Wednesday, July 25, 2012 10:25 AM
Neighborhood Relations & Safety Committee
May 10, 2012
Historic Streetcar Station
Members Present: Laurie Erickson, Ted Blank, Betsy Wehrwein, Dolores Rufenacht
Others Present: Jon Knox, Panod Klongtruatoke
Staff Present: Jessie Bronk
The meeting was called to order at 7pm and minutes from the April 2012 meeting were approved.
Neighborhood resident Peter Barry made a presentation to the committee about an attack by a pit bull on his daughter, resulting in serious injuries. Mr. Barry is seeking support for a proposed ban on certain types of dogs in St. Paul; however, he did not complete his presentation. Representatives from the City of St. Paul’s Animal Control department were invited, but did not attend.
Neighborhood Garage Sale (May 19)
Bronk provided an update on the upcoming Neighborhood Garage Sale, scheduled for May 19. She has 71 sales registered and has heavily promoted the event. Additionally, District 10 will rent a lighted sign which will be placed on the corner of Lexington and Como, in front of the Streetcar Station.
A follow up survey of garage sale holders will be conducted after the sale concludes, and results will be shared at the next committee meeting.
Several committee and board members met with Councilmember Russ Stark and concerned neighbors on April 26th to discuss concerns about drivers ignoring the busy crosswalk on the corner of Hamline and Nebraska, adjacent to Chelsea Heights School and the Como Park Language Arts Preschool and Childcare Center. Representatives of St. Paul Public Works did not attend.
Bronk will follow up with Stark and provide any response to the committee. In addition, representatives of Public Works will be invited to a future board meeting to discuss traffic calming programs in the city.
District 10 will staff a table at the Art Fest during Como Fest on Saturday July 21. The committee will recruit volunteers to staff it.
• Block Club Program
o The next quarterly block club leaders meeting will be in June. Bronk will update the committee on the discussion at the next meeting.
• Business Alliance
o Blank prepared a draft of an interview guide to help committee members as we research the interest level of District 10 businesses and interview leaders of other business alliances. The draft will be finalized at the June committee meeting.
• Housing Forum
o Saturday October 13 has been selected as the tentative date for the planned housing forum, which will last approximately 90 minutes.
• Neighborhood Needs Assessment
o Blank will reach out to Chris Harkness to gauge ability to partner with Adhoc Neighborhood Planning Committee on this
Blank raised his concern about an increase in graffiti around Lake Como. He will contact the city to seek removal and will update the committee on progress.
Bronk reported on a call from the Native American Association regarding the possible harassment of a Native American family living in the Kendrick Apartments on Energy Park Drive, related to the practice of “smudging.” She will suggest that the family reach out to apartment management and consider using a new neighborhood block club as a venue to address these concerns.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:55pm.
Submitted by Ted Blank
These minutes are not official until approved at the June committee meeting.