Minutes from the September 12, 2011 6:30 pm
The mission of the
Amy Peterson, member of the Projects and Planning Committee, called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Everyone was asked to introduce themselves.
Alderman Michael Murphy gave us information about:
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<![if !supportLists]>3. <![endif]>the newly approved City Budget that has increased funding for street and sidewalk repairs and that has reinstated funds that were cut from the Milwaukee Fire Dept., etc.
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that would provide loans for people to
purchase foreclosed homes in
Questions were entertained from the members about:
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such problems and especially to report sidewalks that have been damaged by tree
<![if !supportLists]>2. <![endif]>the newspaper article about the awful impact of the loss of manufacturing jobs on
those people living in the 53210 zip code. Murphy recognized the immediate need
of the city government to create programs that would develop more jobs. He said
some progress had been made and cited the
whole problem has worsened because there are no new funds to help create
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should a manufacturer have to go to a southern state to hire welders?
Amy then introduced the new ListServ Guidelines developed by the Projects and Planning Committee. After hearing the pros and cons of using our listserve for fundraising, or advertising, it was decided that this should not be allowed on the listserve, but could be posted on the Martin Drive Facebook page where last month posts were viewed 50.000 times. We view these guidelines as a “work in progress”. As we put them into practice, we will need to continue our discussion to help make them clearer and fairer.
Amy called for Committee Reports
GARDEN COMMITTEE – Steve Falsetti thanked neighbors for helping him this year and those that have already talked to him about the garden for next year. He felt that the list serve could be used to recruit new gardeners. . Neighbors can contact email@example.com to ask about the community garden and sign up. There are 3 beds available for next year. The outdoor movie held at the garden space in August was fun and well attended. He hopes that this can be planned again for next summer. He thanked everyone for coming out on Saturday, Nov 4th and helping with the garden clean up.
WELCOME COMMITTEE -
BLOCK REPS -
BUSINESS AND FINANCE Pat Mueller reported that there was $5923 in the Martin Drive Neighborhood Association checking account.
HALLOWEEN Two hundred thirty one registered kids and forty one treating homes participated in our Trick “n” Treating on North 45 Street. We had enough volunteers.
NEWSLETTER Amy reported for Mary Andres that this committee would soon be meeting and that new members are really needed.
Pat Mueller then reported that
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signed an agreement with the Washington
Park Partners to not sell blunt
2. the Washington Park Partners will roll out their plan on December 8th. This is an
organization that helps neighborhoods surrounding
them set policies that strengthen the area. Amy suggested that
Park Partners come to a future Martin Drive Neighborhood Association meeting to
further explain their goals and how the Association can work with it.
3. Westside Holiday Happenings will be next weekend. Hand outs explaining the list of
activities were made available.
The caroling and holiday party/potluck will be at 1260 N 43 ST December 12, 6:30 p.m.
Sharon announced that the children’s company of the Ko-Thi Dance Company .will be performing this weekend at the UWM Fine Arts Theater.
Our next Monday meeting will be on
January 9th 2012 at the