General Membership Meeting
June 6, 2013

Vice President Matt Karnick called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Guest Speakers:
George Dreckmann, City of Madison Recycling Coordinator
Officer Dan Swanson, East District Police Department
Alder Lauren Cnare

George Dreckmann stated that a Program collecting Mattresses and Box Springs is planned for July, 2013. A $10 fee will be charged for each to the customer with the City paying $7 for each. The City Council may approve the program at the next meeting. Stickers can be purchased at a library. The metal will be recycled and the padding will be used for archery with the hope of recycling 90% of each mattress and box spring. There is 15-20,000 tons of waste that goes into a landfill per year. An anaerobic digester, which will cost $15 million to build, is being planned as an alternative to the landfill where bacteria eats the materials to form a gas which can be used for heating or cooling. Styrofoam should be taken to the Sycamore Recycling site. Styrofoam peanuts are not to be recycled. Wet Paint, gasoline, and other chemicals can be disposed of at the Dane County Landfill, which is open year round, and charges $10 per item. Hardened paint can be disposed in the trash bin. Paint can lids and empty cans can be recycled. Recommendation was made to keep screw caps on plastic bottles for recycling. George can be contacted at for any questions.

Police Officer Dan Swanson from the East Police Department inquired of the neighborhood any concerns: 1) ? need for electronic speed monitoring in front of Kennedy School which he recommended referring to the test team, 2) Stated that calls are answered according to priority and most calls have three officers present. Concerns can be referred to Lt. Trevor Knight and Capt. Mary Shaw. Expired medications can be disposed at the East District Police Department.

Lauren Cnare reported that neighbors can go to the City of Madison website “Report a Problem” for issues or call her. Sentry Shopping Center Owner, Mr. Metcalf, said that the asphalt will be repaved. Also discussed was a communication meeting to be set up with him and the neighborhood about giving the Shopping Center a “facelift”. Lauren stated that Mr. Metcalf never has a problem leasing the shopping center. June 14, 2013 Lauren has a meeting planned to discuss moving Pinney Library to another site, possibly Royster Clark or Grandview Commons. Plans for the Royster Clark location are on the City of Madison website. A prospective buyer for former Talula’s is interested to renovate into a Multicultural Funeral Home.

Suggestions were made for future neighborhood meeting speakers: Owner of the Multicultural Funeral Home, Library Director.

Pastor Baxter spoke about the Acewood Alliance Pantry with 6-7 households being served per week. 300 pounds of food is given out per week. He states that they would like to expand the hours but are in need of volunteers. The biggest need is paper products, butter, and ziplock baggies.

A motion was made by Mary Polancih to recommend a donation of a food/paper item to the Acewood Alliance Pantry at all neighborhood meetings. Darold Lowe seconded the motion.

President Tim Klaben spoke about and stated that 10% of the neighborhood are members. Previous meeting minutes were approved. Brat Sales dates have been changed to July 13 and September 14, 2013 with the times from 11:00- 5:30 p.m. Tim discussed changing the number of members of the board from (4) and expanding to (6) members. A vote will take place at the upcoming September 9th meeting. The Bylaws will have changes made to reflect.

Tree Trimming is currently being done in the neighborhood so everyone should be aware.

Jordy Natzke gave the Treasurers report stating a balance of $2900.27.


Respectfully submitted by Maureen Engelberger, Secretary.

AuthorWilliam Schuth
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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