Minutes - 4/2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009 2:30 PM



District 10 Como Community Council


Neighborhood Relations Committee

April 9, 2009

Street Car Station

1224 Lexington Pkwy

Saint Paul, MN 55103

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Members Present:  Marsha Milgrom, Michelle Furrer, Chai Insook, Barbara Frick, Rhonda Debough, Dennis O’Rourke, Chris Martineau

Meeting Minutes

Began the meeting with the introduction of Michelle Furrer – Como Campus Manager.  Michelle identified the different entities that make up Como Park and what she specifically oversees.  Michelle indicated that there will most likely be work don on the Japanese Garden Experience this year with some construction of some buildings so the gardens can be observed even during the winter months.  She also indicated that funding is being sought for the Gorilla Forest, but the request is now in the Senate.


Discuss content of business flyers.  Barbara Frick provided a good rough draft.  Will continue to work on them so the flyers can be used in our attempt to inform and invite the businesses to participate with D10.  We will incorporate Josh Witte’s business list when planning the distribution of the flyer.


Most of the meeting was spent discussing the concerns that members and neighbors have with issues around the park.  (Parking, Traffic, Safety of Neighbors and Visitors, Trash, Noise, and the Sustainability of the Shuttle).   After further discussion, it was determined by the members that Neighborhood Relations should host 3 meetings, one for each sub-district to find out the issues that are most affecting the D10 residents.  Did not want to focus the efforts on the west side.   Thereafter, an attempt will be made to compile a top 5 or 10 list of the major concerns not only with the park, but with the entire D10 area.  The goal is to provide this list to decision makers to be used in determining when community process would be most beneficial for the neighborhood in contracts, projects, and general well being of D10 residents.  


Chai further informed that he attended the Black Bear contract amendment hearing.  He voiced concerns over the unavailability of the promenade at the pavilion.  He expressed the desire to have ability to once again gain access to this area that overlooks Como Lake.  Mr. Hahm informed by email that he would advise the Ward 4 and Ward 5 offices of these general concerns as this is more operational issues with the city rather than the vendor.  The availability of this area comes down to staffing that is paid for by this city.  









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