General Membership Meeting
November 11, 2010

Meeting called to order by President Mary Polancih at 6:30 pm.

Motion to adopt the agenda by Darold Lowe, seconded by Tim Klaben. Motion passed.

Motion for approval of the minutes of September 9, 2010 by Darold Lowe, seconded by Tim Klaben. Motion passed.

Elected Officers Reports

President Polancih reported about the Kennedy Neighborhood Alliance that meets monthly at Kennedy School. We have already joined this organization and it would be mutually beneficial to both the school and the neighborhood to have someone from our neighborhood that would attend these meetings that are held from 8:00-9:30 on the third Friday of every month. Karen Reuss volunteered along with President Polancih.

President Polancih also gave an update on the Grandview Commons grocery store. The original grocery store of 25,000 feet now has been expanded to 60,000 feet. Alder Cnare supports the plan but wants to be fair to all parties. The new Great Dane located in the old Cloud Nine will be opening after Thanksgiving.

Vice President Klaben: Three new webpage subscribers. He will post sign donors on webpage.

Treasurer: Current balance is $2868.82

Secretary Report: Mayors Neighborhood Roundtable – Panel discussion regarding the City of Madison development review process and how that affects neighborhoods; tips for methods of communication with Planning Department; emphasis on getting a clear picture of the entire neighborhood to determine needs.

Sign Committee Report

Darold Lowe described the Sign Committee process – sign design, planning dept and fundraising. So far $2178.45 has been raised with grant money from the City of Madison still pending. Merl Maiers suggested that it would be helpful to put mulch down in the spot where the sign will be located to make it easier to plant the flowers next spring.

Pastor William Badger will donate $100 towards the new sign.

Future Planning—Building Memberships

Discussions included: Lawn Signs advertising RMNA; Write-up on how to plan a Block Party; the Nine Square Safety Plan; Movie Night; Facebook page or Twitter (Tim will take care of that); Use the Walgreen Sign to advertise our meetings; Have a Talent Show; Neighborhood Garage Sales; Take Back the Night; Brat Fundraiser; Earth Day Cleanup; Banner on Webpage

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.

General Membership Meeting
November 12, 2009
General Business

Called to Order at 6:30 p.m.

Introductions of officers and those in attendance

Adoption of Agenda

Motion to adopt. Seconded. Passed without revision.

Introduction of Guest Speakers


Approval of the Minutes of September 10, 2009

Motion to approve minutes. Seconded. Passed without corrections.

Elected Officers' Reports

President Polancih (report printed in Nov. newsletter)
Website report

Vice President Tim Klaben

Acewood Traffic: Added signs on the curves on Acewood (tagged already)

RMNA website: Now links most popular sites. Need more content. Get history of RMNA for newsletter. Need amateur historian to do story. Need to get membership out. Neighborhood signs (when we can afford get them) will need more people to take them to break even. Need more people to help build membership.. $20/month for website and email is the cost. Trying to get ads on website to help with costs. Need to find things to take credit for like the traffic islands.

Treasurer Teresa Northurp

As of 10/2/09 current checking acct balance $677.66

Reports of Standing Committees

Report of Alder Lauren Cnare

Encouraged residents to come to a budget meeting.

2010 Budget passed. Big items: Library & Edgewater. 4 Streets workers laid off. Big item pick-up will be every other week now on recycle day. Tax rate increased 4.09% will increase $75 on average home. Didn't cut services.

Water utility setting up automated water meter. Monthly bills.

Neighborhood Indicators Program - measure things in neighborhood helps city to see data on different neighborhoods.

Crime: Going down.

Police change of schedule - 5 shifts - have more people on jobs when crime is committed for better response.
Discussion with Ald Cnare:

Acewood Traffic Island: VP Klaben asked Ald. Cnare to check if traffic island boundaries can be painted yellow. Also a suggestion for no passing double line.

Grocery store interested in building in Reston Heights not in approved plan. Important to have neighborhoods to monitor development.

Royster's Plan: 2 more mixed neighborhoods - residential use, apartment buildings retail stores, park space. Whoever buys parcel has to have master plan.

City Website: Will bring a laptop to show how to navigate city website. VP Klaben will get a projector.

New tenant in Rolling Meadows Mall - Damascus Road Church. Had a huge Halloween Party in the parking lot. 400 kids attended. Suggestion that RMNA make contact with them and share info about our neighborhood.
Opportunities to help build RMNA

Old Business


New Business

Traffic Island (See above)

Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable meeting last week end. President and Vice President attended and were provided with a great deal of useful info.