MINUTES of the March 18, 2010 MICA Meeting – Longwood Public Library, 7:00 p.m.
Officers in Attendance:  President Tom Talbot, First Vice President Denise Arnold, Second Vice President Betsey Martinez, Recording/Corresponding Secretary Gail Lynch-Bailey, Treasurer Larry Mazza; Those Who Signed In: Fred Steinmann, Irene Steinmann, Therese Kramer, Frank Bailey, Jack Stinton, Harold C. Bachmann, Edith Lilie, Chris Hanley, Danny LaVandera;  Also in Attendance: Jacqui Palatnik, Fred Drewes

I. The meeting was Called to Order at 7:15 p.m. & the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

II. The February meeting minutes were read and approved as written on a motion by J. Stinton, 2nd by H. Bachmann

III. Treasurer’s Report: $3191.77 in savings; $592.33 in checking

IV. President’s Report/Unfinished Business:

  • Ben’s Paints was finally granted a conditional approval by the BZA; TDR on rear plot will be donated
  • Lucky’s Used Car Lot on Rt. 25 IS a permitted use of property; questioning safety re closeness of cars to road
  • Dilapidated buildings near Prosser Pines photo’d by Tom, pursuing w/SC.; also old farm stand at #63 run-down
  • MICA is registered for a booth at Longwood Day, on Sat., May 15 at Longwood HS; volunteers needed to staff
  • MICA Scholarships for two Longwood seniors, amounts will be increased and awarded to MI residents only
  • Library Budget Vote & Trustee Election on Tues, April 13-  Budget  Review attended by Tom & Gail on Mar. 17; small increase does not involve new property; Director Clemens offering walking tour of same to MICA members
  • Toyota Expansion rejected by SC Planning Bd due to nonconformity w/MCRLUP and politics,  now requires a super-majority vote by TOB on March 23; Tom testified at SC hearing and will represent MICA on 3/23
  • Fire-Damaged #2 Creekside Drive, supposedly “secured” by TOB,  this disastrous property should be demolished  by owner before TOB does so and bills for it; Denise reported that Waste Management will clean up on 3/23
  • Yaphank Meadows, the most recent incarnation for former Breslin 22,000 housing unit/mega mall proposal dubbed “Willy World” at old Parr Meadows Race Track property -  new owner will discuss at our April meeting
  • Great Brookhaven Cleanup on Sat., April 17 will have MICA members busy at two spots, on SC parkland opposite King Kullen and nearby on Woodville Road
  • Longwood Alliance  plans for Veterans Memorial expansion at Bartlett Pond Park – June 19 dedication of new monuments there; Gail explained negotiations ongoing w/ TOB, bureaucracy working in Pine Barrens CGA

V. Presentation: Fred Drewes, professor emeritus of SC Community College and member of the Heritage Trust at “The Wedge” in Mt. Sinai, explained the wonderful “Avenue of America” project to be unveiled July 4th. “Imagine 96 national, state, territory, county and town flags displayed along a planted path in Heritage Park to represent the growth of our Nation. This beautification project will promote national pride, symbolize our freedom and nourish minds and spirits for generations to come.” MICA voted to purchase a flag in February.

VI. New Business: Report of the Nominating Committee – Frank Bailey explained the use of nominating forms by the committee: did people consent to their nomination and did they receive sufficient nominations to warrant the committee’s consideration?  Forms were mailed to all MICA members in good standing; about 15 were returned by the due date. This was the first time that the nominating committee could nominate more than one person for each office.  Tom reminded everyone that the data is held confidentially by the nominating committee. Nominating Committee Chairman Jack Stinton reported the following nominations: Tom Talbot for President; Denise Arnold and Gail Lynch-Bailey for First Vice President; Betsey Martinez for Second Vice President; Larry Mazza for Treasurer; Margaret Molloy for Membership Secretary; and Gail Lynch-Bailey for Recording/Corresponding Secretary. Nominations may also be made from the floor for each office during the Annual Election at the April MICA meeting.  A person may run for more than one position but may only hold one office.

VII. The meeting was adjourned at 8:47 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, –Gail Lynch-Bailey, Recording/Corresponding Secretary