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Meeting Name: City Council Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 8/24/2022 3:30 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Council Chambers - 3rd Floor
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CO 22-61 11Communications & Receive/FileLetter from the Department of Safety and Inspections declaring 1011 Burns Avenue a nuisance property. (For notification purposes only; public hearings will be scheduled at a later date if necessary.)   Action details Not available
RES 22-707 12ResolutionAmending Civil Service Rule 7 to reduce the length of time eligible lists remain in effect.Laid Over  Action details Not available
RES 22-770 13ResolutionAmending Civil Service Rule 28.B.5 to eliminate language disallowing consideration of years of employment, and related education and experience, in setting wages for internal candidates as a firefighter. (Laid over from September 14, 2022)Laid Over  Action details Not available
RES 22-1042 14ResolutionAuthorizing the City on behalf of the Police Department to accept an in-kind donation from The Standard for PeerConnect app software licenses for the Police Department's Employee Assistance Program.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1140 15ResolutionApproving the City’s cost of providing Property Clean Up services during June 2 to 13, 2022, and setting date of Legislative Hearing for September 20, 2022 and City Council public hearing for January 4, 2023 to consider and levy the assessments against individual properties. (File No. J2301A, Assessment No. 238500)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1141 16ResolutionApproving the City’s cost of providing Property Clean Up services during June 15 to 29, 2022, and setting date of Legislative Hearing for September 20, 2022 and City Council public hearing for January 4, 2023 to consider and levy the assessments against individual properties. (File No. J2302A, Assessment No. 238501)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1239 17ResolutionApproving and authorizing modifications of two STAR loans made to Circus of the Star, a Minnesota nonprofit corporation (“Borrower”).AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1269 18ResolutionAuthorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to apply for and accept a grant from the National League of Cities for the Youth Excel Initiative in an amount of $150,000 to improve systems supporting equitable economic success for young people, focusing on STEM career opportunities.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1274 19ResolutionApproving the Collective Bargaining Agreement (January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2023) between the City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Police Federation.Laid Over  Action details Not available
RES 22-1276 110ResolutionAuthorizing the City to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with Ramsey County for sidewalk construction on Upper Afton Road between Burns Avenue and White Bear Avenue.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1279 111ResolutionAuthorizing the City to transfer $7,850,000 of American Rescue Plan funds from the 30% AMI Deeply Affordable Housing account to a specific account for the 176 Robert project.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1281 112ResolutionAuthorizing the Fire Department to enter into a joint powers agreement with the State Patrol for helicopter operation training.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1284 113ResolutionApproving assessment costs and setting date of City Council public hearing to ratify the assessments for the Prior Avenue from University to St. Anthony paving and lighting project constructed as part of the 2022 St. Paul Streets Program (SPS). (File No. 19239, Assessment No. 225201)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1286 114ResolutionApproving adverse action against the Cigarette/Tobacco License held by Peters Market Inc. d/b/a Peters Market (License ID# 20200001649), at 530 Saint Peter Street.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1290 115ResolutionReciting a proposal for a Housing Finance Program for a multifamily rental housing development, approving the project and the program pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 462C, authorizing the Housing and Redevelopment Authority to issue conduit multifamily housing revenue obligations, and authorizing the preparation of necessary documents and materials in connection with said project and program, Dale Street Project (Dale Street Project) District 8, Ward 1.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1304 117ResolutionApproving the revised Wage and Benefit Policy for Non-Represented Management and Legislative Personnel.Laid Over  Action details Not available
