Minutes of MNA Board Meeting of February 7, 2024


Mitman Neighborhood Association Board Meeting February 7, 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 Advisor

Approval of Minutes of Board meeting January 3, 2024.


Treasurer’s Report

Current balance $2,379.43

Reimbursement request by Harold Hallikainen for $173.87 for DreamHost domain registration and hosting to January 2025 was approved.

Employer Identification Number (EIN) Progress

The Internal Revenue Service requires an organization to be “legally formed” to be issued an EIN. This requires MNA to be a nonprofit corporation registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Advisor Hallikainen will write Mitman Neighborhood Association Articles of Incorporation for Board review next meeting.

PayPal Progress: Requires EIN.

Bylaws Revision

The Board voted to approve the revised Bylaws and forward them to the City of Tucson for review.

Advisor Hallikainen wrote a “Summary of Changes” to serve as a guide to specific Bylaw changes approved by the Board. Following City approval of the changes, this guide will be included with the final draft in a mailing to all voting members.

Current Bylaws
Draft approved by board to be sent to Neighborhood Services for comment
Summary of changes

Membership List: Advisor Hallikainen has created a spreadsheet with 712 members (addresses in the neighborhood) and 32 voting members (dues paid for current year).

Safe Streets Mini-Grant Program: The completed application has been sent to the City of Tucson.

Traffic Circles: The traffic circle at Jefferson and 4th street has been adopted and clean-up is underway. Other neighborhood traffic circles continue to be available for adoption.

Proposed Watershed Park at Baker and Van Buren

No communication with Keith has occurred since the last Board meeting. His status with the project is uncertain.

President Bickford will send Keith an email suggesting that he replace her name with his as the primary applicant and submit the application as soon as possible.

If Keith has not committed to submitting the application, President Bickford will submit it before the approaching deadline.

Desert Bloom: No change in status since last meeting.

Open Discussion: Advisor Beard reported that she contacted the Midas Muffler corporate office to advise them that property damage to the utility easement is occurring from large trucks, and the fact that the trucks are carrying hazardous waste over a utility easement. The problem is now being worked out.

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Volunteer Opportunity – Pima College Adult Education

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Brush and Bulky Week of 2/5/24

Brush and Bulky Week of 2/5/24

The city is doing the semiannual Brush and Bulky in our neighborhood the week of February 5, 2024. See more info here.

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