News from Como Park District 10

The District 10 Como Community Council meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Historic Streetcar Station, 1224 N. Lexington Parkway. Here’s how to connect: 651- 644-3889, district10comopark.org or District 10 Community Council on Facebook.

 

Crime is up in Como (and down)

In the end, it all depends on how you look at it: Crime in Como through September 2017 is up slightly from a year ago. But overall crime is down from where it was two years ago, comparing the first nine months from 2015.

In 2017, drug busts are up. Confirmed cases of gunshots are up. Commercial burglaries are up.

But statistics also show auto thefts are way down, “crimes against persons” are flat, “crimes against property” are down, and “quality of life” calls are down. Of course, where you live in the neighborhood also makes a difference.

That’s some of the analysis District 10 presented at a community crime meeting Oct. 10. More than 40 residents attended. You can get more charts and details of crime patterns on District 10’s website: www.district10comopark.org—click on “Crime is Up (or Down).” Plus, you can download highlights of crime prevention tips shared by Patty Lammers, crime-prevention coordinator for the Western District of the St. Paul Police Dept.

 

Welcome, new board members

Congratulations to Joseph Mueller and Dunette Combs, who were elected to fill vacancies on the Como Community Council board. Both of them represent Sub-District 4, which covers South Como and Energy Park. Mueller’s term expires in April 2018; Combs serves until April 2019.

 

… and committee members, too

The Como Community Council on Oct. 17 appointed 13 residents to a new Como Park “pathways work group.” They are Tim Post (chair), Teri Alberico, Tom Beach, Andrew Gustin, Jess Landgraf, Don Magnuson, Jenne Nelson, Suzanne Rhees, Cody Zwiefelhofer, plus ex-officio members Richard Herriges, Jenny Larson, Michael Kuchta and Dan Marckel.

In addition, the board appointed Dana Hagemann to represent District 10 on the city’s Como Dockside evaluation committee. Hagemann joins current D10 board member Maggie Zimmerman on the committee.

 

Want to help make Como Regional Park better?

It’s not too late to get involved. District 10 welcomes additional community members who want to join the Como Park “pathways work group,” which will make recommendations on how to make it easier to get around the park if you’re not in a vehicle.

The group will assess signs, paths, maps and more. District 10 is seeking members of different backgrounds who use the park in different ways: walkers, runners, cyclists, wheelchair users, behind strollers, etc. Members will grade the quality, usefulness and consistency of current wayfinding tools and then suggest ideas to eliminate confusion and improve routing within the park, including to destinations on both sides of Lexington Avenue and outside of the zoo and conservatory campus.

Get more information and fill out an online application on District 10’s at www.district10comopark.org. Click “Keep the Park on the Right Path.”

 

Upcoming District 10 meetings

  • Land Use Committee: Wednesday, Nov. 1
  • Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee: Tuesday, Nov. 7
  • Como Community Council Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Environment Committee: Wednesday, Nov. 29

All meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Historic Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington Parkway and Horton Avenue. Community members are always welcome to attend and participate. Whenever possible, agendas are posted in advance in the “Board News” section of District 10’s website.

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