ord 19-18 5/8/2019 2:14 PMWard Nichols Against This ordinance came about after the opposition to the trash program, which isn't working. There is a pending court case on that program and a petition is also being circulated opposing Ordinance 19-18 as well. Perhaps the City Council should start listening to their constituents and s**** this new ordinance and allow a vote this fall on the trash program. If the trash program remains, there need to be changes including an opt-out and holding the haulers responsible for missed pickups through credits etc. Property owners that use their duplex as their personal single family dwelling do not need two garbage carts or two recycling carts and shouldn't be charged extra. +4 -2 2
Ord 19-18 5/6/2019 7:42 PMJohn Purdy Against Travis, Deputy Director used as an example for the need to institute Administrative Citations: "peeling paint", a "serious, cosmetic offense". Travis said that he has issued literally "hundreds" of these citations when he worked in another city. Where was this, Gotham City? +4 -2 2
Ord 19-18 4/23/2019 3:53 PMColleen Halpine Against This expansion of full power and authority to issue fines sets up new problems for citizens in dealing with the bureaucracy. The Mayor's office is supporting a study on fines so I can't understand why this new expanded penalty power is being pursued so quickly before the study results are public. I can only ***ume it is so the public won't have a chance to understand and discuss the pros and cons before the City Council votes. Charter changes should be voted on by the citizens on the ballot. My late husband, State Senator Don Moe, was not afraid of many things in his life but he was afraid of the extensive power of the DSI inspectors. He did everything he could to comply with all housing codes. Adding more types of fines for every little infraction, will further drive up housing costs. I am against this impulsive move by the City Council. +8 -1 1
Ord 19-18 4/18/2019 7:45 PMHeather Rowe Against The city council members and Mr. Cervantes aren't being honest with us. They state they don't want to criminalize people who are in violation of ordinances, yet only 100 criminal citations are issued yearly. That doesn't seem to be enough to justify changing the city's charter. They state they want to protect citizens from criminal penalties as it would make it harder to obtain rentals, etc. What they don't say is that if a civil penalty isn't paid, the city would obtain a civil judgement and collection order against the person. This would affect the person's credit rating and renting ability much more than a petty misdemeanor would. They state the only option they have now for ordinance violators is criminal penalties or do nothing, which is a lie. The have the ability to issue summary abatement and special ***essments against ordinance violators. Don't listen to these liars. Each one who votes for this charter amendment needs to be voted out of office this November. +7 -1 1
Ord 19-18 4/17/2019 10:14 PMMeredith Gillies Against Previously, I paid $33/quarter, taxes included, for trash. I now pay almost $90/quarter for service of a lesser quality. That's a difference of over $60 per quarter, and over $100 a year! If I had that much extra money in my budget, I wouldn't live in Frogtown. My home has already been invaded once, on the anniversary of my father's death, and they took everything I had of value and trashed the interior of my house. Years later, I haven't recovered emotionally or financially. I already work three jobs: one FT and two PT. The only reason I'm not at the meeting today is I'm at work and couldn't get my boss to approve the time off. I own my property and fix it up to the best of my ability on my limited budget. Imposing more penalties just encourages me to sell to HousingHub, let them bring in renters and not owners, and get out of town. +7 -1 1
Ord 19-18 4/17/2019 6:54 PMMary Leonard Against To further penalize individuals beyond late fees is an abuse of power. The majority of the people that are not paying are senior citizens who cannot afford the new and more expensive service. This is very bad PR for the city. It is time that our city and society show more kindness to their fellow human beings. Someday everyone on the council will know the affects of additional fees when they are on a fixed income. It is time the council think of real solutions, not penalties. Admit the error. Take the example of the Community Action Programs that help with energy bills. +7 -1 1
Ord 19-18 4/17/2019 6:03 PMBruce Becker Against I am strongly opposed to any and all such penalties for the trash program that continues to strong arm the residents of Saint Paul! +7 -1 1
