Midvale Heights Community Association
Board of Directors Meeting
May 26, 2009
Present: J. Sweet, M. Silbernagel, D. Lamb (presiding), P. Haskew, C. Bunge, T. Jarvis, R. Rotter, F. Stautz, J. Gary, J. Lager
Also present: Alice Punwar, Gary Poulson, Carousel Bayrd
1. Minutes: The minutes of the April 28, 2009 meeting were approved as distributed.
2. Treasurer’s report: R. Rotter distributed a report showing total cash and bank accounts of $25,532.35, along with other information. He indicated that 162 households had paid their membership dues and that money from the t-ball program was coming in. Time constraints had kept him for billing for advertisements in the newsletter for some time. D. Lamb indicated that she would try to find someone else to do this billing. R. Rotter indicated that he would mail a copy of the membership form to each household in the neighborhood (except for those who had already joined).
3. History book materials: D. Lamb introduced Alice Punwar , who edited the Association’s history book. She told the Board that she had been storing the raw materials and files for the book project and asked the Board to find a more appropriate place for them. R. Rotter volunteered to pick up the materials and to store them, at least temporarily. C. Bunge volunteered to check with staff of the Wisconsin Historical Society to see if its library or archives would be interested in the materials. J. Sweet reminded the Board how important Alice Punwar had been to the success of the history book project, and the Board responded with a round of applause in thanks.
4. Neighborhood plan update: D. Lamb reported that the draft neighborhood plan had not yet been submitted to the City Council by City staff. The joint steering committee had been asked to choose its top recommendations and to rank them. Some 40 persons responsed to the architecture survey that was included in the newsletter. Opinions expressed on the survey were divided. Use of the data would likely await the results of the zoning rewrite project by the City.
5. Green Team: J. Sweet reported that the tour of Eric Sandgren’s garden on May 9 was a success. J. Sweet and J. Gary had obtained some free annual plants from Olbrich Gardens and would add them to plantings on Tokay Blvd. J. Gary reported that crushed red granite had been applied to the Bison Prairie Gateway with good effect, and that more weeding and mulching was needed.
6. Midvale Blvd. street work: D. Lamb reported that the City Board of Public Works had dropped the proposal to place lighting in the median of Midvale Blvd and to assess property owners for it. The bicycle lanes were still part of the plan, even though there was opposition to them among neighborhood residents.
7. Bike path off Tocora Lane: D. Lamb indicated that a public hearing would be held on June 3 regarding the City’s proposal to build this path across Research Park property off the end of Tocora Lane. Motion was made, seconded, and passed that the MHCA Board supports the proposal. D. Lamb indicated that she would send a letter to this effect to the Board of Public Works and that she would testify at the hearing, as well.
8. Garage sale and neighborhood picnic: J. Gary announced that she would coordinate the garage sale one more time if no one else was found for the job. Planning for the picnic was proceeding. A mailing, with information about both events would be mailed to all neighborhood households.
9. Area 1 and Area 2 Directors: D. Lamb announced that these Board seats are still vacant. Board members asked Gary Poulson to consider being Director for Area 2. He said that he would consider this.
10. County report: Carousel Bayrd made a brief report on matters before the County Board.
11. Other matters: D. Lamb told the Board that she was considering having the City’s zoning rewrite project as a topic for the MHCA annual meeting. Board members responded positively to the idea. Board members commented on the unsightly condition of the construction site for phase 2 of Sequoya Commons. Motion was made, seconded, and passed that the Board requests that the owners of the unsightly vacant property at Sequoya Commons provide some beautification or screening for it if construction on the site is to be delayed. D. Lamb indicated that she would send a copy of this motion to the developers of Sequoya Commons, the alders for Midvale Heights and Westmorland, and the Westmorland neighborhood association.
11 Adjournment: Motion made, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 8:40.
Charles Bunge, Secretary