minutes - 5/2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011 11:55 AM






Historic Streetcar Station

1224 North Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55103

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

7:00 PM


Attending:  Ted Blank, Peter Bolstad, Chris Harkness, Panod Klongtruatroke, Jon Knox, Mike MacDonald, Jody McArdle, Marsha Milgrom, Kim Moon, Dolores Rufenacht, Penny Spence, Matt Streit, Betsy Wehrwein


Excused:  Barbara Clark, Jack Roberts


       I.          Call to Order                                                                                                               


The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.


     II.          Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda                                                                 


        Motion to approve agenda by Mike MacDonald, seconded by Ted Blank.  Agenda    approved as posted.


    III.          COMMUNITY SECTION                                                                                           

        A.    Board Chair Report


Jon Knox said operations were fairly smooth.  He is working on obtaining a commitment from the MN Hot Rod Association for a May Land Use meeting, regarding the Back to the 50’s noise concerns in the neighborhood.


B. Treasurer’s Report


Penny Spence reported District 10’s finances are in good shape, with a recent payment for a city grant.  Other administrative items are being sorted, but overall, no concerns.


C. Electric car charging station- Merritt Clapp-Smith


Clapp-Smith, a planner with the City, and Don Gange, City Parks & Rec. discussed and shared visuals of solar array design concepts (charging stations for charging electric cars).  She had also presented recently to the District 10 Environment Committee. 


Sation locations are targeted for high traffic places where educational opportunities also exist.  The funding (federal stimulus) prohibits zoos and golf courses.  The north end of the Como Park Pavilion parking lot seems well suited, for this reason, as well as its solar access. Three panel designs were presented.  The goal is to have two stations in the city this year, with electric car manufacturing/distribution expected in the spring of 2012.


Several policies are under consideration.   An average charge is two-four hours per vehicle.  Each panel station allows two cars to be charged. Questions and concerns include vandalism and the taking up of two potential parking spots in the park. This being a new innovation, a lot of details are trial/error.  An example in downtown St. Paul is a $3 car charge.  Safety of electricity plugs is not a concern.  Wayfinding signage would be integrated into the plan.


A.     Lao Family sound ordinance


A variance request for the Hmong celebration will be submitted for July 2 and 3, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.  The celebration will be scaled back this year due to pool construction.   District 6 will also discuss on May 25.   A suggestion was made to schedule a joint district meeting. Hearing on the sound variance will be June 1.


B.     Community Discussion – none.


   IV.          BOARD BUSINESS SECTION                                                                                   

A.     Review/Amend/Approve Minutes & Financial Statements


Minutes modification regarding name change. 


Financials distributed at meeting.


Motion to approve minutes by Ted Blank, seconded by Kim Moon.  Passed unanimously.


B.     Staff Report (Jessie Bronk)


Bronk reported that the District Council Leadership Series was well represented by District 10 board members at a recent Board Basics training.  June 7 is the next opportunity (Part 2).  An April 30 bike rodeo event turned out well, in spite of rain.  The garage sales are this weekend.  A total of 49 will participate. 


C.     Yoga in the Park


Outdoors yoga by Bliss Yoga studio will start Sat., May 28, through Labor Day.  As in the past, District 10 will receive 35% of voluntary donations.  Motion to approve the plan for summer yoga in the park, as in written agreement by Penny Spence, seconded by Kim Moon.  Motion passes unanimously.


D.     Como Regional Park Advisory Committee update


The committee first met last week.  Focus will be on operations, development, signage and wayfinding.  The City will have a web link.  Paul Kolias represents District 10 as a citizen for a two-year term.

E.      Bylaw Review- Adhoc Committee update


Panod Klongtruatroke spoke of several meetings, which have already taken place.  Participants include former and current board members of District 10. An interpretive document is being created in the interim of reviewing old/establishing new bylaws.


F.      Committee Updates

a.      Land Use Committee (Chris Harkness)


Report included in minutes.  Additionally, Harkness reported that no news exists about the MGM site plan.  Any new plans, including potential variances, must go through a neighborhood/district process.  Harkness is working on West Como’s Small Area Plan.


Jon Knox announced a change in Land Use leadership/chairperson.  As Chris Harkness will be working to chair the Small Area Ad-Hoc committee, Kim Moon will become Land Use chair.  Knox thanked Chris for her leadership the past several years. 


b.      Environment Committee (Mike MacDonald)


MacDonald spoke of a turtle study, in conjunction with Como Zoo.  The committee is also working to tag trees for educational purposes.  Joyce Kilmer dedication is this week. District 10 encourages attendance.  A rain barrel workshop will take place June 9 – more attendance is welcome. A garden tour will be part of the Staycation event. 


c.      Neighborhood Relations Committee (Betsy Wehrwein)


               Wehrwein reported on the recent meeting.  Main topic was Como Park shuttle        promotion. The shuttle runs 7 days/week in June. Ridership is up already. Another         agenda item was the Fire Department’s notifications to homes about closing. Jody McArdle spoke of her experience in home safety/fire prevention.  Discussion of how to         involve persons interested in learning or advocating more on this issue.


d.      Neighborhood Safety Committee (Dolores Rufenacht)


               Rufenacht reported a debriefing of the bike rodeo to assist in planning next year’s event.                Help is needed with the Staycation bike tour, which is adult/family oriented.  Discussion       of the many events on the summer horizon and the need to promote volunteerism.


e.      Communications Committee (Barb Clark)


Panod Klongtruatroke spoke of committee discussions regarding newsletter distribution.  The e-mail contact list now exceeds 600 addresses.


     V.          Adjourn                                                                                                                       


The meeting was adjourned at 8:56.


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