2018-05-14

Brookfield Heritage Neighborhood Association
Executive Committee Minutes
May 14, 2018

  1. Call to order
  2. Phil called the regular meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Pie Company meeting room.

  3. Roll call
  4. Present: Jennifer Castner, Phil Eisenlohr, John Hays, Jeff Johnson, Bill Martin, Kevin Poli* and Mike Benedict.

    Absent: Hassan Alizadeh and Alan Munn

    Guests: Liz Miller and Kathy Prince.

  5. January 22, 2018 minutes.
  6. It was moved by Jennifer and seconded by John to approve the January 22, 2018 minutes as presented. All yeas. Motion carried.

  7. Jennifer asked for suggestions for the next newsletter and received the following comments:
    1. Traffic study status
    2. Trees
    3. Illegal covenants
    4. Constitution amendments
    5. Annual neighborhood picnic
  8. Comments from the floor
  9. There were no comments from the floor.

  10. Treasurer’s Report
  11. Phil reported that there have been no substantial changes relative to former times.

  12. Illegal neighborhood covenants
  13. John, Liz, and Kathy provided a brief synopsis of actions to date to try and remove illegal language from the neighborhood covenants. Liz noted she has tried to research other neighborhoods. She found two, Pine Crest and Glencairn, that solved their problem by simply not renewing their covenants. There was possibly a third neighborhood in East Lansing and three in Lansing, but she did not know their status. John spoke with Judy Putnam to see if she had received any response to her February newspaper article. Judy sent him two emails which had mentioned restrictions in the Lansing Colonial Village sub and one in the East Lansing Spartan Manor sub. Neither reported that anything had been done to remove the restrictions. Judy said she had also heard that the Flower Pot sub had some sort of objectionable restrictions. John was asked to research attorneys to determine who would best represent the Association in seeking a declaratory judgment from the circuit court and to report back at the next meeting.

  14. Traffic issues on Roseland
  15. Jennifer and Bill indicated they had not done much work on this matter because the winter weather naturally slows down traffic through the neighborhood. They will study this matter when the weather warms and the streets are cleared of ice and snow. Jennifer noted she had reviewed the city’s traffic study process and will contact the city to determine what the Association needs to do to have a study performed on Roseland, ideally in Sep and/or Oct 2018.

  16. Changes to the Constitution
  17. Jeff and Mike presented the Board with a 3rd draft of an amended constitution. A few amendments were suggested and will be incorporated as a 4th draft. The 4th draft will then be sent to the Board for final review and editing.  

  18. Adjournment
  19. There being no further business, the Board adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

*Kevin was appointed to complete the balance of the year resulting from Kathy Prince resigning her seat on the Board.

 Minutes prepared by Mike Benedict, Secretary

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