Did you miss presentations given during our monthly meetings or as part of a special event? We do our best to take advantage of our hybrid meeting technology and record presentations and Q&As so the information can be shared more broadly in the community or referenced historically.
At the October 17, 2023 D10 Como Community Meeting we welcomed Sierra Cumberland, Coordinator, Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC), St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) and Joshua Clapp, Labor Standards Investigator, HREEO to share about St. Paul human rights resources.
At the October 4, 2023 D10 Environment committee meeting we welcomed Russ Stark, St. Paul Chief Resilience Officer and Ana de la Torre, Sustainability Coordinator, who shared about the St. Paul Climate Action Dashboard website.
At the September 6, 2023 D10 Environment committee meeting we welcomed John Notermann, Outreach Coordinator for Passive House, who shared about the details and benefits of Passive homes. Dave and Diane Crawford, who live in a passive house in Como, were also present to share their experience.
At the August 15, 2023 D10 Como Community Meeting we welcomed Tyler McKean, Parks and Recreation Program Supervisor, and Ward 5 City Council President Amy Brendmoen to share some conversation sparking renderings of potential changes to the Como Lakeside Pavilion.
At the August 15, 2023 D10 Land Use committee meeting we welcomed David Eide, Zoning Inspector from St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspections.
At the August 2, 2023 D10 community meetings we welcomed St. Kate’s students Eva Ngono and KC Meredyk who, under the direction of Professor Rachel Neiwert, have been interviewing community members and researching the history of the South Como/Front St (Subdistrict 4) area as a part of the Como Neighborhood History Project.
At the July 18, 2023 D10 Land Use committee meeting we welcomed John Notermann from the St. Paul Neighbors’ League to hear their ideas forming around addressing issues with plowing and potholes in St. Paul.
On July 5 2023, the D10 Environment committee welcomed Molly Burns-Hansen, Programs Coordinator for Move Minnesota, to share about opportunities for community members and businesses to lower barriers and increase education about transit alternatives.
At the June 20, 2023 D10 Land Use committee meeting we spoke with Brett Hussong and Max Sell – City of St Paul Landscape Designers from St. Paul Parks and Rec, to understand more about the plan to convert the Orchard Rec courts from tennis to pickle ball.
At the June 20, 2023 D10 Land Use committee meeting we heard from Jimmy Shoemaker, Transportation Planner, St. Paul Public Works, to hear the latest details of the 2023 Bicycle Plan Draft Update.
At the June 7th, 2023 D10 Environment Committee, we heard from Mariah Quick – a Ramsey County Heath Educator – about what happens to organic compost. She explains where it goes, the environmental impact of keeping food out of a landfill and what we can do to promote composting.
At the February 21, 2023 D10 Land Use committee meeting we heard from Luis Flores, Ramsey County Project Manager, about an upcoming Dale Street lane conversion project.
At the December 20, 2022 Land Use committee meeting we heard from Aaron Dysart, St. Paul City Artist in Residence, and Jon Kamrath, Project Artist, about an upcoming art installation along the Grand Round at Wheelock/Maryland/Victoria.
D10 Community Organizer Jessica Willman, Emilie Snell-Rood, and Julia Brokaw updated the Environment Committee on the Sub-District 4 Lawns to Legumes Project regarding the lot at Front and Jameson on 12/7/22.
D10 Board Member and Como Neighborhood History Project leader Laura Oyen presented House History Training and resources on 12/3/22.
At the November 15, 2022 Land Use committee meeting we heard from Randy Newton, Traffic Engineer with St. Paul Public Works, about Traffic Calming techniques, challenges, and process. View the recorded presentation with Q&A below. The PDF of Randy’s presentation and other Traffic Calming resource links below the video.
Neighborhood Relations Committee member and Como Neighborhood History Project leader Laura Oyen presents the progress on the project to the Neighborhood Relations Committee on 9/7/22.
D10 Community Organizer Jessica Willman updated the Environment Committee on the Sub-District 4 Lawns to Legumes Project on 9/7/22.
Recorded Presentation: Pavilion Sound, Grand Round Nodes, and Como Trail Master Plan Intro – August 16, 2022
At the August 16, 2022 Land Use Committee Meeting we heard from Tony Arvidson (Dock & Paddle), Tyler McKean (St. Paul Parks & Rec Program Supervisor) about ongoing Como Pavilion Sound Level monitoring and planning tactics, and also from David Ronzani (St. Paul Parks & Rec Landscape Architect) and Max Sell (St. Paul Parks & Rec Landscape Design Associate) about new Grand Round Node installations in Como and a new Como Trail Master Plan engagement timeline.
We are excited to announce that the Como Community Council was awarded the Lawns to Legume Demonstration Neighborhood Grant through the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)! A group of community members linked to the Environment Committee proposed a plan for pollinator habitats throughout the Como Sub-district 4 Community.
At the April 6, 2022 Land Use Committee Meeting we heard from St. Paul Public Works Transportation Planner Jimmy Shoemaker to discuss a proposal for funding for Pedestrian Improvements in the Chelsea Heights Elementary area. (JANUARY 2023 UPDATE!)
Neighborhood Relations Committee member and Como Neighborhood Historical Project leader Laura Oyen presents the progress on the project to the Neighborhood Relations Committee on 4/5/22.
