DISTRICT 10 COMO COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD MEETING
Historic Streetcar Station
1224 Lexington Parkway North, St Paul, MN 55103
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Present: Panod Klongtruatroke, Chris Harkness, Ron Edlund, Barb Clark, Kim Moon, Laurie Erickson, Dick Dian
Staff: Jessica Bronk
Excused Absence: Jon Knox, Ted Blank, Betsy Wehrwein
Absent: Jody McCardle, Penny Spence, Matt Streit
I. Call to Order: 7:30 p.m.
II. Board Introductions (name & neighborhood)
III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda (Clark-Moon): Item D in the Community Section was revoked, because the presentation from Abby Schrader of the Wilder Foundation regarding services available and recruitment of volunteers took place before the start of the meeting.
IV. COMMUNITY SECTION
A. Board Chair Report: Vice Chair, Panod K chaired the meeting in Jon’s absence. New and returning board members were welcomed. Conflict of interest forms were discussed and need to be signed in the new year. Panod thanked neighbors and residents for coming out the Pancake Breakfast, and also spoke of future need for discussions of 2012 planning. The annual Board Retreat was held at Gabe’s in the Park on November 9, 2011.
B. Treasurer’s Report: No verbal report, due to Penny’s absence. Penny had submitted a written report. Panod Klongtruatroke read the narrative out loud. The Pancake Breakfast was profitable.
C. Board Elections: District 10 residents, Linda Hinderscheit and Curtis Stock both ran for the Secretary position. Hinderscheit and Stock introduced themselves.
a. Secretary: Secret ballot vote; Hinderscheit is elected as new Secretary.
b. Sub District 2: No candidates.
D. Wilder Foundation Volunteer Program: Abby Schrader presented on Wilder programs prior to start of meeting. Services include a senior citizen’s outreach program and caregiver program. Volunteers are needed for several programs including Meals on Wheels and Adult Day Health. Chris Harkness suggested that we ask Wilder Foundation if they would like to be involved in Staycation in 2012.
E. Miscellaneous community discussion including a report from Darcy Rivers regarding NW Como Rec Center and Langford Rec Center programs.
V. BOARD BUSINESS SECTION
A. Review/Amend/Approve Minutes & Financial Statements: (Motion to approve minutes as corrected: Moon-Edlund)
The spelling of Ron Edlund’s name from the minutes of the last meeting was corrected.
(Motion to approve financial statement: Edlund-Moon)
B. Honor Roll Nominations: 9 nominations were submitted for the Neighborhood Honor Roll, a citywide honor of St. Paul residents that make a difference in our community. Each district council selects 3 honorees in their district. The Honor Roll dinner and ceremony is scheduled for January 20, 2012. The council voted and selected the following 3 candidates for recognition: Jeanne Baumann, Elaine Kingsriter-Allen and Mike MacDonald. Honorees will be notified soon. It was noted that the selection was very difficult, because all nine nominees have made impressive contributions to the community and were deserving of recognition.
C. Committee Structure: Discussion about merging committees. Combining committees would have several positive results, including: board members would not be stretched as thin; Jessie Bronk would be able to attend committee meeting more regularly; and there would potentially be more members on each committee. Suggestion to combine Communications, Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee. Further discussion and a decision will be made at the December meeting.
D. Discussion on committee chairs: We are still in need of an Environment Committee chair. Recruitment needed. Barbara Clark is resigning as chair of the Communication Committee. Kim Moon is continuing as chair of the Land Use Committee. Laurie Erickson is interested in being part of the potential combined Communication-Neighborhood Relations-Safety Committee. Richard Dian is interested in being part of the Bylaws Committee. Chris Harkness will continue as the chair of the ad hoc small area plan committee; she indicated that the City is now advocating for a revision of the district-wide land use plan (last completed in 2006).
E. Ward 4 COPP grant: Submission is due by 12/16/11. The grant ceiling is usually around $2,000. Possible proposal ideas were discussed- business association, community garden, curb cleanup, bike rodeo, west Como small area plan. Jessie will contact Ward 4 to inquire if our ideas align with Ward 4’s requirements. Ward 4 has indicated that special consideration will be given to grants that support efforts to support the homeless, as well as low-income homeowners and renters, support small businesses, or improve the quality of life in Ward 4 neighborhoods.
F. Quarterly newsletter: Katie Bruhn will be taking over the organization of the newsletter, and Joan Brandwein will be stepping down. Richard Dian volunteered to fill Katie's previous role of distributing and printing the newsletter.
G. Staff Report (Jessie Bronk): Report on meeting with Lyngblomsten, future community garden, crime prevention workshop, neighborhood watch meeting, and quarterly block leader meeting.
H. Board exercise- Rules of Engagement (Jessie): Canceled and will be scheduled at December or January meeting.
I. CRPAC Update- Paul Kolias: No new updates. November meeting rescheduled for Wed, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Streetcar Station.
J. Committee Updates
a. Land Use Committee (Kim Moon)
i. Kim reported on the community discussion at the last Land Use meeting regarding the on-street handicapped parking issue. He suggested that we need to decide whether an issue like this is appropriate for review by a committee. The Zoning Commission meets soon to consider rezoning parts of the MGM-owned residential properties to commercial use and vacating the alley. Jon Knox will clarify the issue regarding limiting Walgreens to a 10:00 p.m. closing with Russ Stark. Barbara Clark asked if anyone had any more information regarding the remodeling of the Sholom Home. No one has seen any active construction occurring.
b. Neighborhood Relations Committee (Betsy Wehrwein)
c. Communications Committee (Barb Clark)
d. Environment Committee
e. Neighborhood Safety Committee
f. Bylaw Review- Adhoc Committee update (Panod K)
VI Adjourn: 9:00 p.m.
Note: Times are Subject to Change
Respectfully submitted by Jessie Bronk