District 10 Como Community Council
September 15, 2009 - 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:David Arbeit, Ted Sheu, Marcy Micek, Scott Baker, Ken Kunkle, Barbara Frick, Misty Havens, Matt Schmitt, Barbara Clark, Scott Baker, Chris Harkness
Directors absent: None
Directors excused: Mike MacDonald, Lori Klongtruatroke, Chris Martineau, Karl Koch
Staff present: Rhonda Debough, Josh Witte
I. Call to Order
David Arbeit called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.
II. Review, Amend, Approve Agenda
Marcy Micek asked that an action item be added to approve the revised 2009 budget. Chris Harkness moved to approve the revised agenda and Ted Scheu seconded. Unanimously approved.
III. Community Section
A. Presentation: Gerald Krieger’s Service to the Community
Mr. Krieger’s granddaughter Nancy showed a short video presentation highlighting the contributions he made to the community and the North Dale Recreation Center. David explained the two action items and how they differed. Ken Kunkle read and explained his substitute motion.
B. MGM Liquor’s Public Hearing – September 24
Ted Scheu – MGM has submitted an application for a change to the site plan (leave fence down). The City has made it clear it will be denying this site plan and MGM will likely appeal this. Information regarding this matter is on the District 10 website. Barbara Frick said the Land Use Committee will be sending out an email regarding this. The City will accept write-ins if people cannot attend. David asked if we need to restate the District 10 resolution we voted on before. Misty Havens said the City is not asking for our input, so is this necessary? David – the City is asking for testimony. Ted – Lee Helgen’s office is asking for letters from residents. David will write a short cover letter with motion attached.
C. Lexington-Larpenteur Ad Hoc Committee Update
Barabara Frick – Last meeting was cancelled. Next one is September 28.
D. Neighborhood Meeting on Parking and Traffic – September 24
Chris Martineau will lead this meeting. Resident Chai Insook said that the petition that has been submitted for restricted parking will be discussed. The City Public Works Department will make a recommendation. Neighborhood Relations Committee will bring a resolution to the November District 10 board meeting. Question was asked how to bring forth views opposing that of the petitioners. David responded that the September 24 and October 8 meetings will be an opportunity for residents to give input.
Discussion followed regarding the distinction between the work of the parking permit petitioners and the Neighborhood Relations Committee. The petition is the work of a neighborhood group separate from the District 10 board. District 10 has not taken a position on this matter. Ken Kunkle suggested we notify District 6 and the State Fair of this matter since they could be affected by this change. Resident Panod Klongtruatroke said that flyers are available and a map of the affected zone will be on the District 10 website.
E. Neighborhood Cleanup
The Cleanup date is Saturday, September 26. We have all the volunteers we need (if everyone shows up!).
F. October 2009 Election and Vacancies
October 20 is the annual meeting and elections for expiring terms and resignations. There is a nomination form on the District 10 website. Nominations will also be taken from the floor.
IV. Review, Amend, Approve August minutes
Marcy moved to approve the August minutes and Scott seconded. Unanimously approved.
V. Board Updates
A. Board Chair Report
David has been on vacation for some time so did not have an extensive report. He commended the committees for continuing their good work and recognized the contributions of Office Administrator Camille Schafer’s, who is resigning her position at District 10 at the end of September.
B. Treasurer’s Report
Marcy presented the revised budget. Ted moved to accept Treasurer’s report. Chris Harkness seconded. Unanimously approved
C. Staff Report
Rhonda encouraged people to go see the Paint the Pavement project on Albany.
Scott reported that many cars on Almond St. were vandalized during the State Fair.
David encouraged people to attend District Council workshops.
D. Committee Reports
Ken Kunkle reported that the Neighborhood Safety Committee did not meet this month
Scott Baker – Sholom Home Ad Hoc Committee had a sunset provision that stated the committee would dissolve after a certain period. He will be contacting committee members to see if people want to keep this committee going.
Marcy Micek – The Financial Development Committee is organizing a pancake breakfast to be held on Saturday, October 31 at the Humphrey Job Corps Center. Rhonda said that board members will be in costume and Job Corps students will be creating a non-scary haunted house. A signup sheet was passed around.
Ted Scheu (Land Use) – There is a zoning variance request (Hoyt & Montana). If neighbors approve it, they will not ask for District 10 approval. If neighbors do not, they will bring it to the board. Chris Harkness has volunteered to assume the Land Use Chair role.
Matt Schmitt (Communications) – Instructions for posting minutes on the website were sent out to members. The next newsletter will go out October 7-8.
No report from the Environment Committee
VI. Action Items
A. RES091509-1A – Support for Gerald Krieger family’s request to honor Gerald Krieger’s contributions to the North Dale Recreation Center, as worded at the August board meeting.
David accepted the following substitute resolution.
B. RES091509-1B – Substitute motion to honor Gerald Krieger’s contributions, as submitted by Ken Kunkle
Ken introduced this resolution. Misty seconded. Unanimously approved. This will be forwarded to the Krieger family and District 6.
C. Approve revised 2009 budget
David moved to approve the revised 2009 budget. Ted seconded. Unanimously approved.
VII. Discussion Items
Scott recognized Ted’s hard work as Vice Chair and Land Use Chair.
Annie Johnson distributed survey that measured people’s feelings about public/private partnerships. This was not a perfect survey because it was done online and the sample size is very small. Many straight-ticket responders (if they agree on one item, they agree on most and vice versa). The overall response was generally positive. The written comments are also available in the District 10 office.
Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Marcy Micek.