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Meeting Name: Housing & Redevelopment Authority Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 3/10/2021 2:00 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Council Chambers, City Hall
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Published agenda: Agenda Agenda Published minutes: Minutes Minutes  
Meeting video:  
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Min 21-10 11Approval of MinutesApproving the minutes of the January and February 2021 HRA meetingsAdoptedPass Action details Video Video
SR 21-35 12Staff ReportConduit Bond StudyReceived and Filed  Action details Video Video
RES 20-1263 23ResolutionResolution approving a temporary policy regarding the issuance of conduit revenue bonds for the benefit of Charter School Projects, CitywideWithdrawn  Action details Video Video
RES 21-8 14ResolutionResolution approving and authorizing a seven-year (7) license agreement to Young Adult Koinonia, d/b/a Safe City Project, for temporary use of an HRA-owned parcel located at 625 Dale Avenue North, District 7, Ward 1AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
SR 21-40 15Staff ReportLow Income Housing Tax Credit WorkshopReferredPass Action details Video Video
File #Date NameDistrictOpinionCommentAction
RES 20-1263 3/9/2021 10:30 PMMichael Kurhajetz Against Please don't p*** this resolution. Charter schools are a critical element of the Twin Cities' education ecosystem, and p***ing a resolution of this nature would make it harder for charter schools to provide a high-quality education to all kids in St. Paul, especially in places where a high-quality district school is unavailable.
RES 20-1263 3/9/2021 8:36 PMMyisha Holley Against p***ing this resolution would harm the ability of my children's school to provide a quality learning environment and experience for your students, teachers, and community. Charter schools connect and give children the access and supports the they don't receive at traditional public schools. Our children are falling through the cracks with traditional public schools. Charter schools offer services and ***istance for families and students. My children are not and have not been bullied by their peers or educators since attending Charter school. They feel protected, safe and free to learn. To vote for this resolution would be detrimental to not just my family but to all the other children and families that trust and know their children are getting more than just a quality education. +1
3/9/2021 8:05 PM    I am against any policy that limits the expansion of Public Charter Schools. Zip codes should not determine quality of wducation
RES 20-1263 3/9/2021 4:25 PMLaurie Mako Against I am asking you to not p*** this resolution regarding funding that is available to charter schools. Charter schools are an important part of the education system. We have been offering choice in learning for families for many years now and want to continue to meet the needs of these children. By doing this, you are really hurting our children and families and limiting the positive affects we can have in St. Paul. These children and families have put their trust in us and we are working hard to meet their needs. I am asking you to continue to allow us to receive the money we need to help reduce this learning gap. Every child learns differently, and we should be thinking about the fact that maybe not every school is for every child and that charter schools should be allowed to help to get rid of the achievement gap and to continue educating children in St. Paul. We have many, many success stories as a school and want to continue to provide the education that our students deserve
RES 20-1263 3/9/2021 1:54 PMNicole Crashell Against As a school employee enthusiastic about education, I am writing to ask you to not to adopt a blanket policy against issuing conduit revenue bonds to charter schools. Charter schools are an important and valuable option for families. We need to keep students at the center, and while St. Paul Public Schools work for most students, some are better served by charter schools with programming more tailored to their needs. Our city is home to some excellent charter schools designed specifically to meet the needs of student populations that have been traditionally underserved. A blanket policy blocking the issuance of conduit revenue bonds would stand in the way of progress for schools that are effectively serving our city’s youth. Nonprofits, including charter schools, are a huge benefit to our city, ensuring a strong system of services and supports, and should continue to qualify for the conduit revenue bonds. +2
RES 20-1263 3/9/2021 1:00 PMSarah Brunner Against Please retain the ability to guarantee bonds for various projects, including but not limited to charter schools. These bonds help our schools save tens of thousands of dollars AND save tax payer dollars. Our charter schools are an excellent option for those unable to pay private schools and unhappy with their neighborhood school performance. Please support our charter schools! +1
RES 20-1263 3/9/2021 6:20 AMChancey Anderson Tauer Against P***ing this resolution would harm the ability of our school to provide a quality learning environment and experience for our students, teachers, and community. Please do not p*** it!
RES 20-1263 3/8/2021 10:15 PMLisa Linnell Against I am disappointed to see this proposed moratorium on charter school's ability to use city-back bonds on the Council agenda again. Public charter schools that are excited to invest in St Paul would be punished by p***age of this resolution. My daughter attends a charter school that recently invested in a building project in the Como; it draws K-8 students to St Paul from across the Twin Cities and creates a pathway to send its graduates on to advanced language studies at St Paul Central High School (my daughter will be starting at St Paul Central 18 months from now). The conduit revenue bond moratorium being considered by the Council would have stymied this investment in kids, education, and St Paul. The Council should reject this short-sighted proposal and continue to support investment in education infrastructure across St Paul. +1
RES 20-1263 3/8/2021 9:25 PMNick Rice Against Both of my children attend charter schools because they provide a much better, and more individualized education. Frankly, I toured all of the St. Paul public schools near my house and would not want to send my children to any. Charter schools are already providing this education with less money than SPPS receives per pupil. P***ing this resolution would harm the ability of my children's schools to provide the high quality learning environment and experiences that they have been getting. The teachers already make less money that SPPS are they supposed to live with their salaries, these teachers are dedicated to helping students and not concerned with the money....but they need a living wage. Inflation goes up and teacher salaries remain the stagnant. Charter Schools ARE public schools, why do you want to take money away from our children!!!
RES 20-1263 10/14/2020 1:38 AMGrace Schmitt   This is my second post-script, written because the Legistar System has now recorded the submission I just wrote on 10/13/20 at 8:35 p.m. as having been written on 10/14/2020 at 1:32 a.m. Help. Who is in charge of the validity of information?
RES 20-1263 10/14/2020 1:32 AMGrace Schmitt   This is a post-script to my earlier comment opposing RES 20-1263. I am mortified to see that my original comment was edited by Legistar's algorithm (or, is it the City of St. Paul?) to imply that I used a profane word in my comment in opposition to RES 20-1263. Obviously I do not spell with ***. Nor would I ever use profane language in speaking to the leadership of our City. For the system to presume such makes me really sad. And, now, I am hesitant to even submit this comment as I do not feel confident that this will appear in the authentic manner in which it is sent. I hope it does.
RES 20-1263 10/13/2020 7:07 PMGrace Schmitt Against A council member was quoted in the September 13th Pioneer Press as saying, "We've identified that charter schools are causing a financial issue within the city...". Singling out charter schools as the sole tax-exempt business for which conduit revenue bonds are halted is grossly unfair; and, it diverts attention from the broader issue and vital need of effective education for all our children. If charter schools are "rapidly expanding", why is that? If St. Paul Public School enrollment is "declining significantly", why is that? Parents are "voting with their feet." Why is that? What is at the root of this movement? Please do not obfuscate the real issue by p***ing Res 20-1263. If proposals for conduit revenue bonds need to be reduced, then apply the halting of consideration of proposals to ALL eligible entities. Thank you.