Minutes - 3/2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011 2:30 PM

COMO COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD MEETING

Historic Streetcar Station

1224 North Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55103

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

7:00 PM

 

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

 

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 Mike McDonald.  Agenda approved.

III. COMMUNITY SECTION                                                                          

      A.  Board Chair Report

a.  Permit parking signage may be up as early as April 1 in designated areas.

 

B. Treasurer’s Report

 

The average monthly expenditures are $4,000.  City grants need approval.  Balance sheet may be overstated.

 

C.  Subdistrict 3 Election

 

Jack Roberts, Subdistrict 3, is a small business owner and homeowner who declared his candidacy for the board, which has one open seat.  Motion to elect by affirmation by Barbara Clark, seconded by Penny Spence.  Motion carries unanimously. 

 

D.  Community Discussion

 

Amy Brendmiller, business delegate to St. Anthony Park, spoke about her run for Ward 5 City Council seat.  She is in a listening mode.

   III.          BOARD BUSINESS SECTION                                                            

A.     Review/Amend/Approve Minutes & Financial Statements

 

Chris Harkness moved to approved minutes as amended, seconded by Peter Bolstad. Motion carries.

 

B.     Staff Report

 

Jessie Bronk reported she has been meeting with a number of community constituents, and has been out touring City and community facilities.   May 21 is the Garage Sale; registration is due April 29.  Outreach to diverse groups remains a priority for District 10.

 

C.  Environment Committee Action Item

 

Mike MacDonald presented an action item and letter to send to Mike Hahm.  The action item involves tree tagging.  Approval from City Parks/Rec. is required for any items attached to trees.  Chet Mirocha is leading the project. Ten trees were selected because they are distinctive or unique to the area.  Marsha Milgrom moved to submit letter, seconded by Penny Spence.

 

D. Land Use Action Item

 

Chris Harkness brought an action item to support a District 11 CIB project – a bike ramp off Pierce Butler Road, which will coincide with bridge work in the area.  The proposal enables better N-S travel by bike.  The direct connection is the major benefit to residents and visitors in the District 10 area. Triesta Brown, District 6 Land Use, spoke about the project.  Kim Moon motioned to approve the action item/letter as presented, seconded by Mike MacDonald.

 

E. CIB Update

 

District 10 has been asked to rank-order two District 10 specific proposals:  Hamline-Hoyt playground and McMurray.  Motion to rank the playground #1 and McMurray #2 by Mike MacDonald, seconded by Matt Streit.  Betsy Wehrwein asked that a narrative be included as an adjunct to the McMurray proposal.  Hamline and Lexington traffic patterns have not been addressed adequately, as discussed in a recent Land Use Committee. Many questions have not been answered. Jon Knox reminded the board that Parks & Recreation had requested a letter of support, denied for lack of information.  Motion carries unanimously.

 

Chris Harkness read the Land Use commentary from the recent meeting.  Motion by Jody McCardle amended to add: District 10 supports for McMurray Fields renovation, provided that further clarification and community input occur prior to funding be awarded. Seconded by Kim Moon.  Motion carries unanimously.

 

Marsha Milgrom, CIB Community Facilities District 10 Representative, also encouraged district councilmembers to attend the March 28 presentation, in which McMurray and Golf Course study will be discussed.

 

Process to rank citywide projects by low-medium-high was discussed.  Ranking is due to the City by March 25.  Panod Klongtruatroke suggested soliciting comments from any interested community members. 

 

F. Como Regional Park Advisory Group

 

Kathy Korum, Deputy Director of Parks/Rec, presented the creation of a new Parks advisory group to cover all Como Park activities, events, etc. The group would consist of Districts 10 and 6 representation, city groups and others.   The Advisory was approved by Parks Commission this week.  The Parks would like district council help in promoting the group participation as well. Parks Commission is the ultimate decision making authority. The committee is slated to form in May, with start up and then monthly meetings.

 

Betsy Wehrwein attended the Commission meeting with a community member. Neighbor Relations Committee recently discussed the function of this committee, transportation related issues, in particular. Questions remained about the committee’s scope.

 

Como Park’s Transportation Implementation Plan was used as an example of previous District 10 representation process.  Wehrwein questioned how this process would flow.

 

Peter Bolstad recommended Neighbor Relations seek greater participation by community members; in particular, seeking those from subdistricts other than 1.  He recommended that a process for the Advisory be established for voting that is not majority.  Korum had expressed that separate items would still be brought to council. In addition, any amendment to the Como Park Master Plan would be separate from Advisory.

 

Discussion as to which committee or full board the District 10 representative should participate in. Neighbor Relations would like clarification as to its charter.

 

An application process is suggested; full board will vote on candidates in April.

 

G.  City Grant Application Approval

 

Applications will be submitted to the City shortly.

            A.  Survey Results – will be sent separately to board and published in e-blast.

 

H.  North Dale Rec Center – the July board meeting will be held at North Dale.

 

I.  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 9:15 p.m.  Motion to adjourn by Barb Clark, seconded by Panod Klongtruatroke. 

 

Respectfully submitted by Marsha Milgrom

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