Minutes - 3/2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 10:15 PM

 

 
DISTRICT 10 COMO COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD MEETING
Historic Streetcar Station
1224 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55103
Tuesday March 16, 2010
7:00 PM
 
Directors Present: Pete Bolstad, Barbara Clark, Barbara Frick, Chris Harkness, Jon Knox, Mike MacDonald, Chris Martineau, Marcy Micek, Marsha Milgrom, Matt Schmitt
 
Directors Excused: Dolores Rufenacht, Scott Baker, Chris Bedford
 
Staff Present: Rhonda DeBough Insook, Josh Witte
 
        I.            Call to Order             
     
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chair Jon Knox.
 
      II.            Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda                                                        
 
Neighbor Relations and Communications updates were added under the board section.
 
    III.            COMMUNITY SECTION                                                                                  
 
A.         Board Chair Report
 
Chair Knox presented a vision of mutual respect and welcoming environment, with adherence to Robert’s Rules of Order.
 
Knox deferred to the Treasurer for budget and workplans requiring board approval.
 
A.                  Treasurer’s Report
 
Treasurer Micek will be leading staff analysis and workplan and budget discussion under the board section.
 
B.                  Election for Vice Chair
 
Panod Klongtruatroke spoke as the sole candidate for election of Vice President.  Dennis O’Rourke nominated Panod, with a second by Lori Hill. Clark moved nomination by acclimation, seconded by Martineau. Approved by acclamation.
C.                  Election for Open Seat in Sub-District 3
 
Subdistrict 3 candidate Monica Lofgren spoke as the sole candidate for Subdistrict 3. Monica self-nominated, and Harkness seconded. Martineau moved to approve the nomination by acclamation, seconded by MacDonald. Approved by acclamation.
 
D.                 Community Discussion
 
No community discussion items.
 
    IV.            BOARD BUSINESS SECTION                                                              
 
A.                  Review/Amend/Approve Minutes & Financial Statements   
 
Minutes amended and approved with addition noted of Nick Smith, Goodwill/Easter Seals intern, present at meeting. Micek moved to approve minutes, seconded by Milgrom. Approved. 
 
B.      Staff Reports
 
Diane Wanner has sent notice of an application for St. Paul to participate in a pilot project, Google Fiber, a 1GB (highspeed) network.   She has asked for a letter of support.  No costs nor additional information is available at this point.  Ramsey County Commissioner Janice Rettman added that the County and City have applied for federal ARRA (federal stimulus) funds as well.  
 
Motion by Milgrom that Knox may write a letter of support, seconded by Micek, with amendment action that the letter is e-mailed to board.  Motion passed.
 
District 10 organized a vegetable garden conversation. There is interest in seed and veggie swaps, as well as resource sharing.
 
A Streetcar historic information discussion will take place March 21, at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
 
April 10 will be a Walk-n-Talk, with a walk around LakeComo, organized by the Safety Committee and nursing students.  It will be the culmination of the winter walking clubs, combined with census, gardening and additional resource information. This is the same day as the LakeComo cleanup event.
 
Constant Contact, a new technology, will replace eblasts soon.
 
Josh Witte asked for board bios. Board packets will soon be added to the website.
 
C.                  Committee Updates
 
a.                  Environment Committee (Mike MacDonald)
 
ComoPark cleanup is 9-11 at the Pavilion, April 10. It is organized by City Parks. A new citizen’s group, Lake Como Neighborhood Network, will be cleaning up April 17, focusing on gutters, on the East side of LakeComo, 9-2. Several home energy efficiency workshops will be forthcoming. The Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom was approved for close to $250,000 in LCCMR funds for expansion of the Woodlands Master Plan, restoring the Kilmer oven and other activities.  There is an additional plan for poetry activities in 2011 provided by Como Woodlands committee members.  This issue will be revisited in May. Request was made to fund a rain barrel workshop. CHEEP is an energy efficiency initiative.
 
b.                  CRPTIP Ad-Hoc Committee (Pete Bolstad)
 
