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City Council  
Council President Mitra Jalali  
Vice President HwaJeong Kim  
Councilmember Anika Bowie  
Councilmember Cheniqua Johnson  
Councilmember Saura Jost  
Councilmember Rebecca Noecker  
Councilmember Nelsie Yang  
Wednesday, January 17, 2024  
ROLL CALL  
3:30 PM  
Council Chambers - 3rd Floor  
Meeting started at 3:31 PM  
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Present  
Councilmember Rebecca Noecker, Councilmember Mitra Jalali,  
Councilmember Nelsie Yang, Councilmember HwaJeong Kim,  
Councilmember Anika Bowie, Councilmember Saura Jost and  
Councilmember Cheniqua Johnson  
COMMUNICATIONS & RECEIVE/FILE  
Letter from the Department of Safety and Inspections declaring 887 Charles  
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Avenue a nuisance property. (For notification purposes only; public hearings  
will be scheduled at a later date if necessary.)  
Received and Filed  
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Amending the 2023 Neighborhood STAR budget to reallocate funds for  
twenty-one (21) projects in the amount of $662,560.00.  
Received and Filed  
Amending CDBG Project Budgets: Additional funding for City Wide  
Homeowner Improvement fund, and Pedro Park, to be funded with  
Neighborworks St. Paul Home Improvement Loan Fund, Dayton's Bluff  
Neighborhood Services RLF, 621-629 Minnehaha, and COPP undesignated  
fund.  
Received and Filed  
CONSENT AGENDA  
Items listed under the Consent Agenda will be enacted by one motion with no separate  
discussion. If discussion on an item is desired, the item will be removed from the  
Consent Agenda for separate consideration.  
Approval of the Consent Agenda  
Consent Agenda adopted as amended  
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Yea:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
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Nay:  
Authorizing the Department of Emergency Management to pay for all costs for  
Emergency Management training and/or costs associated with the operation  
of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during emergency and declared  
disasters in 2024.  
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Adopted  
Approving the Mayor’s appointment of Chris Tolbert to the Board of Water  
Commissioners. (To be withdrawn, duplicate file)  
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Withdrawn  
Approving Ordinance Permit 20220010211 for Roadway Sidewalk  
Infrastructure installed by Project Paul, LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of  
Ryan Companies US, Inc.) (“Ryan”) on the Ford (Highland Bridge) Site, for  
sidewalk and boulevard work at the following locations: on the west side of  
Mount Curve Boulevard from Beechwood Avenue to the north right-of-way line  
of Village Way; on the east side of Woodlawn Avenue from Beechwood  
Avenue to the north right-of-way line of Village Way; and on the north side of  
Village Way from Mount Curve Boulevard to Woodlawn Avenue, District 15,  
Ward 3.  
Adopted  
Approving Ordinance Permit 20220010213 for Roadway Sidewalk  
Infrastructure installed by Project Paul, LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of  
Ryan Companies US, Inc.) (“Ryan”) on the Ford (Highland Bridge) Site, for  
sidewalk and boulevard work on the north side of Village Way from Mount  
Curve Boulevard to the first N/S alley east of Mount Curve Boulevard, District  
15, Ward 3.  
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Adopted  
Approving Ordinance Permit 20230010215 for Roadway Sidewalk  
Infrastructure installed by Project Paul, LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of  
Ryan Companies US, Inc.) (“Ryan”) on the Ford (Highland Bridge) Site, for  
sidewalk and boulevard work at the following locations: on the east side of  
Cretin Avenue from Bohland Avenue to the north property line of Lot 2 Block 3  
and on the north side of Bohland Avenue from Cretin Avenue to the east  
property line of Lot 2 Block 3, District 15, Ward 3.  
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Adopted  
Granting preliminary approval to the issuance of various general obligation and  
revenue bonds as approved in the 2024 City budget; expressing the intent of  
the City to reimburse itself from the proceeds of such tax-exempt bonds; and  
authorizing City finance staff and advisors to take certain actions with respect  
to the sale of such bonds.  
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Adopted  
Approving the addition of a Gambling Location license to the existing Liquor  
On Sale 181-290 seats, Liquor On Sale - Sunday, and Liquor Outdoor Service  
Area (sidewalk) licenses held by Green Mill LLC d/b/a Green Mill (License ID #  
20130005371) for the premises located at 57 Hamline Avenue South.  
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Adopted  
Authorizing the Police Department's expenditures relating to community  
meetings and events in 2024.  
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Adopted  
Authorizing the Police Department to purchase light refreshments for  
witnesses, victims, and suspects during critical incident investigations and  
assistance programs.  
Adopted  
Authorizing the Police Department to purchase refreshments for employee  
recognition ceremonies and events in 2024.  
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Adopted  
Authorizing the Police Department's expenditures relating to the Canine Unit's  
community engagement meetings, community engagement events, and  
training sessions in 2024.  
Adopted  
Authorizing the Police Department expenditures for the Standardized Field  
Sobriety Testing Training program conducted in 2024.  
