BNA Board minutes 3-7-24

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Monday, April 8, 2024


Board of Directors Minutes

March 7, 2024

Location: Fishman Law Firm


In attendance:

Officers: President Dave Busiek, Treasurer Jay Cox-Kozel, Secretary Craig VandeVenter

Board: Eddie Fishman, Kylie Spies, Therese Herold, Karla Rangel, Josh Nelson, Jesse Coleman, Missy Reams

Guests: Danny Fast (BNA member)


  1. Call to Order at 7:00 p.m. – Dave
    1. Introduction of new board members
  2. Approval of Agenda: Motion carried
  • Approval of February meeting minutes: Motion carried
  1. Treasurer’s Report and monthly financials – Jay
    1. Review and approval of February financials: motion carried
    2. March financials to be discussed and reviewed during April’s board meeting.
  2. Public Comment
    1. Danny Fast, Beaverdale resident and member of the neighborhood association. Observed meeting to learn more about the BNA, the Board, and the business of the neighborhood association.
  3. Beaverdale Books Bookfest – Jay
    1. BNA to act as fiscal agent for Beaverdale Books involvement with Bookfest in fall of 2024.
    2. Motion to approve 2024 grant application and financials: Motion carried.
  • Bluegrass Festival Update – Eddie
    1. Discussed improvements, upgrades, and change of event date for 2024.
    2. Polk County grant money increased by $5,000.00 for 2024.
    3. Potential construction on the exterior of the water tower in Tower Park during 2024 festival. Discussed contingency plan(s) and transferrable permits.
  • Website and Social Media Update – Josh
    1. Discussed redevelopment of BNA website and plans for future work following the change in Board leadership.
    2. Discussed BNA social media account(s) and committee members utilizing accounts to advertise committee related events to increase exposure and engagement.
    3. Motion to approve committee designated members as administrators for website with access and permissions to post on behalf of the BNA: Motion carried.
  1. Scholarship Update – Craig
    1. Recapped the scope of the project and the goal of the BNA scholarship for new board members and public attending meeting.
    2. Discussed award criteria and requirements for implementation and discussion with Hoover HS.
    3. Motion to add additional board members to the project to assist with development: Motion carried.
  2. Membership Survey – Kylie
    1. Recapped the scope of the project and the goal of the neighborhood survey for new board members and public attending meeting.
    2. Motion to use strategic planning funding from City of DSM to display survey data in exhibit at upcoming quarterly resident meeting to increase awareness and engagement: Motion carried.
  3. Other business
    1. Beaverdale park (Jay): discussed and moved for the allocation of non-earmarked beautification funds in budget to be donated to Beaverdale park redevelopment project. Motion carried.
    2. Streetscape along Beaver Avenue (Jay): Discussed funding sources and other fundraising efforts if necessary.
    3. Public Affairs (Josh): Easter Egg Hunt 3/12; SCRUB clean up event at River Place 5/18; Bike lane and path clean-up with Beaverdale Bikes between 30th Street and MILK, Jr. Pkwy 6/8.
    4. Beaverdale Carved Tree Scavenger Hunt, summer of 2024.
    5. Beaverdale Service Day (Josh): Discussed neighborhood-wide community beautification and clean-up event.
    6. Public Affairs Committee (Josh): Discussed realignment of committee by area of focus, events and website.
    7. Iowa Bird Rehabilitation (Jay): Discussed I.B.R. and upcoming fundraising Gala.
    8. Calvin Community Historical Content for Website/Social Media/Sidewalk: Discussed historical interviews with members of Calvin Community for additional content in the BNA’s digital and print publications.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

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