We are proud of the work of our committees – it is just one-way STAWNO brings neighbors together to solve problems and give a voice to local issues. Committees do not meet regularly, so sign up for e-blasts to receive meeting announcements. Committee meetings are always open so everyone who attends participates!
Crime, Safety and Livability
The Crime, Safety, and Livability Committee works to promote the safety of the residents, visitors and businesses of the St. Anthony West neighborhood. The Committee also helps on issues of pollution, noise, graffiti, traffic, and parking.
The Crime, Safety, and Livability Committee heads up our annual “Dickman Park Summer of Fun,” a six-week community festival held in June and July. Another undertaking of this Committee is the “Main Street Median,” a tree and perennial rain garden. STAWNO’s partners for the median project included Catholic Eldercare, Master Water Stewards, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board – Forestry, Minneapolis Public Works, and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
Local businesses and neighborhood volunteers have been coming together for more than fifteen years to welcome runners and walkers to the 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser. The event is held early in October on a route that starts at Boom Island Park, follows the Mississippi River, then crosses the Stone Arch Bridge to West River Road – a truly beautiful urban route.
Proceeds from the fundraiser help pay for local programs such as the community picnic at Dickman Park. In late summer, watch for volunteer announcements so you can join us in putting on this great event.
Land Use and Planning
On behalf of the Board, land use matters are reviewed by the Land Use and Planning Committee. Topics assigned to the Committee include variance requests, development proposals, and other land use concerns. Recommendations from the Committee are presented to the Board for final consideration.
Developers and property owners should email us to get a conversation started on any land use topic. STAWNO uses the developer’s checklist as a tool to help in reviewing projects.
Communication efforts for STAWNO are coordinated by the Outreach Committee. Originally, communications were exclusively printed materials – newsletters and postcards. Today, we rely on a mix of communications – printed materials, the website, and online services including e-blasts, emails, Twitter, and Facebook. The online services are important so communications are fast and convenient and make it easy for you to reach us. Follow the link to sign-up for e-blasts and start receiving current news and announcements.
Riverfront Parks Committee
STAWNO has earned a city-wide reputation for promoting the park system, especially as a leader in improving access to the Mississippi River. The Riverfront Parks Committee handles the parks agenda for both our neighborhood park, Dickman Park, and represents STAWNO on city and regional issues.
The Committee is currently helping STAWNO designate spending priorities for park dedication fees. These fees are paid by developers for each residential unit and commercial space that is developed – the idea is to improve the park infrastructure to meet the demands of growth. Boardmember Chirs Linde has championed STAWNO’s efforts to revitalize the park experience. Chris said that our “strategic vision is to have active parks that serve all generations and include diverse communities.”