January 2008

Gifford Park Association General Member Meeting Minutes: January 17, 2008

In attendance: Amanda Carlson, John Krzyzanowski, Pat Miller, Dan Miller, Holly Wiedmeyer, Jennifer Fritz-Williams, David Williams, Gregg Hagen, Joe Kjellander, Dave Mendiola, Alicia Lykins, Nick Lykins, Margaret Keen, Angeley Mullins, Tony Sanchez, Barbara Counterman, Bill Briska, Doug Tomsha, Glenna Preradovic, Mark Preradovic Nicole Brooks, Bill Decker, Chris Bach, Karen Bach, Tobitha Gray, Roy Voss, Linda Voss, Daniel Skaggs, Sally Wilson

 

Joe’s Handouts

The meeting began with Joe’s handouts which included recent neighborhood real estate transactions and a great website http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse to view: The Library of Congress has a lot a digital content regarding Elgin free for download, including an 1880 Birds Eye View map of the city and several old photographs of buildings and the auto races

 

Welcome and Introductions

Attendees welcomed Bill Decker as a new GPA member and greeted him with a round of applause

 

Secretary’s Report

David Williamsmoved to approve the Minutes of November 15, 2007

Barb Counterman Sanchez seconded the motion

The motion to approved the Minutes of November 15, 2007 was carried unanimously

 

Treasurer’s Report

Holly Wiedmeyer reported that she is working hard on the scads of paperwork involved in transitioning her signature to the GPA accounts

 

ROPE Report

Dave Mendiola reported

            Nothing major to report since GPA’s last meeting

            Police are catching up on abandoned vehicles

Joe K asked about a shots fired incident that was reported in the paper, where they found casings but no bullets.  It happened about the same time as the house fire on Channing St.

Dave M stated that his familiarity with the incident is what’s been written up in the papers about it

Dave M (continuing his report)

            On New Year’s Eve, there were reports of shots fired and cars in ditches

Pat Miller asked why Channing Street was closed recently

Dave M informed us that there was a report of something “beeping” in the trash at 201 S. Channing (which turned out to be an old smoke detector)

Gpa committee chairs for 2008

Joe K provided the following list of Chairs to be read into the record:

Historic Committee:                   Jeff Jacobson

Membership Committee: Alicia Lykins

Program Committee:                  Barbara Counterman

Housewalk Committee:               OPEN

Public Relations Committee:       Fran Cella

Angeley Mullins asked about the duties and role of Housewalk Committee Chair

Pat Miller provided insight from her experience

Update on Reward Offered by GPA

Fran Cella’s update was provided by way of email read aloud to the attendees by Joe K: Schools do not allow Reward posters and, for image reasons, other places do not invite Reward posters, but the important thing is that the police liaisons in the schools are aware of the reward.

 

Elgin’s new preservation specialist – jennifer fritz-willIams

Jennifer Fritz-Williams, Elgin’s newly hired Preservation Specialist gave a presentation which included the following:

  • The position was “forgotten” when Sarosh was promoted
  • Lobbying for the reinstatement of the position (thank you, Dan Miller) was successful
  • Jennifer was selected out of 35 candidates
  • She’ll be taking over some duties that were previously spread around (eg 75/25 grants)
  • Mike Millikan is working on an Ordinance requiring properties to be converted to original use if adequate parking is not provided (with 2009 as the goal “effective date”)
  • When asked about increasing taxes for multi-unit properties, Jennifer reminded us that the goal is to reduce density
  • Jennifer is working on Preservation Month; this year’s theme is “Preservation Matters”
  • Mayor’s Awards will be Thursday May 8th in the Heritage Ballroom
  • Jennifer was asked several questions regarding parking troubles and parking restrictions and reminded us that 1) she just started and 2) legal is looking into many of the parking issues
  • Jennifer’s handouts:
  • Business card: email address [email protected]“>[email protected] and telephone #847-931-6001
  • Historic Architectural Rehabilitation Grant Program (50/50 Grant Program; 75/25 Grant Program; Exterior Paint Program
  • Substitute Siding Removal Grant Program
  • Residential Conversion Grant Program
  • Chain Link Fence Removal Grant Program
  • A Residential Owner’s Guide to Permits

 

2008 proposed GPA budget

Joe Kjellander walked the attendees through each line item of the 2008 Budget and fielded questions

 

Bill Briskamoved to approve the 2008 GPA Budget

Karen Bach seconded the motion

The motion to approve the 2008 GPA Budget was carried unanimously

 

Committee Reports

Historic Committee

Jeff Jacobson (and Laura Jacobson) are on a well-deserved vacation

 

Membership Committee

Alicia Lykins reported that

  • Membership Directory will be mailed to members (Fran Cella put a lot of work into the data collection and Jean Bednar did the publishing portion of it)
  • Membership potluck dinner will be April 18th (new members and non-member neighbors should be encouraged to join in

 

Neighborhood Plan

Dan Miller stated Fran Cella and Paul Bednar made a one-hour presentation of the plan to City Council and that the Plan is moving forward

