West St. Paul City Council Chambers

West St. Paul City Council Preview: August 8, 2022

We believe in government transparency and provide these West St. Paul City Council previews with your support.

The city will take action on the Hy-Vee property, incorporate ISD 197’s school resource officer into the budget, and get a preliminary look at the 2023 budget.

City to Buy Hy-Vee Property

The Economic Development Authority (EDA) will approve a purchase agreement for the Hy-Vee property. The city will buy the land for $5.2 million, but expects to turn around and sell it to a developer for the same price (or slightly more). The move gives the city control over what happens to the site.


West St. Paul has embedded social workers with the police department as a pilot program with Dakota County. During the Open Council Work Session (OCWS), Council will get an update on this program and during the regular meeting approve a new agreement for a permanent program.

ISD 197 has had a school resource officer (SRO) since 2004, that’s recently been funded through Mendota Heights. They did not renew the contract, so the district is hoping to do it through West St. Paul. ISD 197 would pay for 75% of the expense. When school is not in session, the SRO would be assigned to other duties in the West St. Paul police department. The contract will be approved as part of the consent agenda.


Council will get a first look at the 2023 budget during the OCWS meeting. Priorities include maintaining a stable workforce, quality infrastructure, and public safety, while also stabilizing/decreasing the property tax rate.

The preliminary budget includes a number of additions, including more police officers, a neighborhood grant program for projects in parks or the right of way, and a skate park.

Other Items on the Agenda

  • Several ordinances covering catalytic converters, truck parking, and fraudulent gift cards will be approved for a final reading.

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 meeting).

Learn more about how city council works with our Guide to West St. Paul City Council.

West St. Paul Reader provides neighborhood news supported by neighbors. Become a member today.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s