Minutes - 8/2010
Friday, September 17, 2010 7:55 AM




 Historic Streetcar Station

1224 North Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55103

Tuesday August 17,, 2010

7:00 PM


Directors Present: Scott Baker, Pete Bolstad, Barbara Frick, Chris Harkness, Panod Klongtruatroke, Monica Lofgren, Mike MacDonald, Chris Martineau, Marcy Micek, Marsha Milgrom, Dolores Rufenacht


Directors Excused:  Barbara Clark and Jon Knox


Staff Present:  Rhonda DeBough Insook


I.  Call to Order


II. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda




A. Interim Board Chair Report


Panod Klongtruatroke mentioned several items that would be discussed later:  the Como Park Transportation Implementation Plan (TIP) and Safety Committee work. 


B. Treasurer’s Report


Marcy Micek said she was still waiting for accounting to be completed and would have to hold off with any financial statements, which will be submitted next month.


C. Special Election


Special elections were held for vacant seats for the following positions:  Subdistrict 2 (term ends in October 2010) and At Large (term ends in October 2011).  Each had one candidate’s bio and the board and community voted to elect by proclamation. 


D. Como TIP Open House update and future timeline


Pete Bolstad summarized the most recent Public Involvement Committee (PAC)  meeting, which is run by consultants Kimley-Horn.  Drawings were made available immediately prior to the August 12 Open House.  Drawings will remain on the website until August 27, although District 6 is requesting an additional two weeks.


Bolstad shared highlights from the mid-August Open House presentation. Parking in campus lots is generally full weekends 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Conclusions are that neither new parking nor additional shuttle use could solve all of the current problems in Como Park.  Next steps are to finalize recommendations and ultimately take them to City Council for approval.


Chris Martineau reported that Neighbor Relations Committee met and laid out a preferred process for District 10 involvement. Sept. 9 will be the next PAC group and prior to then, consultants will gather additional input.  Districts 10 and 6 would like to ask the consultants to provide stakeholder feedback before Sept. 30.


Martineau mentioned that Oct. 14 is the final Neighbor Relations meeting of the year, in which recommendations will also be prepared for District 10 to go to the City. Martineau also has asked the status of permit parking; no plans are in place to address this.


E. Sholom Home Update


Scott Baker has asked prospective Shalom Home developers to update status.  It is expected that in the next few weeks there will be more information put forth to the community.


F. Community Discussion – no items




A. Review/Amend/Approve Minutes & Financial Statements


The minutes were approved, with a change regarding the Shalom Home Ad-Hoc.


B. Committee Updates


a. Neighborhood Relations Committee


Chris Martineau is asking for agenda items for full board concerning Kimley Horn recommendations in October. Chris Harkness moved to do so, seconded by Scott Baker.  Motion carried.


b. Environment Committee


Mike MacDonald announced an August 25 shoreline cleanup.  A similar event last month had good participation.  There was a lot of interest at the Staycation with the Garden Tour.  The tree nomination program through Parks is also taking place.


c. Communications Committee


Panod Klongtruatroke announced the next Communications Committee meeting will be held at North Dale Rec Center.  Other locations are under consideration such as Energy Park/Capital Region Watershed.


Klongtruatroke has spoken to potential candidates for the newsletter editor role.  August 25 is an early notice for articles for the October publishing of the newsletter.


d. Neighborhood Safety Committee


Dolores Rufenacht reported on National Night Out and Staycation activities. The bike event hosted about 25 participants.  The Safety Committee had a meeting to debrief on the first annual Staycation.   Starting earlier and doing more planning were recommendations.


The Western District police presented a safety workshop, with many participant questions.  Handouts and other materials are available on request.


e. Land Use Committee


Chris Harkness reported there was very little activity with any new developments.


f. HR Work Group Update


Marsha Milgrom said a new policy is being drafted and the workgroup will review final draft with recommendation to the full board by its September meeting.  Two elements of the policy not fully addressed are intern/volunteer policy and board self-assessment.  A board self-assessment tool will be created shortly and sent via email to board members prior to the next election.


g. Bylaws Review


Panod Klongtruatroke said Bylaws Review discussion had taken place but is being tabled for now.


C. Staff Reports


Rhonda DeBough reported a  neighborhood cleanup is coming in September.  The Staycation was well received, in particular the garden tour.


Debough will be taking over financial responsibility from the Treasurer and Becky, who had been hired on a temporary basis.  Debough is also looking at how other area districts conduct their financial accounting.  Debough stated she would begin working 30 hours after Labor Day; this change has not yet been approved.


Monica Lofgren will be coordinating this year's Pancake Breakfast, around Halloween.

The Honor Role is seeking nominations.


V. Other items


District 10 has received an invitation to participate in the Great River Community Park Plan Task Force.  Mike MacDonald will share the opportunity with others.


Marsha Milgrom mentioned a request to join a District Councils Collaborative related to biking, walking, and public transport, from the East Metro Transit for Livable Communities.  Interested District 10 board members are invited to contact their board chair.


Panod Klongtruatroke moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by MacDonald.  Meeting adjourned at 8:23. p.m. 


Respectfully submitted by Marsha Milgrom

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