Minutes- 1/17/2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012 7:50 PM

DISTRICT 10 COMO COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD MEETING
Historic Streetcar Station
1224 Lexington Parkway North, St Paul, MN 55103
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
7:00 PM

MINUTES

I. Call to Order: Jon Knox called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

II. Board Introductions

Present: Jon Knox, Chris Harkness, Linda Hinderscheit, Kim Moon, Laurie Erickson, Dick Dian, Penny Spence, Barbara Clark.

Excused: Ted Blank, Panod Klongtruatroke, Jody McCardle, Betsy Wehrwein, Ron Edlund

Staff Present: Jessie Bronk

III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda
Motion: Approve the agenda. Passed.

IV. COMMUNITY SECTION
A. Board Chair Report: Marcy Micek, former Treasurer on the Board, has been hospitalized with a serious health issue. We had a moment of silence for her.

B. Treasurer’s Report: Nothing new to report since the December meeting.

C. Theft from Auto presentation (SPPD Sgt Charlie Anderson): There was a substantial uptick in thefts from autos in Como Park around the holidays (21 thefts from auto since Dec. 1). Most thefts occurred in park itself, some were in the neighborhood on the periphery of the park. Most thefts happened during the day. Most victims were from out of town. One arrest was made (car chase). The St. Paul Police Department has put more resources into the area. Mounted patrol was requested. Parking enforcement was out in force. Sgt. Anderson wants to get ahead of the next probable wave of in-park crime, including increased permanent signage (warning visitors not to leave valuables in their cars) and camera surveillance. Questions and comments were taken from the floor. There were between 15-20 community members in attendance. Garage burglaries have been on the increase. It is important to put numbers on garages, so if neighbors report, they can tell the police where the crime is occurring. Non-emergency police number is 651-291-1111; however, when in doubt, call 911. One community member inquired about obtaining funds from outside the city of St Paul (Metropolitan Council, State of Minnesota) to fund surveillance cameras, because Como is a regional park, and visitors most affected by thefts from auto tend to be from outside St. Paul.

D. Open Sub-district 2 & Sub-district 3 board positions: Tom Eyre, resident of Sub-district 2, has applied for the open position, and introduced himself. Linda Hinderscheit spoke on his behalf. Tom was a valuable member of the Lexington-Larpenteur Node Study ad hoc Committee.
Motion: Close nominations. (Moon-Harkness) Passed.
Motion: Elect Tom Eyre to the open sub-district 2 position by acclimation. (Harkness-Moon) Passed.

No one has yet applied for the open sub-district 3 position (vacated by Matt Streit).

E. Miscellaneous community discussion: Amy Brendmoen, City Councilmember, was present and introduced herself.

V. BOARD BUSINESS SECTION

A. Review/Amend/Approve Minutes & Financial Statements:
Motion: Approve minutes of the last meeting and financial statements. (Spence-Moon) Passed.

B. 2012 plan- goals, events (facilitated by Panod): Planning for 2012 events was deferred to the next meeting, because Panod Klongtruatroke was absent from tonight’s meeting due to illness.

C. Committee structure, meeting schedules, charters. The Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee has set its meeting as the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 in the Street Car Station office. Charters for committees are being reviewed and revised as needed. All committees should develop work plans.

D. District Operations Committee- This newly re-organized committee needs a chair. Jessica reported that Jody McCardle is willing to co-chair. No one has yet volunteered to be her co-chair.

E. Grant opportunity with CLNN: Janna Caywood has decided to put this on hold for now in order to get more information and develop partnerships before they apply for the grant.

F. Staff Report (Jessie Bronk): We have received grant reimbursement though November. Jessie is working with committees to update charters and work plans. The first meeting of the community garden group is at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2012, at Java Train. Volunteers are invited for the planning committee for the grand opening of the Como Park Pool (currently scheduled for June 9th). The Barter Market is scheduled for Sat. 1/21, from 2:00 to 4:00 at Lyngblomsten in the cafe. We need to start planning for neighborhood garage sale and Staycation. There were four break-ins in Grid 7 in sub-district 2 in a one-month period of time recently. There was a neighborhood meeting to discuss crime prevention.

G. CRPAC Update: Paul Kolias could not be here tonight.

H. Committee Updates
a. Land Use Committee (Kim Moon): No new information from last meeting
b. District Plan ad hoc Committee (Chris Harkness): The first meeting of the ad hoc committee assigned to revise the D10 Land Use Plan occurred on Jan. 9th. Josh Williams from the City of St. Paul, was in attendance. The next meeting will occur on Feb 13th at 7:00 at the Street Car Station.
c. Neighborhood Relations & Safety Committee (Ted Blank & Betsy Wehrwein): No report
d. District Operations Committee: No report
e. Environment Committee (Jessie Bronk): Mike McDonald, former board member and current member of the Environment Committee, reported on an upcoming lecture series. Topics include: attracting butterflies and moths, history of the neighborhood, and gardening with native plants.
f. Bylaw Review- ad hoc Committee update (Panod Klongtrutroke) No report

V. Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
Motion to adjourn. (Moon-Spence) Approved.

Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary
These minutes are not official until approved.

 

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