November 2001 Board Meeting

GPA Board Meeting Minutes
Thursday November 1, 2001

In Attendance: Deb and Joe Aguinaga, Jean and Paul Bednar, Joe Becerra, Bill Briska, Fran Cella, Rork Coon, Paul Durrenberger, Dan and Pat Miller, Jason Musser, and Glenna Preradovic

Paul Bednar called the meeting to order at 7:15PM.

The following minutes were composed from the published and distributed agenda, notes from those in attendance, and email notices sent as updates to the board. An exact dictation of the minutes is not available due to a malfunction in the equipment that was to be used to record the meeting.

Nominating Committee

Deb Aguinaga presented the lists of persons contacted for year 2002 board positions. The slate of officers will be presented to the general membership, and voted upon, during the November general membership meeting.

Christmas Party

The GPA Christmas party will be held on Sunday, December 9th. The party will be held at the Elgin Academy cafeteria, and begin at 5:00 PM. The Board discussed and agreed upon sending a postcard out to the membership with the specifics of this year’s party.

Brainstorming Session With NENA

Paul and Jean Bednar brought up a suggestion by NENA to hold a joint brainstorming/leadership workshop in January. Several ideas were discussed, including whether or not the group would like to spend monies on a speaker for the seminar. Dan Miller commented that he is still trying to arrange for John McKnight to speak to GPA.

Highland Liquors

As an action item from the October general membership meeting, Pat Miller drafted a letter outlining GPA’s opposition of the move of Highland Liquors to the Clock Tower Plaza shopping center. It was agreed that a member of the board should be present at the November 5th meeting to present GPA’s views verbally, and in letter form.


Neighborfest is scheduled for January 5th from 1-4PM.

Gifford Street Alternative High School

Mark Billings sent a note to the Board requesting that the group discuss establishing a point person to work with SOS and OESN in administering the 2001 Neighborhood Improvement Grant.

Special November Meeting

Mark Billings proposed that a special November general membership meeting, more social than business, be held at Elgin Academy as a way of honoring the 2001 board members and dedicated volunteers. This would support an emphasis on community building while recognizing our outstanding volunteers. The board discussed this idea, and Paul Bednar agreed to contact Mark for more information on his thoughts.

Home Marketing Initiatives

Mark Billings provided the following update by email. The website is being updated with new listings and pictures. Mark is looking for someone that is available during the day to take pictures of available properties. Please contact Mark at 847/741-8399 if you are interested.

A possible way to spread enthusiasm about the Multi-Family Deconversion Program is to advertise the projects currently underway:

269-275 DuPage – 12 unit currently undergoing deconversion to a 4-unit. William Camacho has gutted the west half of the building and is planning to work on the rest to remake the building into a four-unit row house with either rentals or condos. The building dates to the 1880s.

301 DuPage – Spates Temple apparently on the market and eligible for an exception to the MFDP.

408 Fulton – 2 unit recently purchased by investors planning to remove the second-story kitchen, deconvert to a single-family and resell. Property has been vacant for one year and has been owned by two investors following foreclosure.

24 Rugby – longtime 4-unit nearly complete in transformation to a single-family. Tony and Edwina Little plan to move in December 2001.

Examining these projects in conjunction with any upcoming GPA project may be worthwhile.


Paul Bednar adjourned the meeting at 9:15PM.