City Council Recap: Aug. 12, 2019

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A short agenda and two non-controversial public hearings resulted in the shortest West St. Paul city council meeting of the year so far.

In just 17 minutes the council dispensed with business and moved to adjourn. Sept. 10, 2018 also saw a 17-minute meeting, so it’s not quite a record (though I’d probably have to compare the meeting start and end times in the minutes to get a more official comparison).

Tonight’s business consisted of public hearings on assessment for Robert Street sidewalk snow removal and tax abatement bonds for the Marie & Oakdale sidewalk project, as well as moving the 2019 Housing Plan to a future meeting for further discussion. So no official action on the housing plan, but the 52-page document is worth taking a look at.

Other Notes:

  • The Open Council Work Session (OCWS) included a few note-worthy items—the 2020 and 2021 budgets and discussion about the Thompson Oaks Wetlands Restoration. Sometimes the more interesting details come up in the OCWS.
  • West St. Paul had over 30 Night to Unite parties last week. It’s always good to see the community getting outside and coming together.
  • City Manager Ryan Schroeder also introduced the new HR director, Deb Gieseke, who comes to West St. Paul fresh from the private sector and fills the shoes of Sherrie Le who recently retired.

City council meetings are open to the public and generally held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. You can also watch this meeting online.

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