Monday, March 11, 2013

Meeting Minutes of the Martin Drive Neighborhood Association


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!


1. The meeting began at 6:33 p.m. Neighbors introduced themselves.


2. Steve talked about the community garden. He had a meeting a few weeks ago. Minutes were emailed out. Gardeners will take care of their beds with neighbors taking responsibilities to water. We would like help to maintain the garden at an announced point during the year. There will be an open adoption period for any open beds. Neighbors would have a watering schedule. Steve talked about a message board to reach neighbors who may not already be connected to one another Online. A water permit will be used. Al said that the message board should be monitored and list Martin Drive posting guidelines on it. Pat Devitt said it would be nice.


3. Raymond talked about the update from the Neighborhood Improvement District Focus Group. He read from emailed pros, cons, and concerns. There is a lot of information to understand. Sharon recently emailed questions from neighbors. The idea from the Neighborhood Improvement District Focus Group is to think about small steps if we wanted to be a non-profit. It is not clear if we need to be a non-profit in order to be a NID. There are benefits to being a non-profit and additional work.


4. Bryan talked about the idea of a non-profit; there would be a needed procedure for making decisions about money (bylaws). An Employee Identification Number would be needed along with a step by step application to create a 501(c) (3). Neighbors and businesses could deduct donations when doing taxes. Pat Devitt asked if taxes have to be done once a year (yes). There is a fee to be a non-profit.

5. Pat Mueller added information about being a Targeted Investment Neighborhood. A Targeted Investment Neighborhood can get funds to help neighbors with major problems. There are income guidelines.

6. Mandi P. was introduced by Pat Mueller. She will help do a needs assessment of the neighborhood.


7. PO Kong said to lock your vehicle. A vehicle is taken and then driven until the gas tank is empty. Do not leave an unattended vehicle running. The tax prepare store has been a place for robberies. Do taxes online or from a reputable store. The burglary suspect for the one on 46th street is identified but still at large. Neighbors can release the name of the suspect but it can't be released by the Milwaukee Police Department until there are charges.


8. Sharon will help with a neighborhood –wide survey using and adapting the questions used from 5 years ago. The results will be shared and help assess the improvements in the neighborhood.

9. Phoua Vang, Drug Free Communities Organizer from Safe and Sound recently received an award. Safe and Sound recently received a grant. There are concerns from neighbors that blunt wraps are being sold at the liquor store (39 & Vliet) behind the counter in violation of agreed neighborhood standards set by Washington Park Partners.


10. The Business and Finance Committee talked about recent checks. We have roughly $4000 in the private checking account

11. The Bloom and Groom Project is tentatively planned for May 18th. Pat will think about the planning because in the past flowers were ordered at the annual meeting (this year it is just days before the date). March 20 a check of $750 will be made to NIDC for the flowers (we are getting a percentage of wholesale). 


12. The idea among neighbors is to take advantage of the Green Week program from the City of Milwaukee. Many different items can be properly disposed.


The meeting ended at 7:50 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for May 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Park Senior Center.