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Nice Ride Planning St. Paul Expansion

Nice Ride Minnesota is an innovative new bike sharing program—the largest in the country. In an effort to facilitate transportation that is both environmentally friendly and inexpensive, Nice Ride Minnesota has shared bicycles  located in stations around the city, currently in Minneapolis, only. To participate,  you pay a subscription fee to join and a trip fee each time you use a bike. To give you an idea of the cost, the current subscription fees are as follows:

  • 24 hours–. $5
  • 30 days– $30
  • 1 year– $60
  • Student 1 year–$50

Once you have your subscription you pay a trip fee:

  • 0-30—no fee
  • Up to 60 minutes–$1.50
  • Up to 90 minutes–$4.50
  • Each additional half hour–$6.00

To avoid a trip fee, you can return your bike each half hour and take out another bike.

Phase 2 of the program includes expansion plans to the University Avenue/Grand Avenue Corridor area, as well as Downtown St. Paul. Do you have a spot in mind that would be a perfect place the Nice Ride bikes? Attend the next St. Paul planning workshop and share you opinions.

University Avenue/Grand Avenue Corridor Workshop

Wednesday, November 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Laura Jeffery Academy, 1550 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

For more information about Nice Ride Minnesota, see their website.

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Saint Paul Receives $50,000 Green Jobs Grant

The Saint Paul City Council has accepted a $50,000 Green Training Grant from the Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership. The City of Saint Paul, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research, will use the grant to develop a curriculum and provide training on the Saint Paul Sustainable Building Policy.

The Saint Paul Sustainable Building Policy is the first policy in Minnesota that requires compliance with energy efficiency and sustainable development standards for new municipal buildings and private construction receiving $200,000 or more in City or Housing and Redevelopment Authority funding. The Minnesota State Grant will fund training for developers, architects, contractors, city staff and others in the private and public sectors on how to comply with The Sustainable Building Policy, in addition to providing green development skills in general.

The Saint Paul Sustainable Building Policy was developed with the goal to serve as a model for other local governments in Minnesota and beyond. Following the successful implementation of the training program in Saint Paul, the City and CSBR will offer the training and materials to other municipalities and organizations.

For more information, contact Keith Hovis by email or by phone at (651) 266-8571.

Mayor Coleman Seeks Interns

City of St. Paul LogoA message from St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman:

As the summer draws to a close, I would like to invite any college students from around the metro to apply for a fall internship with my office.

This summer we had an incredible batch of interns, spending their summer helping my staff research policy, assist the communications staff and perform various administrative tasks. They were outstanding, and I wish them the best of luck.

I am always amazed at the young men and women who come participate in our internship program. Each one has been actively engaged with their community and poised to become a strong civic leader.

lf you or someone you know are interested, here are the details:

To apply for an internship in the Office of the Mayor, please submit the following materials listed below in one package.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List with references (2 minimum)
  • Writing Sample (one page maximum)

Only complete application packages will be accepted for consideration. Please submit your completed application to Keith Hovis. You can also send your application by mail:

Office of Mayor Christopher B. Coleman
Attn: Keith Hovis
390 City Hall
15 West Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Central Corridor Meetings

Development Community Information and Input Session

Central Corridor light rail station rendering

Monday, July 26th
1:00-2:30pm
Central Corridor Resource Center
1080 University Avenue West (south side of University, just east of Lexington)

Come hear about preliminary Saint Paul staff recommendations and provide your ideas, comments and questions on zoning in the Central Corridor area and possible changes to Traditional Neighborhood zoning regulations that would apply citywide. We are engaging in an informal public discussion process to get community input prior to finalizing staff recommendations to the Planning Commission. This session is targeted to developers and other involved in the development process.

Buses #16 and 50 stop near the Central Corridor Resource Center.

If you have any questions, please visit the city web site and click on ‘Central Corridor Zoning Study’ or send an email.

Energy Smart Homes

City of St. Paul LogoThe City of Saint Paul has launched the $550,000 Energy Smart Homes loan and rebate initiative that will provide Saint Paul residents with the tools to lower energy consumption and cut costs.

