2022 commitment plan: it’s over

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By SHEVEK McKEE Executive Director district10@district10comopark.org

Como District 10 Community Council’s Harvest Festival event on September 10 in Tilden Park concludes D10’s ambitious 2022 Community Engagement Plan. While we still have several proven community opportunities coming through the rest of 2022 (Lake Como Cleanup, Holiday Decorating Contest, Thanksgiving Campaign), these new events have been spread around the neighborhood across our four sub- long-established districts to reach more community members who have never participated in our work before. We’ve had our share of last-minute scrambles and teachable moments, but we’ve also connected with new community members and created (and strengthened) partnerships with other organizations and businesses. These events literally wouldn’t have happened without the incredible work of our Community Organizer, Jessica Willman, who somehow accomplishes more in 10 hours a week than many in 40, and the volunteer leadership of our Neighborhood Relations Committee: Sarah Reuter, Morgan Weinert, Lizzy Cantley and Abby Gold. Many other members of the D10 community and council have contributed invaluably. We’re already looking ahead to 2023, where new events will become second annual traditions, and we hope to add extra depth as well as even more fun and games!

Drop-off citywide at the fairgrounds
The city partners with local district councils to hold annual citywide collection events for residents to properly dispose of large trash and uncollected recyclable materials through the Residential Recycling Program. D10 Como Park helps coordinate the event held annually at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds. This year, the event will take place on September 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. See the list of accepted items, rates and more at District10ComoPark.org/CitywideDropoff

Cleaning Lake Como – October 8
D10 Como Park is planning our next Lake Como cleanup for Saturday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. These events, in partnership with the Capitol Region Watershed District, focus on the shoreline and the lake itself. Our cleanup event on July 26 attracted 21 people who helped clean up over 50 pounds of litter from the lakefront!
District 10 provides waste pickers, rakes, buckets, nets, trash bags and nitrile gloves for those who need them. Or, feel free to provide your own equipment. Registration (before October 7) is not mandatory, but it helps us plan and communicate if changes occur.

Como golf course construction planned
Both the north and south car parks of the Como pavilion received major upgrades at the start of the summer. A canoe/kayak launch will be completed near the south lot later this year. It is now the turn of Como Golf Course, construction started the week of September 12th. The golf course will be closed for approximately 5 weeks. No, golfers, fairground style lawn parking is not permitted during construction.

Upcoming applications/renewals
Speedway (950 Lexington): Gas station and off-sale malt licenses are up for renewal December 1. .we.
Vistabule Teardrop has submitted an application for a Motor Vehicle Dealer – New Vehicle License for 1455 Energy Park Dr. Vistabule representatives plan to attend the September 20 D10 Land Use Committee meeting to introduce themselves and answer the questions.
Duke’s Car & Towing (before 977): Auto repair garage license due for renewal October 19. Anyone with feedback should email Como Community Council or contact the office of Ward 5 Council Member Brendmoen.
*Although license renewal dates serve as reminders to the community, comments on a commercial license may be submitted at any time

D10 Community Meeting Schedule
• Land Use Planning Committee – Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.
• Council D10 – Tuesday, September 20, 7:15 p.m.
• Environment Committee – Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m.
• Neighborhood Relations Committee – Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7:15 p.m.
• Land Use Planning Committee – Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m.
• Council D10 – Tuesday, October 18, 7:15 p.m.
As always, you can find meeting details on our website: District10ComoPark.org. All D10 Board and Committee meetings are open to the public and have space for community members to bring topics for discussion.

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