Last Monday night’s get together with City Manager Larry Arft was great. We’d collected a number of questions and Mr. Arft addressed each one in depth and then fielded more from those of us gathered together.
- - Canoe & Kayak Launch
- - The new transit station
- - Hwy 51 project
- - Various city programs
- - City budget & finances
- - Casino update
- - Misc. future plans
City Council Member Jim Van De Bogart and Plan Commission member Daniel Boutelle were also in attendance. All-in-all it was a very informative evening and a great opportunity to get to know our city manager a bit better and he, us.
Additionally we had three new faces join us that evening representing two more households within the historic district. This a direct result of Dr. Bob’s initiating personal invitations. Also DanielleC introduced another family within the historic district to NPA and I introduced yet another from Milwaukee Ave. So altogether another four households added to membership and neighbor’s directory.
In our regular business meeting portion earlier in the evening we elected our five officers for the NPA not-for-profit. They are:
- - Rick McGrath – Chair
- - John Watrous -Vice Chair
- - Bill Dorr - Secretary/Treasurer
- - Joy Beckman – At Large
- - Rick Dexter – At Large
We’ve met once already since Monday and are continuing organizational set up.
- - May: We’ll be meeting with the Beloit Neighborhood Housing Services.
- - June: We’ll be meeting with a State Historic Preservation Offices rep. about tax programs and other benefits/services.
Stay tuned. We’ve more in the works as well.
It never even occurred to me to check the Packer’s game schedule. I didn’t realize we had another schedule conflict until a few days ago. All the same, that we had twenty seven in attendance I think was huge! Jennifer and Pleasant Street Coffeehouse were great hosts. Before our next meeting I’ll get over there and puzzle out the monitor hookup to the big screen TV.
Without benefit of projecting to the TV review & discussion of the neighborhood/association ideas was a bit challenged. It was however resolved that I’d take a stab at consolidating the suggestions into a short list of broader groups from which people could participate if they’d like. We could then use this vehicle of what people show interest in helping out with as our guide to what we pursue as an association. A splendid suggestion. Much more organic. You see that’s how it works… if we can get enough smart and interested people together then the better ideas percolate up. I’ll post a try at a short list of broader groups under separate cover.
Anyway, several individuals expressed interest in pursuing varied projects the question being might others be willing to join them. To date people have expressed interest in pursuing: