MHCA Area Director's meeting minutes

June 2007 Area Director's Meeting minutes

Tom Jarvis Sunday 25 of May, 2008
Midvale Heights Community Association
Board of Directors Meeting
June, 26, 2007


Present: J. Sweet, M. Hoffman, M. Silbernagel, D. Lamb (presiding), R. and R. Meihsner, C. Bunge, T. Jarvis, R. Rotter, C. Robida, J. Gary, A. Edahl

Also attending: Lynne Yudice

1. Introductions: Those present introduced themselves.

2. Minutes: The minutes of the May 22, 2007 meeting were approved as distributed.

3. Treasurer's report: R. Rotter distributed a report showing a cash balance of $29,746.47, along with other charts and information. This amount included dues and contributions from some 30 additional memberships.
4. City report: Thuy Pham-Remmele was unable to attend the meeting, and there was no city report.

5. County report: C. Bayrd was unable to attend the meeting, and there was no county report.

6. Community garage sale: J. Gary indicated that 17 garage sale forms had already been returned.

7. Neighborhood picnic: C. Robida reported that, in spite of being rained on, the picnic provided good fellowship for a number of neighbors. Attendance was down from last year, due in part to the iffy weather. He thanked members of the Board who helped set up, and members of the Board thanked him for his efforts. There was some discussion about moving the site of the picnic to a park with a shelter.

8. Neighborhood plan update: D. Lamb indicated that the Association had received a grant of $20,000 from the City to develop a neighborhood plan, with the stipulation that MHCA cooperate with the Westmorland Neighborhood Association in the planning effort. The Westmorland association has agreed to do this. She indicated that MHCA would need to raise additional funds for the effort to be successful. The MHCA Neighborhood Plan Committee had met the night before the Board meeting. Board members asked questions and made comments regarding the planning process. There was agreement that the Association’s annual meeting in the fall should be a part of this process.

9. Newsletter: A. Edahl announced that the copy for the July issue of the newsletter had been taken to the printer. C. Bunge distributed a proposed policy statement regarding the size of the newsletter, advertisements, and other matters (copy attached to official copy of the minutes). It was moved, seconded, and passed that this statement be adopted (deleting the phrase “in consultation with the President” in item 1) for the guidance of the Editor.

10. Vandalism in University Research Park: Lynne Yudice, Assistant Director of the Preschool of the Arts, reported that the school has been bothered by some young girls who had been breaking into the fenced playground, scattering sand and toys, and generally making a mess. She asked that Board members who might know the parents of the girls inform them of possibility that the girls might get into serious trouble if this behavior continues. Members of the Board asked questions, made suggestions, and commented on vandalism and unwelcome behavior in the neighborhood in general.

11. Annual Meeting: (See item 8, above.) D. Lamb indicated that she would take responsibility for planning the Annual Meeting. Association business would include the election of Board members from odd-numbered areas. The focus of the meeting would be on the Association’s planning efforts.

12. ATC letter: D. Lamb reported that she had received a letter, as President of MHCA, from American Transmission Company, concerning the Association’s position regarding high-voltage electricity lines through or near the neighborhood. She asked the Board if she should respond on behalf of the Association. Board members indicated that, due to the complexity and controversial nature of the issues involved, it was likely not feasible for the Board to reach a position for the Association. D. Lamb indicated that she would respond to ATC as an individual, not as President.

13. Proposed city ordinance: D. Lamb distributed a letter from Michael Florek, of the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association, asking support for a proposed ordinance regarding communication about proposed housing or commercial development in neighborhoods. Motion was made, seconded, and passed that D. Lamb should inform Mr. Florek that the Board agreed with the proposal in principle and encouraged those responsible for it to keep the Board informed regarding its refinement.

14. Santa suit rental: D. Lamb reported that she had received a request to borrow one of the Santa suits owned by MHCA and asked how to respond to it. Board members suggested that she call Stephanie Mikesell, coordinator of Santa visits, to confirm policies on the use of the suits. It was also suggested that D. Lamb discuss with S. Mikesell the advisability of getting an article about Santa visits into the newsletter.

15. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Charles Bunge