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Meeting Name: City Council Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 9/14/2022 3:30 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Council Chambers - 3rd Floor
Public Hearing on Highland Area Commercial Development District at 10:00 AM at 1978 Ford Parkway Regular Council Meeting at 3:30 PM in Council Chambers
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Ord 22-40 11OrdinanceAmending the Appendix to Chapter 409 of the Legislative Code Pursuant to Section 17.07.1 of the Charter and Section 409.20 of the Legislative Code to expand the Commercial Development District at 2078 Ford Parkway to include 2170 and 2128 Ford Parkway and 966 Mississippi River Boulevard South (parcels 172823110111 and 172823110114).Laid Over to Final Adoption  Action details Not available
AO 22-45 12Administrative OrderAmending the 2022 spending budget in the Department of Public Works Sewers Utility Fund Sewer Maintenance accounting unit.Received and Filed  Action details Not available
RES 22-1299 13ResolutionApproving the application with conditions, per the Deputy Legislative Hearing Officer, for Jodana Inc (License ID# 20220000729), d/b/a Keenan’s 620 Club / Keenan’s Bar & Grill, located at 620 Seventh Street West.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1325 14ResolutionAcknowledging receipt of District Energy St. Paul, Inc. notice of rate increase as of October 1, 2022, and directing the Office of Financial Services, the City Attorney’s Office, and Council Operations to review and analyze the rate changes.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1332 15ResolutionApproving a Liquor On Sale - 181-290 Seats and Liquor Outdoor Service Area (Patio) license to Hepcat Coffee (License ID #20220000937) for the premises located at 370 Wabasha Street North.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1378 16ResolutionAuthorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to enter into a grant agreement, which includes an indemnification clause, for $10,000 in funding from the Capitol Region Watershed District, requiring a five percent in-kind match, to enhance and restore 2.5 acres of native shore land habitat at Loeb Lake.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1385 17ResolutionApproving the Mayor’s appointment of Veronica Robinette and reappointment of Yer Chang to the Saint Paul Public Housing Agency (PHA).AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1392 18ResolutionApproving the Mayor's reappointment of Man Huynh and Vicki Baucom to the Truth in Sale of Housing Board.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1393 19ResolutionApproving the Mayor’s appointment of Houa Moua and Mohamed Mourssi-Alfash and reappointment of Kari Sheldon and Baya Clare to the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1420 110ResolutionAccepting a public right-of-way easement from Robert Street LLLP in connection with a residential development at 176 Robert Street South.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1350 111ResolutionApproving the Labor Agreement (May 1, 2022 - April 30, 2025) between the City of Saint Paul and the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
SR 22-167 112Staff ReportPresentation by the Saint Paul Garbage Advisory Committee of their report with recommendations for future programming.Received and Filed  Action details Video Video
Ord 22-37 113OrdinanceAmending Chapter 193A of the Legislative Code pertaining to rent stabilization.Amended and Laid Over for Second ReadingPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-259 114Resolution-Public HearingRatifying the assessments for Replacement of Lead Water Service Line on Private Property during April to June 2022. (File No. 2203LDSRP, Assessment No. 224006)AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-260 115Resolution-Public HearingRatifying the assessments for Repair of Sanitary Sewer Line on Private Property during April to June 2022. (File No. SWRP2203, Assessment No. 223003)AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-265 116Resolution-Public HearingApproving the petition of Ker Vang, to vacate the public alley which runs through the property at 1503 Case Avenue.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-267 117Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of Twin Cities in Motion for eleven (11) sound level variances in order to present amplified sound for announcements, speakers and music on October 1 and 2, 2022 during the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon at the State Capitol Complex, 75 Rev Doctor Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and on Sunday October 2, 2022 for ten (10) other locations: from Mississippi River Boulevard and Marshall east along Summit Avenue to Selby Avenue and State Capitol.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-269 118Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of Allianz Field for a sound level variance in order to present live amplified sound for the Smoke Out at Allianz Field Event on October 2, 2022 on Spruce Tree Drive by Allianz Field - 400 Snelling Ave. N.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-270 119Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of Robert Cooley for a sound level variance in order to present amplified sound on October 2, 2022 at 587 Summit Ave - front lawn.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES PH 22-275 120Resolution-Public HearingApproving the establishment of the Farwell Yards Tax Increment Financing District (a redevelopment district) in the Riverfront Redevelopment Project Area and adopting a Tax Increment Financing Plan (District 3, Ward 2).AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES PH 22-233 121Resolution-Public HearingConsidering and adopting the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge, and request of the Department of Safety and Inspections to upwardly depart to revocation of the Cigarette/Tobacco license held by Bright Star Inc., d/b/a Tom and Joe’s Market, for the premises located at 684 Western Avenue. (Public hearing closed and laid over from September 14, 2022.)Laid OverPass Action details Video Video
RLH CO 22-8 228Resolution LH Correction OrderAppeal of Brett Cummings, Panama Flats Rowhouse Association, to a Correction Order at 228 EXCHANGE STREET SOUTH.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH RR 22-39 438Resolution LH Substantial Abatement OrderSecond Making finding on the appealed substantial abatement ordered for 575 PARK STREET in Council File RLH RR 21-71. (Public hearing continued to September 28, 2022)Continue Public HearingPass Action details Video Video
