Minutes:20100405

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Monday, 5 April 2010, Residents' Meeting

  • Present: Angie Conrad, Ken Conrad, Rudy Siegers, Jan Steinman, Carol Wagner.
  • Facilitator: Jan Steinman
  • Recorder: Carol Wagner
  • Meeting starts 08:37
  • Agenda Approved
  • Agenda:
    1. Approved last week's minutes
    2. White house rental
      • K&A are okay with a deposit.
      • Ken will arrive in Victoria 28 April, and Salt Spring soon thereafter.
      • Rest of family arrives end of June.
      • Will stay through harvest season, September or October.
      • Will work full-time (minimum 40-hour week) in exchange for use of white house.
      • Ken will pay for electricity.
      • Angie willing to do market stands on Tuesday and Saturday.
      • We will have separate family gardens.
      • Ken will send a list of starts he'd like us to get in the greenhouse.
      • Ken will have to be gone a couple weekends in May and June.
    3. 09:47: Ken & Angie leave so members can deliberate.
      • Concerns about the proposal:
        • Can't make $1,500/month from selling market garden stuff.
        • Angie seems to be an over-achiever -- can she actually pull off her "supermom" role while working for EcoReality as well.
        • There seems to be a degree of uncertainty in their lives, with lots of energy tied up in family, would like more commitment and clarity.
        • Concerned that Ken seems to have little idea what he will grow.
        • They don't seem connected to us nor aligned with our vision.
      • Advantages of the proposal:
        • Good to have active, working people on board.
        • Good "optics" to have a community feeling for visitors and the public.
        • Good to have kids around.
        • In addition to or instead of garden work, can help dress up the site if we put it on the market.
      • Concerns about turning down the proposal:
        • May not be able to rent the house if it is on the market because of uncertainty.
        • Time and energy to go out and find a renter.
        • Less community feeling; a renter probably won't take part in activities around here.
      • Advantages of turning down the proposal:
        • Rental income of $1,500/month or more.
        • House is immediately available to an investor.
      • What would make you feel better about this proposal?
        • More decisive, clear, committed language from K&A.
        • Less vagueness about garden plans; more specific plans for garden and more preparation.
        • Commitment to ongoing, clear communication.
        • Commitment to continued involvement as a community:
          • attend farm/residents' meetings,
          • one or more pot lucks a week,
          • work party ideas and participation.
      • AGREED: EcoReality Co-op will rent the white house to Ken Conrad & Angie Conrad in exchange for full-time farm work, with security deposit of $750, and addressing of concerns raised, subject to review of references.
      • ACTION: [x] Jan will draw up a Residential Tenancy Agreement as appropriate. (Jan Steinman)
    4. Residents' meeting adjourned, 10:49
    5. Farm meeting:
      • updated white board
      • much discussion about ducks in the garden and protocol/etiquette for doing things in the garden.
    6. Next meeting will be Monday, 12 April, 08:30.
  • Confirm facilitator and recorder for next meeting-Jan and Carol.
  • Meeting ends: 11:25
  • These minutes have been submitted by Jan Steinman 20:46, 5 April 2010 (UTC)

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