Jennifer Fritz-Williams added that the Neighborhood Plan will become part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan

 

Housewalk 2008

Joe K reminded us that this Committee Chair position remains open and encouraged members to think about chairing. Input from members included (Joe K) encouraging words that many people are already “in place” for major housewalk roles and that Fran Cella has prepared an outline; (Karen Bach) the housewalk takes on a life of its own when committees are formed and the momentum really carries it through to the end; (Pat Miller) straightforward common sense is what’s required; the only thing that drove her crazy was broken commitments

 

Program Committee

Barb Counterman reported that she is collecting ideas and encouraged members to contact her with ideas; 2 ideas are currently percolating

  • Involving merchants (especially merchants new to Elgin) perhaps by having them attend GPA meetings to make presentations about their merchandise; Barb reminded members that we are their ambassadors and supporters
  • Forming a group of knitters/crocheters for come as you are socializing to get to know your neighbors

 

Architectural Salvage

Dan Miller expressed gratitude for the following volunteers who helped make the Grove Street salvage possible:

 

John Steffen, Jeff Gill, Holly Mack, Alicia Lykins, Tony Sanchez, Paul Durrenberger, Jean Bednar, Nick Lykins, Laura Jacobson, Jesus del Isle, Brian Anderson, Jennifer Fritz-Williams, Karen Matthews

 

What’s happening in the neighborhood

Dan Miller and Joe K showed slides of GPA members putting up and taking down the Holiday Garland and of GPA members enjoying themselves at the Wassailing Saunter

 

OTHER CONCERNS

Glenna Preradovicstated that Dan Miller should be thanked for getting the leaves picked up in and around our neighborhood

Dan Miller expressed that Jean Bednar’s firm, tactful email to the City deserves our thanks

 

Motion to Adjourn

Motion to adjourn was made by Dave Williams and was seconded by Mark Preradovic.

The motion was carried unanimously.

 

Gifford Park Association Budget Worksheet          
             
  Budget 2004 Actual 2004 Actual 2005 Actual 2006 Actual 2007 Budget 2008
Income            
CD Interest

0

     

2755

2500

Checking Interest

350

98

59

133

131

130

Great Unveiling Income

3000

4000

0

     
Hist Home Marketing Income

0

         
House Rehab Project Income

0

41814

20910

58714

 

1500

Housewalk Inc – total  

34539

26718

19257

29191

20000

   Promotions Table

250

519

 

550

145

 
   Register-Ticket

24000

25335

19976

14107

17071

 
   Sponsors

3500

8685

6625

4600

11575

 
   Housewalk Inc – Other

0

     

400

 
Membership Income

350

1096

510

695

692

700

Misc Income

30000

1025

1790

636

289

 
Salvage Income

0

 

565

15720

9695

2000

Expenses            
Community            
   Charitable Donations

0

       

1000

     Improvmnts-brick,mortar,landscaping

0

 

366

 

1776

2000

   Relations-night in park etc.

0

       

1000

   Sponsorships – Little League etc.

0

   

1000

550

1000

   Community – Other

0

         
Education

0

       

1500

Gazette

0

     

1960

2500

Salvage Exp

0

 

299

2589

 

2000

Great Unveiling Expense

3000

2103

14

     
Hist District

500

1698

 

80

98

600

Hist Home Marketing Exp

0

         
House Rehab Projects

120000

156558

55193

2208

4300

 
Housewalk Exp – total  

9260

7399

13623

11087

12000

   Booklet

3000

3540

2020

2728

2677

 
   Crtr Comforts

350

   

601

322

 
     Displays&Presentations

50

         
   Flowers

250

250

110

 

207

 
   Homeowners Appreciation-Drawings etc.

1300

870

1159

1181

875

 
   Housewalk Potluck

250

165

58

 

314

 
   Note Cards

500

598

       
   Other

1200

1200

1192

3602

3119

 
   PR – Brochure

1400

1092

1571

537

350

 
   Refreshments&After Party

1200

1110

1256

4875

1536

 
     Secretarial&Postage

50

   

82

544

 
   Site Selection

100

45

   

105

 
   Staffing

150

         
   Transportation

0

     

1000

 
   Housewalk Exp – Other

1000

         
Membership Exp

200

443

 

1039

1058

1100

Operating            
   childcare

50

30

     

100

   Insurance

2800

1664

2800

1645

1642

1700

   Miscellaneous

750

 

3322

759

813

 
   Office of Secretary

1000

884

447

136

47

100

   Office of the President

25

5

84

 

7

100

   Office of the Treasurer

25

 

37

375

 

100

   Postage – other than Housewalk

200

254

 

156

160

160

     Refresh&PotLuck

300

121

   

10

100

   Web Site

750

639

639

604

981

500

Publicity

100

         
             
Total Income

31450

160080

50552

95155

43026

26830

Total Expenses

110500

174664

68110

74266

29147

27560

Difference

-75950

-14584

-17558

20889

13879

-730