Minutes 02/2013
Friday, May 10, 2013 8:10 AM


District 10 Environment Committee

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Attendees:   Sharon Shinomiya, Val Cunningham, Dana Saeger, Mike MacDonald, Anne Kulenkamp, Curt Stock, Susan Jane Cheney


Committee Chair Curt Stock called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.  Attendees introduced themselves.      


Minutes from the January meeting were reviewed and approved.  


Lecture Series 

  1. “Como Lake: Past, Present, and Future” (Sunday, 2/17) 

This event was discussed, and all agreed that, with thirty-six attendees, it was a success. 

The presentation may be repeated for the Citizen Advisory Committee of the Capitol Region Watershed District. 

  1. “All About Old-time Trolleys (Sunday, 3/24)
  • Curt reported that presenter Pat Bjorklund has requested a panel format and also the use of a microphone; Mike MacDonald confirmed that the District has the latter.
  • Don Varney will provide information about the original bridge restoration, and someone from the City will discuss the Streetcar Study.
  • Curt agreed to act as moderator.
  • Publicity:

Sharon Shinomiya has submitted announcements to the Monitor and Bugle and prepared a poster, which she will e-mail for posting; committee members volunteered to put up posters in various locations, and Mike MacDonald offered to explore several other publicity venues, including Transit for Livable Communities, Trolley Club, Transportation Museum, and Union Depot websites.

  1. “Creative Gardening for Urban Spaces” on (Sunday, 4/14)
  • Presenters:

Curt will cover creating an orchard in the city; Chris Harkness will address gardening in small spaces; Mike will check with Molly Rosenberg about participating (landscape design); Curt will check with Chris about a shade gardener she suggested; Susan Jane Cheney said David Arbeit is willing to present regarding hosta gardening.  Backyard bee keeping and chicken coops were discussed briefly.

  • Susan Jane reported that she has confirmed the St. Tim’s location, and she offered to act as moderator and time keeper.
  • Sharon will submit announcements to the Monitor and Bugle.

Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC) 

Environment Committee liaison to the Como Woodland Advisory Committee (CWAC), Susan Jane Cheney reported that she will be unable to attend the next Como Woodland Advisory Committee (CWAC) meeting on Monday, February 25, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., at the Roseville Public Library, but will receive the minutes and report on it.  The agenda will focus on the status of the CWOC field guide grant and of the More Kids in the Woods grant.  Students at Great River School will be presenting soil survey results and there will be a presentation on a propagation garden preliminary design.  Two upcoming hands-on events include:  the Citywide Spring Parks Clean-up, 9 - 11a.m. on 4/13 and a Garlic Mustard removal at the CWOC on 4/27, 9 - 11 a.m.; volunteers are needed for both.  Contact Andy at 651-632-2411 or Andy.Rodriguez@StPaul.Gov for more information.   

For more information about the CWOC, check their website: www.comowoodland.org.  


Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD)

CRWD Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) member Mike MacDonald reported that the February CAC meeting included a presentation on the CRWD’s Stop the Rain Drain program, which promotes cost-effective preventive measures to treat stormwater, such as diverting home and garage gutter downspouts away from driveways, walks and alleys to green spaces for infiltration.  There was also a review of the approximately thirty 2012 CRWD-issued stormwater reduction permits for projects over 1 acre in size.  And, Mike mentioned that CRWD Director Mark Doneux is discussing a Stormwater Plan for Como Lake with St. Paul Parks & Recreation Department Director Mike Hahm.

For more information about the CRWD, check the website: www.capitolregionwd.org.


New business

  1. Upcoming events were discussed:
  • Val Cunningham announced that she will be scheduling a mid-April clean-up for the Como Pavilion Native Plants Garden that is jointly maintained by the Committee and St. Paul Audubon members.  The City is sponsoring a City garden event for 5/18, and she will contact Volunteer Coordinator Andy Rodriguez about putting together a work crew for that date as well.
  • Val also mentioned that St. Paul Audubon again is sponsoring a native plant sale on Saturday, 6/1, 9:00 – 3:00, at Rainbow on Larpenteur Avenue.
  • The annual District 10 Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 20th.
  • An announcement about the District 10 Tree Appreciation Awards Program should be posted soon.  Awards are usually issued in May.  
  • A Como Park Tree Trek is usually scheduled for June.  Susan Jane will contact Chet Mirocha about conducting a tour. 
  1. Eagle ride at Como Town:

There was discussion regarding the potential environmental impacts (trees removed, noise, height, etc.) of the new zip-line planned for the amusement park that appears to be designed as a multi-generational attraction.  Curt suggested sending a letter to Parks with questions from the Committee, and he will prepare a draft and send it out to Committee members for comments.  

  1. “Recycle it Forward” Program:

Curt announced that the City of St. Paul is soliciting input from the community regarding waste management programs and services (recycling, composting, bulky wastes, litter, and garbage issues) as part of their planning process for the future.  Visit www.stpaul.gov/recycleitforward for more information.  Contact Kris Hageman, Environmental Coordinator, at 651-266-8866 or kris.hageman@ci.stpaul.mn.us with questions.  



The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

[Meeting summary prepared by Susan Jane Cheney]


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