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					                               Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors
                                   St. Louis Office for MR&/DD Resources
                                             September 14, 2006

Board Members Present:
Robert McKendry III, Treasurer
Margaret Starks, Secretary
Susan Bianchi
Reverend Mickey Hassler
Michael Mancini
Armentha Russell
Ernest Smoot

Board Members Excused:
Joan Horn, Chairperson
Sergeant Willie Prothro, Vice Chairperson

Staff Members Present:
Barbara K. Searight, Ph.D., Executive Director
Shannon Bremer, Project Monitor/G.I.T.Co. Management Team
Michelle Darden, Assistant Director
Cathy Hederman, Chief Financial Officer/Coach
Tracey Johnson, Horizon North Housing Inc. Management Team
Rhonda Kanaday, Administrative Assistant
G.W. Kelly, Horizon Housing Development Company Management Team
Emily Smith, Fiscal Manager

Guests who signed in:
Mark Arens, MERS/Missouri Goodwill
Yolanda Curlee, St. Louis Project Club
Kathy Farache, Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities
Mary Gregory, St. Louis Project Club
Stephanie Hayes, St. Louis Project Club
Jerald Marshall, Jobs and Employment Supported Services
Pamela Merkle, Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities
Cherie Montgomery, Life Skills Foundation
Laura Perkins, Judevine Center
Mary A. Schmisseur, Recreation Council
Lynn Stonecipher, Easter Seals Missouri, Inc.
Hilary Wagner, MERS/Missouri Goodwill
Clarice Woodard, St. Louis Project Club


I              Call to order
In the absence of the Ms. Horn, Chairperson, Mr. McKendry, Treasurer, called the MR&/DD
Resources Board of Directors Meeting to order at 11:30 a.m. Introductions of the Board of
Directors and staff were made.
II             Comments from the public
Mary Gregory, a parent from Let’s Play to Grow, requested from the MR&/DD Resources Board
of Directors assistance with the Annual Harvest Ball. The Harvest Ball will be held this year at
the City Hall Rotunda. Tickets are available and cost $30.00 per person. Ads can also be
purchased. Mr. McKendry instructed Ms. Gregory to put her request for assistance in writing.

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Clarice Woodard, with Let’s Play to Grow, commended the MR&/DD Resources Board of
Directors on all the accomplishments regarding the housing, book store and now the new drop
in center being made available for the homeless.

Ms. Woodard announced that she is now a AmeriCorp Community Support Navigator member.
She gave the Board of Directors, staff and guests a copy of a summary of what her duties will
be as a member. She stated that she will basically be doing what she normally does, assisting
individuals in accessing services that are available. She requested from everyone in
attendance to volunteer one hour a week to work with individuals with a developmental
disability.
III            Correspondence
None.
IV             Agenda Revisions
None.
V              Secretary’s report
Ms. Starks stated that everything was in order. No revisions or changes were made to the
MR&/DD Resources Board of Directors June 15, 2006 Meeting Minutes. The minutes were
approved as submitted.
VI             Treasurer’s report
Mr. McKendry, Treasurer, updated the MR&/DD Resources Board of Directors he stated there is
$14 million dollars available for investment. $8,290,298.62 is designated for program services
and $6,524,595.40 is designated unreserved fund balance.

Mr. McKendry introduced MR&/DD Resources Chief Financial Coach, Cathy Hederman.
VII            Committee Report
None.
VIII           Staff Report
Dr. Searight updated the Board of Directors on the following:
       A       Homeless Drop In Shelter
               The grant was received from the City of St. Louis. The building on Pine is being
               remodeled. Staff has been meeting with the Empowerment Center and has agreed to
               refer clients to each other. The City of St. Louis would like for the Homeless Center to
               be completed by November. They would like to hold a news conference, there, this
               would be technically the City of St. Louis’ first 24 hour drop in center.

       B       Meeting with Agencies

       Dr. Searight has been meeting with the some of the agency directors and the following was
       determined.

               1       Agencies have raised issues regarding MR&/DD Resources paperwork process.
               2       Most of the agencies are in agreement with the self-determination for individuals.
               3       Some agencies do not like the voucher program and would prefer grant or purchase
                       of service.

               The MR&/DD Staff is looking at internal process and are looking at the issues raised. A
               summary will give the MR&/DD Board of Directors after meeting with all the agencies.



