Widespread protest and looting is hitting the Twin Cities in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. A number of retail stores on Robert Street in West St. Paul have closed, and some have been hit by looters.
The West St. Paul City Council met digitally this week and discussed a food truck ordinance, some routine items previously passed, and the art park.
The first City Council meeting of 2020 was relatively quiet, with a nod to local baseball and discussions on a community pollinator garden, expanded ice arena, and legislative priorities.
West St. Paul’s Planning Commission considered a proposed apartment on the former golf course and heard opposition from neighbors.
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.
The West St. Paul Police Department wants community input on two big issues—the hiring process for a new police chief and body cameras.