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City of Saint Paul  
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Meeting Minutes - Action Only  
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 24, 2024  
ROLL CALL  
3:30 PM  
Council Chambers - 3rd Floor  
Meeting started at 3:30 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  
Amending CDBG Project Budgets: Funding for 331 Lawson W, 132 Western,  
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864 Marion, 1600 7th St W, 1366 Fremont, and 969 Arcade (Liberty Tax), to  
be funded with vacant hazardous undesignated funds, and ESNDC Payne  
Avenue Business Inv Fund (BIF).  
Received and Filed  
Amending CDBG Project Budgets: Funding for 2024 District Council  
Community Engagement program.  
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  
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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:  
Renaming Elway Street from West Seventh Street to Shepard Road as  
Lexington Parkway and renaming Glen Terrace/Crosby Pointe driveway to  
Elway Street.  
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Adopted  
Approving the City’s cost of providing Property Clean Up services during  
October 20 to 25, 2023, and setting date of Legislative Hearing for February  
20, 2024 and City Council public hearing for April 3, 2024 to consider and levy  
the assessments against individual properties. (File No. J2413A, Assessment  
No. 248512)  
Adopted  
Approving the City’s cost of providing Equipment and Labor for Clean Up  
services during September to October 2023, and setting date of Legislative  
Hearing for February 20, 2024 and City Council public hearing for April 3, 2024  
to consider and levy the assessments against individual properties. (File No.  
J2412A, Assessment No. 248511)  
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Adopted  
Authorizing the Fire Department to pay for all costs incurred during the  
firefighter interview process taking place on January 16-26, 2024 at Fire  
Department headquarters.  
Adopted  
Approving the Pay Equity Implementation Report for submission to the State  
of Minnesota Management and Budget.  
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Adopted  
Authorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to enter into a Limited  
License Agreement with WSB LLC and provide indemnification for WSB LLC  
for use of consultant’s electronic documents for The Heights project.  
Adopted  
Approving the addition of a Gambling on Location license to the existing Liquor  
License On sale - 100 seats or less; Liquor On Sale - Sunday, Liquor Outdoor  
Service Area (Sidewalk) and Entertainment (A) licenses for Barrio Holdings,  
LLC d/b/a Barrio Tequila bar (License ID# 20110001529) for the premises  
located at 235 6th Street East.  
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Adopted  
Approving the Liquor On Sale - 181-290 Seats; Liquor on Sale Sunday; liquor  
On Sale 2am; Gambling Location; and Entertainment (B) licenses for Da Fa  
Inc, d/b/a Jackey’s Peg Leg (License ID #20230002034) for the premises  
located at 380 Cedar Street.  
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Adopted  
Approving the sub lease for the Office of Neighborhood Safety.  
Adopted  
Approving the Memorandum of Agreement between the City and Saint Paul  
Manual & Maintenance Supervisors Association for the purpose of  
establishing on-call pay for employees assigned to pump stations in Saint  
Paul Regional Water Services. (To be laid over one week for adoption)  
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Laid over to February 7, 2024  
Approving the application for change of ownership to the Liquor On Sale -  
101-180 seats; Liquor On Sale - Sunday; and Entertainment (A) licenses now  
held by Palmar Mexican Restaurant & Mariscos LLC, d/b/a Palmar Mexican  
Restaurant (License ID #20230001986) for the premises located at 883  
Payne Ave.  
Adopted  
Authorizing the Police Department to expense costs associated with the  
assessors for Police Officer exams taking place January 16-18, 2024 and  
June 3-5, 2024.  
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Adopted  
Approving the appointments of Councilmembers Saura Jost and HwaJeong  
Kim as members of the Audit Committee.  
Adopted  
FOR DISCUSSION  
SUSPENSION ITEMS  
Public Works update on snow plowing operations.  
Received and Filed  
Recognizing Peter Warner’s career with the City of Saint Paul and  
congratulating him on his retirement.  
Adopted  
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Yea:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Nay:  
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  
Granting the application of Hovda Properties LLC to rezone property at 0 Saint  
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Clair Avenue Rezone from B1 local business to T3 traditional neighborhood  
and amending Chapter 60 of the Legislative Code pertaining to the zoning  
map.  
Adopted  
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Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
PUBLIC HEARINGS  
Live testimony is limited to two minutes for each person. See below for optional ways  
to testify.  
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 February 7, 2024 for Final Adoption  
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Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Approving the petition of Timothy A. Thrush, on behalf of William Grieman, to  
vacate the north half of an alley turn-around behind 1498 Albany Avenue.  
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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  
Approving the application of the Minnesota United FC for a sound level  
variance in order to present amplified sound on Saturday, February 17, 2024  
at Allianz Field - 400 Snelling Ave. N.  
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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  
Approving the host issuance by the City of Mendota of one or more series of  
conduit revenue bonds, approving a Bond Compliance and Fee Agreement,  
and authorizing the execution of documents relating thereto, all for the  
Hourcar Project located at 206 Wabasha Street (District 3, Ward 2).  
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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  
Authorizing the Office of Financial Services to accept a $317,800 grant from  
the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block  
Grant Program and authorizing a corresponding budget amendment.  
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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  
Amending the financing and spending plan in the Department of Safety and  
Inspections in the amount of $65,000 for the 2024 Building Official Training  
(BOT) from the Minnesota Department of Labor.  
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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  
Authorizing the granting of a license and parkland diversion to the petitioner at  
359 Winslow Avenue within the Prospect Boulevard.  
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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  
Authorizing the Police Department to enter into the attached contract with the  
State of Minnesota, through its Commissioner of Public Safety, Bureau of  
Criminal Apprehension (BCA).  
