Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral
Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral

Mayor Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter is the 46th, and first African-American mayor of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Capital City.

A fifth-generation Saint Paul resident, Mayor Carter leads with an unapologetic equity agenda. Since taking office in 2018, his accomplishments include raising the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour; tripling free programs in rec centers; eliminating late fines in public libraries; reestablishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund; expanding immigrant & refugee support resources, and launching an Office of Financial Empowerment. One signature initiative is CollegeBound Saint Paul, Mayor Carter’s plan to start every child born in the city with a $50 College Savings Account, starting January 1, 2020.

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City Council

As the legislative body, the City Council is responsible for setting City policy through ordinances and resolutions. The Council also has sole responsibility for adopting the City’s budget. The Council legislates by passing Ordinances which become City laws. The Council also makes performance auditing decisions and monitors the operation and performance of city agencies and holds regular oversight hearings on city departments to determine how programs are working and whether budgeted funds are being spent well. In its decision-making roles, the City Council actively involves the public through its weekly public meetings.

 

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RELEASE: Saint Paul’s 2023 park permit lottery now open

12/1/2022 Parks & Recreation

Saint Paul residents and businesses may enter the lottery online or over the phone until Dec. 21, 2022, with permits being issued beginning on Jan. 3, 2023 to lottery entrants.   

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Winter Special Events & Holiday Parties

11/17/2022 Parks & Recreation

There's snow place like Saint Paul! Celebrate the season with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation at a holiday party or special event.

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City of Saint Paul Announces Redevelopment Opportunity at 1170 Arcade Street

11/17/2022 Planning & Economic Development

The HRA is seeking proposals for a higher density development to take advantage of nearby commercial and residential properties, as well as the transit and amenities in the area.

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RELEASE: Saint Paul and Ramsey County team up to offer expanded cross-country skiing options and new mutual ski passes 

11/17/2022 Parks & Recreation

New machine-made snow trail, expanded rental locations, and additional groomed trails included with new mutual Saint Paul/Ramsey County cross-country ski passes.

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Last Edited: December 5, 2022