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McKnight Neighborhood Meeting 4/08/14

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Board Meeting April 08, 2014


Minutes McKnight Neighborhood Council

Meeting Called to order 6:15 p.m.


Board Members Present (8): Walter Kroll (Pres); Brandi Gamble-Lucas, (Secy/Clerk), Elizabeth Stevens, (Treas); Tawreak Eddington, Greg Gavin, Colin Kirby, Ben Swan, Jr, Elizabeth O’Gilvie {Elizabeth Lederman, Adm. Staff}.

Board Members Not Present (3): Lloyd Creswell (Asst Sec/Clerk); Ishaq Harris (Asst Treasurer), Donna Jordan

Neighborhood Members: Ed Whitley, Mike Stevens, Nikki Johnson, Demetrios Panteleakis

Guests: Michael Frisbie, Jim Welch, Gil Peron, Daryl Moss, Craig Givens


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



  • Michael Frisbie, Hunter Development, owner of the Martone Place property, site of the proposed relocation for the RMV office, presenting details of the plan
  • Presented a poster board display of proposed project—14,300 square foot building, 240 parking spaces. 36 Martone Place building to be demolished and new building erected.
  • Received tentative approval from DOT in February, and has been working on preliminary plans with DOT and the Registry—still needs to go through normal steps to get approvals from the City. Has had one meeting with the Building dept.
  • Traffic study underway by Vanasse and Assoc from Hartford. Expects 1400-1700 trips per day in and out of facility.
  • Discussion: Major concerns expressed by Board and residents regarding traffic flow and the capacity of current roadways to absorb the increase. Already traffic snarls at peak times—with long queues and difficulty safely entering and exiting gas station on the same site. Lots of pedestrian traffic consisting of school children from three schools all located within a mile of the affected intersection at Tapley and St James.
  • State Senator James Welch, attending to help answer questions about the proposed RMV move, and other neighborhood concerns.
  • His office unaware that DOT had granted approval for the RFP—saying it was highly unusual that they would not receive notice. Expressed concern overall about the lack of process, and the lack of notice to the City and the neighborhood. Has inquiries out to the DOT for clarification and will continue to follow situation and report findings to the Board.
  • Ed Whitley, Asst Deputy of Neighborhood Services, reported that nothing had been submitted to the City as of yet; one informal meeting had been held with developer Frisbie, his civil engineer, and architect. Once the developer submits traffic study and site plan, the City will evaluate.



  • SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Brandi Gamble-Lucas)MOTION: (LO moved) to accept as presented; (LS seconded); (WK called); Unanimous vote.
  • Minutes from 2/11/14 and 3/11/14 submitted for acceptance. for acceptance. Call for corrections or additions.
  • TREASURER’S REPORT: (Elizabeth Stevens)
  • Treasurer’s report tabled.


  • Discussion and planning—Keep Springfield Beautiful—Saturday, May 03, 8 am—1 pm—Vacant lot on St James identified as clean-up site; notices for volunteers to help clean to be sent out to neighborhood list
  • Discussion and planning—May annual meeting—May 13—Community Pot Luck agreed upon; nominations for annual Community Service Awards taken and voted upon.
  • Selection and board approval of election time and location—Saturday, June 21; to be held at annual block party at Thompson Triangle
  • MOTION: (BS moved) to accept designated date and location as presented; (LO seconded); (WK called); Unanimous vote.
  • Board—election of commission chairperson—Elizabeth L nominated.
  • MOTION: (BS moved) to accept nomination; (TE seconded); (WK called); Unanimous vote.
  • Walter—appointment of officer nominating committee for post-election—Ben S and Elizabeth S volunteered to serve as the two Board members; Mike Stevens volunteered to serve as the resident member from District 2. Walter to appoint additional resident members as required from Districts 1 and 3.
  • Discussion and planning—Block Party—scheduled for June 21. Agreement to actively invite neighborhood churches to participate. Elizabeth O to write ask letters to Walmart, Big Y, and Stop & Shop for food contributions. Elizabeth S to arrange bounce house rental. Walter K to arrange for Peter Pan Futurliner.


  • Committee Reports tabled due to time constraints.


  • Elizabeth O reporting that McKnight was the only neighborhood council who responded to the Mason Square Health Task Force’s request for representatives to serve on the physical fitness initiative, Task Force Fit. Volunteered to represent McKnight on the Mason Square Health Task Force board as well, since there is currently no McKnight representation. Will contact MSHTF to arrange.
  • Nikki J still interested in organizing a neighborhood wide garage sale. Agreement by the board to provide an advertising banner for the event to be displayed at Thompson Triangle. City will not provide a blanket permit. Individual participants must obtain individual permits. 8:00 ADJOURNMENT:   MOTION: (BS moved) to adjourn; (LS seconded); (WK called); motion carried.


  •  MOTION: (BS moved) to approve purchase of banner; (LS seconded); (WK called); Unanimous vote.

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