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Meeting Name: City Council Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 11/6/2019 3:30 PM Minutes status: Draft  
Meeting location: Council Chambers - 3rd Floor
Public Hearings at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.
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CO 19-55 11OTAs 1286 Sherburne Ave & 31 Winter StCommunications & Receive/FileLetters from the Department of Safety and Inspections declaring 1286 Sherburne Avenue and 31 Winter Street nuisance properties. (For notification purposes only; public hearings will be scheduled at a later date if necessary.)   Not available Not available
AO 19-51 12Parks and Recreation - AO Budget AmendmentAdministrative OrderAuthorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to reallocate $330,000 within its various accounting units in the 2019 adopted budget to most accurately reflect the projected actual spending in each accounting unit and provide the appropriate levels of spending authority.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1792 23Office of Justice Program GrantResolutionAuthorizing the City Attorney’s Office to accept a grant of $279,534 from The Office of Justice Programs of the US Department of Justice and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, and authorizing the execution of a grant agreement.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1940 14 ResolutionAuthorizing the proper City officials to accept a gift stipend from the VERA Institute for Assistant City Attorney Edmundo D. Lijo to attend the SAFE Network Annual Convening in Philadelphia, PA, November 12 - 14, 2019.   Not available Not available
Min 19-45 15Approving October 16 and 23, 2019 Council Meeting MinutesApproval of MinutesApproving the minutes of the October 16 and 23, 2019 City Council meetings.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1845 16Vacant Bldg Reg May 7 to July 22, 2019ResolutionApproving the City’s cost of providing Collection of Vacant Building Registration Fees billed during May 7 to July 22, 2019, and setting date of Legislative Hearing for December 3, 2019 and City Council public hearing for February 5, 2020 to consider and levy the assessments against individual properties. (File No. VB2004, Assessment No. 208803)   Not available Not available
RES 19-1846 17Boarding and/or Securing August 2019ResolutionApproving the City’s cost of providing Boarding and/or Securing services during August 2019, and setting date of Legislative Hearing for December 3, 2019 and City Council public hearing for February 5, 2020 to consider and levy the assessments against individual properties. (File No. J2004B, Assessment No. 208103)   Not available Not available
RES 19-1847 18Fire Certificate of Occupancy June 18 to July 13, 2019ResolutionApproving the City’s cost of providing Collection of Fire Certificate of Occupancy Fees billed during June 18 to July 13, 2019, and setting date of Legislative Hearing for December 3, 2019 and City Council public hearing for February 5, 2020 to consider and levy the assessments against individual properties. (File No. CRT2004, Assessment No. 208203)   Not available Not available
RES 19-1848 19Excessive/Abatement Service June 24 to July 22, 2019ResolutionApproving the City’s cost of providing Excessive Use of Inspection or Abatement services billed during June 24 to July 22, 2019, and setting date of Legislative Hearing for December 3, 2019 and City Council public hearing for February 5, 2020 to consider and levy the assessments against individual properties. (File No. J2004E, Assessment No. 208303)   Not available Not available
RES 19-1849 110Graffiti Removal May 2 to August 13, 2019ResolutionApproving the City’s cost of providing Graffiti Removal services during May 2 to August 13, 2019, and setting date of Legislative Hearing for December 3, 2019 and City Council public hearing for February 5, 2020 to consider and levy the assessments against individual properties. (File No. J2003P, Assessment No. 208402)   Not available Not available
