Minutes – April 25, 2011 – Board
Council of Civic Association
Board Meeting Minutes
April 25, 2011
City Hall, 8th Floor
1. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Doug Sterner at 5:30 pm.
2. Attendance: Present were President Sterner, Past President Genia Ellis, 1st VP Marilyn Mammano, , Corresponding Secty Donna Mergenhagen, Recording Secty Rochelle Golub, District 1 Rep Linda Nugent, District 2 Rep Shirley Smith, District 3 Rep Joann Kitchen Simmons, Chairman of Committees Ron Centamore. Absent were 2nd VP Betty Shelley, Treasurer Gabriel Ocasio-Davila and District 4 Rep Jackie Scott. A quorum was declared.
3. Minutes: On motion by Ms. Kitchen-Simmons and second by Ms. Mergenhagen, the Board minutes of March 28, 2011 were unanimously accepted.
4. Jorg Hruschka appeared before the Board to generate support for a new project spearheaded by the Building Officials and Inspectors Education Association of Broward County intended to educate residents of Broward County about the County Building Department and building permitting. He was advised to keep CFLCA apprised of the progress of the project.
5. The Agenda for the May 10, 2011 General Meeting was presented and discussed. Tim Smith City Visioning Committee) and Hal Barnes (Florida Neighborhoods Conference) will be guest speakers. Reports from the By-laws Committee and Audit Committee are scheduled. On motion by Ms. Mammano and second by Mr. Centamore, the Board approved spending $200 for to register four (4) persons to attend the Florida Neighborhoods Conference to be held in Ft Lauderdale on July 7,8 and 9, 2011. The criteria for selection are: (i) one from each of the four Districts; (ii) first-time attendee (iii) must make a report about their experiences to the CFLCA. The first eligible person from each District would be awarded the stipend. The Board rejected funding a fifth position for the Board.
6. President Sterner commenced a discussion about CFLCA’s failure to educate the membership and the communities about the mission of CFLCA and adequately inform them about the accomplishments of the organization. While CFLCA is prohibited from taking sides on controversial issues it is proactive in promoting needed change and fostering open forums on issues. The Board reviewed its recent accomplishments including without limit: ad hoc code reform; election issues; seat of city manager search committee, police department redistricting, forum with city staff on PUD’s, neighborhood noise ordinance.
In order to assist CFLCA member representatives to educate their communities about key issues and better publicize the work of the Council, President Sterner proposed that the Council regularly publishes an article called “Council Corner” made available on the website and for inclusion in neighborhood newsletters and email blasts.
The Board unanimously approved moving forward with “Council Corner”.
7. The Board approved adding to its 2011 initiatives updating the Council brochure.
8. District 3 Rep Kitchen-Simmons initiated a discussion on ways to achieve greater participation in CFLCA in her District. All neighborhood association whether or not recognized by the City can be members of the Counsel.
9. President Sterner noted that the by-laws include specific requirements on attendance to retain a Board position.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:25pm