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Welcome to Rountree!

Rountree is a thriving neighborhood of historic charm and diversity, conveniently located in the heart of our revitalizing center-city. We are home to college students from nearby Missouri State University and a variety of families young and old. In Rountree, you're a quick bike ride away from professional baseball, performing arts, and a host of unique restaurants and other offerings unmatched in the city. The Rountree neighborhood consists of more than 1,000 households bordered by Glenstone Avenue (east), Catalpa Street (south), National Avenue (west) and Cherry Street (north). At the heart of our neighborhood is Rountree Elementary School, which opened in 1917, and is today the site of a unique International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. The Rountree Neighborhood Association (RNA) was founded to preserve and promote quality of life for all its residents. We are among only three neighborhoods in Springfield with an Urban Conservation District (UCD). Rountree's UCD was approved by Springfield City Council in 1985 to allow the neighborhood to identify and solve problems associated with trash, noise, safety and residential overcrowding. There's something for everyone in Rountree.
RNA Membership Drive 2014

Owlapalooza is Friday August 8, 2014. Join us for great bands, food and games for the entire family. RNA memberships will be available. Membership is $25.00 per household,$45.00 per business, and runs from August 2014 to August 2015. Support Rountree school and become a part of your neighborhood association.

June General Meeting 2014


JULY 15, 2014

Minutes from the June 17 RNA Board meeting were read and approved. The Treasurer report was presented, and approved. The current balance as of July 14, 2014, is $1,787.49.

SECRETARY FOR RNA: This position remains open, since the previous secretary moved out of the area. To date, there have been no volunteers or recommendations for replacements to this position.

OWLAPALOOZA: Owlapalooza is Friday, August 8. The RNA Board will have a booth for membership information and to be available to answer general questions. We hope to elicit interest in the Housing Pattern Diversity Study. More Owlapalooza information can be found at

GENERAL NEIGHBORHOOD SECURITY and NEIGHBOR COMPLAINTS: In the recent past there was a rash of break-ins and general security issues of suspicious characters roaming the neighborhood. In addition, the RNA Board has been approached by residents who have issues with direct neighbors and concerns for their own safety or the safety or their home in general. The Board recommends that the best course of action is to use the online police report link. Not only is this certain to get a response, use of this site guarantees documentation and a history trail for continuing problems. This link is Our PAR (Police Area Representative) is Officer Clint Coyan.

NEWSLETTER: Compiling and publishing the newsletter is the biggest challenge for the RNA Board, ever since the previous editor, the talented Louise Knauer, resigned from this role. Obviously, we struggle with getting a newsletter published and continue the search for someone who has the time and talent to put this together for the Rountree Neighborhood. **Along with publication of the newsletter comes responsibilities for block captains and volunteers to distribute the newsletter. V

FACEBOOK: The current Facebook page titled Rountree Neighborhood Association has been the major focus of RNA Board conversation for nearly the past year. Even though the FB page is titled with specifically the word “Association,” it is not a site that is monitored by the Rountree Neighborhood Association. However, because it is titled with “Association,” it is a representation to many that are not fully aware of the specifics. Basically, the Rountree Neighborhood Association FB page is a direct representation of the Rountree neighborhood. For this reason, the RNA Board has struggled with how to address this issue, since not only does the RNA have nothing to do with the FB Page, none of the administrators are members of the RNA. And since by association the FB page represents the RNA, certain occasional conversations have been offensive and therefore should not be a direct representation of the RNA. The solution to this dilemma over the FB page would seem logical… change the name to simply the Rountree Neighborhood. Because the FB page has over 900 members, this is not an option.

Solutions under discussion are:
• Close down the page entirely and open a new FB page.
• Become admins and monitor more closely to more accurately represent Rountree neighbors. **Through the course of the week, three RNA Board members were added as Admins.
• Sit back and do nothing.

None of the options are 100% ideal. Since this was a General Membership meeting, there were thoughts outside of the RNA Board. The unanimous consensus of the group was that doing nothing was not an option. Closing down the page was a suggestion by one of the meeting attendees prior to even understanding that it was an option being discussed. It’s important to note that other members have commented about their uneasiness over the direction some FB conversations take, and comments at this meeting were similar.

This group will email the current admins for suggestions and buy-in.

There were also comments that the Rountree Neighborhood web site had old contact information. This will be reviewed and corrected.

NATIONAL AVENUE CORRIDOR VISION PROJECT/HOUSING PATTERN DIVERSITY STUDY: This MU Extension/Drury collaboration is a study in response to the Housing Committee Major Goals produced in the Field Guide 2030. It will investigate opportunities to “promote diversity of housing types in development and re-development patterns.” This is important to residents of Rountree because significant construction and re-development has been planned, and will continue to be planned, all around the MSU campus. “Progress will happen, and it behooves us to become aware and involved.” A meeting for this has been scheduled for August 14, 7-9pm. The location of meeting is yet to be determined.

Minutes by Nancy Evans

March 18, Minutes from Board Meeting

Rountree Neighborhood Association
March 18, 2014 Board Meeting

The meeting was called to order at Rountree Elementary by Chairman Matt Stevens.

Chairman Matt Stevens presented an agenda for the meeting. The minutes from the February membership meeting were read. Nancy Evans moved that the minutes be approved as read. The motion was seconded by Connie Schneider and the minutes were approved.

Treasurer Sara Hollis was not present at the meeting to provide a treasurer’s report. After a review of the by-laws, the board agreed that the by-laws need to be updated to authorize the Board to open bank accounts and to designate who the two signatures on the account will be (chairman and treasurer). The Board discussed and agreed that the books should be audited prior to them being turned over to Connie Schneider.

The neighborhood clean-up is April 12, 2014 from 8 am to 1 pm. The City will print and mail flyers for the clean-up event. We need to make sure to have membership forms at the clean-up in order to sign up new members..

Katie Claxton discussed the possibility of having a neighborhood wide sale prior to the clean-up and checked into pricing for signs.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm.

Meeting minutes submitted by Secretary Mary Bibey.