St. Anthony Park community council news

District 12

New SAPCC Board

The St. Anthony Park Community Council held board elections throughout November with community members voting on three candidates from north St. Anthony Park and three from south St. Anthony Park.

The new board members will be announced at the District 12 Board meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, and the full board roster will be posted at sapcc.org/board-members.

If you are interested in serving on the board, some appointed business or senior seats are still available. To fill out an application, go to sapcc.org/board-members/candidates.

Rain garden maintenance

With a grant from the Capitol Region Watershed District, the Environment Committee has undertaken the first of a three-year maintenance project of two rain gardens that were installed near Raymond Avenue in south St. Anthony Park in 2014.

Over four days in late September and early October, 17 neighborhood volunteers pruned back shrub roses, removed thistle and stinging nettle, cut out dead dogwood and picked up trash.

Local landscape designer Matthew Wildenauer, owner of Wilde North and founder of The Wildflower Project, removed two truckloads of brush and planted 36 new native plants.

Next spring and summer, look for signs of Riddell’s goldenrod, swamp milkweed and blue vervain among the blue flag iris, sweet flag and sneezeweed in the basin of the rain garden at Raymond Avenue and Bayless Place (near Hampden Co-op and Minnepau Veterinary Clinic).

Unfortunately, two years of severe drought have damaged the rain garden at the intersection of Raymond Avenue, Ellis Avenue and Bradford Street. Most of the plantings have been pulled or cut back. Plans for a new approach to that space are under discussion.

For ongoing updates and meeting changes, follow along on Facebook @St.AnthonyParkCommunityCouncil.

Want to get involved in the upkeep of these public spaces? Join the Environment Committee, email jessica@sapcc.org.

Seal Hi-Rise community meal

The District 12 Equity Committee began hosting a winter community meal at the Seal Hi-Rise, 825 Seal St, before the pandemic began.

In 2019, the committee members asked local restaurants to donate food for a large get together and they were excited by the response of local community businesses. Hi-Rise residents enjoyed food, games and conversation with their neighbors along with conversations with council members to talk about what they’d like to see change in their community.

Like many other things, these gatherings were thwarted by the Covd-19 pandemic. After a year off in 2020, the Equity Committee planned a box meal distribution in 2021 where more than 60 Seal residents received food from Afro Deli, some opting to eat in the community room with their neighbors while others chatted through masks for a while and took their meal to their homes.

This year, the Equity Committee is planning to continue the tradition and is inviting you to join in the planning. We will be again ordering boxed meals for those who sign up for a meal and need volunteers to help pick up the boxed meals, set up the community area for those who feel comfortable eating in the room and help serve the meals to our Seal neighbors.

With enough help, we would be able to not only serve meals, but also provide activities to receive feedback from residents about how we can better engage, advocate and care for this community. If you’re interested in helping contact jessica@sapcc.org.

Clearing winter sidewalks

The Transportation Committee is asking homeowners and businesses to be responsible for sidewalks after snowfalls, to clear them of snow as soon as possible, including adjacent bus stops and corner curb cuts.

Blocked sidewalks and curbs can make it hard for many of our community members to safely navigate in our community.

If you’d like to formalize your commitment, sign up for Adopt a Stop (metrotransit.org/adopt-a-stop) and commit to clearing out your local bus stop. Participants receive 10 free bus rides monthly for their civic assistance.

Join the Land Use Committee

Not quite sure what land use is all about?

In October, the Land Use Committee met with D/O Architects about plans for new offices on University Avenue and their work with Film North.

Committee members also met with the environmental coordinator for Metro Metals Recycling on Doswell Avenue about their plans for a new onsite storm water filtration pond.

 If you are interested in serving on the Land Use Committee, contact Jessica at jessica@sapcc.org.

Upcoming District 12 meetings

St. Anthony Park Community Council committees discuss a variety of issues at their monthly meetings. Visit the council’s website at sapcc.org to learn more or email Kathryn at kathryn@sapcc.org.

•  Land Use Committee: 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1 & 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5

•  District 12 Board: 7 p.m.,Thursday, Dec. 8

•  Environment Committee: 7 p.m.,Wednesday, Dec. 28

•  Equity Committee: 5:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19

•  Transportation Committee: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 27

Submitted by Jessica Willman, District 12 community organizer.

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