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McKnight Neighborhood Meeting 7/08/14

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Board Meeting: July 08, 2014

Approved August 06, 2014

Minutes McKnight Neighborhood Council

Meeting Called to order 6:10 p.m.

Board Members Present (11): Walter Kroll (Pres); Elizabeth O’Gilvie (incoming Vice-Pres); Brandi Gamble-Lucas (Secy/Clerk); Elizabeth Stevens, (Outgoing Treas); Colin Kirby (incoming Treas); Jennifier Diaz (incoming Asst Treasurer); Bryan McFarland; Damian Phillips; Ben Swan, Jr; Paul Swenson; Stephen White {Elizabeth Lederman, Adm. Staff}.

Board Members Not Present (4): Lloyd Creswell (Asst Sec/Clerk); Tawreak Eddington; Greg Gavin; Donna Jordan

Neighborhood Members: Ed Zuckerman, Roderick Shubrick

Welcome by Walter K; congratulations offered to the incoming board members; gave background on the Council, its momentum, and what the work is—and explained that the present day Council is active, vigorous, organized and professional—currently one of the most active councils in the City. Goal is to keep the momentum going and the teamwork; that there is plenty of space for board members to pursue their interests and visions for the neighborhood. Stressed that meeting attendance is crucial going forward, in order to keep operating effectively and productively.

Ben S added the comment that all residents of McKnight are members of the Council, and encouraging wide participation by residents, as well as elected representatives, is part of strengthening the Council.


  • SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Brandi Gamble-Lucas)
  • Minutes of Board Meeting, June 10, submitted for review and acceptance by Brandi G.
  • MOTION: (EO moved) to accept as presented; (LS seconded); (WK call for discussion) ;( WK called the question); Motion carried.
  • TREASURER’S REPORT: (Elizabeth Stevens)
  • Year end report presented by Elizabeth S.  Reported on April through June expenditures. Received 3rd quarter reimbursement check for CDBG funds from the City. Consulted with Amy Grabowski of Fiscal Solutions to balance books for $50 fee. Explained the difference between the Council’s non-discretionary funds , and the CDBG funds that the Council receives from the City. Fiscal year end balance (June 30) of all funds once the 4th quarter CDBG funds come in from the City will be approximately $9,000.
  • MOTION: (BM moved) to accept treasurer’s report as presented; (BG seconded); (WK call for discussion) ; (WK called the question); Motion carried.


  • Election of Officers for FY 2014-15—Nominating Committer Chair, Elizabeth S, presented Slate of Officers as follows:
    • President—Walter Kroll
    • Vice President—Elizabeth O’Gilvie
    • Brandi Gamble-Lucas—Secretary/Clerk
    • Asst Secretary/Clerk—Tawreak Eddington; Lloyd Creswell
  • Treasurer—Colin Kirby
  • Asst Treasurer—Jennifer Diaz
  • Brandi G inquired if she could withdraw her name from the slate for Secretary/Clerk, and replace it with Tawreak E, since she did not realize that Lloyd C was running for Asst Secretary Clerk, but wanted Tawreak to have the experience of serving as an officer. Ben S observed that this could be accomplished by a floor nomination, however raised the question of whether someone under 18 could legally serve in the capacity of Secretary, since it involved signing legal documents.   Discussion concluded that it was probably not an appropriate office for the youth member, but that growth and experience could be nurtured in other capacities.  Decision made to proceed with election slate as presented by nominating committee.
  • Elizabeth S called for nominations from the floor. None were offered. Motion made by Ben S, and seconded by Elizabeth O to accept slate of uncontested officers, with the exception of Asst Secretary/Clerk; Motion carried. Elizabeth S distributed ballots and tallied votes for Asst Seccretary/Clerk.


  • 2014-15 McKnight Council Officers:
  • President—Walter Kroll
  • Vice-President—Elizabeth O’Gilvie
  • Secretary/Clerk—Brandi Gamble-Lucas
  • Asst Secretary/Clerk—Lloyd Creswell
  • Treasurer—Colin Kirby
  • Asst Treasurer—Jennifer Diaz



  • Discussion & Approval of FY2015 CDBG Scope of Service
  • MOTION: (EO moved) to accept as presented; (BS seconded); (WK call for discussion) ; (WK called the question); Motion carried unanimously.
  • Discussion & Approval of FY2015 CDBG Budget
  • MOTION: (BS moved) to accept as presented; (PS seconded); (WK call for discussion) ; (WK called the question); Motion carried unanimously.
  • Vote of Corporation Authorizing Execution of Contract (Legal authorization for President to sign the CDBG contract for the coming year)
  • MOTION: (BS moved) to accept as presented; (EO seconded); (WK call for discussion) ;( WK called the question); Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS—Open to the Floor

  • Request from Jennifer Diaz for financial assistance from the Council to assist with the second Magazine Park peace/music/youth event that is scheduled for July 19. Lengthy discussion about what type of donation would be the most helpful and what it should be used for—resulting in the following decision.


  • MOTION: (EO moved) that MNC make a $200 good-will donation from discretionary funds for event expenses to be disbursed to Ms Diaz; (BS seconded); (WK called); Motion carried.
  • Elizabeth O tentatively requested support for the RFP she and her husband are submitting to the City for the lot on Bay and Dartmouth that abuts their property. Will be turning it into community garden space. Competition from an abutter on Bay who wants to pave it over for parking space. Motion made by Brandi G and seconded by Elizabeth S to offer letter of support. Discussion raised the issue that the item was not on the agenda and that other abutter did not have a chance to present their case. Agreement to table motion.
  • Bryan M commented on the sewer and roadwork being done on St James Avenue from Dartmouth to Ripley Place—following issues with broken sidewalks, spray paint, and collateral damage occurring from work. Damian P raising issues about the traffic control measures being taken in conjunction with construction.


    • Discussion of Committees and work for upcoming year; chairmanship appointments
  • Standing Committees


  • Rail Trail, Chair, Elizabeth Stevens
  • Public Safety, Chair, Walter Kroll; Paul Swenson, member
  • Housing & Code, Chair, Colin Kirby; Brandi Gamble-Lucas, member
  • Communications, Chair, Ben Swan
  • Good Neighbor, Chair, Elizabeth O’Gilvie
  • Ad Hoc Committees


    • Food Access, Chair, Elizabeth O’Gilvie; Ben Swan, member
  • Debate Committee, Chair, Paul Swenson; Stephen White, member
  • McKnight Community Center, Chair, Damian Phillips; Jennifer Diaz, member
  • Beautification—Chair, Bryan McFarland
  • Veterans’ Liaison to City—Chair, Stephen White



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