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Monthly Steering Committee Minutes for 2004


OMVNA Steering Committee Meeting
March 8, 2004

Officers Attending

Chair - Ronit Bryant
Vice-Chair - Monica Smith
Secretary - Claire Silver
Treasurer - Aaron Grossman
Newsletter - Velva Rowell
Community Liaison - Tom Matula
Member-at-Large - Erin Sanders
Member-at-Large - Ken Rosenberg

Visiting Neighbors

Bruce Karney
Jon Wiener
Hal Mounce

1. Introductions and Announcements

  • Bruce Karney thanked the Steering Committee for our previous donation to the Measure J campaign.
  • Velva received a letter from a resident who was concerned that we were using "Old" in the name of our organization.

2. City Car Share

  • Jon Wiener of Car Share spoke to us about program in Mountain View. He profiled Car Share customers as young, childless renters who are usually in a one-car family, or have motorcycles. To join an applicant must have their driving record approved; pay a small monthly fee, hourly usage fee and mileage. Average cost is $60 a month.
  • The program will have to move out of Mountain View if it cannot increase its current membership to at least 25. (It is currently 20.) There will be an article in an upcoming edition of the Voice.
  • We talked about ideas for outreach. It was suggested to have an article in the OMVNA newsletter and use the OMVNA email list

3. Approval of Minutes

  • Minutes were approved with changes.

4. Finance & Budget Plan

  • Ken presented his research on OMVNA guidelines on charitable giving. As an IRC 501(c)(4) our group must be devoted exclusively to charitable, educational, or recreational purposes designed to benefit the "social welfare" of our community. He suggested three primary areas of giving: education, art and community development.
  • Aaron presented income/expenses for last year and next year's proposed budget. We discussed how to write a budget to accommodate unexpected grants. It was suggested that the budget categories be simplified and a category added to cover "board discretionary funds" to cover any grant windfalls. Aaron will present the revised budget next month.
  • Current balance is $7706 ($140 is CERT). Aaron requested $600 for additional CERT funds. After discussion $600 was approved.

5. Precise Plan and Historic Preservation Ordinance Update

  • Tom gave us an update on the Precise Plan. At the last planning meeting the city agreed to limit building heights to 45ft with setback in areas H & J (the first block of Castro). The height may be 45 ft if the upper story is set back. There is also talk of a proposal for a hotel on the corner of Castro and El Camino.
  • OMVNA discussed our position regarding building heights and decided we would like to see older buildings protected by lower building height regulations to discourage their destruction.
  • We then discussed the Historic Preservation Ordinance. At a recent meeting the public spoke out against involuntary inclusion. A representative from Palo Alto presented the system they use which was referred to as voluntary cooperation. Homeowners are encouraged to cooperate with city suggestions but it is not required. Los Altos has system where historic properties are rated on different levels. It was reported the committee comments seemed to favor the Palo Alto system.
  • Criteria for listing properties as historic are undecided and the city has talked of using outside consultants.
  • Future meeting dates:
    1. March 16th: Study session open to the public
    2. April 13th: Council Meeting
  • OMVNA will further discuss our position at our next meeting April 12th. Our position is undecided on mandatory vs. voluntary inclusion. We all agreed preservation of character is more important than preservation of structure.

6. Upcoming General Meeting Plan

  • The next general meeting is a talent show on March 27th.
  • Velva reviewed the talent acts. More adult acts are needed.
  • We reviewed equipment required, programs and awards, dessert potluck details, street sign distribution and rehearsal time for the show.

Meeting adjourned at 9:45 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Claire Silver, Secretary

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