Saturday, January 12, 2013
Meeting Minutes of
The mission of the
NID Question Topics Summary
Background: How did the MDNA become interested in the NID concept?
Purpose: What does a NID do and how will it benefit our area?
What can be done with a NID that we cannot do without it?
Establishing a NID:
How is the decision made to apply for a NID?
What is the process or steps for applying for a NID?
Who or what would create the application?
What is the “term” of a NID…..one year, two years, etc?
Structure and Accountability:
How would a NID be operated?
How would decisions be made?
What are the checks and balances?
What are the necessary recordkeeping tasks, who would do them, and to
whom would they go?
Would it be necessary to hire someone to administer a NID and what
would the costs be?
How or when could cancel a NID?
Funding: How is a NID funded?
What are assessments?
Who or what decides their amount, how are they to be collected, and by
Can the assessments be adjusted each year or during the term of the
Does everyone being assessed have a vote about the major decisions?
Explain “assessed value” and how it relates to voting power within a
What type of projects and/or programs can be funded by a NID?
Do all of the collected funds have to be spent within the first year of a
NID or do they “roll over” into the next year(s)?
Where are the collected funds held and how would they be disbursed?
Can an assessment be used as a tax deduction?
What amount of funds could be collected and would they be enough to
have a significant impact on the neighborhoods in the NID?
Amendments / Updates / Dissolution:
Can a NID be changed or adjusted after it has been implemented?
Can a NID be ended?
What is the process for this?
What would happen to the remaining funds?
Can the City take control of a NID if it feels that the NID is not
following the proper procedures?
Pitfalls and Problems:
What will a NID’s impact be on the MDNA?
Do we have enough volunteers to organize and operate both a NID and
Do we want nonresidential business owners making decisions about the
needs of our neighborhoods?
Will the City be less responsive to our complaints because we already
have been given funds to improve our neighborhood?
Should the MDNA organize its own NID or join another group such as
How committed is our Alderman to the NID concept?
How will creating a NID impact on the MDNA involvement in the
Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative?
Note: The amount of negativity at the January 12th meeting, which could have been caused by the confusion and frustration with the City’s poor presentation, should be a factor in our future planning regarding a decision about a NID.
Suggested “Next Steps”:
Construct our own Power Point presentation (or something similar) that
will clearly explain and illustrate the NID concept, operation, etc. (Tom
Gillard, who is a “presenter” by profession, might be willing to help.)
Create and organize means of sharing the Power Point with the
Neighborhood and other concerned parties.
Develop a list of “pros” and “cons” for creating both a MDNA NID and
one with another entity.