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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Latest News

Metropolitan Council Grants Support Equitable Development in Saint Paul

9/20/2023 Planning & Economic Development

Little Mod and the Hamm's brewery redevelopment received funds through the most recent Livable Communities funding round.

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Saint Paul Pursuing a Contract Extension for Citywide Garbage Program

9/14/2023 Public Works

The City's proposed 18-month contract extension with St. Paul Haulers, LLC has no changes to residents’ current garbage services, collection day, or designated hauler.

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Halloween & Fall Events

9/13/2023 Parks & Recreation

Join Saint Paul Parks and Recreation this fall for cozy bonfires, spooky Halloween parties, and other fun neighborhood events.

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RELEASE: City of Saint Paul announces funding for expanded Pedro Park

8/23/2023 Parks & Recreation

The Saint Paul City Council today voted to authorize $6 million in funding to construct a new .87-acre park in downtown Saint Paul, which is expected to break ground next summer. The approved funding, comprised of existing General Fund and City Bond Funds, leaves $1.5 million remaining to be privately fundraised. Construction of new downtown park set to begin Summer 2024.

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Last Edited: August 10, 2023