The Macalester-Groveland Community Council fosters citizen participation
in government and community decisions that make our neighborhood
a great place to live, work, learn and play.

                              

Randolph Avenue Reconstruction

Randolph Avenue will be reconstructed in 2015 and 2016: 

"Ramsey County, in cooperation with the City of Saint Paul, will reconstruct Randolph Avenue from Snelling Avenue to I-35E to replace the deteriorating roadway section. The preliminary engineering phase of the project is underway. The project construction will take place over two years.  Randolph Avenue reconstruction in 2015 will be between Brimhall Street and Syndicate Street.   Randolph Avenue reconstruction in 2016 will be between Syndicate Street and I-35E.  CLICK HERE for the project layout.

Organized Trash Collection

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How many trash collection trucks go down your alley every week?  How much do you pay for your trash pickup?  Did you know that your neighbor might be paying much less? 

An alternative system of “organized collection” would allow the City of Saint Paul to negotiate contracts with trash haulers on behalf of residents.  Organized collection does not necessarily mean just one trash hauler for the entire City.  There are several ways that this system could work, including supporting multiple hauling companies.  Many cities that have implemented organized collection have achieved greater efficiency, increased services and/or decreased costs. Currently, each household is responsible for contracting with a trash hauling company individually.  

Home Improvement Fair

2015 Home Improvement Fair
Saturday, April 11th,
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cretin Derham Hall (550 South Albert Street, St. Paul, MN 55116).

The fair is one of our neighborhood’s most popular events, bringing in hundreds of area homeowners to learn about local home improvement products, services, and/or educational efforts. This year, the Home Improvement Fair will feature over 60 exhibitors and 15 workshops to help you take on your next project (and save money, energy, and time in the process)! Door prizes for the 2015 will include energy efficiency services, furnace and A/C tune-ups, design consultation, gutter cleaning, gift certificates, and more! Get updates about the fair on Facebook.

We'll be hosting fifteen 45 minute workshops running between 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Check back soon for a full workshop schedule. 

Teardowns: What MGCC is doing and how you can get involved

Update: At our January 29, 2015 Housing and Land Use Committe Meeting, City Planner Mike Richardson presented the completed Ward 3 Residential Design Standards study and the resulting draft recommendations. Click here to view the report and recommendations (pp. 13-36) that will be reviewed at the February 4 Neighborhood Planning Committee meeting. Click here to view a summary of the recommendations. 

In the past months, our community has had many conversations around teardowns in the neighborhood.  These conversations highlight a problem that communities throughout the metro area are struggling to address: a property is quietly bought, approved for demolition, and replaced with ill-fitting new construction, all without any notice to surrounding neighbors or community groups.

The Macalester-Groveland Community Council (MGCC) has been working to proactively address neighborhood concerns about the increasing pace of home teardowns and new construction in Macalester-Groveland. 

Snow Reminders

Remember, stpaul.gov/snow  is your best source for Snow Emergency information. Click here to receive notifications via email or text when a Snow Emergency is declared.

Saint Paul City Ordinance require that snow and ice be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours of a snow event. Print out or pick up these door hangers at the MGCC office  to remind neighbors to shovel. Encounter a particularly slippery sidewalk? Call the Department of Safety and Inspections at 651-266-8989 to report the address. 

Join the Organics Recycling Drop-off Site

sign-up for organicsThe Macalester-Groveland Organics Recycling Drop-off Site is now a completely free service to anyone who lives or works in Saint Paul, thanks to support from the City of Saint Paul.  By participating, you'll reduce waste, save money on your trash bill, and minimize your family's environmental impact by joining the Macalester-Groveland Organics Recycling Drop-off Site.  Joining the program or renewing your membership is easy: click here to register online or visit www.macgrove.org/organics to download a registration form. 

Program members can also bring organics to a Ramsey County Yard Waste Site - see locations and hours here.  

For more information on accepted items, compostable bags, ways to set up your home for organics recycling and bin labels, visit www.macgrove.org/organics.  Please contact our office at 651-695-4000 or mgcc@macgrove.org with any questions. 

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