McKnight Neighborhood Council
Board Meeting: May 11, 2010
PRESENT: *Gregory A Hession (Pres.), *Katie Foster, *Chip Gorra, *Ed Kelly, *Walter Kroll (VicePres.), *Jesse Lederman, *Ceil Lewonchuk, *Denise Moccia, *Liz Stevens, *Ben Swan Jr. (Clerk/Secy.), *Marianne Winters (Treas.), Tony Anthony, Susan Bernardy, Frank Buntin, Jane Buntin, W. Clow, Olivia Douglas, Stacey Drew, Archie Emmanuel Jr., Stephen Gray, Sandra Hession, Mattie Jenkins, Samantha Kroll, Elizabeth Lederman, Jay Love Lederman, Curtson Martin, Karan Parkin, Jasmine Peluyera, Carmelo Perez, City Councilor Ward 4 E. Henry Twiggs, Karen Twiggs, Kat Wright (*Members of the Board)
Meeting called to order 7:15 p.m. 11 Board members present; Board members not present: *Jeri Gardiner, *Arthur Jones, *Donna Jordan
Guests: Tim Allen, City Councilor Ward 7; Sgt. James Brown, Hampden County Sheriff’s Dept.; John Doleva, Basketball Hall of Fame; Neil Greene, McKnight Trail Project Coordinator; Erica Greene; Poeta Greene; West Greene; Brian Hanlon, sculptor, Basketball Monument Project; Roger Harpin; Omega Johnson, Old Hill Neighborhood Council; Darryl Moss, Mayoral Aide; Adrienne Osborn, Upper Hill Residents Council; Janet Stupak, Springfield Library Dept.; Aaron Williams, Basketball Monument Project
PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Pres. GAH
Announced the Nominating Committee: 2 Board members, Katie Foster and Ed Kelly; 3 non-board members, Steve Gray District 1, Stacey Drew District 2, and Todd Crosset District 3.
Asked for a motion to nominate Kat Wright 2010 election commissioner, JL so moved, MW seconded. Motion passed.
SECRETARY’S REPORT (Ben Swan Jr.):
Minutes of regular board meeting of April 13, 2010: LS moved to approve; BS seconded. Motion passed.
TREASURER’S REPORT (Marianne Winters, Treas.):
Monthly report & Proposed Budget Amendment (FY2010): MW moved to approve monthly financial report and proposed amendments to current year’s budget to reflect needed adjustments in expenses and income; LS seconded. Discussion: Change date of reports to show July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010; Change title of amendments to say Proposed Budget Amendments, May 11, 2010. Both changes accepted by MW. Motion passed.
REPORTS: Note: fy2010 YEAR END REPORTS ARE ATTACHED
COUNCIL PROJECTS (Greg Hession, Pres.): Noted the availability of the ANNUAL REPORT document outlining on-going projects of the MNC as a whole:
1. Advocacy to get 52 Westminster Street rehabilitated
2. Progress on McKnight Trail (linear park) project; introduced coordinator Neil Greene
3. Seven-year advocacy for the Mason Square Library to be restored
4. Request for a City grant to rehabilitate 74 Yale Street (long-term advocacy)
5. Requested a City grant to expand MNC organization to hire additional administration staff
6. Continue to look for a way to establish a community center in McKnight
7. Remind that MNC is run by all volunteers (except for 2 part-time paid staff)
PUBLIC SAFETY (Walter Kroll, Chair): Second Annual Block Party coming up June 19th, at Thompson Triangle Park; Neighborhood Watch is growing, neighbors continue to sign up;
YOUTH (Jesse Lederman, Chair, McKnight Neighborhood Youth Council): Reviewed year’s activities; June 12th City of Homes 2010 Violence Free Summer Kickoff scheduled in Court Square, downtown.
HOUSING / CODE (Denise Moccia, Chair): Emphasized progress on 52 Westminster St.; MNC has a rehabilitation grant proposal in for 74 Yale St.; continues to monitor houses in bank foreclosure, calling banks to maintain their properties, asked for neighbors be aware of those properties and to keep them looking OK.
MASON SQUARE LIBRARY: (Liz Stevens, Chair, Mason Square Library Advisory Committee): 765 State Street property now belongs to the city; architect’s designs are state of the art for libraries, and are posted on the Springfield Library Dept. website; Library representative present said the progress on the MSL will be uploaded regularly on the Mason Square page of the Library’s website.
McKNIGHT TRAIL PROJECT (Liz Stevens, Chair; Neil Greene, Project Coordinator): LS reported on a successful clean-up of the trail from Bay Street to St. James Ave. on Saturday, April 10; Steve Gray came with his bobcat, 9 people worked.
None brought forward
7:45 pm: This ended the business portion of the Annual Meeting. Pres. Hession at this point turned the meeting over to the principals in the Basketball Monument Project for their presentation.
GUESTS: Basketball Monument Project: Aaron Williams, John Doleva and Brian Holman presented the case for and the proposed design of a monument to be erected in Mason Square to commemorate the site of the world’s first basketball game played; the rendering of the proposed monument was done by Mike Tully, Springfield Parks Dept. The monument is to be placed on the wide tree belt in front of the Mason Square Library at the corner of State and Hawley, with a complementary plinth diagonally across State at the corner of Sherman. BHOF events planned for Aug. 8, 2010, start of Enshrinement Week, include unveiling, youth basketball games, road race. Looking to the neighborhoods to organize other activities (music, food, etc.).
8:30 pm – GAH adjourned meeting
APPROVED June 8, 2010