A total of 46 community members contributed their priority concerns: a) parking supply; b) parking demand; c) green space; d) historic elements; and e) pedestrian and bike paths.     A survey on the District 10 website allows community members to prioritize and/or to express issues they may feel are missing from the list.                                                                                                                                   
 
Promotion to existing neighborhood groups continues to be done by Bolstad and the committee. Bolstad requested anyone with knowledge of interested groups provide him with information. April 14 will be an open house at the Como Conservatory and Visitor’s Center from 6-8 pm, with presentations at 6 and 7. District 10 is asked to promote this opportunity.  Martineau suggested Pete or Dennis send an email to Kimley Horn, the consultants, about fliers.
 
c.                   Land Use Committee (Chris Harkness)
 
Harkness reported that MGM is exploring a Walgreen’s on their current Lexington-Larpenteur site. Land Use held a meeting with good turnout, which included an architect. MGM is looking to build at their site, regardless of tenant. Walgreen’s is also in discussion with Paster Enterprises, which owns the opposite corner, where Flowerama currently sits. March 22 is the next meeting. The large community issues are: traffic, alley, design and rezoning.  Customer counts have been requested to both Walgreen’s and MGM– for expected usership.
 
The Executive Committee approved a noise variance for Gabe’s for Wed., Fri., Sat. and Sun. this week. Anyone interested may attend the City Council hearing on the issue at 5:30 Wed., March 17.  
 
d.        Neighbor Relations Committee (Chris Martineau)
 
City of St. Paul Forestry/Resource Department has plans to add shrubs and trees around Earth Day at the Hamline/Midway rain retention garden. The City will also be refilling shrubs in buckthorn areas bordering Como Park/Comotown and Hamline neighbors.  
 
Discussion and recommendation to identify and possibly act on noise concerns in the neighborhood, coming from Como Park/Comotown. WestComoPark noise centers on roller coaster screams, loudspeakers/music and City garbage pickup. Martineau will solicit help from Communications to collect neighbors’ concerns via a survey and to communicate back. Como Park Director Michele Furrer wrote a letter committing to District 10 and 6 community meetings during the summer. The purpose is to update community members on construction. April 26, 27, 29 are possible. July 12, 13 and 20. Or Sept. 20, 21 and 23. Martineau would like date recommendations.
 
New meeting discussion ideas are: ways to promote the shuttle via lawnsigns, and their design.  Martineau reported on the public hearing regarding permit parking. Decision was made to postpone for a year, pending Transportation Plan findings. Job Corps has been addressing loitering concerns, along with the new smoke free campus.
 
e.        Communications Committee (Matt Schmitt)
 
Schmitt reported the newsletter will be out later than usual, April 13. He is also working on the instant messaging capability of Constant Contact. Survey monkey is anticipated.
 
f.          Introduce Dolores Rufenacht as new Safety Committee Chair
 
Dolores Rufenacht has accepted sole responsibility as Chair of Safety Committee.
 
D.                 City Grant Application Approval
 
The City grant applications is due. Discussion about a new goal: strengthening the council. This would include strategic planning, conducting organizational assessment and define staff and board roles. Question about fundraising in general and increase goal in particular.  Board agreed to: 1) delete this row from draft; 2) include approved budget and 3) include inclusivity matrix. A former District 10 Staff Member, Camille, explained that differing methodologies exist among districts.
 
Knox made a motion to exclude fundraising goal (4), include budget and inclusivity matrix. Newsletters adjusted from 16,000 to 18,000. Seconded by Milgrom. Approved.  
 
      V.            Action Items                                                                                      
     
A.                  HR Policy Review Work Group Action Item (Marsha Milgrom)
 
Milgrom introduced the concept of HR policy review. The core of the HR policy was created five years ago. Since then several policy sections have been added but no thorough review has occurred. A small work group would be established to recommend revisions. Micek moved to approve action item, seconded by Martineau. Approved. 
 
B.                  Approval of 2010 Budget
 
District 10’s 2010 budget presented with $2,900 with net income/reserves. Micek moved to approve budget, seconded by MacDonald .  Approved. 
 
    VI.            Adjourn                                                                                                         
 
Meeting was adjourned 8:48 p.m.
 
Submitted by Marsha Milgrom
 
 
 
 
 
 

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