Minutes - 2/2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007 1:00 PM

 District 10 Environment Committee Meeting Minutes
Thursday February 22, 2007
7:00-9:00 pm
Historic Streetcar Station, Como Park

Attendees: Chet Mirocha, David Arbeit, Susan Jane Cheney, Sharon Shinomiya, Katie Plese
Katie Plese called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.
The January 2007 meeting minutes were approved.

Katie Plese announced her resignation as Chair of the Environmental Committee. While she will no longer Chair the committee, she will stay on as an active member of the committee. Alternatives for the Chair position will be investigated.

Discussion of the minutes form the Land Use Committee's February 14th meeting regarding the proposed relocation of the St. Paul police horse stables. Katie Plese was present at the February 14th meeting and reported the verbally stated land area needed within Como Park was 409,600 sq.ft. Henry Park had been reviewed and dismissed as a potential site. It was stated there was no room at the U of M Equine Center, and that Como Park was chosen as the best site due to the low crime rate providing safety for the horses.
Discussion of these items followed.
The Environmental Committee feels very strongly that no public park land be lost, that alternative sites closer to the city exist, and that these alternative sites should be thoroughly researched. Environmental impacts as well as realistic cost effectiveness should also be well researched and discussed. There is also the strong opinion that the public be made fully aware of the negative aspects of the proposed relocation in order to provide material for a fair and open public discourse of the matter.
It was proposed that a meeting between the Environmental Committee and the Land Use Committee should be scheduled in order for questions/ concerns to be addressed. The Environment Committee will continue to research the proposal.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 by Katie Plese
( meeting summary by Katie Plese)

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