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AGENDA & MINUTES December 11, 2012

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McKnight Neighborhood Council, Inc.

Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, December 11, 2012:  6-8 pm

Rebecca Johnson School
55 Catharine St., Springfield MA
6:00 pm – Open Meeting
           Welcome from McKnight Council President Walter Kroll
 Community Pot Luck & Social—Dinner is Served
6:15 pm—Rebecca Johnson Chorus
6:45 pm—Community Service Award Ceremony
The McKnight Neighborhood Council is pleased to honor the following individuals for their consistent and generous to the neighborhood and greater community.
o   Arise for Social Justice—for twenty-five years of compassionate service to the residents of the City of Springfield. 
o   The Springfield Preservation Trust, for their dedicated advocacy in saving and maintaining the rich stock of historical and architectural treasures throughout Springfield.
o    Ariel  Perez and Jesse Lederman—for their youthful, energetic, and wide-reaching contributions in the areas of public safety, environmental protection, and political activism.
7:00—7:15 pm:  Introduction, Board of Directors, Audience Recognition        
o        Officer Reports 
·         PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Walter J. Kroll)
·         VICE-PRESIDENTS REPORT:  (Demetrios Panteleakis)
·         SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Ben Swan, Jr  & Elizabeth Lederman, admin staff);
o    Approval of Minutes from November 13, 2012  meeting
·         TREASURER’S REPORT: (Liz Stevens)
7:15—7:30 pm:  Open to the Floor
7:30—8:00 pm:  Committee Reports
o   Standing Committees
·         Rail Trail (Liz Stevens) 
·         Public Safety (Walter Kroll)                                                       
·         Housing & Code (Demetrios Panteleakis)
·         Good Neighbor (Ceil Lewonchuk)
·         Food Access (Synthia Scott-Mitchell)
·         Communications (Ben Swan, Jr, Corey Singleton)
8:00 pm – Close Meeting

Approved January 8, 2013 

McKnight Neighborhood Council Minutes
Board Meeting: December 11, 2012
6:00—6:45 pm:  Welcome  from President Kroll;  Annual Community Holiday Pot Luck Dinner took place with entertainment from the Rebecca Johnson Children’s Chorus. 
6:45—7:15  pm:   Annual Community Service Awards Ceremony included presentations to  Arise for Social Justice,  Michaelann Bewsee accepting;  The Springfield Preservation Trust, Gayle White and Ben Murphy accepting; and  Ariel  Perez and Jesse Lederman.
Business meeting called to order 7:00 p.m.:   (WK verified quorum present)
Board Members Present (8):  Walter Kroll (Pres.), Demetrios Panteleakis (Vice Pres),  Jesse Lederman (Clerk/Sec),  Elizabeth Stevens (Treas.), Brandi Gamble-Lucas (Asst Clerk/Secy);   Lloyd Creswell, Ed Kelly, Stephen Thibeau  {Elizabeth Lederman, Adm. Staff}.
Board Members Not Present (4):  Donna Jordan,  Ceil Lewonchuk, Corey Singleton (Asst Treas), Ben Swan, Jr
Neighborhood Members:   (See sign in sheet.)
SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Jesse Lederman) 
o    Minutes of Board Meeting, November 13, 2012 submitted for acceptance.
MOTION: (DP moved) to accept as presented; (DP seconded ); ( WK called the question); Motion carried unanimously.   
o    Treasurer’s report tabled.
o    Marianne W suggested a change in the bylaws which would allow McKnight youth to vote in Council elections, in light of the fact that we have a youth seat on the board of directors.
RAIL TRAIL : (Liz Stevens, Chair) 
o    Liz S reported that meetings with the Parks Dept are proceeding well, with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission attending the last meeting.  Next meeting in February will include the Mayor and the head of the Planning department.
 PUBLIC SAFETY:(Walter Kroll, Chair)
o    Walter K reported on recent work in the area of traffic enforcement and resolving drag racing problems with the SPD traffic division.   
HOUSING/ CODE:(Demetrios Panteleakis, Chair)
o    Demetrios P reporting on recent invitations to casino contenders inviting them to meet with board to discuss neighborhood impacts, and to request mitigation measures.
o    Jesse L answered questions on the recent Brownfield forum that MNC co-sponsored.  Participants learned how to report a Brownfield to the state.  Results of first McKnight/Bay assessment were discussed.  PVPC and Planning Department representatives also attended and are interested in continuing work in the neighborhood.
o    Gayle W announced Preservation Trust fundraiser for January 27 and encouraged support.
8:00 pm ADJOURNMENT:    MOTION:   (DP moved) to adjourn; (LC seconded); motion carried.
Submitted by Elizabeth Lederman, Administrative Staff, 01/08/2013.


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