Our Work

District Five is fueled by the energies and visions of people who live and work in the neighborhood!  The organization is a volunteer-governed grass-roots organization with the broad mission to improve the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.  This is achieved through community outreach and engagement; and implementing strategies and activity to organize for safe, strong, welcoming and connected neighborhoods.  District Five welcomes all ideas to improve, support and develop our community.

Our work centers around local development and planning, neighborhood safety, volunteer projects, and community building that engages, educates and empowers all residents.  The Council is particularly interesting in issues related to organizing for equitable and sustainable community development.

Community Planning and Development

The District Planning Council provides resident oversight of all area planning and plan implementation for the community. This includes a large DSCN0667area plan outlining the communities need for land, housing, crime prevention, and programming. We also work on small area plans and commercial corridor plans. Our goal is to help people create a vision for the community and see that vision into reality. Our work around community and land use is completed primarily thru the
CPED Committee, which meets the 1st Tuesday of each month. This is a participative process and all community members are welcomed to attend and participate in meetings.

Neighborhood Safety  and Crime Prevention

westminstercaseOur staff can provide resource planning and  support to block groups, and assist new or emerging leaders to start a neighborhood group or block club.  We can provide a variety of crime prevention materials at community meetings and at  our office.

The Saint Paul Police Department creates regular  crime updates.  District Five can help neighbors solve issues and learn more about crime prevention and community building strategies that get results. We periodically hold educational community forums on a variety of crime prevention topics and support neighbors who tackle issues or work to beautify their neighborhood.

Recycling, Composting, and Trash

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We help provide information on recycling and trash collection.

Residential recycling is handled by Eureka Recycling. If you have service related issues, please contact Eureka Recycling at 651-222-7678 or email info@eurekarecycling.org.  For more information you can also visit https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/public-works/recycling-and-waste-reduction

Make your next big party or community event a Zero-Waste event. We loan out free ClearStream containers with information.  District Five can provide you with composting bags and information.

On October 1, 2018, the City launched citywide garbage service, a new coordinated garbage collection system where each street/alley has one designated residential garbage hauler and prices and services are consistent across Saint Paul.  For general information call 651-266-6101 or email garbage@ci.stpaul.mn.us.  Find information about the program, who your hauler is, day of pickup, and more by visiting the City webpage at https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/public-works/garbage.

 

Resident Involvement Opportunities

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Residents become involved with Payne Phalen District Five Planning Council in a variety of ways:

  • Participate or lead your block group
  • Plant a garden or your boulevard
  • Host a National Night Out party with your neighbors
  • Get involved in our Cross Cultural Action organizing
  • Run for seat on the District Five  Board of Directors
  • Join a District Five Committee or Task Force
  • Get help to solve a neighborhood issue or work to create a resource
  • Work on a special creative project or be our liaison to a collaborative project.

Call our staff to find out other current volunteer opportunities