February 2009 minutes

General Meeting minutes for February 3rd, 2009 Membership Meeting
Submitted by Joe Hunnewinkel

Attendance 18
Members: 11
Non-members: 7

Presentation by owners/investors of 1659 W. Division for zoning change to allow proposed boutique hotel.

1. Dan Sheehy of Third Coast Construction presented plans:

1. Business would consist of small hotel, restaurant and lounge.

2. Hotel would have maximum 14 rooms for low impact neighborhood. Hotel staff would be 10-15, restaurant up to 40 positions.

3. Construction would begin at least 10 months after approval. Stressed Green building focus.

4. Vote was proposed, motion passed 11-0 not to oppose zoning change.

2. April board elections were discussed. Membership showed no interest in forming a nominating committee.

3. Some discussion on progress of St. Boniface. Members are encouraged to contact Alderman Burris to landmark the church and school facade.

4. Members discussed change to EVA bylaws on proxy and absentee voting.

5. City is looking for public input on improving Polish Triangle. EVA website contains link to survey, and members are encouaged to submit suggestions

6. Members discussed revisions to 24/7 Zoned parking .

7. Members voiced concern about continuing problems with Rite Liquors. Suggestions were made on steps that could b taken to force the owner of the property to improve conditions, or risk losing his license.

8. Meeting adjourned.

Board Meeting minutes for 2-9, 2009
Submitted by Joe Hunnewinkel

Attendance
Board Members: Greg Nagel, Brian Thompson, Joe Hunnewinkel, Rich Ansalmo, Scott Rappe, Steven Rynkiewicz

Non- Board member: Margie Issaccson.

1. Rich Ansalmo will ask neighbors for documented examples of how Rite Liquors has been bad neighbor.

2. Margie Issacson agreed to get exact voting language for her motion to eliminate Absentee/Proxy voting in article in next newsletter

3. Rich Ansalmo will find copy of Augusta Tree Planting plan. EVA will verify resources still exist and work with the aldermen to hopefully incorporate into the spring Clean and Green.

4. Suggestions for March general meeting included current Wicker Park postmaster as guest speaker. Vote on Proxy/absentee voting.

5. Brian Thompson agreed to get documentation needed to access Paypal funds from new memberships.

6. Joe Hunnewinkel and Greg Nagel will actively welcome new neighbors in a door to door effort.

7. Board members discussed possible candidates for upcoming elections.

8. Meeting adjourned.

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