Grant Park Neighborhood Association

The GPNA Meeting Minutes

Grant Park Neighborhood Association
General Meeting
Grant Park Church
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 7:00pm

Old Business/Committee Reports:

  • Off Lease Area - Plan will go into effect June 15th, with 4 seasons. Banfield pet hospital is going to be paying for the sign. Still as issue of concern is the fall move to the alternate area. An office lease advisory meeting will be held latter in the month; Michael Kinney will be representing the neighborhood.
  • Sandy Plan - The Sandy plan goes before City Council April 6th. Brad has been going to all of the meetings and we will encourage him to do so on our behalf. There is a picture of the Sandy plan at the 42nd street postal annex.
  • Clean Up - Volunteers are needed, and will need to be available beginning at 8:30. The committee is preparing for rain. All of the arrangements have been taken care of including dumpsters and cones. Berry sales forms will be handed out at the clean up.
  • Berry Fundraiser
    The berry fundraiser information did not make it into the Alameda newsletter. We will be sending out an email to those who purchase berries last year. Handing out berry forms at the clean up, and Alameda clean up. We might need to rent a refrigerated truck
  • Finances - Berry Orders are coming in, but it is still too soon to tell for sure. Our overall account stands at 1408.82. Ideas of projects that might be worth funding with our surplus: Constitution Team, Grant Grads, Royal Blues, GPNA Website, and Block Parties.
  • Newsletter - There was some concern about running out of room for advertising in the newsletter, but it was decided to try to keep the newsletter at 8 pages, thus lessening the concern. The current rate is 25$ an issue, with 4 consecutive issues for 90$.

New Business:

  • Events
    95.5 will be hosting a festival this summer. This is the second year, and we are letting them know that we would appreciate if they do not post up any signs that will be left.
    The Junior Parade will be held June 8th at 1pm, resents are advised of the worried traffic conditions during the day of the events. The Graffiti task force will be cleaning up the graffiti on sandy preceding the parade
    We will make an effort to include reviews of events in the newsletter.
  • Graffiti Removal - The city is cutting budget to 1/3 the size, and YEI is dropping out. The city will be relying more on volunteers. Private businesses, and residences understand the importance of immediately removing graffiti to decrease the likelihood of more graffiti from occurring. Problem areas are public property where graffiti is proliferating. The city is needing more volunteers, it might be helpful to go through already established groups such as friends of trees, boy/ girl scouts, or possibly the grant high school environmental club.
  • NECN Representative - Rachel Summers who is on a 6 month loans from ONI to NECN came to visit and had the following advice: We need to make sure we are representing the neighborhood in terms of diversity; cultural, gender, class, and age. It is important for us to understand what the barriers might be to attending meetings- time, location, style of meeting. It was suggested that we try to get to know the older members in the community it would be good to find out if they were involved with the Model City program, which was the predecessor to the neighborhood association program. We all agree that it would be great to have neighborhood association business cards.

Present:

David Austin
KC Davenport
Michael Kinney
Ron Laster
Karen Plemons
Andy Mones
Katherine Bang
Karen Lewis
Mary Cal Hanson
Pam Pickens
Ted Okensinski
Rachel Summer
Karen Lewis.
(Note that a quorum was not met.)

Next Meeting:

Board Meeting
Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 7pm
Grant Park Church

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