West St. Paul

City Council Preview: March 23, 2020

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To say Monday’s West St. Paul City Council meeting will be interesting is an understatement. But more for the circumstances than the agenda: Last week the city closed just about everything and on Friday Mayor Dave Napier declared an official state of emergency in response to the coronavirus.

The City Council meeting will be closed to the public, though it will be available online with some form of online interaction for citizen comments and public hearings. It’s not clear if council members will be at city hall or appearing remotely. The Open Council Work Session has also been cancelled.

Repealing Prevailing Wage

A proposed repeal of West St. Paul’s prevailing wage ordinance is on the agenda. There was a lot of discussion about this at the last meeting, and it’s precipitated by the proposed apartments at the former K-mart site. The city hasn’t been enforcing the 2007 prevailing wage ordinance and if we start now the K-mart site developer says the project won’t go forward.

Other Notes:

  • North Gateway: The proposed apartment buildings at Robert and Annapolis will come before the Council for approval. This project was supposed to come before Planning Commission last week, but that meeting was cancelled. This public hearing is the first time the public has an opportunity to give input on the project.
  • Net Ministries: They’re adding a 12,000-square-foot expansion to their building. This project was also supposed to come before Planning Commission last week.
  • Ordinance Changes: The second reading of several ordinance changes will come up, which includes public readings. These are mostly minor—vacating easements, changing pawn shop reporting requirements, and a change allowing cosmetic tattooing.
  • Hy-Vee: A minor plat change comes before the Council—notably mostly as reassurance that the Hy-Vee project is still moving forward.

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