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Adopted  
Authorizing the Police Department to purchase food and beverages for law  
enforcement trainings conducted in 2024.  
Adopted  
Approving polling location changes for the 2024 elections.  
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Adopted  
Authorizing the Department of Public Works to submit applications for state  
funding to the 2023-2024 MnDOT Safe Routes to School Infrastructure  
Program with no local capital funding match requirements.  
Adopted  
Approving the Memorandum of Agreement for the 2024 January Wage and  
Fringe Adjustment (January 1, 2024) for the Sprinkler Fitters Local Union No.  
417.  
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Adopted  
Approving the Memorandum of Agreement between the City and Operating  
Engineers, Local 70 to provide On-call pay in the Saint Paul Regional Water  
Services Distribution division.  
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Adopted  
Approving the Memorandums of Agreement between the City and AFSCME  
Clerical, Local 2508 and AFSCME Technical, Local 1842, for the purpose of  
providing preferred license premium pay for AFSCME employees in the Saint  
Paul Regional Water Services.  
Adopted  
ORDINANCES  
An ordinance is a city law enacted by the City Council. It is read at three separate  
council meetings and becomes effective after passage by the Council and 30 days  
after publication in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. Public hearings on ordinances are  
generally held at the second reading.  
Final Adoption  
Amending Chapter 310.01 of the Legislative Code to add a table and definition  
for fees associated with business activities that are referenced but not  
stipulated within specific ordinance sections and animal fees.  
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Adopted  
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Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
First Reading  
Granting the application of Khoua Yang to rezone property at 736 Oakdale Ave  
from H1 residential to T2 traditional neighborhood and amending Chapter 60  
of the Legislative Code pertaining to the zoning map.  
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Laid over to January 24, 2023 for Second Reading  
PUBLIC HEARINGS  
Live testimony is limited to two minutes for each person. See below for optional ways  
to testify.  
Granting the application of Hovda Properties LLC to rezone property at 0 Saint  
Clair Avenue Rezone from B1 local business to T3 traditional neighborhood  
and amending Chapter 60 of the Legislative Code pertaining to the zoning  
map.  
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Laid over to January 24, 2023 for Final Adoption  
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Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Accepting grant funds, authorizing execution of a grant agreement with  
indemnity obligations and amending the operating budget for the City's  
sponsorship of a Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Act  
Pre-Development Grant Program for 680 and 694 Minnehaha Ave E (Hamm’s  
Brewery II, District 4, Ward 7).  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Authorizing an increase in the Parks and Recreation Grant Fund Budget in the  
amount of $74,750 to reflect the multi-year Conservation Partners Legacy  
Grant received from the State of Minnesota for Swede Hollow Park.  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Amending the financing and spending plans in the Department of Parks and  
Recreation in the amount of $156,900 to reflect additional 2024 funding  
expected from Como Friends.  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Amending the financing and spending plans in the Department of Parks and  
Recreation in the amount of $3,360,000 to reflect additional 2024 funding  
expected from Como Legacy. (To be withdrawn)  
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Withdrawn  
Authorizing the Police and Emergency Management Departments to accept a  
grant in the amount of $225,525 from the U.S. Department of Homeland  
Security, FEMA for the 2023 Port Security Grant Program.  
Adopted  
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0
Yea:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Nay:  
LEGISLATIVE HEARING DISCUSSION ITEMS  
Appeal of Darin Dallin to an Emergency Summary Abatement Order at 1062  
MINNEHAHA AVENUE EAST.  
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Adopted as amended  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 733 THOMAS  
AVENUE. (File No. VB2401, Assessment No. 248800)  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Ratifying the assessments for Property Clean Up services during June 7 to  
30, 2023. (File No. J2402A, Assessment No. 248501)  
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Adopted as amended (380 Earl St and 132 Magnolia Ave E referred to January  
23, 2024 Legislative Hearing; 1220 Saint Clair Ave and 523 Beaumont St  
referred to February 6, 2024 Legislative Hearing)  
Ratifying the assessments for Collection of Vacant Building Registration fees  
billed during July 7, 2022 to April 19, 2023. (File No. VB2401, Assessment No.  
248800)  
Adopted as amended (571 Van Buren Ave and 171 Granite St referred to  
February 6, 2024 Legislative Hearing)  
LEGISLATIVE HEARING CONSENT AGENDA  
Items listed under the Consent Agenda will receive a combined public hearing and be  
enacted by one motion with no separate discussion. Items may be removed from the  
Consent Agenda for a separate public hearing and discussion if desired.  
