Serving the East Calhoun Neighborhood
ECCO Board Meeting Minutes for February 2, 2012 at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church
Minutes recorded and submitted by Harry Savage and Monica Smith and approved by the ECCO Board by electronic vote prior to publication.
Board Members Present: Sarah Sponheim, President; Blake Harper & Linda Todd, Co-VP; Glen Christianson, Treasurer; Harry Savage, Secretary; Anja Curiskis; Brad Durham; Gael Ellis; Judy Shields; and Jim Smith.
Board Members Absent: Kate Davenport and Heather Wulfsberg
Also present: Nancy Ward
ECCO Board President Sarah Sponheim called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.
Approval of January meeting minutes:
The minutes from January’s ECCO Board meeting were unanimously approved with the following edits:
The agenda was unanimously approved.
Pursuant to a proposal submitted by Board member Gael Ellis and Board Vice President Blake Harper, the ECCO Board made the following revisions to the ECCO bylaws:
ARTICLE 9 Officers of the Board
SECTION 4 Secretary, It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Board to keep correct attendance and minutes of all meetings of the Organization and of the Board. He or she shall be responsible to perform a final review of the minutes prior to vote by the Board and submission for publication.
Tree Task Force, Nancy Ward
The Tree Task Force is working to protect the urban canopy. The most immediate threat is the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). They are investigating the cost for treating ash trees in the neighborhood.
The Tree Task Force is requesting that the remaining NRP Phase I and II tree funds ($5,700) be allocated to the Task Force to support the health of all trees in the neighborhood (not just boulevard trees). Funds would be used for tree treatment and watering bags. They are also requesting $2,000 (ball park estimate) from the CPP funds to be used for communication and outreach.
Nancy Ward with be meeting with Park Board Commissioner Tabb to discuss EAB.
Treasurer Glen Christianson outlined ECCO’s sources of financing: ECCO funds (unrestricted money from fundraising such as Wine Tasting, CES award, etc); CPP funds (restricted to community engagement and administration, to be spent by June 30, 2012); and NRP funds (restricted to NRP initiatives outlined in the Phase I and II plans).
Social Committee, Judy Shields
Judy Shields discussed ideas for nine ECCO social events in 2012 with a budget of $1,500 ($400 of which is for food). Budget also includes a new neighbor welcome kit. Judy would also like to revisit ideas generated at last October’s annual meeting.
CPP and NRP Budget
Monica Smith presented expenditures to-date for the CPP and NRP programs.
Livability Committee, Jim Smith
Jim Smith will copy board members on the minutes from the first meeting of this committee.
A public hearing for a new full-service restaurant (Bar Louie, 1348 Lagoon) will be on February 6, 6 p.m. The restaurant has plans for 400 seats (including 150 on a patio) and is requesting late night hours.
The next meeting of the ECCO Board will be Thursday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church. Commissioner Anita Tabb will attend the meeting. Send suggestions for other agenda items to Sarah Sponheim.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m.