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McKnight Neighborhood Meeting 12/09/14

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Board Meeting December 09, 2014

Approved January 13, 2015

Minutes McKnight Neighborhood Council

Annual Community Potluck—6:00 to 6:45 pm.   Meeting called to order at 6:45 pm.

Board Members Present (9): Walter Kroll (Pres), Elizabeth O’Gilvie (Vice Pres), Brandi Gamble-Lucas, (Secy/Clerk), Lloyd Creswell (Asst Sec/Clerk); Colin Kirby (Treas), Tawreak Eddington, Bryan McFarland, Elizabeth Stevens, Paul Swenson; {Elizabeth Lederman, Adm. Staff}.

Board Members Not Present (4):  Greg Gavin, Donna Jordan, Damian Phillips, Ben Swan, Jr.

Neighborhood Members: Approximately 24 neighborhood residents, see sign-in sheets

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


  • PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Walter Kroll) Walter thanked board members for their contributions to the neighborhood this year; and reminded all that the Council’s accomplishments on behalf of the neighborhood are due to the volunteer hours put in by the board members and neighborhood residents who care about McKnight.
  • VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Elizabeth O’Gilvie) Liz O noted that this is her second year on the board, and that she is proud to be a part of the neighborhood since 1968; and that McKnight models what real diversity looks like for other neighborhoods in the city.
  • SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Brandi Gamble-Lucas) Brandi G submitted the minutes from November 12, 2014 for acceptance. Call for corrections or additions.
  • MOTION: (EO moved) to accept as presented; (ES seconded); (WK called); Unanimous vote.
  • TREASURER’S REPORT: (Colin Kirby)  Colin K submitted a balance sheet, and reported a current bank balance to date is $4200. 1st quarter reimbursement has not yet been received.
  • MOTION: (LC moved) to accept as presented; (ES seconded); (WK called); Unanimous vote.


  • Rail Trail (Elizabeth Stevens) Rail Trail will be on the agenda for the Park Commission in January. Current health data outcomes for the Springfield area are the worst in the state—gathering info to justify the rail trail investment for the City. Encouraging residents to write to the Mayor and lobby for the trail being built out of part of the casino host agreement funds.
  • Public Safety (Walter Kroll) Recent stabbing on Girard Avenue; other areas of concern—problems at CVS during overnight hours, concerns about Bay Street safety for pedestrians; need to be vigilant. Cannot prevent everything, but some things can be avoided with common sense. In general the neighborhood has been quiet.
  • Housing & Code (Colin Kirby) Currently following 95 Westminster. Landlord is engaged with Housing Court now, but fighting to hang onto the property. Has not addressed the trash on the property. Code enforcement involved. Dave Cotter has been very engaged and responsive overall with McKnight property problems. Colin reminds everyone that this is a process and we will patiently address problems as we become aware of them. Stressed the importance once again of calling 311 to report legitimate complaints.
  • Food Access (Elizabeth O’Gilvie)Elizabeth O reporting that Biy Y has pulled out of the grocery store project for Mason Square, that other owner/operators are being considered.
  • Debate (Paul Swenson)No new activity. The coming year will be an active political season with mayoral and city council races.
  • Communications (Ben Swan) Winter newsletter went out to neighborhood last week. Walter K thanked Elizabeth L for the work put into editing and preparing the mailing. Residents urged to submit articles for the spring newsletter.
  • Beautification (Bryan McFarland)Thompson Triangle lamp posts each decorated with wreaths for the holiday season. Only one lamp post had an electrical outlet, so it had lights. Will look into getting Parks to put outlets on the other posts this year.


  • Walter K announced the appointment of Jack Dubose to fill the vacant board seat in District 1.


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