The Board of Directors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association met on Thursday, February 11, 2010, in the public room at the Florencia Condominium on Beach Drive.
All board members were present, with the exception of Marie Stirling.
President Marilyn Olsen called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.
Treasurer’s Report – Allan Brockway presented the report for the month of January. The full report is available on the association web site at www.stpetedna.org.
Budget – Following the budget report, Mr. Brockway presented a proposed budget for the year 2010. Following a discussion of some items, especially related to the newsletter and membership, Mr. Brockway moved that the board approve the budget. Sydni Shollenberger seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The budget is also available on the website.
Newsletter – The discussion about the newsletter centered around possibly reducing expenses by printing and delivering fewer newsletter, while increasing communications through various electronic means, such as the web site and e-mails. Newsletter chair Timothy Baker and Ms. Olsen will disucss setting up a committee to further discuss these ideas.
Membership – Various ideas were discussed about increasing membership. Ms. Olsen said that she is talking with a member who may wish to chair the Membership Committee. The previous chair is no longer active in the associaton.
Festival of States – Ms. Olsen received an invitation for the association to take part in the annual Festival of States Parade, which is held at the end of March. She told the board that it would have to respond to the invitation by February 15. Board members discussed this briefly, but did not feel that there would be time to plan for the event. No action was taken.
Police Policy Objectives – Ms. Olsen will take part in a forum on police policies that will be held by Mayor Bill Foster. At the center of the discussion will be policies related to community policing, high-speed pursuit of suspects, and the use of cameras to catch motorists who run red lights. Mr. Baker moved that the board support community policing in the Downtown. Mike Johnson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. No official actions were taken on the other policies, although discussion showed considerable concern among some (but not all) board members about allowing high speed chases. There was general support for the use of cameras at red lights.
Committees – There was considerable discussion about the current committee set up, and of whether new or different committees are needed. Ms. Shollenberger proposed the creation of a Cultural Arts Committee to monitor arts activities in downtown venues, develop ongoing relationships with arts and cultural groups, and keep DNA members informed about cultural arts opportunities. The committee will be co-chaired by Ms. Shollenberger and Marlys Meckler. Also, new board member Bob Calistri said he would chair the newsletter advertising committee.
Pier – There was a brief discussion about the ongoing planning for the future of the Pier. No action was taken.
Adjourn – The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.
Timothy J. Baker,