RES 19-1872 111Towing of Abandoned Vehicles Jan to June 2019ResolutionApproving the City’s cost of providing Towing of Abandoned Vehicle services during January to June 2019, and setting date of Legislative Hearing for December 3, 2019 and City Council public hearing for February 5, 2020 to consider and levy the assessments against individual properties. (File No. J2001V, Assessment No. 208000)   Not available Not available
RES 19-1907 112National Fallen Firefighters Association donationResolutionAccepting the gift of travel expenses from National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, for Steven Sampson, Deputy Chief SPFD, to attend the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation October meeting in Fort Myers, FL, October 27 - 29, 2019.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1921 113SAFER Grant AcceptanceResolutionAuthorizing the Fire Department to accept the 2018 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant in the amount of $1,470,861 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to hire nine additional firefighters.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1922 1142018 AFG Grant AcceptanceResolutionAuthorizing the Fire Department to accept the 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $341,113.63 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for training for firefighters.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1924 115Energizer Battery DonationResolutionAuthorizing the Fire Department to accept the donation of 240 9-volt batteries from Energizer valued at $324.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1914 116C190419 Property Damage Claim American Family Insurance Co as subrogee of Susan Roach $9,296.42ResolutionAuthorizing payment in the amount of $9,296.42 in full and final settlement of the claim of American Family Insurance Company as subrogee of Susan Roach.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1915 117C190157 Property Damage Claim Progressive Insurance Company as subrogee of Jenna Traut $9,875.75ResolutionAuthorizing payment in the amount of $9,875.75 in full and final settlement of the claim of Progressive Insurance Company as subrogee of Jenna Traut.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1919 118C180206 Property Damage Claim Yost & Bail State Farm Insurance Co as subrogee Susan Flaagan $12,311.53ResolutionAuthorizing payment in the amount of $12,311.53 in full and final settlement of the claim of Yost & Bail as authorized agents of State Farm Insurance Company as subrogee of Susan Flaagan.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1926 119Pipefitters MOA December 2019 Wage & Fringe AdjustmentResolutionApproving the Memorandum of Agreement for the December 2019 Wage and Fringe Adjustment between the City of Saint Paul and the United Association Pipefitters Local Union #455.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1905 120Empathy SymposiumResolutionAuthorizing Como Park Zoo and Conservatory to accept funding for two employees to attend the second annual Empathy Symposium hosted by the Advancing Conservation through Empathy for Wildlife Network and Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington, February 18 - February 20, 2020.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1913 121Support Rush Line FTA TOD grantResolutionSupporting an application by Metropolitan Council / Metro Transit and Ramsey County for an FTA grant to conduct Advanced Station Area Planning for the Rush Line BRT Project.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1876 122Accepting the gift of the cost of travel expenses from the American Council on Germany for the Saint Paul Pedestrian Safety Advocate Fay Simer to participate in the Sustainable Urban Development Study TourResolutionAccepting the gift of the cost of travel expenses from the American Council on Germany for Safety Advocate Fay Simer to participate in the Sustainable Urban Development Study Tour.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1723 123Elite Wedding Event - 217 Mackubin StreetResolutionApproving the application with conditions, per the Deputy Legislative Hearing Officer, for Elite Wedding Event LLC (License ID # 20190001160), d/b/a Elite Wedding Event, for a Rental Hall license at 217 Mackubin Street.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1928 124Hope Breakfast Bar - 1 Leech StreetResolutionApproving the application with conditions, per the Deputy Legislative Hearing Officer, for Bing Concepts LLC (License ID #20190002510), d/b/a Hope Breakfast Bar, for Liquor On Sale - 100 Seats or Less, Liquor On Sale - Sunday, and Liquor Outdoor Service Area (Patio) licenses at 1 Leech Street.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1891 125 ResolutionAuthorizing the City to enter into an agreement with Apple for use of their business manager and volume purchase programs.   Not available Not available
