DISTRICT 10 COMO COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD MEETING
Historic Streetcar Station
1224 Lexington Parkway N, Saint Paul, MN 55108
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I. Call to Order: Chairperson Jon Knox called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
II. Board Introductions:
Present: Jon Knox, Linda Hinderscheit, Ted Blank, Chris Harkness, Kim Moon, Tom Eyre, Curtis Stock, Dick Dian, Jackie Gulbranson, Mary Michalski, Laurie Erickson, Dana Saeger, Pete Bolstad and Tedd James.
Staff Present: Jessie Currier
III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda:
Motion: Approve the agenda. (Moon-Stock) Passed.
IV. COMMUNITY SECTION:
A. Board Chair Report: In January, Rhett McSweeney, of Traditions St. Paul (formerly Sholom Home), will attend the board meeting. He now has two new business partners. Jon Knox will contact the State Fair administration in early January to ask a representative to attend the February meeting.
B. Treasurer’s Report: Ted Blank reported that with 91% of the year elapsed; revenues and expenses are both on budget with approximately 91% earned or incurred. Current cash balance is slightly over $27,000, a continued strong position. The fund-raising appeal letter was mailed in mid-December. Ted is working with our accountant to update District 10’s financial policies, to be presented at the next meeting. Ted submitted a proposed budget for 2013 of $58,100 (revenues and expenses balanced). We expect a 1% reduction in funding from the City of St Paul for next year. The 2013 budget reflects an increase of 4% over the 2012 budget. The proposed budget includes $1800 in donations from the community, which is a substantial increase. We will need to evaluate the budget mid-year to determine if the level of donations is adequate to meet budget.
Motion: Approve the proposed budget for 2013. (Blank-Harkness) Passed.
C. District Plan Presentation: Theo Woehrle, intern for the revision of the ad hoc District Plan, was present to discuss the findings of the committee to-date. Data were collected through interviews, surveys and community meetings. So far, the information has been obtained from a sample of convenience and does not represent a scientific sample. In the past 20 years, the population in District 10 has decreased over 4%, while the population of the City has grown by 5%. The D10 population is older on average than that of the City. Racial and ethnic diversity in D10 has increased slightly. Owner-occupied homes accounted for approximately 64% of households in 2010, but owner-occupied housing is decreasing, while rental households are increasing. The poverty rate of the City is twice that of D10. Como Park was seen by respondents as a major asset to the community, but does bring problems as well. Preservation was seen as important. Factors decreasing quality of life included: traffic, crime, taxes, and noise. Features to change included: public transit, small businesses in walking distance. Transportation/traffic was seen as the most important issue for the next five years. Main themes include: transportation needs are changing; Como Park is both an asset and a disruption to the community; and a need for local businesses vs. need to preserve single-family, owner-occupied homes. The committee is still trying to determine how to obtain information from a more representative sample of the District (including renters).
D. Miscellaneous community discussion: none
V. BOARD BUSINESS SECTION:
A. Review/Amend/Approve Minutes & Financial Statements
Motion: Approve tonight's financial statement and minutes of 11/20/2012 meeting. (Blank-Stock) Passed
B. Staff Report: Jessie Currier is in the process of getting October and November reimbursements from the City. The fundraising letter has been sent. We spent $1200 and have already received $600 in the past week. The quarterly newsletter will go out in February this year. Block leaders will meet in January.
C. 2013 COPP: COPP funding request has been sent to Ward 4. The request is for continued funding for the intern for the District Plan revision.
D. Honor Roll: The Neighborhood Honor Roll is a citywide award to honor people who improve the quality of life in Saint Paul. Nine nominations were received: Janna Caywood, Valerie Cunningham, Chris Harkness, Linda Hinderscheit, Panod Klongtruatroke, Carl Pond, Jake Richgruber, Bill Sylvester and Nancy Zugschwert. Those chosen for the Honor Roll attend a dinner on their behalf. The following three people were elected by the Board to the Neighborhood Honor Roll: Janna Caywood, Valerie Cunningham and Panod Klongtruatroke.
E. January 9 boundary meeting: PED has scheduled a community meeting at Black Bear Crossings on 1/9/13 to discuss the proposed boundary change between District 6 and District 10. PED will facilitate the meeting.
F. Committee structures and assignments: Because Ted Blank is now Treasurer, he is hoping to step down as chair of the Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee. He will remain on the committee, but a new chair or co-chairs will be needed. The Neighborhood Relations and Safety committee was charged with discussing whether or not the functions of the Operations committee should become part of that committee.
G. Open Sub-District 3: Kate Wilinski has moved and has officially resigned from the Board. There will be an election for the open position in January.
H. CRPAC: Paul Kolas has resigned as the representative to CRPAC. Jim Hendrickson, the alternate member, was present at tonight's meeting. He will serve as the new representative and attend the CRPAC meetings, which may be reduced in frequency from every month to every other month. Pete Bolstad will serve as alternate. The future of CRPAC in its current form is unknown. Jim reported that the Historic Bridge (next to the Streetcar Station) will be preserved as an interpretive site. At the last meeting, there was an update of the signage and way finding plan. There may not be enough funding to implement the entire plan for signage immediately. The priority will be given to electronic signs to help motorists find available parking spaces or to direct them to the shuttle. This should help to reduce traffic within the park dramatically. The contract for the miniature golf course has been renewed. Jon Knox asked Jim to come to D10 board meetings to report on the CRPAC meetings, and he agreed to do so.
I. Deadline for CIB Task Force applications is January 9th. Jessie has not received any nominations as of tonight’s meeting. Curtis Stock indicated that he is intending to apply.
J. Committee Updates
a. Land Use Committee: Kim Moon reported that representatives of the Hmong Academy were at the last meeting to discuss their request for the noise variance. Several people, who live in neighboring apartment buildings, were present as well. Linda Hinderscheit and Kim met with Amy Brendmoen, City Councilmember, and John Kohler, of Semper Development, with concerns regarding the Walgreens site including: the plastic fence, the sparse vegetation in the green space on Lexington, the fake windows and the lights along the back of the building which can be seen by people in neighboring homes. We also continued a discussion about the proposed Lexington Ave. bus route with Amy Brendmoen. We may have a community meeting regarding the bus route issue in the near future.
b. District Plan Ad Hoc Committee: A report on the committee’s progress had been presented earlier in the meeting. The work of the committee needs to continue.
Motion: Extend the term of the ad hoc committee through 2013. (Moon-Stock) Passed.
c. Neighborhood Relations & Safety Committee: Ted Blank reported that the committee has begun talking about plans for 2013. Areas of focus include: crosswalk safety, a safety fair, a home tour, a meet-the-board-members event, and outreach to the business community.
d. District Operations Committee: no report. The committee has no current members.
e. Environment Committee: Curt Stock reported that the committee discussed the Sunday Series for 2013. The Sunday Series presentations are scheduled for March, April and May. Topics are: creative urban gardening; history of the trolley system; and the past, present and future of Como Lake. The committee is going to send a thank you letter to the Tribute Tree committee, which has planted 34 trees in Como Park.
V. Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 8:38 p.m.
Motion to adjourn. (Moon-Stock) Passed.
Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary
These minutes were approved on 1/15/2013.