Board Minutes February 9th, 2019


Board Meetings Dates

The tentative 6 month schedule for the  HPNA Board Meetings are generally held at Most Holy Trinity, 3519 N 14th St, St. Louis, MO 63107.  The schedule for 2019 is as follows;

  • Sat., Feb 9, 2019 – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm   – Board Elections

  • Thurs., March 21, 2019 – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Cancelled

  • Sat., April 27, 2019 – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019- 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Board Minutes

HYDE PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

Board Meeting Minutes

February 9th, 2019

Divoll Library 11:00am – 1:00pm

Called to Order: Meeting was called to order at 11:16am by Fatimah Muhammad, Vice Chair

Roll Call

Regina Dennis-Nana – Present at 11:36am

Fatimah Muhammad – Present

Donna Lindsay – Present

Mark Pappas – Present

Darnell Coleman – Present

Motion: Fatimah Muhammad moved that Board Minutes Minutes of December 15th, 2018 be accepted as presented.

Seconded: Darnell Coleman

Aye: Fatimah Muhammad, Mark Pappas, Donna Lindsay, Darnell Coleman

Nay:

MOTION CARRIED

Chair Report: None

Vice Chair Report: Fatimah Muhammad  

Fatimah Muhammad reported on the SLACO Conference. Mark Abbott, prior president of SLACO asked Fatimah to do a presentation on Neighborhood Associations – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.   Fatimah presentation included a slide show and a brief questions and answer period. There were block captains, neighborhood groups and others who were interested in starting a neighborhood association in attendance.  She further stated that as a whole, the event was very well attended, including some of the guest speakers; Ben Senturia, Maggie Lalor,Claire Wolff Charles Bryson, Rick Bonasch, Clayton M. Evans,and Charles Jaco, just to name a few.

Financial Report – Presented by Fatimah Muhammad.

Motion:  Fatimah Muhammad moved that the Financial Report be accepted as presented.

Seconded:  Donna Lindsay

Aye:  Mark Pappas, Darnell Coleman, Fatimah Muhammad, Donna Lindsay

Nay:

MOTION CARRIED

Committee Reports:

Nuisance Property Update – Petter Hoffmann, Atty is attached https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5fqTVrl5QBVdVoxX2F4WEZrOVo0VFFLb3NOVGlobDY5aU9r

Discussion: How is the developer protected after court action is complete?

Pass title from owner through the neighborhood under a  contract to rehab over a certain amount of time for a donated property.  

 

  • In other cases besides donations, we go through a default process through the court. The court will allow the neighborhood association and its contractor legal control to make improvements to the property and to bring it up to code compliance. All of those investments are protected by the statue. The statue says that if the the owner comes back and would like to claim the property they must reimburse the neighborhood and their contractor for all expenses. Their is a calculation for interest to be taken into consideration as well.

Brian Weaver – was not able to attend as his wife was ill.

Motion: Fatimah Muhammad moved to hold a public press release to get nuisance property marketed to the public

Seconded: Darnell Coleman

Aye: Fatimah Muhammad, Mark Pappas, Donna Lindsay, Darnell Coleman

Nay:

MOTION CARRIED

Fundraising Committee – Angela Drake

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10xVLiQBa5wXRF4Sfo9C4jD15cXuM1unL50SllRlcSMM/edit?usp=sharing

Discussion:

The HPNA Fundraising Committee met with Alderman Bosley and presented our goal of park  improvements at Hyde Park. This year our focus would be on renovations to the Gazebo – cleaning the copper roof, tuckpointing, update electrical, install lighting and landscaping around the Gazebo.  The HPNA Fundraising Committee will commit 15% of the proceeds (after expenses) from the Purpose For The Park Gala towards the improvements. Alderman Bosley stated that he would match that amount and  the parks department.

Sales tax passed known as Arch Tax possibly matches funds as well, we will investigate this.

Contact info for Angela: 314-480-2436 email: rnadrake@gmail.com

Membership Committee – Fatimah Muhammad

Fatimah Muhammad stated that the Membership Committee has been working closely with  Angela Drake who is the Chair of the Fundraising committee, with a focus on increasing membership as well as assisting with fundraising ideas.

Fatimah further stated that the Membership committee is focusing renters.  We are working on a campaign as to how we can reach renters to change the narrative. Renters in the neighborhood CAN be apart of the HPNA. We are looking at ways to bring them aboard and get them involved with the association.

Membership renewal has been slow this year.  We have just sent out our second request letters and emails for membership dues for December and January. We are looking to double the roll this coming year.

Currently:

28 members on roll

13 members are being targeted for renewal of membership

Peter: Landlord tenant matters workshop concerning tenants rights (training) to bring and advertise to renters of the neighborhood to get them more involved and aware.

Strategic Planning & Community Development Committee –

Brent, developer with UIC, was unable to be here today as we are in talks of coming up with a community development plan for Hyde Park

Spenser Owens – Chair of Strategic Planning

In October drafted the strategic plan and its still open for direction. Please email Spencer if you have ideas of where you would like to see Hyde Park anywhere from 1 to 2 years (Short term), 3 to 5 year (Medium term )or 6 to 8 years (Long term).  Email smowens2018@gmail.com Phone: 5052709450

Fatima Muhammad asked the question: Is it possible to hold a strategic planning meeting in the next month, so that people and developers can be presented with the strategic plan?