RES 19-1870 126 ResolutionCommitting to advocating for the renewable, equitable, and locally-produced energy commitments expressed in the Climate Action and Resilience Plan, and to opposing proposed new fossil fuel energy infrastructure. (Laid over from October 23)   Not available Video Video
RES 19-1943 127 ResolutionCommemorating the observance of Veterans Day on November 11, 2019 and recognizing city employees who are veterans.   Not available Video Video
Ord 19-69 228Boulevard Rain Garden Minor Text AmendmentOrdinanceAmending Section105.04 of the Legislative Code to aid construction of boulevard rain gardens.   Not available Video Video
Ord 19-64 129Dr. David Wetherill Rezoning 600-602 Lawson Avenue WestOrdinanceGranting the application of David Wetherill to rezone property at 600-602 Lawson Avenue West from RM2 Multiple Family Residential to T2 Traditional Neighborhood, and amending Chapter 60 of the Legislative Code pertaining to the zoning map.   Not available Video Video
RES PH 19-341 130 Resolution-Public HearingAmending the financing and spending plans in the Office of Financial Services in the amount of $30,000 for a contribution received from the Fund for Cities of Service, Inc.   Not available Video Video
RES PH 19-365 131MBFTE $107,286.45Resolution-Public HearingAmending the financing and spending plans in the Fire Department in the amount of $107,286.45 for a contribution received from the Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education to pay for training for firefighters.   Not available Video Video
RES PH 19-369 132Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce $125.00Resolution-Public HearingAmending the financing and spending plans in the Fire Department in the amount of $125 for a contribution received from the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce for health and wellness equipment for the firefighters.   Not available Video Video
RES PH 19-366 133Parks Multiple Grant Budget Amendment 10.22.19Resolution-Public HearingAuthorizing an increase in the Parks and Recreation Grant Fund Budget in the amount of $1,795,500 to reflect various grant funding awarded in 2019 from the State of Minnesota DEED, Minnesota State Arts Board, Como Friends, Metropolitan Council, and State of Minnesota DNR.   Not available Video Video
RES PH 19-342 134Budget Amendment adding Ramsey County funding to the 2018 Signalized Intersection Safety Improvements ProgramResolution-Public HearingAmending the financing and spending plans in the Department of Public Works Capital Budget by adding Ramsey County funding into the 2018 Signalized Intersection Safety Improvements Program for the replacement of the traffic signal at Lexington and St. Clair.   Not available Video Video
RES PH 19-367 135 Resolution-Public HearingRecommending an amendment to Saint Paul Regional Water’s 2019 Adopted Budget to record the increased financing and spending from the Minnesota Historical Society Grant for $250,000 for repair to the historic Highland Park Water Tower, and to transfer $285,000 in capital funds to operating funds for a portion of the grant match.   Not available Video Video
RES PH 19-371 136 Resolution-Public HearingRecommending an amendment to the 2019 adopted budget to record the increase in spending and financing for the demolition of the Highland Reservoir, pipe assessment, modifications and repairs to buildings and structures, and technology improvements.   Not available Video Video
RES PH 19-358 137SLV - Podium Sports-Turkey Trot - PH 11-6-2019Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of Podium Sports Marketing for a sound level variance for amplified music or announcements during the Turkey Trot Saint Paul on November 28, 2019 on Shepard Road at Washington Street and at Sherman Street.   Not available Video Video
