West St. Paul City Council chambers

City Council Preview: Feb. 22, 2021

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For the second meeting in a row, there’s not much on the regular West St. Paul City Council meeting agenda. Instead look to the Open Council Work Session (OCWS) beforehand for some engaging conversation and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting afterward for some actual business to get done.

Committee Appointment Process

The Council will discuss the committee appointment process again during OCWS after a circus of an appointment process on January 25 and a discussion about how to fix it on February 8.

The first step is to consider expanding the Environmental Committee and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, both to reappoint former members overlooked in the January 25 appointments and because there’s so much community interest in serving.

Then there are a number of proposals to revamp the process, including interviews, term limits, ward representation, limiting members to serving on one committee at a time, and more.

Other Items on the Agenda:

  • Charter amendments: During OCWS the Council will discuss three charter amendments approved by the Charter Commission last month. Amendments have to be approved unanimously be the Council and mayor.
  • Sidewalks: The city is potentially getting federal funding for sidewalks along Bidwell, and the Council will discuss the details during OCWS.
  • Townhome sale: Last month the Council discussed a proposal to sell land for townhomes and grudgingly went along with it. The proposal officially comes up for approval during the EDA meeting.
  • Housing rehab: The EDA will also consider expanding a housing rehab loan program after getting zero takers for the low-interest loans last year.
  • History: The City Council will proclaim March as Women’s History Month.

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