Minutes from the February 11, 2008
Meeting of Martin Drive Neighborhood Association
and Tom were unable to be at the meeting but were gracious and committed enough
to allow us to use their home for our meeting. Thank you, Tom and
Maggie. About 15 people braved the sub-zero weather to attend the monthly
meeting showing a representation from each street, except for Vliet Street
and Highland Boulevard.
tried something different and offered each person 2 cent when entering the
meeting asking neighbors for their 2 cent worth of information. This
phrase goes back to the time when, for many years, postage was 2 cent and this
meant you could write a letter to the editor, to the president or to whomever
you wanted to offer your opinion for a mere 2 cent.
asked for ways the neighborhood could be improved. We learned that people
liked the idea of continuing neighborhood walks. Walks could be focused
on walking to increase fitness, walking with dogs and walking with the police. There is also a need for gatherings and for
people to get to know their neighbors. There was a feeling that people
are getting sloppy about returning their garbage carts from the sidewalk to
their proper placement, which by City Code needs to be done within 24 hours of
pick-up. Information on this code will be included in the newsletter.
There is a need for general facade improvements to homes. There was
concern that more people and a more diverse group more reflective of the
neighborhood should be attending the meetings and how could this be
was a report about plans for a Farmers
Market in Washington Park on the circular drive of the Senior Center.
A group of people including the Senior
Center, Hmong American
Friendship Association, rep from Washington Park
Neighborhood, Martin Drive Neighborhood and an experienced Market Manager are
working on this. Local farmers (from our neighborhood) would vend the
produce, and we would strive to have a flower, herb and honey vendor. We
would encourage booths of local businesses like the Amaranth Bakery and Eden
Market and there would be hand craft vendors and artists. While no decisions
have been made as to the day of the week it would take place, we are leaning
towards Sunday, as it does not conflict with other markets. The date and
time of the market is one of the most important decisions and can make or break
the success of the market. All initial conversations are very positive
with buy in from all groups and from the County.
was also a report about the Community
Improvement Clinic, which will be held on Saturday March 8th
at the Washington
Center from 9 am to 11:30
am. This clinic will be packed with information to help us grow and
thrive in our neighborhood. It is free and open to the public.
There will be demonstrations, info on crime prevention from the Police
Department and City of Milwaukee,
self-defense training and a talk about basic inexpensive security gadgets that
you can easily install. Someone from the city will talk about the City
website and how to use the e-notify and e-services features. Kids are
welcome. There will be a Kids’ Corner with games, crafts and martial arts
demonstrations. This has been planned in conjunction with the Washington
Heights Neighborhood Association. It will be worth your time and there
will be tips for homeowners and renters.
last thing discussed was a Martin
Drive Community Art Project. It involves taking three or
four of the larger planters on 43rd & Vliet
and turning them into an art installation. A very notable artist, Muneer Bahauddeen, would lead the
project. He is the artist whose tiles adorn the Walnut Street
Bridge over I-43 on the
overpass to downtown. He is very good at working with kids. Muneer Bahauddeen is a
Milwaukee-area artist who is well known for his work in ceramics. Muneer has taught ceramic sculpture at the Milwaukee
Institute of Art and Design, the University of Wisconsin-Madison at
Rhinelander, and at the University School of Milwaukee. He has also
participated in a number of area public art projects and has worked with
Artists Working in Education, Inc. to bring art enrichment programs to children
I urge you to Google him or try this link for more information: http://www.mchange.org/page.jsp?key=2bt
It would truly be an honor to work with an
artist of this caliber on a public art project in our neighborhood.
Muneer would fashion 3 or 4 sets of clay tiles painted and glazed with
the words “Martin Drive Neighborhood” These would be applied to
each inverted planter. Then a series of (3 or 4) 8-hour community
sessions would take place at the Senior
Center. With the
prep work to create and place the “Martin Drive Neighborhood” tiles & round
out the planters so they are globes, being done in Muneer’s
studio, it will take an additional 8 hours to complete each
planter. During each session, up to 10 children from the
neighborhood would be instructed on how to break and place the ceramic into a
mosaic to finish the planter. Every person in this neighborhood could
participate by stopping and placing one piece or by donating broken and chipped
china and pottery. Save your broken and chipped china and pottery.
Other supplies (thinset, grout, clay, glaze, concrete
etching solution, and grout sealant) would be donated by Heritage West
Properties. When completed, the art signs would be placed at three
or four locations in the neighborhood. An excavator will donate his
services to place the planters at the Senior Center
and then in their new homes at the corners of our neighborhood.
from you is always appreciated. You can still offer your 2 cents worth,
even if you did not attend. Just reply to this e-mail.
the next meeting will be on Saturday, March 8th at the Senior Center
in the form of the Community Improvement Clinic. There will not be a
regular Monday meeting.