RLH CO 19-15 2461561 Scheffer AveResolution LH Correction OrderAppeal of Fred Sande Sr. to a Correction Notice, including Condemnation, at 1561 SCHEFFER AVENUE.   Not available Video Video
RLH VBR 19-64 238569 Charles Ave.Resolution LH Vacant Building RegistrationAppeal of Jay Mitchell, on behalf of Quality Residences, to a Vacant Building Registration Notice at 569-571 CHARLES AVENUE.   Not available Not available
RLH TA 19-823 13961 Delos St WResolution LH Tax Assessment AppealAmending Council File RLH AR 19-41 to delete the assessment for Collection of Delinquent Garbage Bills for services during October to December 2018 at 61 DELOS STREET WEST. (File No. CG1901A3, Assessment No. 190056)   Not available Not available
RLH TA 19-824 14061 Delos St WResolution LH Tax Assessment AppealAmending Council File RLH AR 19-75 to delete the assessment for Collection of Delinquent Garbage Bills for services during January to March 2019 at 61 DELOS STREET WEST. (File No. CG1902A2, Assessment No. 190102)   Not available Not available
RLH TA 19-833 141Deleting 1656 Fifth St EResolution LH Tax Assessment AppealAmending Council File RLH AR 19-84 to delete the assessment for Collection of Delinquent Garbage Bills for services during January to March 2019 at 1656 FIFTH STREET EAST. (File No. CG1902C1, Assessment No. 190109)   Not available Not available
RLH RR 19-5 642718 Orange Ave E Remove/RepairResolution 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)   Not available Not available
RLH RR 19-26 243578 Lafond Ave Remove/RepairResolution LH Substantial Abatement OrderOrdering the rehabilitation or razing and removal of the structures at 578 LAFOND AVENUE within fifteen (15) days after the October 23, 2019 City Council public hearing. (Public hearing continued from November 6)   Not available Not available
RLH VBR 19-67 3441798 Nebraska Ave. E.Resolution LH Vacant Building RegistrationAppeal of Miranda Donnelly, of Renters Warehouse on behalf of MNSF T2 SPE, LLC, to a Vacant Building Registration Notice at 1798 NEBRASKA AVENUE EAST.   Not available Not available
RLH SAO 19-52 245958 Reaney Ave.Resolution LH Summary Abatement OrderAppeal of Cedric Benjamin to a Vehicle Abatement Order at 958 REANEY AVENUE.   Not available Not available
RLH VO 19-46 247454 Smith Ave. N.Resolution LH Vacate OrderAppeal of James Sazevich to a Correction Notice at 454 SMITH AVENUE NORTH.   Not available Not available
RLH FCO 19-103 2481370 Snelling Ave NResolution LH Fire C of O OR Correction OrderAppeal of Jim and Jane Ertl to a Fire Inspection Correction Notice at 1370 SNELLING AVENUE NORTH.   Not available Not available
RES PH 19-337 149 Resolution-Public HearingApproving adverse action against the Auto Body Repair Shop and Auto Repair Garage License held by SKD Auto Tek LLC, d/b/a SKD Auto Tek (License ID # 20170002848) at 80 Cottage Avenue West. (Public hearing continued from October 16)   Not available Video Video
ABZA 19-6 1501780 Goodrich Ave. Daniel CarlsonAppeal-BZAPublic hearing to consider Daniel Carlson's appeal of a decision by the Board of Zoning Appeals approving variances of the lot coverage and height requirements allowing construction of a two-story detached garage in the rear yard of an existing single-family dwelling at 1780 Goodrich Avenue.   Not available Video Video
RES PH 19-354 151 Resolution-Public HearingEstablishing the Water Charges for 2020. (To be laid over to December 11)   Not available Video Video
RES PH 19-359 252Setting the 2020 Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer rates.Resolution-Public HearingSetting the 2020 Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer rates. (To be laid over to December 11)   Not available Video Video
RES PH 19-377 153 Resolution-Public HearingSetting the recycling service fee for 2020, and authorizing Public Works to request $840,830 in SCORE grant funds from Ramsey County to support the curbside recycling program under contract with Eureka Recycling. (To be laid over to December 11)   Not available Video Video
