West St. Paul City Council chambers

City Council Preview: April 12, 2021

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There’s not a lot on the regular meeting agenda for the West St. Paul City Council, though important conversations will happen during the Open Council Work Session (OCWS), including potentially creating a new committee and a resolution to support AT&T union employees.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

During the Open Council Work Session (OCWS), the City Council will discuss creating a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee. The idea is proposed by residents Kimetha “KaeJae” Johnson and Ken Paulman, who offered a proposal that includes feedback from residents.

The committee would likely focus on global policy issues and specific initiatives to expand the city’s work on DEI issues.

Resolution Supporting Unions

The West St. Paul AT&T store is slated to close, and potentially re-open with non-union employees. This sparked a protest back in March and at the last Council meeting a union representative challenged the City Council to take a stand on the issue. At that meeting, all six Council members voiced their support for the union.

There’s a proposed resolution that would support the union workers and encourage AT&T to maintain their union employees. It will be discussed during the OCWS.

Other Items on the Agenda:

  • Nancy Raddatz: The Council will approve a proclamation honoring longtime resident Nancy Raddatz who passed away on March 27.
  • Stimulus: That sweet, sweet stimulus money is trickling down to West St. Paul. Of the $1.9 trillion in the American Rescue Plan Act, it appears the City of West St. Paul will get $2.27 million. There are lots of limitations on the money, so staff are recommending it be used for sewer infrastructure. It’s not sexy, but there will be other revenue sources to help local businesses, and using the money this way will ultimately benefit all property owners in West St. Paul by decreasing the cost of the vital infrastructure improvements.
  • Wage theft: Council Member Julie Eastman will be joining an informal group of area council members on a Wage Theft Steering Committee. The Council will discuss it during OCWS to give Eastman their thumbs up.
  • Strategic initiatives: Another draft of the Council’s 2021 strategic initiatives will come up for discussion in OCWS.
  • City pool: The Council will approve a new contract with the YMCA to operate the city pool. After being closed last year for COVID-19, the pool will likely open on June 12.
  • Microblading: There will be a public hearing and a final reading on a proposed ordinance to remove microblading from restrictions for traditional tattoo establishments.

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. (Does anybody do this? Let me know. I’d love to share your artwork.)

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