St Louis Park, Minnesota

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St. Louis Park is a city in the U.S. state of Minnesota.

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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public Records P
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Local Taxes Y
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The good

  • There is a listing of the time and places for meetings. There is also a posting of the next meeting agenda.[1] Also all the meetings may be watched on the internet.[2]
  • All of the city commissioners are posted online, along with their contact information.[3]
  • Applications for permits and licenses are available online.[4]
  • Has a staff directory.[5]
  • Contains general information about property taxes.[6]

The bad

  • No information on how to file for public records. Though there is information about the IT department available.[7]


Green wi-fi system

In 2006 a plan was launched to provide the city with free wi-fi internet that would be powered by solar panels.[8] About 490 poles were installed across the city and will begin to be removed after January 30, 2009.

The company in charge of the installation Arinc, Inc., the firm had been engaged in a lawsuit over the project's numerous delays and technical failures. Arinc, Inc. and the city recently settled outside of court that Arinc, Inc. will pay the city $1.05 million.[9]

No company prior had successfully installed a solar powered wi-fi network. Since then some city council members have expressed "concern" about the reliability of solar power.[8]

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