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AGENDA & MINUTES December 10, 2013

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McKnight Neighborhood Council, Inc.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, December 10, 2013;  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—Introduction by Elizabeth Stevens


6:45 pm—A Musical Selection Performed by Ms Sierra Gamble—     

                                                                             Introduction by Walter Kroll


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: (Brandi Gamble-Lucas)  

o    Approval of Minutes from November 12, 2013  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 (Elizabeth  Stevens) 

·         Public Safety (Walter Kroll)                                                       

·         Housing & Code (Colin Kirby)

·         Good Neighbor (Elizabeth O’Gilvie)

·         Food Access (Elizabeth O’Gilvie)

·         Communications (Ben Swan, Jr,)


8:00 pm – Close Meeting

Board Meeting December 10, 2013

Minutes McKnight Neighborhood Council

6:00—7:00 pm:  Welcome from President Kroll; Annual Community Holiday Pot Luck Dinner took place with entertainment from the Rebecca Johnson Children’s Chorus, and a solo performance by Ms. Sierra Gamble.

Business meeting called to order 7:00 p.m.:   (WK verified quorum present)

Board Members Present (7):  Walter Kroll (Pres);   Brandi Gamble-Lucas, (Secy/Clerk), Elizabeth Stevens, (Treas);  Lloyd Creswell (Asst Sec/Clerk); Ishaq Harris (ClerkAsst Treasurer), Tawreak Eddington, Ben Swan, Jr. {Elizabeth Lederman, Adm. Staff}.

Board Members Not Present (7):  Demetrios Panteleakis (Vice Pres), Donna Jordan, Greg Gavin, Colin Kirby, Elizabeth O’Ogilvie,  April Mitchell-Edwards

Neighborhood Members:  Henry and Karen Twiggs, Madeline Kroll, Susan Roche, Michael Stevens, Jennifer Diaz, Walt and Fran Bigelow, Sierra Gamble, Jack Dubose, Chris Rodriguez, Helen Creswell

Guests:  Rebecca Johnson Children’s Chorus and Director, Parents and Guests (approximately 50)


o    SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Brandi Gamble Lucas) 

Minutes of Board Meeting, November 12, 2013 submitted for acceptance.

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

o    TREASURER’S REPORT: (Elizabeth Stevens)

Treasurer’s report tabled until Jan meeting—books in process of being transferred to Quick Books cloud service.


o    Concerns expressed about litter from convenience stores, and whether business properties need to conform to historical commission guidelines; church on corner of Clarendon and St James supposedly sold to another church organization, their plans for the property unknown; question raised about a Dartmouth property opening a food pantry. 

o    Ward 4 City Councilor Twiggs gave a brief overview of recent City Council activities, discussed status of pawn broker ordinance and upcoming discussions about digital billboards.


RAIL TRAIL : (Elizabeth Stevens, Chair) 

o    Liz S reported that the City has put the feasibility study for the rail trail out to bid.  Should be completed by end of summer.

 PUBLIC SAFETY: (Walter Kroll, Chair)

o    Walter K reported that break-ins and assaults are up, also stolen cars.  Recent stabbing at apartment complex on Worthington.  Efforts being made to seek more accountability from the owner.  Neighborhood Watch offering “Stay Safe” training for the holidays and winter season.  


o    Ben S networking with possible editor for neighborhood newsletter.

o    Liz S shared that fund raiser calendars are available to support the Urban Wildlife Rescue organization located on Bowdoin Street.

8:00 pm ADJOURNMENT:    MOTION:   (BS moved) to adjourn; (BG seconded); motion carried.