Minutes 07-15-2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:10 PM

District 10 Como Community Council Board Meeting

Historic Street Car Station

1224 Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN  55108

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

7:00 PM



I. Call to Order: Vice Chair Chris Harkness called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

II. Board Introductions:

Present: Chris Harkness, Linda Hinderscheit, Debra Pursley, Pete Bolstad, Julie Tholen, Patrick Tschida, Dana Saeger, Kim Moon, Mary Michalski, Bill Lipkin, Ryan Flynn, Kevin Dahm, John Medeiros and Tedd James

Absent: Jon Knox, Frank Dolejsi, Curt Stock

Staff Present: Ted Blank

III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda:

Motion: Approve the agenda (Moon-Michalski) Passed


A. Board Chair Report: Vice Chair Chris Harkness had no formal report.

B. Treasurer's Report: Julie Tholen reported that we are currently running a surplus. We have had quite a few fund raising projects and grants have come in. Expenses will follow later.

C. Guest Speaker: John Gawarecki, the Principal for the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture Middle School, which is due to open in the former Holy Childhood School on Midway Parkway in fall of 2014, was present at tonight's meeting. It will serve grades 5-7. Next year, it will serve grades 5-8. They have signed a two-year lease with Holy Childhood. The goal of the school is to get the students out in the community to engage in hands-on learning. Their authorizer is the Audubon Center of the North Woods, which has an environmental focus, and authorizes 34 charter schools. The maximum number they will accept this year is 150 students, with a maximum class size of 25. As they expand to 8th grade, their maximum number of students will be approximately 250. They are seeking local partnerships with opportunities for their students to serve the community. Their grand opening is August 12th.  The first day of school will be the day after Labor Day. There are 8 different bus routes with a plan to space out the arrival and departure time, with no more than 4 buses on site at any one time. They do not anticipate many parents providing their own transportation.  

D. Miscellaneous Community Discussion: None


A. Review/Amend/Approve Minutes and Financial Statements:

Motion: Approve tonight's financial statements and minutes of the 06/17/2014 meeting (Moon-James). Passed.

B. Staff Report: Ted Blank thanked everyone who has participated in the many events that we have held this past month. 

Ted reported that he received quite a few complaints about the Minnesota Street Rod Association's Back to the 50s Car Show.  Councilmember Russ Stark's office hopes to work with District 10 this fall to facilitate a community dialogue about how to minimize some of the problems associated with this and other large events at the Fairgrounds. National Night Out is August 5th.

C. Committee Updates:

a. Land Use: Kim Moon reported that he received an email from someone who lives near the German Immersion School. The parking lot is not yet completed. Kim contacted the principal of the school and is waiting for a response.

Tbe Dale Street Road Diet is still on Land Use's agenda. Kim went to District 6's Land Use meeting. They will start working on Dale Street at the end of summer. D10's Land Use committee's next meeting is on August 4th, and we will continue to gather community input. 

b. District Plan ad hoc Committee: Chris Harkness reported that July's meeting was canceled. The next meeting is August 11th. Ted is meeting with the business interest group to get their input in the interim.

c. Neighborhood Relations and Safety: Mary Michalski reported the Ice Cream Social was a very successful event with approximately 400 people in attendance. There are plans to make it an annual event. The next big event is the Pancake Breakfast/Silent Auction in October. The committee is also sponsoring two fall Sunday Series speakers: history of St. Paul Saints and the history of the St. Paul Police. 

d. Environment Committee: Dana Saeger reported that the next meeting is tomorrow night. There is a guest speaker from the University of St. Thomas, who recently received an EPA grant to study the water quality of Como Lake. 

e. Como Regional Park Advisory Committee: Pete Bolstad reported that the committee did not meet this past month. Michelle Furrer is coming to our next Council meeting in August. She will report on the appropriation that Como Park received during the last Legislative session. 

f. Executive Committee:  Chris reported that the Executive Committee is continuing to discuss the clarification of the mission of D10 and expressed her appreciation of the fact that we now have all board positions filled. 

Copier Lease: Chris Harkness introduced an action item regarding the copier lease. Ted Blank has done some research and has found a company that will lease us a copier at significant savings (annual savings of approximately $800). Our current copier lease is not due to expire until March, 2015. Coordinated Business Systems will buy out the old lease with De Lage Landen. The cost of doing this will be added to our new lease agreement, spread out over the five years of the contract. 

Motion: Approve copier lease with Coordinated Business Systems (James-Michalski) Passed

Community Garden: At the August, 2013, board meeting, the board adopted Guiding Principles for Community Gardens in District 10.  A group of neighbors has been working since this spring on opening a community garden in the Snelling Avenue onramp right of way at Almond Avenue.  They have cleaned up the site, drafted a gardener agreement, and identified improvements needed at the site. The group is requesting that District 10 agree to sign the permit agreement with MN DOT and the City of St Paul, which is a requirement for community gardens on public land.  Next month, they will seek final approval for the gardener agreement and gardener policies, which specify how District 10 and the gardeners will operate the garden.

Ted reported that the agreement is in line with the guiding principles adopted in August.  Our general liability and umbrella commercial policy are sufficient to meet the City and MN DOT’s requirements.  There is no fee for the permit; however, District 10 is required to ensure that the garden is managed in accordance with the terms of the permit and to ensure that, if the garden is closed down, the plots are reseeded with grass.

Motion: Approve Permit Agreement with City of St Paul and MN DOT for Community Garden on Almond/Snelling Right of Way (Pursley-Dahm)  Passed. 

VI. ADJOURN: Motion to adjourn was made at 7:58 p.m. Passed.

Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary

These minutes were approved on 8-19-2014. 

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