City Hall and Court House  
15 West Kellogg Boulevard  
Council Chambers - 3rd  
Floor  
City of Saint Paul  
651-266-8560  
Meeting Minutes - Action Only  
City Council  
Council President Amy Brendmoen  
Councilmember Russel Balenger  
Councilmember Mitra Jalali  
Councilmember Rebecca Noecker  
Councilmember Jane L. Prince  
Councilmember Chris Tolbert  
Councilmember Nelsie Yang  
Wednesday, September 21, 2022  
ROLL CALL  
3:30 PM  
Council Chambers - 3rd Floor  
Meeting started at 3:30 PM  
6 -  
Present  
Councilmember Amy Brendmoen, Councilmember Rebecca Noecker,  
Councilmember Jane L. Prince, Councilmember Mitra Jalali, Councilmember  
Nelsie Yang and Councilmember Russel Balenger  
1 - Councilmember Chris Tolbert  
Absent  
COMMUNICATIONS & RECEIVE/FILE  
Authorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to reallocate $170,000  
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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  
Amending CDBG Project Budgets: Funding for 411 Wabasha (Rodriguez  
Auto), a project CDBG subrecipient NeDA selected to be funded with West  
Side Commercial program CDBG funds.  
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  
6 -  
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Yea:  
Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember  
Prince, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang and Councilmember  
Balenger  
Nay:  
1 - Councilmember Tolbert  
Absent:  
Approving 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)  
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Adopted  
Approving 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)  
Adopted  
Accepting 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.  
Adopted  
Approving 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.  
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Laid over to September 28, 2022  
Establishing the rate of pay for the new Business Analyst series in EG 06,  
Professional Employees Association (PEA), consisting of four new  
classifications.  
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Laid over to September 28, 2022  
Approving the use of grant funds through the Neighborhood STAR  
Year-Round Program for the G.W. Carver Cultural Center for Innovation.  
Adopted  
Waiving 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.  
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Adopted  
Authorizing 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.  
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Adopted  
Authorizing 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 Pandemic  
Adopted  
Approving 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.  
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Laid over to September 28, 2022  
Waiving 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.  
Adopted  
Accepting 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.  
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Adopted  
Waiving 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.  
Adopted  
ROLL CALL  
7 -  
Present  
Councilmember Amy Brendmoen, Councilmember Chris Tolbert,  
Councilmember Rebecca Noecker, Councilmember Jane L. Prince,  
Councilmember Mitra Jalali, Councilmember Nelsie Yang and  
Councilmember Russel Balenger  
FOR DISCUSSION  
Amending 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)  
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Adopted  
7 -  
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Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember  
Noecker, Councilmember Prince, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember  
Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
Considering 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.)  
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Adopted  
7 -  
Yea:  
Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember  
Noecker, Councilmember Prince, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember  
Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
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Nay:  
SUSPENSION ITEMS  
Waiving 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.  
Adopted  
7 -  
Yea:  
Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember  
Noecker, Councilmember Prince, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember  
Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
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Nay:  
Extending 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.  
Adopted  
7 -  
Yea:  
Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember  
Noecker, Councilmember Prince, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember  
Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
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Nay:  
FOR DISCUSSION  
2022 property tax trends update from Ramsey County.  
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Received and Filed  
RECESS  
City Council meeting recessed at 4:02 PM  
City Council meeting resumed at 4:19 PM  
ROLL CALL  
7 -  
Present  
Councilmember Amy Brendmoen, Councilmember Chris Tolbert,  
Councilmember Rebecca Noecker, Councilmember Jane L. Prince,  
Councilmember Mitra Jalali, Councilmember Nelsie Yang and  
Councilmember Russel Balenger  
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Approving a 2023 maximum property tax levy for the Housing and  
Redevelopment Authority (HRA).  
Adopted  
7 -  
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Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember  
Noecker, Councilmember Prince, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember  
Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
Approving a 2023 maximum property tax levy for the City.  
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Adopted  
7 -  
Yea:  
Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember  
Noecker, Councilmember Prince, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember  
Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
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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 first reading.  
