General Membership Meeting
September 12, 2013

President Tim Klaben called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Guest Speakers:
Jeff Berens, Planning Engineer, WI Department of Transportation
Jerry Schmidt, WIDOT Project Manager
Terri Her, Acewood Alliance Pantry

Jeff Bernes provided information and drawings to RMNA members on the US Highway 51 Corridor Study Project from Voges Rd in McFarland to State Highway 19. The Project is looking at the Purpose and Need for a revision of Hwy 51 because of the traffic use as well as safety. The project has three Alternative plans looking at traffic safety and accidents from 2007-2011. The meeting this evening primarily focused on the project from Pflaum Road to Hwy 30. The project will also consider including Bicycle/Pedestrian Facilities. The projected construction start date is estimated to begin in 2020. Contact information can be by phone at 608-245-2656 or The Study website is

Terri Her, Director of the Acewood Alliance Pantry, spoke about the increasing success of the neighborhood Pantry that has served over 1700 pounds of food and hygiene items to over 30 households with 1-2 new neighbors every week. They are currently open the 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings and are hoping to expand to include the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings. They are in need of more Volunteers in order to expand. Volunteers undergo a background check, letter of recommendation, and a half-hour on-site training session. A large refrigerator was donated by Rose Molz and delivered by Brothers Main.

The 2nd Neighborhood Brat Sale is going to be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 11-5:00 p.m at the Sentry Grocery Store on Cottage Grove Rd. There will be two hour shifts for volunteers and the board is eager to see new faces to come for a fun time.

The Heritage Heights Neighborhood Picnic will be held Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 11-3:00 p.m. at the Kennedy Park Shelter with a $12 donation.

The Annual Election Meeting was held this evening and discussion was made to increase the Members-at-Large from 4 to 6 members. Wyl Schuth agreed to fill the Vice President spot; Matt Ida and Laura Kenny were nominated to fill the open board positions. The Board Members introduced themselves and told a little bit about themselves. Darold Lowe moved to elect the four current Board Members and six Members-at-Large. Matt Ida second it.

Tim Klaben stated that the number of Board and General Meetings will increase to five per year.

In Jordy Natzke’s absence, Maureen Engelberger reported that the balance in the Association checking account is $3253.64.

Pete Natzke suggested that a neighboring Association has a running and walking club and that maybe our Association may want to consider this in a way to meet more of our neighborhood members.

Wyl Schuth will attempt to get an Arborist and Hoticulturist to speak at an upcoming RMNA meeting.

Matt Ida spoke on the Grant Matching Programs to assist in improving our neighborhood parks so that they are more user friendly.

Darold Lowe moved to adjourn at 8:05 p.m. and Will Schuth seconded.


Respectfully submitted by Maureen Engelberger, Secretary.

AuthorWilliam Schuth
Categoriesmeeting minutes

General Membership Meeting
September 13, 2012

Meeting called to order at 6:35 pm by Vice President Matt Karnick followed by an introduction of new attendees.

Speaker for the evening—Gail Gawenda, Madison Water Utility who gave handouts about the new Smart Meter program that will be instituted this year throughout Madison.

The Smart Meter is a wireless meter that contains miniature, low frequency radio transceivers. These meters are installed, usually in the basement, and transmit data to Madison Water Utility. With the installation of Smart Meters instead of the six months billing system, a monthly billing system will be introduced this year in Madison. (A Public Service Commission requirement)

Reasons for the replacement meters given were that the meters now in homes are getting old and obsolete (new ones aren’t being made); reduced costs and energy conservation by saving gas on trucks used to read meters; improve leak detection and online access to your own consumption information that will help in budgeting.

Addressing safety concerns, Ms. Gawenda stated that Smart Meters have a quarter to half less radio frequencies than cell phones, laptop computers and microwave ovens. After a review of scientific literature, Madison and Dane Co. Public Health do not see any danger to the public.

Installation process—customers will be contacted by mail to arrange an appointment with Corix Utilities. Installation takes about 30 minutes. An adult over 18 must be present.

Opting Out Implementation and costs for an opt out policy are being considered by the State Public Service Commission. Customers interested in opting out can delay installation and put on a list for the approved opt-out policy by calling the Opt Out Information Line at 264-5323 or by using “Ask Us, Tell Us” online.

For further information there will be an open house  on Sept. 27th from 6:00 -8:00pm at the Alicia Ashman Library with participants that include people who make the meters, Water Utility personnel and the Health Dept. The address is 733 N. High Point Rd.

Motion by Darold Lowe and seconded by Margaret Schnurbusch to approve Secretaries minutes. Motion passed.

President’s Report—Vice President Matt Karnick reported that the Brat Sale was a success, thanked the volunteers who participated and that the Treasurer will make a financial report at the next meeting.


The following officers were elected by casting a unanimous ballot:

  • President: Tim Klaben
  • Vice President: Matt Karnick
  • Treasurer: Jordy Natzke
  • Secretary: Maureen Engelberger
  • Board Members: Vern Maiers, Merl Maiers, Mike Brewer, and Darold Lowe

Alder Lauren Cnare gave a budget report that included putting a stoplight on Cottage Grove Rd by the Great Dane location; money in the budget for an Eastside Fire Station, Library and a possible facility for the homeless. Alder Cnare thinks the facility has merit but there needs to be a commitment from the County. Further Questions from attendees about Smart Meters were answered after the meeting by Alder Cnare.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40.

Submitted by
Gretchen Lowe, Secretary

AuthorWilliam Schuth
Categoriesmeeting minutes