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Meeting Name: City Council Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 9/21/2022 3:30 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Council Chambers - 3rd Floor
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AO 22-50 11Administrative OrderAuthorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to reallocate $170,000 within its various accounting units in the 2022 adopted budget to most accurately reflect the projected actual spending in each accounting unit and provide the appropriate levels of spending authority.Received and Filed  Action details Not available
AO 22-51 12Administrative OrderAmending CDBG Project Budgets: Funding for 411 Wabasha (Rodriguez Auto), a project selected by CDBG subgrantee NeDA to be funded with West Side Commercial program funds.Received and Filed  Action details Not available
RES 22-1405 13ResolutionApproving the City’s cost of providing Property Clean up services during July 1 to 7, 2022, and setting date of Legislative Hearing for October 18, 2022 and City Council public hearing for January 18, 2023 to consider and levy the assessments against individual properties. (File No. J2303A, Assessment No. 238502)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1406 14ResolutionApproving the City’s cost of providing Property Clean up services during July 7 to 28, 2022, and setting date of Legislative Hearing for October 18, 2022 and City Council public hearing for January 18, 2023 to consider and levy the assessments against individual properties. (File No. J2304A, Assessment No. 238503)AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1421 15ResolutionAccepting the gift of registration and lodging from Little Rock Zoo for Megan Elder to attend the Orangutan Species Survival Plan (SSP) steering committee meeting, husbandry course, and workshop in Little Rock, AR from August 14-19, 2022.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1430 16ResolutionApproving the Memorandum of Agreement between the City and the Manual and Maintenance Supervisors Association for the purpose of creating an exception to the pay for holidays worked in Article 14.4 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the classifications of Senior Zoo Keeper and Parks Maintenance Supervisor assigned to the Como Campus section of the Department of Parks and Recreation.Laid Over  Action details Not available
RES 22-1431 17ResolutionEstablishing the rate of pay for the new Business Analyst series in EG 06, Professional Employees Association (PEA), consisting of four new classifications.Laid Over  Action details Not available
RES 22-1448 18ResolutionApproving the use of grant funds through the Neighborhood STAR Year-Round Program for the G.W. Carver Cultural Center for Innovation.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1463 19ResolutionWaiving the 45-day notice requirement to add a Liquor Outdoor Service Area (Patio) and Liquor Outdoor Service Area (Sidewalk) License to existing Licenses to Em Que Viet LLC d/b/a Em Que Viet Restaurant & Bar (License ID # 20210001847) for the premises located at 1332 Grand Avenue.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1469 110ResolutionAuthorizing the Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI), through its Homeless Assistance Response Team (HART), to accept the donation of a 2014 Dodge Caravan to better assist the HART team in serving our residents experiencing homelessness.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1470 111ResolutionAuthorizing the City of Saint Paul (the “City”) to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with Ramsey County (the “County”) to use the City’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support joint Workforce Initiative Programs in response to populations negatively impacted by the COVID-19 PandemicAdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1471 112ResolutionApproving the Memorandum of Agreement between the City of Saint Paul and Classified Confidential Employees Association for the purpose of establishing new options for pre-65 Retiree Health Insurance.Laid Over  Action details Not available
RES 22-1472 113ResolutionWaiving the 45-day notice requirement to add a Malt Off Sale (Small Brewery - 128 oz) to existing Licenses to Black Stack Brewing Inc. (License ID # 20150004254) for the premises located at 755 Prior Avenue.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1474 114ResolutionAccepting the gift of the costs of travel, food, and lodging from Prosperity Now, for Mayor Melvin Carter to attend the 2022 Prosperity Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, September 19 and 20, 2022.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1477 115ResolutionWaiving the 45-day notice requirement to add a Malt Off Sale (Small Brewery - 128 oz) to existing Licenses to Clutch Brewing Company LLC (License ID # 20180001089) for the premises located at 928 7th Street West.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-770 117ResolutionAmending 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)AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-233 118Resolution-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.)AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES 22-1483 1 ResolutionWaiving the 45-day notice requirement to add a Malt Off Sale (Small Brewery - 128 oz) to existing Licenses to Urban Growler Brewing Co LLC (License ID # 20140000679) for the premises located at 2325 Endicott Street.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RES 22-1503 1 ResolutionExtending a warm welcome and best wishes for a successful visit to Alejandro García del Toro, Second Ambassador of Cuba, and Tatiana Martinez, Vice Consul of Cuba.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
