West St. Paul City Council chambers

West St. Paul City Council Preview: August 22, 2022

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The West St. Paul City Council will discuss regulations for marijuana products, hold public hearings for unpaid fines and assessments, and review the site plan for the proposed Cafe Zupas.

Marijuana Products

During the Open Council Work Session (OCWS) Council will discuss the regulation of marijuana products. In previous meetings, Council implemented a moratorium on the expansion of sales in the hopes of putting a regulatory framework in place. This is the initial discussion on that framework, including licensing, zoning, and regulations.

Cafe Zupas

A site plan for the proposed Cafe Zupas in front of Cub Foods will come before the Council for approval. This was approved unanimously by the Planning Commission.

Other Items on the Agenda

  • Fines: There will be a public hearing on various unpaid fines and assessments. Most are for false alarm calls to the police (first three are waived, fines start after that), snow clearing, and more. One home has racked up $5,000 in charges for a garage mural that violates the sign ordinance (we reported on the mural last fall).
  • Fire district: South Metro Fire is considering the option of creating a fire district. This would be a change in bureaucracy that would make South Metro more independent. Pros include the ability to levy taxes and bonds, though cons include duplicating existing services.
  • Opioid funds: During the OCWS Council will discuss disbursement of opioid settlement funds. Cities under 30,000 were not included, but Dakota County theoretically is receiving money on our behalf and Council will make recommendations for the county.
  • Police: A new police officer will be sworn in during the City Council meeting.
  • Pink: The police will also give an update on the annual police vs. fire charity hockey game, as well as the Pink Patch Project to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The public can watch the meeting live on Town Square TV or cable TV starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday (5:15 p.m. for the OCWS meeting).

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

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