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McKnight Neighborhood Meeting 3/11/14

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Draft/Board Meeting March 11, 2014

Minutes McKnight Neighborhood Council

Meeting Called to order 6:15 p.m.

Board Members Present (4): Walter Kroll (Pres); Elizabeth Stevens, (Treas); Greg Gavin, Ben Swan, Jr, {Elizabeth Lederman, Adm. Staff}.

Board Members Not Present (8): Demetrios Panteleakis (Vice Pres); Brandi Gamble-Lucas, (Secy/Clerk), Lloyd Creswell (Asst Sec/Clerk); Ishaq Harris (Asst Treasurer), Tawreak Eddington, Donna Jordan, Colin Kibry, Elizabeth O’Gilvie

Neighborhood Members: Stephen White, Stephen Gray, Nikki Johnson, Madeline Kroll

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

Summary of Informal Board Meeting—Quorum of 5 not present to conduct official business.

NEW BUSINESS—Open to the Floor

  • Stephen G reporting on recent gang activity on Bowdoin and Lincoln Streets—a group of young men vandalizing cars. Called into the police.
  • Nikki J, a Vassar Street resident, asked if the Council would be interested in helping to organize a “hundred family” neighborhood-wide garage sale for the weekend of May 17-18, with an eye to making it an annual event. Willing to flyer and organize. Walter K said board would look into the possibility of getting a blanket permit from the City for the event.


  • PRESIDENT’S REPORT: (Walter Kroll)
  • Reported on Next Door Program, a Facebook type website some of the neighborhoods are using for internal communication about safety issues. Could be utilized by McKnight for safety as well as other neighborhood communication. More private than an open website, must be a neighborhood resident to access the space. Walter is currently investigating it, and encouraging other board members to trial it. If useful, can be introduced to the neighborhood at the block party.
  • CDBG neighborhood project grant request—City has not yet announced recipients. McKnight submitted two requests—one to replace current 5 historical signs which are aged and rusty, and a second request for hanging flower baskets at neighborhood gateway locations and around Thompson Triangle.
  • Important to have shovel-ready projects prepared for future grant opportunities from the City. Cross walks, work on the dry-bridge, and historical lighting still high on the list of needed improvements.
  • SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Brandi Gamble-Lucas)
  • Minutes of February 11 Board meeting tabled for acceptance until next meeting.
  • TREASURER’S REPORT: (Elizabeth Stevens)
  • Treasurer’s report tabled.



  • Rail Trail (Elizabeth Stevens, Chair)


    • No new developments. Meetings with City to resume this spring.
  • Public Safety (Walter Kroll, Chair)


  • Ben S reporting that turn out has been good at Watch and Police Beat meetings.
  • Housing & Code (Colin Kirby, Chair)
  • Discussion about giving out awards at the annual meeting in May to recognize improvements made in the last year—the house on the corner of Clarendon and Worthington, and 62 Bay.
  • Liz S following up on the Colvest Group’s promise to plant border trees at their development on State Street and Thompson.


  • Keep Springfield Beautiful clean-up event in late April. Will discuss potential sites at next meeting.8:00 ADJOURNMENT:   MOTION: (BS moved) to adjourn; (LS seconded); (WK called); motion carried.