Mayor Dave Napier swearing in new West St. Paul Police Officer Aaron Stone

City Council Recap: Feb. 24, 2020

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Business as usual for the West St. Paul City Council this week, with the swearing in of a police officer, honoring a Leap Day centenarian, progress on sidewalks/trails, and maybe a new Starbucks.

What, More Starbucks?

Yes, West St. Paul may be getting a second stand-alone Starbucks in the outlot of Cub Foods. Development is finally moving forward for these outlot parcels, with the potential of Starbucks, Xfinity, and Chase so far.

Original site plans were approved a decade ago, and due to changes in the plans they’ll likely go through the process again. But during the Open Council Work Session (OCWS), Council was eager to fast track the project and keep development moving, so look for it to come before Planning Commission in March and construction to begin this year.

There are still additional lots in the Cub Foods outlot, so there may be future development as well.

Sidewalks and Trails: Thompson and Oakdale

Council looked at preliminary options for sidewalks and trails on Thompson and Oakdale during the OCWS. These are the same proposals that came before the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee earlier this month. At this point the city is using a Dakota County grant to study options and come up with estimates so they can apply for funding. It’s all about the money, and that pushes the timeline several years out (2024?).

The public will have a chance to weigh in during an open house on March 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. George Orthodox Church.

Other Notes:

  • New officer: After a lengthy seven-month process, new West St. Paul Police Officer Aaron Stone was sworn in before a crowd of family and friends.
  • Centenarian: The city honored Rose Slomba, who turns 100 on February 29. Mayor Dave Napier plans to present the city proclamation to Slomba in person on her birthday.
  • Birding: West St. Paul passed a Bird City USA resolution, which is similar to the Tree City USA designation we’ve had for nearly 20 years. This will increase public education and awareness of birds in our community, improve bird habitat, and ensure the best management of our urban forest and waterways. Marthaler Park will be designated as a bird friendly habitat and the city will recognize International Migratory Bird Day.
  • Open to Business: Business Advisor Karen Schaffhausen gave a presentation on the county’s Open to Business program. If you’re looking to start a new business, they’ve got resources to help.
  • Drinkin’ & smokin’: Several local establishments failed their alcohol and tobacco compliance checks (they sold to a minor) and will have to pay the piper.
  • Dome: Design changes were made to the dome when it was built to better accommodate parking, and that change has led to structural failures in the emergency exit roofing thanks to heavy snow. Council approved fixes, which will be covered by the dome fund.
  • Training: There will be a Planning Commission training on March 17 that’s open to the public. So if you ever wanted to know all the ins and outs of city planning, now’s your chance.

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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