With a week shortened by the Thanksgiving holiday, the West St. Paul City Council had another quick, 20-minute meeting. The official meeting included some routine business as well as a resident rant during citizen comments, with more involved discussions happening during the Open Council Work Session.
After two very long meetings in a row, last night’s 20-minute West St. Paul City Council meeting was a welcome breather. The main agenda didn’t include much, though more interesting discussions happened during the Open Council Work Session.
Last night’s West St. Paul City Council meeting ran three hours and 53 minutes, the longest meeting of 2019 by far and the longest meeting in recent years. The discussion around the proposed apartment complex on the former golf course led to such a long meeting.
The West St. Paul city council held six public hearings, passed Tobacco 21, and heard complaints from residents about assessments and the relocation of the YMCA.
This week’s West St. Paul city council meeting included forward progress on Tobacco 21 and the 2020 city budget, as well as some heated debate over the hiring process for the new police chief.
With the Charter Commission meeting this week, let’s look at some interesting facets of the West St. Paul city charter.