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October 2015 RNA Board Meeting


Ravinia Neighbors Association General Meeting
Thursday, October 1, 2015

The meeting was called to order by Carolyn Cerf at 7:07 p.m. in the offices of Full Circle Architects at 737 St. Johns Avenue.  In attendance, besides Cerf, were Mike Babian, host Dan Baigelman, Amy Lohmolder, Jean Meier, Doug Purington Davis Schneiderman, Jeff Stern, Eve Tarm, Lisa Temkin and guests Justin Kee and Jeanne Vella.

In her President’s Report Carolyn Cerf called for establishment of a procedure for interviewing candidates for board membership at a special meeting to be held  Monday, October 19.  The two available positions are for RNA’s liaison to the Business District Advisory Board and for Board Member at Large.

Also discussed  was a possible Thanksgiving Season party on Thursday, November 19 at the Ravinia School.  Storytelling with the historical theme “Light the Fire” was among the features proposed for the event.  Amy Lohmolder said she would ask about the fee that might be charged by the school.  Cerf said RNA needed a logo to more clearly identify its position in the community, and that Elaine O’Mara might be helpful in that effort.

In his Treasury Report, Mike Babian said there was $5,232.20 in the RNA’s CD and $5,298.71 in the checking account.  Doug Purington announced that  another $495 had recently been received from various sources, which will be added to the amounts mentioned.  

 Cerf brought up revisions of the RNA By-laws which everyone had been asked to comment on.  She made reference to changes suggested by Kathryn VanderBerk, which appeared in blue on copies we had been given, and to her own changes, which were in red. Dan Baigelman moved to approve the changes, seconded by Purington and approved by voice vote by all those in attendance.

 Lisa Temkin suggested extending until the end of the month the annual audit required of the RNA’s financial records.  Davis Schneiderman seconded her motion, which was approved by voice vote.  Babian, Temkin, Jean Meier and Amy Lohmolder agreed to meet on October 15 for that purpose.

 In the Newsletter Report, newly appointed editor Jeanne Vella said copy sent in  thus far for the fall edition was enough to fill four half pages, and that she was aiming for another eight half pages, the rest being slated for ads which she is still waiting for.  She extended by a week the originally planned deadline of October 13. Lohmolder said she would provide an article on the Harvest & Harmony Fest scheduled for October 2 and 3, and Babian offered to do an update on continuing work at Rosewood Beach.  Publication was tentatively set for November.

 In his Business District Report, Baigelman brought up the Historic Ravinia event scheduled for Sunday, October 18, which will include an hour-long presentation on the history of the festival, starting at 11 a.m. in the Martin Theater, followed by a trolley tour of historic sites in the area and a talk about Ravinia by Lohmolder in the Resource Center.  Regarding the proposed apartment building development at 515 Roger Williams that was announced a year ago, Baigelman said he had talked to developer Al Klairmont about the project and was told it was being delayed by parking issues and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s involvement over affordable housing considerations.                                  

 Also regarding the Business District, Purington said another cleaning shop was planning to open next to Intermezzo on St. Johns, and another nail parlor was aiming for space on Roger Williams.  He said the owner of the Vogue Cleaners at 565 Roger Williams had died, and that an attempt to upgrade the property by his successor had been interrupted owing to environmental remediation issues.  Also under way are plans for a micro-brewery and food store across from Walgreen’s.  

 In a School District 112 update, Davis Schneiderman said he attended a five-hour board meeting on September 15 where board members tried to justify their proposal for a single middle school campus on existing school property along Ridge Road.  Only one board member opposed the plan, which Schneiderman said a public relations firm was being paid $12,000 a month to promote.  He said the plan is inconsistent with what the city has set out to do to strengthen community awareness and that Ravinia School may not survive if it is approved. 

 Lohmolder said RNA should point out the inconsistencies with city policy contained in the school district’s plans.  She recommended emphasizing the sustainability ideals of Jens Jensen and the city’s vision for family-oriented, walkable neighborhoods.  Purington said it was important to make sure neighbors are aware of the issues so they could raise their own concerns and ask questions at public meetings.

 In his Membership/Publicity/Website Report Purington said 200 households had renewed, representing more than 300 individuals, and that 43 had not renewed.  He anticipated taking in just under $5,000 from members in 2015. Regarding the website, he said some cosmetic changes were being made and that content and management of the website were being improved.

Eve Tarm expressed her thanks for the gift she received for her years of service with the RNA .

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:16 p.m.