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West St. Paul will consider joining other Minnesota cities in declaring a climate emergency and consider a townhouse development during Monday’s City Council meeting.
Declaring a Climate Emergency
During the Open Council Work Session (OCWS), Council will discuss whether or not to join 16 other cities across Minnesota in declaring a climate emergency. The resolution will urge the legislature to take further action on climate change. The Environmental Committee raised the issue earlier this month and unanimously approved a motion to forward a resolution to city council. The proposal meets best practices for the Green Step Cities program, the environmental and sustainability program the city has been following.
If Council is on board, the declaration will be added to the regular agenda and approved.
The Economic Development Authority (EDA) will look at a proposed townhouse development for the former Thompson Oaks golf course. The proposal includes two options, one with 58 multi-level units and minimal cost to the city and another with 38 multi-level and 12 single-level units with a cost of around $300,000 to the city.
The two options come after Council Member Dick Vitelli voiced concerns back in November about needing more single-level options for older residents.
Other Items on the Agenda
- Public hearing: Final reading and a public hearing on an ordinance to restrict where storage facilities can be located.
- New business: The Open to Business program will present on their accomplishments in 2021 during the OCWS, including supporting 15 businesses in West St. Paul. The EDA will approve an agreement to continue the program.
- Annapolis: There will be an update on the Annapolis reconstruction project during the OCWS, reflecting the latest open house and survey input.
- SRSBA: Dave Motz will be recognized for 15 years as president of the South Robert Street Business Association.
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).
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