Midvale Heights Community Association
Board of Directors Meeting
May 27, 2008
Present: J. Eisenhauer, J. Sweet, D. Lamb (presiding), C. Bunge, T. Jarvis, R. Rotter, C. Robida, J. Gary, J. Lager
Also present: Christine Sveom, Greg Bell
1. Minutes: The minutes for the April 22, 2008 meeting were approved as distributed.
2. Treasurer's report: R. Rotter reported that the financial situation of the Association was essentially the same as in April. Money from the T-ball program was starting to come in.
3. City report: Thuy Pham-Remmele was unable to attend the meeting, and there was no City report.
4. County report: Carousel Bayrd was unable to attend the meeting, and there was no County report.
5. Annual Picnic: Christine Sveom reported that planning for the annual picnic was well underway. Fliers containing information about the picnic and the neighborhood garage sale were ready to be mailed. The date for the picnic was June 26 from 6:00 p.m. until dusk, with a rain date of July 1. A guitarist would provide entertainment, and there would be games for young people. During discussion of the picnic, Board members suggested recognizing Rita and Reiny Meihsner for their many contributions to the Association and the neighborhood, and the President agreed to do this. Board members also reported that there would be information tables for the neighborhood planning project, the garage sale, and the neighborhood watch program.
6. Neighborhood plan: D. Lamb reported that a schedule of meetings regarding the neighborhood plan project had been firmed up. The joint steering committee would meet each first Thursday. The first public meeting was planned for July 16, and the second one for September 17. The final version of the plan would be completed by November 19.
7. Neighborhood watch program: C. Robida reported that some 35 people attended the second meeting concerning the neighborhood watch program. Another meeting had been scheduled for July 11. Those in attendance at the second meeting expressed interest in a variety of activities to enhance security and safety in the neighborhood. The grant application to the City for funds to support neighborhood watch activities had been resubmitted, with the support of Alder Thuy Pham-Remmele. [Note: C. Robida later informed the Board that the grant had again been denied.]
8. Gateway project: Greg Bell reported that the new plantings around the neighborhood sign had been completed. The prairie burn and thistle treatment, for which funds had been approved, proved to be unnecessary and were not done. There was a meeting planned for May 28 with Vital Signs to settle details regarding the informational sign at the Gateway site. The sign should be installed by the end of June. There was a brief discussion about a dedication ceremony for the sign.
9. City zoning rewrite: D. Lamb reported on her attendance at a meeting regarding a total reworking of the City’s zoning code. She expressed concern that the meeting was sparsely attended and that representatives of neighborhoods would not have enough input to the process. She suggested that Board members stay informed on this process.
10. Reports and announcements: Greg Bell circulated a map showing the area that had been sprayed for gypsy moth suppression on May 22. C. Bunge distributed copies of the revised Association by-laws to those who wanted them. R. Rotter distributed copies of a 1949 newspaper article about the construction of his residence by Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Bakke.
11. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:05.
Charles Bunge, Secretary