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

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.