MHCA Area Director's meeting minutes

November 2005 Area Director's Meeting minutes

Tom Jarvis Wednesday 21 of May, 2008
Annual Meeting
November 22, 2005

The Annual Meeting was held in conjunction with a regular Board of Directors meeting on November 22, 2005. Some 15 members were in attendance. The usual social hour and program were not held this year..

Business Meeting (S. Sussman, presiding):

Election of Area Directors: S. Sussman presented the slate of nominees for the Area Directors from the odd-numbered areas of the Association, consisting of the incumbents. Motion was made that nominations be closed. Motion seconded and passed. Moved and seconded that the nominees be elected. Passed with no negative votes.

There being no other business, the meeting adjourned.

Midvale Heights Community Association
Board of Directors Meeting
November 22, 2005

Present: S. Sussman (presiding), G. Poulson, J. Sweet, M. Hoffman, D. Lamb, T. Jarvis, R. Rotter, J. Sherwood, C. Henige, J. Gary, K. Reuter Krohn, G. Merriman

Also attending: Bart Lawrence, Barbara Meyer, Robert Meyer, Cindy Thomas.

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

2. Minutes: The minutes of the October 25, 2005 meeting were approved.

3. Treasurer’s report: R. Rotter distributed a report, showing an ending cash balance of $17,365.80, including details for various areas of activity. The Board discussed various aspects of the report, including the fact that there was a record amount of advertising and advertising income in the last issue of the newsletter. Some mention was made of placing a limit on the amount of advertising per issue.

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

5. City report: C. Thomas made a brief report regarding City issues.

6. Bulk mailing of the newsletter: The Board held extensive discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of mailing the newsletter to all residents, using the Association’s bulk mailing permit, versus maintaining the current system. There was agreement by consensus that no change should be made at the present time.

7. Sign replacement cost: S. Sussman reported that he had received $2,200 from the City, as total-cost reimbursement for replacing the damaged neighborhood sign.

8. Library expansion: Jean Sweet presented information from the Friends of Sequoya Branch Library regarding projected space needs for the branch library. The current space is a little over 11,000 square feet, and figures from professional sources indicate that 24,000 will be needed for current and future programming. The agreement reached by the City and the developer includes some 19,300 square feet for the branch, raising concerns among library supporters. The agreement also calls for the City to pay 6.5 million dollars for a “shell” for the branch, with some $900,000 coming from fund raising to finish and furnish the branch.

9. Odana Pond project: The Board was informed that Wisconsin DNR has made the decision to grant a permit for MG&E to build and operate a groundwater recharge facility that would draw water from Odana Pond. C. Thomas reported that the City plan commission, as one of its conditions for approval of the project, required an oversight advisory committee, with representation from the neighborhood. She felt that five neighborhood representatives would be a good number. Board members suggested various names. C. Thomas will review suggestions and take steps to have members appointed. Various other possible actions were discussed, including appealing the DNR decision or court action to block the project. The Board agreed that those most interested should monitor the situation closely and should contact the Board by email if there is a need for MHCA action.

10. Other business: S. Sussman reminded the Board of the opportunity on December 13 to give information to Channel 27 news staff regarding neighborhood concerns. The Board discussed holding a candidate forum for the County Board election. D. Lamb volunteered to organize such a forum, to be held sometime in March. MHCA has been invited to have an information table at the City’s 150th-year celebration in April of 2006. There was consensus that this should be done. D. Lamb gave a brief update on Midvale Plaza development plans.

11. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned 8:55 p.m.

Charles Bunge, Secretary (from notes provided by G. Poulson)