March 15th, 2018
3pm-5pm | 6pm-8pm(choose one)
This year we are taking a different approach to our annual neighborhood meetings, which is to set aside one day with two different time options. No need to register, just show up!
Meet with your Mayor, City Council Members and City Staff to learn about and provide your opinions about the state of the City, City Council goals, City programs and upcoming projects.
As a primer, it is projected to cost $33.6 million to run the various municipal operations and construct the infrastructure improvements during 2018. This is funded by about $14.2 million in a property tax levy with the balance, over $19 million coming from other sources. During 2017, in an effort to stretch dollars as far as possible, West St. Paul participated in 19 joint governmental collaboratives while bringing over $2 million in grant funding. Collaboratives with neighboring cities include our multi-city recycling and volunteer programs.
Growing the West St. Paul property tax base is a primary goal. During 2017, 14 development projects were completed and another 16 are in process for possible completion during 2018. Over 1,900 building permits were issued in 2017 with a total value of nearly $30 million.
Maintaining infrastructure is also a top priority. We reconstructed 2.5 miles of our 65 mile roadway system, completed reconstruction of two of six lift stations (sanitary sewer), and conducted a myriad park improvements. After many years of deferred maintenance, we began a three-year project to update HVAC, roofing and related systems at City Hall to extend the useful life of the building.
Community building programs run the gamut from our Police Citizen Academy, the Bike Rodeo, Car seat clinics, health and school fairs, open houses and tours and many, many others.
The City Council and 85 City staff strive to provide value to the taxpayer and programs and services desired by the public. As such, periodic “town hall meetings” provide the opportunity to check in and maybe change course if we receive suggestions that new approaches may be worth consideration. We appreciate the feedback received in the past and look forward to continuing dialogue on March 15!