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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, February 7, 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 and  
Councilmember Saura Jost  
2 - Councilmember Anika Bowie and Councilmember Cheniqua Johnson  
Absent  
COMMUNICATIONS & RECEIVE/FILE  
Amending ARP project budgets: Shifting half of funds from existing “LOCAL  
Fund” project into new “LOCAL Fund Worker Ownership” project to better  
reflect two separate initiatives included in project.  
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Received and Filed  
Shifting funds between ARP Accounting Unit level expense Account Codes to  
reflect project-level budgeting.  
Received and Filed  
ROLL CALL  
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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  
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:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Authorizing accounts receivable write-offs.  
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Adopted  
Authorizing the Department of Public Works Sewer Utility to accept Point  
Source Implementation Grant (PSIG) funds from the Minnesota Public  
Facilities Authority (PFA), and authorizing City staff to execute a grant  
agreement on behalf of the City for the Bush Desoto Stormwater Pond  
Improvements Project.  
Adopted  
Approving the application for change of ownership to the Auto Repair Garage  
license now held by Swen Ventures LLC, d/b/a Green Line Auto Service and  
Tire (License ID #20230001975) for the premises located at 1695 University  
Avenue West.  
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Adopted  
Approving the City’s cost of providing Collection of Vacant Building  
Registration fees billed during April 5 to September 19, 2023, and setting date  
of Legislative Hearing for March 5, 2024 and City Council public hearing for  
April 17, 2024 to consider and levy the assessments against individual  
properties. (File No. VB2406, Assessment No. 248805)  
Adopted  
Approving the City’s cost of providing Securing and/or Emergency Boarding  
services during October 2023, and setting date of Legislative Hearing for  
March 5, 2024 and City Council public hearing for April 17, 2024 to consider  
and levy the assessments against individual properties. (File No. J2406B,  
Assessment No. 248105)  
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Adopted  
Approving the City’s cost of providing Collection of Fire Certificate of  
Occupancy fees billed during September 25 to October 30, 2023, and setting  
date of Legislative Hearing for March 5, 2024 and City Council public hearing  
for April 17, 2024 to consider and levy the assessments against individual  
properties. (File No. CRT2405, Assessment No. 248204)  
Adopted  
Approving the City’s cost of providing Excessive Use of Inspection or  
Abatement services billed during August 22 to September 20, 2023, and  
setting date of Legislative Hearing for March 5, 2024 and City Council public  
hearing for April 17, 2024 to consider and levy the assessments against  
individual properties. (File No. J2406E, Assessment No. 248305)  
Adopted  
Approving the City’s cost of providing Graffiti Removal services billed during  
August 15 to October 30, 2023, and setting date of Legislative Hearing for  
March 5, 2024 and City Council public hearing for April 17, 2024 to consider  
and levy the assessments against individual properties. (File No. J2404P,  
Assessment No. 248403)  
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Adopted  
Approving the City’s cost of providing Removal of Diseased and/or Dangerous  
Tree(s) services during October to November 2023, and setting date of  
Legislative Hearing for March 5, 2024 and City Council public hearing for April  
17, 2023 to consider and levy the assessments against individual properties.  
(File No. 2404T, Assessment No. 249003)  
Adopted  
Approving adverse action against the Tree Trimmer and 1 Tree Trimmer  
Vehicle license applications submitted by Metro Tree & Stump Service d/b/a  
Metro Tree & Stump Service (License ID# 20190002218) for the premises  
located at 10101 Naples Street North East in Blaine.  
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Adopted  
Approving the Malt On Sale (Strong), Wine On Sale, Entertainment (A), and  
Liquor - Outdoor Service Area (Patio) licenses for Dukem Restaurant &  
Lounge d/b/a Dukem Restaurant (License ID #20230001620) for the premises  
located at 2516 Seventh Street West.  
Adopted  
Approving the application with conditions, per the Legislative Hearing Officer,  
for M’ER Produce LLC, d/b/a M’ER Kafe (License ID #20230002035), for  
Wine On Sale and Malt On Sale (Strong) licenses, located at 1001 Johnson  
Parkway Suite P6.  
Adopted  
Authorizing the City to enter into a Subrecipient agreement with American  
Lung Association for the expansion of the EV Spot Network on the east side of  
the city.  
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Adopted  
Approving the application for change of ownership to the Tobacco Shop  
license now held by Sanaa LLC d/b/a Twins Market & Meat (License ID  
#20240000006) for the premises located at 1055 Fourth Street East.  
Adopted  
Approving adverse action against the Gas Tobacco Shop license held by I  
Mart St Paul d/b/a I Mart St Paul (License ID # 20230000995) for the premises  
located at 296 Seventh Street East.  