RES PH 19-378 154 Resolution-Public HearingSetting the Solid Waste Service Fee portion of the Recycling and Solid Waste Service Fee for 2020. (To be laid over to December 11)   Not available Video Video
Ord 19-67 155 OrdinanceAmending section 220.05 of the Legislative Code to set rates for base level garbage service to be effective January 1, 2020.   Not available Video Video
Ord 19-63 156Joseph and Nancy Schumacher Rezoning 330 Prior Avenue NorthOrdinanceGranting the application of Joseph and Nancy Schumacher to rezone property at 330 Prior Avenue North from OS Office Service to RT1 Residential, and amending Chapter 60 of the Legislative Code pertaining to the zoning map.   Not available Video Video
Ord 19-68 157 OrdinanceAmending Chapter 88 of the Legislative Code pertaining to water code meters by removing Section 88.10(g) in its entirety.   Not available Video Video
RES PH 19-352 158Ratifying Asmt-2019 SMSP for Sweeping and LightingResolution-Public HearingRatifying the assessment for the 2019 Street Maintenance Service Program for sweeping and lighting. (File No. 2019SMSP, Assessment No. 190025)   Not available Video Video
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Ord 19-67 11/13/2019 10:49 AMEric Lein Against Forcing unwilling customers to pay private trash haulers for unnecessary empty trash carts does NOT align with the rate-setting requirements set forth in MN Stat Chapter 443. Michael Kuchta's method (Steps 1,2,3,4,5,6) will come closer to complying with (1) MN Statute 443.29: "The rates for rubbish disposal shall be a charge against the premises from which rubbish is collected..." AND (2) MN Stat 443.28: "...Such rates shall be as nearly as possible just and reasonable, taking into account the character, kind, and quality of service, of rubbish and method of disposition, the number of people served at each place of collection, and all other factors that enter into cost of service..." +2
Ord 19-67 11/13/2019 10:27 AMEric Lein Against I am AGAINST the price structure proposed in ORD 19-67 as of 11/06/2019. Although not perfect, PLEASE GIVE SERIOUS CONSIDERATION to the ideas submitted on this web page by MICHAEL KUCHTA (Parts 1,2,3,4,5,6). >>> "This proposal relies on the same principle we use in the everyday world when we ask for separate checks at a restaurant: Everyone pays for what they individually consume. With trash, low-use households generate only one-fifth as much as high-use households, so they should pay one-fifth the cost. Simple. Further, the fair share proposal encourages households to reduce waste because it significantly reduces their individual costs when they do. This approach is common sense, fair, easy to understand, and easy to implement." //// "This approach meets the contractual requirement that costs be 'based on ... the actual average tonnages collected per gallon per household in the prior 12 months.'” //// "The rates still generate $24,588,636 in revenue." +2
11/13/2019 10:23 AMEric Lein Against I am AGAINST the price structure proposed in ORD 19-67 as of 11/06/2019. Although not perfect, PLEASE GIVE SERIOUS CONSIDERATION to the ideas submitted on this web page by MICHAEL KUCHTA (Parts 1,2,3,4,5,6). >>> "This proposal relies on the same principle we use in the everyday world when we ask for separate checks at a restaurant: Everyone pays for what they individually consume. With trash, low-use households generate only one-fifth as much as high-use households, so they should pay one-fifth the cost. Simple. Further, the fair share proposal encourages households to reduce waste because it significantly reduces their individual costs when they do. This approach is common sense, fair, easy to understand, and easy to implement." //// "This approach meets the contractual requirement that costs be 'based on ... the actual average tonnages collected per gallon per household in the prior 12 months.'” //// "The rates still generate $24,588,636 in revenue."
Ord 19-67 11/10/2019 1:32 AMRon Quido   Accept the haulers' offer to continue with the current rates for six months. The haulers' lawyer was obviously signalling that the consortium will legally challenge the City's adoption of this ordinance's proposed rates. Most voters approve of the current system so why drag this issue out now?
