Story Preservation Association
Steering Committee Meeting Minutes
February 24, 2014
Burton Barr Library Meeting Room C
Bob Croft Cheryl McGregor Doug Towne Patricia Wakefield Earlene McDonald Joe Zbick Will Denney Steve Dreiseszun Ginger Mattox Rob Shupe
Dave Stanton Kim Jennings Gary Hochstetler Diane Hochstetler Maureen Towne
Diego Delgadillo Joe Rypma
See attached attendance sheets for attendees
Meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm.
Bob explained about the association and rules for meetings. He noted that elections were coming up and encouraged people to run, vote and volunteer.
Topic one - two motions presented by Will Denny
See attachment for motion wording
- Motion 1: Submission of written documentation for agenda topics - passed with 11 votes
- Motion 2: Detailed reports required for functions attended on behalf of and paid for by SPA - passed with 10 votes after one amendment
Both topics had discussion points. Tentative agenda is posted to the website. These motions are not intended to inhibit participation but are intended to cut down on lengthy meetings by having information available early for people to understand the topic beforehand. There is time set aside in meetings for attendee questions and concerns.
Topic two - Election improvements and updates
Rob submitted this topic but asked that it be moved to the end of the meeting and then at that time to the March meeting so that the FAA and other topics could be discussed.
Topic three - FAA Flight Paths and Noise Issues
- Bob noted that documentation had been uploaded to the FQStory.org website; to include a timeline of meetings, letters, and conference agendas and notes.
- Neighbors asked that the FAA noise number be included in a prominent place on the Story Time newsletter.
- Steve provided a timeline of meetings and events up to this week and a more detailed discussion of meetings and legislative action that had occurred in the last few days. A copy of Senator Flake’s letter to Michael Huerta of the FAA was shared. Letter is attached. See documents posted to the website for more in-depth information.
- Floor discussion on who has what info, what can be shared, how should it be shared. Louisa brought up the neighborhoods around the airport that were decimated. Now airport noise has to be disclosed when selling property. How far city has come in the process and the need for them to take on the big portion of the fight.
Treasurer reports / street lights / Home Tour / Special Meetings / Bylaws
- Attendee asked about amount of accumulated funds and why we were not installing lights. Anyone wishing to see the books can make an appointment with the treasurer to review the books if they cannot come to the meeting and review the reports presented. There was discussion of posting reports to the website. Doug Towne mentioned that he was going to be submitting several changes to the by-laws that will be submitted for discussion and a vote by the steering committee at the March meeting and if approved, added to the ballot in April.
- Karl Obergh and Steve Dreiseszun provided an overview of the home tour funding, grants for the lights we do have, costs for that effort and costs for the lights for the whole neighborhood. The neighborhood does not have the funds for the lights but the topic is always on the table for new ideas and possibilities. Karl and Steve discussed the reasons for the Home Tour and how it benefits the neighborhood.
- Discussion on the petition for a Special Meeting – there seemed to be some confusion. Nicole said she thought the petition was required to get the special meeting we were having in regards to the two motions set forth by Will. The wording in the petition; however, appears to be requesting a meeting of the full association, and is requesting more transparency/info regarding the FAA work. Petition wording: FQ Neighbors call for special Meeting of our Committee in FQ Story. Residents have asked for a special meeting to discuss solutions on accountability and transparency from "SPA" (Story Preservation Assoc) in relation to varying administrative issues, to include special committees that are working on FAA flightpath. There was some back and forth on whether the full association meeting would be needed. Nicole stated she did want the full meeting. The full association meeting has stricter rules regarding timing and notification that will need to be adhered to. Dave Stanton brought up the petition requirements and that we should have a petition with actual signatures as the by-laws do not state that on-line petitions are acceptable. Nicole said she would follow up with the people who signed online and provide actual signatures. Once received, the meeting date can be set and the notification process can move forward.
Liquor License Bills 2359 and 2360
- Louisa discussed the bills and ramifications to the neighborhoods. The steering committee voted unanimously to send a letter of opposition to various legislators. Louisa suggested that all neighbors contact their legislators and the senate president to voice their disapproval for this legislation which will make it all but impossible for people to fight liquor licenses and would also allow Circle K type stores to build as close as 300 feet from a school. A copy of the letter is attached.
- Meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.