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Minutes of the General Membership Meeting of the Westmoreland Association
November 19, 2012
President � Walter Mugdan
Sheldon Rosenblum � Vice President
Secretary � Charles Manna
Treasurer � Gary Savage.
Board Members Present
President Walter Mugdan called the meeting to order at 8:05 P.M. A motion was made, seconded and unanimously adopted to waive reading of the minutes. (Mr. Mugdan noted that the minutes were available for review on the Westmoreland website.) Gary Savage gave the Treasurer�s Report indicating that the balance-on-hand was $18,509.26 as of November 19, 2012. A motion was made to accept the Treasurer�s report. The motion was seconded and the report was unanimously approved.
� Victor Mimoni � from Councilman Dan Halloran� office
Old Business � Members discussed the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the neighborhood. The homes in Great Neck experienced the loss of electricity for a much longer period of time than the rest of Westmoreland. More trees were lost in the storm and in the subsequent snowstorm. The Number Q-12 bus was diverted though our streets for two weeks because of downed trees. Members complained that the diversion went on for more days than necessary. Also, the bus sometimes seemed to get onto the wrong streets by mistake, and one bus seems to have hit a low-hanging electric wire causing further problems.
New Business � On Tuesday, November 13 a meeting was held at the Community Church of Little Neck hosted by City Councilman Dan Halloran. This was the last of several �Participatory Budget� meetings. This is a new program under which participating NYC Council members volunteer to set aside a portion of their discretionary funds, and then allow district residents to decide how to allocate those funds. The funds must fall into the category of �capital� items. The total amount available will be about one million dollars.
It was agreed to set up a small committee to work with the Parks Department's Forestry Division to select and plant suitable tree species to replace the many trees we have lost to recent storms. Our beautiful trees have long defined our area; their shade reduces the need for air conditioning in the summer, and they add significantly to the value of our properties. In replacing lost trees, however, we need to be careful to select species that will thrive as street trees, and also be stable in future storms. Several people volunteered for this committee.
The schedule for our meetings in 2013 is: March 18, May 20, September 16 and November 18. Please mark your calendars.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 PM.
Charles Manna, Secretary
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