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AGENDA & MINUTES July 09, 2013

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McKnight Neighborhood Council, Inc.

Board of Directors Meeting

 

Tuesday, July 09, 2013:  6-8 pm

Rebecca Johnson School, Music Room

55 Catharine St., Springfield MA

AGENDA

6:00 – 6:10 pm:  OPEN MEETING, WELCOME

o   Introduction, Board of Directors

o   Audience Introductions

6:10—6:30 pm:   GUEST PRESENTATION

·         Craig & Chris Spagnolia speaking on proposal to develop 886-892 State Street property—State Street Smoker, a barbeque restaurant.

6:30—6:40 pm:  OUTGOING OFFICER’S REPORTS (from 2012-2013)

o   SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Jesse Lederman)  

·         Minutes of May 14, 2013 meeting (tabled from prior meeting)

·         Minutes of June 11, 2013 meeting

o   TREASURER’S REPORT:  (Elizabeth Stevens)

·         Year end budget report

6:40 pm—7:00 pm:  BOARD INSTALLATION & OFFICER ELECTIONS

o   Installation of  Newly Elected Board Representative

o   Election of Officers

·         Presentation of Slate of Officers by Nominating Committee

·         Call for nominations from the floor

·         Balloting and tally

·         Elected officers installed

7:00—7:15 pm:  NEW BUSINESS–Board

o   Discussion & Approval  of  FY2014 CDBG Scope of Service

o   Discussion & Approval  of  FY2014 CDBG Budget

o   Vote of Corporation Authorizing Execution of Contract (Legal authorization for President to sign the CDBG contract for the coming year)

7:15 pm—7:30 pm:  OLD BUSINESS—Board Actions Tabled from June 11 meeting

·         Hardbody Auto Sales—Request for letter of support for special permits at 61 Armory Street.  (See June minutes for presentation summary.)

·         Arise for Social Justice—Requesting letter to Pat Sullivan/City regarding Council notification when hazardous materials/health threats are discovered at public school facilities.  (See June minutes for presentation summary.)

7:30 pm—7:50 pm:  COMMITTEE WORK

o   Discussion of Committees and work for upcoming year; chairmanship appointments


o   Standing Committees

§  Rail Trail

§  Public Safety                                                             

§  Housing/Code

§  Communications

§  Good Neighbor

o   Ad Hoc Committees

§  McKnight Community Center

§  Debate

§  Food Access

 

7:50—8:00 pm:  Wrap Up—Final Business, Open to Floor

8:00 pm – Close Meeting

Board Meeting:  July 11, 2013

Minutes McKnight Neighborhood Council

Meeting Called to order 6:10 p.m.

Board Members Present (8):  Walter Kroll (Pres);  Brandi Gamble-Lucas (Secy/Clerk), Elizabeth Stevens, (Treas);  Ishaq Harris (ClerkAsst Treasurer); Greg Gavin, Donna Jordan, Colin Kirby, Ben Swan, Jr, {Elizabeth Lederman, Adm. Staff}.

Board Members Not Present (6):  Demetrios Panteleakis  (Vice Pres), Lloyd Creswell Asst Sec/Clerk);  Tawreak Eddington, Ceil Lewonchuk,  April Mitchell-Edwards, Elizabeth O’Ogilvie

Neighborhood Members:  Luz Swan, Frank Buntin, Alice Swan, Lora Swan, Trisha Love-Walsh, Kimberly Gavin, Bokul Bhuyia

Guests:  Russ Seelig, Craig Spagnolia, Chris Spagnolia

Welcome by Walter K; board member introductions; audience introductions. 

GUEST PRESENTATION

o   Craig & Chris Spagnolia speaking on proposal to develop 886-892 State Street property—State Street Smoker, a barbeque restaurant.

·         Location corner of Andrews and State Street.  Southern style barbeque with a beer and wine menu—not intended to be a bar.  Hours 11 am-11 pm.  1000 sq ft of dining space. Business near AIC, will integrate well with neighborhood.  Anticipate hiring 15 to 20 employees.

·         Parking:  10 spaces behind building, and RFP in process for city-owned property adjacent which will provide space for 40 cars.

·         Already received support from City Councilors Twiggs and Williams.

