VNA Council Minutes - July 24, 2019

VNA Council Meeting Minutes

July 24, 2019

Call to Order

Approval of Minutes


  • Special thanks to HotelRED for making the meeting room available for our use this evening.

  • As a sign of our appreciation, please support The Wise restaurant at HotelRED this week (July 21-26) during Restaurant Week.

  • Communications

o   A reminder that our neighborhood web site is

o   Email address for the VNA:

o   The Vilas Ink newsletters are now being posted on the web site at

New Business

1.      Home History Project with DMNA  – Doug Carlson

o   There is a meeting scheduled for October. An update will be in the Vilas Ink newsletter.

Existing Business 

2.      Treasurer’s report –Pat Scheckel

o   There is $1522 in account; there are outstanding invoices for Vilas Ink

3.      Social report - Lee Lazar

o   We have not had any offers to host a VNA tailgate this year. If no one steps forward by the next meeting, we will have to cancel the tailgate this year.

4.     Nominating Committee –Lee Lazar

o   It is time to put this committee together. Lee is looking for people to help. Those who volunteer should be prepared to recruit potential members for the council.

o   Elections will take place in November and there are 4 seats up for election:

o   Craig Stanley

o   Karie Krantz

o   Chris Kelly

o   Vacant spot

5.      VNA Directory & Block Captains – Roz Woodward & Sarah Bahauddin

o   No update

6.      Vilas Ink newsletter – Pat Scheckel

o   Submissions for the fall issue are due 8/20

o   Fall issue is expected to be out mid-September

7.      Joint Campus Area Committee (JCAC) report - Doug Carlson

o   No update; next meeting is in August 

8.      VNA Zoning Committee report.  – Wendy Fearnside

o   This committee has met twice so far

o   They have spent time educating themselves and getting organized; also brainstorming ideas for Alder Evers’ forums

o   Planning on meeting with city planning and zoning to learn more

9.      Vilas retail news and updates

o   Marie’s Soul Food is open

o   Sequoia is open

o   1722 Monroe street level will house Creando after school program, Garth’s Brew House (liquor license was approved), and possibly Monroe St Arts Center.

10.  Vilas Park Master Planning – Wendy Fearnside

o   Julia Kerr has volunteered to join the planning group

o   They are getting into the public input phase – collecting ideas and data

o   Planning a series of focus groups

o   There are 4 scheduled meetings for the Resident Resource Group, which our Vilas committee is participating in

o   There is an event with the Boys & Girls Club of Madison on August 17th where the kids will have an opportunity to help develop the plan

11.   Edgewood Liaison committee report – (Liaisons - Jon Standridge and Sarah Bahauddin)

o   Liaison meeting report – no update; next meeting is 8/13

o   EHS athletic field

o   EHS Zoning Appeal was denied by the City's Zoning Appeals Board

o   Collaborative Working Group (EHS, DMNA, VNA) - VNA reps:  Sarah, Jon, Chris, Craig

o   CWG’s work has been suspended.  It is unclear when, or if, this work will resume

Other Business

o   Several members of the VNA Council are unable to attend the August meeting scheduled for 8/28.

o   Council will wait until 8/8 to decide if the August meeting will take place. This decision will be communicated via email.