Ord 19-67 11/9/2019 8:10 AMSharon4Anderson   To: Young, Susan (CI-StPaul) Cc: dschleck@messerlikramer.com; Tierney, Rachel (CI-StPaul) ; Swanson, Christopher (CI-StPaul) Subject: Confirmation of Phone Call Think Before You Click: This email originated outside our organization. Susan, I wanted to send you an email confirming the information you shared with me this morning as our connection was poor. You mentioned that you gave Jim from the Star Tribune my phone number as it is Public Record and that he will be calling me as I am the Chief Manager of the Consortium. The reason the Star Tribune is calling the Consortium is to inquire and gather information as to the contribution to the YES movement. This inquiry was directed to Messerli/Kramer, Counsel for the Consortium for contributing $1,000.00 and Republic Services, a Consortium Member contributing $28,000.00. You mentioned also that the Star Tribune called Republic Services and R
Ord 19-67 11/9/2019 7:52 AMSharonScarrellaAnderson Against Affiant outrage that apparantly Republic Trash contributed $28,000.00 Lawyer Dan Schxxx $1,000 to the Yes Vote, further Citys Amended Contract without Negotitaions with Haulers,Counsel Lawyer Rachael Tierney sat Silenced, Sharon has Standing Forensic Files also at http://sharonsfreedomlawschool.blogspot.com City is NOT Math Accurate.or Consumer Protections -1
RES 19-1848 11/6/2019 4:59 PMCandidateSharonAnderson Against Stale Dated Inspections without Valid Complaints,Affiant demands address's of Rachael Tierny, all Inspectors http://sharonsfreedomlawschool.blogspot.com DFL DARK Resolutions contrary to ADA,HUD GUIDELINES,further Award of Just Compensation vs. Mkt Value of all these Propertys Congrats to all In Losing We are the True Winners to continue Tracking Public Officials Please watch Cable 18 at 3:30 Council Rate Setting Trash for 2020 Sad Sharons Hometown Paper denys the Truth Vote Disparity as Huge Apts are Exempt from Trash Ord. Renters who Vote Yes are not concerned.Property Owners beware of the now Monoply by DFL Mob Rule contrary to Ethics,Charter/Constitutions http://sharonsfreedomlawschool.blogspot.com
Ord 19-67 11/6/2019 3:28 PMMichael Kuchta Against Part 6: This approach meets the contractual requirement that costs be “based on ... the actual average tonnages collected per gallon per household in the prior 12 months.” If you divide those results by the total households in each service level, you get more equitable individual pricing, yet the rates still generate $24,588,636 in revenue. Here’s what every level would pay under this fair share proposal: • 35-gallon cart, every other week: $7.97 per month / $95.65 per year • 35-gallon cart, weekly: $15.94 / $191.31 • 65-gallon cart, weekly: $29.61 / $355.28 • 95-gallon cart, weekly: $43.27 / $519.26 If you compare these costs with current, 2019 rates, every service level gets a price cut except the highest users. The differences: • 35-gallon cart, every other week: Price cut of $147.71 per year / $12.31 per month • 35-gallon cart, weekly: Price cut of $89.97 / $7.50 • 65-gallon cart, weekly: Price cut of $28.96 / $2.41 • 95-gallon cart, weekly: Price increase of $109.46 / $9.12 +2
Ord 19-67 11/6/2019 3:27 PMMichael Kuchta Against Part 5: Step Four: Because we know how many households are in each service level, and the rates that Ordinance 19-67 sets for each level, we can calculate how much revenue coordinated collection needs to generate from monthly fees. The total: $24,588,636. Step Five: Combining all this information, we now know enough to overhaul rates so each level of service pays its fair share. As we saw in Step Three, the highest-use households -- those with a 95-gallon cart -- generate 42.5% of the total annual trash. So, they should contribute 42.5% of the cost. (Under Ordinance 19-67, high-use households actually would pay only 32.5% of the costs. This locks in the current imbalance that forces low-use households to continue subsidizing high-use households.) To make sure households pay based on their usage, we multiply the revenue the city needs ($24.6 million) by the percentage of trash each level generates. +2
