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ANA Community Meeting Minutes — October 2014
Audubon Neighborhood Association
October 6, 2014
Annual Meeting Minutes
Attendees: Board members Kevin Kelly, Nic Baker, Don Sellers, Jessica Kracl, Sonja Peterson, Melissa Haugesag, Sean Koebele, Adam Sieve; potential Board member Terri Harder, ANA Office Manager Luke Stultz; Councilman Kevin Reich, School Board member Jenny Arneson, eight community members (see attached attendance roster).
Meeting called to order at 7:15 PM.
Welcome & Introductions
Review of Agenda
Request to discuss the calendar, which we will discuss during new business.
Mark moved to approve with the addition, Marty seconded. Agenda approved by unanimous vote.
Review of June Meeting Minutes
Marty moved to approve the minutes of the June Community Meeting; Larry seconded. June Community Meeting minutes approved by unanimous vote. For future meetings, the roster of attendees will be scanned and included with the minutes.
Board member elections
Nic Baker, Melissa Haugesag and Adam Sieve are up for re-election. Jessica Kracl has opted to step-down at the end of her term (Dec. 31, 2014). Sean Koebele has submitted his resignation from the Board, effective following conclusion of this Annual Meeting. Community member Terri Harder has expressed interest in joining the Board.
The following slate of candidates was presented for election by the Community Members present: Nic Baker, Melissa Haugesag, Terri Harder, and Adam Sieve. Ron moved that the slate of candidates be approved and elected. Marty seconded. The candidates were approved and elected to the two-year term running 2015-2016 by unanimous vote.
With Sean’s resignation, there is one vacant Board seat that may be filled by Board appointment. Pursuant to the Bylaws, an individual appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy will complete Sean’s 2014-2015 term (ending 12/31/15).
$1,000 in cash account; $18,866.97 in revolving account. Kevin discussed the plan for strategic planning to move forward with allocating un-contracted funds.
Community Updates from Councilman Reich
Organics recycling program – Audubon selected as a drop-off site.
Hollywood theatre development – Councilman Reich answered community questions regarding the redevelopment deal.
Co-Op expansion project – plans have been approved; just need to get the financing in place.
Cultivate Project has been active (Lowry and Central) – Hazel’s will be there on Wednesday of this week.
Discussed the development of the new Walgreens site in the Holland neighborhood.
Discussion of recent police activity (prompted by community member question regarding arrest of bike thief) as well as the 2nd precinct advisory council (2PAC) meetings. Those meetings are the second Monday of every month.
Residential Organics Recycling Drop-Off
Kelly Kish provided an overview of the city residential organics recycling program. The drop-off will be open at the park during staffed hours for the first 6-8 weeks: Tues. 4-7pm, Sat. 10am-1pm. The NE Co-Op generously donated several boxes of compostable bags for residents who are interested in participating.
School Board Update
Jenny Arneson represents NE and SE Mpls. on the school board.
Facility updates – opening Webster school this coming Fall; major renovations at Edison High (football field); NEMS is undergoing interior improvements; Sheridan is undergoing landscaping updates.
Academic updates – Waite Park Elementary did very well on state testing; Pillsbury and Marcy also did well. Edison made very big gains this year. NEMS also did well, but has some area for improvement.
Enrollment – general growth in the district; elementary schools are quite full (reason for re-opening Webster); Sheridan will keep art magnet status and will add Spanish Immersion.
NE Tool Lending Library
Michelle Ross presented. The library is a registered non-profit. Received funding from Windom Park neighborhood to open in the spring of 2015. The library will be open to NE residents. There will be a minimum annual fee to be a member of the library. Also hoping to have workshops/classes and workspaces. Next meeting is on Oct. 22 6-8 pm at Northeast Library.
Nic Baker discussed the annual report and requested feedback from the community regarding interactions with city departments. Marty offered that he thought 311 has been a great resource.
Kevin announced that the Park building will be the new location for the Community Meetings.
Marty discussed the Northeast Community Development Corporation calendar. He has flyers to sell ad space if anyone is interested.
Larry moved to adjourn; Sean seconded. Motion to adjourn approved by unanimous vote. Meeting adjourned at 8:35 pm.