DISTRICT 10 COMO COMMUNITY COUNCIL
May 20, 2008 - 7:00 p.m.
Historic Streetcar Station
1224 N. Lexington Parkway
St. Paul, MN
The agenda and supporting materials were mailed to directors prior to the meeting.
Directors present:, Sehoya Cotner, Sharon Frisell, Tony Hainault, Chai Insook, Kim Klose, Luke
Kuhl, Mike MacDonald, John Marino, Marcy Micek, Dennis O’Rourke, Sue Phillips, Matt Schmitt,
Directors excused: David Arbeit, Marc Prokosch
Staff present: Janet (Jae) Asancheyev, Contractor – fulfilling interim Community Organizer
Guests present: Susan Hubbard, Chris Goodwin, Eureka Recycling
1. Call to Order
Nathan Volz called the meeting to order at 7:07p.m.
2. Review, Amend, Approve May Agenda
Nathan added Deb Robinson to the Community section, and combined two items, A & C: Board
Chair report and staff transition/recruiting.
Luke K. moved to accept the agenda as amended. Mike M. seconded the motion. The motion
passed with unanimous approval.
3. Community Section
A. Invited speaker: Susan Hubbard, CEO, and Chris Goodwin, Community Rep….. Eureka
Recycling. Location 2828 Kennedy St. Updates: They are working on their strategic
plan throughout the summer, asking for our input (via Survey Monkey) and will report
back to us once the plan is written.1) Clean-up, offered help/training for us in light of
staff transitions, will work with us in any many we desire. 2) invitation to tour the facility
in the summer (open to public once a year – July or August). 3) Environmental round
table, convened experts from within St. Paul to address six different environmental
topics. 4) St. Paul is poised to begin collection of organics at the curb (decomposable
food waste), June 2009.
1. what to do with packaging? Urge companies to move toward organically-based
2. Plastic recycling, level 5 may be accepted soon (there is a pilot now). Levels 2-7 can
be dropped off at the facility, if it’s thoroughly cleaned.
3. Where is it processed? As locally as possible. Some paper goes to Rock Tenn, some
does not – based on the products they make, and the paper fiber quality.
4. Can methane be recaptured through composting? Yes, looking into it.
B. Recognition of Sue McCall.
Nathan spoke about her dedication and activism and passion for getting the work done. Small
snapshot of her contributions with D10, via council membership, committee membership and
support, and staff service. Her connectedness with the community, and knowing who to
contact and when proved vital to opening doors and building relationships within the
community. We will present Sue with a certificate at a later date. Nancy Sabin presented
two letters of thanks, one as Executive Director of the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, and one
as a private citizen, acknowledging that Sue is one of the best community organizers among
the 17 councils. John Marino acknowledged her help with the newsletter. Jae commented
that Sue left the office in very good order, and has provided for a smooth transition. Dennis
acknowledged her dedication and knowledge of the City. Janice Rettman acknowledged that
Sue always included the whole district, pointing out where the borders actually lie. Sue’s
passions drove her to speak up for the little guys, and smaller issues, when big issues took the
spotlight. Sue’s legacy is that we .don’t forget those who are not present at our meetings.
Dennis proposed a resolution that we commemorate Sue’s contributions to D10, Sharon
Frisell seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
C. Other Public Comments: Deb Robinson – Systems
Succession planning. In light transitions (staff and board members), it may be helpful to
have written records/processes/checklists from committees and staff to “hand off” to whoever
may come next. Suggestion: committee chairs, or anyone who does an event, could
document their processes (buckthorn bust, rain barrel workshops, etc). Mary acknowledged
that it coincides with office planning, and conversation about moving the date of board
elections. Nancy Sabin commented that she provided checklists to David when she was a
Community Section closed 8:04 pm
4. Review, Amend, Approve April Minutes
Motion: Luke K. made a motion to approve the March minutes. Marcy M. seconded the motion.
Discussion item – top of page 3 – typo – the word should be “it” rather than “is.” Approved
Action Item: Kim will fix the typo.
5. Board Updates
Board Meeting Minutes
June 25, 2008
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A. Board Chair Report & Transition/Recruiting staff position – Nathan Volz
• Welcome to Jae Asancheyev. 8-10 are the official office hours, she is available for
other times as needed.
• Work plans have been submitted
• Rain barrel and garage sale events were successful.
B. Financial Reports – Marcy Micek
Marcy reviewed the financials .
