September 2010

St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association

Community and Board Meetings

Monday, September 27, 2010

Webster School Room 116

6:30 p.m.

Meeting Minutes

Present: Susan Burns, Sylvia Radford, Larry Ranollo, Taras Karkoc, Andrea Stelljes, Clareyse Nelson, Sean O’Neil, Jana Huffman, Blaine Muyres, Lisa Brock, Diane Loeffler

President Susan Burns called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m.

Community Meeting Reports

1.      Neighborhood Policing Plan Update

  • Regarding the policing plan for the next year, Susan Burns proposed, with the recommendation of Nick Juarez and Lt. Waite, an increase in housing inspections on Madison St and communication with landlords. Adams St will continue to be an area of focus. Furthermore, it was proposed that bloc club leaders be recruited by emphasizing low time commitment.
  • Blaine Muyres informed those at the meeting of a series of break-in robberies in the neighborhood. Blaine also suggested that community walks should be considered as an effective method of increasing interaction and dialogue in the neighborhood.
  • Finally, Jana Huffman informed the group of a possible marijuana grow-operation taking place in the basement of a house in the neighborhood.

2.      Promotional Materials

  • Jana Huffman proposed that promotional material (brochures, logos, neighborhood pictures, etc) be distributed at local events, such as the Farmer’s Market.

3.      Safety Lighting

  • Sean O’Neil discussed the possibility of adding safety lights in the neighborhood, using a combination of NRP funds and group fundraising. This issue will be discussed further at the next board meeting when more information has been obtained.

4.      Legislative Updates

  • Diane Loeffler presented information on a property tax refund that only 2/3 of eligible property owners have currently applied for. She proposed that we inform residents of the tax refund and tell them to call 311 for further information.
  • Major construction and repair will be done on the St. Anthony Parkway Bridge.
  • Rep. Loeffler suggested that SAENA and neighborhood residents bring attention to the status of Webster school building. The building is currently used for an early childhood learning program, and this program would likely be relocated to another neighborhood if the building were demolished.

Board Meeting

1.      Minutes for August 23, 2010 meeting

  • Sylvia Radford made a motion to accept the August 23 minutes. Larry Ranollo seconded and the motion carried unanimously without discussion.

2.      Treasurer’s Report

  • Taras Karkoc presented current financial report. Larry motioned to accept the report. Clareyse seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Discussion occurred about the $350 donation to the Farmer’s Market.

3.      Fall Festival (proceed or cancel)

  • Clareyse moved to table the fall festival until next year. Larry seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

4.      Dog Park (preliminary design approval)

  • Larry made a motion to accept Proposal 3 in the dog park document. Andrea seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Discussion took place concerning how and where the fencing would be stored in the winter.

5.      Other Business

  • Blaine Muyres announced that west of the University of Minnesota there has been a string of robberies, committed by college-aged kids on bikes against pedestrians. The robberies do not seem to correlate with University of MN football games or weekend parties. Further, SAENA and neighborhood residents should request additional police officers, as the neighborhood has seen a decrease in patrol officers due to higher crime in other areas. It is suggested that residents call 911 to report any suspicious or criminal activity.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:02 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Sean O’Neil, Office Manager

St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association

Community and Board Meetings

Monday, September 27, 2010

Webster School Room 116

6:30 p.m.

Meeting Minutes

Present: Susan Burns, Sylvia Radford, Larry Ranollo, Taras Karkoc, Andrea Stelljes, Clareyse Nelson, Sean O’Neil, Jana Huffman, Blaine Muyres, Lisa Brock, Diane Loeffler

President Susan Burns called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m.

Community Meeting Reports

1.      Neighborhood Policing Plan Update

  • Regarding the policing plan for the next year, Susan Burns proposed, with the recommendation of Nick Juarez and Lt. Waite, an increase in housing inspections on Madison St and communication with landlords. Adams St will continue to be an area of focus. Furthermore, it was proposed that bloc club leaders be recruited by emphasizing low time commitment.
  • Blaine Muyres informed those at the meeting of a series of break-in robberies in the neighborhood. Blaine also suggested that community walks should be considered as an effective method of increasing interaction and dialogue in the neighborhood.
  • Finally, Jana Huffman informed the group of a possible marijuana grow-operation taking place in the basement of a house in the neighborhood.

2.      Promotional Materials

  • Jana Huffman proposed that promotional material (brochures, logos, neighborhood pictures, etc) be distributed at local events, such as the Farmer’s Market.

3.      Safety Lighting

  • Sean O’Neil discussed the possibility of adding safety lights in the neighborhood, using a combination of NRP funds and group fundraising. This issue will be discussed further at the next board meeting when more information has been obtained.

4.      Legislative Updates

  • Diane Loeffler presented information on a property tax refund that only 2/3 of eligible property owners have currently applied for. She proposed that we inform residents of the tax refund and tell them to call 311 for further information.
  • Major construction and repair will be done on the St. Anthony Parkway Bridge.
  • Rep. Loeffler suggested that SAENA and neighborhood residents bring attention to the status of Webster school building. The building is currently used for an early childhood learning program, and this program would likely be relocated to another neighborhood if the building were demolished.

Board Meeting

1.      Minutes for August 23, 2010 meeting

  • Sylvia Radford made a motion to accept the August 23 minutes. Larry Ranollo seconded and the motion carried unanimously without discussion.

2.      Treasurer’s Report

  • Taras Karkoc presented current financial report. Larry motioned to accept the report. Clareyse seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Discussion occurred about the $350 donation to the Farmer’s Market.

3.      Fall Festival (proceed or cancel)

  • Clareyse moved to table the fall festival until next year. Larry seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

4.      Dog Park (preliminary design approval)

  • Larry made a motion to accept Proposal 3 in the dog park document. Andrea seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Discussion took place concerning how and where the fencing would be stored in the winter.

5.      Other Business

  • Blaine Muyres announced that west of the University of Minnesota there has been a string of robberies, committed by college-aged kids on bikes against pedestrians. The robberies do not seem to correlate with University of MN football games or weekend parties. Further, SAENA and neighborhood residents should request additional police officers, as the neighborhood has seen a decrease in patrol officers due to higher crime in other areas. It is suggested that residents call 911 to report any suspicious or criminal activity.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:02 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Sean O’Neil, Office Manager

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