other meetings this year
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
- Approved last week's minutes
- 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.
- 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: Jan will draw up a Residential Tenancy Agreement as appropriate. (Jan Steinman)
- Concerns about the proposal:
- Residents' meeting adjourned, 10:49
- Farm meeting:
- updated white board
- much discussion about ducks in the garden and protocol/etiquette for doing things in the garden.
- 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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