Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:35 PM


District 10 Como Community Council Board Meeting

Historic Street Car Station

1224 Lexington Parkway N., Saint Paul, MN  55108

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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, Tom Eyre, Kim Moon, Jackie Gulbranson, Debra Pursley, Curtis Stock, Tedd James, Pete Bolstad, Julie Tholen, and Dana Saeger

Absent: Mary Michalski and Patricia Grans

Staff Present: Ted Blank

III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda:

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


A. Board Chair Report: Jon Knox reported that he has tried to contact Rhett McSweeney to see if the closing for financing for Traditions of St. Paul has been scheduled, but was unsuccessful in contacting him.

B. Treasurer's Report: Tom Eyre reported that we continue to track well with both expenses and revenue. Our cash balance of $36,260 is strong, representing seven months of cash on hand. The balance will decrease after ComoFest when expenses are incurred. We have raised $2,500 for ComoFest through June, an increase of $700 last year. We have received the renewal notice for our workers compensation insurance, which is due in October. 

C. Board Elections/Sub-district 3: No nominations have been received for the vacant seat. 

D. Miscellaneous Community Discussion: We discussed the attendance, traffic and parking issues relating to the Bob Dylan concert at Midway Stadium. Janice Rettman reported that it was the biggest event ever hosted at Midway Stadium. 


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

Motion: Approve tonight's financial statements and minutes of the 6/18/2013 meeting (Moon-Stock) Passed.

B. Staff Report: Ted Blank reported that there is a need for someone to cover the Streetcar Station this Sunday. Ted still needs a few volunteers for ComoFest. Samples of the bags, which will be handed out at ComoFest, were distributed to board members. The newsletter went out in the Monitor last week. The next print newsletter will go out in October. Thirty people attended a crime prevention meeting at Holy Childhood. Burglaries always increase in the summer time. Most burglaries are unforced entries into garages. National Night Out is on August 6th. Block club leaders are planning events. 

C. Committee Updates:

a. Land Use: Kim Moon reported that a representative from O'Reilly Auto Parts will attend the next meeting on August 5th at the Street Car Station. O'Reilly will need several variances for their proposed redevelopment at the old Patrick's bar site on Larpenteur Avenue. 

b. District Plan ad hoc Committee: Chris Harkness reported attendance was light at the July meeting. Transportation was discussed. There will be a public meeting on September 9th with parks in D10 as the topic. 

c. Neighborhood Relations and Safety: Jackie Gulbranson reported the Como Business network had a kickoff meeting with 25 people in attendance. They will meet monthly for breakfast on the first Thursday of the month. The first meeting will be at Como Park Grill. 

d. Environment Committee: Dana Saeger reported that there will be a meeting tomorrow night. The garden tour will be part of ComoFest.

e. Executive Committee: Jon Knox    

i. Assignment of STAR Grant to City of St. Paul: A letter, which assigned the STAR grant funding to the City of St Paul for the construction of bump outs on Hamline and Nebraska, was approved at the last Executive Committee meeting. 

ii. Mayor's Budget Proposal:  Ted Blank recently attended a meeting with the Mayor about the city funding for district councils. Funding is typically based the number of residents (from census figures) in a given district. The census for some district councils has gone up, but has gone down for others, sometimes based on vacant houses due to foreclosures. The Mayor is proposing to phase in reductions gradually to those district councils that have seen a decrease in population.  Funding for D10 is going to remain the same, even with the addition of the South Como area in 2014. Therefore, we are losing funding PER RESIDENT. Our population will increase from 11,913 to 15,751 after the addition of South Como to District 10. This means our funding will decrease from $4.35 per person to $3.29 per person.  This represents a decrease of 24.5% in funding per resident. Ted proposes that we request that our per resident funding be decreased gradually over time instead of all at once. The City Council will need to support this. Russ Stark and Amy Brendmoen have upcoming meetings.  Ted will send out talking points to board members.

f. Boundary Change ad hoc Committee: Pete Bolstad reported that the committee met last night, but does not have something comprehensive to report tonight. Four more members from the South Como area have been added to the committee. The committee is looking at four to five sub-districts, as suggested by the Executive Committee. The revised Bylaws may not be completed by the August date specified in the charter. The committee is looking at a community meeting for September or October. 

g. Como Regional Park Advisory Committee (CRPAC): Pete Bolstad reported that there was no update. It was decided at the June meeting to meet quarterly. The next meeting is in September. 

VI. Adjourn

Motion to adjourn was made at 7:50 p.m. (Moon-Stock). Passed. 

The next board meeting will be held at North Dale Rec Center. 

Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary

These minutes were approved on 8/20/2013 

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