RICHMOND HILL HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
April, 16, 2008, East Side Police District Building
Present: Mary Boyd, Joe Chapiesky , Judy Comton, John Coleman, Diane Flynn, Milton Ford, Joe Francis, Brian
Golbach, Betsy Jansen, Mike Jawson, Alice and Harvey Rottier, Paul & Barb Reilly Mike Riese, Mike Seversen, and
Tom & Nancy McVary,
Welcome and Introductions:
Tom McVary welcomed the group at 6:35 PM. The meeting began with Officer and Committee Reports.
Gigi Coleman was unable to attend. The following treasurer’s report was submitted for the period from October 17,
2007 through April 14, 2008. Beginning balance was $7,544.41. Total deposits were $665.00 from the membership
dues and the Holiday party. Expenses included: Utilities $125.64, Grounds $734.64, Holiday Party $1,039.58, and
miscellaneous expenses $108.37. The miscellaneous expenses were for welcome baskets, rep coffee, and a donation to
the Mt. Horeb Historical Society as a memorial for Deb Johann. Total expenses were$2,008.23. The ending balance
was $6,201.18 as of 4/14/08.
Mike Jawson spoke on behalf of the Covenant Committee. Mike and the rest of the committee members have had the
most difficulty with neighbors who are not in compliance with installing wooden mailboxes. Many homeowners have
had to remove beautiful metal mailboxes because they do not comply with the covenants. Mike noted that it would be
difficult to change the covenants to read that a mailbox should be “nice looking.” In order to change the RHHA
covenants 2/3rds of the homeowners must vote for the change. At the October Semi-anuual meeting a motion was
made and carried to change the covenants to read that mailboxes in the neighborhoods must be wooden or approved by
the covenant committee. Mike Jawson took a copy of a letter that was written in the past to give to neighbors who were
not in compliance with the covenants. The mailbox issue continues to be one of the most difficult issues that the
covenant committee has to address in the neighborhood.
1) Citizens Police Academy: Tom and Nancy McVary gave a concise overview of the Madison Police Department
Citizens Academy. The target audience over the past three years has focused on community leaders, the media, and
current police department employees. Nancy and Tom took the nine week course on consecutive Wednesdays from 6-
9PM at the Eastside Police District Building. They learned about gangs, traffic control, disaster planning, police dogs
and anything that helps citizens understand more about the police department. If you are interested in attending next
year’s Citizens Police Academy, please contact either Nancy or Tom McVary.
2) RHHA Website: The new RHHA website is up and running. Tom McVary introduced the new
RichmondhillMadison.net website and demonstrated the new features on the website that will help neighbors be
informed about upcoming events. The new website has features such as: Richmond Hill Happenings, a community
page, Captain Jill Kubertanz’s police newsletter, an Events calendar and much more.
Approval of Minutes from the Semi Annual Meeting:
A motion was made and accepted to approve the October 18, 2007 Semi Annual meeting minutes by Joel
Chapiesky and Harvey Rottier.
Election of Officers and Members at Large:
Ray Petkovsek and Betsy Jansen will be leaving their posts on the board. Betsy has agreed to stay on as member at
large. Ray will retire. Sue Petkovsek has agreed to take on the duties of secretary. We will need to replace her as a
neighborhood rep. The rest of the board have agreed to stay in their current positions as follows:
Tom McVary – President
Brian Golbach – Vice President
Gigi Coleman –Treasurer
Sue Petkovsek -Secretary
Betsy Jansen – Member at Large
Karen Ramig- Member at Large
Diane Flynn –Member at Large
A motion was made by Joel Chapiesky and seconded by Harvey Rottier to accept the new officers and board members
as noted. The motion carried.
The question as raised by Joel Chapiesky about the progress on the park survey and where we stand with the
tennis courts. Judy Compton said that there was $50,000 set aside for the 2008 budget. Nothing has happened with the
park committee and the survey has not been designed nor implemented. Joel offered to be of assistance with the survey
and to canvas the neighborhood to see what priority we should have in the development of the Richmond Hill Park.
Dave could not be present due to surgery.
Judy Compton, Alderperson:
Judy Compton presented a new brochure on the Stoughton Road Revitalization Project. The SRRP is a land
use and development opportunity study of the Stoughton Road corridor that focuses on South Stoughton Road between
the Beltline interchange and Hwy 30. The purpose of the plan is to establish land use and design guidelines. If you are
interested in learning more about the Stoughton Road Revitalization Project you may visit their website at
Judy Compton was asked about the old Roster factory on the corner of Cottage Grove Road and Dempsey
Road. While this factory is outside of her area, she did mention the threat to our children because there have been gang
challenges to tag the building. There are concerns about the building being a health and safety issue.
Membership Drive: A new RHHA directory will be published this year and homeowners are asked to fill out a form
with changes for the directory even if there are no changes. The membership drive money and forms should be returned
to your neighborhood representative.
RHHA Garage Sale:
The Annual RHHA Garage Sale will take place on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7. Mary Boyd noted that the St.
Vincent de Paul truck never came to Alexandria to pick up left over items. We will need to check to see what happened
The 2008 RHHA Summer picnic will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2008. Betsy Jansen, Gigi Coleman and Diane Flynn
will be the picnic committee chairs. The picnic will begin at 4:00 pm.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Recorded by: Betsy Jansen, Secretary