Ord 19-67 11/6/2019 3:26 PMMichael Kuchta Against Part 4: Step Two: The city also knows how many households subscribe to which level of service: • 35-gallon cart emptied every other week: 5,074 • 35-gallon cart emptied weekly: 17,606 • 65-gallon cart emptied weekly: 28,912 • 95-gallon cart emptied weekly: 20,150 With this information, we can get a rough idea of how much total trash households generate at each level. For example, at the 95-gallon level, we multiply 20,150 households by an annual capacity of 4,940 gallons (52 weeks, 95 gallons each week). The math shows these households have the capacity to generate 99,541,000 gallons of trash a year. Combined, all 71,742 households generate nearly 234 million gallons of trash a year. Step Three: With those numbers, we can calculate what percentage of trash each level of service has the capacity to generate: • 35-gallon cart, every other week: 2% • 35-gallon cart, weekly: 13.7% • 65-gallon cart, weekly: 41.8% • 95-gallon cart, weekly: 42.5% +2
Ord 19-67 11/6/2019 3:25 PMMichael Kuchta Against Part 3: The fair share proposal outlined below makes real change. Based on real-world data (as required by the contract), this proposal cuts rates by 60 percent for the lowest users, while raising rates by about $9 a month for the highest users. This proposal relies on the same principle we use in the everyday world when we ask for separate checks at a restaurant: Everyone pays for what they individually consume. With trash, low-use households generate only one-fifth as much as high-use households, so they should pay one-fifth the cost. Simple. Further, the fair share proposal encourages households to reduce waste because it significantly reduces their individual costs when they do. This approach is common sense, fair, easy to understand, and easy to implement. It’s five easy steps. Step One: Start with the basics. The city has four levels of residential trash service. Based on cart size and how often trash is picked up, we know the volume of trash that each level of service generates +2
Ord 19-67 11/6/2019 3:24 PMMichael Kuchta Against Part 2: This presents a great opportunity for the Council to overhaul pricing, to be responsive to city residents, to cut trash fees for more than 70 percent of households, to allow households to pay their fair share based on how much trash they actually generate, and still produce the revenue needed to support coordinated collection. Unfortunately, Ordinance 19-67, as written, does not do that. The current draft is a lost opportunity. It makes only incremental changes, reducing rates across the board by about $1 a month. That approach perpetuates the perverse incentives and inequities that now exist. I do not profess to understand all the intricacies of the 52-page contract. But it seems the language in Section 3.1.5 allows the city much more discretion in how it adjusts rates than the approach being taken in Ordinance 19-67. Even the haulers consortium, in a letter to the city dated Sept. 30, says “pricing under the OTC contract is not strictly formulaic.” +2
Ord 19-67 11/6/2019 3:24 PMMichael Kuchta Against Part 1: I will be working the evening of Nov. 6 and unable to attend the public hearing in person to testify on the 2020 trash rates proposed in Ordinance 19-67. But I’d encourage you to modify the ordinance, relying on the approach described below. During the public debate leading to the Nov. 5 referendum, there was one thing people on the “yes” and “no” sides both seemed to agree on: The contract could be better. One of the most common criticisms? Pricing. Current pricing encourages waste instead of encouraging waste reduction. Under current prices, households that generate the least trash subsidize households that generate the most trash. As you know, the contract with haulers does allow price adjustments every year. In fact, some would say the contract mandates adjustments. +3
Ord 19-67 10/21/2019 11:09 AMSharonAndersonakaScarrella Against DFL Mob Rule Issue Trash having own Haulers is Similar to Having your own Doctor http://freedom-4you.blogspot.com Major Anti Trust Isues Taxes MN Const.Art.X Levied Equitably
Ord 19-67 10/20/2019 3:10 AMCandidateSharonAnderson Against Just What are you amyB are you amending If it aint broke don't fix or amend.Sec. 220.05. - Base level service and additional service options. What Public Improvements?
Ord 19-67 10/17/2019 6:51 PMCandidateSharonAnderson Against Please read http://sharons-fraudupdate.blogspot.com Forensic Files http://sharon4anderson.org Violation of Charter,Ballot Vote No now Rate Setting Ponzi Taxing Scheme
Ord 19-67 10/17/2019 10:24 AMCandidateSharonAnderson Against For years Council has set Rates for NonProfit District Heating, now setting Rates for Trash a for Profit Business creates Contract Impairment, contrary to Private Citizens to do Business http://taxthemax.blogspot.com therefore creating a Monoply,AntiTrust