Proposed Skyway Ordinance Changes

Skyway Ordinance Changes

The Saint Paul City Council and Mayor Coleman are proposing changes to existing rules governing Skyway security. The current proposals are the result of the Skyway Vitality Working Group, co-chaired by Councilmember Rebecca Noecker and Deputy Mayor Kristin Beckmann, and comprised of Skyway stakeholders, including residents, building owners and Downtown businesses. We are currently soliciting public input in advance of a final draft of the proposed amendments being presented to the full City Council.

Proposed Skyway Ordinance Amendments

  • Amendments seek to clarify two City of Saint Paul ordinances concerning the skyways.
  • One ordinance will clarify the skyway code of conduct.
  • One ordinance will clarify the security responsibilities of building owners.

Skyway Code of Conduct

  • The police will no longer be required to issue a warning prior to taking enforcement action for violations of the Code of Conduct.
  • Additional language will clarify prohibited conduct, including prohibitions on
    • Fighting
    • Fighting words (as defined)
    • Racing
    • Lying on floors, stairs or fixtures (sitting, kneeling and lounging are no longer prohibited –as long as they’re not obstructing or damaging (see below).
    • Obstructing free passage of others
    • Smoking
    • Urinating or defecating
    • Littering
    • Riding a wheeled apparatus (not a mobility device)
    • Drawing or marking on the walls
    • Damaging the system or fixtures
    • Propping open or damaging locks or security systems
    • Playing devices or instruments above the level of conversational speech, unless permitted by DSI

(Items in bold were not previously called out explicitly by the ordinance)

Shared Responsibility for Skyway Security

  • Skyway closing hours will be changed from 2am to 12am
  • Building owners will be required to lock all skyway doors during non-operating skyway hours, unless physically monitored
  • Skyway building owners shall continue to be responsible for providing either video surveillance or security personnel for the portions of the pedestrian skyway system contained in their buildings.
  • As before, video surveillance shall be monitored by security personnel during all skyway operating hours and placement of cameras shall be reviewed for compliance with city standards by SPPD.
  • “Security personnel” is clarified to mean individuals employed by the building who are appropriately trained to conduct the security activities of observe and report as well as advise users of the skyway of the pertinent laws and rules.
  • The ordinance clarifies that if a building employs security personnel, the frequency of patrol shall be:
    • Physical observation of all spaces of the skyway minimally:
      • Once per hour, OR
      • As approved by the Saint Paul Police Department