Ord 19-18 4/17/2019 4:58 PM  Against It's time to admit the trash program is failing miserably. Amy for once do what's right for the majority. This is another attempt to save face and milk the residents of St. Paul out of more money. +8 -1 1
Ord 19-18 4/17/2019 8:17 AMTimothy Frankland Against This ordinance to expand the powers of the City Council leaves much to be desired. It states (Section 1, Subdivision 2) that the new proposed process for imposing civil penalties must provide for an opportunity to be heard by a neutral party, but the ordinance completely fails to elaborate beyond that. It fails to explain the proposed process for appeal or argument before a neutral party, it fails to explain how the neutral party should be selected, and it fails to state the time frame for such appeal. These are critical details that should be clearly spelled out in this ordinance, not just left for clarification at a later date. If the City Council wants to expand its powers in connection with the imposition of civil penalties, it should thoroughly explain the argument or appeal process to its residents now as part of this ordinance. As currently written, this ordinance should be voted down. +8 -1 1
Ord 19-18 4/16/2019 10:27 PMKen Rowe Against The city building official has been caught by the State licensing authority trying to enforce fire codes. His licensing authority has warned him regarding his violation of the MN Statutes, now the city council wants to have the authority to allow their building official to issue fines. St. Paul DSI currently holds more power than the police department yet have limited training and act at the will of the council members. There is no way they should have the authority to issue fines. +8 -1 1
Ord 19-18 4/16/2019 5:51 PMSoverign Sharon Against Legal Constitutional Notice via Blogs http://bloggin-***** +1 -1 1
Ord 19-18 4/13/2019 7:56 PM  Against Hopefully there is at least one member of the city council who will have the grace to vote against this attempt to bully and abuse the citizens of St. Paul. +10 -1 1
Ord 19-18 4/12/2019 4:17 PMCandidateSharonAnderson Against City cannot by Resolution/Ordinance Unconstitutional Issues +1 -1 1
RES PH 19-95 4/10/2019 4:09 PMBruce Clark Against want to shuffle accounts to transfer $2.8 million to backfill administrative costs regarding trash bill collection? What happened to all those savings that were supposed to accrue from your well thought out trash policy? We are watching each and EVERY Council action regarding the hideous trash policy that you foisted upon us. We're also watching the Council's behind the scenes attempts to punish civil disobedience to arbitrary city ordinances through your attempts to amend the City Charter (Ord 19-18). Do you think you can skate by with your face saving actions to continue the existing trash policy without us making the voters aware of them?? That's magical thinking on your part! Admit you were wrong. Either s**** the existing trash policy, or drop your opposition to a referendum allowing the voters to decide its merits. Drop your attempts to apply an iron fist to those opposing your ill-conceived ordinances. +4
RES PH 19-95 4/9/2019 10:12 PMAlisa Lein Against Simply put, this resolution is to move money around from various places in the budget since the City has to pay the haulers for so many unpaid/delinquent invoices. Unfortunately, there is only so much money to move around and so more will be needed very soon if we keep going down this path, it's not sustainable. I have a solution! A HUGE number of the unpaid invoices are from multifamily properties who are unfairly being mandated to pay for air (trash carts not needed and never tipped). Another are the zerowasters as they compost, recycle, and "shop smart" when at the store to not add into the waste stream. A huge portion of your trash paying resisters would pay their trash invoice if sharing was allowed in multifamily (ie. 1 cart vs 3 in a triplex) and zerowasters were allowed to opt out. Then, the City budget wouldn't be so far in the red to balance. Reward zerowasters. Allow sharing. The environment wins. The haulers are paid. The City budget is much better off. +3
RES PH 19-95 4/6/2019 11:13 PMCandidateSharonAnderson Against Government forcing Contracts on Citizenery Issue is the Words CONSENT How can any Government p*** thro Bogus Resolutions Ordinances without our Consent, also INTENT of the Council is to destroy Commerce, 5th Amend Taking Clause without Just Compensation Fight Back, Vote them OUT SAVE THE HOME OF KATRINA STEIGER at 1156 Maryland E Muslin Busuri Sponsor of Ordinance, Check the Minuted of Marcia Mormound Leg. Hearing Officer +1 -2
