MHCA Area Director's meeting minutes

April 2005 MHCA Area Director's meeting minutes

Tom Jarvis Saturday 26 of April, 2008
Midvale Heights Community Association
Board of Directors Meeting
April 26, 2005


Present: S. Sussman (presiding), G. Poulson, J. Sweet, M. Hoffman, M. Silbernagel, P. Baker, R. Meihsner, R. Meihsner, C. Bunge, T. Jarvis, R. Rotter, D. Nason, J. Gary, C. Henige, C. Brown, G. Merriman

Also attending: Denise Lamb, Rachel Martin, Nancy Gutknecht, Craig Robida, Kate Anderson, Cindy Thomas

1. Introductions: Those present at the meeting introduced themselves.

2. Minutes: The minutes of the March 22, 2005 meeting were approved with the addition of Mary Silbernagel to those attending.

3.Treasurer’s report: R. Rotter distributed a report, showing an ending cash balance of $9,602.09, including details for various areas of activity. There was a brief discussion of the report.

4. County report: R. Fyrst was unable to attend the meeting, and there was no county report.

5. City report: C. Thomas expressed concern regarding her role with the Association and its monthly Board meetings, saying that she had not felt entirely comfortable at past meetings. Several board members expressed appreciation for her work on behalf of the residents of the neighborhood and urged her to continue her past role of attending meetings, sharing information, and taking the Board’s ideas and opinions into account in representing the residents of the neighborhood.

6. Vandalism issue: S. Sussman stated that he had been called by a neighborhood resident regarding vandalism at his home. S. Sussman asked if other Board members had experienced or heard of vandalism in the neighborhood. None had. Cindy Thomas said that she had not heard of any pattern or trend of vandalism in the neighborhood.

7. Midvale Elementary School Building Bridges project: Rachel Marten and Nancy Gutknecht presented information on the beautification and enhancement project for the Midvale Elementary School grounds. A grant has been received for the Cobb Wall part of the project, and it will go forward. However, more money is needed to make this part of the project successful. It was moved, seconded, and passed that the Association contribute $500 to this part of the project. R. Martin stated that project advocates wished to apply for a city community enhancement grant, to be used to develop a community garden on the school grounds. Since such a grant application must come from a neighborhood association, they hoped that MHCA would sign off on such an application. Board members wondered if the Westmorland neighborhood association might not be the more appropriate association to make such an application, given the fact that the school ground is in that association’s area. After some discussion regarding whether or not the Board wished to take on the responsibility for the project implied by making application for and receiving such a grant, the following motion was made, seconded, and passed: MHCA will be the grant applicant and recipient if it is not possible or feasible for the Westmorland neighborhood association to play this role.

8. Senior center update: S. Sussman stated that he had been informed that the Westside Coalition for the Aging had asked the city Parks Commission to approve building a new westside senior center at Odana School Park. Action by the commission had been delayed in order to have input from neighborhood residents. S. Sussman asked if Board members wished to provide such input. Various points of view were expressed, which S. Sussman and Cindy Thomas could take back to the commission and other city officials.

9. Formal questions and candidate answers for alder and supervisor elections: S. Sussman reminded the Board that it had discussed the need for better advance planning for gaining information from alder and supervisor candidates at election time. Further discussion brought out the need for a calendar of necessary actions by the Board, leading up to such elections, as well as the need to develop questions and guidelines for answering them. G. Merriman pointed out the usefulness of the Association’s web site for distributing such candidate information to neighborhood residents and others. S. Sussman stated that he would appoint a committee to develop an action plan for alder and supervisor elections. D. Nason volunteered to serve on the committee.

10. Delinquent newsletter advertisers: R. Rotter announced that most of those advertisers who hadn’t paid their bills, as mentioned in the March Board meeting, had paid their bills since that time. He and Kate Anderson agreed to see if it would be feasible to have advertisements paid for before they ran in the newsletter.

11. Election: Craig Robida was nominated to serve as Co-Director for Area 11. The nomination was seconded and passed with no negative votes. Denise Lamb was nominated to serve as Co-Director for area 5. The nomination was seconded and passed with no negative votes.

Miscellaneous matters: S. Sussman announced that Chad Joswiak will be moving out of the neighborhood and will no longer coordinate the Santa visits program. He urged Board members to think of people who might do this. A request for volunteers for this position, along with that of neighborhood garage sale coordinator will be run in the newsletter. R. Rotter indicated that the membership drive would get underway soon. Board members made suggestions for changes in the membership application form. In the discussion of this matter, the Board agreed to leave the cost of membership dues the same as for the past membership period. The history book will not be given free to members joining in 2005-2007. J. Sweet announced that replacement plants for the Tokay Blvd. median had been ordered, that the city would share the cost, and that a day for planting them had been scheduled.

12. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned 8:00 p.m.

Charles Bunge, Secretary