There with be a general meeting of the Rountree Neighborhood Association Tuesday April 15,2014 7:00 pm Location : Rountree Library
Rountree Neighborhood Association July 16, 2013 General Membership Meeting The meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm at Rountree Elementary by Chairman Matt Stevens. Chairman Matt Stevens presented an agenda for the meeting. The minutes from the June 18, 2013 board meeting were read. Louise Knauer moved that the minutes be approved as read. The motion was seconded by Tim Midyett and the minutes were approved. Treasurer Sara Hollis provided a treasurer’s report and advised there is approximately $819.00 in the association account. Mike Rankin, chair of the NeighborWoods project, requested that members spread the word that the City of Springfield has 70 trees available for planting in easements. He also had tree permits available for those interested. Those requesting trees need to be willing to make a three year commitment to watering and mulching the tree. This is a $15,000 investment by the City for our neighborhood. The RNA will have a membership table at Owlapalooze on August 12 to collect dues for the year. Cindy Rushefsky moved that the association purchase a new banner with the association logo for the event and others at which the RNA will have a presence. Bob Keyes seconded the motion and the motion carried. The board advised the meeting that amendments to the by-laws have now defined when membership dues are due (August 1) and the question of whether to raise dues was posed. Sara Hollis advised that since the membership form was removed from the newsletter there has been a reduction in membership dues received. LaDonna Stevens moved that the dues be raised from $5 for an individual and $10 per household to $25 per household and $45 per business and that the membership form be put back into the newsletter. Cindy Rushefsky seconded the motion. John Melton raised the question of whether an ad could be included in the price of membership dues for businesses. The motion was amended that business dues would include a business card ad in the quarterly newsletter. A vote was taken and the motion carried. The topic of block captains was discussed. The association needs block captains to assist in revitalizing the membership. Anyone interested in being a block captain or who has a candidate for block captain was asked to contact a member of the board. The issue of the Halloween Parade was discussed at length. According to municipal code, the parade cannot continue as it has in the past without completion of the permitting process and insurance. The board advised that the association and the board are unwilling to sponsor the parade due to liability reasons. As an alternative, the association could arrange for street closures in order to close a section of the neighborhood to vehicle traffic on Halloween to allow for a neighborhood celebration. This would not require any permits or insurance. Amy Hopkins and Laurel Bryant advised the meeting that they would like some time to try and complete the necessary process in order to have the parade. Chairman Matt Stevens advised that we could revisit the issue at Owlapalooza and if they were unable to proceed with the parade, the association would look into the alternative of street closure. Bob Keyes advised that he still needs help with the delivery of newsletters so please let him know if you are interested in assisting with that. Mary Bibey moved that the association be a silver sponsor for Owlapalooza and provide a $150 donation for the event. Tim Midyett seconded the motion. A vote was taken and the motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 8:41 pm. Meeting minutes submitted by Secretary Mary Bibey.