Apply to become a board member

The CapitolRiver Council Annual Meeting will be on July 19, 2017, at 5 p.m., in the Jerome Hill Theater, 180 East 5th Street.

If you would like to become a member of the Board of Directors, please complete the application, and either email it to or send it in the mail or drop it off at the CRC office:

180 East 5th Street, Suite 260
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Eligible members who apply will be added to the ballot, which will be distributed at the Annual Meeting.Please apply by July 10 no later than 5 p.m. to ensure that your name will be added to the ballot.

For more information, contact Jon Fure, 651-221-0488

Here is the link to the application:

2017 CapitolRiver Council Board Member Application

Proposed skyway system ordinance changes — let the City Council know what you think

The City Council is considering changing city ordinances related to

  • skyway system hours,
  • requirements for buildings regarding security, and
  • code of conduct for people in the skyway system.

How would the following changes affect you? Please let the City Council know by emailing

Proposed Skyway Ordinance Amendments:

  • Amendments seek to clarify two City of Saint Paul ordinances concerning the skyways.
  • One ordinance will clarify the skyway code of conduct.
  • One ordinance will clarify the security responsibilities of building owners.

Skyway Code of Conduct

  • The police will no longer be required to issue a warning prior to taking enforcement action for violations of the Code of Conduct.
  • Additional language will clarify prohibited conduct, including prohibitions on
    o Fighting
    o Smoking
    o Urinating or defecating
    o Laying on floors, stairs or fixtures.
    o Propping open or damaging locks or security systems
    o Playing devices or instruments above the level of conversations speech, unless permitted by DSI

Shared Responsibility for Skyway Security

  • Skyway closing hours will be changed from 2am to 12am
  • Building owners will be required to look all skyway orders during non-operating skyway hours, unless physical monitored
  • “Security personnel” means individuals employed who are appropriately trained to conduct the security activities of observe and report as well as advise users of the skyway of the pertinent laws and rules.
  • Skyway building owners shall provide video surveillance or security personnel for the portions of the pedestrian skyway system contained in his or her building
  • Video surveillance shall be monitored by security personnel during all skyway operating hours
  • Placement of cameras shall be reviewed for compliance with city standards by SPPD.
  • Security personnel shall also be responsible for basic security functions of observe and report as well as advise skyway users, in the skyway and immediately adjacent private space, of the skyway and building rules.
  • Patrolling security personnel used for observation or surveillance shall patrol during all hours of skyway operation and the frequency of patrol shall be:
    o Physical observation of all spaces of the skyway minimally:
    – Once per hour, OR
    – As approved by the Saint Paul Police Department

Read the following summary of the proposed changes compared to current: Skyway_security_amendments_comparison_6-6-17

State of the Skyways – Downtown Live Community Engagement Event

When are the skyways open? Where can I enter and exit the skyway system? Are the skyways becoming less safe? What is that smell?

Questions about the current state of the Saint Paul skyway system increase as residential and business populations grow and evolve. Business leaders are working to develop recommendations for changes to skyway rules, including hours of operation. Residents and other stake-holders have both similar and differing perspectives. The Capitol River Council’s responsibility is to make recommendations to the City Council, and to engage people who live and work downtown, so that our recommendations are based on a broad range of voices.

Along with the monthly meetings of its Skyway Governance Advisory Committee, this Spring, CRC will host “State of the Skyways” — a Public Engagement event designed to provide residents and workers with the latest updates on skyway issues and the opportunity to express and discuss their concerns.

Event details:

  • Date: Monday, June 26
  • Time: 5pm to 7:30pm
  • Location: Jerome Hill Theater, 1st floor, 180 East 5th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101

“State of the Skyways” is the first in a series of quarterly “Downtown Live” events on a variety of topics of interest and concern to downtown stake-holders.

For more information, or to suggest a future topic to discuss, please contact Jon Fure,, or call 651-221-0488

Proposed Bylaws for CapitolRiver Council

Proposed Bylaws for CapitolRiver Council Annual Meeting:

Changes to the bylaws can only be approved by General Members at the Annual Meeting or at a special meeting called for this purpose. General Members are either:

  • Residents of District 17, or people who own property or businesses in District 17 who have attended at least one CapitolRiver Council meeting in the last 12 months; or
  • People who work in District 17, but are not District 17 residents, who have attended at least 3 CapitolRiver Council meetings in the past 12 months.

Update — the Annual Meeting will be at 5 p.m. on July 19, 2017, at 180 East 5th Street, in the Jerome Hill Theater.

The CRC Board has reviewed and discussed the bylaws and approved the following draft to be presented to General Members for consideration at that Annual Meeting:

CRC Proposed Bylaws 2017

If you have comments on these bylaws, including questions, concerns or suggested changes, please email Jon Fure at