Minutes 04/14/2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:35 PM


Minutes of the Neighborhood Relations Committee
April 14, 2011
Streetcar Station, Lexington & Horton
In attendance:  
Panod Klongtruatroke, John McCormick, Betsy Wehrwein, Sally Worku
Parks and Recreation
Panod provided an update on the invitation for Parks and Recreation to attend a Neighborhood Relations Committee (NRC) meeting. He was told that Kathy Korum would be able to attend the next NRC meeting. The date for this will be May 12. The main topic of conversation for this meeting will be How Can the Shuttle Be Successful?
Minnesota Street Rod Association
Other agenda items were discussed for the May meeting. Panod had mentioned at the last Land Use meeting about concerns neighbors along Midway Parkway had about last year’s Minnesota Street Rod Association (MSRA), with the lining up of vehicles before the gates opened. Sally suggested a format similar to other discussions with neighbors regarding the Hmong soccer festival in Como Park. Betsy will contact Jessie and others to determine key people to invite. The goal is to spend half of May 12 community meeting discussing Como Park and the other half discussing the MSRA event (http://www.msra.com) that will be held June 17-19 this year. 
Minnesota State Fair
The group discussed that in the past the State Fair had sent out a letter to the immediate neighborhood about the fair and its schedule of events. This public relations gestured has been viewed favorably in the past and the NRC would like to set up a meeting this summer (June?) to have with the fair. Betsy will work on finding out a neighborhood relations contact person at the fair to invite.
Como Park Advisory Committee
Panod provided an update of the applicants for the Como Park Advisory Committee (https://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=4519) District 10 representative applications. There are four applicants. Per the Executive Committee request, an email has been sent to applicants, asking them to disclose any conflict of interest from a financial, professional, or immediate family perspective. The representatives would be reporting directly to the D10 board.   The board has not yet determined a monthly process of communication and the NRC strongly encourages this to be flushed out, so applicants know what they will be expected to do, i.e., need for written reports, when to attend board meetings to discuss matters, how communication will go out to the community as a whole.
Board members have been asked to submit potential questions to ask the applicants.   The NRC makes the following recommendations.
  1. What is your history and interaction with Como Park?
  2. Are you familiar with the D10 recommendations concerning transportation planning in Como Park (see (http://www.district10comopark.org/d10_october2010_crptip_decisionletter.html and are you aware you are being asked to represent the D10 position?
  3. How can the D10 board help you understand the terms of what you are being asked to do and support you in your efforts?
  4. What strengths do you have that will help you represent the D10 position with the Como Regional Park Advisory Committee, and how will you compensate for weaknesses you have?
The NRC also recommended than an orientation be developed for the representatives, to provide access to people, information and resources, to help them be successful. Perhaps gathering at the D10 office for some time on a Sunday afternoon when the Streetcar Station is staffed could be a way to do this.
Future Role of the NRC
At the last board meeting, clarification was provided for the purpose of the NRC as being a mechanism for people to gather and connect on matters affecting the community. Betsy would like to see the committee develop a cycle of conversations. Mentioned were
  • Speaking with Como Park representatives in the spring and fall
  • The MSRA event and other large events affecting the neighborhood
  • Put on a “Seniors” forum
  • How to support businesses
  • Homeowner topics
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Biking and running community
Expanding board participation and staff/interns should be pursued.
Minutes respectfully submitted by
Betsy Wehrwein – draft April 14, 2011

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