Spencer replied stating he will set that up.

Environment/Safety Committees: Kathleen Henry & Dee Brown – Weren’t able to attend but we will receive updates and place them on the website for review.

Old Business: 

Motion: Fatimah Muhammad moved that we close accounts at Midwest bank and open at Reliance bank

Discussion: Angela asked did we reach out to Reliance? It does not charge a monthly charge and free checks for non-profits and a $400 line of credit. As of now we pay $50 for checks $5 service charge and the hours are not conducive to the board’s schedule.

Seconded: Darnell Coleman

Aye: Fatimah Muhammad, Mark Pappas, Donna Lindsay, Darnell Coleman

Nay:

MOTION CARRIED

New Business:  Nominations and Elections

Fatima Muhammad announced that the Chair position on the HPNA Board is now open and that the current Chair Regina Dennis-Nana would not be seeking re-election.  Fatimah thanked Ms. Dennis-Nana for serving as the HPNA Chair for the last two years and encouraged her to continue to be involved  in the association.

Motion: Darnell Coleman moved to nominate Timetria Watson for HPNA Chair

Discussion: Motion tabled as Timetria Watson was not present to accept or decline the nomination

Seconded: Fatimah Muhammad

Aye: Fatimah Muhammad, Mark Pappas, Donna Lindsay, Darnell Coleman

Nay:

MOTION TABLED

Motion: Fatimah Muhammad motions to Nominate Regina Na-Na as a Member of the Board of the HPNA

Discussion: Accepted the nomination. Motion Retracted

Seconded: Darnell Coleman

Aye: Fatimah Muhammad, Mark Pappas, Donna Lindsay, Darnell Coleman

Nay:

MOTION CARRIED

Motion: Fatimah Muhammad moves to table change in By Law Amendments to increase membership dues, allow for business membership, reclassify qualification and admission into the HPNA until our next board meeting

Discussion:

Seconded: Darnell Coleman

Aye: Fatimah Muhammad, Mark Pappas, Donna Lindsay, Darnell Coleman

Nay:

MOTION TABLED

Motion: Fatimah Muhammad moved  to use Flipcause 60 Day Trial

Discussion: We have been talking about the financial status of the association and all that we have done has been grassroots fundraising. Flip Cause works with non-profit organization and the come up with ways to assist with raising funds. They help with the website and put together website for our different campaigns. They offer assistance to start online stores and will help us keep up with general maintenance. They have agreed to work with us another two months and we have it in writing. After the 60 day trial we can dissolve the trial and they will continue to assist us where needed.

Seconded: Darnell Coleman

Aye: Fatimah Muhammad, Mark Pappas, Donna Lindsay,Darnell Coleman

Nay:

MOTION CARRIED

Motion: Fatimah Muhammad motion to move forward with the HPNA “Purpose for the Park” Gala

Discussion: Reiterate we are at the threshold to pay another installment on the venue for May 24th

Seconded: Darnell Coleman

Aye: Fatimah Muhammad, Mark Pappas, Donna Lindsay, Darnell Coleman

Nay:

MOTION CARRIED

Announcements – Acknowledgments for students from SLU

Audience Comments, Questions

Fatimah Muhammad – asked Regina about the comments that were mentioned from Alderman Brandon Bosley’s early morning meeting.

Regina Dennis –  reported that a key part of his meeting was regarding the City-County merger. More specifically he talked about the lack of support about the growth and change with the school system, higher property taxes and more meticulous home inspections and the lack of representation the city will have in the city-county merger deal.

Mark Pappas – asked how could it possibly be unfair if the City/County merger happens that the taxes would increase yet the city neighborhoods won’t receive any benefit. Where is the ethics and where is the better together idea? Regina responds that she has heard talks of this merger that has gone on over the last 5 years and that the public was just now receiving the official documentation.

Deborah ?– Had a question regarding petitions are available to sign.

Timyra Williams – President of the Baden Neighborhood Association, announced that the Baden Community Association would be inviting the HPNA community to attend their meetings.  She also asked about our raffle, but proceeded to make a donation to the association.

Fatimah Muhammad – Thanks Barbara Levin, Coordinator of the Alliance for Building Capacity at Brown School for her work with the community, and the HPNA Board.

Alderman Bosley – came in to speak on his stance with the city-county merger.  He revisited Regina’s report to the Board in that he had concerns with the merger in regards to change with the school system, higher property taxes and more meticulous home inspections and the lack of representation the city will have in the city-county merger deal, as well as not having the ability to vote for the new “metro mayor”.

Adjournment

Motion: Fatimah Muhammad moved that HPNA Board Meeting be adjourned.

Seconded: Darnell Coleman

Aye: Fatimah Muhammad, Mark Pappas, Donna Lindsay, Mark Pappas, Darnell Coleman

Nay:

MOTION CARRIED

Meeting was adjournment at 12:40

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