DISTRICT 10 COMO COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD MEETING
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Board Members Present: Pete Bolstad, Chris Harkness, Panod Klongtruatroke, Jon Knox,Marsha Milgrom, Kim Moon, Dolores Rufenacht, Penny Spence, Betsy Wehrwein
Board Members Excused: Ted Blank , Barbara Clark, Mike MacDonald, Jody McCardle, Matt Streit
2 guests present
I. Call to Order
II. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda
Panod Klongtruatroke mentioned a new procedure, which is to allow the chair to limit each speaker within each section to three minutes or less.
Motion to approve agenda by Chris Harkness, seconded by Kim Moon. Approved unanimously.
III. COMMUNITY SECTION
A. Board Chair Report
Elections are next month, with the goal of having all applications in by September 27. This is posted on the website. Jon Knox will run as chair; seven seats total are up for election. Anyone who is a District 10 resident or business owner is eligible to run.
B. Treasurer’s Report
Penny Spence reported the organization is In a good cash position, with some receivables pending. Spending is running close to budget.
C. Electric Car Charging Station
The City of St. Paul has planned a second electric car charging station, by Jessamine Ave. at McMurray Fields. They have asked for District 10’s approval. Discussion as to why the exact location was selected. No specific information is available, however the map is posted on the website. The District 10 Environment Committee chair has indicated their support. Motion to approve by Chris Harkness, seconded by Kim Moon. Approved unanimously.
IV. BOARD BUSINESS SECTION
Pete Bolstad spoke about the previous board meeting and its vote not to favor partnership with the Parks and their proposal. The board letter to Parks & Recreation Department requested a one month lead time in future proposals. District received a follow up letter.
A. Review/Amend/Approve Minutes & Financial Statements
The question was asked whether attendees’ names are reported. This is not current practice. It was noted that names of those speaking will be added to the minutes and a count of number of people in attendance will be added to the minutes.
Motion to approve minutes by Marsha Milgrom, seconded by Penny Spence.
B. Staff Report (Jessie Bronk)
Jessie Bronk mentioned the Neighborhood Revitalization project; it is unknown whether District 10 has been selected, but it was a good exercise. Jessie spoke also about some work with Janna Caywood on crime prevention outreach. They plan to look at new models, and by summer 2012, create a more formal manual to assist block leaders.
C. Candidate Forums, League of Women Voters
Curtis Stock and Russ Stark will be running in Ward 4; Lee Helgen and Amy Brendmoen are running in Ward 5. Mr. Stock was in attendance and spoke about his candidacy.
Thurs., Oct. 6 there will be two forums; volunteers are needed that night at the University of St. Thomas, 7 to 9. The Ward 5 forum is Tues., Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 8:00 at St. Bernard’s Parish Hall.
D. October Elections
Addressed in item III.A. Please help District 10 identify and recruit new board members.
E. Pancake Breakfast
Penny Spence is leading this third annual effort. Board members are asked to pre-sell tickets. A headcount is needed by mid-October. This is District 10’s major fundraising event.
F. Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies Project
Jessie Bronk reported on behalf of Ted Blank, Dolores Rufenacht and Jodie McCardle. Ted presented the District 10 project to University graduate students to do business outreach. It was favorably received.
F. Committee Updates
a. Land Use Committee (Kim Moon)
The committee heard an updated plan for Walgreen’s. The building is now closer to Lexington. Residents’ concerns were over a fence to separate parking lot and alley. Other issues are traffic impact and alley turnaround pattern. Roughly five variances will need to be approved prior to development. A traffic study will be presented soon. A community project is a separate option. It is uncertain whether the new property will operate 24 hours or not; this is said to be unlikely. It was requested that the next meeting with community members that City representatives be invited to address neighbor questions or concerns that may arise due to traffic and other planning issues. Also, their will be a review of who can vote, as this has been an issue in the past.
b. Environment Committee (Mike MacDonald)
In Mike MacDonald’s absence, John Knox mentioned the Environemental Committee has suggested District 10 write a thank you letter to the Como Park staff regarding the shuttle operations. This year’s shuttle runs were more frequent than before. Motion by Kim Moon to send this letter, seconded by Penny Spence. Approved unanimously.
c. Neighborhood Safety Committee (Dolores Rufenacht)
Dolores Rufenacht reported a high number of burglaries during the State Fair; forced and non-forced. Car break-ins are common.
d. Neighborhood Relations Committee (Betsy Wehrwein)
Betsy Wehrwein reported on a conversation with SPARC staff, regarding their initiatives, particularly their desire to focus on providing financial assistance to businesses; this would fit nicely in the proposal with the University of Minnesota graduate students. SPARC has not sponsored the home and garden fair for a number of year, which use to be held in the spring. NRC has discussed and proposed a forum, regarding home ownership, with a possible November date. NRC is also developing a survey of senior needs, with a focus on both adult children and aging parents. Betsy asked if there was an update from the Council representative for the Como Regional Park Advisory Committee. John Knox said that he would talk to Paul Kolias, about regular communication.
e. Communications Committee (Barb Clark)
f. Bylaw Review- Adhoc Committee update (Panod Klongtruatroke)
Jon Knox spoke with Mike Hahm about diminished Sunday Streetcar coverage. Another issue addressed was Streetcar security. The area can feel somewhat isolated and car damage/theft has occurred in the past. Camera installation is an option, as is signage in the lot.
Board members are asked to complete a survey for District 10 staff’s six month review.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Marsha Milgrom