General Membership Meeting
June 16, 2011

RMNA meeting called to order at 6:35pm by Secretary Gretchen Lowe in the absence of President Mary Polancih who is recovering from surgery.

Introductions of members present.

Guest speaker Sherron Hopkins, Energy Advocate for Green Madison, presented handouts to members about helping Madison residents reduce energy while saving money.

To qualify for this program, an application that is available on the City's website ( would have to filed and an advocate would walk through inspections. The next step would be to hire a specific consultant to test your home. The cost would be $400-$700 with a $100 rebate for the 1st 1000 who sign up for this program.

Madison is working with Summit Credit Union to offer unsecured loans between $1,000 to $15,00 with low rates and flexible repayment terms. (1 to 15 year repayment plan) Then you would chose of a list of Green Madison contractors to do the work. The consultant would then return to verify that the work was done correctly.

Motion to accept the agenda by Merl Maiers, seconded by Jim Schuhart. Motion passed.

Motion to accept the minutes of March 10, 2011 by Merl Maiers, seconded by Jim Schuhart. Motion passed.

President's Report

A handout from Mary Polancih was provided members describing activities and involvement by RMNA.

2011 Earth Day cleanup at our area parks; RMNA Welcome sign; neighborhood collaborations; the proposed grocery store at Grandview Commons; concerns about speeding on Cottage Grove Road; announcement regarding a candidate forum for the 48th Assembly District to be held at Talula's and a plea for block captains

Vice President's Report

The Website has seen an increase in traffic since the Welcome sign went up and Facebook is a good tool for contact with younger members in our neighborhood. A Lawn sign next to our neighborhood Welcome sign with "Find us on Facebook" would help getting the word out about RMNA.

Treasurer's Report

Balance $1525.83 in checking; $200 for website and $690 in sign fund.

Sign Report

Darold Lowe reported that the RMNA Welcome sign is up and paid for with the total cost being $2224. He will file the close out form next to give to the City of Madison to get the rest of the grant money.   ($1000)

No report from the Kennedy Alliance Network (KAN).

Old Business

Elections-- Nominations Committee volunteers Merl & Vern Maiers and Matt Karnick

Block  Captains -- A suggestion was made that we might consider raising an awareness for RMNA association by having members walk through their various neighborhood at specific times such as 5:00pm or after in several shifts. Another neighborhood association has done this with the result being a drop in smaller crimes.

The following have signed up to be block captains:

  • Matt Karnick -- Hummingbird Lane
  • Darold Lowe -- Crystal Lane and Cameo Lane
  • Jim Schuhart-- parts of Acewood to Onyx, Turquoise, Topaz and Goldfinch and Garnet
  • Betty May Field and friend-- Flora Lane
  • Teresa Northrup & friend-- Hermsmeier
  • Merl & Vern Maiers -- Bobolink to Shearwater to Goldfinch Dr.

Motion to adjourn by Darold Lowe, seconded by Jim Schuhart.

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 pm.

Submitted by Gretchen Lowe, Secretary.

Annual Membership Meeting
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Neighbors were asked to sign in as they entered in preparation for the election of officers after the meeting.

Meeting was called to order at 6:37 pm by President Hanson.

Adoption of the agenda was moved and seconded. Adopted without revision.

Printed copies of the minutes for July 9th, 2009 were provided. Approval was moved and seconded. Approved without correction.

Guest Speaker:
Tom Heikkenen, Manager, Madison Water Utility

Mr. Heikkenen provided a Power Point presentation describing the describing the various functions of the Water Utility and how water gets from the ground to our tap. He answered a variety of questions.

President Hanson asked Mr. Heikkenen to tell residents about a little known option for paying water bills. He explained that when a resident finds it difficult to pay their full bill, they may contact the Water Utility billing department number that appears on the bill, and request to make monthly payments. President Hanson requested that those attending spread the word to neighbors who might need this option.
Elected Officers' Reports

President – Bob Hanson

  • Heritage Heights/Rolling Meadows Picnic
    • Sunday September 13th   12:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Kennedy Park
  • Explained the election. Any member present may be nominated for any position on the ballot. VP Hornbeck would tally votes. Balloting would be repeated until a winner was identified for each office.

Vice-President – Matt Hornbeck

Welcome Sign information (all forms and bids available to date) have been collected and will be provided to the new president so a committee can continue the project.
Treasurer – Teresa Northrup

Account balance (as of 8/31/2009) is $677.66.
Secretary – Mary Polancih

Written report provided.
Old Business

New Business


President Hanson

The islands were approved at the last public meeting held at East Madison Police Precinct, Wednesday August 26th, 2009. They will be installed on Acewood Blvd as soon as the contractor performing the curb and gutter repairs is able to schedule the work.
Ald. Lauren Cnare

City Council approved the changes agreed to at the meeting of 8/26/09. The first changes will be chevrons installed on the curve in both directions, and the posted speed will be reduced. Later the pedestrian islands will be installed. Ald. Cnare commended RMNA and the citizens who were involved for pushing to make the the changes happen. She also urged RMNA to consider developing a "Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan" at some point in the future. When we are ready, we should contact her to get this started.

Ald. Cnare urged all residents to educate themselves about the development of the new downtown public library project. She urged us to consider attending the meetings as this will be an important project that will affect everyone in the community.

Next meeting will be scheduled by new president. Look for the dates in the next RMNA Newsletter.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:05pm

ELECTION for 2009-2010

  • President: Mary Polancih
  • Vice President: Tim Klaben
  • Secretary: (vacant)
  • Treasurer: Teresa Northrup

Submitted by Mary Polancih, Secretary.