Minutes-04/17/2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:50 PM

 

DISTRICT 10 COMO COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD MEETING

Historic Streetcar Station

1224 Lexington Parkway North, St Paul, MN 55103

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

7:00 PM

 

MINUTES

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

II. Board Introductions :

Present: Jon Knox, Chris Harkness, Linda Hinderscheit, Kim Moon, Laurie Erickson, Dick Dian, Penny Spence, Panod Klongtruatroke, Jody McCardle, Betsy Wehrwein, Ron Edlund, Barbara Clark  and Tom Eyre

Absent: Ted Blank

Staff Present: Jessie Bronk

III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda:

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

IV. COMMUNITY SECTION

A. Board Chair Report: Congratulations to the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom Project. CWOC will receive a Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Award to recognize their project as an enhancement to Saint Paul's cultural resources. The D10 Environment Committee nominated the project for this award.  The 2012 awards will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 15th.

B. Treasurer’s Report: We continue to be in good shape financially. The current fiscal year is 25% complete, and we are close to our forecasted budget for this time of year. There are no material changes in the budget. We may need to discuss changing our accounting firm. 

C. Como Pool Presentation: Paul Prior, of the St. Paul Department of Parks & Recreation, reported that the Grand Opening of the new Como Regional Park Pool will be on June 9th. There will be door prizes awarded at the Grand Opening.  Admission will be free on opening day. There will be several discounted days during the summer. A drawing was held at this meeting for five family swim passes. There are many new features, including several that are family-friendly. There will be "soft" openings on Saturday, 5/19, and Sunday, 5/20, from noon to 4:00 p.m. for those who live in the Como neighborhood. This will allow staff to work out the bugs before the Grand Opening.  Parks and Rec would like to have as many people as possible attend the "soft" opening events. A concern was raised about motorists making left turns off Lexington onto Como to enter the pool area. There are neighborhood safety concerns about this. Concerns were also expressed about parking. There is a significant amount of parking available in the pool area on campus.  Safety of residents’ neighborhood alleys was also raised, as motorists use alleys as shortcuts or turnarounds.  Amy Brendmoen, Ward 5 City Councilperson, indicated that she will work with Public Works, District 10 and District 6 Community Councils to address neighborhood safety concerns related to traffic and parking.  The pool will be closed for the weekend of the Hmong Sports Festival, but open for July 4th. The organizers of the Hmong Sports Festival will reimburse the city for the revenue that will be lost by the pool closure for the weekend.  

D. Window Signage Ordinance Presentation: Bernadette Chlebeck, of the Ramsey Tobacco Coalition, was present to describe the recent ordinance passed by the City Council. This ordinance regulates temporary signage in windows (not to cover more then 30% of the window area) and dynamic display signs (not to shine into neighboring homes or be distracting to drivers). Signs are regulated for safety purposes. Penny Spence asked how this ordinance will be enforced. The goal is to educate the community and business owners and not to be punitive. 

E. Como Regional Park Advisory Committee Update: Paul Kolias reported on the progress of the CRPAC. Current issues being addressed include Como Park signage and wayfinding. Three firms responded to an RFP. Visual Communications has been selected. A public meeting will be held in the near future. Visual Communications is asking for input from the public. Their interest in having such a public meeting was one of the reasons this firm was selected. Reconstruction of some picnic areas will begin later this summer. The Japanese garden project is underway, with a projected spring opening. The lily pond is under construction. The shuttle will begin operating on May 5th. The State Fair parking lot is again being used for the shuttle. On a related note, MNDOT is doing a traffic study on Snelling from Selby Ave to Midway Parkway (also involves Ramsey County and the City of St. Paul). District 10 has a representative on the Snelling Ave. traffic study group. Betsy Wehrwein suggested that plans for the playground and lily pond would be helpful to see. Ridership for the shuttle was up last year; the banners on Hamline and Como Town marketing probably contributed positively to this. The firm chosen for signage is very aware of the historical nature of Como Park. Pete Bolstad asked about signage in the greater area—for traffic to be directed to Como Park. The signage firm is considering the bigger wayfinding picture as well. CRPAC meetings are held at the Street Car Station. The schedule is on the D10 website. Meetings are open to the public.

F. Denis Woulfe introduction: Editor from the Monitor was present and reiterated his invitation to have D10 submit a column regularly to the Monitor. We are very interested in participating. The article will come from "Jessie's voice," but she will have committee assistance in writing the articles.  

G. Open Sub-district 3 position: Kate Wilinski, a resident of subdistrict 3, has submitted an application for the open position on the Board. She was present at tonight's meeting to introduce herself.  She has an MBA and has experience in the areas of fundraising and nonprofit and volunteer management. Laurie Erickson spoke on her behalf. 