Ord 19-17 4/6/2019 10:44 PMSharon4Anderson Against Taxaction without Representation
RES 19-594 4/6/2019 11:06 AMCandidateSharonAnderson Against City St.Paul is now a Cash Cow 4 Lawyers Eliminate the City Attorneys Office and Budget, just hire outside counsel on a Case by Case Basis
Ord 19-18 4/6/2019 10:51 AMCandidateSharonAnderson Against also Challenge Marcia Moermond is NOT QUALIFIED to hear all these Cases FURTHER its Illegal to submit millions of Propertys Dollars via Consent Agenda without Public Consent;. +1 -1 1
RES PH 19-95 4/6/2019 3:47 AMJRodriguez  Against This program was pushed thru with no consideration to the city taxpayers. It is not our problem to clean up city councils mistakes or pay for them. +3
Ord 19-18 4/5/2019 5:20 PM    Yet again Amy Brendmoen moves forward with an ordinance making it harder and more expensive for St. Paul residents to stay in their homes. Instead of admitting that the entire trash program has been a failure, she and her council cronies instead push forward with forcing residents to pay more. This ordinance shows just how out of touch Amy Brendmoen is with the wants and needs of her constituents and the greater St. Paul residency. Shame on the council for not standing up for their constituents. +16 -2 2
RES PH 19-95 4/5/2019 4:07 PMLuke Stultz Against The residents are not and can not be the City's ATM. Instead of being fiscally responsible, Amy Brendmoen and her cronies on the City Council continue to work against their constituents interests. This resolution is an attempt to pay for a program that people overwhelmingly do not want, are not willing to pay for, and in fact are suing the City over. Stop wasting taxpayer funds and start doing your job responsibly. If any regular person did their job this ineptly and expected additional money from their employers to cover their mistakes, they'd be laughed out of the building. +2
RES PH 19-95 4/5/2019 3:48 AMEric Lein  Against THOUSANDS OF GARBAGE CUSTOMERS RECOMMEND: 1) Admit failure; 2) Stop throwing good (taxpayer) money after bad; 3) Admit to Judge Castro that this garbage collection program should have been suspended as of November 14, 2018, and that voters' referendum on ORD 18-39 should proceed in November 2019; 4) let some heads roll; and 5) Apologize for way too many mistakes made in what began as an effort to do good work. +5
Ord 19-18 4/1/2019 5:11 AMEric Lein Against A PETITION REQUESTING A REFERENDUM IS CIRCULATING ----- Ordinance 19-18 amends the City Charter so that “the Council shall have full power and authority to establish, enforce, alter, amend or repeal a procedure by ordinance to impose civil penalties for each violation of a city ordinance.” We, being registered voters residing in the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota, request a referendum on Ordinance 19-18 per MN Statutes 410.12, Subd.7. +14 -1 1
Ord 19-27 3/29/2019 5:24 PMAnne Thom Against I submitted a comment and your software is flagging the word scooter/scooters. -1
Ord 19-27 3/29/2019 5:19 PMAnne Thom   Please, no more stuff on the sidewalks to make it difficult and dangerous for pedestrians. The city now lets bicyclists and scooter riders here to nearly flatten those of us who choose to go around town on foot. These sandwich boards take up space that is really meant for pedestrian traffic. I can find no data to show sandwich boards increase revenues as an effective marketing tool. Commercial properties have windows to place signs in to entice customers into the business.They can choose to use that or some other advertising mechanism. My choice as a pedestrian is to jump over a sign, halt my walk in waiting for other traffic to p*** and go around, walk in the street or on the boulevard, or otherwise have to get out of the way. Sidewalks are constructed with my tax money in order for me to navigate this city. Businesses have other, more effective means to advertise. Don't remove pedestrian space. We are already weary of the bikes, scooters and double-wide strollers running into us. +1 -1
Ord 19-16 3/29/2019 2:42 AMPeter Butler Against The proposed 8.03 text will effectively reject the signatures of St. Paul residents who move frequently, have not voted within the last four elections, refuse to give their birth year, or change names due to marriage or divorce but do not update their registration record. People who transpose their address on a petition, do not use their full legal name (included hyphenated last names) or provide the wrong birth year will have their signatures rejected. Such strict requirements disenfranchise low-income people and minorities. +9 -2 2
Ord 19-21 3/27/2019 9:14 AMSt.Paul Legal Notice of Trash Lawsuits +2 -3 2