Minutes - 2/2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011 12:55 PM

COMO COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD MEETING

Historic Streetcar Station

1224 North Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55103

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

7:00 PM

 

Board Members Attending:  Ted Blank, Peter Bolstad, Barbara Clark, Chris Harkness, Panod Klongtruatroke, Jonathan Knox, Marsha Milgrom, Dolores Rufenacht, Penny Spence, Matt Streit, Betsy Wehrwein

 

Board Members Excused:  Mike MacDonald, Jodie McCardle

 

Staff Attending:  Jessica Bronk

       I.          Call to Order                                                                                       

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

      II.          Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda 

Motion to approve agenda by Ted Blank, seconded by Peter Bolstad.  Agenda approved.

III. COMMUNITY SECTION                                                                           

      A.  Board Chair Report

a.     Special thanks to Camille Schafer and Josh Witte – Board Chair Jon Knox thanked Camille and Josh for the many contributions they have made to District 10 and for their support in training Jessie.

 

b.     Brief update on Sholom – Chair Knox mentioned that Shalom Home is being considered for purchase; the potential buyers are currently in due diligence.

 

B.     Treasurer’s Report

 

Board Treasurer Penny Spence reported District 10 is spending about $2,100 per month and has reserves of $21,000.  There was a slight discrepancy in newsletter cost as budgeted. 

 

C.    Land Use Action Item regarding store front signage restrictions

           

            Land Use Chair Chris Harkness reported that a sign code proposal had been presented to    Land Use Committee, pertaining to citywide regulations on amount and size of signage.          The group presenting the proposal had been seeking conceptual support.  Land Use had discussed at the most recent meeting.  The Committee recommends against support.

 

a.     Board Vote

 

Motion by Ted Blank to accept Land Use Committee’s recommendation and not support the current proposal to limit/regulate business signage.  Second by Panod Klongtruatroke.  Motion carries unanimously.

 

b.     Community Vote

 

            A community vote on the same signage proposal was held, and carried 16-1 (including             board members).   

 

            One community member expressed concern over the process of board vote preceding             community vote.  Chair Knox reiterated that District 10’s current practice is to report             both votes simultaneously to the City or whomever is affiliated with an action item.

 

D.    Parks and Rec presentation on McMurray Field CIB Proposal

 

            Don Ganje, Parks & Recreation, City of St. Paul, presented a proposal to the Capital             Improvement Budget (CIB) committees, which are comprised of Planning District             representatives and a larger citywide advisory committee.  The proposal is available on        the City’s website and is one of several in the “Community Facilities” category.  It is for             redesigned softball fields at McMurray and encompasses both planning and             implementation.  Tied in with this project are potential new concession areas and a             premier, higher use facility. The total is just under $3 million for a 2-year period.

 

            Questions for Ganje pertained to the detail of the proposal and the level of public input             into the McMurray redevelopment process, which includes significant streets             realignment.  The request was made to Ganje to provide more information at the             February 28 Land Use Committee, so Board and community members could better             understand the proposal’s scope and long-term neighborhood traffic and other impact.

 

E.     Open Seats Reminder

 

Two open seats for District 10 board remain.  Kim Moon, Subdistrict 2, nominated himself for that open seat, by acclamation. Chris Harkness motioned to elect Moon, seconded by Panod Klongtruatroke.  Motion carried unanimously by acclamation.

 

F.     Community Discussion

            Community member Steve Finnegan spoke about the Hoyt-Hamline Playground project,            hich is the second of two Community Facilities CIB projects assigned to District 10 under          consideration for capital bonding funds this cycle. Finnegan said the organizers view this          as more than just a playground upgrade; enhancements include environmental and      aesthetic improvements everyone can enjoy.  The organizers are seeking an architect to         help more fully design the concept.  Suggestions made included working with City staff.

     III.          BOARD BUSINESS SECTION                                                                      

A.     Review/Amend/Approve Minutes & Financial Statements

 

Motion to approve previous month’s board minutes by Panod Klongtruatroke, seconded by Ted Blank.  Motion carries.

 

B.     Staff Report

 

Jessie Bronk reported progress on training with office procedures, meeting community constituents, etc.  On the Safety front, have been some notifications of theft lately.

 

C.    Office Lease Agreement

a.     Future negotiations

 

            Jon Knox reported he has made a request to the City Parks department regarding office   hours and staffing for the Streetcar Station.  Three requests are to eliminate Sunday hours   November through March; to improve sidewalk entry and to install surveillance cameras.         Knox asked for the Board’s approval of these requests.  Motion by Barbara Clark to            approve, seconded by Penny Spence.  Motion carries unanimously. 

 

D.    Newsletter Agreement with HHH Job Corps

 

The District 10 relationship with the Job Corps clarified the arrangement for newsletter inserts.  Motion by Ted Blank to approve what was drafted in letter, seconded by Dolores Rufenacht.  Motion carries unanimously.

 

E.     CIB Update – in III, Community Sections D and F.

 

F.     2011 Budget

           

            Motion to approve 2011 budget as drafted by Marsha Milgrom, seconded by Chris

            Harkeness.  Motion carries unanimously.

 

G.    City Grant Application Update

           

            City grants process is still in the works, expected to be completed by next Board meeting.

 

H.    Committee Updates – committee updates are captured in meeting minutes.

 

a.     Environment Committee (Mike MacDonald)

b.     Neighborhood Relations Committee (Betsy Wehrwein)

c.      Neighborhood Safety Committee (Dolores Rufenacht)

d.     Land Use Committee (Chris Harkness)

e.     Communications Committee (Barb Clark)

 

IV.        Adjournment

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.  Motion to adjourn by Ted Blank, seconded by Matt Streit. 

 

Respectfully submitted by Marsha Milgrom

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