Bay Creek Neighborhood
Meeting Minutes for Monday, July 8,
Officers, Members and Guests Present:
Judy Amburn, Annette Czarnecki, Kirk Elliot
(newsletter), Jeff Goldstein, Christina Kantor,
Mike Kantor, Bob Lockhart, Maureen Quinlan
(treasurer), Judy Robinson, Jeff Swiggum,
Amy Turner (contact), Jim Winkle (web), Mary Wang,
Jennifer Zahn (secretary emeritus)
- Meeting convened at 6:35pm, Jim Winkle
facilitating, Mike Kantor taking minutes.
- Welcome and Introductions passed with a
minimum of embarrassment.
- More Thoughts on Block Captains.
Annette Czarnecki said that in her work on the
"Safe Lawns, Clean Lakes" campaign, she has
other neighborhoods have more organization than we do,
captains." She would like to explore the
possibility of adding more structure to our
neighborhood association, which would help educational
efforts such as the Safe Lawns campaign,
as well as increasing membership and improving general
communication with people outside of the monthly
General discussion ensued. We are free to define what
it means to be a "block captain"
(or whatever term we decide on). Several people said
the role seemed somewhat nebulous, even smacking
of bureaucracy. Perhaps a concrete project^×such as a
food drive^×would create a clearer sense of what
block captains do, and attract volunteers. Jennifer
toasted Bob Lockhart as a model de facto
block captain, but also noted that our difficulty
filling area rep positions does not bode well for
recruiting block captains. Perhaps we need to
consider whether our organizational structure is a
good fit for the needs of the community.
Conclusion: Judy Robinson will write something
for the August newsletter to alert people that
block captains will be discussed at the August
- The Safe Lawns, Clean Lakes campaign
will feature a speaker at the September meeting.
Mindy Habecker of Dane County Extension will give a
half-hour presentation at 6:30,
with time for questions. Annette will provide
refreshments. The agenda will be cleared of all
dispensable business, and any indispensable items will
be dealt with at the end of the meeting.
Maureen Quinlan will be the point person for the
painting of cautionary signs on storm sewers.
- The Bahai Center is booked for the
second Monday in November. Consensus seemed to favor
changing to a different venue, rather than a different
date. Possibilities abound, including Franklin
School, the VFW, the Labor Temple, Cargo Coffee, the
public library, and the Harambee center. Most of
these charge money. Such a torrent of volunteers
offered to check out various possibilities that I
couldn^Òt keep track of them, but by the time anyone
reads these minutes, the issue will presumably have
- The intersection of the Wingra Creek Bike
Path and Fish Hatchery Road is dangerous.
Hair-raising stories of perilous encounters with
cars had the attendees gasping and clutching their
hearts. Past efforts to rouse the city^Òs car-bike
coordinator to action have apparently had no effect.
Conclusion: Jim Winkle and Christina Kantor
will go to the next meeting of the city^Òs
"Pedestrian, Bicycle and Motor Vehicle
Commission," and see what can be done.
- Kirk Elliott alerts us to
http://www.earthday.net/footprint, a fun
on-line environmental quiz,
based on dividing the world^Òs resources evenly among
the world^Òs people. This site also includes
information on things you can do to reduce your
"footprint," or environmental impact, on the
- The minutes of June^Òs meeting were
approved, with one spelling correction.
- Committee Reports
Contact Committee (Amy Turner)
- Community Yard Sale is August 24th.
Chris Kantor will compile list of participating
- Amy has city drawings and plans for the
house-moving project (moving a historic house to 370
Lakeside), the Java Detour coffee place, and the St.
Mary^Òs Hospital expansion. Anyone who wants to see
these should contact her.
- The City of Madison Police Department provides us
with information on tracking your children^Òs
- The Madison Mallards are hosting a blood drive
and inter-neighborhood blood-donating
- On July 15th at 6:30, St. Mark^Òs
Church, there will be a meeting about planned
of the Gilson-Beld corner.
Bulletin (Kirk Elliott)
- Friday is the deadline for the next issue,
which will come out during the first week of
Treasurer^Òs Report (Maureen
Quinlan) We have $1454.04 in our account
- $362.92 membership
- $379.12 newsletter
- $245.25 signs
- $ 85.45 web site
- $381.30 community grant (Lunch Buddy/Mentor
Next Month^Òs Meeting: Monday, August
12th, 6:30 pm, Baha^Òi Center, 324 W.
Next Month^Òs Fearless Leader^Å? When nobody
volunteered, we punted, vowing to appoint a meeting
facilitator at the start of next month^Òs meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 7:45pm.
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