Minutes-10/16/2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 8:30 PM

 

DISTRICT 10 COMO COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD MEETING

Historic Streetcar Station

1224 Lexington Parkway N, Saint Paul, MN 55108

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

7:00 PM

MINUTES

 

I. Call to Order: Chair Jon Knox called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

II. Board Introductions:

Present: Jon Knox, Linda Hinderscheit, Kim Moon, Penny Spence, Panod Klongtruatroke, Tom Eyre, Curtis Stock, Ted Blank, Chris Harkness, Kate Wilinski, Laurie Erickson, Betsy Wehrwein, and Dick Dian

Absent: Jody McCardle

Staff Present: Jessie Currier 

III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda:

Motion: Approve the agenda. (Moon-Spence) Passed.

IV. COMMUNITY SECTION:

A. Board Chair Report: Tonight’s meeting is the annual election meeting. Accomplishments of our last year include: a successful neighborhood garage sale, Como Fest, tree appreciation awards, Sunday lecture series, progress on the District Plan--including community input, Neighborhood Night Out, and resolution of the community input regarding the MGM/Walgreens development on Lexington-Larpenteur.  Jon recognized outgoing board members who were at tonight’s meeting, Penny Spence and Panod Klongtruatroke. 

B. Treasurer’s Report: Penny Spence reported that with 75% of the year completed, we have met 75% of our revenue goal and 74% of our expenses goal.

C. Annual Board Elections:

a. Vice-Chair: Chris Harkness was nominated by Kim Moon from the floor.

Motion: Elect Chris Harkness as Vice Chair by acclimation (Moon-Spence). Passed

b. Treasurer: Ted Blank was nominated by Linda Hinderscheit from the floor. 

Motion: Elect Ted Blank as Treasurer by acclimation (Moon-Spence) Passed.

c. Sub-District 1: Candidates on the voter guide for this position included Curt Stock (incumbent) and Jackie Gulbranson. No other candidates were nominated from the floor. Curt Stock was re-elected to the sub-district 1 position. 

d. Sub-District 2: Candidates on the voter guide for this position included Kim Moon (incumbent) and Mary Michalski. No other candidates were nominated from the floor. Kim Moon was re-elected to the sub-district 2 position.

e. Sub-District 3:  The candidate on the voter guide for this position was Kate Wilinski (incumbent). No other candidates were nominated from the floor.

Motion: Re-elect Kate Wilinski to the sub-district 3 position by acclimation. (Moon-Klongtruatroke) Passed

f. At-Large (3 positions): Candidates on the voter guide for these positions included Chris Harkness and Betsy Wehrwein (both incumbents). Chris Harkness was elected as Vice Chair earlier this meeting, so she is no longer running for an at-large position. Board member Kim Moon nominated Mary Michalski. Board member Penny Spence nominated Jackie Gulbranson. Ted James was nominated from the floor. Jackie Gulbranson, Mary Michalski, and Ted James were elected to the three at-large positions. 

D. Miscellaneous community discussion: A resident from the area initiated discussion about the proposed Metro Transit Route 83. He supported having the new route continue up Lexington Ave. rather than diverting along Horton and up Hamline. Kim Moon reported that we had discussed this at a Land Use meeting and have prepared a letter to Metro Transit to support continuing the route up Lexington through the park and to the north into Roseville. Kim proposed revising the letter based on some discussion we heard this evening and invited community members to submit specific ideas to him via email this next week.  Curt Stock reported that the Met Council will vote on the proposal in November. 

V. BOARD BUSINESS SECTION:

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

Motion: Approve minutes of 9/18/2012 meeting and tonight's financial statement.. (Moon-Harkness) Passed

B. Vote to adopt new District 10 Bylaws:

Motion: Approve the revised Bylaws. (Harkness-Moon) Passed unanimously.

C. Staff Report: Jessie Currier reported that we have received our city grant reimbursements through July. The Operations committee is working on the fundraising letter. The Neighborhood clean up was a success; although participation was down across the city compared to previous years. The Como Curb Clean-up is scheduled for the upcoming weekend; Janna Caywood is asking for volunteer assistance from the board. The next block club meeting is Wed., 10/24, at the Streetcar Station. 

D. Yoga in the Park: Yoga in the Park has been completed for this year. District 10 received almost $265 of the total proceeds. (In 2011 District 10 received $35 from this program.) Sheila Burns (owner of Bliss Yoga) will be talking with District 10 about the percentage of the proceeds that will be given to District 10 in the future. Bliss Yoga now is required to give a cut of the proceeds to Parks and Recreation. Jessie will work with the Executive Committee and Sheila on this. 

