General Membership Meeting
November 10, 2011

President Tim Klaben called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.

The speaker for this meeting was Lieutenant Wayne Strong of the Madison Police Department.

Brochures regarding home and auto safety were handed out to members attending. Some suggestions to keep your home were addressed: Lights, Locks and Landscaping--Motion sensor lights as well as keeping brushes near windows trimmed to a three foot height are good deterrents to potential burglars. Also have good quality locks on all doors and windows and keep garage doors down to keep from gaining entry to homes.

Other suggestions: When gone on vacation: have mail and papers stopped or picked up by neighbors; have walks and driveways shoveled during snow season. Have someone put your trash can out on the curb and then return it on trash day.

Lt. Strong answered questions about traffic in the neighborhood and the No Firearms Allowed sign. Speeders usually live in the neighborhood and suggested slow down signs and speed board for the neighborhood.

If you have a No Firearms Allowed posted and a person enters with a firearm, you should call the Madison Police Department as this would be a trespassing violation.

The Eastside police station now has a Med Drop bin located in their lobby that is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 PM except holidays. To dispose of unused medications, put empty pills and tablets into sealable plastic storage bags, but recycle your empty med bottles at home.

Accepted medications are: prescription and over the counter medications, vitamins, medications for pets, ointments, lotions and liquid medications (Leave lotions and other liquids in their glass or leak proof containers and then bag them)

They will not accept needles, thermometers, medication from businesses, aerosol cans or inhalers.

The Med Drop bin has collected over 1800 pounds of medication in one year.

Motion to approve minutes made by Darold Lowe and seconded by Merl Maiers.

President's Report

Discussion on new brochure with the suggestion of names of Street Captains and areas to be listed. The meeting dates of March, June, September and November should also be listed.

There will be a January 23 Plan Commission meeting regarding the Grandview grocery project that will be open to the public.

Heritage Heights has contacted RMNA that they need volunteers in the evenings to clean up for the Ice Rink located in their neighborhood.

Treasurer's Report by Jordy Natzke

  • Sign Funds: $1944.47
  • Working Balance: $578.54
  • Total Balance: $2523.01

A motion to accept the Treasurer's Report was made by Merl Maiers and seconded by Darold Lowe.

Sign Committee Report

Darold Lowe and Merl Maiers checked four locations for another sign. Darold presented four photos of the location that the sign committee will look over at their next meeting. There will have to be another grant drawn up and the committee could also need more volunteers.

Other Business

Gretchen Lowe received the approval of the City Clerk for RMNA brochures to be available on election day if there is enough space to do so.

Karen Reuss suggested putting a flag out on our RMNA sign or outside of the church to publicize the RMNA meetings.

Dane County Supervisor Don Imhoff talked about redistricting (will be District 17) and we will pick up other side of Stoughton Road into the district. He also mentioned that the Huber Center closing was on the table and people arrested for misdemeanors could be out in four hours.

Jeff Pertl announced his candidacy for Dane County Board for the new District 17.

Mary Polancih announced a Recall event for November 15th from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm at her home.

Award Certificates were given to Mary Polancih, past president of RMNA and Teresa Northrup, past Treasurer for their years of service to our neighborhood organization.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30.

Respectfully submitted
Gretchen Lowe, Secretary

General Membership Meeting
March 10, 2011

Officers: President Mary Polancich, Treasurer Theresa Northrup, Secretary Gretchen Lowe present. Vice President Tim Klaben excused.

Gary Messenger of Dane County Timebank was the guest speaker for the evening. TimeBank is a 1800 member organization where members exchange services by earning credits for their services. There are seven TimeBanks in Wisconsin and it has been existence in Dane County for only five years, but now is the largest TimeBank in the country. Instead of money being exchanged, Timebank members exchange time. One hour is earned for a service you provide and can be exchanged for an hour of service you need. There is a screening process to check for sex offenders and felons.

Some of the most common services that people offer to exchange are pet services, gardening, transportation. One of the most requested services are fix up projects by handymen or handywomen.

Timebank will be opening a store at the Damascus Road church on Cottage Grove Road. Small appliances and other items in the store can be obtained by exchanging TimeBank hours earned. For more information call 663-0400 or email

Motion by Merl Maiers to adopt the agenda, seconded by Vern Maiers. Motion passed.

Motion by Merl Maiers to adopt the minutes, seconded by Theresa Northrup. Motion passed.

President’s Report

Mary explained that the boundary justification of the gypsy moth spray sites are determined by the amount of egg masses found in trees. DNR requires more than 13 egg masses to qualify for spraying. Because there were fewer masses found due to caterpillars killed by NPV, there will be less spraying done. The City forestry website has more information on gypsy moth spraying.

Heritage Heights will be getting traffic calming speed bumps on Merryturn with pedestrian support devices dispersed throughout.

Grandview Commons grocery store—meeting March 16 with changes to original proposal sent to the Plan Commission.

Invitation to attend Elvejhem Neighborhood meeting to network and exchange ideas.

Treasurer’s Report

Total Balance $2968.82 with $2329.49 set aside for sign.

Sign Committee Report

The Board of Estimates agreed to $1900 grant for RMNA sign. It now will go before the City Council. A check for $98.00 to be made out to the City Treasurer needs to be taken to Landscape design by Ann Eaves was taken to Zoning. Merl reported that the plants are now growing and under good care.

Old Business

In order to reestablish block captains, Mary put out a street map of the neighborhood asking people to sign up for one block in their neighborhood. The tasks that each block captain would be responsible for are to distribute meeting notice, newsletters and information when new neighbors moved in to the neighborhood.

We are also looking for someone to do layout work and produce the 2011 RMNA brochure.

New Business

Mary announced that she will not be running for RMNA president at our September meeting when election of officers occur. Future meeting dates June 16, Sept 22 and November 10.

Submitted by Gretchen Lowe, Secretary.