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Feb. 19 Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

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On the evening of Thursday, Feb. 19th, 2015, the Eastside Hill Steering Committee met at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.

Members in Attendance:  Mark Ruddy, Gina Kennan-Klages, Mark Wesenberg, Jason Duba, Jen Williams, Tim Laubach, Lynn Gautsche, Sally Broker, William Kampf

Members Absent:  Jason Anhorn, Shannon Paulus

Guests:  Cortney Draxler, Sue Bauer, City Councilman Andrew Werthman. Sue is our liaison with Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  Cortney is a new neighbor

-By unanimous vote, Cortney Draxler was elected to the Steering Committee, taking the place of Laura Miller who moved from our area. Cortney’s position will extend until our September meeting at which a new election for Committee members will be held.

-By-Laws Amendment Discussion-

Discussion began Article by Article with suggested changes in language.  In the interest of time, a full agenda and guest speakers, the By-Laws sub-committee agreed to consolidate proposed alterations and present them to the steering committee at a later date.  Committee members are asked to forward any pertinent information to Mark Wesenberg.

-Mark W moved to accept the minutes of the January meeting.  Sally was the second and the motion passed.

-Treasurer’s Report – Per Shannon there have been no changes from last month.  We have $123.57in the checking account.   We have Petty Cash in the amount of 158.47.  Together the total balance is $282.04.  Sally has picnic expenses to submit in the amount of $46.74.  Upcoming expenses for the annual hosting and domain costs will be approximately $100.

-Thank you to Mike Paulus, the webmaster for our site. He updated the members of our Steering Committee and he posted our previous meeting minutes so all can see the nitty-gritty work that the Committee does.

-William reported on the City Comprehensive Plan.  There haven’t been any apparent red flag issues identified with regard to the neighborhood.  He was glad to find that many attending the meetings were as concerned about remedies for those in poverty in our city.  Questions arose about our neighborhood plan and when it might be revisited.  Lynn will see that committee members have access to the 2006 Neighborhood Plan.

-City Councilman Andrew Werthman, has recently moved to our neighborhood on Chauncey St..  He is running for reelection in April.  He has been involved in the community garden projects and believes in enlivening neighborhoods to make a better community.  He suggested that we be forward thinking about what we want our neighborhood to be.  When Jason D. asked what he finds unique about the East Hill, he shared that it is much more quiet and peaceful, and the neighbors more respectful than his last home.  William asked if Andrew thought the city was ready to pursue legislation about a living wage and paid time off.  Andrew indicated that some changes in the laws prevent the fair administration of policy across the boards as some have bargaining units and some do not have that representation. Andrew mentioned that we might be interested in exploring the Neighborhood Match Grant offered by the city, as well as the $1000 tree grant.  He was not aware of any City discussion about the status of 7 Bump Sledding Hill.

-Key keepers -

Mark W and Gina have keys to the Boyd Park building and thus have access to Boyd’s bulletin board key. Tim L has access to the Mega East bulletin board key as an employee there. Mark R has keys for both public notice boards.

-Photo Contest -

Six photos have been submitted to date.  Mickey Spencer is working with some students at Flynn to submit photos.  Discussion followed about the timeline and duration of the contest, and lengthening the submission time allowed.

- Our next meeting will be held at Our Savior’s on Thursday, March 19th, at 6:30 PM.  The church will be holding their annual Meatball Dinner that evening and we are invited to attend before our meeting.  Sue shared that Our Saviors is interested in once again participating in our prairie work day as part of their “God’s Work, Our Hands” outreach.

Mark R opened discussion on association participation and support of the Chippewa Valley Time Bank and a Bike Sunday in conjunction with the Mega Bike & Brat Day.  It was moved and seconded that we support both the Time Bank and the event.

Respectfully submitted,
Lynn Gautsche

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