MHCA Area Director's meeting minutes

March 2007 Area Director's Meeting minutes

Tom Jarvis Wednesday 21 of May, 2008
Midvale Heights Community Association
Board of Directors Meeting
March 27, 2007

Present: G. Poulson, J. Sweet, M. Hoffman, M. Silbernagel, D. Lamb (presiding), R. & R. Meihsner, C. Bunge, T. Jarvis, R. Rotter, J. Sherwood, G. Schuler, C. Robida, J. Gary, J. Lager, K. Reuter-Krohn

Also attending: Ann Erdahl, Carousel Bayrd, Mike Slavney, Charlie Quagliana, Rachel Martin, JoAnn Prange

1. Introductions: Those present introduced themselves.

2. Minutes: The minutes of the February 27, 2007 meeting were approved as distributed.

3. Treasurer’s report: R. Rotter distributed a report showing a cash balance of $10,601.06, along with other charts and information.

4. City report: Cindy Thomas was unable to attend the meeting, and there was no city report.

5. County report: C. Bayrd gave a brief report on issues before the Dane County Board.

6. Announcements: D. Lamb introduced Jonn Lager, who had agreed to serve as Director for Area 14. He was elected to the position with a round of applause from the Board. D. Lamb and other Board members remarked on the successful alder candidate forum that had been co-sponsored by the Association. D. Lamb shared information on the projected construction at Midvale Plaza. She also passed around an announcement of a conference on urban infill development, to be held April 16. J. Gary shared information and impressions from a conference that she had attended on maintaining neighborhood character. C. Robida announced that the date for the neighborhood picnic was June 21.

7. Neighborhood plan update: D. Lamb announced that she had submitted a letter of intent, on behalf of MHCA, to apply for a City grant to support the development of a neighborhood plan for Midvale Heights. Charlie Quagliana and Mike Slavney presented ideas concerning the development of a neighborhood plan. Members of the Board asked questions and contributed ideas. A motion was made, seconded, and passed that D. Lamb be authorized to appoint a steering committee to implement the preparation of a neighborhood plan for Midvale Heights. Another motion was made, seconded, and passed that the neighborhood plan steering committee be authorized to prepare a grant proposal for submission to the City, including a commitment of $5,000 of matching funds from the Association.

8. Tokay plantings: JoAnn Prange presented information on plans for maintaining the plantings on Tokay Blvd. She announced a meeting on April 14 to plan the annual clean-up day for the plantings, as well as the date of April 21 for the clean-up day. She pointed out the need for more volunteers for routine weeding and maintenance. Board members contributed ideas for obtaining such volunteers.

9. Midvale Community-School Garden: Rachel Martin thanked the Board for MHCA support of enhancements of the Midvale School grounds. She shared plans for further development of the Community-School Garden, including the need for funding and volunteers.

10. 2007-2009 membership drive: R. Rotter distributed a draft of the membership form. Board members made suggestions for change. R. Rotter indicated that he would create a final version and would have it printed. Soon thereafter, it would be assembled and mailed to residents of the neighborhood. During the discussion of this matter, C. Robida, J. Gary, C. Bunge, and G. Poulson indicated that the announcements for the neighborhood picnic and the neighborhood garage sale would be sent out together in May and that this mailing would include an appeal for contributions to the Sequoya Branch Library building fund.

11. Newsletter: D. Lamb introduced Ann Erdahl, who had been appointed editor of the Association newsletter. The deadline for the May issue was set as April 15. Various Board members indicated that they would submit articles.

12. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Charles Bunge