July 2015 Minutes

July 2, 2015

PRESENT: Officers – Ed Albrecht, Jennifer Bercy, Joy Gelb, Karmen Brower
Directors – Brett Gever, Rita Gever, Katie Whitman, Steve Holzer, Emma Wilby, Richard Woolard, Keith Zajic, Aaron Scott
Honored Guests: Allan Rosman, Richard Cassel, Susanne Henning, John Coffer, Jack Whitman, Mayor Lucy Martin

  1. Call to order was at 7:10 PM.
  2. Approval of agenda moved by Katie Whitman, seconded by Rita Gever and approved unanimously. Approval of minutes with corrections was moved by Jennifer Bercy, seconded by Ed Albrecht, and approved unanimously.
  3. Guest Speakers
    1. Steve Gincig couldn’t attend due to a family emergency.
    2. Richard Cassel of Cassel Photography spoke about utilizing appropriate photographic documentation of ownership and damage to property. His company shows the scale of objects, condition, etc. Having that sort of evidence made the settling of insurance claims easier, faster, and more financially rewarding to the insured.
      The video and/or paper report should be safe-guarded in an off-site location.
      The cost is approximately $.15/ square foot up to 3,000 sq. ft. Cost is approximately $.10 thereafter.
      Richard and his family live in Greater Mulwood, and his children attend local schools.
      As an experienced photographer/videographer he’s created a unique business that capitalizes on his skills and experience, and offers a very worthwhile service to our residents and beyond.
  4. City Council Member Report – Mayor Lucy Martin spoke about the Mulholland Highway project which is under way. She suggests everyone be very careful driving along the highway during the construction.
    She reminded us that Calabasas High School will host the annual 4th of July fireworks at 7 PM.
    The Special Olympics will begin on July 21st, and the official opening of the games will be on July 26th.
    Senior center construction will begin, and opening is scheduled for 2016. The parking in and around the library and city hall will be changed with 2 hour limits in front.
    A story pole ordinance concerning commercial, Topanga and the Highlands scenic corridors, and remodeling more than 500 square feet has been passed.
    A workshop for Wild Walnut Park will be on Tuesday, July 21st.
  5. Officer Reports
    1. President’s Report – The membership needs to be increased, and Ed Albrecht is proposing a 9-hole golf tournament on December 14th which would include a modest breakfast, nice lunch, and cost about $150. There would be something for just about everyone including best golfer, worst duffer, etc. It would allow for about 144 players to golf as there are 2 9-hole courses. It would also provide funds for a charity (ies) of GMHA’s choice, but that will be decided at our next meeting.
      Joy Gelb moved, Jennifer Bercy seconded that we pursue the tournament idea, and the motion carried without opposition.
    2. Vice-President’s Report – Jennifer Bercy suggests that we have Calabasas High students pass out flyers a week or so before the candidate forums in addition to the postcard mailer. It would fulfill part of student public service requirements. She’ll arrange things with the principal.
    3. Treasurer’s Report – As of June 21st, there were 26 paid members. She reported our bank balances. Acceptance of her report was moved by Ed Albrecht, seconded by Rita Giver, and passed unanimously.
    4. Secretary’s Report – Karmen Brower reported that there was some difficulty getting the dedication for the book honoring Fred Gaines’ father correct, but that it would soon be completed.
  6. Commission Reports
    1. Parks, Recreation, and Education – Jennifer Bercy reports that passes are required for guests to get into our neighborhood on July 4th. They can be obtained at any city facility.
      Teen court will be July 16th and August 20th provided there are cases to hear.
      DeAnza Park is undergoing a major update.
      There are 3 more concerts in the park to come.
      The commission’s next meeting is in September.
    2. Public Safety – Richard Woolard reports that the Sheriff’s Department is having a meeting on how it can make the city safer, and what residents can do to help. Everyone needs to be urged to participate.
  7. Realtor Report – Aaron Scott says April was the highest priced achieving month. June is lagging. Those who price within the proven ranges for the area are the most successful, and those who price over those are not. There is definitely a strong market for properties priced correctly.
  8. Spotlight on member – Joy Gelb – put over in the interests of time.
  9. New Business – none
  10. Old Business
    1. Wild Walnut Park – see Mayor Martin’s report above.
    2. Book Purchase – see Secretary’s report above.
  11. Public Comment – Steve Holzer discussed the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District questionnaire, and its requirements for information.
  12. Adjournment at 8:54 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Karmen Brower, Secretary

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