October 2010

Gifford Park Association

General Membership Meeting Minutes, October 21, 2010

355 E. Chicago, Room 239

Attending: Jeff & Laura Jacobson, David & Jennifer Williams, Barb Counterman, Dan & Pat Miller, John & Carol Anderson, Ali Hallock, Julie Schmitt, Chris & Karen Bach, Evan & Brenda Hennessey, Glenna Preradovic, Fran Cella, Donna Leetz


Meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.


Jeff’s Handouts and Announcements:

NENA has extended an invitation to GPA to attend their Monster Mash Halloween Bash on Friday 10/29 at Douglas St. Café.  The party runs from 7 – 11 p.m.  Tickets are $10 each.  Jeff has a few free tickets for anyone who’d like to attend.


Jeff also passed around comment cards from the Housewalk.


Secretary’s Report:

Motion to approve the minutes of September 16, 2010 by Laura Jacobson, seconded by Brenda Hennessey. The motion carried.


A correction to the September 16 minutes: In September, SWAN hosted a guest speaker regarding the Davey tree program, NOT on fire prevention.


Treasurer’s Report:

Evan Hennessey’s reported $52,131.15 in our checking account, $176.00 in our PayPal account, and $53,824.52 in our money market account.


Standing Committee Reports:



Chair Alicia Lykins unable to attend.  Nothing to report.



Chair Barb Counterman had nothing to report.


Historic District

Chair Laura Jacobson reported that the Wassailing Saunter holiday party is scheduled for Saturday, December 11th.  Volunteer houses are needed to host the annual event.  Please contact Laura if you wish to volunteer.

[email protected]


Laura has also requested that articles or other items for the final Gazette of 2010 be turned in by November 8th.


Public Relations

Chair Dan Miller had nothing to report.


The first meeting to begin planning for the 2011 housewalk will be 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 1st at the DNA offices, 2 N. Douglas St.


Thanks a Lot! Turkey Trot:

Co-chair Brenda Hennessey reported that the route has been set, and things are pretty well ready to go.  Posters are going up.  A facebook invitation is going out.

Volunteers are needed on race day to man water booths.

She also needs some tables for the water booths.

To volunteer to assist, please contact Brenda.

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2011 Slate of Candidates:

Ali Hallock presented the following slate of candidates for 2011 elected offices:

President – David Williams

Vice-President – Karen Bach

Finance Director – Bill Briska

Treasurer – Dan Miller

Secretary – Jennifer Williams

2nd At-Large – Carol Anderson

(Ali Hallock automatically moves to the position of 1st At-Large per the by-laws.)

Motion to accept the slate by Dan Miller, seconded by Evan Hennessey.  The motion carried.  At the November meeting, we will vote to elect the slate.


Fire Prevention Presentation:

The evening concluded with a presentation by Lt. Bob Bedard of the Elgin Fire Prevention Bureau.  Topics of discussion included different fire prevention and fire fighting challenges found in older homes vs. newer homes.   Lt. Bedard gave several recommendations, including the following critical reminders:

1. Be careful not to overload electrical circuits.  Have old or questionable wiring updated by a certified electrician.


2. Be sure to install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the house, including the attic and the basement.  Install detectors within 18” of the ceiling, and within 15 feet of any sleeping area.  For battery-operated units, remember to test monthly, and change the batteries twice a year.


3. Keep a 5-lb. fire extinguisher handy in your kitchen, and a 10-lb. unit in the garage.  Because of the speed with which a fire can grow, you CAN NOT rely on water from a sink or garden hose to extinguish a fire, and therefore…


4. CALL 911 immediately if you have a fire.  DO NOT DELAY in the hopes of putting it out yourself!


Thank you to program committee chair Barb Counterman for arranging the presentation.


Other Comments & Concerns:

Dan Miller offered thanks to Jennifer Williams for arranging for GPA to host a salvage at the property at 519 Dundee.  Salvage took place on Sat and Sun 9/18 & 9/19.  Dan reported that the salvage took in $650, which was split with the property owner.  Net profit for GPA was $325.


Dan also reported another upcoming demolition at 209 Franklin.  Unfortunately, in Dan’s estimation there is not enough to warrant a salvage event, but he will attempt to rescue some details prior to demolition.


Glenna Preradovic reported that Medusa’s Night Club is sponsoring a benefit Halloween party on Friday 10/29 from 8 – 10:30 p.m. to benefit the Anderson Animal Shelter.


Donna Leetz reported on her new program she has dubbed SNIP – Spay and Neuter Inside Pets.  In cooperation with local vets, she has arranged a discount program for people to get their inside cats spayed or neutered.  As always, thank you to Donna for her ongoing crusade to bring Elgin’s feral cat population under control.  For information or to offer assistance, please contact Donna.

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Motion to adjourn:

Moved by Donna Leetz, seconded by Laura Jacobson.  Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 8:26.


FINAL general membership meeting of 2010 is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, 11/18/10, at 355 E. Chicago, Room 239.


Recorded by David Williams, Secretary