Saturday, January 25, 2014 4:10 PM

District 10 Como Community Council Board Meeting

Historic Street Car Station

1224 Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN  55108

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

7:00 PM


I. Call to Order: Chairperson Jon Knox called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

II. Board Introductions:

Present: Jon Knox, Chris Harkness, Linda Hinderscheit, Debra Pursley, Pete Bolstad, Julie Tholen, Patrick Tschida, Frank Dolejsi, Dana Saeger, Kim Moon, Tom Eyre, Jackie Gulbranson and Tedd James

Absent: Curt Stock, Mary Michalski and Tedd James

Staff Present: Ted Blank

III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda:

Motion: Approve the agenda (Moon-Bolstad) Passed


A. Special Election: A special election was held for two, new, interim board members for Sub-district 4. One nomination (Bill Lipkin) had been received prior to tonight's meeting. No nominations were received from the floor tonight. One seat remains open. Both seats will be up for election to the board in April.   

Motion: Approve the election of Bill Lipkin as interim board member to the District 10 Community Council by acclamation (Moon-Harkness) Passed.

B. Board Chair Report: Jon Knox reported that the Sholom Home has been contacted about snow removal. Ted Blank has contacted the city. 

C. Treasurer's Report: Tom Eyre reported that we are currently on pace to finish the year about $5,000 ahead of projected revenues due to successful fund raising. The new office lease, with reduced rent, will take effect in January.

D. Miscellaneous Community Discussion: The German Immersion School parking issue was brought up. There are many cars parked on residential streets in the neighborhood, making it difficult for residents to park near their homes. Currently the school has no parking lot. The neighbor who spoke wants to know if there is a way to get a plan from the school regarding creation of a parking lot so the school will be in compliance with zoning regulations. The neighbors have contacted the City.  Kim Moon will contact Tom Beach with the City and the principal of the school to discuss the issue. 


A. Review/Amend/Approve Minutes and Financial Statements:

Motion: Approve tonight's financial statements and minutes of the 11/19/2013 meeting (Moon-Dolejsi). Passed.

B. Staff Report: Ted Blank reported that he has created the 2014 museum staffing schedule. The schedule reflects the decrease in staffing dates (to one per month in the winter months) that was negotiated as part of the latest lease agreement with the City of St. Paul.  The Volunteer Open House at Streetcar Station was held on December 8th. Approximately 15 people attended, several of whom expressed interest in volunteering. The Job Corps has printed 4 issues of the newsletter for free for us in the past, but is reducing that number to three. Ted will determine the dates of our 2014 printed newsletters once he gets the schedule from the Monitor. Ted has been recruited to be part of a committee to draft language for a city ordinance that will create a process for possible, future District Council boundary changes. A draft should be ready to distribute for comments in January. Black Bear Crossing's lease has been terminated by the City of St. Paul. Parks and Rec and Councilmember Brendmoen's office have invited D10 to be part of a community process to develop criteria that will be used to select a new vendor.  

C. Neighborhood Honor Roll: Six nominations have been submitted for the Neighborhood Honor Roll (Terry Ubel, Chris Harkness, Pete Bolstad, Angie Sechler, AndreaLynn Johnson, and the HHH Job Corps Center). We can select three awardees.  The board selected the following three honorees to represent our neighborhood at the January 31st event at the University of St. Thomas: HHH Job Corps, Pete Bolstad, and Chris Harkness.

D. Committee Updates:

a. Land Use: Kim Moon presented two action items.

Action Item: Zoning Variance for 782 Lakeview Avenue

BZA has approved the variance for less than a foot for the side setback requirement. No neighbors have objected. 

Motion: Affirm the Executive Council's approval of the letter in support for a minor variance for construction of a home addition (Moon-Bolstad) Passed.

Action Item: Sound Variance for the German Immersion School.

The fundraising event will be held indoors, but some sound may spill outdoors when attendees open the doors to enter or leave. Neighbors expressed concern because of parking and potentially dangerous traffic issues. An employee of the school was present at tonight's meeting and assured the council that all required permits are being pulled. They are trying to encourage attendees to take public transportation and have arranged for parking off-site. 

Motion: Approve the letter is support of a sound level variance for an indoor event to be held from 7:00 until midnight on 2/22/14 (Moon-Dolejsi) Passed

b. District Plan ad hoc Committee: Some chapters of the plan have been drafted by Ted Blank.  The next meeting is January 13, 2014. In 2014, the committee will reach out to get comments from the new sub-district 4.

c. Neighborhood Relations and Safety: Jackie Gulbranson reported that three residents of South Como attended the last meeting. Planning is underway for neighborhood events for 2014. The Pancake Breakfast will be held again next year.

d. Environment Committee: Dana Saeger reported that the Sunday Series planning is well underway. A donation jar will be available at the workshops. The committee will not meet this month. 

e. Boundary Change ad hoc Committee: Pete Bolstad reported that the committee will not meet regularly any longer, but will meet if needs arise. Some events to welcome the South Como area will be held in early 2014. Most of the activities will be come the purview of the Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee.

f. Como Regional Park Advisory Committee: Pete Bolstad reported that the committee is being revamped in January. Pete recommended that an election be held in April for a new representative and an alternate to the committee. Art Oglesby and Pete will remain in that capacity until an election can be held.

g. Executive Committee:  Jon Knox presented an action item related to staff salary and reimbursement.

Motion:  Approve the changes to the Employee Handbook with regard to the health insurance reimbursement benefit, cell phone reimbursement benefit, and salary change to be effective January 1, 2014.(Harkness-Moon) Passed. 

VI. Adjourn: Motion to adjourn was made at 7:45 p.m. Passed.

Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary

These minutes were approved on 1/21/2014 

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