City Council Meetings
City Council Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency - How You Can Participate
In-person meetings, or meetings conducted under Minn. Stat. § 13D.02 of the City Council, are not practical or prudent because of the COVID-19 health pandemic emergency declared under Minn. Stat. Chapter 12 by Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. In light of the COVID-19 health pandemic, members of the City Council will participate in City Council meetings by telephone or other electronic means.
View City Council Meetings Online
Public attendance at the City Council’s regular meeting location is not feasible due to the COVID-19 health pandemic. Members of the public may view City Council meetings online at https://stpaul.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx or on local cable Channel 18.
Submit Comments for Public Hearings Electronically
The public may comment on public hearing items in writing or via voicemail. Any comments and materials submitted by 12:00 pm of the day before the meeting will be attached to the public record and available for review by the City Council. Comments may be submitted as follows:
Written public comment on public hearing items can be submitted to Contact-Council@ci.stpaul.mn.us, CouncilHearing@ci.stpaul.mn.us, or by voicemail at 651-266-6805.
Tennessen Warning (Minnesota Statutes, § 13.04, subd. 2) If you submit a comment to our office, the email address you provide is public data under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. You are not legally or otherwise required to provide your email, but we cannot contact you without it.
While the Council will make best efforts to decide all issues before them, the Council may delay decisions on certain matters where the members believe meeting in-person is necessary. Some public hearings will accept live testimony. All City Council public hearings will be held at 3:30 p.m. and there will be no separate 5:30 p.m. public hearings.
Ordinances are read at three separate council meetings and becomes effective after passage by the Council and 30 days after publication in the Saint Paul Legal Ledger. Public hearings on ordinances are held at the second reading.
- Language Interpretation Request
Sign language and interpreters for languages other than English are available upon request at least 72 hours prior in order to participate in a City Council meeting. To request such an accommodation, please email Contact-Council@ci.stpaul.mn.us or call 651-266-8506 and specify the specific need.
- Americans With Disabilities Act Request
Special assistance is available for disabled persons addressing City Council. Efforts will be made to provide adaptations or accommodations based on individual needs of qualified individuals with disabilities, provided that notification of at least 72 hours prior to the date of the meeting has been received by the City Council. Please make your request by emailing Contact-Council@ci.stpaul.mn.us or calling 651-266-8506 and specify the specific need.
Written Comments If you are unable to attend a meeting after making your request, you may provide comment on an agenda item by submitting your written comments to the City Council by mail or e-mail. You may also leave us a voice mail and your comment will be transcribed.