SR 22-147 116Staff Report2022 property tax trends update from Ramsey County.Received and Filed  Action details Video Video
RES 22-1422 119ResolutionApproving a 2023 maximum property tax levy for the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA).AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES 22-1458 120ResolutionApproving a 2023 maximum property tax levy for the City.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
Ord 22-40 121OrdinanceAmending 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).AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
Ord 22-37 222OrdinanceAmending Chapter 193A of the Legislative Code pertaining to rent stabilization.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-217 123Resolution-Public HearingAuthorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to accept gifted funds from the Ramsey Hill Association (RHA) and to amend the financing and spending plan, in the amount of $9,951.70, for the Cochran Park Fountain project.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-250 124Resolution-Public HearingAmending the financing and spending plans in the Capital Budget and Debt Budget to repay federal grant funding.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-252 125Resolution-Public HearingAmending the financing and spending plans in the Department of Public Works Capital Budget to close out 2016 projects.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-266 126Resolution-Public HearingAuthorizing the acceptance of a $1074.00 reimbursement from the State Historic Preservation Office for a Heritage Preservation Commissioner and staff member to attend the Annual Preservation Conference on September 14-16, 2022.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-271 127Resolution-Public HearingAdopting the 2023 Operating Plan for the Downtown Improvement District and imposing a service charge pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 428A. (Public hearing continued from September 21, 2022)Continue Public HearingPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-273 128Resolution-Public HearingAuthorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to accept Parks and Trails Legacy Funds, enter into grant agreements, and amend the financing and spending plan in the amount of $2,562,053.AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-274 129Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of Meritage Restaurant for a sound level variance in order to present amplified sound during Oysterfest on October 9, 2022 at 99 6th Street West (Hamm Memorial Plaza).AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-277 130Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of University of St. Thomas, Erin Whipkey, Campus Life for a sound level variance in order to present live amplified sound on October 15, 2022 at 2115 Summit Avenue (University of Saint Thomas, Lower Quad).AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RES PH 22-279 131Resolution-Public HearingApproving the application of University of St. Thomas, Erin Whipkey, Campus Life for a sound level variance in order to present live amplified sound on October 15, 2022 at 2115 Summit Avenue (University of Saint Thomas, Lower Quad).AdoptedPass Action details Video Video
RLH RR 22-48 232Resolution LH Substantial Abatement OrderOrdering the rehabilitation or razing and removal of the structures at 523 BEAUMONT STREET within fifteen (15) days after the September 21, 2022, City Council Public Hearing. (To refer back to October 11, 2022 Legislative Hearing)Referred  Action details Not available
RLH RSA 22-5 233Resolution LH Rent Stabilization AppealAppeal of Patrick Hogan, on behalf of North End Apartments, LLC, to a Rent Stabilization Determination at 325 BIRMINGHAM STREET. (September 15, 2022 Legislative Hearings)Adopted As Amended  Action details Not available
RLH CO 22-9 234Resolution LH Correction OrderAppeal of Dawn Keller to a Correction Notice at 415 CLARENCE STREET.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH RR 22-28 435Resolution 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)Adopted As Amended  Action details Not available
RLH SAO 22-42 236Resolution LH Summary Abatement OrderAppeal of Daniel Fix to a Summary Abatement Order at 319 FULLER AVENUE.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH SAO 22-45 137Resolution LH Summary Abatement OrderAmending Council File RLH SAO 22-29, adopted August 10, 2022, to grant Sally Klein an additional extension for property at 769 HAGUE AVENUE.AdoptedPass Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-93 238Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealRatifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 927 LAWSON AVENUE EAST. (File No. J2217A, Assessment No. 228516)Adopted As Amended  Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-101 239Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealRatifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 628/630 MENDOTA STREET. (File No. J2216A Assessment No. 228515)Adopted As Amended  Action details Not available
RLH TA 22-99 240Resolution LH Tax Assessment AppealRatifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 975 PALACE AVENUE. (File No. J2217A, Assessment No. 228516)Continue Public Hearing  Action details Not available
RLH OA 22-7 241Resolution LH Other Appeal TypeMaking recommendation to Ramsey County on the application of Alexis Abreu Rivero for repurchase of tax forfeited property at 923 WESTMINSTER STREET.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. +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