Minutes 7/2011

District 10 Environment Committee

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Attendees:   Mike MacDonald, Chet Mirocha, Becky Cline, Susan Jane Cheney


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


June 2011 meeting minutes were approved.


Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC)

  1. District 10 approved the joint resolution and draft letter from the Como Woodland Advisory Committee and the District 10 Environment and Public Safety Committees requesting security measures to help protect the Kilmer Fireplace from further vandalism and repair of the damage from 5/31.  District 10 Office sent the letter/resolution to Parks Director Mike Hahm and received an affirmative reply.  The damage has been repaired, but no extra security measures have been implemented other than extra police patrols.  The lockable protective grates for the fireboxes have been installed, and it appears that all work on the Fireplace is complete.
  2. Great River Montessori School has agreed to be the lead school for the School Forest status that CWOC is seeking as part of their LCCMR grant.  Crossroads Elementary School is also interested. 
  3. June 23rd, 30-plus volunteers participated in a burdock pull led by Parks & Rec interns on the east side of the Woodland site, and on July 7th, teacher Tim Chase and about a dozen middle school students removed burdock from the Woodland with Parks & Rec tools and support.      

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


District 10 garden tour (Saturday, July 16)

Mike reported that 14 gardens were featured on the tour and received approximately 50 visitors.  Improvements for next year’s tour are in the works.         


Tree recognition program

The four households with nominated trees responded favorably and, and signs denoting the awards are posted in their respective yards.  Look for Sharon Shinomiya’s articles regarding the recognized trees in The Bugle and on the District 10 website.  


Tree identification and tree trek

Chet reported that about 10 people participated in the tree trek on Saturday, 6/18.  Part of his presentation included compass and GPS readings on tree locations.  A tour map is included on the District 10 website.   


Como Lake turtle studies

  1. Susan Jane reported that counting of basking turtles will continue through August.  She will prepare a spread sheet of the data and plans to write up some general observations and conclusions.    
  2. Mike is planning to write up a report on the trapping results.
  3. Susan Jane contacted Chris Lenhart regarding final reports from his UMN students and is expecting to hear back from him soon. 


Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD)

Citizen Advisory Committee member Mike MacDonald reported that the District 10 Board sent a letter to Parks & Rec Director Mike Hahm (copied to City Councilmen Lee Helgen and Russ Stark and St. Paul Deputy Policy Director for the Environment Anne Hunt) reinforcing a project proposed by the CRWD to create a stormwater management plan for Como Park.    


August shoreline work session

A Como shoreline weeding event coordinated by Parks Environmental Services Division will replace the regular August Committee meeting on 8/17.  Volunteers will meet at the Lakeside Pavilion at 6:00 p.m. and do supervised weeding until 8:00.  Some tools and gloves will be available, but bring your own if you have them, as well as water and bug repellent.  Susan Jane will post a notice in the Lakeside Pavilion info kiosk. 


New  business

  1. Susan Jane suggested holding a lake cleanup in the fall.
  2. Mike announced that he will be going off the District 10 Board in October and therefore will no longer be eligible to chair the Committee.



The meeting adjourned at about 8:00 p.m.

[Meeting summary prepared by Susan Jane Cheney]

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