·         Have developed other properties in Forest Park and established a good reputation.  Chris has previous restaurant experience.

·         Will request letter of support for Planning & Liquor license in future. 

·         Board will consider at August meeting.

OUTGOING OFFICER REPORTS (from 2012-13)

o   SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Brandi Gamble-Lucas)

·         Minutes of Board Meeting, May 14, 2013 (tabled from prior meeting), and Minutes of Board Meeting June 11, 2013, submitted for acceptance.

MOTION: (DJ moved) to accept as presented; (LS seconded); (WK call for discussion) ;( WK called the question); Motion carried.

o   TREASURER’S REPORT: (Elizabeth Stevens)

·         Year end report presented by Liz S and Bokul B. 

MOTION: (DJ moved) to accept as presented; (GG seconded); (WK call for discussion) ;( WK called the question); Motion carried.

·         Bokul B who has previously been assisting with bookkeeping has to withdraw his help due to personal time constraints; Walter K thanked him for his service.

BOARD INSTALLATION & OFFICER  ELECTIONS

o   Board Installation—Walter K welcomed new Board members and thanked the entire Board for their dedication and willingness to serve the neighborhood.

o   Election of Officers for FY 2013-14—Nominating Committer Chair, Liz S,  presented Slate of Officers as follows:

·         President—Walter Kroll

·         Vice President—Demetrios Panteleakis

·         Brandi Gamble-Lucas—Secretary/Clerk

·         Asst Secretary/Clerk—L loyd Creswell

·         Treasurer—E lizabeth Stevens

·         Asst Treasurer—(No volunteers for Asst Treasurer during committee survey)

·         Walter K called for nominations from the floor.  None were offered.

·         Ishaq H volunteered to fill vacant Assistant Treasurer position.

·         Walter K explained that since there are no opposing candidates, officers may be elected by a motion to accept the slate as presented.

MOTION: (BG moved) to accept as presented with addition of Ishaq H for Assistant Treasurer; (BS seconded); (WK call for discussion) ;( WK called the question); Motion carried unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS–Board

o   Discussion & Approval  of  FY2014 CDBG Scope of Service

MOTION: (BS moved) to accept as presented; (BG seconded); (WK call for discussion) ;( WK called the question); Motion carried unanimously.

o   Discussion & Approval  of  FY2014 CDBG Budget

MOTION: (BS moved) to accept as presented; (GG seconded); (WK call for discussion) ;( WK called the question); Motion carried unanimously.

o   Vote of Corporation Authorizing Execution of Contract (Legal authorization for President to sign the CDBG contract for the coming year)

MOTION: (BS moved) to accept as presented; (LS seconded); (WK call for discussion) ;( WK called the question); Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS—Board Actions Tabled from June 11 meeting

o   Hardbody Auto Sales—Request for letter of support for special permits at 61 Armory Street. 

MOTION: (LS moved) to accept as presented; (WK seconded); (WK call for discussion) ;( WK called the question); Yea—5; Abstentions—3; Motion carried.

o   Arise for Social Justice—Requesting letter to Pat Sullivan/City regarding neighborhood Councils notification when hazardous materials/health threats are discovered at public school facilities. 

MOTION: (LS moved) to accept as presented; (WK seconded); (WK call for discussion) ;

Discussion:  Motion amended to include notification to neighborhood councils and parents and send letter to Mayor with cc: to School Committee members, Superintendent Warwick, and Pat Sullivan ( WK called the question); Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE WORK

o   Discussion of Committees and work for upcoming year; chairmanship appointments

·         Rail Trail, Chair, Elizabeth Stevens

·         Public Safety, Chair, Walter Kroll—Greg Gavin, member

·         Housing & Code, Chair, Demetrios Panteleakis—Brandi Gamble-Lucas, Frank Buntin, members

·         Communications, Chair, Ben Swan

·         Good Neighbor, Chair, Ceil Lewonchuk

·         Food Access, Chair, Ben Swan

·         Debate Committee, Chair, Ishaq Harris—Walter Kroll, Frank Buntin, members

FINAL BUSINESS/WRAP UP—Open to Floor

8:00 ADJOURNMENT:    MOTION:   (DJ moved) to adjourn; (BS seconded); (WK called); motion carried.

 

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