Minutes-01/15/2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013 5:40 PM

 

DISTRICT 10 COMO COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD MEETING

Historic Streetcar Station

1224 Lexington Parkway N, Saint Paul, MN 55108

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

7:00 PM

MINUTES

 

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, Ted Blank, Linda Hinderscheit, Curtis Stock, Tom Eyre, Kim Moon, Dick Dian, Jackie Gulbranson, Tedd James, Mary Michalski, Pete Bolstad, and Dana Saeger

Absent: Laurie Erickson

Staff Present: Jessie Currier

III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda:

Motion: Approve the agenda (Moon-Stock) Passed.

IV. COMMUNITY SECTION:

A. Board Chair Report: Jon Knox mentioned the 2012 District 10 Evaluation and invited the community members in attendance to complete it. Board members received a copy and are asked to complete it. The survey will also be available online.

B. Treasurer’s Report: Ted distributed a financial report before beginning of tonight’s meeting. We ended the year with a balanced budget, with a net income of $370. We have approximately 6 months of cash on hand.

C. Open Sub-District 3 position: No nominations have been received. None were received from the floor at tonight’s meeting.

D. Traditions of St. Paul update: Rhett McSweeney was in attendance at tonight's meeting. Three months ago, a new ownership group was formed, which again includes Mr. McSweeney. Ebenezer Homes has agreed to run the facility. Mr. McSweeney promises a "jewel in the crown of Como Park." He projects approximately 160 units of senior housing with a range of independent to assisted living. There will be a dementia unit  (40 residents) and a mix of one and two-bedroom units. The number of two-bedroom units will be limited.  Demolition will probably start in the next four months and will last for quite some time. Most of the work will be on the interior of the building. Exterior work will include: replacing the windows; relocating the chillers; and modifying the entrances. Mr. McSweeney was asked about communication with the neighborhood and indicated that he might put up a website to detail construction and timelines. He also indicated that he would stay in touch with us through Jon Knox, so we can put information in the D10 newsletter.  The name of the facility will not be Traditions, but the new name has not yet been determined.  Mr. McSweeney said, "If I failed you as a neighbor in the past, I won't fail you again.”

E. Miscellaneous community discussion: none

Motion: Close community section and move on to board section  (Blank- Michalski) Passed.

V. BOARD BUSINESS SECTION:

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

Motion: Approve tonight's financial statement and minutes of 12/18/2012meeting (Moon-Blank) Passed

B. Revision of Financial Policy: Ted Blank had sent out revised financial policies and procedures for review with the board packet prior to tonight’s meeting. Ted explained the income statement and balance sheet and the accrual method of accounting. 

Motion: Approve the revised financial policies document (Harkness-Stock) Passed

C. Staff Report: Jessie Currier reported that the December reimbursements have been submitted to the City. We have not yet heard about our 2013 COPP grant request to Ward 4, which we need in order to continue to fund the intern working on our District Plan revision. We have netted almost $400 from our fundraising letter to the neighborhood. We had 40-50 donors. The quarterly newsletter needs an article. We also need a volunteer to write the next column in the Monitor. The kickoff-planning meeting for Como Fest is next Wednesday, January 23. There is crime prevention and safety meeting this Thursday, January 17, which was organized by a block club leader. The next block leader meeting is January 29. The Neighborhood Honor Roll ceremony and reception will be held on Friday, January 25th.

D. CIB Task Forces:  Greg Lauer, Curt Stock and Dick Dian have sent in applications. We do not have alternates.

Motion: Appoint Dick Dian to the Community Facilities Task Force (Gulbranson-Michalski) Passed.

Motion: Appoint Greg Lauer to the Residential and Economic Development Task Force (Harkness-Dian) Passed.

Motion: Appoint Curt Stock to the Streets and Utilities Task Force (Harkness-Moon) Passed.

E. Board review/staff review: Jon Knox will disseminate a survey at a later time in order to evaluate Jessie’s performance this past year.

F. City contracts:  Jessie will have a draft for the Executive Committee at the February meeting.

G. Committee assignments:  Tedd James and Dana Saeger will join the Environment Committee.

H. D10/D6 boundaries: The Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED) arranged a community meeting at Black Bear Crossing on January 9, 2013, to discuss the proposed boundary changes between Districts 6 and 10. There were approximately 170 residents from the affected area in attendance. Most people, who spoke, did so in favor of the boundary changes. Following the meeting, District 6 sent a letter to Councilmember Brendmoen, changing their position on the issue. They now recommend that the entire South Como area, west of Dale Street, be incorporated into District 10. District 6 stated that they would like this change to be final by March 1, 2013.  Several District 10 board members, who were in attendance at the January 9th meeting, spoke about their reactions. One of our concerns is the effect of this boundary change on other District councils. We agree with District 6 that there is a need for clear citywide policies and procedures to address possible future boundary changes. In order for this area to become part of D10, we need to change our Bylaws, which will take some time. Three public meetings are required when the Bylaws are changed. John suggested that if the change occurs, it should go into effect in January, 2014, because of the need for Bylaws changes and the terms of our city contracts for funding. City contracts for the calendar year 2013 are in the process of being written. We discussed the need for an ad hoc committee to work on the processes for this change. Land Use, Neighborhood Relations and the Executive Committee were all discussed as possible committee homes for the ad hoc committee. Ted Blank suggested that we draft a letter indicating we are amenable to the changes in our boundary, giving our time line for the change, and outlining necessary processes and procedures. We agreed that we should see the final PED report before we begin to act on any changes. 

Motion: Send a letter expressing our amenability to the suggested boundary change, including our request that the changes not take effect before January 1, 2014, in order to give us time to change our Bylaws and take into account the terms of our City contracts (Blank-Harkness) Passed.

I. Como Regional Park Advisory Committee (CRPAC):  There was no January meeting. Pete Bolstad will touch base with Jim Hendrickson to ask him to come to our February meeting. We are grateful that Jim forwarded us the minutes of the last CRPAC meeting, which were in our board packet for our review. 

J. Committee Updates:

a. Land Use Committee: Kim Moon reported that the next meeting is 2/4.

b. District Plan ad hoc Committee: Chris Harkness reported that the next meeting is 2/11. The revision of the District Plan will be affected significantly by the proposed boundary changes and will likely take considerably longer to complete.

c. Neighborhood Relations & Safety Committee: Because Ted Blank is now Treasurer, he has resigned as committee chair. The next meeting has been moved up to 2/7, because it was originally scheduled on Valentines Day.

Motion: Elect Mary Michalski and Jackie Gulbranson as new co-chairs of the Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee (Blank-Eyre) Passed. 

Motion: Merge the functions of the District Operations Committee into the Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee (Moon-Eyre) Passed.

d. District Operations Committee: This committee has been discontinued.

e. Environment Committee: Curt Stock reported that the planning for the Sunday Series is well underway. The first presentation is 2/17 and is titled, “Como Lake: Past, Present and Future.” Presentations about trolleys and urban gardening are planned for March 24 and April 14, respectively. Linda Hinderscheit asked Curt if he could promote "passing the hat" at the presentations to the Environment committee. Ted Blank also encouraged this as a means of fundraising to support the work of the Community Council and its commitees. Curt agreed that he would speak to the committee about this.  Linda also suggested that we use the presentations as a means to promote involvement with D10 activities to the attendees. 

V. Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 8:41 p.m.    Motion to adjourn (Moon-Stock) Passed.

Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary

These minutes were approved on 2/19/2013

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