Minutes 12/16/2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 8:50 PM

District 10 Como Community Council Board Meeting

Historic Street Car Station

1224 Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN  55108

Tuesday, December 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, Julie Tholen, Kim Moon, Mary Michalski, Ryan Flynn, Kevin Dahm and Frank Dolejsi

Absent: John Medeiros, Tedd James, Bill Lipkin and Patrick Tschida

Staff Present: Alison Kirgis

III. Review, Amend, Approval of Agenda:

Motion: Approve the agenda (Moon-Michalski) Passed


A. Board Chair Report: Jon Knox reminded those present that committees are made up of volunteers. Committee members are asked to practice proper decorum and respect at all committee meetings in D10. All committees should commit to fair discussion and sound decision making.

B. Treasurer's Report: Julie Tholen reported that the financials were sent out in anticipation of this meeting.  We are ahead of budget at this time. We have almost 12 months of cash on hand, and we are required to have at least six months of cash on hand. Fundraising was successful this year. We will use some of the cash on hand to address deferred maintenance before the end of the year. 

C. Open Sub-district 1 Election: No nominations were received in advance of this meeting. There were no nominations from the floor.

D. Open At-large Election: Dana Saeger has resigned from the board. No nominations for the open position were received in advance of this meeting. There were no nominations from the floor. 

E. District Plan ad hoc Presentation: Chris Harkness and Ted Blank presented the Housing and Land Use section (goal and strategies) of the draft of the District Plan revision. Information had been sent to board members in advance. Board members were invited to give feedback at tonight's meeting. Discussion on the next section will continue next month.

F. Miscellaneous Community Discussion: Cathy Velasquez was present to talk about the grant for which Cooperative Energy Futures was applying and the role of the Environment Committee. (This was discussed at the November board meeting.) The grant was for technical advice, not funding. The grant was not approved. She clarified the relationship between Cooperative Energy Futures and the Environment Committee. The official approval process of District 10, including the need for board approval of actions that originate and are recommended by committees, was clarified. Cooperative Energy Futures is a co-op, in which citizens can buy shares and effectively become small power companies. D10 needs to define its role as that of assisting in the disseminating information (such as at an energy fair), but not that of being a "partner," which would open us up to liability issues. 


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

Motion: Approve tonight's financial statements and minutes of the 11/18/2014 meeting (Moon-Michalski). Passed.

B. Staff Report: Alison Kirgis requested that the board send her newsletter ideas. Over 100 people have responded to the Land Use survey on street name changes. 

C. Honor Roll: The Neighborhood Honor Roll celebration is going to be held on Friday, January 30, 2015.  Each District Council is invited to select three honorees.  Six nominations have been received: Joanne Young, Paul Klein, the Monitor newspaper, Ann McInerney, Jon Knox and Ted Blank.  A vote was taken by secret ballot. The following honorees were selected: Ted Blank, Jon Knox and Anne McInerney. 

D. Committee Updates:

a. Executive Committee:  Jon Knox reported on two proposed action items.

i. Approval of 2015 office lease:

Motion: Approve the signing of the 2015 office lease (Hinderscheit-Harkness) Approved.

ii. Creation of an ad hoc POWER grant committee: 

Motion: Approve the creation of an ad hoc committee for the 2015 calendar year to manage the work of the POWER grant (Micahlski-Bolstad) Approved

The Environment Committee needs a chair now that Dana Saeger has resigned from the board. Frank Dolejsi agreed to chair the Environment Committee. Julie Tholen has agreed to co-chair the new ad hoc POWER grant. The POWER grant ad hoc committee will report to the Environment committee and the Executive Committee.

b. Land Use: Kim Moon reported on two topics of discussion at the last Land Use meeting: 1.) peddlers in the neighborhood of the Fairgrounds during the State Fair and 2.) renaming streets in Como Park in honor of the 60th anniversary of St. Paul and Nagasaki becoming sister cities. With regard to the peddler issue, City Councilmember Russ Stark will be contacted again in order to discuss the possibility of changing the ordinance governing peddlers.  A survey regarding the proposed street name changes was publicized in the e-newsletter. At the next meeting on January 5th, we will discuss a zoning variance and begin to work on the committee's goals for 2015. 

c. Dale Street ad hoc Committee: Ryan Flynn reported that the first formal meeting will be held tomorrow at North Dale Rec Center. It is an organizational meeting for the committee. Committee members from Districts 6 and 10 have been selected. There are a couple people from D6 who are considering the possibility of being co-chair. A major consideration for the committee is establishing a fair and open process. 

d. District Plan ad hoc Committee: Chris Harkness reported that the next meeting is Monday, January 12, 2015. The focus will be a discussion of the environmental sections of the District Plan revision.

e. Como Regional Park Advisory Committee: Pete Bolstad reported that there was no meeting this past month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

f. Neighborhood Relations and Safety: Mary Michalski reported that there was no meeting of the committee in December. The next meeting will be January 8th.

g. Environment Committee: The new chair, Frank Dolejsi, reported that the committee will meet tomorrow. Environmental input into the revised District Land Use Plan is on the agenda. Meeting dates will be changed to allow more timely input to the board when action items are proposed.  

E. Closed Session--Board Personnel Discussion: The meeting was closed to the public in order to discuss a personnel issue. 

VI. ADJOURN: Motion to adjourn was made at 9:12 p.m. Passed.

Respectfully submitted by Linda R. Hinderscheit, Secretary

These minutes were approved on January 20, 2015. 

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