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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 fourth-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 program 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 public through its weekly public meetings.

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End-of-year message to our community from Saint Paul Public Library and Parks & Recreation

12/31/2020 Parks & Recreation

By Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm and Saint Paul Public Library Director Catherine Penkert

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Tree Gnome Scavenger Hunt

12/14/2020 Parks & Recreation

Can you find all the Tree Gnomes hidden in our parks?

Solve the clues to hone in on the Tree Gnome's park location, once you find them, share a selfie using #stpgnometakeover (without giving away the location!) Enjoy the outdoors and explore Saint Paul parks with this family-friendly, social-distant, self-led activity.

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Winter Break Youth Programs

12/11/2020 Parks & Recreation

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Last Edited: February 19, 2021