Minutes 09/16/2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014 5:20 PM

District 10 Como Community Council Board Meeting

Historic Street Car Station

1224 Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN  55108

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

7:00 PM



I. Call to Order: Chairperson Jon Knox called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.

II. Board Introductions:

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

Absent: Frank Dolejsi, Julie Tholen, Patick Tschida and Curt Stock

Staff:  Ted Blank was not present at tonight's meeting. He is on vacation.

III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda:

Motion: Approve the agenda (Moon-Bolstad) Passed


A. Board Chair Report: Jon Knox reported on recent events involving Sholom Home. The firehouse is being sold separately. The buyer wants to turn the firehouse into a residence. The Como pedestrian bridge project is scheduled for next spring. The bridge should be able to be restored so it will be open to the public. 

B. Treasurer's Report: Julie Tholen was not present tonight. The September financials will be presented at the October meeting and posted on the website as soon as possible. 

C. Guest Speakers:

Russ Stark, Ward 4 City Councilmember: Russ Stark gave an update of what is happening at City Hall. Potholes: Need to re-invest in the arterial streets in St. Paul. Some resurfacing is in process this fall. More repaving is in the Mayor's budget for next year. In order to pay for this, some money may be shifted from the RSVP program (a 20-year program to upgrade residential streets). Bike plan: will begin to be put in place as streets get resurfaced. Recycling: The second year of the three-year plan was slated to include large wheeled carts. That has been put on hold. Eureka's contract is up soon, and the City is going to put the program up for bid. When the wheeled cart system is put in place, pick up will be in alleys. Sholom Home: Russ has had some conversations with developers. The response is that the asking price is still too high to make it profitable. Fairgrounds: There have been complaints about events other than the Fair (particularly car shows). Russ will be involved in an upcoming conversation with Fairgrounds administration. Como Park traffic: Legislative appropriation from last session will help make some improvements in traffic flow and parking. Russ opened up the discussion to questions.  

Josh Johnson, Car2Go Twin Cities: Started in Minneapolis in Sept. 2013 and in St. Paul this past summer. They have an agreement with St. Paul to park on any city street, following parking regulations. Membership is required to use cars. Members have to be at least 18. The company covers the cost of metered spaces for the members. Members determine where the cars go. Cars are located for convenience of use by members and not for marketing. The business model is to keep cars moving. The fleet team moves the cars that have remained in one place for more than two days. They need to comply with the 48-hour parking rule. The fleet team cleans and refuels the vehicles. They do have plans to cover snow emergencies, including informing their members of the snow emergency rules of each City and sending out the fleet teams when necessary. If there are parking issues, contact Car2Go at 877-488-4224 or twincities@car2go.com. 

D. Como Regional Park Advisory Committee: Pete Bolstad reported on the September 9th meeting.  Most discussion revolved around summer Como golf course operations. Prom put a significant amount of money into clubhouse improvements. They hope to invest more in the course itself next year. They do plan to keep the clubhouse open this winter, but haven't decided on the type of food service yet. The Centennial Garden Project between the conservatory and the visitors' center is planned and will be funded by private donations. Transportation bonding project: The City is finalizing the agreement for the design process, hopefully to be presented in January. Plan is to get community feedback before it goes to the City Council. The Pavilion RFP committee composition was discussed. 

E. Miscellaneous Community Discussion: none


A. Review/Amend/Approve Minutes:

Motion: Approve minutes of the 08/19/2014 meeting (Moon-Michalski). Passed.

B. Staff Report: Ted Blank was on vacation and not present at tonight's meeting. Jon Knox reported that Ted has submitted his resignation and accepted a position as Executive Director with the Forest Lake Chamber of Commerce. A search for applicants for the D10 staff position will be discussed later in this meeting during a closed session, because personnel issues (including salary) are involved. Ted will assist with the transition when a new staff person in hired. 

C. Committee Updates:

a. Executive Committee:  Jon Knox reported that the Executive Committee reviewed five applications for two community member appointments on the Como Lakeside Pavilion RFP Selection Committee. Amy Valentine and Maggie Zimmerman received the majority of votes. The applications were distributed to board members for their review prior to tonight’s meeting. 

Motion: Affirm the Executive Committee's appointment of Amy Valentine and Maggie Zimmerman as community members on the Como Lakeside Pavilion RFP Selection Committee. (Flynn-Pursley) Passed

b. Land Use: Kim Moon reported that Ryan Flynn is going to serve as chair of the D10 ad hoc committee to work with the D6 task force on Dale Street. 

c. District Plan ad hoc Committee: Chris Harkness reported the committee reviewed the environment section of the plan. They have asked the Environment committee for their input on that section. 

d. Neighborhood Relations and Safety: Mary Michalski reported on the plans for the Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction. They are looking for donations for the Silent Auction. If you send Ted an email about the Silent Auction, copy Mary too. Mary distributed packets of tickets to the Board. Volunteers are needed for the Pancake Breakfast. Annual appeal: The committee is looking for specific ideas to target in order to raise money from the annual appeal. People are more likely to donate if they know what the money will be used for.

e. Environment Committee: Dana Saeger reported that the Citywide clean up is this coming Saturday (9/20) at the Fairgrounds. The committee is organizing an energy fair on October 15th at the Street Car Station. There will be opportunities to ask about home energy use and conservation. 

D. Closed Session--Board Personnel Discussion: Because this discussion involved staff hiring decisions, it was closed to the public. Qualifications for the position and salary were discussed. 

Motion: Approve the salary for the staff position to be posted with the job description (Flynn-Dahm) Passed.


Motion to adjourn was made at 8:43 p.m. Passed.

Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary

These minutes were approved on 10/21/2014. 

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