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SVCA Meeting Minutes (September 2012)

S10 people attended the meeting: Josh Arnold, Linda Fahy, John Hackney, Melanie Kranz, Peter Krugen, Ken Raffa, Anne Raffa, Sue Reynard, Liz Vowles, Pat Watkins.

Ken Raffa called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Everyone attending the meeting was introduced. Minutes from the 6/7 meeting were approved.


Ken presented the agenda. Sue Reynard asked for 2 additions: a follow up on the Hoyt Park Plan and a report on the ad hoc committee. Ken agreed to add them for discussion later in the meeting.

Hillside Terrace Block Party

Josh Arnold handed out flyers and discussed the Hillside Terrace Block Party planned for Saturday Sept. 15. The block garage sale begins at 8am with a BBQ starting around noon. Badger game is a 7pm night game so people would have time to come to party and still attend the game. Josh will send email to Yahoo group with information on location, food and activities.


1. Ken had talked to Alder Chris Schmidt who said it had been a quiet summer so there were no announcements. There was also no treasurer’s report for this meeting.
2. There’s a Citywide Neighborhood Conference on Saturday Oct. 13 from 8am to 4pm. Location is the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.
3. The next Hoyt Park Plan meeting has been rescheduled to Sept. 17.
4. Liz Vowles discussed the SVCA Newsletter. Deadline for the Nov. edition is Oct. 12. She encouraged people to send in ideas for future stories . You can write them yourself or ask for help. Additional newsletter carriers are not needed since the latest vacancy has been filled. There was some discussion about fees for newsletter ads and whether fees were needed for service announcements. The consensus was that only businesses who put a specific ad in the newsletter pay a fee. Requesting help for raking leaves or snow shoveling was included without cost.
5. The Halloween Party will be held Sunday afternoon Oct. 28 from 2-4 at Sunset Park. Thanks to Alice and Steve Yuroff who have volunteered to co-chair this with Brian Anderson.

General Discussion

Ken discussed having an occasional speaker at our SVCA meetings and asked for topic ideas. He’ll follow up and make arrangements where possible. Some ideas were:
1.How to dispose of electronics, chemicals, etc. George Drekman from the city recycling dept. could probably make a presentation.
2.City Forestry- ash trees, the emerald ash bore, and other invasive pests.
3.Safety issues at home and in the neighborhood. Molly Thompson is our west side police rep and could speak here.
4.How to keep backyard chickens and raise bees. Rules and regs. of "urban animals"
5.How to stay "Green" and improve your home environmentally.

Hoyt Park Plan/Ad Hoc Committee

Ken thanked Sue Reynard for her work on the Hoyt Park Plan and the ad hoc committee. The ad hoc committee has been writing a separate list of concerns and issues with the Hoyt Plan version. Ken asked Sue to make sure the finished report is sent to him first so he can get it to Jule and the steering committee.

There was further discussion on what the next process was for the plan. Ken hopes that at the next SVCA meeting everyone will be able to review it and then vote. The Nov. newsletter will announce the meeting date and where you can go to read the plan on line if all the information is competed in time.

John Hackney raised the issue about voting procedures and unresolved issues. There was some discussion about how to clarify the process. Sue said we should ask Jason Velarius how this would be handled. Ken said he would give Jason, Jean and the steering comm. a heads up in regard to these issues.

Melanie Kranz discussed "Pocket Neighborhoods" and distributed a few flyers that explained the concept. She suggested this concept was a good "out of the box" look at alternative ideas to the Mt. Olive property.

Ken thanked Melanie for putting together the visuals. He said he’d follow up on the speaker ideas that were presented.

The meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm.

Linda Fahy, Secretary

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