McKnight Neighborhood Council, Inc.
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, April 13, 2010: 7-9 pm
Rebecca Johnson School, Music Room
55 Catherine St., Springfield MA
7:00 pm – Open Meeting
OFFICER’S REPORTS (15 minutes each)
o CHAIRMAN’S REPORT: (Gregory Hession, President) Including:
1. Draft of FY2011 Scope of Service required for basic CDBG funding (requires a vote of the board)
2. Appointment of 2009 Election Commission and Nominating Committee
3. Plans for Annual Meeting May 11, 2010, starting at 6:30 pm (Including pot luck buffet and guests Aaron Williams and Basketball Hall of Fame director John Doleva regarding a basketball monument in Mason Square)
4. Year-end reports due at Annual Meeting from each committee and action group
5. Status of 501(c)3 IRS designation
o SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Ben Swan Jr.) Minutes of March 9, 2010
o TREASURER’S REPORT: (Marianne Winters):
1. Monthly report; budget adjustments, expenditures to end of fiscal year (6/30/10)
2. Presentation of preliminary FY2011 budget, for basic CDBG funding (requires a vote of the board), including staffing changes
3. Status of the two applications for CDBG 5-year grants (Rehabilitation of 74 Yale Street house; and MNC organizational development)
7:45 – 8:00 pm
INTRODUCTION: Guest John Judge, Springfield Development Director: Q&A
8:00 – 8:10 pm
o WMECo property on Bowles at Bay Street – Report on meeting with WMECo
o KEEP SPRINGFIELD BEAUTIFUL – SATURDAY, MAY 1: Vote by board needed on streets and lots to be cleaned: Suggested are Catherine Street, Monmouth Street and Bay Street, and The Dingle and McKnight Trail from Bay to St. James.
8:10 – 8:20 pm
o PROPOSAL: ADVOCATE to City Council for an ordinance to require any applicant for license, permit, zoning waiver, or other city approval be required to be signed off by every necessary city department that taxes, licenses, and permits are up to date and complete before any board or commission of the city will hear any such application; and further that such information be made available on a regular basis to neighborhood councils affected by such application so that they may be fully informed when hearing a petition for support.
o In the meantime, REVISE MNC policy on procedure for persons to apply for MNC support for license, permit, zoning waiver, new building, new business, etc., so that such persons get signed off from all necessary city departments before coming to our council for support, until such time as the city has an ordinance in place to require same.
REPORTS – Any committee updates (5 minutes each)
o Youth (Jesse Lederman) – Plans June 12 ‘peaceful summer’ kickoff event
o Public Safety (Walter Kroll) – Plans for June 19 block party
o Housing/Code (Denise Moccia)
o Mason Square Library (Liz Stevens) – Urban League due to leave 765 State St. in May
o Rail trail/RJS playground (Liz Stevens) – Trail clean-up plans; Advocacy for the Trail with Mayor Dominic Sarno, SPD Commissioner William Fitchet, Development Direction John Judge, Parks Superintendent Patrick Sullivan.
o Communications (Marianne Winters) – Two more newsletters before 6/30/10; website update
o Finance & Fund Raising (Marianne Winters)
o Open to the floor
9:00 pm – Close Meeting
Next McKnight Neighborhood Council meeting:
ANNUAL MEETING and Community Pot Luck
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Rebecca Johnson School, cafeteria,
NOTE EARLY START TIME – 6:30-9 pm