District 10 Como Community Council Board Meeting

Historic Street Car Station

1224 Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN  55108

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

7:00 PM



I. Call to Order: Chairperson Jon Knox called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

II. Board Introductions:

Present: Jon Knox, Linda Hinderscheit, Pete Bolstad, Kim Moon, Mary Michalski, Kevin Dahm, Joao Medeiros, Frank Dolejsi, Bill Lipkin, and Amy Perna

Absent: Patrick Tschida, Ryan Flynn, Tedd James, Julie Tholen, Chris Harkness and Debra Pursley

Staff Present: Alison Kirgis

III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda: Amend to re-order the community section. 

Motion: Approve the agenda (Dolejsi-Michalski) Passed


A. Board Chair Report: Jon Knox did not have anything additional to report. 

B. Treasurer's Report: Julie Tholen was not able to be at tonight's meeting. The financial documents were in the board packet. Alison Kirgis reported that the city grant applications will be submitted in the next week or so.

C. Remodeling of the former Sholom Home Site: Ken Piper of Tanek Architects presented plans for the renovation of the former Sholom Home site into an assisted living facility. There is a proposal for 170 units: 140 for assisted living and 30 for memory care. The assisted living units will be one-bedroom suites (550 square feet). The memory care section will have studio units (over 300 square feet). All new windows will be installed. They are asking for support for their request for a conditional use permit to re-activate the remodeling of the site. (Because the building has been vacant for so long, they must re-apply for a permit.) They would like to present to the Planning Commission in April. They hope to have a building permit by June or July, and construction can start very soon afterwards. Projection is for a year to completion. Private financing is in place. The care provider partner is Oxford Property Management. They currently manage 11 facilities around the state and have been in business for a decade.

D. Como Park High School Community Involvement: Sandy Kestner, Outreach Coordinator at Como High School, was present to discuss ways in which students at Como High might become more connected with the community. Prior ways in which students have been involved include buckthorn elimination in Como Park. Como Park Senior High will host another meeting for community members next month. We will post information on our website per their request. 

E. Como Dockside: Jon and Jarret Oulman, who are the owners of Como Dockside (formerly Black Bear Crossings), were present to discuss their plans for their new restaurant in the Como Pavilion. The distributed a draft menu. The Music in the Park series will continue. Plans include rentals of canoes, kayaks, surreys and paddle boats (through Wheel Fun rentals). The patio near the dock will be remodeled.There will be a dining boat. They are still working on the community room program.  

F. District Plan Revision Presentation: Ted Blank presented chapters 4 (Environment) and 5 (Business) of the draft of the District 10 Plan. The goal for Environment is: Designs and policies that support the environment and promote sustainable development will reinforce the neighborhood's livability and economic development. The goal for Business is: Neighbors actively support local businesses and work in partnership to identify opportunities for new businesses that are sensitive to the context of the neighborhood. Strategies and tactics for each were discussed. Based on feedback received, the ad hoc committee will bring a revised draft of the entire plan to present to the community at next Council meeting in April. 

G. Miscellaneous Community Discussion: None


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

Motion: Approve tonight's financial statements and minutes of the 02/17/2015 meeting (Moon-Dahm). Passed.

B. Staff Report: Alison Kirgis reported that the Business Network breakfast is coming up soon. The next planning meeting for Como Neighborhood Days is tomorrow (dates for the event are July 10-12). Alison is looking for stories for the printed neighborhood newsletter. Alison is scheduling a meeting with State Fair officials and Ward 4 to discuss the impact of Fairgrounds events on the neighborhood. 

C. District 10 CIB Task Force Updates: 

a. The CIB task force representatives from District 10 were present. Marsha Milgrom tallked about the CIB process for Community Facilities, specifically the proposed McMurray Fields renovation and Como Park Intersection and Crosswalk Modification. Greg Lauer was present to talk about Residential and Economic Development (supporting houses and businesses, especially in economically distressed areas). Frank Dolejsi described the CIB process and some projects for Streets and Utilities (bike lanes, lighting, sidewalks, roads, bridges, etc.).

b. Dana Dietzig, a representative from the St. Paul BlackHawks, a youth soccer club, was present ask for support for their CIB request for renovation of Orchard Recreation Center/Orchard Soccer Complex. They have been the sole, leased tenant of the Orchard Rec Center for 7 years. The BlackHawks have invested about $35,000 of their own money into the facilities, which are still owned by the City of St. Paul. The playground and tennis courts are in disrepair. Commitment to community and character are part of their mission. Thirty percent of their population receives need-based financial aid, a majority of which goes to immigrant families. They do not have staff inside the facility. When staff are present on site for soccer games, the building is open and available for use. Questions were raised about the availability of the facility for community use. They do not have sufficient funding for staffing the building on a regular basis. 

c.  CIB Project Rankings: Board members have submitted their individual ratings of proposed CIB projects to Alison, and she will compile the results.  If anyone wanted to revise their ratings, they were asked to submit changes to Alison by this Friday (3/20). District Council ratings are due by March 23. 

D. Committee Updates:

a. Executive Committee:  Jon Knox asked those board members, whose terms are expiring, to submit applications to Alison if they are running for re-election. 

b. Land Use: Kim Moon reported the next meeting is March 30. Kim had hoped to get speakers from the railroads, but has not been successful so far. 

Action Item: Letter of Support for Carlson CRE Group's request for a Conditional Use Permit for the remodel of the former Sholom Home site. 

Motion: Approve the letter of support for Carlson CRE Group's request for a conditional use permit for the remodel of the former Sholom Home site (Moon-Dahm) Passed.

c. Dale Street ad hoc Committee: Ryan Flynn was unable to be at tonight's meeting. Kim Moon reported that there is a meeting this Thursday at North Dale Rec Center.

d. District Plan ad hoc Committee: Chris Harkness was not able to be present at tonight's meeting.

e. Como Regional Park Advisory Committee: Pete Bolstad reported that the next quarterly meeting is scheduled for April. 

f. Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee: Pete Bolstad reported, because Mary had to leave tonight’s meeting before this committee report. Minutes of the last meeting were in the board packet. Planning for the Ice Cream Social and Como Neighborhood Days is in progress. 

g. Environment Committee: Frank Dolejsi reported on the meeting with Xcel regarding community concerns about recent tree trimming. The next Sunday series is this coming Sunday. The topic is straw bale gardening. 

VI. ADJOURN: Motion to adjourn was made at 9:20 p.m. Passed.

Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary

These minutes were approved on April 21, 2015

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