RES 22-1305 118ResolutionApproving assessment costs and setting date of City Council Public Hearing to ratify the assessment for benefits, costs, and expenses for the Grand/Snelling parking lot operation and maintenance for 2023. File No. 18746-22, Assessment No. 227202.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1308 119ResolutionPreliminary Order setting the date of Public Hearing for September 28, 2022 to consider approval of the Seventh Place Mall operation and maintenance costs for 2021. File No. 18428-22, Assessment No. 227200.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1310 120ResolutionApproving assessment costs and setting date of City Council public hearing to ratify the assessment for benefits, costs and expenses for the Seventh Place Mall operation and maintenance costs for 2021. File No. 18428-22, Assessment No. 227200.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1317 121ResolutionWaiving the 45-day notice requirement to issue a Liquor On Sale - 100 Seats or Less, Liquor On Sale - Sunday, Liquor Outdoor Service Area (Patio), and Entertainment (A) License to Lund Food Holdings Inc. d/b/a Lunds & Byerlys (License ID # 20220000546) for the premises located at 2170 Ford Parkway.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1318 122ResolutionAuthorizing the City of Saint Paul to enter into the Fencing Consortium Joint Powers Agreement for the purpose of leasing anti-scalable fencing as a de-escalation tool and a public safety measure.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1303 116ResolutionCelebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Hamline Church Dining Hall at the Minnesota State Fair.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
Ord 22-38 123OrdinanceGranting the application of Fulford Family Partnership LP to rezone property at 533 & 567 Randolph Avenue from T2 traditional neighborhood to IT transitional industrial and amending Chapter 60 of the Legislative Code pertaining to the zoning map.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
Ord 22-37 124OrdinanceAmending Chapter 193A of the Legislative Code pertaining to rent stabilization.Laid Over to Second ReadingPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-227 125Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church for a sound level variance in order to present amplified sound on September 16 - 18, 2022 at 1900 Wellesley Ave - Nativity Elementary SchoolAdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-228 126Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of Stone Saloon, SBC dba Waldmann for a sound level variance in order to present live amplified sound on September 23-25, and September 30 - October 2, 2022 at 445 Smith Ave N.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-231 127Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of Taste of Rondo Bar & Grill for a sound level variance in order to present amplified sound on September 8, 2022 at 976 Concordia Ave - Taste of Rondo Bar & Grill.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-232 128Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Inc. for a sound level variance in order to present live amplified sound on September 22, 2022 at 200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd. - Harriet Island Regional Park.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-234 129Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of Anderson Race Management for a sound level variance in order to present live amplified sound on September 24, 2022 at Upper Landing Park - 180 Shepard Rd.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-235 130Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of University of St. Thomas, Margaret Cahill, Campus Life for a sound level variance in order to present amplified sound on September 4, 2022 at 2115 Summit Ave - O’Shaughnessy Stadium.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-236 131Resolution-Public HearingAuthorizing the Department of Planning and Economic Development to execute grant agreements with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, which includes an indemnification clause, acceptance of grant funds, and amendment of related City budgets.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-237 132Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of Selby Avenue Jazz Fest (R. Mychael Wright) for a sound level variance in order to present live amplified sound on September 10, 2022 at 934 Selby Avenue.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-238 133Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of University of St. Thomas, for a sound level variance in order to present live amplified sound on September 9, 23, 30 and October 19, 2022 at 2115 Summit Avenue - O’Shaughnessy Stadium.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-240 134Resolution-Public HearingAmending the financing and spending plans in the Fire Department for a contribution received from the State to pay for training and equipment for the hazardous materials team.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-242 135Resolution-Public HearingAuthorizing the Police Department Bomb Disposal Unit to accept and amend the 2022 special fund budget and adding an activity for the 2021 Minnesota Homeland Security Program - Bomb grant.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-243 136Resolution-Public HearingApproving the temporary installation of artwork in the public right of way on the City’s signal cabinets on the northeast corner of University Avenue and Marion Street.