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AGENDA & MINUTES March 13, 2012

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McKnight Neighborhood Council, Inc.
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, March 13, 2012:  630-830 pm
Rebecca Johnson School, Music Room
55 Catharine St., Springfield MA
AGENDA
6:30 – 6:45 pm:  OPEN MEETING, WELCOME
o   Introduction, Board of Directors
o   Audience Introductions
6:45—7:00 pm:  GUESTS—Power Point Presentation
o   Representatives from the Southern Middlesex Opportunity Council, SMOC, presenting information on the proposed program at 175 Bowdoin Street.
·         Charles Gagnon – Chief Operating Officer
·         Jerry Desilets – Director of Policy, Planning & Community Relations
·         Darlene Assencoa Mazurek – Director of Housing Operations
·         Annemarie Vivenzio – Western Mass. Housing Coordinator
7:00—7:30 pm:  Questions to SMOC from the McKnight Neighborhood Board of Directors
  Walter Kroll, Moderating
·         See Agenda Attachment for the initial list of questions which were submitted to SMOC on behalf of residents prior to this meeting
·         Follow up questions from the Board of Directors
7:30—8:00 pm:  Questions to SMOC from McKnight Residents in Attendance—Open to the Floor           
  Walter Kroll, Moderating
8:00—8:20 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 February 14, 2012  meeting (see attachment)
o   TREASURER’S REPORT:  (Liz Stevens)
·         Monthly financial report
(COMMITTEE REPORTS  are  tabled for this meeting due to time constraints)
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)
·          Block Party (Corey Singleton & Donna Jordan)
8:20—8:30 pm:  Wrap Up—Final Business 
8:30 pm—Close Meeting
Next McKnight Neighborhood Council Meeting 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012               6:00-8:00 pm             Rebecca Johnson School
Approved April 10, 2012
Minutes McKnight Neighborhood Council
Board Meeting:  March 13, 2012
Meeting Called to order 6:35 p.m.:   (WK verified quorum present)
Board Members Present (8):  Walter Kroll (Pres), Ben Swan, Jr, (Secy/Clerk), Liz Steven, (Treas),
Ceil Lewonchuk  (Asst Secy), Donna Jordan, Ed Kelly,  Jesse Lederman, Stephen Thibeau.  {Elizabeth Lederman, Adm. Staff}.
Board Members Not Present (5) Demetrios Panteleakis (Vice Pres),  Frank Buntin, Katie Foster, Arthur Jones, Corey Singleton
Neighborhood Members Attending:  Approximately 40, too numerous to list, see sign in sheets.
Guests:   Various press and television reporters, SMOC representatives
Welcome by Walter K; board member introductions.
GUEST PRESENTATION
o   Representatives from the Southern Middlesex Opportunity Council, SMOC, presenting information on the proposed program at 175 Bowdoin Street.
·         Charles Gagnon – Chief Operating Officer
·         Jerry Desilets – Director of Policy, Planning & Community Relations
·         Darlene Assencoa Mazurek – Director of Housing Operations
·         Annemarie Vivenzio – Western Mass. Housing
o   Program to be called Pax House.  Power point presentation in document form passed out to audience and overview given.
o   Walter K and Jesse L went through a prepared set of questions, and the audience posed questions as well.  The answers summarized as follows:
1.      How many tenants? 13 female tenants, with 12 tenants recovering from substance abuse (in general, however some may be recovering from other things); the 13th tenant will be the resident manager, who will be a graduate of the program in all likelihood.
2.      Rent:  Tenants will pay $95 weekly rent or commensurate with their means, and have full rights of tenancy.
3.      Tenant backgrounds:  Will only take tenants from 3 month rehab programs, but they could come from other programs; tenants may or may not be from Springfield;  all tenants will have CORI checks–will not take murderers, arsonists, or sex offenders . Other offender types or criminal activity on a case by case basis
4.      Mental health counseling required for all clients?  Yes.  Also NA and AA in some cases.
5.      Monitoring of psych meds, suboxone, methodone, etc and other prescriptions?  No–tenants responsible for taking and keeping their own medications.
6.      Mandatory drug testing and screening for tenants? Yes
7.      Will someone be there 24/7?  SMOC answered yes, but vague on the math and just how it will work……resident manager lives there and works 40 hours a week there………case manager does not live there, but works 40 hours a week on site…………
8.      Security questions:  house will be kept locked, residents will have keys; each resident has a key to their own unit (room);  residents have to sign in and out; must have permission to be away overnight
9.      Visitors:  Tenants can have any visitors and/or family members in their units as they chose;  throughout the day, and until 10 pm on week days and until 11 pm on the weekend.     Staff is not responsible for monitoring or supervising visitors, tenants are responsible.  Not sure whether SMOC said visitors have to sign in and out.
10.  Parking/cars:  SMOC does not think this will be a problem, but will work to figure it out if there is one.
o   SMOC pledged to be a “good neighbor” and said they will provide contact numbers to neighbors so they can immediately and directly communicate any problems if and when they occur. 
OFFICER’S REPORTS
PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Walter Kroll)
o   Walter K gave quick thanked residents for their work on the Bowdoin Street issue and gave update on general council activities including upcoming block party in June.
o   VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Demetrios Panteleakis)
Demetrios P absent—no report.   
SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Ben Swan; Elizabeth Lederman, staff)
o   Minutes of Board Meeting February 14, 2012, submitted for acceptance. Call for corrections or additions.
MOTION: (BS moved) to accept as presented; (JL seconded); (WK called;) Unanimous vote to accept. 
TREASURER’S REPORT: (Liz Stevens)
o   Liz S reporting that the last quarter FY 2011 not yet reimbursed by the City—following.
o   Monthly report submitted for acceptance. 
MOTION: (CL moved) to accept as presented; (DJ seconded); (WK called the question); Unanimous vote to accept. 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
STANDING COMMITTEES
o   Rail Trail (Liz Stevens)
·         Liz S reporting that she and Walter K continuing to work with Pat Sullivan on partnership with city—meeting bi-weekly.
o   Public Safety (Walter Kroll)
·         Walter K reporting that scheduled neighborhood walks will be starting again. 
·         Block party planning with Watch participation underway—will develop letter with requests for donations for businesses.
o   Housing & Code (Demetrios Panteleakis)
·         Walter K reporting that MNC still waiting to hear from the Building department about steps to stop 368 St James being illegally renovated into a two-family, regarding action toward contractor.
·         Have received list of city owned McKnight properties from City
8:00 ADJOURNMENT:    MOTION:   (BS moved) to adjourn; (EK seconded); (WK called); motion carried.
Submitted by Elizabeth Lederman, Administrative Staff, 04/10/2012

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