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AGENDA & MINUTES October 09, 2012

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McKnight Neighborhood Council, Inc.

Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, October 09, 2012; 6-8 pm
Rebecca Johnson School, Music Room
55 Catharine St., Springfield MA
AGENDA
6:00 – 6:15 pm:  OPEN MEETING, WELCOME
o   Introduction, Board of Directors
o   Audience Introductions
6:15—6:45pm:  GUESTS
o    Scott Hanson and Samalid Hogan from the Office of Planning & Economic Development who helped arrange the grant funding for the renovation of the shop fronts at Catharine and Bay Street.
6:45—7:00pm:  OFFICERS’ REPORTS  
o    PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Walter J. Kroll)
o    VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Demetrios Panteleakis)
o    SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Jesse Lederman)
·         Minutes of September 11, 2012, meeting (see attachment)
o    TREASURER’S REPORT:  (Elizabeth Stevens)
·         Monthly financial report
7:00—7:15 pm:  New Business— Open to Floor
7:15—7:45 pm: COMMITTEE REPORTS – Any committee updates (5 minutes each)
o    Standing Committees
·         Rail Trail (Liz Stevens) 
·         Public Safety (Walter Kroll) 
·         Housing & Code (Demetrios Panteleakis)
§  Minutes of Sept 18, 2012 meeting (see attachment)
·         Good Neighbor (Ceil Lewonchuk)
·         Communications (Corey Singleton. Ben Swan Jr)
o    Ad Hoc Committees
·         Food Access (Synthia Scott-Mitchell)
7:45–8:00 pm:  Wrap Up—Final Business, Open to Floor    
                    
8:00 pm—Close Meeting

Approved November 13, 2012

Minutes McKnight Neighborhood Council
Board Meeting:  October 09, 2012
Meeting Called to order 6:15 p.m.:   (WK verified quorum present)
Board Members Present (7):  Walter Kroll (Pres),  Jesse Lederman (Secy/Clerk), Elizabeth Stevens, (Treas), Brandi Gamble-Lucas  (Asst Secy),  Donna Jordan, Ed Kelly, Ceil Lewonchuk,  {Elizabeth Lederman, Adm. Staff}.
Board Members Not Present (6):  Demetrios Panteleakis  (Vice Pres), Corey Singleton (Asst Treasurer), Lloyd Creswell,  Synthia Scott-Mitchell,  Ben Swan, Jr, Stephen Thibeau
Neighborhood Members:  Ogarth Peters, David Gaby, Eli Colgram, Richard Johnson, Warren Clark, Bokul Bhuiya, Claudette Smart, Leia Creighton,
Guests:  Harold Bell,  Samalid Hogan,  Cynthia Marsh, Scott Hanson
Welcome by Walter K; board member introductions; audience introductions.  Everyone invited to join in a buffet provided by Pete’s Restaurant and Catering located at the corner of Bay and Catharine.
GUESTS
o   Guests Cynthia Marsh, owner of the commercial shop property at the corner of Catharine and Bay; and City Planning representatives Samalid Hogan and Scott Hanson.
·          Council recognized the completion of the renovation of the building façade, and its benefit to the neighborhood.   The renovation was done in keeping with the historical nature of the neighborhood, through a grant program partnered with by the City. 
·         Coordinated efforts by the City also included improved on-street parking and sidewalk upgrades.
·         Walter K presented Cynthia Marsh with a Mayoral citation recognizing her for her contribution to neighborhood improvement; and she described the details of the renovation process.
·         Introduced and thanked Ogarth Peters—his  father’s restaurant is one of building tenants provided the food for the celebration.
·         Samalid Hogan gave details on the grant program that made the project possible, and other programs that were in the offing in the coming year to help small businesses—including a program to help retailers with their display and product promotion.
·         Audience and board members expressed much appreciation to the property owner and city representatives for the successful outcome of the project, and praise for the comprehensive and well thought out details.
OFFICER REPORTS
o   SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Jesse Lederman)
Jesse L submitted the minutes of the Board Meeting September 11, 2012, for acceptance. Call for corrections or additions.
MOTION: (LS moved) to accept as presented; (DJ seconded); (WK called 😉 Unanimous vote. 
o   TREASURER’S REPORT: (Elizabeth Stevens)
Liz S presented the treasurer’s report, with Bokul  B who has undertaken the bookkeeping.  He is in the process of reviewing the books and submitted an initial overview of funds.  Liz S reporting we are still waiting for the final 4th quarter check for last years funds from the City.
MOTION: (LS moved) to accept as presented; (DJ seconded); (WK called 😉 Unanimous vote to accept. 
NEW BUSINESS—Open to the Floor
o   Samalid Hogan announced that there are potential grant funds available this year to assess Brownfields and invited McKnight to participate, as a follow-up to our previous participation in the
CARE grant.   Discussion about potential sites and what the funding could provide—assessment as a prequel to actual remediation.
o   Jesse L updated biomass incinerator status, noting that while the State had approved the air permit, they still lacked any of the City permits necessary, and were not likely to go forward.
o   Jesse L announcing 25th anniversary celebration of Arise for Social Justice, and made motion to purchase support ad for the event program.
MOTION: (JL moved) to take out $25 ad; (EK seconded); (WK called 😉 Unanimous vote. 
o   Ceil L inviting all to attend a “Reminiscing Session” at Mason Square Library on Thursday October 18—the topic is memories and experiences of Winchester Square such as Buckingham Junior High, the Strand, and King’s Department Store. 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
STANDING COMMITTEES
o   Rail Trail (Elizabeth Stevens, Chair)
·         Liz S reporting meeting with Parks Director Pat Sullivan scheduled for Monday October 15; and that Partners for a Healthier Community has approved using the $1800 grant money unused from last year for the development of a master plan for the Rail Trail.
·         David G volunteering information that he had recently attended a State sponsored symposium at STCC on “visioning” modes of transportation in the future, and that the discussion did not include any mention of bicycles.  Group still accepting input on the discussion.  Liz S to follow.
o   Public Safety (Walter Kroll, Chair)
·         Safety report for last month submitted.  Topic at last Watch meeting was violence and safety concerns associated with teenage parties; with Officer Ramos sharing surprising statistics at the number of incidents, especially with guns, that arise from these events.  Advice offered on how to plan for such events and make sure they stay safe and under control.
·         Aggravated assault and car theft still up in McKnight.
·         Ongoing problems at 287 St James presented to City and Police as ongoing nuisance; decisive action with owner and tenants followed by Code, Police, and other City departments.  Situation improved and being monitored.
·         Ed K reporting that activity on Clarendon Street is being monitored effectively and encouraging people to call about suspicious activity because the calls are being followed up on quickly.
o   Housing & Code (Demetrios Panteleakis, Chair), absent, Walter K reporting:
·         Housing and Code meeting took place last month, report attached to agenda.
·         Letters sent out to City over problem properties at 107 Harvard Street, 169 Florida, and the debris outside of the abandoned Fusion Bar on St James Avenue.
·         Letter sent to SMOC about fence recommendations for 175 Bowdoin Street.
·         Thank you letter to Pat Sullivan for the upkeep of Thompson Triangle.
o   Good Neighbor (Ceil Lewonchuk, Chair)
·         Sent out five welcome letters last month.
FINAL BUSINESS/WRAP UP—Open to Floor
o   Walter K announcing that Council will be putting out December newsletter and inviting everyone to contribute articles.
8:00 ADJOURNMENT:    MOTION:   (JL moved) to adjourn; (BS seconded); (EK called); motion carried.
Submitted by Elizabeth Lederman, Administrative Staff, 11/13/2012

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