West St. Paul city council chambers

City Council Preview: Feb. 8, 2021

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There’s not much on the agenda for the regular West St. Paul City Council meeting on Monday night. A few procedural items and recognizing Black History Month, but no new business. Most of the real work will happen in conversations during workshops before the regular meeting.

Standard COVID-19 disclaimer: City Council meetings are open to the public, though the audience is limited, masks are required, and an overflow crowd can watch in the lobby. All meetings are broadcast online and on cable TV. Public comments will be in-person and via call-in.

Committee Appointment Process

After a circus of a committee appointment process at the January 25 Open Council Work Session (OCWS), Council will discuss how to improve the process during Monday’s OCWS. The process has been changed multiple times in the past few years, apparently without success.

Other Items on the Agenda:

  • Proclamations: West St. Paul will proclaim February as Black History Month.
  • Sidewalks: The city will enter joint power agreements with Dakota County to begin planning sidewalk on Thompson and Butler. This is the initial design for these projects and there’s a long way to go (Thompson sidewalk is currently slated for 2023).
  • Residential signs: After discussing the residential sign ordinance at the January 11 City Council meeting, the Council will consider an option to double the square footage of signs allowed during the Open Council Work Session (OCWS).
  • Renaissance Plan: Also during the January 11 meeting, Council discussed the Renaissance Plan. During the OCWS they’ll discuss if it should be officially approved instead of just accepted. The Council passed a resolution in 2017 accepting the plan, but not approving it, which means it’s not legally binding.
  • Townhouse offer: The Economic Development Authority (EDA) will consider a purchase offer for land off Crawford Drive to build 16 townhomes.
  • Housing rehab: The loan program approved last year didn’t actually grant any loans, so the EDA will consider expanding the program for this year.
  • Water: Saint Paul Regional Water plans to upgrade the McCarrons water treatment facility—where West St. Paul gets its water—in the next few years. A short presentation during OCWS will explain the project and potential impacts.

The public can watch the meeting live on Town Square TV or cable TV starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday (5 p.m. for the EDA workshop and OCWS).

If you’re unable to attend in person, you can always use our coloring pages to imagine you’re there.

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