Adopted  
Approving the application for change of ownership to the Liquor On Sale 101 -  
180 seats and Liquor On Sale - Sunday licenses now held by Andiamo St  
Paul LLC d/b/a Andiamo Italian Ristorante (License ID #20230002259) for the  
premises located at 80 Snelling Avenue North.  
Adopted  
Approving the application for change of ownership to the Tobacco Shop  
license now held by Bricks Snacks & Tobacco d/b/a Bricks Snacks &  
Tobacco (License ID #20230002089) for the premises located at 879 Fremont  
Avenue.  
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Adopted  
Authorizing the Fire Department to pay for all travel expenses for three  
Minnesota State Patrol employees to attend the 2024 Helicopter Rescue  
Summit & Heli Expo in Anaheim, CA on February 25-29, 2024.  
Adopted  
Authorizing the Fire Department to accept a donation of $1,000 from the Saint  
Patrick's Association.  
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Adopted  
Authorizing the City to enter into an agreement with the Minnesota Department  
of Transportation (MnDOT) for the Trunk Highway 51 (Snelling) Project from  
Montreal to Ford Parkway.  
Adopted  
Authorizing the City to grant a Temporary Revocable License on behalf of the  
Police Department (SPPD) for lease of 235 Maryland Ave E. with  
Shindler/West Finance Partners for canine training.  
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Adopted  
Authorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to expend an amount not  
to exceed $25,000 for the purpose of providing refreshments, marketing  
materials, recognition items, and other incentives for various activities,  
programs, volunteers, and events throughout 2024.  
Adopted  
Authorizing the Fire Department to pay for all costs for Fire Department  
training and/or costs associated with unplanned emergency response  
incidents in 2024.  
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Adopted  
Approving the use or non-use of a Project Labor Agreement on Department of  
Parks and Recreation construction projects for the first half of 2024.  
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Adopted  
Approving the application for change of ownership to the Liquor On Sale 100  
seats or less, Liquor On Sale - Sunday, and Entertainment (B) licenses now  
held by Peachtree Hospitality management LLC d/b/a Double Tree By Hilton  
St Paul East (License ID #20230002318) for the premises located at 2201  
Burns Avenue.  
Adopted  
Authorizing the Police Department to submit an application for funds under a  
Request for Proposals for 2024 Traffic Safety Vehicle Grants, issued by the  
Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS).  
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Adopted  
Authorizing the City on behalf of its Police Department to enter into a Joint  
Powers Agreement with the State of Minnesota, Department of Public Safety,  
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to participate in Minnesota Internet Crimes  
Against Children Task Force (ICAC).  
Adopted  
Authorizing the non-use of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on the Sherburne  
Collective project at 652 Sherburne Avenue (District 7, Ward 1).  
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Adopted  
Authorizing a professional services contract with Messerli Kramer, P.A.  
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Adopted  
Authorizing a professional services contract with Almeida Public Affairs, Inc.  
Adopted  
Authorizing a professional services contract with Primacy Strategy Group.  
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.  
Adopted  
FOR DISCUSSION  
Approving the appointment of Tom Basgen as Legislative Aide in Ward 3.  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Approving the appointment of Abdihamid Badri as Legislative Aide in Ward 5.  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Approving the appointment of Melanie Johnson as Legislative Aide in 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  
Renaming the portion of St. Anthony Avenue between Western Avenue North  
and Rice Street to Rondo Avenue.  
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Adopted  
7 -  
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Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Outlining the City's 2024 Legislative Agenda.  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
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 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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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
First Reading  
Amending the appendix to Chapter 409 of the Legislative Code pursuant to  
Section 17.07.1 of the Charter and Section 409.16 of the Legislative Code to  
create four (4) distinct Commercial Development Districts within the area  
known as the Creative Enterprise Zone and allow for nine (9) On-Sale Liquor  
Licenses of any type, notwithstanding on-sale liquor licenses allowed under §  
409 of the Legislative Code, to be distributed among the four (4) Districts.  
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Amended and laid over to February 14, 2024 for Second Reading  
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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.  
Approving the application of FrankieBird Productions/Visit Saint Paul for a  
sound level variance in order to present amplified sound for Heavy Metal on  
February 10, 2024 at 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd - Minnesota State  
Capitol Grounds.  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Approving the petition of Antony Dean, Lulu Yin and Michael Goldberg, to  
vacate Curfew Street between 2510 Beverly Road and 2516 Beverly Road.  
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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 the City, on behalf of the Police Department (“SPPD”), to accept  
and amend the 2024 Special Fund Budget for a Partner Grant from the Capitol  
Region Watershed District (CWRD).  
