MHCA Area Director's meeting minutes

April 2013 Area Directors' Meeting Minutes

Tom Jarvis Tuesday 28 of May, 2013
Midvale Heights Community Association
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday April 23 2013

Present: G. Poulson, J.Thoreson, P. Haskew, C. Bunge, T. Jarvis, R. Rotter, F. Stautz, E. Rogers, J. Chipault, J. Lager, K. Reuter-Krohn
Also Present: Jean Sweet, Jeff Sweet, Janice Gary, Nan Lager, Cathy Rotter, Jim Baumann, Si Widstrand, Rosie Meinholz, Alder Maurice Cheeks, Prof. James Steiner, Misc. unidentified neighbors and UW students.
  1. Call to order at 6:45 pm.

  2. Presentation made by Professor Steiner and 4 UW students regarding the Tokay medians and the existing plantings. The current state of the medians described: empty areas, unremarkable entrances, distressed vegetation and underutilized planting opportunities. Students presented possible improvements that would include lower maintenance plantings that would be multi-seasonal and urban tolerant. All 10 blocks were reviewed. The class has consulted with the City of Madison. The potential cost would be @ $100,000. There are possible grants from the City and the DNR.

  3. Presentation made by Jim Baumann and Si Widstrand regarding a Odana Hills Park volunteer restoration and management project. The purpose of the project thin out wooded areas of invasive species and less desirable trees. The work would be done by volunteers and would be done over a long period of time. Over time the work would improve the tree canopy, clean up storm damage and promote the oak trees present. They are interested in neighborhood involvement. Motion was made to send a letter of support to the Parks Department.

  4. Jeff and Jean Sweet would like to plant a tree in honor of the late Charlie Sweet. The location would be at the Bison Prairie where Charlie volunteered during its creation. The tree would be paid for by Charlie’s nephew and niece. They would like to also place a marker at the tree site.

  5. Janice Gary reported on the Bison Prairie. The interpreter sign has some cracks that should be repaired. The company that installed the sign would repair the sign for $250. The burn should occur soon but the wet weather has hampered that effort. We may have to settle for a partial burn. The blue grass has been invasive and we may need to resort to a pesticide to control.

  6. R. Rotter gave treasurer’s report and answered questions.

  7. Minutes were approved from the March meeting.

  8. Discussion about our damaged neighborhood signs. The Mineral Point signs may have been by tree trimmers that were working in the area. Rotter indicated he would fetch the pieces of the sign. Alder Cheeks would look into various aspects of the sign damage and replacement. Poulson mentioned the opportunity to reexamine where we place our signs in the neighborhood.

  9. Brief discussion about the membership newsletter and Haskew had information regarding promoting the 10% discount program.

  10. Meeting adjourned

Minutes by Gary Poulson, Secretary