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Adopted  
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Yea:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Nay:  
LEGISLATIVE HEARING DISCUSSION ITEMS  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1540  
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MINNEHAHA AVENUE EAST. (File No. VB2402, Assessment No. 248801)  
Public hearing closed and laid over to February 7, 2023  
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Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Ratifying the assessments for Excessive Use of Inspection or Abatement  
services billed during April 24 to May 19, 2023. (File No. J2402E, Assessment  
No. 248301)  
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Adopted as amended (1531 Margaret St referred to February 6, 2024 Legislative  
Hearing)  
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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:  
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  
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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:  
Appeal of Ronald Staeheli to a Revocation of Fire Certificate of Occupancy  
and Order to Vacate at 358 ARBOR STREET.  
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Public hearing continued to February 14, 2024  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 522 AURORA  
AVENUE. (File No. J2402E, Assessment No. 248301)  
Adopted  
Ordering the razing and removal of the structures at 594 BRUNSON STREET  
within fifteen (15) days after the November 1, 2023, City Council Public  
Hearing.  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1008  
CARROLL AVENUE. (File No. VB2402, Assessment No. 248801)  
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Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 2135 CASE  
AVENUE. (File No. 2401T, Assessment No. 249000)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 826 COMO  
AVENUE. (File No. VB2402, Assessment No. 248801)  
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Adopted  
Making finding on the appealed substantial abatement ordered for 587 COOK  
AVENUE EAST in Council File RLH RR 23-27.  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1643-1645  
DIETER STREET. (File No. J2402E, Assessment No. 248301) (Refer to  
February 20, 2024 Legislative Hearing)  
Referred to February 20, 2024 Legislative Hearing  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 643 ELFELT  
STREET. (File No. 2401T, Assessment No. 249000)  
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Adopted  
Appeal of Mike Reimann to a Vacant Building Registration Renewal Notice at  
1247 FIFTH STREET EAST.  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 892 FOURTH  
STREET EAST. (File No. CRT2401, Assessment No. 248200)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 244 GRAND  
AVENUE (BURGER KING). (File No. J2402E, Assessment No. 248301)  
Adopted  
Denying for a deletion or refund of Council File RLH AR 23-14 approving the  
Ratifying of the assessment adopted by Council on March 22, 2023 at 1689  
JULIET AVENUE. (File No. VB2305, Assessment No. 228804)  
Adopted  
Appeal of Steve Gorg to a Summary Abatement Order at 1947 LINCOLN  
AVENUE.  
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Adopted  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1470 KENT  
STREET. (File No. VB2402, Assessment No. 248801)  
Adopted  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1235  
MINNEHAHA AVENUE EAST. (File No. J2402E, Assessment No. 248301)  
Adopted  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 522  
MISSISSIPPI RIVER BOULEVARD NORTH. (File No. VB2402, Assessment  
No. 248801)  
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Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1340 PAYNE  
AVENUE. (File No. CRT2401, Assessment No. 248200)  
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Adopted  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1055 REANEY  
AVENUE. (File No. VB2402, Assessment No. 248801)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1556 REANEY  
AVENUE. (File No. J2402E, Assessment No. 248301)  
Adopted as amended (assessment deleted)  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 261 SIDNEY  
STREET EAST. (File No. CRT2401, Assessment No. 248200)  
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Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1031 SIMS  
AVENUE. (File No. VB2402, Assessment No. 248801)  
Adopted  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 437 STRYKER  
AVENUE. (File No. J2402E, Assessment No. 248301)  
Adopted  
Second Making finding on the appealed substantial abatement ordered for  
1457 THIRD STREET EAST in Council File RLH RR 23-19. (Public hearing  
continued to December 20, 2023)  
Adopted as amended (nuisance abated)  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1491 (1475)  
UNIVERSITY AVENUE WEST. (File No. J2402P, Assessment No. 248401)  
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Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1941  
UNIVERSITY AVENUE WEST (ALSO 1935 UNIVERSITY AVENUE WEST).  
(File No. VB2402, Assessment No. 248801)  
Adopted as amended (assessment made payable over 5 years)  
Ratifying of the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 410 VAN  
DYKE STREET adopted by Council under File No. RLH AR 20-152. (File No.  
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J2102B1, Assessment No. 218107)  
Adopted  
Making finding on the appealed nuisance abatement ordered for 763 WEIDE  
STREET in Council File RLH SAO 23-52. (Legislative Hearing on January 23,  
2024)  
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Amended and public hearing continued to February 14, 2024  
Deleting the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1018 WILSON  
AVENUE. (File No. VB2402, Assessment No. 248801)  
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Adopted  
Appeal of Royce Sistad to a Summary Abatement Order at 183 WYOMING  
STREET EAST.  
Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Securing and/or Emergency Boarding services  
during June 2023. (File No. J2402B, Assessment No. 248101)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Collection of Vacant Building Registration fees  
billed during July 13, 2022 to May 18, 2023. (File No. VB2402, Assessment  
No. 248801)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Graffiti Removal services billed during July 11  
to 20, 2023. (File No. J2402P, Assessment No. 248401)  
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Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Removal of Diseased and/or Dangerous Tree  
services during June to August 2023. (File No. 2401T, Assessment No.  
249000)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Collection of Fire Certificate of Occupancy fees  
billed during April 11 to June 22, 2023. (File No. CRT2401, Assessment No.  
248200)  
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Adopted  
ADJOURNMENT  
Meeting ended at 5:10 PM  
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