Present: Mike Brezin, Mario Taylor, Mary Kay Falconer, Casey McLaughlin, Michael Bannister, Donna Legare (part-time) and Ann Riley
The purpose of the meeting was to identify areas where the board would concentrate it’s work for 2019 as well as to assign board members as point people for the respective tasks. Prior to the meeting, Mary Kay Falconer identified potential points of discussion. These minutes will mirror the items she identified.
- Promote a healthy tree canopy/Arbor Day/Park Beautification and Sustainability (also referred to as Urban Forest Management). Donna Legare will assume the lead.
- Promote Responsible Trash Disposal: Ann Riley and Mary Kay Falconer
- Promote Safe Multi-Modal Transportation: Mario Taylor, Michael Bannister, Mary Kay and Melissa
- Promote activities in parks (see #1 above)
- Promote Preparation for Hurricanes and other disasters: Mario Taylor and Andy Fink (a prior board member who has expressed interest in this issue)
- Promote communication and interaction between neighbors through our website and Facebook: Melissa and Casey
- Promote Effective Communication between BHNA/Other Neighborhoods and CofT: Mike Brezin and Mario Taylor
- Promote Efforts to Remove and/or Control Invasive Plans: see #1 above
- Promote Pet Safety: Not assigned
Other items added in the course of the meeting include:
- Identifying tasks already assigned such as the Easter Egg Hunt, the fall festival, Christman’s caroling, etc.
- Partnering with Goodwood to promote a bird sanctuary, utilizing Goodwood’s property for biking/walking access: not specifically assigned
- The Cemetery initiative: Mike Brezin and Mario Taylor
- Developing Standard Operating Procedures and roles and responsibilities for the board: Ann Riley will manage with assistance from all board members for input.
- Promoting home and neighborhood safety: Melissa
- Communication (web/facebook/newsletter): Casey
- Developing a tool library/swap and including seminars on effective tool usage
Other items discussed:
- Casey presented the new website, which will include more neighborhood-focused alerts on weather issues, renew membership, and a call for volunteers for BHNA activities. It was suggested that the website include a section just for board members where board matters can be discussed and voted. Casey will explore. We may also include an FAQ section but it must be kept updated.
- There will be a meeting Monday, January 28 at 5:30 at the Tallahassee Board of Realtors near Wataburger on Thomasville Rd. The city is presenting plans for a parking garage proposed for mid-town. Mike Brezin encouraged members to attend. He will attend, as will Mary Kay. Ann Riley is also considering attending.
- Casey will assume responsibility for membership as Liz has resigned from the board. We have 275 members and our goal is to get to 300.
- We received a thank you note from Hot Yoga for the monetary support the BHNA provided.
- Mario is interested in promoted an event that would encourage bringing people together around vehicles: bikes, autos, skateboards, etc. It would be held in conjunction with an ice cream social.
Guiding Principles/Commitments/Priorities for BHNA—Fall 2018 (Draft for Discussion)
- Promote a Healthy Tree Canopy
- Have trees inspected by licensed arborist
- Plant more trees, particularly if there are older trees in yards that might need to be removed within a few years
- If a tree is cut down, always plant another tree
- Order and plant trees through the Tallahassee Arbor Day Program
- Participate in the BHNA Arbor Day Event
- Promote Responsible Trash Disposal
- Recycle every Week
- Prepare Yard Trash for Composting or Being Hauled Away for Mulching
- Properly Dispose of Hazardous Waste each Month at the Miccosukee/Blairstone intersection County Operation Center on the first Saturday of each month
- 3. Promote Safe Multi-Modal Transportation
- Ensure Sidewalk Connectivity
- Ensure Safe Pedestrian Crosswalks
- Monitor Traffic Speed on Neighborhood Streets
- Monitor CRTPA and related transportation decision making groups
- Promote Activities in Parks (depends on volunteers to organize these activities)
- Encourage and support a variety of activities in neighborhood parks that are open to the public
- Organize Food Truck Events
- Show Movies in Parks
- Organize Neighborhood Bike Rides and Walks
- Promote Preparation for Hurricanes and Other Disasters (Margie and Mario insert relevant actions and tasks)
- Promote communication and interaction between neighbors through our website and on Facebook
- Promote Effective Communication between BHNA/Other Neighborhoods and the City of Tallahassee
- Receive timely notification of and requests for input when Infrastructure Changes in or adjacent to our neighborhood are under consideration
- Participate in an alliance of neighborhoods
- Promote Efforts to Remove and/or Control Invasive Plants
- Share information about invasive plants and how the spread of them can be controlled
- 9. Promote Pet Safety
- Share information on lost pets
- Share information on responsible pet ownership in our parks
We met at Ashford Club Apartments Meeting Room ().