Minutes - 7/2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007 3:00 PM


District 10 Como Community Council 

Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. July 17, 2007 

Streetcar Station, 1224 N. Lexington Parkway 




1. Chair Sarah MacRunnels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.  Board members in attendance 

were:  Nathan Volz, Billy Dinkel, Sharon Frisell, Jeremy Lostetter, Kay Plese, Nancy Sabin, 

Jillian Ierien, Dennis O’Rourke, Greg Hrncirik, Bart Polacek and Luke Kuhl.  Sehoya Cotner was 

excused.   Sarah MacRunnels announced her resignation effective July 18 due to her plans to 

move out of the District, it was also announced Secretary Tony Schaps had resigned as of June 

20.  Both received certificates of appreciation for their contributions to District 10. 


2.  The June minutes and July agenda, with one amendment in agenda order, were passed. 


3.  The June financial report was laid over due to bookkeeper’s 4th of July vacation.   


Community Section 


1.  A community meeting was held to discuss resident concerns regarding MGM Liquors possible 

expansion plans at Lexington and Larpenteur.    Overall resident reaction to proposals to remove 

or pull back the fence between MGM and the alley was one of strong resistance. Residents asked 

Mr. Setter about  MGM’s plans, in light of a 2005 discussion on using the area for expanded 

parking,  for the California Avenue homes they currently own and those they may consider 

buying.  Mr. Setter was unsure what the future held regarding these properties.  Mr. Setter  

mentioned problems with emergency access MGM’s property, rush hour accessibility problems 

and a new corporate headquarters building.    


MGM expansion into the residential area of the neighborhood would require 

a zoning change.  Residents in attendance were, again, nearly unanimously opposed to any 

changes in zoning that would allow land uses other than that which is currently allowed.  

Residents cited concerns about additional traffic, noise, lighting and loss of property values.    


Solutions to site plan, parking and accessibility problems were offered.   A detailed traffic  

and accident study was suggested as was an engineering/ architectural study of creative options 

for site re-development.  Councilmember Helgen stated there was no formal building proposal 

from MGM.    Exploration of other potential development areas that might be more compatible 

with existing zoning, within Ward 5, was encouraged.   


Previous to the community meeting a group of California residents had met with District 

10’s Land Use committee to form a joint Ad Hoc committee.   The first joint meeting was 

scheduled for August 6, 2007 


2.  As per District 10 bylaws, nominations were made to fill vacant executive positions.  Nathan 

Volz automatically becomes interim Board Chair on July 18th, a term which expires October, 

2007.  Nancy Sabin was nominated to be Vice-chair, but declined to her preference to fill in as 

Board Secretary.  Sharon Frisell declined the Board Chair nomination due to scheduling conflicts.   

Jillian Ierien declined Vice- chair nomination due to the need for  consistent leadership for the 

Land Use Committee.  Luke Kuhl accepted the nomination for Vice- chair and received 

unanimous support from the from the Board.   Nancy Sabin was nominated for Board Secretary, 

accepted, and also received unanimous support from the Board.  The Chair and Secretary 

positions are up for election October, 2007.  Treasurer and Vice-chair October, 2008.  


Board Section 


4. The staff and crime reports were reviewed. 


5. Adjourn;  9:15 p.m. 



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