Final Adoption  
Amending 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  
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South (parcels 172823110111 and 172823110114).  
Adopted  
7 -  
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Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember  
Noecker, Councilmember Prince, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember  
Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
PUBLIC HEARINGS  
Live testimony is limited to two minutes for each person. See below for optional ways  
to testify.  
Amending Chapter 193A of the Legislative Code pertaining to rent  
stabilization.  
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Adopted  
5 -  
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember  
Noecker, Councilmember Prince and Councilmember Balenger  
2 - Councilmember Jalali and Councilmember Yang  
Authorizing 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.  
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Adopted  
7 -  
Yea:  
Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember  
Noecker, Councilmember Prince, Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember  
Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
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Nay:  
Amending the financing and spending plans in the Capital Budget and Debt  
Budget to repay federal grant funding.  
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Adopted  
6 -  
0
Yea:  
Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Prince,  
Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
Nay:  
1 - Councilmember Brendmoen  
Absent:  
Amending the financing and spending plans in the Department of Public  
Works Capital Budget to close out 2016 projects.  
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Adopted  
6 -  
0
Yea:  
Nay:  
Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Prince,  
Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
1 - Councilmember Brendmoen  
Absent:  
Authorizing 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.  
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Adopted  
6 -  
0
Yea:  
Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Prince,  
Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
Nay:  
1 - Councilmember Brendmoen  
Absent:  
Adopting 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)  
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Public hearing continued to September 28, 2022  
6 -  
0
Yea:  
Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Prince,  
Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
Nay:  
1 - Councilmember Brendmoen  
Absent:  
Authorizing 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.  
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Adopted  
6 -  
0
Yea:  
Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Prince,  
Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
Nay:  
1 - Councilmember Brendmoen  
Absent:  
Approving 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).  
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Adopted  
6 -  
0
Yea:  
Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Prince,  
Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
Nay:  
1 - Councilmember Brendmoen  
Absent:  
Approving the application of University of St. Thomas, Erin Whipkey, Campus  
Life for a sound level variance in order to present live amplified sound on  
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October 15, 2022 at 2115 Summit Avenue (University of Saint Thomas, Lower  
Quad).  
Adopted  
6 -  
0
Yea:  
Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Prince,  
Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
Nay:  
1 - Councilmember Brendmoen  
Absent:  
Approving 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).  
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Adopted  
6 -  
0
Yea:  
Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Prince,  
Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
Nay:  
1 - Councilmember Brendmoen  
Absent:  
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  
6 -  
0
Yea:  
Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Prince,  
Councilmember Jalali, Councilmember Yang and Councilmember Balenger  
Nay:  
1 - Councilmember Brendmoen  
Absent:  
Ordering 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)  
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Referred to October 11, 2022 Legislative Hearing  
Appeal 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 (granted exception to 3% rent cap and allowed for 15%  
increase)  
Appeal of Dawn Keller to a Correction Notice at 415 CLARENCE STREET.  
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Adopted  
Ordering 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 (granted 180 days)  
Appeal of Daniel Fix to a Summary Abatement Order at 319 FULLER  
AVENUE.  
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Adopted  
Amending Council File RLH SAO 22-29, adopted August 10, 2022, to grant  
Sally Klein an additional extension for property at 769 HAGUE AVENUE.  
Adopted  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 927 LAWSON  
AVENUE EAST. (File No. J2217A, Assessment No. 228516) (Public hearing  
continued to September 21, 2022)  
Adopted as amended (assessment reduced)  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 628/630  
MENDOTA STREET. (File No. J2216A Assessment No. 228515) (Public  
hearing continued to September 21, 2022)  
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Adopted as amended (assessment reduced)  
Ratifying the Appealed Special Tax Assessment for property at 975 PALACE  
AVENUE. (File No. J2217A, Assessment No. 228516) (Public hearing  
continued to September 21, 2022)  
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Adopted as amended (assessment reduced) and public hearing continued to  
September 28, 2022  
Making recommendation to Ramsey County on the application of Alexis Abreu  
Rivero for repurchase of tax forfeited property at 923 WESTMINSTER  
STREET.  
Adopted  
ADJOURNMENT  
Meeting ended at 5:44 PM  
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