Utility Bill Assistance

The Minnesota Commerce Department encourages households that are struggling with utility bills to apply for the Energy Assistance Program, with up to $2,000 available to eligible households. In addition, as part of the Federal relief funding, there is assistance available for household to pay past due water bills. Households can apply for both programs through the Energy Assistance application. For more information and to find your local service provider, go to the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program webpage. There you will find links for the webpage in Spanish, Somali and Hmong as well as applications in Spanish, Somali, Hmong and Vietnamese. You can also call 1-800-657-3710 for more information.

Español – MN Energy Assistance Webpage – Español

Hmoob – MN Energy Assistance Webpage – Hmoob

Soomaali – MN Energy Assistance Webpage – Soomaali

Ward Redistricting

Do you know about the Ward Redistricting-changing Ward boundaries due to the population changes? 

Wards 2, 6 and 7 had the largest increases in population, so those three wards are going to need to decrease in size (geographic area) in order to make all of the wards approximately equal in population. So if you look at the current ward map, wards 3 and 4 are going to increase somewhat, which will cause wards 1, 2 and 5 to shift slightly to the east, and wards 2, 6 and 7 will also decrease in size. 

Are there issues with the current boundaries that could be addressed? Are there problems that could be caused by changing the boundaries, and that we should seek to avoid?

A particular challenge that has been discussed by the Charter Commission is how potential boundary changes would affect #3 (e) in the City’s redistricting standards: 

  • Communities of Interest. The location of ward boundaries should attempt to preserve neighborhoods where they exist; recognize new and emerging neighborhoods resulting from development, population growth or demographic changes; and encompass other significant communities of interest in the city, including voters sharing similar social, economic and cultural affinities or characteristics, where it is practicable to do so.      

In other words, if some current residents were to be moved into a different ward, are there communities of interest that could be divided? 

See the interactive map here

For questions or feedback about potential changes to ward boundaries, please send an email to CharterCommission@ci.stpaul.mn.us

You are invited to attend the following meetings regarding redistricting:

Thursday, March 10 at 4:00 PM and will be held remotely.

Members of the public may monitor and provide public testimony at this meeting by:

1. Online: https://tinyurl.com/stp-redistricting
2. Join by phone: (612) 315-7905, Conference ID: 283 392 702#

The Charter Commission will still be holding public hearings on the following dates:

Friday, March 11 at 3:00 PM at Rondo Community Library

Wednesday, March 16 at 3:00 in Room 40 at City Hall

The agendas for these upcoming meetings are attached and available at the City’s website. For more information call 651-266-8560.  

Keystone Food Distribution Event

Unfortunately, due to potential inclement weather forecasted for Saturday, Keystone and Roseville Public Works have made the difficult decision to cancel the March 5th community food distribution event.

In order to keep city streets safe during weather events like the one predicted for Saturday, Roseville Public Works will need all-day access to the space where the event is scheduled to be held. We are grateful for our partnership with the City of Roseville and their generous contribution of the garage space for these events. 
We will reschedule and are committed to hosting another community food distribution at the same site, Roseville Public Works. Over 80 volunteers are needed to support this distribution, so we need time to find a new date and recruit volunteers to help us bring food supports to you.

If you are in need of food support, we encourage you to participate in one of our other food programs. Keystone provides food at our two food shelves five days a week, Monday – Friday. You are welcome to visit either of our food shelves:

Midway Food Shelf, 1916 University Ave W

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri Hours:
10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Wed Hours:
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

Rice St Food Shelf, 1459 Rice St 
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri Hours:
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Wed Hours:
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.