By renovating our homes and replacing old appliances, a person will save money and decrease energy usage in Saint Paul. This is one more way the City is improving building efficiency, lowering energy costs, and protecting our environment while solidifying Saint Paul as a national leader in environmental sustainability.

This initiative is made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Energy Smart Homes will provide funding for energy-saving improvements to houses and apartment buildings, thereby lowering monthly utility bills to residents, strengthening the City’s tax base, and reducing the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Energy Smart Homes will also create jobs, a key component of ARRA, by creating a need for contractors, including heating and insulation contractors.

Energy Smart Homes is a two-pronged initiative. $500,000 will be used to make no-interest loans up to $6,500 to homeowners to make energy-saving improvements to their homes. These funds will also leverage Xcel Energy rebates. Prior to making the improvements, each home will undergo a home energy audit to identify the greatest needs.

Eligible expenses may include furnace replacement, insulation and air sealing.

Saint Paul homeowners of all incomes are eligible to apply, though incomes will affect the loan amounts and other initiative requirements.

Another aspect of the initiative is “Cool Cash for Cold Clunkers,” which consists of cash rebates for owners of apartment buildings in Saint Paul who replace old inefficient refrigerators in their rental units with new ENERGY STAR refrigerators.

By replacing a refrigerator from the 1980s with an ENERGY STAR refrigerator could save as much as $100 each year on utility bills.

Energy Smart Homes will provide up to ten $200 rebates to owners of apartment buildings. And while the building owner will benefit from the cash rebates, many tenants will realize the monthly savings resulting from lower utility bills.

Pre-applications must be postmarked by June 11. Individuals will be selected by June 17. Selected homeowners seeking funds for energy-saving improvements will be invited to complete a full application and selected apartment building owners seeking refrigerator rebates will be notified and informed of the process for receiving their rebates.

If you would like more details, including eligibility conditions and other requirements, go to www.stpaul.gov or call 651-266-6655 for a pre-application.

On a related note, if you are a non-profit, neighborhood or business association, you may be able to take advantage of our new Energy Challenge Grants initiative. The initiative will give non-profit organizations, neighborhood and business associations the opportunity to receive Federal stimulus funds for projects that will assist Saint Paul residents and businesses in reducing their energy use and climate change impact.

Organizations must utilize the funds for projects that promote either the Neighborhood Energy Connection’s Home Energy Squads, Center for Energy and Environment’s One-Stop Efficiency Shop Program, the Minnesota Energy Challenge or other successful cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation programs.

Eligible applicants may request up to $5,000 for projects completed by June 30, 2011. Applications for the Energy Challenge Grants must be received by June 14, 2010.

For profit businesses are not eligible.

If you are interested in this initiative, visit the Sustainable Saint Paul website at: www.stpaul.gov/sustainability or call 651-266-8520.

Rec Fee Assistance Available

Rec PhotoParents have until the end of May to submit an application for fee assistance credits that can be used towards most recreational sports and activities offered by St. Paul Parks and Recreation. The city of St. Paul Fee Assistance Program program was established to help parents/guardians with fees for youth programs. To be eligible for the program, participants must live in Saint Paul, be 18 years of age or younger and meet family income requirements, which are based on federal guidelines.

Parents/guardians must fill out one form per child and submit it directly to the recreation center.  Mailed, faxed or late applications will not be accepted. Proof of residency must be shown when submitting the application. Proof of residency can include a current driver’s license, current utility or phone bill. The name on the document must match the name of the individual applying for the assistance.

Due to limited funds, an application does not guarantee being awarded fee assistance credits. The application selection process will be a lottery. Participants who are selected will receive $75 in fee assistance credits. The credits can only be used only for future programs and not applied to past programs. Unused credits will be forfeited at the end of the year. A participant can receive fee assistance credits only once during a calendar year.

For more information, call 651-266- 6377 or e-mail brad.meyer@ci.stpaul.mn.us.