RLH RR 22-40 439Resolution LH Substantial Abatement OrderSecond Making finding on the appealed substantial abatement ordered for 595 PARK STREET in Council File RLH RR 21-72. (Amend to grant 180 days)Adopted As AmendedPass Action details Video Video
RLH VBR 22-39 222Resolution LH Vacant Building RegistrationAppeal of Randall E. Mulligan to a Vacant Building Registration Notice at 1882 ASHLAND AVENUE.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-292 223Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealRatifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 586 BURGESS STREET. (File No. VB2212, Assessment No. 228818) (Public hearing continued to April 5, 2023)Continue Public Hearing  Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-324 124Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealAmending Council File No. RLH AR 22-64 to delete the assessment for Graffiti Removal services during February 28 to March 29, 2022 at 625 CHARLES AVENUE. (File No. J2207P, Assessment No. 228406)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH VO 22-23 225Resolution LH Vacate OrderAppeal of Eric and Cassandra Larson to a Fire Correction Notice, including Condemnation, at 920 CLARK STREET.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-295 226Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealDeleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1444 COMO BOULEVARD EAST. (File No. VB2212, Assessment No. 228818)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH FCO 22-70 227Resolution LH Fire C of O OR Correction OrderAppeal of Mark Younghans to a Fire Certificate of Occupancy Correction Notice at 1191 EARL STREET.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH FCO 22-73 229Resolution LH Fire C of O OR Correction OrderAppeal of Tarell Friedley o/b/o Home Company, LLC to a Re-inspection Fire Certificate of Occupancy With Deficiencies at 213 FOURTH STREET EAST, UNIT 201.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-293 230Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealRatifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 935 IGLEHART AVENUE. (File No. VB2212, Assessment No. 228818)Adopted As Amended  Action details Not available
RLH RR 22-11 331Resolution LH Substantial Abatement OrderThird Making finding on the appealed substantial abatement ordered for 1023 JESSIE STREET in Council File RLH RR 21-25.Adopted As Amended  Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-280 232Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealRatifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 380 LONDIN PLACE. (File No. J2212E, Assessment No. 228316)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-112 233Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealRatifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1672 MANTON STREET. (File No. J2208E, Assessment No. 228307) (Public hearing continued to September 14, 2022)Adopted As Amended  Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-301 234Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealDeleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 232 MARIA AVENUE. (File No. J2212B, Assessment No. 228116)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-281 235Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealRatifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1565 MCLEAN AVENUE. (File No. J2212E, Assessment No. 228316)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-287 236Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealDeleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 420 OHIO STREET. (File No. J2208P, Assessment No. 228407)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH FCO 22-79 237Resolution LH Fire C of O OR Correction OrderAppeal of Thomas E. Smith to a Correction Notice-Reinspection Complaint at 1322 PACIFIC STREET.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH VBR 22-40 240Resolution LH Vacant Building RegistrationAppeal of Rustam Rustami, Sogdiana Investments, LLC., to a Vacant Building Registration Requirement at 1119 REANEY AVENUE.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-283 241Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealDeleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 652 SHERBURNE AVENUE. (File No. J2208P, Assessment No. 228407)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-278 242Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealRatifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 514 THOMAS AVENUE. (File No. J2212E, Assessment No. 228316)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-284 244Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealDeleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1080 UNIVERSITY AVENUE WEST. (File No. J2208P, Assessment No. 228407)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH AR 22-72 245Resolution LH Assessment RollRatifying the assessments for Collection of Vacant Building Registration fees billed during December 3 to March 17, 2022. (File No. VB2212, Assessment No. 228818)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH AR 22-73 246Resolution LH Assessment RollRatifying the assessments for Securing and/or Emergency Boarding services during April 2022. (File No. J2212B, Assessment No. 228116)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH AR 22-74 247Resolution LH Assessment RollRatifying the assessments for Demolition services from March 2022 at 120 Winter St. (File No. J2205C, Assessment No. 222004)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH AR 22-75 248Resolution LH Assessment RollRatifying the assessments for Excessive Use of Inspection or Abatement services billed during February 22 to March 18, 2022. (File No. J2212E, Assessment No. 228316)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH AR 22-76 249Resolution LH Assessment RollRatifying the assessments for Graffiti Removal services during April 4 to May 17, 2022. (File No. J2208P, Assessment No. 228407)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
SR 22-167 9/8/2022 10:57 PMEric Lein   Nicely done. I hope that all council members (and the mayor) will actually read every word on all 48 pages, and then give this hot potato issue their full attention. Please let's not repeat what happened back in 2017-2018. +2
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. +5 -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