Steering Committee September 2015 Draft Minutes

CNA Steering Committee Regular Meeting
9 September 2015
Fannie Mae Stewart Community Conservatory, 1902 E. 22nd St.

Meeting called to order at 6:40 PM

Members present
Terry Dyke, Jules Kniolek, Ryan Ofsthun, Emily Schwartz, Erin Tassoulas, Wiccit

Members absent
Meaghan Bludau, Justin Irving, Mark Schiff

Guests present
Joe Beerens, Girard Kinney, Janine Gropp

Reading of Agenda
Motion: To adopt agenda for 9 September 2015
Resolved: Agenda adopted as read.

Approval of minutes
Motion: To approve minutes from 12 August 2015
Resolved: Minutes approved as read.


Mr. Kniolek reported that the next issue of The Flea is being put together as a group effort, given the uncertainty whether the vacant editor position can be filled in time. He also introduced Joe Beerens, who is interested in planning and land use issues; and Janine Gropp, who is interested in helping with The Flea. Both are considering volunteering for the Steering Committee.

Mr. Dyke reported that the current balance is $8716.79, and that an expense and income ledger is now in production for CNA finances, using a standard chart of accounts for non-profit organizations. He also requested approval of certain expenditures and a method of accounting the quarterly funding limit (report attached).

Motion from Mr. Dyke to approve the quarterly “carry-over” accounting method, as well as reimbursements for event yard sign printing, hazardous waste pickup event expenses, and materials for the Cherrywood Green kiosk, as detailed in the report, all totaling $563.18.
Resolved: Motion carried on consensus.

Mr. Dyke presented an update to the list of Committees and Associated Groups (attached).
Motion from Mr. Dyke to approve the updated list.
Resolved: Motion carried on consensus.

Flea Committee
Mr. Kniolek, ex officio chair, expanded on earlier remarks about the group production of the next issue, stated that Mike Sullivan has volunteered to fill the key Flea position of graphic designer, and called attention to the report on the group’s first meeting (attached).
Motion from Ms. Schwartz to thank Meaghan Bludau for the quality of her work on the report.
Resolved: Motion carried on consensus.

Incorporation Committee
Mr. Dyke reported that the process of investigating and preparing for incorporation as a non-profit continues, but over a longer time than originally anticipated. He noted that the new ledger, chart of accounts and budgeting process will conform to accepted practices for non-profits.


Sharing CNA  post office box
In consideration of a request from 78722 Biz to share the CNA post office box.
Motion from Ms. Schwartz to respond to 78722 Biz that the CNA, after due consideration by the Steering Committee, prefers to maintain an independent post office box.
Resolved: Motion carried on consensus.

November General Meeting program
Ms. Tassoulas, Program Committee chair, proposed that the presentation be on energy-efficient building, with Sunshine Mathon as a possible speaker; also that the Program Committee provide major refreshments such as pizza for the November general meeting, as well as produce the yard signs publicizing the meeting.
Motion from the floor to adopt the proposal.
Resolved: Motion carried on consensus.

Neighborhood Partnering Program
Mr. Kniolek introduced the City’s Neighborhood Partnering Program, which offers matching funds for neighborhood infrastructure projects, including credit for “sweat equity” for participants donating labor, and offered it as a possibility for future Steering Committee action.

Development Services program
Mr. Kniolek proposed the idea of a new CNA program to assist neighbors and developers with zoning and variance issues, making use of the existing “permit scraper” software to identify new building permits in the neighborhood. He will meet with Mr. Beerens, and anyone else interested, to develop the idea for future Steering Committee action.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM

Minutes submitted by Terry Dyke, Secretary

Attachments: [click here for full minutes with attached documents]

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. Committees and Associated Groups list
  3. Flea Committee report

[For all CNA meeting minutes and notes, see ]

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