CSANA MEETING MINUTES

February 4, 2015

 

Recorder: Rudy Mitchell                                             TimeKeeper: Joshua Fieldler

Items:

  1. Minutes Acceptance

The minutes were reviewed and Sara move to accept them and Bud seconded t he motion. The minutes were accepted without amendments.

  1. Treasurer’s Report

Sara presented the Treasurer’s Report. At this time, the account balance is $4018.09. The expenditure for 2014 was $1004.17. Mark requested to be reimbursed for $15 for printing costs and the wreaths for the Holidays.

  1. CSANA Proposed Operational Norms                              

 

Bud suggested that we discuss whether or not we needed norms to help guide our conversations. The discussions clarified that norms are not rules. A question was raised as to how people would know what the norms were. It was suggested that they be placed at the top of the agenda and review them at the beginning of the meetings. They are considered values and attitudes, not rules. Also said is that some people are not used to using Robert’s Rules of Order. The next meeting will do a follow up discussion to the norms and their usage.

 

  1. Tenant Development Corporation Presentation

 

Tracy Litthicut, representing TDC, explained his involvement and background. The objective is for TDC to build their own office space and develop a community center. Presently, they are considering the lot next to Estelle’s on Tremont Street. The BRA ‘s RFP is not designed to accept a Community Center proposal for development.   They are considering a larger parcel but are ready to break ground this spring. They are requesting a letter of support from the CSANA.

 

The discussion that followed is that while we support the concept of a community center, the site may not be large enough to accommodate their needs and plans. It was decided to draft a statement of support with comments that affirm a community center idea and to keep us informed as to their progress and include input from the appropriate neighborhood groups.

 

  1. South End Community Forum and CSANA

Mark explained the origin and function of the South End Forum. The SEF has been meeting for 12 years. It is composed of 15 neighborhood associations and a few business associations as well. The CSANA needs to be represented in the SEF in order to assure that what is produced by them in facts represents our community and that of the South End. We reviewed a listing of the upcoming initiatives and issues that the SEF will be addressing.

A motion was made to make the SEF a permanent item on the agenda so that we could get updates their the issues/concerns so as to give us an opportunity to discuss them and then instruct our representative on how best to represent our views. Also, to request that their agenda be posted in advance so that we can discuss and vote on the upcoming issues before the Forum meets. The motion was approved and passed.

A second motion was made to designate Mark as our official representative to the Forum. The motion was passed.

A third motion was made to send a formal letter requesting that an agenda be sent to us directly from the Forum so we can officially review the items in advance. The motion was passed

 

  1. Parking “Storm Parking Space Savers “ Issue

This was briefly discussed but without decision or action.

 

  1. Alexandra Hotel Sale Update

Bud said that no new news on the upcoming sale but that he was in touch with Marc Lacasse about it and the lack of snow clearing in the front and side of the Hotel.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm

 

 

CSANA Minutes January 2015

Chester Square Notes 1-14-15

  • Traci Lithicut(spelling?) of the Tenants Development Corporation came to the meeting to discuss a community center proposal for the lot at 151 Lenox. Those present asked that he return for the February meeting after he could be placed on the agenda.
  • Minutes from the December 3, 2015 meeting were accepted with a few minor corrections regarding spelling and dates.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Was not presented. Fountain lights cost some money. Members expressed that the lights looked great, and that they wished we could keep them up for the whole winter.
  • Update on Alexandra – Bud Larievy related his discussions with Mark LaCasse, the Alexandra owner’s attorney. LaCasse took everyone’s input and persuaded the owners that it was time for them to sell. LaCasse said the process for the sale will entail a two week window in which prospective buyers can walk through the building, then make a presentation to the owners, and then offer how much they are willing to pay for it. The owners will narrow all of the initial offers down to a top 5. LaCasse said there is a specific timeframe, but did not disclose what it is. LaCasse stated that the interests of Scientologists, the current owners, is a historic restoration of the building. Examples of prospective buyer include a gentleman from Iceland who will be here in February who is interested in opening a Boutique Hotel. LaCasse said he already had 50 prospective buyers.
    1. What should CSANA do, now that we know the owner’s are intent on selling? Bud Larievy suggested that CSANA take a proactive approach to the process, and try to partner with the new buyer. Carol Blair suggested that CSANA develop a wish list to present to the new buyer. Members suggested a café, inclusion of the neighborhood, elderly housing, support services, a staff person to clean the street twice a week.
  • Year End Review – Discussion of accomplishments of CSANA for 2014
    1. Got more trees planted in the area by the city; asked for them, and received some of what was asked for.
    2. Estelle’s sidewalk seating arrangement came to an amicable solution.
    3. Eva’s Cleaners was able to move the fifteen minute parking spaces from Shawmut to Massachusetts Ave,.
    4. CSANA participated in the Spring Clean up and provided neighbors with the materials and training to build excellent Window Boxes
    5. CSANA hosted a well attended and fun event in the Chester Square Park, our “Last Blast of Summer.”
    6. CSANA participated in and supported a massive Fall clean up, providing and planting 500 daffodils
    7. CSANA purchased permanent signs to advertize and publicize the Spring and Fall clean ups.
    8. CSANA purchased and installed lights on both Chester Square Fountains
      1. Unnecessary timers are for sale for $10 each; the electricity is on a timer itself.
      2. Lloyd has an excess screen from the lighting construction 3’ x 10’
  • Sara Mitchell is storing the frames
  1. CSANA increased its mailing list to over 150 people
  • CSANA Nominated and elected new officers
    1. Motion to accept the slate as presented was approved. The following members were elected into the following positions:
    2. Carol Blair – President
    3. Sara Mitchell – Treasurer
    4. Bud Larievy– Secretary
    5. Open – Vice President
  • New Business –
    1. 151 Lenox Presentation
    2. Engaging Boston Survey
    3. Home-Sharing Industry Meeting
  • Discussion of whether CSANA should distribute signs publicizing space saver signs- The South End is a Space Saver Free zones. The members present discussed whether we wanted to spend CSANA resources on publicizing the message. Most felt that it was unnecessary.
  • The discussion of the space saver publicity morphed into a discussion of whether the South End Forum really represents CSANA, or members of the South End. Members discussed the organization of the South End Forum, how they conduct their meetings, and in general the me,ebership present wished to continue discussing the South End Forum, where it got is power, and whether we think it represents us.
    1. Members proposed that CSANA put a discussion of the South End Forum on the next month’s agenda.
  • CSANA reviewed notices from City Hall and announcements from neighbors.
  • Next meeting is February 4th and it will include: Traci Lithicut from the TDC, further update on the Alexandra, an explanation and discussion of South End Forum
  • Meeting was adjourned.