January 2014

2014 January 20 TNA Board Meeting Minutes

BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Monday, January 20, 2014 7:00 p.m., Fuller Park

Board members present: Sandra Bartsias – Treasurer, Lauren Anderson, Karen Costello, Birdie Cunningham, Jane Elias, Mary Jane Mitchell, Tony Proell, Charlie Siftar, Dylan Sirny

Board members absent: Ryan Fisher, Steve Bieringer, Carolyn Dungan, Jeff Gears, Andrea Siegel, Eric David

Also present: John Quincy (City Council Member), Dan Jurek (resident)

Call to Order 7:15
Water Tower partnership with neighbors – Tangletown resident Dan Jurek spoke on this proposal. He is seeking permission to raise funds to improve the landscape around the water tower. He estimates that $7,000 to $10,000 is needed. There are two possible plans from Tangletown Gardens which would upgrade the irrigation system and add improvements that are low maintenance. Dan has been in talks with an art curator who would be interested in helping to organize an art tour, which would include the water tower. Dan suggested that fund raising would be easier if he could set up a 501(3)(c) and apply for grants. We will look into determining what funds we may have already designated for this site. Tabled.
Bike rack project – Charlie reported that the bike racks are done! Just waiting for warm weather now to install them.
Organic composting update – Lauren Anderson. Great turnout in December, despite the heavy snow. A committee is looking at potential drop-off sites – Pearl, Armatage and Powderhorn Parks are among the list of sites. Other locations include Washburn HS or Ramsey Jr. HS, local businesses, churches. CCM Quincy suggested the community garden site at 62nd and Nicollet. Tabled.
Discussion of electronic voting. Sandra read to us from notes from Jack Whitehurst and Bob Cooper on the concerns. How much public notice do we need to give in order to amend our by-laws? Bob Cooper said that other neighborhoods do allow some decisions to be made electronically – however, the decisions must be unanimous. We will look into what issues we would want to approve electronically. Tabled.
Spring newsletter. It was suggested that we all contribute to a list of items for the next newsletter. One would be a notice of intent to change the by-laws. We should provide optional newsletter subscriptions in the newsletter.
Fundraising. Question: Do we have a means for residents to donate online such as RAZOO?
Other Committee Reports
Arts: Utility box wraps and murals. Jane Elias reported that $6000 was allocated and $3,000 spent on the murals. There has not been as much interest from businesses in having a mural as we had expected. Could we move the remaining $3000 allocated for the murals to the utility box wraps? Since we have a mural that is going unused, any ideas of a place to use it or donate it?

Business Façade: Waiting on completion certificate from Hector Ruiz.

Sustainability: Green Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at Fuller Park. Details to come.

Other: Birdie suggested that we look into a change in meeting format to allow for committees to meet the same night or on alternating months as the full board. Tabled.
Announcements: Steve Bieringer has a new baby.
Adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,

Mary Jane Mitchell, substituting for Carolyn Dungan, TNA Secretary