Happy Spring! Our annual meeting is coming up soon and that means your trustees’ thoughts have turned to budgets. As we wind up our annual canvas, this is my plea: if you haven’t pledged or want to increase your pledge, call the church office. If we haven’t heard from you, we will be calling! Our timeline is a bit compressed as we’ve changed the annual meeting to May 21st, which will allow us to have a budget and new trustees in place for the start of the fiscal year on June 1st. This brings some urgency to getting the numbers in.
At the annual meeting, you will be electing a new President, Vice President, Treasurer, and at least two trustees at large (the actual number depends on whether any of the officers are elected from the current roster of trustees). The Nominating Committee will be recommending a “slate” of candidates for a vote and you have an opportunity to nominate yourself. If you have an interest and demonstrated experience in leadership, please apply! You need to fill out an application, which is due April 9th. http://neighborhooduu.org/application-for-the-board-of-trustees/ A note about the position of President: our bylaws state that “It is intended that the Vice-President will be nominated by the Nominating Committee to succeed the President,” thus we expect that Clyde Derrick will be nominated for the office of President. All other positions are open.
Another happening in April is our Hearing Officer Review by the City of Pasadena. As of this writing, we expect the date of the hearing to be April 19th. To recap, we were issued an amended Conditional Use Permit (CUP) by the City of Pasadena on August 26, 2016. One of the requirements of the CUP is that we come back for reviews at the 6- and 12-month marks. We needed a new CUP because we did not have any conditions in our former CUP that would allow us to have schools in our campus.
Since August, Lissa, her staff, the Trustees and members of a CUP Task Force (chaired by Alan Freeman) have been working hard on demonstrating compliance with the many conditions and improving relations with our neighbors. This has involved lots of talking with the many parties, establishing new policies and procedures, and installing “fire-life-safety” compliance upgrades. When completed, we expect the upgrades and other compliance costs to total around $75,000. In addition, we have lost around $8,000-10,000 in rental income – some of that is from a couple of cancellations and some is from estimated missed opportunities. So far, we have been absorbing these costs by depleting our major maintenance reserves.
The upcoming Hearing Officer Review allows us to describe how we have complied with the conditions. It also allows our neighbors, members, and anyone else to weigh in on our activities and compliance. We are going to this hearing without any new major requests but rather will present to the City how the conditions have affected our church. We believe we have made much progress on repairing relations with our neighbors; the hearing will let us know just how much. If you’d be willing to attend the hearing and give testimony if called upon, please let the church office know (or respond to me via this blog). And if you’d like to send in a letter of support, again, please coordinate with the church office.
As always, if you have any comments or questions, please catch me on the patio or drop me a line via email.
In love, spirit, service, and community.
Nancy Steele, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Board of Trustees: Asia Bribiesca-Hedin, Clyde Derrick, Kirk Dillman, Esther Martin, Martin Morales, Janice Partyka, Nancy Steele, Patty Watson-Wood, and Lauren Worley.