Minutes from 12/19/2018 meeting
Call to Order
Approval of Minutes
Announcements - January meeting date TBD
Old Business - none
Elections: members up for election were Samip Kothari, Doug Carlson, Benjamin Biltz, and Pat Scheckel
Lee Lazar explained voting process
Lea Jacobs added her name to the ballot
Candidates spoke briefly
Handed out ballots to all attendees.....per the bylaws, everyone must vote for 4 candidates or vote does not count
Ballots were counted and 3 of 4 candidates were voted in: Pat Scheckel, Ben Biltz, and Sarah Bahauddin
Had to revote to fill 4th position (% of required votes was not met) and Lea Jacobs won by 1 vote
Treasurer’s report – Pat Scheckel
$1794 in account after paying $1500 for the Holiday party at HotelRED
Collected many dues at meeting as only paid members could vote in election; this will raise account balance
Proposal for an ADU above garage on 815 Oakland Ave.
The property owner, Sam, was present. He wants to file for an ADU to create an apartment above his garage to be rented. Current plans are for his mom and/or sister to rent the property in the short-term.
This property was once a multi-rental and he has converted it to a single family home.
Property must be owner occupied with an ADU and he plans on living there
There was much discussion around this and while people were generally supportive of Sam’s intention, the following concerns were raised:
o Concerns around increased rental properties in the neighborhood
o Student vs owner occupied housing
o There must be a single owner on any rental LLC
o Any rentals must follow city and Air BnB rules (where applicable)
o Do not want to set a precedent for short-term rentals in the neighborhood
o ADU must be brought up to code and comply with all zoning regulations
4. VNA Directory/Block Captains – no update
5. Joint Campus Area Committee
o The 222 N. Charter St proposal that was discussed 2 months ago was rejected by the Planning Commission.
o The project didn’t meet setback or density requirements and the UW owns the surrounding property and likely intends to develop the area
6. Edgewood Liaison Committee
o Doug Poland recapped liaison committee responsibilities, EHS Master Plan history and current amendment proposal plans
o Proposal goes in front of the Planning Commission on 1/14/19 and Common Council on 1/22/19
o Question about whether or not track/field are open for public use? Yes – the track and field are open from 6am until dark for public use unless there is a scheduled event there.
New Business - none