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-239 137Resolution-Public HearingApproving the issuance of a conduit multifamily housing revenue note by the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) for a multifamily rental housing development project; reciting a proposal for a Housing Finance Program related to such multifamily rental housing development; approving the related project and program pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 462C; authorizing the HRA to issue a conduit multifamily housing revenue note and authorizing the preparation of necessary documents and materials in connection with said project and program, and approving an ARPA Loan, and related documents for 176 South Robert Street, Soul Project (District 3, Ward 2). (Public hearing is continued from August 17.)AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RLH RR 22-28 340Resolution LH Substantial Abatement OrderOrdering the rehabilitation or razing and removal of the structures at 733 FAIRVIEW AVENUE NORTH within fifteen (15) days after the June 22, 2022, City Council Public Hearing. (Amend to grant 180 days)ReferredPass Action details Not available
RLH RR 22-46 243Resolution LH Substantial Abatement OrderOrdering the removal of the structures at 1600 SEVENTH STREET WEST within fifteen (15) days after the August 24, 2022, City Council Public Hearing.ReferredPass Action details Video Video
RLH RR 22-52 138Resolution LH Substantial Abatement OrderDenying a stay of enforcement of demolition for property at 587 COOK AVENUE EAST. (To refer to September 27, 2022 Legislative Hearing)Referred  Action details Not available
RLH VBR 22-38 239Resolution LH Vacant Building RegistrationAppeal of Zoe Zhi, American Medical Research, to a Vacant Building Registration Notice at 1082 EUCLID STREET.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH VO 22-21 241Resolution LH Vacate OrderAppeal of Maradee Miller to a Fire Inspection Correction Notice (which includes condemnation) at 1145 HUDSON ROAD #317.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH VO 22-22 242Resolution LH Vacate OrderAppeal of Benjamin Kaufman, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, on half of tenant, Marilyn Dunsmore, to a Fire Inspection Correction Notice (which includes condemnation) at 1145 HUDSON ROAD #410.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH CO 22-7 244Resolution LH Correction OrderAppeal of Catherine Fah to a Correction Notice at 1379 SHERBURNE AVENUE.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-63 145Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealAmending the previously ratified assessment to reduce the assessment for Property Clean Up service during June 15 to 30, 2021 at 1399 THOMAS AVENUE. (File No. J2202A, Assessment No. 228501)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
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Ord 22-37 9/14/2022 9:19 PMTony Aarts Against Council members: People across St. Paul came together across race, income, and neighborhood to vote overwhelmingly for rent stabilization because we believe everyone in our city should have a home they can count on. That is why I'm asking you all to vote NO on ordinance 22-37. The language within the current ordinance would further displace and marginalize our vulnerable community members. If we are to craft a future that includes all of us, we need strong rent stabilization; that means we need vacancy control, protections for low wealth and BIPOC renters, and no new construction exemption. Ordinance 22-37 is pulling the heart out of the policy. There are already reports of property owners looking to tear down and build new to raise prices, as well as continued displacement/evictions that will escalate if this ordinance is p***ed. The people of this city are what make St. Paul what it is. We are the workers, teachers, nurses, elders, students, families. Please vote NO. -1
Ord 22-37 9/13/2022 11:20 PMSalina Amey For Dear Council Members, The Rent Control Initiative was a mistake. Despite the fact that those with a particular agenda succeeded in getting enough voters to approve it, it was and is a counter-productive solution to this market-driven problem. I urge you to repeal it, and if not take any and all necessary measures to protect the City of St Paul and her citizens from the ramifications of this ill-thought-out scheme. The unintended consequences of rent control include but are not limited to the following: 1. Rent control is proven to hurt low-income renters, reduce renter choice, mobility and accessibility, especially low-income renters 2. Rent control will continue to exacerbate the Saint Paul housing shortage 3. Rent control discourages investment in existing buildings causing ***ets to fall into disrepair,which further negatively impacts low-income renters who don’t have the ability to move. HUD data shows that since the p***age of Rent Control new building permits are down. +3
Ord 22-37 8/24/2022 11:44 PMAdrian Perryman  Against We literally already voted on this. +2 -3
