Minutes 6/2011

District 10 Environment Committee

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Attendees:  Val Cunningham, Sharon Shinomiya, Sally Worku, Mike MacDonald, Chet Mirocha, Susan Jane Cheney; Como Woodland Advisory Committee members Deb Robinson and Ann White Eagle; and District 10 Organizer Jessica Bronk   


Committee Chair Mike MacDonald called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.


May 2011 meeting minutes were approved.


Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC)

1.    Deb Robinson reported on extensive vandalism at the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Fireplace (JKMF) that took place on the night of 5/31 and  ongoing damage.  She proposed that the Environment Committee, CWOC Advisory Committee and Neighborhood Safety Committee jointly request that the District 10 Council send a letter to Parks Director Mike Hahm appealing for more security measures (such as lighting, cameras, shared guard with the pool site and enhanced police patrol) at the JKMF and for the City to seek funds to repair the damage.  A reward for information regarding the vandalism was also discussed.  Members present approved this course of action, and Deb and Susan Jane will prepare a resolution for the upcoming board meeting and a draft letter to Director Hahm.  Delores, Deb and CWOC Advisory Chair Teri Heyer will attend the meeting.    

2.    Deb reported that 196 people attended the JKMF rededication on 5/19, and both this event and the Como High Field Day that preceded it went well.  Following the rededication, Chelsea Heights Elementary students planted tree seedlings in the Woodland with assistance from high school students.  A video of the rededication appears online on the government channel. 

3.    A burdock removal event will take place in the Woodland on Saturday, 6/25, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.   

For more information about the CWOC, check their website: www.comowoodland.org. 


Rain barrel workshop

Mike reported that 27 people participated in the workshop on 6/9.   


Tree recognition program

Sharon and Val reported that congratulatory letters have been sent to the four households with nominated trees, and they are waiting for responses.  Willing honorees will have a yard sign denoting their award posted in their yard for a month, and articles regarding the recognized trees will appear in The Bugle and on the District 10 website.   


Tree identification and tree trek

Chet reported that the tree tags are up and map is complete.  He will be conducting the tree tour on Saturday, 6/18 at 10:00 a.m. and is planning to visit fewer trees but spend more time at each one discussing its history and benefits.  Deb Robinson will revise the tree trek poster for Susan Jane to post in the Lakeside Pavilion information kiosk. 


District 10 garden tour (Saturday, July 16)

Mike reported that 10 to 15 people have signed up their gardens for the tour.  Suggestions for soliciting participation in future tours include: prepare a card to hang on prospective participants doors, promote the event through block clubs, and invite District 6 to co-sponsor the tour.  Final arrangements for this year’s event will be discussed at the July meeting, just preceding the tour.       


Como Lake turtle studies

  1. Susan Jane reported that counting of basking turtles continues on an almost daily basis.     
  2. Mike reported on the first two turtle trappings by Como Zoo staff; they will conduct one more trapping before the end of June.  Traps are set on Tuesdays and checked on Thursdays and Saturdays; turtles in the traps are identified by species, gender, length, and approximate weight in the case of snappers, marked and released.
  3. Susan Jane will check with Chris Lenhart about final reports from his UMN students. 


Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD)

Citizen Advisory Committee member Mike MacDonald reported that the CRWD conducted a tour of district projects.  One special note:  Gottfried’s Pit, located on Larpenteur Avenue east of Hamline should no longer flood.  Three CRWD Board Manager positions are opening up. 


Summer shoreline work sessions

A Como shoreline weeding event coordinated by Parks Environmental Services Division will replace the regular August Committee meeting.


Public garden maintenance

  1. Delores, Sharon and Val stressed the need for more volunteers to help maintain the District’s public gardens.  Sharon suggested sending out an e-blast to solicit recruits. 
  2. Val announced that she has scheduled a mulching session for the Como Pavilion Native Plant Garden for Sunday, 6/19, and requested that participants bring a shovel, bucket and small rake.



The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

[Meeting summary prepared by Susan Jane Cheney]


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