General Membership Meeting
September 9, 2010

President Mary Polancich called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.

Agenda Items on Amendments:

  1. Motion to suspend Bylaws to allow RMNA members to directly elect officers and directors for the next term. Motion seconded. Motion passed.
  2. Motion to suspend bylaws to allow RMNA members to elect Directors (as required by the current bylaws) and allow them to serve one-year terms to function as Members-at-Large of the association? Motion seconded. Motion passed.

Nominations of Officers

  • President: Mary Polancih
  • Vice President: Tim Klaben
  • Treasurer: Teresa Northrup
  • Secretary: Gretchen Lowe

Motion to cast a unanimous ballot for all officers nominated. Motion seconded. Motion passed.

Guest Speaker: Alder Lauren Cnare

Alder Cnare discussed various matters in the neighborhood:

Capital Budget - Alder Cnare said it would be slim this year with most money geared to downtown.  She said it would help if we would advocate for a new Far East Side Fire Station.  There is also money in the budget to update Station #5.

Other budget items: - Automatic water meter reading with monthly billing process; Edgewater project; money for Neighborhood Centeres and Overture Center.  Alder Cnare is one of the members of an ad hoc committee to decide whether to run the facility as a non profit or don't buy it and let the banks run it.  If the facility runs as a nonprofit, what happens to employees - and the importance of maintaining quality control. A decision has to be made by December 30th.

President's Report

Chip sealing process with missed spots.

President Polancih will give Alder Cnare more information on the bad spots on Acewood Blvd.  Residents with tree problems need to call the forestry department.

Vice President's Report

Dropped off brochures in neighborhood regarding last meeting. There are no further issues with graffiti this year.

Treasurer's Report

  • Savings $735.55
  • Sign fund $1316.45

Money will be transferred to another bank or credit union because of the fee charge.

Sign Committee Report

Explanation of the city process for application for grant money and sign placement procedure.  The committee has sent out letters to businesses and $400 has been returned for this effort.  Donations of $425 have been received from personal solicitations and $491.15 from the Lowe's garage sale for a total of $1316.45.  It was suggested that RMNA's web address be added to the sign.  Darold Lowe will check with planning department to see if this type of advertising is allowed on the sign.

Old Business


New Business

President Polancih reported that the city parks department furnish hay rides in October and November for $80 that included 30 minute hayrides with smores for up to 24 people.  If you know of any new neighbors moving in, call Mary so she can drop off a RMNA flyer and welcome them to the neighborhood.  There will be a medicine drop on October 2nd at the transfer station on Olin.

Next meeting Novemeber 11, 2010

Meeting adjourned at 8:12pm.

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Gretchen Lowe.