Minutes 04/16/2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:40 PM


District 10 Como Community Council Board Meeting

Historic Street Car Station

1224 Lexington Parkway N, Saint Paul, MN  55108

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

7:00 PM



I. Call to Order: Chairperson Jon Knox called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.

II. Board Introductions

Present: Jon Knox, Chris Harkness, Linda Hinderscheit, Kim Moon, Tom Eyre, Jackie Gulbranson, Mary Michalski, Curtis Stock, Tedd James, Pete Bolstad, Debra Pursley, and Dana Saeger

Absent: Laurie Erickson, Dick Dian

Staff Present: Ted Blank

III. Review, Amend, Appoval of Agenda: Add CRPAC to Miscellaneous Community Discussion.

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


A. Board Chair Report: Jon Knox reported on the "State of District 10," events of the past year, and future plans. 

B. Treasurer's Report: At the end of the first quarter, we are tracking lower for both revenues and expenses, primarily due to the absence of a staff person in March. Our cash balance of $27,400 represents approximately 6 months of cash on hand, which is adequate. We have received reimbursement for the first three months of expenses from the City grants. 

C. Amy Brendmoen, Councilmember for the 5th Ward, was present. Councilmember Brendmoen introduced William Howell, who is taking Kim O'Brien's place during her maternity leave. Councilmember Brendmoen announced that she will attend future meetings on an as-needed basis or when we request that she attend a specific meeting. She has regularly scheduled meetings at various sites in the community in order to interact with constituents.  She is also willing to take walks around Como Lake with anyone who is interested in discussing ideas and concerns. 

D. Annual Elections: The following positions were up for election at tonight's meeting:

Chair: Jon Knox has submitted his application for re-election. There were no other nominations.

Motion: Elect Jon Knox as Board Chair by acclamation (Moon-Stock) Passed.

Treasurer: This position became open mid-term, due to Ted Blank's resignation as Treasurer upon being hired for the staff administrative position. Tom Eyre has submitted his application for this position. There were no other nominations.

Motion: Elect Tom Eyre as Treasurer by acclamation (Michalski-Moon) Passed.

Secretary: Linda Hinderscheit has submitted her application for re-election. There were no other nominations.  

Motion: Elect Linda Hinderscheit by acclamation (Moon-Eyre). Passed.

Sub-district 1: No applications have been received. There were no nominations from the floor at tonight's meeting. 

Sub-district 2: Pete Bolstad has submitted his application for this position. There were no other nominations. 

Motion: Elect Pete Bolstad by acclamation. (Harkness-Michalski) Passed.

Sub-district 3: No applications have been received. There were no other nominations. 

At-large (two positions): Dana Saeger has submitted his application for re-election. (Dana's first term was only a partial term. If elected tonight, this will be his first full term.  One at-large position remains unfilled at this time. There were no other nominations. 

Motion: Elect Dana Saeger by acclamation. (Moon-Stock). Passed.

Three board positions remain unfilled: Sub-district 1, Sub-district 3, and one at-large.

E. Miscellaneous Community Discussion:  Pete Bolstad, alternate representative to CRPAC, reported that there was an update on the historic pedestrian bridge at the last CRPAC meeting. Stress tests have revealed that the bridge can support pedestrian traffic. The bridge will be restored and railings added. Paths will be added under and around the bridge. Work is scheduled to start this summer with the bridge possibly opening later in the summer. A topiary may be constructed. The Japanese garden is due to open on April 19. The gorilla exhibit is due to open in June. A recom-mendation was made at the last meeting to continue CRPAC and to recruit representatives from additional community councils. This was received favorably by Kathy Korum, Deputy Director of St. Paul Parks and Rec. 

David Arbeit questioned why there weren't more community members in attendance at the annual meeting/election tonight. Jon attributed the low attendance partially to the lack of a hot-button issue on the agenda of tonight's meeting. He pointed out that many district events have been well attended this year.  Most of the people at the boundary change meeting at the Como Park Pavillion were from District 6. Janice Rettman pointed out that tonight the precinct caucus is being held as well. Chris Harkness pointed out that this is the first meeting since the new Bylaws, which moved the date of our annual meeting/elections from October to April, went into effect. We just had an annual meeting/election last October, six months ago.


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

Motion: Approve tonight's financial statements and minutes of the 3/19/2013 meeting (Moon-Harkness). Passed.

B. Staff Report: Ted Blank submitted a written report in the packet. Ted is trying to update the Facebook page more often. Our online calendar is inaccurate; Ted has been trying to clean it up. The next Monitor deadline is June 12 for July distribution. Ted has put together packets to give to people when they pick up recycling bins. There is a form for them to fill out, so we can communicate with them more effectively. 

C. Boundary Change ad hoc Committee: Pete Bolstad, current Board member, and David Arbeit, former Board Chair and former member of the most recent ad hoc Bylaws revision committee have agreed to co-chair this committee. They have drafted a committee charter. Panod Klongtruatroke, former Board Vice-Chair and co-chair of the Bylaws revision committee, has agreed to be on the committee. The co-chairs would like to include at least one member from the affected area of District 6. Chris Harkness recommended that if more than one member comes from District 6 that they represent different geographical areas of the South Como area. Tom Eyre suggested going to the District 6 Council to see if they have any recommendation for members of our ad hoc committee.

Motion: Approve the Charter for the ad hoc Boundary Change Committee and the formation of the committee to review/revise District 10 Bylaws and develop strategies for the addition of the South Como area to District 10. (Moon-Stock) Passed.  

D. Approval of Staff Position Offer to Ted Blank: The Executive Committee interviewed four candidates for the staff administrative position. An offer was made to Ted Blank, who has accepted the offer. Ted has resigned as Treasurer on the Board. 

Motion: Affirm the offer letter to Ted Blank as our newly hired staff member. (Harkness-Gulbranson) Passed. 

E. Committee Updates:

Land Use Committee: Kim Moon reported that we will review photo submissions for the Walgreens window at our next meeting. The Como men's golf club will attend to talk about their displeasure at the continued discussion from Parks and Rec regarding repurposing the golf course. The German Immersion school will be present to talk about their new school at the former St. Andrews site. Como Park Elementary is on the agenda to talk about an electronic sign proposal. 

District Plan ad hoc Committee: Chris Harkness reported that transportation will be the focus of the next community meeting in May. Tom brought up the idea of putting Nice Ride (bike rental) facilities in the Park.

Neighborhood Relations and Safety: Jackie Gulbranson reported that the committee met last week. The committee talked about re-invigorating the block club leader program. The bike rodeo is on April 27th, 9:30 to 11:30, at Black Bear Crossing. Jackie invited other board members to come and be a welcoming presence.

Environment Committee: Curt Stock reported that there have been two Sunday Series events since the last board meeting. The Trolley talk drew 80-90 attendees. The Gardening talk drew about 30-40 attendees. Tree appreciation nominations need to be in by May 25th. Details are on the website.

Executive Committee: Jon Knox reported that we hired Ted Blank as the new staff person in the past month. 

VI. Adjourn

Motion to adjourn was made at 8:24 p.m. (Moon-Stock) Passed.

Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary

These minutes were approved on May 21, 2013. 

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