Dr. Kim Heikkila, author of Booth Girls, shares about the history of the Booth Memorial Hospital before 1973. For 75 years, the Salvation Army operated a maternity home and hospital for unwed mothers in St. Paul
The Welcoming the Dear Neighbor? economics team is researching the impact of racial covenants and other types of housing discrimination on demographic and economic outcomes including upward mobility. This work is in collaboration with the Mapping Prejudice Project which seeks to map racial covenants in the Twin Cities.
State Fair general manager Jerry Hammer — a longtime District 10 resident — tells stories about the founding and early years of the Fair, offers rare glimpses into the evolution of the Fairgrounds, including a history of buildings and attractions that no longer exist.
In February, D10 Como Park co-hosted a engagement event with Hamline Midway Coalition, North End Neighborhood Organization, and the St. Paul Planning and Economic Development (PED) department about the 1-4 Housing Study Phase 2, which deals with increasing housing density in “neighborhood scale” ways.
sources to give an update about the drilling of an observation well ‘nest’ in Como Park between the Como Pool and the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom area.
community questions about the City’s winter operations. The presentation highlights the City’s Snow Emergency process and operations, including communications, ticketing, and towing. The presentation is followed by a Q & A session.
At the November 4, 2021 Neighborhood Relations Committee Meeting we heard from Shelli Beck, Director of Volunteer Services at Lyngblomsten to discuss opportunities for community members to volunteer with Lyngblomsten’s Senior residents.
Saint Paul’s Zoning Code controls how much housing can be built in certain parts of the City. These requirements make it difficult to build enough new housing to fix Saint Paul’s current housing shortage. City Council Resolution 18-1204 and the 2040 Comprehensive Plan call for studying ways to allow more neighborhood-scale housing in all areas of the City.
At the October 7, 2021 Land Use Committee Meeting we heard from St. Paul Public Works Transportation Planner Jimmy Shoemaker to discuss the St. Paul Bike Plan Update.
At the October 7, 2021 Land Use Committee Meeting we heard from St. Paul Parks & Rec Lead Landscape Architect Anne Gardner about the final plans for the Como Pavilion and Golf Course Parking lot upgrades coming in the next year. View her presentation and the questions from the community attendees.
The City is updating the Bicycle Plan! The current plan was adopted by the City Council in March 2015. While the current plan is still used by the City and its partners to expand the bike network, its time for a refresh.
Ramsey County Commissioner Trista MatasCastillo talks with the Como Community Council board about the county’s proposed HRA levy, which would raise $11 million a year dedicated to creating and maintaining affordable housing in Saint Paul and the suburbs. (May 18, 2021)
Adam Robbins, a natural resources supervisor for Parks and Recreation, explains how the city decides whether to interfere with nature, the federal and local laws it must follow, and what residents should and should not do if coming face to face with wild creatures. (May 5, 2021).
In a presentation to District 10’s Environment Committee, Ryan Hueffmeier, a researcher in the University of Minnesota’s Jumping Worm’s Project, explains the threats jumping worms pose to Minnesota gardens, forests, and soils; how to find jumping worms; how to distinguish them from other earthworms; what to do if you do find them; how to prevent them from spreading; and how to report them to researchers. Here is additional information from the U of M Extension on precautions to take when swapping plants, and advice on identifying and eliminating jumping worms from your property. (April 14, 2021)
Annie Levenson-Falk, executive director of the Citizens Utility Board, discusses Xcel’s plans for generating electricity for the next 15 years, and proposes an alternative that CUB believes will use more renewables, rely less on fossil fuels, and save customers money. (March 10, 2021)
Saint Paul Ward 4 Councilmember Mitra Jalali discusses city and county efforts to provide more housing stability. Her conversation with District 10’s Anti-Racism Work Group covers the funding, policy, and political hurdles to reducing homelessness, creating more housing for a wider range of people, and preserving affordable housing; some of the innovative affordable housing options under consideration (and the challenges to making them happen); what’s necessary to change the hearts and minds of residents in communities such as Como to accept and advocate for a larger range of housing options; and the complexities that affect decisions by unhoused residents and the professionals trying to find appropriate indoor homes for them. (Jan. 27, 2021)
November 8, 2020
Debbie Meister from Neighborhoods First gives the Como Community Council board an overview of how community organizations are attempting to influence MnDOT’s priorities and decisions along the I-94 corridor in Saint Paul. (Nov. 17, 2020)
Planner Michael Wade gives the Como Community Council’s Land Use Committee a presentation and answers questions about proposals to redefine “family” in the city zoning code. Any revision would change how many related adults and unrelated adults could legally constitute a household in Saint Paul. The intent, in theory, is to better accommodate multi-generational families, extended families, and families sharing living space in order to afford housing. (Nov. 4, 2020)
Our Justice System & Race Equity
October 25, 2020
Richard McLemore II
Ramsey County Commissioner Trista MatasCastillo gives the Como Community Council board an extensive overview of the county’s efforts to find housing for residents living on the streets. Those efforts include housing residents at Bethesda Hospital and at hotels such as the Best Western in Bandana Square. (Oct. 20, 2020)
Equity in Community
October 11, 2020 Lissa Jones-Lofgren