MHCA Area Director's meeting minutes

March 2009 Area Directors' Meeting Minutes

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Midvale Heights Community Association

Board of Directors Meeting

March 24, 2009


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

Also present: Jeff Maxted, Sherwin Rudman

1. Minutes: The minutes of the February 24, 2009 meeting were approved as distributed.

2. Treasurer’s report: R. Rotter distributed a report showing total cash and bank accounts of $3,948.35. He pointed out that he had checks ready to deposit that would raise that amount significantly.

3. Neighborhood plan update: D. Lamb reported that some 60 people had attended the public meeting on the draft neighborhood plan. She also reported that the City would be providing the entire $40,000 of its grant for the project, but that $8,000 would be withheld until the plan was approved by appropriate City units. The planning committee was still discussing the appropriateness of some guidelines concerning remodeling of homes in the neighborhood and was considering some sort of “mini-survey” of neighborhood residents on the matter.

4. Neighborhood Watch: C. Robida urged Board members to attend the talk by the Neighborhood Officer for the Midvale Heights area on Thursday, March 26, at the Sequoya Branch Library.

5. Green Team: J. Gary, reported that an organizational meeting of the Green Team had been held. Nan Lager had agreed to be co-coordinator with Jean Sweet for the Tokay Blvd. plantings. Saturday, April 18, had been scheduled as clean-up and mulching day for the Tokay plantings, with April 25 as a rain date, and May 9 was the date for a garden tour at the home of Eric Sandgren. J. Gary also reported that she had been in contact with Kris Schutte regarding the informational sign planned for the Bison Prairie Gateway. Kris asked that some Board members look over her design for the sign and provide feedback on it. C. Robida and M. J. Armstrong volunteered to do this.

6. American Transmission Company high-voltage line: D. Lamb introduced Jeff Maxted, who distributed copies of a resolution that he and others had drafted opposing construction of a high-voltage power line in the Midvale Heights neighborhood. During discussion of the resolution, several editorial revisions were incorporated into the draft. Motion was made, seconded, and passed to adopt the resolution, as revised in discussion,and to present it to the Public Service Commission.

7. Membership drive: The Board confirmed the plan to put a copy of the revised membership form in the newsletter, followed by a mailing to all residents that did not sign up as a result of the newsletter insert. John Eisenhauer was not able to attend the meeting, so further discussion of the membership drive was delayed.

8. Bike/ped path off Tocora Lane: Some Board members had just attended a public meeting with Tony Fernandez, of the City Engineer’s office, regarding this matter. They reported that strong feelings were expressed by a number of people, both for and against the proposed paved path connecting Tocora Lane and Science Drive, through University Research Park. After brief discussion, Board members agreed that no further Board action on the matter was needed.

9. Annual neighborhood picnic: J. Gary announced that Ruth Monson, Steve Grahan, and Christine Sveom had again volunteered to coordinate the annual picnic, which was scheduled for June 25, 2009.

10. Area One Director: D. Lamb announced that Nina Goldberger had resigned from the Board, so that a new Director for Area 1 should be recruited.

11. County report: Carousel Bayrd gave a brief report on matters before the County Board.

12. Adjournment: Motion made, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 8:00.

Charles Bunge, Secretary