Minutes 4/2011

District 10 Environment Committee

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Attendees:  Mike MacDonald, Chet Mirocha, Sharon Shinomiya, Bob Hale, Susan Jane Cheney


Committee Chair Mike MacDonald, called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.


March 2011 meeting minutes were approved. 


Como Park electric car charging station

Merritt Clapp-Smith (St. Paul Planning & Economic Development), Anne Hunt (City Environment & Sustainability), Cari Williamette (Senior Construction Coordinator for Westwood Products), and Don Ganje (St. Paul Parks & Recreation) provided information and answered questions regarding placement of a solar-powered charging station in the north parking lot of the Como Lakeside Pavilion.  Funding for the project, which includes additional charging stations and gap financing for 3 all-electric vans, derives from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Mike will relay results of the discussion to the District 10 Board. 


Como Lake Neighborhood Network (CLNN) Leaf Clean-up (Saturday, April 16)

Due to inclement weather last weekend, this event has been extended to Saturday, April 30. 


Como Lake turtle studies

  • Susan Jane Cheney reported that she and Parks & Rec’s Environmental Services staff member Meghan Manhatton conducted a shoreline tour for Chris Lenhart’s UMN Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering class, working on a turtle nesting project, on April 14. 
  • On Wednesday, 3/30, Susan Jane and Mike met with John Dee and Ruthie Schneider from Como Zoo, John Moriarty from Ramsey County Parks & Recreation, Chris Lenhart and UMN student Blake Wageman regarding a Como Lake turtle basking study and turtle trapping for identification.  John and Ruthie agreed to trap for two weeks in May with help from volunteers.  Mike will send out an e-mail notice, and Susan Jane will check with Joan McKearnan about possible assistance from her students. 
  • Susan Jane, Sharon, Val Cunningham, and Deb Robinson have volunteered for a survey of basking turtles throughout the summer (May through August), noting number and species of turtles, location, time of day, and general weather conditions. 


District 10 garden tour (Saturday, July 17)

Mike reported that he is working on organization and publicity for the tour.  


Tree recognition program

Sharon Shinomiya reported that she and Val Cunningham have submitted articles to the Monitor and Bugle, and an announcement will be repeated several times in the weekly District 10 e-blast.  A poster will be available soon.  Sharon has received one nomination for a gingko tree that, unfortunately, is not in District 10. 


Tree identification project

Chet displayed the tree identification tags.  Cost is $60.00; Mike will check with District 10 Organizer Jessica Bronk about reimbursement.  Chet will affix tags to appropriate trees in the park and notify Park Maintenance Supervisor Cy Kosel. 


Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC)

CWOC liaison Susan Jane reported that plans for the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Fireplace Rededication on 5/19 appear to be on track.  She passed around a copy of the booklet for the event prepared by CWOC Advisory Group member Deb Robinson.  For more on the CWOC, check the website www.comowoodland.org. 


Lakeside native plant garden clean-up

A spring clean-up of the garden is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 at 9:00 a.m.  Bring garden gloves, trash bags and tools (loppers, trowels, dandelion poppers, rakes, etc.) for cleaning out dead plant stalks and weeds. 



The meeting adjourned at about 8:35 p.m.

[Meeting summary prepared by Susan Jane Cheney]

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