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       C       Attachment A – Redirection of Funds for St. Louis Project Club

               During the summer a phone vote was made to redirect funds for St. Louis Project Club
               as follows:

               St. Louis Project Club, Let’s Play to Grow, requested from the MR&/DD Resources an
               increase of $24,000.00, to purchase insurance the five vans they use to transport
               individuals to activities which currently cost $18,000 per year. The current transportation
               award is $28,965. On the average they provide activities monthly to roughly 40-60
               people at a time. They are requesting that additional dollars be made available to assist
               them with repairs and insurance.

               Currently there is $13,000.00 in generic transportation. These funds have not been fully
               used in the past. These funds could be redirected to cover Let’s Play to Grow additional
               need.

               Let’s Play to Grow provides a needed service to 60 individuals several times a month.
               Services include large group activities such as choir, dances, educational meetings and
               bowling.

The MR&/DD Resources Staff supported funding the request as submitted. The agency does
more with less. They use volunteers and include everyone who wants to participate. This
request, if funded, will be a redirection of dollars from generic transportation and money not
spent by other services.

The MR&/DD Resources Board of Directors unanimously voted for the redirection of dollars
over the phone. The MR&/DD Board of Directors now needs to ratify the phone vote.

Ms. Starks moved to accept the phone vote. Rev. Hassler second. All in favor.

       D       Attachment B, Worth Industries – Worth Industries have some work that needs to be
               done on their building and will be submitting a request for building repairs.

       E       Attachment C, Tax Rates – Mr. Leo Hamm, Deputy Assessor will be attending the next
               Board of Directors meeting to explain the tax rates.

       F       Attachment D, MR&/DD Resources Building Maintenance – G.W. Kelly, Grants
               Manager, requested that a proposal be approved from Alumitec to clean the exterior of
               the MR&/DD Resources Office. The last time the building was cleaned was 11 years
               ago. Alumitec specializes in cleaning the building facades constructed out of Alucobond.

               This is a specialized service and the build up on the exterior is noticeable. Staff does
               recommend waiting until the company has another job in St. Louis in order to receive the
               job at the price of $8,200.00.

Mr. Smoot moved to accept the staff recommendation to approve the proposal at the $8,200.00
price. Ms. Starks second. Vote all in favor.

       G       CARF Survey - Staff is currently in the process of preparing for the CARF survey. The
               TCM program is the only program eligible for the certification; however, the agency
               business practices are included in the survey. In preparation, a survey has been sent to
               all agencies regarding feedback on the service they receive. A second survey is being
               sent to the families who use the TCM services.




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       H       Functional and Categorical Definition - Staff received and forwarded to the board of
               directors five responses on the issue of functional vs. categorical definition. Ms. Horn
               received three which she forwarded to both board and staff. (Note: One response was
               sent to both staff and Ms. Horn)

IX             Unfinished Business

None.
X              New Business
None.
XI             Announcements
       A       Questions and answers were given regarding the financial statement.
       B       Ms. Woodard, with Let’s Play to Grow and Ms. Hales, with Oasis, commented on the
               Functional and Categorical definitions.
XII            Adjourn
The St. Louis Office for MR&/DD Resources Board of Directors Meeting was adjourned at 12:06
p.m.
XIII           Executive Session
No Executive Session was held.




____________________________                                                _____________________________
Board Secretary Signature                                                   Recording Secretary Signature




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           Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors
     Gateway to Independence Transportation Company (G.I.T.Co.)
                         September 14, 2006

Board Members Present:
Robert McKendry III, Treasurer
Margaret Starks, Secretary

Board Members Excused:
Joan Horn, Chairperson
Sergeant Willie Prothro, Vice Chairperson

Staff Members Present
Barbara K. Searight, Ph.D., Management Team
Shannon Bremer, Management Team
Emily Smith, Management Team

Guests:
Susan Bianchi, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Reverend Mickey Hassler, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Michael Mancini, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Armentha Russell, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Ernest Smoot, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Michelle Darden, MR&/DD Resources Assistant Director
Cathy Hederman, MR&/DD Resources Chief Financial Officer/Coach
Tracey Johnson, MR&/DD Resources Horizon North Housing Inc. Management Team
Rhonda Kanaday, MR&/DD Resources Administrative Assistant
G.W. Kelly, Horizon Housing Development Company Management Team

Report

The Gateway to Independence Transportation Company Board of Directors Meeting was called
to order at 12:00 p.m.

Ms. Bremer, G.I.T.Co. Management Team, updated the G.I.T.Co. Board of Directors regarding
the following:
   A. All lessees have signed all master van leases.
   B. Every lessee has signed a receipt that they received a Federal Motor Carrier Safety
         Regulations Pocketbook.
   C. Five new vans have been received and are in the process of being leased to agencies.
         G.I.T.Co. has 26 vehicles in its fleet.
   D. One vehicle needs its alternator replaced with one that is 200 amps. MoDot will review
         the two bids and advise which one is accepted.

