Minutes from the
September 10, 2012 6:30 pm
Meeting of Martin Drive Neighborhood
SENIOR CENTER - 4420 W Vliet Street
The mission of the Martin Drive Neighborhood
Association, through its programs and projects, is to embrace and foster a
sense of belonging and common purpose, in order to create a neighborhood that
is beautiful, diverse, secure, and fun for everyone!
Raymond Duncan, organizer of the Projects and Planning
Committee, called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM. Everyone was asked to introduce themselves
and talk about any good news. One neighbor said the good work of the neighbor
is being noticed by Waukesha
as they work on making their own neighborhood association. Neighbors were
contacted in Martin Drive were chosen to be contacted from a list of
neighborhoods listed on a City of Milwaukee website because there is no
association fees, diversity, and hard working volunteer neighbors working on
Andres talked about the Martin Drive Neighborhood Association Goals from
March 2009, current work and involvement (committee reports were done as
goals were described):
and maintain a strong sense of community and neighborhood involvement
among residents. Neighbors talked about the success of the block clubs,
block representatives, projects, working on problems together, using the
Internet to connect further with neighbors and get our good news out,
night time trick & treating-the commitment of adults to keep out kids
safe during this night event (adults remembering how it was to Trick and
Treat at Night, rummage sale (thanks Wally from Caradaro
Club Pizza, see www.martin-drive.org
, outdoor movies, welcome packets for new neighbors (email email@example.com,
if you need one), neighborhood summer picnic on the last Saturday in July
(46& Vliet, wonderful job by Shirley, Pat
and neighbors for supplies, Sharon for entertainment, and neighbors to
help with setup and take down), no dues, and the Vliet
Street Community Farmer’s Market.
and maintain a livable, stable and safe neighborhood. PO Duncan talked
about how crime has been very low over the last 42 days. He says neighbors
should think of their home as an onion: nosy neighbors, exterior lights
on, locked windows, and doors.
a positive image of the Martin Drive Neighborhood. Mary Andres shared some
recent articles about positive news about Martin Drive, from the Little
Neighborhood Libraries, to neighbors working on the Advanced Waste
the Martin Drive Neighborhood Association, Mary Andres talked about the
improved communication and how events are well organized with organizers
July we spoke about the Neighborhood Improvement District, neighbors were
interested in the idea and wanted to find out more about it. The vote on
it moved forward today along with the Neighborhood Improvement District
for Cathedral Square
(we are not in it). The Neighborhood Improvement District does not have
income restrictions. The earliest opportunity for this neighborhood to be
involved is 2014. Neighbors will be offered to have an opportunity to be
involved on a committee (Business and Finance) to help neighbors
understand what a Neighborhood Improvement District is and how it works.
Raymond said that neighbors will be asked to see if one would step forward
to be on a new seat opened by Washington Park Partners on their Steering
Committee, to help communication between Washington Park Partners and
Martin Drive Neighborhood Association (Third Tuesday each month,
5:15-7:00pm, 3940 W Lisbon). Raymond said he asked Alderman Murphy for a
time line for when his office will get feedback from residents in his
district, so that the Martin Drive Neighborhood Association can plan also
on its communication and recommendation. He explained how the neighborhood
association is an added layer of protection, but not every neighbor is
- Sharon said that the
Advanced Waste problem has been on going, off and on for several years.
The problem was very noticeable in July. Neighbors met with Alderman
Murphy, Alderman Hines, City Department Heads, Milwaukee River Keeper,
Midwest Advocates, and representatives for advanced waste. Neighbors
recently toured Advanced Waste facilities and saw a new method of cleaning
air via cedar chips and bacteria. Neighbors will continue to monitor air
quality and will email firstname.lastname@example.org
when they smell a problem, so that it can be passed along to elected
representatives, department heads, Milwaukee River Keeper, Midwest
Advocates We-Energies, and Advanced Waste.
Store Update, a neighbor said that neighbors should contact Alderman
Murphy, when improvements to the property were done illegally, and ask if
the license committee was lied to when neighbors
wanted the owner to agree to set standards.
- New 46th ST
School, neighbors were concerned about students leaving the school last
Friday and being on private property as they made their way to the bus
stop at West Martin Drive
and Highland Blvd.
It was agreed that school representatives should meet with neighbors to
encourage a positive welcome to the neighborhood.
Bore/Plants and Trees, tabled to a future meeting. It was agreed a
presenter may be needed to describe the problem and what neighbors can do
- North 44th Street
Traffic, Mary Andres said that neighbors had concerns that drivers were
going down the street the wrong away, a police
officer stated that it is illegal to drive the wrong away, even if your
house is near the intersection. Neighbors should work with one another to
inform drivers before the police become involved.
Space Dance Company-They want to do a performance with the neighborhood.
Neighbors gave permission for the Projects and Planning Committee to work
out the details (no cost expected).
5. Milwaukee County Supervisor Russell Stamper, II invited
neighbors to the next Town Hall Meeting with County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Tuesday September 18, 2012. Russell Stamper,
II also talked about the new play areas in Washington Park.
Supervisor Russell Stamper, II introduced, Nikiya Harris.
She won the Democratic primary against 4 challengers for the Wisconsin State
Senate seat to represent Martin
Drive and nearby areas, and does not face a
challenger in the November election. Nikiya Harris
says she is here to listen to neighbors.
A reminder was given by a neighbor
to be careful on what is said on email. When a neighbor posts an email on email@example.com
please be aware that it goes out to over 225 neighbors, elected officials and
our Community Liaison Officers of the Milwaukee Police Department. Please be
careful of the tone of an email you plan to send. Discussion is good, but
please be careful what is said. We remind neighbors to take extra time to get
to know one another and be helpful.