General Membership Meeting
June 17. 2010

General Business - Guest Speakers

Kirk Nelson, Capitol View Farmers Market
Wednesdays 3-7 pm
20 vendors
Located at N. Star and Sharpsburg in Grandview Commons

Larry Schmock, Owner of Sundown Saloon, 57 S Stoughton Rd
The bar is a 99 capacity bar. They are trying very hard to be good neighbors. Don't even take out trash after 9 pm. They would like the flexibility to have live amplified music for special events. Law changed to (now) need to apply for a 21+ Entertainment license. Seeking RMNA endorsement for that change. Questions followed.

Motion made and seconded to support Sundown Saloon's application for the 21+ Entertainment license. PASSED unanimously. President Polancih directed to write letter to ALRC to that effect with copy to Mr Schmock. MP will also contact households directly behind the establishment for their comments, and urged Mr Schmock to do the same.

Officer Anne Thurber, East District Police

Neighborhood Watch & Personal Safety Presented the "9 House Model" as more effective than the old formal NW where a whole block had to be involved.

Personal Safety suggestions:

  • "Light it up and Lock it!"
  • Leave radio on
  • Landscape plants should be maintained less than 3 ft tall.
  • Don't carry a purse - only carry what fits in your pocket - or keep purse contents to a minimum.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you will return-even if you live alone!
  • Security Systems are a personal choice.

Adoption of Agenda


Approval of the Minutes (none available from 3/10)

Elected Officers' Reports

President Polancih (See attached report)

Wrote letter to ALRC on behalf of RMNA requesting Walgreen's application for alcohol license be denied. Spoke at ALRC meeting on 6/16/10. License denied due to objection from neighborhood association and License saturation.
Vice President Klaben (absent) (MP reporting)

TK made first round of contacts to over 20 neighborhood businesses for webpage ads. Kruse Realtors bought a 1 yr ad, Lakes UCC bought a one time ad. Intent is to make a second round of contacts offering lower cost ads

Treasurer Northrup

Current checking acct balance $707.37 plus check received tonight. Officers discussing switching acct to a credit union with lower fees.

Reports of Standing Committees

Traffic - Jim Schuhart, Chairperson
General opinion is the traffic is no better on Acewood Blvd than before the traffic calming islands were installed.

Sign Project - Darold Lowe, Chairperson

Committee recommends location on Acewood Blvd in median between Walgreen's and Sentry. Recommend 4'x6'   using a modified version of the sign by one bidder. Received 3 bids. Cost expected to be $22000-$2300 plus taxes and permit. City can waive permit fee (usually does upon request by NA). Ald. Cnare has to submit resolution to City Council before we can actually install the sign. City has grant of up to $2000 we can apply for early next year.

Motion: Accept design recommend by committee. Seconded. Discussion. PASSED (unanimous).

Committee recommends a Fundraising Committee be created. Committee will create a plan to raise needed funds from business and neighbors. Discussion. Sign up sheet passed around. MP reported theatVP Tim Klaben has agreed to serve on the committee. RMNA members were urged to seek out neighbors with expertise in fundraising to serve on this committee. Contact any officer or Chr. Lowe to volunteer.

NOTE: Several individuals gave checks with: "neighborhood sign " written in on the memo line. These checks and all other donations designated specifically for this project will be segregated and accounted for separately by the treasurer. Anyone interested in donating money for the sign can give a check to Treasurer Northrup or Comm Chr Lowe.
Old Business

  • A. Fundraising efforts status report (see VP report)
  • B. Membership & RMNA Brochure (See President's report)
  • C. Newsletter & website update No additional info. Please inform neighbors of the website.
  • D. Summer picnic No interest.
  • E. Need for additional committee chairpersons (See handout)

New Business

  • A. Proposed liquor licenses for Walgreens - Acewood at Cottage Grove Rd and license enhancement for Sundowners Saloon (see above)
  • B. Gypsy moth infestations Info from Marla Eddy, City Forsester (See handout) Merl Meier talked to DNR and City Forestry staff. Suggested burlap skirts around trunk. Moths hide under it during the day. Remove in afternoon and dump moths in soapy water. We weren't included in DNR spraying this spring. Make sure to report any trees infested to help document need for control measures next spring.
  • C. Neighborhood Watch (See separate documents provided by Ofr. Thurber)

Other Business/Announcements

  • Call for nominations for election of officers Election 9/9/2010
  • Grocery store proposed for Grandview Commons Big box store with entrance onto Cottage Grove Rd being discussed. Grandview neighbors opposed. Nothing submitted yet.
  • SHARE food buying club (handout)
  • Madison Rezoning Info meeting June 22 and June 24
  • Electronics Recycling Event, Saturday, June 19 from 8am-2 pm @ Alliant Energy Center.
  • Conservation Park Tours
  • Goodman Pool is open for the season
  • Capitol Neighborhoods speaker John Norquist June 24

Next Meeting September 9, 2010 will be the Annual Meeting & ELECTIONS. Candidates welcomed for all positions. (See handout)
Adjourned 8:45 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.