The Gateway to Independence Transportation Company Board of Directors Meeting was
adjourned at 12:11 p.m.


____________________________                        _____________________________
Board Secretary Signature                           Recording Secretary Signature



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                           Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors
                          Horizon Housing Development Company (H.H.D.Co)
                                         September 14, 2006

Board Members Present:
Robert McKendry III, Treasurer
Margaret Starks, Secretary

Board Members Excused:
Joan Horn, Chairperson
Sergeant Willie Prothro, Vice Chairperson

Staff Members Present
Barbara K. Searight, Ph.D., Management Team
G.W. Kelly, Management Team
Emily Smith, Management Team

Guests:
Susan Bianchi, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Reverend Mickey Hassler, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Michael Mancini, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Armentha Russell, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Ernest Smoot, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Shannon Bremer, MR&/DD Resources Project Monitor/G.I.T.Co. Management Team
Michelle Darden, MR&/DD Resources Assistant Director
Cathy Hederman, MR&/DD Resources Chief Financial Officer/Coach
Tracey Johnson, MR&/DD Resources Horizon North Housing Inc. Management Team
Rhonda Kanaday, MR&/DD Resources Administrative Assistant

Report

The Horizon Housing Development Company’s (H.H.D.Co.) Board of Directors Meeting was
called to order at 12:11 p.m.

G.W. Kelly, Management Team updated the Horizon Housing Development Company Board of
Directors on the following:
               A. Horizon Housing Development Company has been providing housing for 2 ½ years.
                       Services have been provided for 33 individuals, currently there are 16 adults and 6
                       children living in the three buildings.
               B. One individual from the Gravois building purchased a home at the end of August.
               C. It was determined that the some of the chronically homeless individuals need intense
                       support. A full time supported living worker will be hired. Funds are available in the
                       budget to cover the cost.
               D. During the power outage in July staffing continued 24 hours a day at the Gravois
                       building. No staff called in absent. They continued to work with no power using
                       candles and a radio.
It was questioned if staff salaries were excluded was Horizon Housing Development Company
rent received covering program costs. The management team reported that while rental income
was coming in higher than anticipated it was only covering the cost of insurance, water and
sewer. Other utilities have been paid out of the HUD grant with matching funds from MR&/DD
Resources.

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The Horizon Housing Development Company Board of Directors Meeting was adjourned at
12:17 p.m.




____________________________                                                _____________________________
Board Secretary Signature                                                   Recording Secretary Signature




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                               Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors
                                         Horizon North Housing Inc.
                                             September 14, 2006

Board Members Present:
Robert McKendry III, Treasurer
Margaret Starks, Secretary

Board Members Excused:
Joan Horn, Chairperson
Sergeant Willie Prothro, Vice Chairperson

Staff Members Present
Barbara K. Searight, Ph.D., Executive Management Team
Emily Smith, Management Team
Tracey Johnson, Management Team

Guests:
Susan Bianchi, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Reverend Mickey Hassler, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Michael Mancini, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Armentha Russell, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Ernest Smoot, MR&/DD Resources Board Member
Shannon Bremer, Project Monitor/G.I.T.Co. Management Team
Michelle Darden, MR&/DD Resources Assistant Director
Cathy Hederman, MR&/DD Resources Chief Financial Officer/Coach
Rhonda Kanaday, MR&/DD Resources Administrative Assistant
G.W. Kelly, Horizon Housing Development Company Management Team

Report

The Horizon North Housing Inc. was called to order at 12:17 p.m.

       Ms. Tracey Johnson, Management Team, updated the Board of Directors on the following:
       A. There was water damage after the storm in July. This was due to a grading issue. The
               floors are supposed to be replaced by Friday, September 22, 2006. A mold assessor
               has been hired to do an assessment due to the water damage.
       B. A new date for the additional clients to move in has been postponed to October 1, 2006
               due to flooring repairs.
       C. The four bedroom units are available and various agencies have been solicited. The
               previous applicant for the four bedroom unit was determined not to be eligible.
       D. Eight staff has been hired to fill the 24 hour monitor/residential assistant position.
       E. Interviews for full time Social Worker are in process. The Social Worker will work with
               the families’ children to be sure their needs are being met.
The Horizon North Housing Inc. Board of Directors Meeting was adjourned at 12:26 p.m.




___________________________                                                 _____________________________
Board Secretary Signature                                                   Recording Secretary Signature

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