Keep the rubber side down!
Remy Amel (L) and Elias Rojas Collins repair brakes in Great River School's in-house bike repair shop. The shop opens every spring, giving pupils at the school on Energy Park Drive some hands-on experience in bike repair. Photo: Amy Anderson
Here's Your Chance to Serve Our Neighborhood
If you've been looking for a way to serve the community you love, why not run for a seat on the Como Community Council Board?   

Candidates interested in running for one of 10 positions on the board must submit their name, address, and a brief biography by this Tuesday, April 11. Nominations submitted after that will be treated as write-in candidacies.   Submit your name by email  

Ten positions on the board will be up for election at District 10's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 18. A "job description" is available on our website.  
Full two-year terms are available for these positions:
  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • One representative from each of the four geographic sub-districts (and we know the incumbent in Sub-District 1 is not seeking re-election)
  • Three At-Large representatives (and we know one incumbent is not seeking re-election)
Board members elected to these positions will serve from April 25, 2017, until April 23, 2019. (Also open is a vacancy for an At-Large seat that expires in April 2018.)
Any resident of District 10 who is age 18 or older is eligible to run. So are authorized representatives from a business or nonprofit organization located in District 10.
District 10 Annual Meeting April 18
Community members who attend District 10's April 18 Annual Meeting also will be able to vote on an amendment to District 10's Articles of Incorporation.  The technical amendment, which was approved by the District 10 board in March, legally incorporates Sub-District 4 into the boundaries of the district. Click here to download a PDF that explains the amendment.  

The Annual Meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton.
Take the Como and Snelling Survey
Do you shop at the businesses near Como and Snelling? Why? Why not? The District 10 Como Community Council is surveying community members about this business district in our neighborhood -- and we need your opinions. We'll use your answers to guide us in working with present and potential businesses to improve the area. 
Plan Your Garage Sale Now
District 10's annual Como Neighborhood Garage Sale is Saturday May 20. If you're planning a sale this year, register now. The sign-up fee is only $15. If you'd rather shop, stay tuned, we'll have a list of all the garage hotspots coming soon. 

Weigh In on These D10 Land Use Issues 
During its meeting this Wednesday, April 12, the District 10 Land Use  committee will discuss the r esults of the Lexin gton Parkway survey , in which residents expressed o verwhelming support for a range of changes to address traffic, bicycle, and pedestrian safety. The  survey discussion will take place from 7-8 p.m. 

From 8:15-9 p.m., the committee takes up concerns over parking and noise at the Twin Cities  German Immersio n School. The meeting takes place at the Streetcar Station, at the corner of Lexington and Horton. 
Here Come the Street Sweepers 
The mild weather is allowing Saint Paul Public Works crews to get an early start to spring residential street sweeping. The initial plans show sweeping starts in District 10 this Wednesday and Thursday, April 12-13.  Use this interactive map  to determine when your street is scheduled.  Crews will post temporary "no parking" signs at least 24 hours before sweeping. On days your street is swept, parking is banned from  8 a.m.-6 p.m.  Vehicles parked in the "no parking" zone could be ticketed.
Recycle Plastic Bags the Right Way
If you have plastic bags at home and want to recycle them, great! But make sure you don't put them in your recycling cart. Why? Because those bags tangle up and shut down the sorting machines at recycling facilities. 
Instead, take those bags to a retail drop-off site. Find a location near you.
Stay Heart Healthy
Knowing your blood pressure can keep you healthy.
The Como Park Falcon Heights Living at Home Block Nurse Program can help with its No Cost Blood Pressure Clinic. Get your numbers checked this Thursday, April 13, from 11:15-11:45 a.m. at Como Park Lutheran Church, 1376 W. Hoyt.
Get This on Your Calendar
  • This Saturday, April 8: Twin Cities German Immersion School Rummage Sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 1031 Como Ave.
  • This Monday, April 10: St. Paul Board of Zoning Appeals public hearing on parking variance for Falls Event Center in Bandana Square, 3 p.m. City Hall Room 330, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
  • Next Friday, April 14: Deadline to apply for membership on the Community Advisory Group studying the future of the Rice Street/Larpenteur Avenue gateway. This is a joint effort between Saint Paul, Roseville, and Maplewood, Roseville, and Saint Paul.
  • Wednesday, April 19: Public hearing for noise variance for sewer work planned on Wheelock Parkway between Avon and Victoria, 5:30 p.m. Third floor City Council Chambers, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
  • Saturday April 22: Saint Paul Citywide Spring Cleanup, 9-11:30 a.m. Como Dockside and seven other locations around the city. Join forces with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to spruce up the city.
  • Saturday April 29: Spring planting in the triangle gardens at Churchill, Van Slyke, and Horton. 9 a.m.
  • Friday May 19: Deadline to give your opinion on different varieties of LED streetlights being tested in Saint Paul. Maps and information are available online. 
Prevent a Burglary at your Business
A large part of preventing burglaries at your business is physical security. Making unauthorized entry difficult, time-consuming, noisy and visible keeps the chances of a successful burglary to a minimum. Some practical tips:
  • Think like a criminal. Look for any potential means of entry or opportunity for crime. Do this physically and with building blueprints if available.
  • Maintain good visibility through your windows during and after business hours. This allows clear sight lines so officers and passersby can see inside to see if anything unusual is going on. Specific things to avoid: landscaping, boxes, trash, bins, vehicles, or equipment that block sight lines.
  • Check building security at the end of every day. Make sure every door, window, and entrance is secured before you leave. Also search the entire inside of your business so you do not lock an aspiring burglar inside. 
This Weekend at the Fairgrounds
  • Dog Olympics: This Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., AgStar Arena. Demonstrations, competitions, and a meet and greet with adoptable dogs. Tickets: $10. Sponsored by University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. 
  • 61st Annual Rod & Customs Spectacular: This Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; this Sunday, April 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Warner Coliseum. Admission: $12 for those 16 and older; $5 for children age 7-15; free for children 6 or younger. Sponsored by Gopher State Timing Association.
Spread the Word
District 10 is one of Saint Paul's 17 citizen participation districts. The District 10 Como Community Council is a nonprofit organization, governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by members of the community. The Council's mission is to inform, educate, and connect the neighborhood to increase community pride and confidence. 

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