MHCA Area Director's meeting minutes

February 2009 Area Directors' meeting minutes

cabunge Tuesday 03 of March, 2009
Midvale Heights Community Association

Board of Directors Meeting

February 24, 2009


Present: J. Eisenhauer, J. Sweet, M. Silbernagel, D. Lamb (presiding), P. Haskew, C. Bunge, T. Jarvis, R. Rotter, J. Sherwood, C. Robida, J. Gary, M. J. Armstrong, J. Lager, K. Reuter-Krohn

Also present: Jeff Maxted, Ferrine Spector

1. Minutes: The minutes of the January 27, 2009 meeting were approved as distributed.

2. Treasurer’s report: R. Rotter distributed a report showing total cash and bank accounts of $3,375.85. D. Lamb pointed out that there should have been some additional revenue from newsletter ads, and R. Rotter indicated that he was behind in billing for ads.

3. Neighborhood plan update: D. Lamb reported that she and the planning committee were working on a revised budget for the planning project and that they were in contact with City staff to see how the project could qualify for the entire City grant amount of $40,000. Because the expenses for the project, beyond the fee for the planning consultant firm, had been low, the required match in expenditures by MHCA and Westmorland might be difficult to meet. The third public meeting, intended to consider the final draft plan, had been scheduled for March 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Midvale Lutheran Church A postcard mailing announcing the meeting was planned.

4. 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.

5. Bike path off Tocora Lane into University Research Park: D. Lamb indicated that this there was still some opposition to the proposed bike and pedestrian path. Because of objections to the path from neighborhood residents, the City was going to schedule a public meeting on the matter. Members of the Board spoke in favor of the path and were encouraged to contact Alder Plam-Remmele to gain her support for the proposal.

6. Green Team: J. Sweet and J. Gary, interim co-chairs of the Green Team, reported that planning and member recruitment were in progress for maintenance and improvement of the Bison Prairie Gateway and the Tokay Blvd. plantings. J. Gary had accepted responsibility for coordinating efforts on the Bison Prairie Gateway, and J. Sweet was coordinating work on Tokay plantings, on an interim basis. Saturday, April 18, had been scheduled as clean-up and mulching day for the Tokay plantings, with April 25 as a rain date. In response to a question from a Board member, they reported that they had received no information about progress on the informational sign that had been planned for the Bison Prairie Gateway. In two motions, the Board approved expenditures of up to $150 for a burning permit and other spring maintenance and seeding for the Gateway.

7. American Transmission Company high-voltage line: The Board discussed various issues surrounding the routing of the high-voltage line. D. Lamb indicated that there would be an article on the matter in the newsletter, including announcement of meetings on March 24 and 25 for public comment on the matter. M. J. Armstrong and Jeff Maxted volunteered to serve on a committee to draft a motion on this matter, to be considered by the Board at its March meeting. D. Lamb indicated that she hoped that Bob Armstrong and Carousel Bayrd would work on the motion, as well.

8. Hy Vee Grocery store: D. Lamb announced that the Madison Plan Commission had approved the plans for a new grocery store at Westgate mall.

9. Membership drive: J. Eisenhauer shared with the Board some ideas he had for recruiting members for the Association. The Board discussed various issues involved in the membership drive, including ideas about the distribution of the newsletter. By consensus, the Board agreed to raise the two-year membership fee to $25.00. J. Eisenhauer agreed to draft revisions to the membership application form for presentation to the Board in March. The Board reacted favorably to the idea of putting a copy of the form in the newsletter, followed by a mailing to all residents that did not sign up as a result of the newsletter insert.

10. Adjournment: Motion made, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 8:45.

Charles Bunge, Secretary