MHCA Area Director's meeting minutes

January 2009 Area Directors' meeting minutes

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Midvale Heights Community Association

Board of Directors Meeting

January 27, 2009


Present: J. Eisenhauer, J. Sweet, D. Lamb (presiding), C. Bunge, T. Jarvis, R. Rotter, F. Stautz, C. Robida, J. Gary, J. Lager, K. Reuter-Krohn

Also present: Jeff Maxted, Shelly Schmidt, Paul Haskew, Bob Armstrong, Carousel Bayrd

1. Minutes: The minutes of the October 28, 2008 and the November 25, 2008 meetings, as well as those of the Annual Meeting, were approved as distributed.

2. Treasurer’s report: R. Rotter distributed a report showing total cash and bank accounts of $3,974.25. He indicated that this is a smaller balance than is typical. Board members pointed out that it was late in the two-year membership cycle, giving rise to some discussion about the upcoming membership drive. J. Eisenhauer volunteered to assist with the membership drive. There was also discussion of financial matters regarding the neighborhood planning effort. There was also some discussion of the financing of the neighborhood planning project.

3. Election of officers: D. Lamb indicated that the current officers were willing to continue to serve and asked if there were any other nominations. Motion was made and seconded to elect Denise Lamb President, Craig Robida Vice-President, Ron Rotter Treasurer, and Charles Bunge, Secretary. The motion passed with no dissenting votes.

4. Election of Board member: D. Lamb introduced Paul Haskew and announced that he was willing to serve as Area Director for Area 6. Motion was made and seconded to election him to this position. The motion passed with no dissenting votes.

5. American Transmission Company high-voltage line: D. Lamb introduced Bob Armstrong, who spoke about a petition that had been circulated, opposing routing the transmission line on the south side of the beltline. He also shared other information about this matter and urged Board members to contact the Public Services Commission with their views on the matter. He indicated that public hearings about the routing would be held March 24 and 25.

6. Bike path off Tocora Lane into University Research Park: D. Lamb indicated that she had received one negative comment regarding a proposed bike/pedestrian path connecting the end of Tocora Lane with Science Drive. She asked if any other Board members had heard comments pro or con. Board members reported being unaware of widespread opposition to the proposal, and the Board took no position on the matter.

7. Tokay Blvd. and Bison Prairie Gateway maintenance: J. Sweet announced that a group of Midvale Heights residents had formed a “Green Team” for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the Tokay Blvd. plantings and the Bison Prairie Gateway. She asked other Board members to sign up to participate in this effort. J. Gary announced that she was volunteering to become the coordinator of upkeep and maintenance of the Bison Prairie Gateway. J. Sweet indicated that she hoped to find a coordinator of upkeep and maintenance for the Tokay plantings from among the members of the Green Team.

8. Neighborhood Watch: C. Robida announced that the Neighborhood Officer for the Midvale Heights area would speak at a public meeting on Thursday, March 26, at the Sequoya Branch Library.

9. Update on the neighborhood plan and HyVee grocery store proposal: D. Lamb indicated that the planning committee continued to work on the neighborhood plan, including meetings with City staff to work out details of the plan. The committee spent a great deal of time considering and reacting to the proposal for a HyVee grocery store at Westgate. The Urban Design Commission had approved the plans for the store, and it was scheduled for consideration by the Plan Commission on February 9. D. Lamb asked Board members if they had heard any comments from neighborhood residents pro or con. Board members reported hearing some such comments and expressed their own views, but the Board did not take a position on the matter.

10. Southside Cub store closing: Carousel Bayrd told the Board that neither HyVee nor the Willy St. Coop had any interest in locating in the Cub grocery store that had announced its closing. Board members discussed various options that might exist or develop to provide access to groceries for residents of that area.

11. Other business: C. Bayrd indicated that another round of spraying for gypsy moths in the area was coming up and that information would be distributed in the same way that it had been in the past. Bob Armstrong announced that he was working on a seminar on rain gardens, to be held in May. He said that he planned to get information in the newsletter about this.

12. Adjournment: Motion made, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting.

Charles Bunge, Secretary