District 10 Como Park Community Council
Neighborhood Relations/Safety/Operations Committee
Minutes – April 10, 2014
Attendees: Ted Blank (District 10 Administrator), Ann McInerney, Bill Sylvester, Sandy Peterson, Julie Tholen, Dolores Rufenacht, Pete Bolstad, Annie Heidekoper, Bonnie Youngquist
Call to Order: The committee reviewed and agreed on the agenda for tonight’s meeting.
Community Discussion: No items were presented in this area.
Review/Approve Minutes from Last Meeting: The minutes for the last meeting were approved.
Welcome any new members: No new members attended tonight’s meeting.
St. Paul Walks Group: Ted reported that the representative of this group did not contact him to set up a date to talk with the committee.
Fire Safety Event – April 26th – Dolores provided an update regarding this event. We have settled on holding the event at the Streetcar Station. Dolores has turned in a flyer to the St. Paul Schools for distribution of half-sized flyers. The flyers would be sent to various schools the week of 4/20 - 4/24. Targeted schools are Como, Chelsea, Crossroads, Maternity of Mary, Como Park Language and Arts Preschool, the School for the Deaf, the German Immersion School and the Hmong Academy. Ted will also send a flyer to NW Como for distribution. Dolores will send a copy to North Dale. Dolores indicated the Fire Department is excited about the event and will bring additional volunteers. Dolores will be meeting with the Fire Department contact to discuss additional arrangements and determine the list of games. Possible donors for the event are being sought. The group was reminded that the event will occur from 9:30 – 11:30. The first volunteers for set-up will be starting at 8 AM. Barricades for the parking lot will be in front of the parking lot early in the morning (6 AM). Dolores will send list of activities and deliverables to Mary.
Updates on following planned events:
· Como Walk About – Walks are still occurring on Saturdays at 9 AM. Julie wants to continue looking for ways to promote this activity and would like to produce a flyer for the Saturday walks. The committee also had a discussion regarding adding Monday evening walks.
· Neighborhood Garage Sale – This event will be held on May 17. Ted believes we have about 15 registrations at this time. Ted reminded the group of the early registration period through April 25 for a regular registration fee of $15. No registrations will be taken after May 9. The Hmong Academy will be having a sale/street carnival on Friday. Bonnie asked about possible sponsorships for the garage sale. Ted indicated no one has expressed an interest in sponsoring the event.
· Flamingo Friday Ice Cream Social – Anne showed the various items that Kemps will be donating including coloring posters, tattoos and blow up cows. We do not have a band at this time. If we choose to have a band District 10 would need to get a sound variance. We received a grant of $1,000 to publicize the event. Inserts in the Monitor could be purchased for $580 per side. The Monitor would be distributed on June 11 and June 12. Annie suggested selling quarter panels instead of full size or half-size panels. The committee talked about possible businesses that might be interested in purchasing quarter panels.
· Garden Tour – The date for the Garden Tour will be June 21. The new flower marts may be a sponsor for the event. Ted provided an update on publicizing the event and reminded the group that the “center” of tour will be at the Como Park Language and Arts Preschool located on Hamline and Nebraska.
· Comofest – Ted provided an update on the history of Staycation/ComoFest and now Como Neighborhood Days (new name). Ted explained the rationale for changing the name of the event. This year’s event will consist of the following events:
o Friday, July 11 – Northwest Como
o Saturday, July 12 -- Lyngblomsten
o Saturday, July 12 PM -- Como Park Grill
o Sunday, July 13 -- Art Festival at the promenade of Black Bear Crossing
District 10 will have information booths at all events and volunteers to set up
· Pancake Breakfast – Ted reported that he spoke with Cate Edlund about the event and that the Job Corps is excited about our return. The committee agreed to look at having another Silent Auction. The event will be held on Saturday, October 25. A suggestion was made on to have a table sign at Como Neighborhood Days promoting the pancake breakfast.
· Sunday Series –. Annie Huidekoper asked if we could switch dates for the presentation of minor league baseball in St. Paul. The committee agreed that the baseball presentation would occur on October 26. Annie will ask Stu Thornley to join her for the event. The first presentation will be scheduled for the last weekend in September. Julie has contacted the St. Paul Police historian but no arrangements have been set at this time.
EAB/Updates: Ted provided an update on several projects including the removal of ash trees on Lexington Parkway, the Recycling Guide/Green Guide, “block parties with a purpose” regarding traffic calming and arts activities in the area.