Minutes- 1/4/12
Monday, February 27, 2012 2:35 PM

District 10 Como Community Council
Executive Committee Agenda
Historic Streetcar Station
January 4, 2012

Meeting Minutes

Committee members present: Panod Klongtruatroke (vice chair), Penny Spence (treasurer), Linda Hinderscheit (secretary)

Staff Present: Jessie Bronk

Others Present: Janna Caywood,

Excused committee members: Jon Knox (chair)


I. Call to Order: 7:05 pm. Jon is excused due to a work commitment.

II. Open sub-district 2 and sub-district 3 seats: Matt Streit has announced that he is resigning from the board, and we now have an open sub-district 3 position. Linda knows a possible sub-district 2 candidate and will follow up with the individual. Janna, a sub-district 3 block leader, suggested sending an open letter from block leaders to call out to sub-district 3 residents.

III. New and proposed projects
a) Jayna Caywood (presentation on a proposed project): Janna has been a part of the Citizen’s League since 2008, when she first got involved with their Water Policy’s Committee. The goal of the committee was to create a more genuine partnership between policy makers and the community when addressing watershed issues. That group evolved into the Como Lake Neighbor Network (CLNN), and Janna acts as Lead Organizer. Como Lake is designated as “impaired” because of excessive phosphorus. Organic debris is the major cause of phosphorus. Janna is currently being trained in Civic Organizing through the Citizens League. She would like to apply for an EPA grant, and is seeking to find out if we are interested in partnering on the grant with CLNN and the Citizens League. The project would involve 2 main stages: 1) offer a civic organizing class to the community. 2) develop a citizen led strategy to address Como’s impaired condition.
i) The Executive Committee expresses their support of the preliminary stages of the grant, and will seek approval from the full board at our next council meeting. The committee feels that this will be supported by the Environment Committee, and will seek their approval via email since they will not meet again before the next council meeting, when full board approval is required. The grant submission deadline is January 23, 2012, and the maximum grant request is 60k.
b) Barter Market – Scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Lyngblomsten 5-5-1 Club and Café from 2:00-4:00pm. Neighbors can bring unwanted, used items in good tradition to trade with other neighbors. Promoting through e-newsletter and Facebook, and possibly flyering businesses and churches if we have the resources.
c) Residence and homeowner informational event in February: The Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee is still working on this event.
d) Environment Committee Sunday Series: The Sunday Series involves three presentations from February-April, all free and open to the public: “Minnesota’s Day-Flying Moths, Butterflies and Their Native Food Plants” (February 19), “Tales of Old Como” (March 18), “Beyond Coneflowers” (April 15).

IV. Neighborhood Safety
a) SPPD presentation at next Council meeting: Sgt Charlie Anderson will be attending our January 17 council meeting to present on the increase in thefts from autos throughout December and January, and to discuss what the police department has been doing to mitigate the problem. The community is invited to attend the presentation and to ask questions and address concerns.
i) Panod suggested that we continue to have monthly speakers in the community section of our council meeting, as a way to engage residents in neighborhood topics that are of interest.
b) Crime meeting for sub-2 burglaries: Neighbors in sub-district 2 (grid 7), have been experiencing a number of burglaries and attempted break-ins. Neighbors have requested a meeting regarding the issue, and Jessie is in the process of organizing a meeting with Pam McCreary, Crime Prevention Coordinator with the City.

V. Committee structure
a) Committee charters, meeting dates, and budget update: Penny announced that she will not be able to chair the District Operations Committee. The Land Use is working on a 2012 work plan. Committees should submit budgets to Penny.
b) Discussion on posting minutes: It was agreed by the committee that draft board and committee minutes should not be posted until approved by the Council. It was also agreed that there is no need to post financial statements online, as they are available for viewing in the office.
c) District Plan Ad Hoc Committee: The committee may need money for printing and GIS services beyond the annual 10-hour district council allotment.

VI. Organizational Operations
a) 2012 City Application: We have not heard from the City yet about 2012 grant submissions.
i) Panod has agreed to facilitate a discussion at the next board meeting about our 2012 plan, events and goals.
b) Job Corps intern. Jessie spoke with Cate Smith Edlund, and is working to get a Job Corps intern at the office.
c) Insurance Policy: We have not paid for our 2012 insurance policy yet, and need to get this taken care of as soon as possible.
d) COPP Grant update: We have not heard from Ward 4 yet on our COPP grant proposal. Selected organizations will be notified no later than January 20.

VII. Other
a) District Council Honor Roll dinner: Friday, January 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Saint Thomas campus.
b) Quarterly newsletter: Jessie needs to contact Katie Bruhn about 2012 quarterly newsletter deadlines.

VIII. Adjourn: 9:00 pm

Respectfully submitted by Jessie Bronk, Administrator & Coordinator

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