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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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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Saint Paul to Close Kellogg-3rd Street Bridge for Three Years Starting July 29

7/12/2024 Public Works

Starting Monday, July 29, 2024, City of Saint Paul will close the Kellogg-3rd Street Bridge from Broadway Street to Mounds Boulevard to begin a three-year project that will remove and replace the entire bridge that connects the East Side to Downtown Saint Paul.

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Shepard Road/Warner Road scheduled to reopen between Eagle Parkway and Hwy 61 on Wednesday, July 17 after 6 p.m.

7/11/2024 Public Works

Shepard Road/Warner Road scheduled to reopen between Eagle Parkway and Hwy 61 on Wednesday, July 17 after 6 p.m.

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Spotlight: East Metro Main Street Economic Revitalization Program

7/10/2024 Planning & Economic Development

Hear the impact of this Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation grant program directly from local business owners Michael Udo (Udo's African Food) and Luis Gutierrez (La Palma Supermercado).

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City of Saint Paul and Community Partners to Celebrate the Completion of New Turf Field Using Funds from 1% Sales Tax

7/9/2024 Parks & Recreation

The City of Saint Paul and community partners will celebrate the opening of a new multi-sport turf field tomorrow, Wed., July 10 at 5:00 p.m. at Jimmy Lee/Oxford Community Center. The latest renovated amenity in Saint Paul is made possible through Saint Paul’s strategy to fund city improvements with the “Common Cent” program.

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Last Edited: July 8, 2024