Ord 22-37 8/24/2022 2:52 PMSidney Stuart Against I am a community member of Saint Paul, a former renter and now homeowner, and someone who advocated for the p***ing of Rent Stabilization last November. Ordinance 22-37 is incomplete. While it does well in clarifying the relationship between utilities and rent as well as preserving important aspects of rent stabilization such as the 3% cap, Ordinance 22-37 still falls short in many crucial areas when it comes to establishing a city where renters can feel secure in their homes. The enactment of exemptions to affordable housing is a discriminatory practice that unduly targets the most vulnerable members of our community. This along with a twenty-year blanket exemption for new construction and vacancy decontrol effectively robs the renters of St. Paul of any future where affordable housing is stable, plentiful, and accessible. Additionally, the exemption for new construction is unneeded, and has the potential to limit affordable much needed ADA compliant housing for our disabled community +7 -2
Ord 22-37 8/24/2022 12:16 AMBrian Young Against As someone who works with families to stabilize their housing, I see daily how valuable it is to have a safe, affordable, and stable home. I was thus delighted when our community voted for rent stabilization and stand in opposition to the ordinance that is currently written. I am certainly glad to see that the 3% annual increase cap has been kept, along with the protections against retaliation and covert efforts to increase rent by charging tenants for additional utilities. I am glad to see both the tenant notification and just cause components in the ordinance, but believe that they could be strengthened to better support St. Paul renters. I am firmly opposed to several parts of the legislation, though, including the affordable housing exemption, the 20-year exemption for new housing, and the inclusion of partial vacancy decontrol. This ordinance must support renters as much as possible; it's about so much more than money or buildings -- this is about equity, belonging, and home. +3 -3
Ord 22-37 8/23/2022 6:26 PMMaria For In a city like Saint Paul with an aging housing stock (many homes being 100+ years old), I worry that rent control is going to de-incentivize landlords from making necessary updates and fixes to their properties. If landlords aren't able to increase rent even to meet inflation, they aren't going to spend additional money making their properties more habitable for tenants or investing in fixing issues properly. In addition, many landlords may opt to sell their properties in Saint Paul because renting it out doesn't make financial sense for them with rent control. This will reduce the number of rentals available, forcing tenants in the city to compete over limited options. Priority will be given to those with the best rental history, credit, and financial stability - leaving those who are least able to handle rent changes without any options. +6 -2
Ord 22-37 8/23/2022 6:08 PMAlex For Unfortunately rent control has many unintended consequences. Without landlords willing to invest in our community homes and rental units will be sold to homeowners as homes or condos. In the short term I see rent control helping those struggling but in the long term this will decrease rental stock and cause larger pools of renters competing for housing with those tenants that are most likely to perform being selected for units leaving those who may be low income and need protections the most without options. Developers will look to other markets where they will see a better return on investment further decreasing the stock of rental units. Supply and demand teaches us that with decreased supply creates increased demand. We should be focusing on how to stimulate growth in our city so we can allow those who want to continue moving here to be able to. Increasing the supply of rentals will be the way to keeping costs lower. +4 -2
Ord 22-37 8/19/2022 5:51 PMCharles “Dell” Paulsen Against As a Saint Paul resident who is concerned with holding accountable people in leadership, recognizes the need to take responsibility collectively for the well-being of ourselves and our neighbors, and is a lifelong renter who has never seen the possibility for homeownership I am absolutely opposed to any attempt by the Saint Paul city council to ignore the collective will of voters in our city, especially as it relates to the only options that our poor neighbors have as a low/fixed income populace towards protections for their and our ability to continue to afford to live where they/we already reside. I can understand the concern for losing contracts to build out more housing for people in the city, however I do not think that centering the profit driven interests of any independent developer instead of the physical needs of constituents in your districts makes sense unless we ignore the destruction of communities that traditional housing development causes. Power to the people! +7 -2
Ord 22-37 8/1/2022 8:20 PMDaniel   I think vacancy control should be removed entirely, however if the approach will only p*** if tied to just-cause reasons, it would be important to add to these allowed reasons for a tenant to voluntarily give notice to vacate. The language only addresses situations of non-renewal that require a landlord to give notice to a tenant. Why couldn't deferred raises be implemented if a tenant voluntarily terminates their lease and moves out? That is the most typical case under which a vacancy is created, and the language needs to be amended to include these cases as well. +1 -2