Although we had 34+ people in attendance we neglected to have the usual introductory activity.
We did have a report from the treasurer, Al S. He reminded us of the balance in our account due to the leadership training that Sharon and Terri attended and for which the neighborhood received a stipend for their attendance.
We had a productive and educational
experience with our Alderman Michael Murphy enlightening us due to
negative challenges on
Our volunteer walkers have had an
impact on helping people know more of their neighbors, which relieves some
tensions that arise when so many people live so close together. Our
walkers have also been role models for the rest of us in their dedication and
focus on changing and improving our sense of safety. Alderman Murphy
met with several landlord/lady's to explain the concerns and efforts that the
We also will focus on
Alderman Murphy answered some
neighbors' concerns about the rise in the use of fees. Since the state
imposed a maximum percentage that cities can raise in taxes, the use of fees
has had to replace the income not raised in taxes. Fees are common in the
cities surrounding the city of
Two neighborhoods have been
requested to work with the city on a downspout experiment. For
We will be notified of the success and problems connected with the removal of the downspouts from the MMSD.
Two workers from the American Cancer Society presented their viewpoint about the ban on smoking establishments. The Public Safety Committee was to vote on this ban on Sept. 15 which would then cause it to be sent to the whole Common Council. Several workers from the American Cancer Society had been canvassing the Martin Drive Neighborhood to encourage neighbors to contact our Alderman to vote in favor of the ban.
Discussion then followed with immediate MDN concerns about the future of the
Halloween evening trick or treat. Katrina has been the organizer
of this event for the entire ten years. She is concerned that we need many
safety monitors to guarantee a safe night for all the participants.
The neighbors definitely want this event to continue. Although the
organizing information is based with Katrina and Pat M., many people
stated their interest and willingness to help. Erika Henry will
copy the flyers once Katrina has updated the information. It was then
suggested that the flyer be placed in the newsletter that will be published in
early Oct. The following neighbors are willing to pass the newsletter
with the application for trick or treating: Rachel Lustig
- 42nd and McKinley, Cathy Mackay-43rd, Linda and Pat D. -
44th, Tom - 45th, Jennifer - 46th,
Due to the length of this meeting, (2 hours) we had no more energy to even express our positive reasons about Martin Drive is the neighborhood it is because of the wonderful people who live here and try hard to be pleasant, respectful and alert neighbors. Maggie B. 9/16/05