EPNA April 1, 2021 meeting minutes

Meeting called to order at 6:33 PM via Zoom. 

Welcome and introductions.

  •  15 people in attendance.

Approval of March meeting minutes

  • Motion made by Tom, seconded by Catie, and passed to approve the meeting minutes for March.
  • Meeting minutes from March were miscategorized in the blog per Maggie.

Eken Park Playground


  • Maggie:
    • Goal is $8,000
    • Currently $4,300
  • Alex mentioned we’re still waiting on money from AmFam
    • Kaitlin said by mid April, AmFam still says processing
      • Sent screenshot to Maggie, who will show to city
  • Tom made a motion that if money is not there by the deadline, we will issue a temporary donation to cover of funds of $2,000 assuming the city will give it back
    • Seconded by Catie
    • Discussion: Alex wants to make sure there’s a way for the money to come back to EPNA
    • Passed unanimous
  • Old equipment is available as long as it is not usable
    • Maggie will inquire about what not-usable means
    • Catie mentioned that EPNA’s insurance policy might cover the sculptures being child-accesible

Eken Park Fest Update

  • Kaitlin
    • In the past, committee has asked for $2,500 to give to the city to pull permits
    • Asking for this now
    • We don’t know what the turnout will be so we might not make as much money as we usually do
    • Last year the money was given back
  • Tom
    • Major donors this year can’t support like they could before as some have been shutdown by the pandemic
  • Catie
    • Should we use our platform to ask neighborhood if they would feel comfortable coming out in August to gauge the turnout
    • Getting feedback about what would make people more comfortable
      • Kaitlin says this is a good idea
  • Kaitlin moved to request $2,500 allocated to city for permit pre-payment, Maggie seconded, unanimous approval.

Spring Cleaning Sat 4/24 10am

  • Tom
    • Last year the cleanup was a “shitshow”
    • Suggest that people use grabber and plastic bags and post on social media
  • Kitty
    • Already cleaned up area along Starkweather some
  • Kelly 
    • Taking her cart out this weekend
    • She has a grabber
    • Inquired about where we can pick up supplies
      • EPNA has some in storage unit
      • Alex suggested putting up a tent to hand out supplies
        • He will get supplies out of storage
        • Alex posted his phone number in chat, email treasurer@ekenpark.org
      • Kitty has a “palapa” (tent)
      • Near butterfly sculptures or Tip Top parking lot
  • Catie
    • City has an official spring cleaning day, we should let City know we are participating
      • This is officially called “Sucking up”
  • Zach
    • Give transient resident under the Washington Manor some space during cleanup


  • Jodi
    • Lived near Porchlight house for 15 years, great
      • Then there was a fire at the house and new leadership at the house
      • Lots of violence and drunken behavior, yelling and screaming
    • Public safety issue, a drunk man set a fire for cooking
    • Porchlight tells Jodi to report the residents to the Police
    • Rodrick is in police reports
    • Jodi and other neighbors feel dismissed from Porchlight
    • Porchlight is not providing oversight
    • A woman who lives there has a dog that barks and a man swears at her about that and has threatened the dog
    • Formerly, Porchlight had a “resident manager” 
      • Neighbors told Porchlight they approve of the manager and Porchlight pulled the Manager
    • Jodi is nominated by group of neighbors to be liaison with Porchlight
    • Meeting tomorrow
      • Attendees:
        • City of Madison Lawyer
        • Police Captain
      • Agenda:
        • Jodi wants more oversight
        • Possibly a resident manager 
        • “What can the city do to help us?”
  • Tom
    • Other neighbors are concerned
    • Not just a “NIMBY”
    • Hopefully we will get some action as a result of the meeting
    • Porchlight letters were dismissive “we’re not going to do anything”
  • Bernice
    • Will Porchlight be present?
    • Jodi
      • Unaware of whether Porchlight would be invited
      • Syed was involved in getting the city lawyer
      • Tom: Porchlight was invited
  • Zack
    • What is the specific ask to the city/police?
      • Jodi: More oversight
  • Catie
    • One of her friends is on the board of Porchlight
      • Catie sent a message and he responded
      • She will follow through with him

EPNA Newsletter

  • Zack doesn’t have any updates

Alder Updates

  • Syed isn’t present

   Art Walk

  • Kitty
    • Co-ordinated event where people walk around the neighborhood and see resident artists and possibly purchase it
    • Kid art stations
    • We could make a map of where things are
      • Zach/k: Google Maps for an interactive map
    • Coordinate with other Neighborhoods
      • Emerson/Darbo
    • Fund to create signs for those participating
    • Hand sanitizer stations
    • 2nd Sunday?
      • Bernice and Catie approve
  • Bernice/Catie
    • Monthly event?
  • Kaitlin
    • Has access to cheap printing
    • Are permits required to sell on your property
      • Kitty says no
  • Maggie moves to form an ad hoc committee to coordinate the art walk, Tom seconds and nominates Kitty as chair, she accepts. Unanimous approval. 

Open Comments:

  • Maggie
    • Curious about the co-chair Cooper Talbot: Whether she will be present
    • Bernice, Catie, and Kelly also have concerns
    • Alex, Zack, and Kaitlin ask for one more month before taking any further action
    • Tom ensures she will be available next month
  • Catie
    • When will the butterflies be installed?
      • Inquire with Erica?
    • Alex recently paid an invoice regarding the butterflies

Maggie makes motion to extend the meeting 10 minutes, seconded by Zack, approved.

Open Comments cont’d

  • Catie
    • How are the logos coming, to Mark
    • Mark asked about colors, should we have different color themes based on events
    • Mark will touch base with Zack regarding logos
  • Eugenia
    • Eken Park Resistance: against bedding down F-35 jets and “poisoning” water
    • CCB 12-3 this Sat meeting
      • Come and leave a glass of water on the steps of the CCB with a note describing what water means to you
    • Accountability is lacking in water/air pollution
    • Please spread the word and invite
    • There is criticism of F-35s over budget and safety
    • Biden has a commission looking into PFAS contamination
    • https://www.facebook.com/events/279332343565746

Motion to adjourn was made by Zach, seconded by Catie, and approved.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM.

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