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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 Budgets in  
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the amount of $3,360,000 to reflect the multi-year Legacy Grant received from  
the State of Minnesota for arts and cultural heritage at the Como Park Zoo and  
Conservatory.  
Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Accepting the American Lung Association extension grant for a Department of  
Energy sub-recipient grant as awarded via RES 24-145 and amending the  
financing and spending in the Public Works grant budget in the amount of  
$560,844.  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Approving the application of Burger Moe’s for a sound level variance in order  
to present amplified sound for the St Patrick’s Day/Lucky Palooza events on  
March 16, 2024 and March 17, 2024 at 242 Seventh Street West - Burger  
Moe’s parking lot.  
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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 Fire Department in the  
amount of $97,900 for a contribution received from the Minnesota Board of  
Firefighter Training and Education (MBFTE) to pay for training for firefighters.  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
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 other documents related thereto) and amending the  
operating budget for the City's sponsorship of a Metropolitan Council Livable  
Communities Demonstration Account Transit Oriented Development (TOD)  
Grant Program for Project for Pride in Living, Inc., (“PPL”) for its site at 892  
Seventh Street East (District 4, Ward 6).  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
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 Lilydale of one or more series of  
conduit revenue bonds, approving a Bond Compliance and Fee Agreement,  
and authorizing the execution of documents for the Playwrights’ Center  
Project located at 710 Raymond Avenue (District 12, Ward 4).  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Nay:  
Amending the 2024 spending and financing plans for the City Hall Annex to  
reestablish a budget to make physical improvements within portions of the  
downtown skyway system.  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Nay:  
LEGISLATIVE HEARING DISCUSSION ITEM  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 1540  
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MINNEHAHA AVENUE EAST. (File No. VB2402, Assessment No. 248801)  
Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
Appeal of Tou Yia Vang to a Vacant Building Registration Requirement at 2164  
BUSH AVENUE .  
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Adopted  
7 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang,  
Councilmember Kim, Councilmember Bowie, Councilmember Jost and  
Councilmember Johnson  
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:  
Appeal of Jacob Lucas to a Vehicle Abatement Order at 29 ACKER STREET  
WEST.  
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Adopted  
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. (Public hearing continued to February 7, 2024)  
Adopted as amended (granted 180 days)  
Making finding on the appealed substantial abatement ordered for 621  
BIDWELL STREET in Council File RLH RR 23-39.  
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Referred to February 13, 2024 Legislative Hearing (to return for Council public  
hearing on February 21, 2024)  
Ordering the rehabilitation or razing and removal of the structures at 1726  
FOURTH STREET EAST within fifteen (15) days after the November 8, 2023,  
City Council Public Hearing. (Amend to grant 180 days, awaiting plan  
approval)  
Adopted as amended (granted 180 days)  
Making finding on the appealed substantial abatement ordered for 1862 IVY  
AVENUE EAST in Council File RLH RR 23-29.  
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Adopted  
Appeal of Julie Walters-Lee to a Vacant Building Registration Fee Warning  
Letter at 2130 IVY AVENUE EAST.  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 132  
MAGNOLIA AVENUE EAST. (File No. J2402A2, Assessment No. 248519)  
Adopted  
Appeal of Jacob Lucas to a Vehicle Abatement Order at 28 SYCAMORE  
STREET WEST.  
Adopted  
Appeal of Jacob Lucas to a Summary Abatement Order and Vehicle  
Abatement Order at 760 SYLVAN STREET.  
Adopted  
Appeal of Si Nguyen to a Revocation of Fire Certificate of Occupancy and  
Order to Vacate at 353 UNIVERSITY AVENUE WEST.  
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Public hearing continued to February 21, 2024  
Ordering the rehabilitation or razing and removal of the structures at 1213  
WOODBRIDGE STREET within fifteen (15) days after the September 13,  
2023, City Council Public Hearing. (Refer to Legislative Hearing March 12,  
2024)  
Referred to March 12, 2024 Legislative Hearing  
Appeal of Jake Johnson to a Vacant Building Registration Notice at 880 YORK  
AVENUE.  
ADJOURNMENT  
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Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Property Clean Up services during August 8 to  
11, 2023 (File No. J2406A, Assessment No. 248505)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Property Clean Up services during August 14  
to 22, 2023 (File No. J2407A, Assessment No. 248506)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Equipment and Labor for Clean Up services  
during July to August 2023 (File No. J2408A, Assessment No. 248507)  
Adopted  
Ratifying the assessments for Miscellaneous Abatement services during July  
to August 2023 (File No. J2409A, Assessment No. 248508)  
Adopted  
Meeting ended at 4:57 PM  
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