Meeting called to order by President Rico Sabatini.
Roll Call - Both Treasurer and Secretary were absent
Motion by President to move Bylaws discussion to the March Neighborhood Association meeting. Motion passed by majority vote.
Alder Hall gave an update on what’s happening on the Common Council, and various other topics, including:
The Council voting on increasing the number of police officers. While hiring several new officers will be costly, the current police force is perhaps understaffed. To ensure that officers can perform to the best of their ability, providing some downtime might help.
Chase Bank Robbery - No arrests have been made. Chase bank seems to have mediocre security, and they might want to consider some improvements.
The district was set to lose a crossing guard who assists at one of the schools. Alder Hall viewed this position as crucial to the safety of the students, and helped to get the position extended for 1 year.
Alcohol Problem in Madison - There has been much discussion recently regarding the new Taco Bell on State Street and whether the city should grant the company a liquor license. The mayor has said that he does not want to issue any more liquor licenses for businesses on State Street in particular, and would like to see more retail instead of more drinking establishments. The mayor has proposed a moratorium, and the discussion will likely continue at Common Council.
The church is trying to revive the food pantry, and is asking for volunteers. The food pantry needs a new freezer, which requires about $450 in donations. The food pantry had been supporting approximately 25 families per week, so it’s important to get the pantry back up and running.
Board member Sam Kay gave an update on the Good Neighbor Project and provided a handout, Rolling Meadows Good Neighbor Initiative. This document details the mission and values of the GNP, as well as expectations of those who choose to be a member of the initiative. Volunteers are still needed, and a Facebook Group will be created for the Project. There was a motion by the President to move forward with the Good Neighbor Project, as discussed, which passed with a second by the Vice President.
The Vice President then gave an update on the 2018 Neighborhood Grant, and what progress had been made in the formation of a grant proposal. With input from several City staff members, the plan now is to create an inviting entrance in McGinnis Park, with several components deemed feasible by the Parks Department. These components include a prairie, bat houses, an edible garden, a new park sign surrounded by flowers and eventually a community garden. Alder Hall has been supportive and actively helping in the development of the grant proposal ideas, and the plan is to write a final draft soon for submission.
The group then had a general discussion regarding the Chase Bank robbery. A neighbor who lives nearby the bank, where the getaway car was parked, spoke about her concerns. It was mentioned that the bank has been robbed twice within the past 6 weeks. One of the major concerns is that Chase has not increased their security at the bank at all, and doesn’t plan on implementing any measures to prevent future robberies. This lack of concern by the bank sparked interest in putting some pressure on the bank by the community. It was suggested that the board of directors work with Alder Hall in drafting a letter to Chase Bank demanding that they make changes and increase security at the bank. There was general approval of the idea, and the Alder indicated that it might be a good idea. There was a motion by the President to move forward with writing a letter to Chase Bank, which passed with a second by board member Merl Maiers.
The next meeting of the Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association is scheduled for March 8, 2018 at 7:00pm.
Kennedy School Announcements:
-Will hold open house 9/15 at Kennedy School 6-8PM
-October 1st Fun Run, fundraiser for playground equipment
-Monthly night out
East Madison Community Center Announcement:
-Food Pantry open Tuesdays Noon to 2PM
-Service all of East Madison
-Free after school programming until 8 pm Mon-Thurs.
(dinners and tutoring provided) ServeS kids ages 6-18
-Serve pre-natal to senior.
-On East Washington
Hosting a meeting to look at candidates for state supreme court
Oct 16 6:30 at Lake Edge Lutheran Church Monona Drive
Next Year Meetings:
March 8, May 10, July 12, September 13
Neighborhood Association Annual Report:
-First Meeting featured: City forester and Alder Hall. Learned about Madison’s 90,000 trees and Emerald Ash Borer.
-March 8 - Helped clean up the parks in the neighborhood with the pastor from Four Lakes Church of Christ
-Second Meeting featured: Parks department. Learned about the new playground equipment and permit processes
-June 24 Brat Sale Fundraiser
-July 10 Cottage Grove Road Activity Center planning meeting- City Plans for Royster property and Sentry site property.
-Third Meeting featured: East Precinct Police Deputy Commander. He answered questions and discussed issues in the neighborhood.
-August 5- Ice cream social in Kingston Onyx Park attend by over 100 people - Madison police department came with canine officer, and two mounted patrol officers. Culvers generously donated the ice cream for this event, and MSCR brought the game van.
Board Goals Moved to Upcoming Year:
-Movie in the park at McGinnis Park
-Brat Sale Fundraiser
-Park bench memorial dedicated to a past board member.
-Event for Portland Park
-Second Ice Cream Social
-$4,635.80 currently in checking account after expenditures for the year.
Goal Suggestions for the Board for 2018
-Shelter for the park
-How often are the other parks booked/used. Heritage park usage rate?
-Relationship with Kennedy schools to send volunteers both ways, and how to help Kennedy better build a relationship with surrounding community.
-Come together as a community to watch each other’s backs.
-Compile statistics on things happening
-Group going to look into this further and present back
Guest Speaker: Deputy Mayor Gloria Reyes, Deputy Mayor
-Conversation About Neighborhood Associations and what they can do:
-Can monitor what’s happening in city/government and weigh-in
-Empowering one another and identifying needs/concerns/goals
-Have alder listen to concerns
-Plan and host social activities
-Neighborhood associations can get involved in violence prevention and look out for one another
-Neighborhood voice makes a big difference when projects come before the city
- In regards to question about crime in neighborhood, she spoke about the initiative taken by law enforcement and how effective it has been. She also talked about how our crime is still manageable if we start investing in initiatives like public health, early childhood, etc. and that is in the works. We have to look at all angles and not just one solution.
-In regards to question about how to get more involved. Go on city website, and look at the committees. They are always looking for more people to serve on these committees.
-In regards to question about if the neighborhood has a project they want to get done with the city, what are the first steps. Call the mayor’s office and they can help you and connect you with the right contacts and have people work with you/ speak to the neighborhood.
-In regards to question about drug use problem in Madison. Mari Grant no longer enforcing heroin as a crime for users. More mental health, social emotional treatment instead. Drug task force is still active looking for dealers. Has been used a lot and saved many lives. Call non-emergency number if you see something.
-In regards to question about common best practices of neighborhood associations. SHOW UP! Show up at common council. Write letters to mayor, and alder. Have one common goal and one agenda.
Really try to get your fellow residents involved here. The decisions made at the association and city level effect everyone.
New Board Nominations:
-President: Rico Santini nominated
-Vice President: Christopher Johll nominated
-Secretary: Andrew Meeks nominated
-Treasurer: Jordy Natzke incumbent nominated
-Member at Large: Merle Meyers nominated
-Member at Large: Verne Meyers nominated
-Member at Large: Mary Kelly (i) nominated
-Member at Large: Sam Kay nominated
There was only one nominee for each position. The candidates were presented as a slate and accepted with a vote from the floor.