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AGENDA & MINUTES November 12, 2013

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McKnight Neighborhood Council, Inc.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, November 12, 2013; 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—6:30 pm:  Guest Presentation

o    Frank Colaccino, president of the Colvest Group, sharing plans about the State Street parcel which borders Thompson Street and is being developed into retail space.


6:30—7:00 pm:  New Business—Board

o    Request for RFP approval—Bowdoin Street property/Demetrios Panteleakis

o    Winter Newsletter

o    Holiday Pot Luck Next Meeting

o    Community Service Awards


7:00—7:15 pm: New Business—Open to the Floor


7:15—7:30 pm:  OFFICER EPORTS  

o    PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Walter J. Kroll)

o    VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Demetrios Panteleakis)

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

·         Minutes of October 08, 2013 meeting (see attachment)

o    TREASURER’S REPORT:  (Elizabeth Stevens)


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 (Colin Kirby)

·         Good Neighbor (Elizabeth O’Gilvie)

·         Communications (Ben Swan Jr)

o    Ad Hoc Committees

·         Food Access (Elizabeth O’Gilvie)

·         Debate (Ishaq Harris)

·         Community Center (Demetrios Panteleakis)


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

8:00—Close Meeting

Board Meeting November 12, 2013

Minutes McKnight Neighborhood Council

Meeting Called to order 6:10 p.m.


Board Members Present (10):  Walter Kroll (Pres);   Demetrios Panteleakis (Vice Pres); Brandi Gamble-Lucas, (Secy/Clerk), Elizabeth Stevens, (Treas);  Ishaq Harris (ClerkAsst Treasurer), Tawreak Eddington, Greg Gavin, Colin Kirby Elizabeth O’Ogilvie; Ben Swan, Jr. {Elizabeth Lederman, Adm. Staff}.

Board Members Not Present (3):  Lloyd Creswell (Asst Sec/Clerk); Donna Jordan:  April Mitchell-Edwards

Neighborhood Members:  Madeline Kroll, Brian McFarland, Jesse Carmen, Susan Roche

Guests:  Peter Lapointe


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



o    Peter LaPointe, from the Colvest Group, presented information and plans for the development taking place on the property fronting State Street, which runs between Thompson and Pleasant Streets, and includes the old Kentucky Fried Chicken property.

·         Development will include 3 retail spaces: a 10,000 sq foot Family Dollar store, and two additional tenants occupying an adjacent 4,800 sq foot space.

·         The Family Dollar presently located at Winchester & State will relocate there, and the other two tenants have yet to be identified.  Their plans also include leasing the Kentucky Fried Chicken building to an interested owner.

·         An access road with an entrance on State Street and an exit on Bay will run behind Thompson Street residential properties.

·         Store deliveries will typically be during the early morning hours.

·         Concerns about the noise and safety of the area around the access road were addressed.  A 6-foot stockade fence will buffer the residential properties on Thompson, and the road will have adequate lighting.

·         Concerns about litter from the current Family Dollar were expressed; the Colvest Group will continue to own the property and their record of good property management at the nearby CVS on State Street was cited as a reassurance.

·         Concerns about truck traffic on Bay were expressed; assurances given that the truck traffic will only occur between the exit from the property back to St James.



o    Request for RFP approval—83 Bowdoin Street property/Demetrios Panteleakis:

MOTION: (BG moved) to support recommendation as preferred developer; (GG seconded); (WK called)  Approved; 8 Yea; 2 Abstentions. 

o    Winter Newsletter:  need articles; Liz O volunteered to write on food access; Brandi G to do home sales; Walter K, public safety article; Liz S saying she will contribute something brief on the rail trail and that Mike S has an article to contribute on the Preservation Trust cemetery tour; Elizabeth L to do article on State Street Development and EMT school opening on St James.

o    Holiday Pot Luck at December monthly meeting.  Liz S to ask Rebecca Johnson Children’s Choir to entertain.  Agreement to move yearly Community Service Awards to the Annual meeting in May.

o    Liz O described the progress being made by Develop Springfield and the Mason Square Health Task Force in bringing a full service grocery store to the neighborhood.  Tentative site at Oak & Walnut Streets; Requested letter of support from the Council.

MOTION: (BS moved) to provide letter (BG seconded); (WK called)  Approved; 8 Yea; 1 Abstention. 




o    NEW BUSINESS—Open to the Floor

o    A resident from Bowdoin Street said that she has been working up part of her lot as community garden space and will probably be ready to share plots with neighborhood residents next spring.  Invited to submit article on this for the spring newsletter.

o    A resident from Thompson Street voiced long time frustration with noise coming from bar on State Street and the lack of police response and follow through.  Encouraged to bring his concerns to the next Neighborhood Watch meeting.


o    PRESIDENT’S REPORT:  (Walter Kroll)

Walter K gave a brief recount of the At Large City Council Debate which the Council co-hosted with AIC last month.  Also attended the speak-out on behalf of the neighborhood at the City Council meeting for the pawn shop ordinance vote.  Provided background to the Board on the overall pawn shop debate, and explained what the failure to pass the revised ordinance meant at this stage of the City Council’s attempt to address the problems involved.

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

Secretary Brandi G, submitted the minutes of the Board Meeting October 08, 2013. for acceptance. Call for corrections or additions.

MOTION: (LO moved) to accept as presented; (LS seconded); (WK called)  Unanimous vote. 

o    TREASURER’S REPORT: (Elizabeth Stevens)

Liz S  informed the Board that the Council has federal non-profit status, but that in order to qualify for this on the state level for non-taxable status and a state ID number, certain paperwork needs filed which requires the social security number of some of the Board officers.  She will be finding out more information about this.  Also presented the budget for July 1 to the present.

MOTION: (GG moved) to accept as presented; (BG seconded); (WK called)  Unanimous vote. 




o    Rail Trail (Elizabeth Stevens, Chair)

Meeting with City officials occurring later this month.

o    Public Safety (Walter Kroll, Chair)

Neighborhood Watch meeting next Thursday will provide training and tips for walking and shopping in public venues, how to stay safe in parking lots, and overall safety during the holiday season



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