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
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General Membership Meeting
March 14, 2013

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

Guest Speakers:
George Hank, City of Madison Building Inspector
Joe Reinhart, Eastside Catering and Hall
Terri Her, Acewood Alliance Pantry

George Hank spoke about the need for property owners to request a building permit with all remodeling projects for “peace of mind”. Contractors should pick up permits for all projects which show Contractor bonding and insurance. website is a good resource to check prior to any building/construction and has a connection to the Neighborhood Association websites. The Exterior Property Enforcement guide has city rules and violation reports. Complaints can be done online but the most important complaint is the second which a ticket can be issued. Construction time frame in completing an exterior project is two years; interior projects are open-ended. The city of Madison has 21 inspectors that cover new construction, heating and electrical, plumbing and heating, property maintenance, and housing inspections dealing with complaints. A project with a minimum of $500 needs a permit. Fees for a permit are based on the project, $25 being the minimum.

Joe Reinhart discussed the potential business of Eastside Catering and Hall, formerly known as Talula’s, coming into the neighborhood. It would entail meeting rooms, meals after funerals and wedding receptions. The hours would be noon to bar-time with a Safe Ride program within a 15 mile radius. Security would be provided between 9:00 p.m.-midnight. Alder Cnare stated that the proposal would be put in front of the Alcohol Review Board for a permit on 3/20/13 and in front of the Common Council on 4/16/13 for the Public Hearing. A discussion of the neighborhood attendees regarding the proposed name vs. “restaurant” in the name took place.

Terri Her announced that the Acewood Alliance Pantry was in its second month of operation distributing 150 # of food/week. The goal is to serve 6 households/week. They are in need of volunteers and provide one-hour training prior to working. The Pantry is open on Thursdays from 11:30-3:30 p.m. and the greatest needs are for food and hygiene donations. The Million Pound Challenge is available by registering on a website and connecting to a Food Pantry while physically working out at a Health Club. They are hopeful that grant proposals will enable an addition onto the New Beginnings Alliance Church with a joint Food and Clothing Pantry in the future.

Melissa Sargent, WI Representative for the State Assembly, was present to introduce herself to the neighborhood and to mention that the fear of the McKenzie Center closing would not be happening and that the DNR would keep it as is. Jeff Pertl, Candidate for County Supervisor introduced himself to the neighborhood.

President Tim Klaben presented Alder Lauren Cnare and stated that on 3/25/13 in the Gym of the Door Creek Church, a District 3 Council Neighborhood Forum would take place with the two candidates running for the Alderman position to discuss issues/topics of interest.

President Klaben announced the upcoming WISDOT meeting concerning Hwy 51/Cottage Grove Bridge Replacement, Ramps, and Approaches to be held on Tuesday, 3/19/13 at LaFollette High School at 6:00 p.m. On 3/20/13 Melissa Sargent would be present at the Whitehorse Middle School to discuss the same topic.

President Klaben discussed developing a combined Watch Program for RMNA and the Heritage Heights Neighborhood with the help of the City of Madison Police Department and Alder Cnare. An Online program called Nextdoor was presented for welcoming and getting acquainted with your neighbors. It would also be a communication between your neighbors to present issues of the neighborhood for safety as well.

Announcements for the RMNA upcoming events:

  1. RMNA Block Captain Meeting on Thursday, 4/11/12 @ the Great Dane at 7 p.m.
  2. RMNA Annual Park Cleanup, McGinnis Park-Sunday, 4/21/13 at 1:00 p.m.
  3. RMNA Neighborhood Garage Sale to be held June20th-June 22nd with a Brat/Hotdog Sale at Sentry Grocery Store on Saturday, June 22nd.
  4. Next RMNA meeting with be Thursday, June 6th at 7 pm at the New Beginnings Alliance Church

Jordy Natzke, Treasurer reported that the RMNA account has $2,880.27.

Additional discussion – having a Horticulturist speak regarding gardening and tree care at an upcoming meeting. A suggestion of neighborhood meetings to be held every other month between September through June. Jordy Natzke suggested holding 3 Brat Sales/year as fundraisers. Another suggestion was holding Plant Exchanges with neighborhood people and donating profits to RMNA.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:03 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Maureen Engelberger, Secretary.