West St. Paul City Council chambers

West St. Paul City Council Preview: Nov. 28, 2022

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West St. Paul’s City Council will learn about a proposed mental health crisis center, though take no action. Other topics include zoning for intoxicating THC products, stormwater tweaks, and a new K-9.

Mental Health Crisis Center

Council will get a presentation on the proposed mental health crisis center, though no action will be taken. A neighborhood meeting is scheduled for December 1, so Council action on the project has been pushed back to the December 12 meeting. That December 12 meeting will include a public hearing, though it’s not required.

According to the agenda packet, the purpose of the information session and no action is “to allow
the City Council to focus on expected public comment at the 12/12 meeting instead of staff

The Planning Commission public hearing included 10 residents speaking out against the project.

The agenda packet includes an explanation of concerns and responses, as well as some suggested conditions for approval.

Other Items on the Agenda

  • K-9: Police Officer Ethan Draz and his K-9 partner Bear completed their three month training and certification process and will be introduced to the community.
  • Marijuana: After enacting new ordinances for intoxicating THC products, the Council will consider new zoning for where these shops can be located.
  • Stormwater updates: Two code changes will come before Council to update stormwater ordinances. They’re setting specific storage requirements for salt and de-icers as well as lowering a water quality treatment threshold to be in line with the Lower Mississippi Watershed Management Organization.
  • Closed session: There will be two closed sessions, one for a performance review of the city manager and another to discuss the sale of the Hy-Vee/YMCA property.

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

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

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