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 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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RELEASE: City of Saint Paul and community partners celebrate grand opening of new play space at Hamline Park

10/14/2021 Parks & Recreation

Upgraded play space provides surrounding community with increased access to updated amenities.

The City of Saint Paul and community partners today celebrated the grand opening of a brand-new play space at Hamline Park. Located in the Hamline-Midway Area, this play space has been completely replaced, including new safety surfacing and new drains underneath to keep the playground dry.

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Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.

10/1/2021 Technology and Communications

October marks Cybersecurity Awareness Month 

Cybersecurity Awareness Month kicks of this month and this year’s theme - “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” - empowers individuals to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace.

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Halloween & Fall Events

10/1/2021 Parks & Recreation

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Halloween events and activities.

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Saint Paul Regional Water Services Wins “Best in Glass – Minnesota’s Best Drinking Water” Award

9/21/2021 Water Services

Saint Paul Regional Water Services was voted the winner of the 2021 “Best in Glass” drinking water taste test at this year’s Annual Conference for the Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association (MN AWWA), held in Duluth, Minnesota.

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Last Edited: October 6, 2021