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City Approves Remaining 2018 Assessments

The city council has approved the remaining assessments for Franklin Avenue, Prior Avenue, Third Street, and Western Avenue. The assessments returned to the agenda for the 9/25/19 city council meeting. Here’s the video stream of the assessments being approved. The vote was originally laid over for a week at CM Prince and CM Thao’s request …

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City holds closed-door meeting to consider current appeals

Yesterday, the city held a closed door meeting “to discuss pending litigation in First Baptist Church of St. Paul, et al v. City of Saint Paul and Christina Anderson, et al v. City of Saint Paul”. No further details were shared, but it’s likely that the city attorney has (finally) looked at the adverse decision …

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Council delays vote on Franklin, Prior, Third and Western assessments

The City Council has delayed a vote on the revised assessments for Franklin Ave., Prior Ave., Third Ave., and Western Ave by a week to August 28th. Simon Taghioff from Fair Streets St. Paul and our attorney Jack Hoeschler both spoke at the public hearing (video). Public Hearing: Mill & Overlay Unfair and Illegal Referencing …

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Carter announces 2020 budget – street funding takes center stage

Mayor Carter launched his proposed 2020 budget for St. Paul yesterday, and finding a sustainable way to fund our streets was a central theme. Referencing last week’s report from the city’s public works department, Mayor Carter accepted that “keeping street spending at the current rate would render more than half our roads undrivable in just …

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The Villager: St. Paul reduces street work bills

The latest edition of The Villager leads with two issues that underscore St. Paul residents’ current frustrations with their elected representatives – mill & overlay, and organized trash collection, both of which are now the subject of lawsuits against St. Paul. The mill & overlay article covers the city’s decision on June 19th to reduce …

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Star Tribune: St. Paul cuts street repair bills, but some still question fairness

The Star Tribune has reported on the city’s decision to reduce our street assessments (June 22nd 2019, pp. B1-B2). The city didn’t announce how it had arrived at the reduced rates at the council meeting on June 19th. According to the Star Trib, the cost of federally required ADA-compliant curbs was the primary driver for …

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City reduces assessments

After 2 months of closed door discussion, the City of St. Paul has presented its proposed revisions to the 2018 Mill & Overlay assessments. Acknowledging moving testimony from residents, the City took the following action: New assessment rolls with reduced rates were presented for the four laid over projects (Stryker, Forest, Victoria, Arlington), which were …

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Vote Laid Over to June 5th

At the City Council meeting on May 22nd, the Mill & Overlay votes for the remaining four projects were laid over again to June 5th. Council President Brendmoen stated that discussions were ongoing with Public Works on a way forward and that they hoped to have those discussions completed by then. As we’ve noted previously, …

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Star Tribune: Massive Street Repair Bills Rile Homeowners

The Star Tribune has published an in-depth article on the front page of its print edition and website! St. Paul homeowners push back after getting massive street repair bills; City Council takes a new look at how best to pay for the maintenance after Minnesota Supreme Court threw out previous system. https://t.co/tvlwOOTAyL pic.twitter.com/ISJKOtemfE — Star …

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