Approval of the Consent Agenda  
Legislative Hearing Consent Agenda adopted as amended  
7 -  
Yea:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
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Nay:  
Ordering the rehabilitation or razing and removal of the structures at 188  
ACKER STREET EAST within fifteen (15) days after the January 17, 2024,  
City Council Public Hearing. (Legislative Hearing on January 16, 2024)  
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Public hearing continued to February 7, 2024  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 870 ALBERT  
STREET NORTH. (File No. J2402A, Assessment No. 248501)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 895 AURORA  
AVENUE. (File No. J2401A, Assessment No. 248500)  
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Adopted  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 703 CASE  
AVENUE. (File No. J2401E, Assessment No. 248300)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 703 CASE  
AVENUE. (File No. J2402A, Assessment No. 248501)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 606  
CHARLES AVENUE. (File No. VB2401, Assessment No. 248800)  
Adopted  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1406  
CLEVELAND AVENUE SOUTH. (File No. J2401E, Assessment No. 248300)  
Adopted  
Appeal of Gayle Markovich to a Fire Inspection Correction Notice at 1429  
COMO AVENUE.  
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Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1643-1645  
DIETER STREET. (File No. J2401E, Assessment No. 248300) (Refer to  
February 20, 2024 Legislative Hearing)  
Referred to February 20, 2024 Legislative Hearing  
Making finding on the appealed nuisance abatement ordered for 494 EDMUND  
AVENUE in Council File RLH VBR 23-72.  
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Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 276  
EXCHANGE STREET SOUTH. (File No. VB2401, Assessment No. 248800)  
Adopted  
Appeal of Nickolas Gerr to a Revocation of Fire Certificate of Occupancy and  
Order to Vacate at 36 FRONT AVENUE.  
Adopted  
Ordering the rehabilitation or razing and removal of the structures at 195  
GOODRICH AVENUE within fifteen (15) days after the January 17, 2024, City  
Council Public Hearing. (Refer to March 12, 2024 Legislative Hearing)  
Referred to March 12, 2024 Legislative Hearing  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1541 and 1543  
JACKSON STREET. (File No. J2309E1, Assessment No. 238325) (Public  
hearing continued to January 17, 2024)  
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Adopted as amended (assessment deleted)  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 443 JOHNSON  
PARKWAY. (File No. J2402A, Assessment No. 248501)  
Adopted  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1937 LAUREL  
AVENUE. (File No. J2401E, Assessment No. 248300)  
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Adopted  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 340 LAWSON  
AVENUE EAST. (File No. J2401E, Assessment No. 248300)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1648 MCLEAN  
AVENUE. (File No. J2401E, Assessment No. 248300)  
Adopted  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1235  
MINNEHAHA AVENUE EAST. (File No. J2401E, Assessment No. 248300)  
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Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1235  
MINNEHAHA AVENUE EAST. (File No. VB2401, Assessment No. 248800)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 2249  
NOKOMIS AVENUE. (File No. J2401E, Assessment No. 248300)  
Adopted  
Appeal of Nancy Ness to a Summary Abatement Order at 265 PAGE  
STREET WEST.  
Adopted  
Fourth Making finding on the appealed substantial abatement ordered for 595  
PARK STREET in Council File RLH RR 23-12. (Public hearing continued to  
October 18, 2023)  
Amended and public hearing continued to February 21, 2024  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1726  
PINEHURST AVENUE. (File No. J2402A, Assessment No. 248501)  
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Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1814  
PINEHURST AVENUE. (File No. J2402A, Assessment No. 248501)  
Adopted  
Ordering the rehabilitation or razing and removal of the structures at 975  
REANEY AVENUE within one-hundred eighty (180) days after the January 17,  
2024, City Council Public Hearing.  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 116  
SYCAMORE STREET EAST. (File No. J2402A, Assessment No. 248501)  
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Adopted  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 259  
UNIVERSITY AVENUE WEST. (File No. J2401P, Assessment No. 248400)  
Adopted  
Appeal of Si Nguyen to a Revocation of Fire Certificate of Occupancy and  
Order to Vacate at 353 UNIVERSITY AVENUE WEST.  
Public hearing continued to February 7, 2024  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 724 VIRGINIA  
STREET. (File No. J2401A, Assessment No. 248500)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 344  
WABASHA STREET NORTH. (File No. J2402B, Assessment No. 248101)  
Adopted  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 820 WHITE  
BEAR AVENUE NORTH. (File No. VB2401, Assessment No. 248800)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Property Clean Up services during June 1 to 6,  
2023. (File No. J2401A, Assessment No. 248500)  
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Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Equipment and Labor for Clean Up services  
during June 2023. (File No. J2403A, Assessment No. 248502)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Securing and/or Emergency Boarding services  
during May 2023. (File No. J2401B, Assessment No. 248100)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Excessive Use of Inspection or Abatement  
services during March 22 to April 21, 2023. (File No. J2401E, Assessment No.  
248300)  
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Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Graffiti Removal services during May 8 to June  
8, 2023. (File No. J2401P, Assessment No. 248400)  
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Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Property Clean services during July 5 to 13,  
2023 . (File No. J2404A, Assessment No. 248503)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Property Clean services during July 14 to 25,  
2023 . (File No. J2405A, Assessment No. 248504)  
Adopted  
FOR DISCUSSION  
Honoring the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
ADJOURNMENT  
Meeting ended at 4:38 PM  
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