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AGENDA & MINUTES June 12, 2012

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McKnight Neighborhood Council, Inc.
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, June 12, 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 pm:  GUEST
o   Linda Williams, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association, and Liz Sullivan presenting information on proposed supported housing apartments for MHA clients to be built on the Magazine Street property currently being offered by the City through the RFP process.
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 May 08, 2012, meeting (see attachment)
o    TREASURER’S REPORT:  (Liz Stevens)
·         Budget amendment
·         Monthly financial report
7:00—7:15pm:  Old Business
o    Cell tower proposals from Russ Seelig of Concerned Citizens of Springfield
·         Letter to DOR and to Mayor
·         Offer to join coalition of neighborhood councils and civic associations
7:15—7:30 pm:  New Business—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)
·         Communications (vacant chair)
§  Ben S reporting on Neighborhood Councils Collaborative
o    Ad Hoc Committees
·         Community Center (Demetrios Panteleakis)
·         Block Party (Donna Jordan, Corey Singleton)
·          Debate (Jesse Lederman) (committee currently inactive)
7:50–8:00 pm:  Wrap Up—Final Business, Open to Floor       
8:00 pm—Close Meeting
Next McKnight Neighborhood Council Meeting 
Tuesday, July 10, 2012               6:00-8:00 pm             Rebecca Johnson School

Approved July 10, 2012
Minutes McKnight Neighborhood Council
Board Meeting:  June 12, 2012
Meeting Called to order 6:00 p.m.:   (WK verified quorum present)
Board Members Present (7):  Walter Kroll (Pres), Ben Swan, Jr, (Secy/Clerk), Donna Jordan, Ed Kelly,
Jesse Lederman, Corey Singleton, Stephen Thibeau.  {Elizabeth Lederman, Adm. Staff}.
Board Members Not Present (6):  Demetrios Panteleakis (Vice Pres), Liz Stevens, (Treas), Ceil
Lewonchuk  (Asst Secy),Frank Buntin, Katie Foster, Arthur Jones
Neighborhood Members Attending:  Ed Zuckerman, Warren Clark, M. Forbes, Lloyd Creswell, Brandi
Guests:   Linda Williams, Liz Sullivan
Welcome by Walter K; board member introductions; audience introductions.
o   Linda Williams, Executive Director from the Mental Health Association, and Liz Sullivan, presenting information on proposed supported housing apartments for MHA clients to be built on the city-owned Magazine Street property currently being offered through the RFP process.
·         MHA is already a neighborhood business resident, with headquarters on Worthington Street and a client residence on Florida Street, and has a solid history of being positively involved with the McKnight neighborhood.
·         MHA is seeking to use the Magazine Street property to replace a client residence which housed 14 individuals on Union Street and was destroyed in last year’s tornado.
·         Showed architect’s drawing of proposed apartment complex, a wood structure with parking and ample green space.
·         Positives for MHA include that the property abuts their headquarters on Worthington.
·         Negatives involve extensive clean-up of environmental hazards left from previously demolished apartment building on site—brick, ash, and oil tanks.  However MHA is willing to take this on—they have funding for the new building, would have to find funding for the clean-up.
·         Questions from Board members included a discussion of the type of clients who would be occupying the units and the level of support and supervision that MHA would provide.  Clients range from moderately to severely mentally ill and MHA provides case work and support to the level that each client needs in order to be safe and functional, including close crisis management.  All the clients from Union Street who would be living there have already been successful in a supported housing setting.
·         Seeking letter of support or similar positive response from MNC to submit with their RFP to the City.
MOTION: (DJ moved) to submit a letter to the City indicating the following: “MNC considers MHA to be an excellent business neighbor, and has favorably heard their proposal for the RFP for Magazine Street, and if they are selected as the preferred developer, MNC looks forward to hearing more details as the project progresses.” (EK seconded); (WK called 😉 5 yea; 1 nay; 1 abstention—Motion carried. 
o   Reported on the success of the June 09 block party and thanked everyone for coming out;   Reported on the election results for the 2013 Board of Directors.
SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Ben Swan; Elizabeth Lederman, staff)
o   Minutes of Board Meeting May 08, 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 absent, Walter K reporting)
o   Budget amendment introduced to transfer $37.45 from the Communications category to the Accountant/bookkeeper category to pay accounting service for assistance with filing income tax forms.
MOTION: (DJ moved) to accept amendment as presented; (EK seconded); (WK called the question); Unanimous vote to accept. 
o   Monthly budget report submitted and reviewed.
 MOTION: (JL moved) to accept as presented; (DJ seconded); (WK called the question); Unanimous vote to accept. 
o   A review of the proposals presented at the April meeting by Russell Seelig of Concerned Citizens for Springfield which were tabled at that time.
·         Letter to Mayor Sarno expressing support for a change in the method used by the Assessor’s Department in assessing cell towers and bill boards.
MOTION: (BS  moved) to send letter; (EK seconded); (WK called the question); Unanimous vote. 
·         Similar letter to the Mass DOR.
MOTION: (BS  moved) to send letter; (EK seconded); (WK called the question); 6 yea; 1 abstention.  Motion carried.
·         Invitation to MNC to join a coalition of city-wide neighborhood councils and civic associations working for cell tower and bill board valuation reform.
MOTION: (JL  moved) to join; (CS seconded); (WK called the question); 5 yea; 2 nay;  Motion carried.
o   Mrs. Forbes of Catharine Street reported a problem vacant lot that is overrun with brush and weeds at 62-64 Catharine.  Ed Z reported a similar lot with rubbish on Florida and Bowdoin Street.  Walter K emphasized the importance of calling 311 to document these problems, and will follow up with Code Enforcement.
o   Rail Trail (Liz Stevens, absent, Walter K reporting)
·         Reported that City has some interns who will be helping to trace ownership and deeds for the rail trail property.
o   Public Safety (Walter Kroll)
·         Reported on the increasing effectiveness of the partnership between the Watch, the Council, and the police department citing the reporting of recent problems on Clarendon Street at the Police Beat meeting—with a swift and effective follow-up to resolve the problems.
o   Communications (vacant chair)  
·         Walter K thanked Corey S for all of his work on the newsletter promotion and appointed him to the vacant chair for the Communications committee.
·         Ben S reported on the Neighborhood Council collaborative meeting.  Topic for the last meeting was the Community Watch and plans for the “National Night Out” in early August.  Plans also continue for a city-wide anti- litter campaign.
o   Block Party (Donna Jordan, Corey Singleton)  
·         Need to generate more advertising and better signage promoting the event.  Discussed large banner at the Triangle which was used in the past but has worn out.  
o   Debate (Jesse Lederman)
·         Reported on tentative plans for sponsoring a debate for State Senate candidates in the Democratic primary race in late August, possibly the 20th.  Jesse L reported also that he will need to recuse himself because he is working on the Edwards campaign.
8:00 ADJOURNMENT:    MOTION:   (JL moved) to adjourn; (BS seconded); (WK called); motion carried.
Submitted by Elizabeth Lederman, Administrative Staff, 07/10/2012.


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