Minutes - 11/17/2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 7:10 PM

District 10 Environment Committee

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Attendees:  Becky Cline, Mike MacDonald, Sharon Shinomiya, Bob Hale, Susan Jane Cheney

Committee Chair Mike MacDonald, called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.

October 2010 meeting minutes were approved. 


District 10 news

  1. Mike reported that the Environment Committee and Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom jointly nominated Sharon Shinomiya for the St. Paul Neighborhood Honor Roll.  She and Matt Schmitt and Marcy Micek, the other District 10 nominees, will be honored and receive Certificates of Achievement at a City-wide event in January.  Congratulations Sharon!
  2. At their most recent meeting, the St. Paul Parks Commission approved the Como area transportation plan with three caveats: removal of the proposed Arlington/Hamline parking lot; review of the Como Golf Course for new uses; support for permit parking in the neighborhood to the west of the Campus to move ahead in May 2011.  District 10 Board Member Marsha Milgrom has expressed concern about the Hamline-Midway roundabout included in the plan.  Check the District website – www.district10comopark.com – for more information on this and other issues. 


Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC) news

Sharon reported that the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Fireplace restoration work has begun.  A booklet regarding the history of this Como Park feature should be completed by May 2011.  With a unanimous vote on November 3rd, the St. Paul City Council accepted the $218,000 Minnesota Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) grant and approved a financing and spending plan for development of the CWOC.  For more on this project and other CWOC news, visit the CWOC website (www.comowoodland.org). 

The CWOC meeting time has changed to the last Tuesday of each month, and Susan Jane Cheney can no longer attend meetings on a regular basis.  She will continue to receive CWOC mailings and provide reports to the Committee until another liaison is available. 


Potential Como Lake turtle habitat project

UMN Professor Chris Lenhart e-mailed Susan Jane Cheney following the September meeting to confirm Committee interest in a Como Lake project involving his spring semester ecological engineering students regarding some aspect of turtle habitat.  He will stay in touch as he develops his course.  In the interim, the Committee will begin work on a tour of the lake shoreline and stormwater management features in collaboration with the CRWD and Parks Environmental Services staff targeted for early spring (April) in advance of a study.  Mike will look into related Department of Natural Resources (DNR) grants, and Sharon suggested contacting John Moriarity, a DNR authority on turtles. 


Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD)

Citizen Advisory Committee member Mike MacDonald reported on the October CAC meeting at which a resident described his experience in creating a CRWD-funded raingarden.  At the meeting, the CAC also recommended that the CRWD board recommend a complete stormwater management plan for Como Park by the St. Paul Parks & Recreation Department.  For more information about the Watershed District, check the CRWD website (www.capitolregionwd.org). 

St. Paul Great River Park Master Plan

Bob Hale reported on the City’s Great River Park Master Planning process, which focuses on St. Paul’s 17 miles of Mississippi riverfront with untapped potential as a regional and national, natural, scenic and cultural resource.  Three underlying principles of the Plan are: to be more natural, more urban, and more connected.  Initial funding for the Plan and its implementation came from 2009 MN State bonding.  For planning purposes, the project has been divided into three zones: the Gorge (high bluff area up to Fort Snelling), The Bluffs (from Fort Snelling to the High Bridge), and Downtown and Pig’s Eye Lake.  Bob has attended recent informal design sessions at which citizens are given the opportunity to express their ideas for the river through animated discussion and notation on table-sized maps.  More design sessions are scheduled for February, and results from these will be posted on the website: www.greatriverpark.org. 


Potential project ideas

  1. Mike introduced the possibility of a recycling program for the picnic grounds and other areas of the park and suggested Eureka Recycling as a potential partner.  This might involve installation of 20 or more bins throughout the park.  Mike will look into suitable grants, and Becky Cline will contact Eureka to explore the idea. 
  2. Bob brought up the possibility of additional park signage and suggested Como High service woodworking group as a potential resource.



The meeting adjourned at about 8:00 p.m.

[Meeting summary prepared by Susan Jane Cheney]

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