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AGENDA & MINUTES February 14, 2012

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McKnight Neighborhood Council, Inc.
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, February 14, 2012:  6-8 pm
Rebecca Johnson School, Music Room
55 Catharine St., Springfield MA
6:00 – 6:15 pm:  OPEN MEETING, WELCOME
o   Introduction, Board of Directors
o   Audience Introductions
6:15—6:45  GUESTS
o   Lori Bellanger and Gail Coburn from the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission presenting the FOG program—fat, oil, and grease—how to handle the disposal of these food items and avoid costly plumbing and sewer repairs.
6:45—7:00  pm:  OFFICERS’ REPORTS  
o    PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Walter J. Kroll)
o    VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Demetrios Panteleakis)
o    SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Ben Swan, Jr & Elizabeth Lederman, admin staff)
·         Minutes of January 10, 2012,  meeting (see attachment)
o    TREASURER’S REPORT:  (Liz Stevens)
·         Monthly financial report
7:00—7:15 pm:  Old Business
o    Update on 175 Bowdoin Street
7:15—7:30 pm:  New Business
o    Love Your Block Grant Program—Home Depot Grant Opportunity
o    Establish Ad Hoc Block Party Committee—chairman and volunteers
o    Open to floor
7:30—7:50 pm: COMMITTEE REPORTS – Any committee updates (5 minutes each)
o    Standing Committees
·         Rail Trail (Liz Stevens) 
·         Public Safety (Walter Kroll)                                                       
·         Housing & Code (Demetrios Panteleakis)
·         Good Neighbor (Ceil Lewonchuk)
o    Ad Hoc Committees
·         Community Center (Demetrios Panteleakis)
7:50–8:00 pm:  Wrap Up—Final Business, Open to Floor                                       
8:00 pm—Close Meeting
Next McKnight Neighborhood Council Meeting 
Tuesday, March 12, 2012               6:00-8:00 pm             Rebecca Johnson School
Approved March 13, 2012
Minutes McKnight Neighborhood Council
Board Meeting:  February 14, 2012
Meeting Called to order 6:05 p.m.:   (WK verified quorum present)
Board Members Present (8):  Walter Kroll (Pres), Demetrios Panteleakis(Vice Pres), Liz Steven, (Treas),
Ceil Lewonchuk  (Asst Secy), Donna Jordan,  Jesse Lederman, Corey Singleton, Stephen Thibeau.  {Elizabeth Lederman, Adm. Staff}.
Board Members Not Present (5) Ben Swan, Jr, (Secy/Clerk), Frank Buntin, Katie Foster, Arthur Jones, Ed
Neighborhood Members Attending:   Merry Boone, Jim Boone, Warren Clark, Ed Zuckerman
Guests:   Lori Bellanger, Gail Coburn
Welcome by Walter K; board member introductions; audience introductions.
o   Lori Bellanger and Gail Coburn from the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission presented the FOG program—fat, oil, and grease—how to handle the disposal of these food items and avoid costly plumbing and sewer repairs.
·         47% of sewer backups are the result of the accumulation of FOG, 75% of sewers work at half capacity, and repairs costs are $25 billion annually
·         EPA is requiring a commitment on the part of water & sewer utilities to reduce the amount of sewer overflows
·         “Cease the Grease” is the local outreach program to help accomplish this goal stressing basic kitchen and food disposal techniques
·         Homeowners are reminded to scrape grease and food scraps into the garbage rather than down the drain; also to be mindful of unobvious sources of grease and fat such as dairy and salad dressings
o   Walter K observed that the vigorous community action in recent months directed toward code violations, housing and public safety issues demonstrates the strength of teamwork and leveraging the relationships that the Council has built internally, as well as with the larger components of city government.  Thanked board and community members for their continuing commitment.
VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Demetrios Panteleakis)
o   Demetrios P—no activity to report. 
SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Ben Swan; Elizabeth Lederman, staff)
o   Minutes of Board Meeting January 10, 2012, submitted for acceptance. Call for corrections or additions.
MOTION: (DP moved) to accept as presented; (DJ seconded); (WK called;) Unanimous vote to accept. 
o   Liz S reporting that the last quarter FY 2011 not yet reimbursed by the City
o   Monthly report submitted for acceptance.
MOTION: (DP moved) to accept as presented; (DJ seconded); (WK called the question); Unanimous vote to accept. 
o   Update on 175 Bowdoin Street—Walter K reporting that the Sherriff’s department withdrew from the SMOC proposal in December; and that SMOC is now reporting that they will still go forward, offering  programming for 12 female residents in recovery for chronic substance abuse
·         City Council Public Safety Committee hearing on the oversaturation of group homes in McKnight took place on February 9.  Strong turnout from the neighborhood, with SMOC representatives in attendance
·         City attorney citing Dover Amendment as preventing any action being taken by the City to address the oversaturation problem in McKnight since it voids the zoning ordinances
·         SMOC has agreed to present details of their proposed programming at the March meeting, and take questions from the Council and neighborhood residents
·         Survey residents for initial set of questions to submit to SMOC beforehand
o   Love Your Block Grant Program—Home Depot Grant Opportunity—program explained—call for project ideas
o   Establish Ad Hoc Block Party Committee—chairman and volunteers—June date—Corey S and Donna J agreed to chair; Demetrios P will procure DJ bus from Peter Pan
o   Neighborhood Services Director Ed Whitley organizing monthly collaborative meeting for Neighborhood Councils and Associations to network—need liaison.  Corey S volunteering to serve; Walter K and Demetrios P will attend first meeting as well
NEW BUSINESS—Open to the floor
o   Ceil L and Steve T discussed concerns about the potential closing of the post office station on State Street
o   Ed Z asked what can be done to replace the many damaged and lost trees from the October snow event—agreement to invite Ed Casey, the tree warden from Parks, to find out more about the City’s long term plans to address loss
o   Rail Trail (Liz Stevens)
·         Liz S reporting that plan for stone dust trail  on the initial 300 foot length beginning at Rebecca Johnson Park is on hold; City department heads are apprised of the idea; Mayor’s office wants to walk the trail and think about it in the spring
·         Mass Mutual grant is for the sole purpose of the engineering survey, which will cost $48,000
·         Possibility exists of linking in the Rail Trail with casino plans if they  materialize in the future
o   Public Safety (Walter Kroll)
·         Walter K reporting on February Watch meeting, topic on juveniles on probation and at risk;  Quebec officer at each school is a reporting resource for concerns
o   Housing & Code (Demetrios Panteleakis)
·         368 St James being illegally renovated into a two-family.  Building department issued stop work orders in January.  Waiting to hear on remediation re: front door eliminated, and two electrical meters installed; and penalties for building owner and contractor.
·         Good Neighbor (Ceil Lewonchuk)    No activity.
·         Community Center (Demetrios Panteleakis)   No activity.
 8:00 ADJOURNMENT:    MOTION:   (JL moved) to adjourn; (DP seconded); (WK called); motion carried.
Submitted by Elizabeth Lederman, Administrative Staff, 03/13/2012


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