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AGENDA & MINUTES September 11, 2012

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McKnight Neighborhood Council, Inc.

Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, September 11, 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—7:00 pm:  GUESTS
o   David Chevalier, Nash Mfg. & Grinding Services, Inc, presenting information on expanding this business which is presently located in Holyoke, to a second location at 572 St. James Avenue.

o   Representatives from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission presenting information on a new initiative within the Mass Save program, called Home MPG. The state-sponsored program provides homeowners with a no-cost home energy assessment, an energy performance score (essentially a miles-per-gallon rating for your home), and access to a variety of resources and incentives for energy savings.
7:00—7:15pm:  OFFICERS’ REPORTS  
o    PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Walter J. Kroll)
o    VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Demetrios Panteleakis)
o    SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Jesse Lederman)
·         Minutes of August 14,  2012, meeting (see attachment)
o    TREASURER’S REPORT:  (Elizabeth Stevens)
·         Monthly financial report
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 (Corey Singleton. Ben Swan Jr)
o    Ad Hoc Committees
·         Food Access (Synthia Scott-Mitchell)
7:50–8:00 pm:  Wrap Up—Final Business, Open to Floor    
8:00 pm—Close Meeting



Approved October 09, 2012

Minutes McKnight Neighborhood Council
Board Meeting:  September 11, 2012
Meeting Called to order 6:00 p.m.:   (WK verified quorum present)
Board Members Present (9):  Walter Kroll (Pres), Demetrios Panteleakis  (Vice Pres), Jesse Lederman (Secy/Clerk), Liz Stevens, (Treas), Lloyd Creswell, Ed Kelly ,Ceil Lewonchuk,  Ben Swan, Jr, Stephen Thibeau,  {Elizabeth Lederman, Adm. Staff}.
Board Members Not Present (4): Brandi Gamble-Lucas  (Asst Secy), Corey Singleton (Asst Treasurer),  Donna Jordan, Synthia Scott-Mitchell
Guests:  Jan Nash, Matt Nash, David Chevalier, Catherine Ratte
Welcome by Walter K; board member introductions; audience introductions.
o   David Chevalier and Matt Nash of Nash Manufacturing & Grinding Services, Inc, presented information on their move from Holyoke to a new location at 572 St. James Avenue.
·         Business founded in 1996—engaged in custom manufacturing of precision machine parts.
·         Relocating to expand manufacturing space.
·         Currently employs 5 individuals—move will create 2-3 new positions. 
·         Will be investing $435,000 in the move, renovation of property and upgrade in equipment.
·         Seeking Special Tax Assessment under the Economic Development Incentive Program, which will give them a sliding scale tax assessment for five years.
·         Asking MNC for a letter of recommendation to the Springfield City Council.
MOTION: (DP moved) to submit a letter of support to the City Council on behalf of Nash Manufacturing; (JL  seconded); (WK called the question); Unanimous vote to accept. 
o   Catherine Ratte, a representatives from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, presented information on a new initiative within the Mass Save program, called Home MPG.
·         Open to all Springfield residents—free home energy audits, eligible to receive every two years.
·         Double the incentives of previous programs for equipment purchase with 0% loans to homeowners. 
·         No income requirement–$2,000 of free insulation and weatherizing.  (Note:  for homes with knob and tubing wiring, program cannot offer blown in insulation.)
·         Program available from now through December 31, 2013.
·         Contact Mass Save at 866-527-SAVE to schedule Home Energy Assessment.
o   PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Walter Kroll)
No remarks.
o   VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Demetrios Panteleakis)
No remarks.
o   SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Jesse Lederman)
Jesse L submitted the minutes of the Board Meeting August 14, 2012, for acceptance. Call for corrections or additions.
MOTION: (LS moved) to accept as presented; (EK seconded); (WK called 😉 Unanimous vote to accept. 
o   TREASURER’S REPORT: (Elizabeth Stevens)
Liz S reporting that Fiscal Solutions has been notified of their termination for bookkeeping services and that she and Bokul are working on updating records—updated report will be forthcoming.
NEW BUSINESS—Open to the Floor
o   Lloyd C inquiring on status of casino discussion, noting MGM’s extensive outreach to community.  Board consensus that all casino applicants should present to MNC at the same meeting.  Demetrios P recommending that invitations and presentations wait until application deadline of September 30, to see which companies actually submit their $400,000 application fee.
o   Walter K reporting that October meeting will include recognition of city officials who helped arrange grant funding  for the façade improvements to the shops on Catharine and Bay—will invite landlord and shop owners also.
o   Rail Trail (Elizabeth Stevens, Chair)
·         Last meeting with Pat Sullivan in Parks was in June; meeting scheduled for September 17.
o   Public Safety (Walter Kroll, Chair)
·         Letter sent to owner of 287 St James asking for information on status of property; re: complaints of neighbors about partying, noise, and numerous apparently unsupervised and under aged youth on premises.
o   Housing & Code (Demetrios Panteleakis, Chair)  
·         Demetrios P reporting on STCC parking lot on Worthington and Armory.  Will be contacting STCC and Appleton Management about the need to pave the lot and improve the landscaping since it has obviously become a permanent transportation and parking hub for the college.  
·         Ed K reporting on Historical Commission hearing on Sept 06, re:  mail boxes at SMOC housing at 175 Bowdoin Street.  Historical Commission informing SMOC that 14 mailbox cluster on front porch unacceptable; alternative solutions suggested, issue tabled for future hearing.  Also tabled:  replicating bannister for front porch and garage door replacement.  EK also reporting that de-leading, window replacement, and repairs at 21 Clarendon St approved at hearing.
·         Walter K reporting that he and Demetrios P were accepted for RFP at 62 Bay Street.
·         Next meeting for Housing & Code scheduled for 6pm, Sept 18.
o   Ben S inquiring about status of River Inn on State Street; presently vacant, with owner to correct numerous code violations; disposition likely to end up with City.
o   Ben S reporting that last Neighborhood Collaborative discussed casinos.
o   Walter K discussing how to improve attendance at monthly meeting.  Suggesting board members display sign notices in their yards a few days before each meeting.  Also discussed employing the City’s robo-call system if possible.
8:00 ADJOURNMENT:    MOTION:   (JL moved) to adjourn; (BS seconded); (EK called); motion carried.
Submitted by Elizabeth Lederman, Administrative Staff, 10/09/2012.


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