District 10 Como Community Council Board Meeting

Historic Street Car Station

1224 Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN  55108

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

7:00 PM



I. Call to Order: Chairperson Jon Knox called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

II. Board Introductions:

Present: Jon Knox, Chris Harkness, Linda Hinderscheit, Pete Bolstad, Julie Tholen, Kim Moon, Mary Michalski, Ryan Flynn, Kevin Dahm, John Medeiros, Bill Lipkin, and Tedd James

Absent: Debra Pursley, Patrick Tschida, Frank Dolejsi

Staff Present: Alison Kirgis

III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda:

Motion: Approve the agenda (Moon-Bolstad) Passed


A. Board Chair Report: Jon Knox reported that Councilmember Kathy Lantry has been appointed the new Director of Public Works. Jon also asked those board members, whose terms are up in April, to let him know their intent about running for another term. 

B. Treasurer's Report: Julie Tholen reported that a report was in the board packet. We are ending the year in the black. A full 2014 financial report will be forthcoming in February. We are due for an audit. Julie asked for two volunteer board members, who are not involved in D10 finance, to do a basic audit for 2014. Julie and Alison are working on the 2015 budget and should be able to present it to the board at the February meeting.

C. Open Sub-district 1 election: Amy Perna has applied for the open sub-district 1 position. 

Motion: Elect Amy Perna to the open position for sub-district 1 by acclamation (Harkness-Dahm) Passed. 

D. Open At-large Election: No nominations were received prior to tonight's meeting. There were no nominations from the floor. 

E. District Plan Revision Presentation: Chris Harkness, chair of the ad hoc committee, and Ted Blank presented chapter two (Parks and Rec) of the draft of the revised District Plan. The goal for this section of the plan is "Park and recreational facilities, including Como Regional Park, will enhance the livability of the neighborhood as improvements are designed in partnership with the neighborhood." Seven strategies were discussed (mass transit, green space, historic elements, neighborhood utilization, neighborhood included in planning, Tilden Park, and three recreational centers). 

F. Miscellaneous Community Discussion: none


A. Review/Amend/Approve Minutes and Financial Statements:

Motion: Approve tonight's financial statements and minutes of the 12/16/2014 meeting (Moon-Michalski). Passed.

B. Staff Report: Alison Kirgis reported that Xcel has been trimming trees in the neighborhood. There has been a lot of concern in the neighborhood about the quality of the job that is being done. Alison is looking at organizing a neighborhood informational meeting with Xcel in the near future. A Sunday Series on composting is coming up this Sunday, 1/25, at the Summit Hill yard waste site. Como Neighborhood Days planning is starting up. 

C. Committee Updates:

a. Environment Committee: Frank Dolejsi was not able to be at tonight's meeting. The minutes of the last meeting were in the board packet.

b. Land Use: Kim Moon reported that Dave Christiansen, senior rail planner for the State of Minnesota, will be at the February 2nd Land Use meeting to discuss rail safety in the neighborhood. A number of elected city, county and state government officials will be present as well. A discussion ensued on whether or not the press should be involved. Russ Stark has not responded to Kim regarding the issues that the neighborhood has raised with regard to peddlers during the Fair. 

c. Dale Street ad hoc Committee: Ryan Flynn reported the committee met in December and assigned research projects for each committee member to complete. Sue McCall has been elected as co-chair. Survey results will be discussed at the next meeting. The committee wants to come to consensus regarding the primary citizen concerns. 

d. District Plan ad hoc Committee: Chris Harkness reported that the Environment Committee has given their input to the District Plan ad hoc Committee. 

e. Como Regional Park Advisory Committee: Pete Bolstad reported that the last meeting was postponed. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for February. 

Motion: Appoint Pete Bolstad as the District 10 representative to the Como Regional Park Advisory Committee for the calendar year 2015 (Harkness-Tholen). Passed.

f. Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee: Mary Michalski reported that the committee has identified 10 target areas for the year, including a safety event and ice cream social. The chef at the Job Corps has suggested that he would be interested in working with District 10 on a spaghetti dinner. Mary suggested having a chili dinner. We talked about having another activity the same evening, such as a speaker or a board game night. The committee will discuss this more. The St. Paul Saints Sunday Series has been rescheduled for February 15th. 

Julie Tholen presented the background information on the development of a craft day sponsored by D10. The craft day would include a potluck lunch. It is primarily designed as a social, community-building event. Julie has checked the calendar and there are some free days when we have use of the main room. (We get 4 four-hour permits per month in our lease.)  Julie indicated that 8-12 hours would be needed for this event. Julie was encouraged to come up with a proposed date and we would pursue scheduling the date with the City through the Executive Committee.

Motion: The Executive Committee will review the Como Crafts Day proposal, including the date and estimate of cost. (Hinderscheit-Tholen) Passed.

g. Executive Committee:  Jon Knox reported on the rationale for having the Power Grant ad hoc Committee report to the Environment Committee rather than the Executive Committee. 

Action Item: Power Grant ad hoc Committee

Motion: Approve having the Power Grant ad hoc Committee report to the Environment Committee (Harkness-Moon) Passed.

D. Closed session: Board Personnel Discussion

Motion: Approve the revisions to the Employee Handbook (Section X.F Benefits #8 Health Benefits and #9 Cell phone reimbursement) effective retroactively to January 1, 2015. (Flynn-Moon) Passed.

VI. ADJOURN : Motion to adjourn was made at 8:38 p.m. Passed.

Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary

These minutes were approved on 02/17/2015. 

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