On Saturday, March 25, about 50 people came together at Boys Totem Town to meet each other and discuss their visions for the future of their neighborhood. We will have a complete summary of the results of that work on the Boys Totem Town project page in about a week and a half. The information has to be transcribed and summarized.
The District 1 Community Council held its Annual Meeting and Board Election on Monday, March 27 in an Open House at our office. We had a very strong slate of candidates running in a very competitive election.
We are happy to announce that our new board members are Patty McDonald (Highwood), Tony Parrish (Conway), Pang Moua (Eastview) and Amin Omar (Highwood). Our returning members are Timothy Turner (Battle Creek), Phil Fuehrer (Highwood) and Stella Alcantara (Battle Creek).
These people join President Paul Sawyer (Highwood), Vice President Tom Mohr (Highwood), and Directors JoAnn Clark (Battle Creek), Bonnie Watkins (Highwood), Matthew Barrett (Highwood), Zander Danielson Sellie (Highwood), Myra Smiley (Battle Creek), and John Slade (Eastview). We will hold our election for Board Officers (Secretary and Treasurer) at our April Board Orientation and Retreat.
We also hope to keep the other candidates fully engaged in our work going forward.
East Side Elders is the organization that is a merger of the block nurse programs in District 1, Daytons Bluff and Payne Phalen.
Description: With the help of volunteers, East Side Elders provides free rides for seniors to medical appointments, grocery stores, hair appointments, and other errands. As our program expands to serve more and more seniors, we need to add to our team of volunteer drivers. Mileage and parking fees can be reimbursed! This volunteer position is also a great opportunity to make a friendly connection with seniors who may feel isolated from the community.
About Us: East Side Elders helps our seniors live full and rewarding lives — in the home and community they want — for as long as possible and as healthy and well as possible. Our teams of volunteers, students and community members provide a wide range of services and activities that give the necessary support and resources to our elderly neighbors wherever they call home.
Hours: Flexible. Our greatest need is for volunteers who can provide rides weekdays in the mornings and afternoons.
· Must pass a background check
463 Maria Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Applications can be filled out online:
It may be the first day of spring, but check this out...
The Ramsey County yard waste sites are closed on Monday, March 20 though Friday, March 24. The sites will be open this weekend as follows:
Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology continues to change and improve with time and Saint Paul Public Works is adapting with these changes. The department is testing different LED street lights and wants community input. Residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback on different characteristics of lights through a survey beginning on Monday, March 20th 2017 and continuing through Friday, May 19th 2017.
Visit www.stpaul.gov/LED for more information on how residents can participate in the survey.
Lighting Study Details:
The Public Works Department is testing different LED street lights in 3 neighborhoods:
About Saint Paul’s Street Lights:
The City of Saint Paul has over 37,000 lights that help illuminate public areas throughout the city. Public Works began installing LED lights in 2010 as a part of the Sustainable Saint Paul initiative and continues to install them throughout the city at a rate of about 1,500 to 2,000 bulbs per year. The city is moving to this technology because of the economic and environmental benefits of LED lighting.
Benefits of LED Lighting:
Just a heads up that there are two important meetings coming up... First, there is a Community visioning workshop for Boys Totem Town scheduled for Saturday, March 25 from 12:30p - 2:30p at Boys Totem Town. This meeting is especially important for those living in the vicinity of the Boys Totem Town site - this meeting will NOT be addressing juvenile justice issues, but is focused on community building among neighbors around the site.
The second meeting is the District 1 Annual Meeting, which will be Monday, March 27 from 5-8p at our office in SunRay Shopping Center. This meeting will focus on our equity work and is an opportunity to meet our board members (your neighbors!) and vote for new board members.
We hope to see you soon!
Eastbound I-94 between Mounds Blvd in St. Paul and Hwy 120/Century Ave. in Maplewood will be reduced to two lanes of traffic from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thu, March 9. Then, eastbound I-94 in this same area will be reduced to one lane of traffic from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. that same evening. These closures are needed for survey work in advance of this year’s construction project. Thank you in advance for your patience.
Closure durations and time frames are all approximate and weather dependent.
Call to Order: 6:30 pm by Council President Paul Sawyer.
Presentation: Smart Trips – Transportation report from Tom Thao from Smart Trips. Smart Trips staff has been doing outreach in D1 about barriers to transportation. One issue raised was lack of knowledge and subsequent stigma about transit use. General sense of lack of access and resources to alternative transportation. Connections between transportation and other community issues were outlined – with those other issues as the more fundamental – access to food, jobs, health care, housing, e.g. Q&A on the report from the board.
Board Training Opportunities - Malik Holt-Shabazz from UM Center for urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) discusses a new “Board Representation Training” that they have developed. The next session is Saturday, March 18 from 10am to Noon. Also, April 24 to 28 a neighborhoods training (more comprehensive) is occurring. The trainings are free and they are looking for referrals of people of color to participate. Q&A about the program.
Cycles for Change – Monica Bryand presents on “Slow Roll”. It is a program to get those who do not see themselves as bikers to get out and give it a try. They are concentrating on St. Paul this year including the Conway neighborhood. They are looking to come each month with events to encourage biking (explore assets, restaurants, etc and build community). Anyone can participate. There might be a few bikes available and are looking at having vouchers to give bikes to those who need/want them. Q&A about the program.
Better Bus Stops Program – Caitlin Schwartz talks about the Better Bus Stops Program. A grant was received to create 150 new shelters and provide upgrades to another 75 including heating, lighting, etc. There was also a community outreach and education component to it. They are on the final month of the program and are bringing together their findings. The District 1 area has 7 improvements from the grant. This process also fed into additional processes such as the bus shelter siting guidelines. All bus stops are also getting new signage with route maps, times, bus numbers, etc. Q&A on the report and grant.
P. Sawyer moves the meeting into a business session. He announces that the Annual Meeting is next month on March 27 from 5pm to 8pm. About half of the board has their term ending. A sign up sheet is passed around for people to sign up and help that evening.
The second community workshop for Boys Totem Town will be held at BTT on March 25 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm.
Financial Reports – B. Leach notes that the financial paperwork ending December requires review/approval. Motion by B. Watkins to approve the Treasurer’s report. Seconded. Discussion. Date correction to Fiscal Year Dates on the Treasurer’s Report without objection. Motion carries on voice vote.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15pm.
Betsy Leach is the Executive Director of the District 1 Community Council. Volunteers and other community members may also contribute posts on occasion.