District 10 Como Community Council Board Meeting
Historic Street Car Station
1224 Lexington Parkway N, Saint Paul, MN 55108
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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, Tedd James, Pete Bolstad, Julie Tholen, Mary Michalski, Patrick Tschida, Frank Dolejsi, and Dana Saeger
Absent: Curt Stock
Staff Present: Ted Blank
III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda:
Motion: Approve the agenda (Moon-Gulbranson) Passed
IV. COMMUNITY SECTION:
A. Board Chair Report: Jon Knox followed up on State Fair parking at Traditions of St. Paul. The parking situation was much improved over 2012. The new owners were given guidelines ahead of time and followed the guidelines. Jon thanked Russ Stark's office for their assistance in this matter.
B. Treasurer's Report: Statements were included in the packet. Cash on hand is approximately $28,500. Tom Eyre and Ted Blank have been investigating less expensive options for office space (see Executive Committee section below).
C. Miscellaneous Community Discussion: None
V. BOARD BUSINESS SECTION:
A. Review/Amend/Approve Minutes and Financial Statements:
Motion: Approve tonight's financial statements and minutes of the 8/20/2013 meeting (Moon-Michalski) Passed
B. Staff Report: Ted Blank reported that he will be going on vacation for two weeks in early October. The Executive Committee will cover daily operations. We are in need of more donations for the Silent Auction at the Pancake breakfast. Tickets for the Pancake breakfast were distributed to each board member for sale. Flyers were also available for posting. There will be a kick-off meeting for the Community Garden on Thursday of this week. The Neighborhood clean up is this Saturday. Ted has 40 volunteers, including volunteers from the HHH Job Corps.
C. Committee Updates:
a. Land Use: Kim Moon reported that the owner of Cafe 99, a new Chinese restaurant going into the site of the former Bascali's, attended the most recent Land Use meeting. They are hoping to open soon after their upcoming Dept. of Health inspection and would like to be able to serve alcohol when they open. They are requesting support of their request for a waiver of the 45-day waiting period. They plan to serve beer and wine only. There will be no bar in the restaurant.
Motion: Approve a letter to the City Council in support of Cafe 99's request for a waiver of the 45-day waiting period for a beer and wine license (Moon-Dolejsi) Passed
The D&L gas station (on the corner of Dale and Larpenteur) is changing the coporate name of their business. Because of this, they will require a new license to sell tobacco. This is an opportunity to inform DSI about neighbors’ concerns regarding their business.
Motion: Approve a letter to be sent in support of D&L's request for a new business license, given they meet the conditions set forth in the City’s license application notification: 1.) Licensee agrees not to engage in the business of cashing checks, drafts, money orders, or travellers’ checks for a fee at this location unless prior written approval is obtained from DSI and any other necessary governmental agencies; 2.) Temporary window signs placed between the height of 4 to 7 feet above grade shall not cover any more than 30% of the window space area and cannot block views in to the cashier station. The District 10 letter of support to DSI is conditional on the following concerns of the neighborhood being met: Repair and maintain the public sidewalks, including timely removal of weeds and graffiti; and obey the city ordinance regarding signs, including but not limited to flashing signs and temporary banners. (Moon-Hinderscheit) Passed.
b. District Plan ad hoc Committee: Chris Harkness reported that a community meeting on parks was held recently. It was well attended. Conversation was productive, including discussion on community parks other than Como Park. Public input was helpful. Mike Hahm, Director of Parks and Rec, was in attendance. Concern was expressed about the future of the golf course.
c. Neighborhood Relations and Safety: Mary Michalski reported on progress on the Pancake Breakfast. A volunteer sign up was available at the meeting. A request has been made to include chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes. There have been donations made to the Silent Auction, but more donations are needed. Board members are encouraged to sell the tickets that were provided to them tonight. The committee is hoping to recruit new members from the South Como neighborhood. They are having a strategic planning meeting for the next year.
d. Environment Committee: Dana Saeger reported that the committee is having their strategic planning meeting tomorrow night. They also welcome new members.
e. Executive Committee: Jon Knox reported on the search for a new lease or alternative office space. Ted Blank reported that the City is willing to reduce our rent to $.70 per square foot, as other district councils pay. The City may be open to modification of our staffing of the museum on Sundays. Ted had investigated Black Bear Crossing. They are willing to give us office space for no rent, but we would need to hire security for public meetings. We would have access to their meeting space. They would also like us to purchase food and beverages occasionally. We discussed negotiating with the City on reducing the Sunday museum duty. We discussed the possibility that we may increase our visibility with office space at Black Bear Crossing due to increased public use of the general space.
Motion: Give notice to the City of St. Paul that we do not intend to renew our lease for office space at the Street Car Station for next year (Moon-Michalski) Passed 9-5
f. Boundary Change ad hoc Committee: Pete Bolstad reported that there will be a community meeting on Wednesday, September 25th at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church. Options for new sub-district boundaries and revised D10 Bylaws will be presented for community input. The current plan is to bring final recommendations to the full board for a vote at the October meeting.
g. Como Regional Park Advisory Committee (CRPAC): Pete Bolstad reported that the quarterly CRPAC meeting was held last week. A representative from Twin Town PediCabs was present. They are proposing a possible presence in Como Park. They do not operate on the grass. It will be an on-going discussion. The committee meets next in January. Regarding a previously discussed community concern about parking on the grass for special events: Permits start with 1,000 or more people. A damage deposit is required. Events are scheduled 90 days in advance. There must be a load-in/load-out plan. Requiring permits, posted in vehicles, has been tried previously, but it was unsuccessful and unwieldly. Jim Hendrickson was our CRPAC representative, but has not been at the last two meetings. Pete asked the board if we want to open up the representative position to a vote at the end of this year. Art Oglesby has been attending the meetings as a member of District 6, but with the boundary change, he will now be a resident of District 10. We discussed opening up the position for volunteers with a term to begin on January 1. The new Como playground is now open. The company that won the bid for the Street Car Station pedestrian bridge has gone out of business. The bidding process will need to be reopened. Nice Ride will soon have a station in Como Park. Como Pool capacity was discussed. People often had to wait in long lines in the sun outside the gate on hot days when the pool reached capacity. They are also discussing increasing seating area at the pool.
Motion to adjourn was made at 8:05 p.m.
THE OCTOBER BOARD MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE HUBERT H. HUMPHREY JOB CORPS CENTER IN THE LOWER LEVEL BISTRO (1480 North Snelling Ave.).
Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary
These minutes were approved on 10/15/2013.