Motion: Approve by acclimation the election of Kate Wilinski to represent subdistrict 3 on the Board of the District 10 Community Council. (Spence-Klongtruatroke) Passed.

H. Miscellaneous community discussion: None

V. BOARD BUSINESS SECTION

Panod distributed the results of the recent District 10 survey. These results were included in the city grants.

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

Motion: Approve agenda, financial statements and minutes of 3/20/2012meeting. (Moon-Spence) Passed.

B. GreenCorps Application:  Jessica reported that district council 1, 4, 11, 12, 13 and 14 are participating in the application for a Green Corps intern. Diane Wanner is completing and submitting the application. The intern will be supervised at District 1 and would help provide education about the complete streets project in neighborhoods citywide (safe streets for pedestrians, bikes, etc.). District council staff will serve on an advisory committee to direct and evaluate the efforts of the intern.  Jessie will be involved in a monthly advisory meeting. Jessie is interested in being part of this, connecting with neighborhood district councils on a common project, and is asking for board approval and a letter of support.   

Motion: Approve D10's participation in the GreenCorps application process and provide a letter of support (Wehrwein-Harkness). Passed.

C. District Plan ad hoc Committee: Chris Harkness, ad hoc committee chair, reported that a draft of the internship job description was edited with Panod Klongtruatroke's assistance.  A statement that the stipend was "not to exceed $3,000" was added to the job description. The job posting should go out soon. There is a member on the ad hoc committee who has experience working with interns. Chris has been reviewing Land Use Plans for other districts. Jon Knox invited Chris to the next Executive Committee meeting on May 2nd.  

Motion: Approved internship job description. (Wehrwein-Spence). Passed.

D. Staff Report: Jessie Bronk reported that 2012 city grants have been submitted.  Jessie has been keeping up on reimbursements since the beginning of the year, so they can be submitted as soon as the grants are approved. Community garden: permit forms have been submitted for two potential sites. No more meetings of the committee will be held until the site has been secured. Neighborhood garage sale deadline for participation is April 27th.  We currently have about 15 applications, which is comparable to last year at this time. Como Fest: Hot Fun in the Neighborhood (formerly Staycation) will be held 7/19 - 7/22.  Marketing is in progress. Black Bear Crossing and HHH Job Corps will be new participants. The intern from the Job Corps, Morris Carter, has begun helping Jessie, and will be with us for 6 weeks (until mid-May). Morris is helping her with a number of projects, including an update of block club leaders. 

E. Committee Updates

a. Land Use Committee: Kim Moon reported that Tim Weiss came to the last Land Use meeting to talk about the St. Patrick's Day celebration at Gabes, which went well. A representative from the Central Corridor transit study will come to present at the next Board meeting upon the recommendation of the Land Use Committee. 

b. District Plan ad hoc Committee: See section V-C above. 

c. Neighborhood Relations & Safety Committee: Betsy Wehrwein reported that the committee did not meet last month. The committee will meet next week at Java Train. This meeting will take place after Laurie Erickson and other community members meet with Russ Stark regarding safety issues at Hamline and Nebraska. 

d. District Operations Committee: Jody McCardle reported that the committee did not meet last month.

e. Environment Committee: Ron Edlund reported that the third in the series of presentations (topic was native plantings) took place last Sunday at St. Timothy's. The room was again filled to capacity.  These informational presentations have been very successful, and the committee will continue to host them. 

f. Bylaw Review ad hoc Committee: Panod Klongtruatroke led a discussion regarding committee chairs. The topic was brought up for discussion at a recent Bylaw Review committee meeting. Panod was interested in Board input on the issue. Can a D10 committee (standing or ad hoc) chair be a registered community member and not a member of the Board (as is currently required)?  

o Cons: A committee chair represents D10 but may not be responsible to the board. Laurie suggested a community member as co-chair.

o Pros: Involve more community members in the business of D10. If a non-board member is the chair, there should be a board member on the committee.

Jessie asked if the Bylaws committee has looked at what other district councils do about this issue. Panod indicated that the committee did review information from other district councils from recent years, but made an effort to be true to our historical Bylaws. Betsy Wehrwein asked why our Bylaws need to be based on Bylaws of the past. She suggested we should be responsive to the input of the community (per our recent survey results). Jon indicated that we need to be cognizant of our non-profit standing. Panod thanked the Board for their input.

V. Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 8:53 p.m.

Motion to adjourn. (Moon-Spence)  Passed.

Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary

These minutes were approved on 5-15-2012

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