We’re in good stead. We have recently received funds from Eureka, and the rain barrel
workshops. The month of May will bring a salary payout (staff vacation). Expenses: cut the
phone bill related to the fax number. The copier may be able to be used as a scanner, so we
don’t have to purchase one.
Some board members reported not receiving copies of the financial statement prior to this
Review and Accept Financial Reports
Motion: Tony H. made a motion to approve the April financial statements. Sue P. seconded
the motion. The motion passed with unanimous approval.
C. Node Study/MGM Update
Luke provided updates – no movement lately. If there is a meeting date publicized, the
community will need to be alerted (the website is not providing much information). Luke
anticipates a two-week window to flyer neighborhoods. Nathan acknowledged that this
issue has generated a growing listserv.
D. Committee Chair Reports
Executive Committee – Addressed above
Neighborhood Safety – Marcy attended the meeting, discussed enormity of the issue and
what our involvement could be. Crime stats: can we make them more meaningful (add
historical context, trends over time). NNO kickoff in Como Park May 29. Reviewed work
plans and goals. Target is the national support this year, and there are grants available (if
there is a neighborhood committee).
Events & Institutions –Dennis reported that there is not much neighborhood interest in a
“drive-free” zone or day.
Communications Committee – John Marino reported that he has extended the deadline for
the upcoming newsletter, and will be sending the draft to board members soon. Garage sale
was successful, 53 participants. Created a couple of flyers: neighborhood safety and “got
democracy?”. Matt is creating an email list for newsletter blasts – functional later this year.
Matt visited 22 sales as a community outreach function.
Environment Committee – Mike MacDonald reported that the first rain barrel workshop had
60 participants (two sessions combined). Next session will be June 14th. Verde will be
selling additional barrels at a reduced price ($50) since we have exceeded our expectations.
The committee will evaluate the process after the events are over to determine interest/ability
to do the event again next year.
Board Meeting Minutes
June 25, 2008
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Board Meeting Minutes
June 25, 2008
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Land Use Committee – Luke Kuhl stated that Council Member Stark initiated a conversation
to solicit input in developing a bike lane north of fair grounds. Tony will be the contact
person. Sharon commented that the Energy Park Drive neighborhood is interested in a bridge
that would link Energy Park to the greater portion of our district.
E. Transportation – Sehoya will be gone all of June and July, and recommends that we send an
alternate to the meetings. Sehoya will send out meeting dates. Janice Rettman noted that
there are several public hearing scheduled (May 29, 4:00-7:00pm) at the Goodwill on
Fairview. All dates are listed on the Met Council website. Issues: loss of street parking on
University, additional stations, public art.
F. 2008 Work Plan and Contract Status – already addressed.
6. Action Items
Nathan will allow public moments (3 minutes) and a 1 minute rebuttal.
A. Resolution CO0513081 (Communications Committee) Approve “Outreach through
Opportunity to hold a Tai Chi class (6 sessions). The instructor is asking for $120 fee,
anything above that (collected via a donation box) will be donated to D10. This is really
a community building activity, an opportunity to increase outreach and awareness of the
Council. Advertise in next newsletter, which means distribution for late June.
Marcy made a motion to approve the resolution, Dennis seconded it. Discussion: would
be a regular day/time (Saturday mornings). Possible outreach opportunity to the
apartment complex at Energy Park Drive. There would be a table with flyers and a box
for suggested donation. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Resolution LU0513081 (Land Use) Council position on Como Campus license request
Como campus has requested a letter of support for an application of a liquor license at the
campus. It doesn’t technically change what’s already happening. The Campus has a caterer
(Lancer) that currently sells alcohol at private events in reserved areas (like wedding
receptions). A license would allow distributors to deliver to the premises directly, instead of
through the caterer. Would allow for inspections. Minimal impact on neighbors.
Motion: John Marino made a motion to approve the resolution. Marcy M seconded the
motion. Discussion: Concern about delivery times/days for distributors and impact on traffic.
Luke explained the waiver process. Concerns about growth and expansion of the Campus
can be addressed in a separate meeting, perhaps a joint meeting of Land Use and Events &
Committees. Concern that public hours will be reduced in order to accommodate private
1 nay, 12 ayes. The motion passed carried.
7. Discussion Items
A. Other discussion items:
Sehoya, moved to adjourn. Mike seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 9:06 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Kim Klose.