Minutes of MNA Board Meeting of May 1, 2024

Minutes of MNA Board Meeting of May 1, 2024

Mitman Neighborhood Association Board Meeting May 1, 2024

Present: Ali Bickford, President, Robin Steinberg, Vice President, Susan Patania, Chief Information Officer, Harold Hallikainen, Advisor, Jennifer Beard, Advisor.

Absent: Mary Martin, Chief Financial Officer

Approval of Minutes of Board meeting April 7, 2024: Approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Current balance $2,205.56. No activity since the April 7, 2024 meeting.

Employer Identification Number (EIN) / Incorporation Progress

The Board continued to discuss incorporating the Association. The process involves filing Articles of Incorporation with the Arizona Corporation Commission to become a non-profit Arizona Corporation, and with the Internal Revenue Service to receive an EIN and become a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization.

The Board discussed the possibility that donors might want something in return for their donations, e.g. speed bumps on their block. Advisor Hallikainen noted that donations with strings attached could be politely declined. Another option is to incorporate with the state of Arizona, but not apply for tax-exempt status with the IRS.

The Board plans to place the topic of incorporation on the agenda for the annual meeting in October 2024.

PayPal Progress: Requires EIN.

Bylaws Revision: Advisor Hallikainen incorporated the revisions suggested by the City’s Neighborhood Services into a final draft to be reviewed and voted on at the annual meeting in October 2024. The draft was unanimously approved.

Safe Streets Mini-Grant: The City continues to review the application.

Proposed Watershed Park,  Baker and Van Buren: The feasibility study is complete and a plan showing the design is ready for neighborhood feedback. A meeting for that purpose is scheduled for May 10. The Board agreed that residents of the Van Buren Apartments are most directly affected by the proposed park. Their feedback is especially noteworthy.

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Desert Bloom Dispensary sent the Association a flyer and a letter with information on their plans for opening. Advisor Hallikainen will scan the information for posting on the MNA website.

Arizona Heat Awareness Week: the organization requested MNA’s support in publicizing their cause. High summer temperatures put many residents, especially elderly people and infants, at risk for severe, possibly life-threatening conditions. The Board voted to post Heat Awareness information on the MNA web on the MNA website site.

How to Deal with Noise Complaints: Several neighbors have contacted the Board about loud gatherings, especially in the outdoor areas of clubs on Speedway. The City has an established procedure that facilitates involving the police in stopping “unruly gatherings.” President Bickford will post guidelines on the MNA website for “red tagging” businesses and residences that host disruptive gatherings. Neighbors are encouraged to call 911 to anonymously report disturbances.

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GSI Grant, Hot Weather, Noise

GSI Grant, Hot Weather, Noise

by Ali Bickford, Mitman NA President

Hello Mitman!

Mitman has been approved for GSI Grant.

Community Design Event for June 13th at 530. Location to be determined.

Friday, some of the Mitman Board members met with Tucson Clean and Beautiful to discuss adding Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) to the Tucson City Water Pump site at 4th and Baker (gravel lot). The project’s goal is to capture stormwater runoff and divert it to water harvesting areas. That will cool neighborhoods, improve air quality, encourage pollinators, and recharge the aquifers.  TCB- Has an amazing vision that seems like it could be pulled from the Desert Museum or Tucson Botanical Garden. At the design meeting we will discuss color palettes, plant sizes that will keep the space visually open and drain patterns for the space.

            Please let us know if you have any questions or comments

As we all start to feel summer approaching- Please start preparing your home for summer months

1.     Please prepare your home. Sam Hughes NA has created a Heat Awareness guide. HOUSEHOLD CHECKLIST

2.     Sign up for the Pima County’s Mass notification system for emergency’s: via alerts from the weather service and/or the County (MyAlerts.pima.gov).  

3.     Know the signs of Heat Related Illness (flyer attached)

4.     “Nearly half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling,” says EnergyStar.gov.  Here are some tips for getting the most out of your heating/cooling system, another big draw on the energy grid:

https://www.energystar.gov/saveathome/heating-cooling?s=mega

Reporting noise complaints or unruly gatherings. The board has had a number of people reach out about noise and unruly gatherings. The city of Tucson has a ‘Red Tag’ policy for situations of Unruly gatherings that was adopted to discourage the occurrence of repeated loud and unruly gatherings. You can report via 911 and stay anonymous. You may read more here: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/Departments/Police/Red-Tag

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Ward 6 City Council Seat Vacancy Final Applicants Announced

We received the information below from the Alvernon/Grant Initiative.

WARD 6 CITY COUNCIL SEAT VACANCY FINAL APPLICANTS ANNOUNCED

The Tucson Mayor and Council ranked their top four (4) applicants for the Ward 6 Council seat vacancy caused by the resignation of Council Member Steve Kozachik.

The highest ranked qualified applicants are:

1. Karin Uhlich

2. Ted Prezelski

3. Vince Rabago

4. Pamela Powers

The applicants have been invited to make a presentation during a Special Mayor and Council Meeting, on May 6, 2024, at or after 5:30 PM. The Mayor and Council may adopt an ordinance to appoint one of the individuals to serve the remainder of the term as the Ward 6 Council Member. Many of you may have received an email from a neighborhood advocate, asking you to support a specific candidate. It is not too late:

Even if you have voiced your opinion previously, TODAY is a good time to do so again. Mayor and Council are meeting tonight and may make a final decision as soon as this evening.

You need to submit an email today if there is a candidate you want to support or if you want to express your opinion about what skill set, experience, background, etc. the candidate should have to replace Steve Kozachik. EIGHTEEN months is a long time to serve as our representative on the City Council. We need someone as responsive, actively engaged, knowledgeable about budgets and City operations, and unafraid to ask the hard questions as Steve was.

You can check out the support letters, by clicking on the following link. It is important to have a candidate with skills that can ‘hit the ground running’:
https://www.tucsonaz.gov/Departments/Clerks

Send your email to:

kevin.dahl@tucsonaz.govPaul.Cunningham@tucsonaz.govnikki.lee@tucsonaz.govrichard.fimbres@tucsonaz.govward1@tucsonaz.govRegina.Romero@tucsonaz.govcityclerk@tucsonaz.gov

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