E. Pancake Breakfast: The Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, October 27th at the HHH Job Corps. Penny still needs volunteers. 

F. Copier Lease: The copier contract was signed by a previous District 10 staff person without Board approval and without a date on the contract. The company has been unresponsive to our request for more information about the contract and has been charging late fees routinely when Jessie has submitted payments well in advance. The Executive Committee will review the check register to determine how long we have been paying the lease and investigate legal options to terminate the lease.   

Motion: We will give notice to the company regarding our intention to terminate the lease (Dian-Moon) Passed

G. CIB (Capital Improvement Bonding) proposals: Chris Harkness suggested a paved entrance to the District 10 office door on the side of the Streetcar Station. Panod suggested that we publicize this in our newsletter and ask the community for ideas. Betsy suggested that all committees discuss this. Possibilities include parks, public works, paving, big projects (like the pool), etc. Proposals should go through the Land Use Committee.

H. CRPAC: Ted Blank attended the last CRPAC committee meeting. The signage design has been approved. The style of the Como Park signage will be used in all city parks. Pete Bolstad was in the audience at tonight's meeting. He has also attended several meetings and described some of the details of the proposed signage. Interstate way finding will remain as it is--directing all traffic along Lexington. That is under the purview of MNDOT. 

I. Land Use Action Items

a. Metro Transit: On 10/3/12, the District 10 Executive Committee approved a letter submitted by the Land Use Committee. The letter re-affirms our previous position that the community would prefer to see the proposed route 83 continue on Lexington Ave. through Como Park and into Roseville rather than diverting along Horton and Hamline per the most recent Metro Transit proposal. Kim Moon will rewrite the letter based on some information presented at tonight's community meeting.  The letter will go out to the board for an electronic vote. 

b. Energy Park Construction Project: On 10/3/12, the District 10 Executive Committee approved a letter submitted by the Land Use Committee. The letter stated that we would not oppose the proposed removal of trees along Energy Park Drive that is necessary for utility work in that area.  The letter affirmed that we expect the trees to be replaced and that the intention to do so be obtained in writing. 

Motion: Affirm the Executive Committee's approval of this letter with a friendly amendment to include a deadline for the replacement of the trees (Wehrwein-Klongtruatroke) Passed. 

c.   Nonconforming use issue: The Land Use committee is asking for approval of a letter regarding the proposed amendments to Chapter 62, Nonconforming Lots, Uses and Structures, and Chapter 64 – Signs, of the Saint Paul Zoning Code. The Como Park Community Council (District 10) Land Use Committee met October 1, 2012, to discuss this issue. The Land Use Committee’s decision was to strongly encourage the city to maintain the current rules, which require signatures from two-thirds of the neighbors within 100 feet of the affected property. As a rational for reducing the required number of signatures by people who live in the area to 51%, the City states, “Many properties are owned by financial institutions in other states or countries. Language and cultural barriers also exist in some neighborhoods that make explaining the request more difficult.”  We do not find this rationale to be in the best interest of neighborhoods or the people who live there. 

Motion: Approve the letter from the Land Use Committee to oppose the City's proposal to reduce the number of signatures required for variances for nonconforming use. (Harkness-Eyre) Passed. 

J. Committee Updates

a. Land Use Committee: Kim Moon reported that, besides the aforementioned issues, a Recycling Business issue was discussed at the last Land Use meeting. The committee did not oppose the licensing of this business. 

b. District Plan Ad Hoc Committee: Chris Harkness reported on the community meeting that was held recently to get input on the District Plan revision. An online survey will be available as is a hard copy of the survey. Another community meeting will be held on November 12th.

c. Neighborhood Relations & Safety Committee: Ted Blank reported that he reached out to the HHH Job Corps to include some safety activities for children at the Pancake Breakfast. The letter regarding the dog safety/dangerous dogs issue has been sent. 

d. District Operations Committee: Jody McCardle was not present tonight. Jessie Currier and Kate Wilinski reported on the progress made on the mailing of the fundraising letter. 

e. Environment Committee: Curt Stock has volunteered to chair the Environment Committee. He will attend his first meeting tomorrow. 

f. Bylaw Review ad hoc Committee:  

Motion: Dissolve the Bylaws Committee as its work has been completed. (Klongtruatroke-Moon) Passed.

V. Adjourn: Meeting was adjourned at 9:08 p.m.

Motion to adjourn. (Moon-Blank)  Passed.

Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary

These minutes were approved on 11/20/2012.

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