by Chuck Hoven
(Plain Press, March 2011) Tremont West Development Corporation (TWDC) celebrated its annual meeting on January 27th with the election of seven new board members, the re-election of board president Chris Alvarado, award presentations and speeches.
For the second year in a row, a proposal to substantially change the by-laws of TWDC failed to achieve the required number of votes for passage. The proposal put forth by the TWDC Bylaws Committee received 94 yes votes and 19 no votes. The proposal would have needed at least 102 votes to change the bylaws. A number of members campaigned against the by-law changes. Members Claude Lawrence Cornett Jr., Ronnie Baker, Jerleen Justus and Robert Pinkerton passed out a flier with a list of reasons not to vote for the changes in the bylaws. David Gamble spoke passionately from the floor urging members to vote against the proposed changes, which he said would limit the power of the membership and give too much power to the Board of Directors.
Another set of amendments to the bylaws proposed by member Guy Templeton Black failed with 113 no votes and 19 yes votes.
Elected to two year terms on the TWDC Board of Directors were: Brook Deines, Susan Coy, Patrick Kabat, Jesse Grant, Jeff Eizember, Herb Crowther and Yvonne Bruce.
The TWDC Economic Development Committee reported a number of development successes in 2010 including successful negotiations with the Cleveland Municipal School District for lease of the Tremont Montessori school parking lot to help alleviate parking problems in Tremont. The committee reported it expected contracts to be signed by the end of January and parking to be available in February.
The TWDC Safety Committee reported that Bob Shores would serve as Safety Coordinator for both Ohio City Near West and TWDC. The committee also highlighted the efforts of Safety Committee Co-Chair Henry Senyak to report street light outages to Cleveland Public Power (CPP). Senyak noted that nearly 400 outages or malfunctioning lights were reported in the Tremont community with 318 of those satisfactorily repaired or replaced by CPP.
TWDC Executive Director praised the membership for their efforts to keep Tremont Montessori School open and recruit new students. He noted the school is now one of only four schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to achieve an excellent rating for the progress it made this past year.
TWDC Treasurer Lynn Murray reported that considering the recession, TWDC fared well in 2010. Her report indicated a dip in total net assets in 2010 to $1,461,667 from the 2009 figure of $1,627,845.
A number of awards were distributed honoring service to the neighborhood. The Tremont Trek Home Tour was named Partner of the year. Mattie Matusik of Friends of Clark Field and Tremont Resident Service Corp was named Ward 3 Neighbor of the Year. Sandy Smith of Tremont Gardeners was named Ward 14 Neighbor of the Year. Kristen Trolio, who coordinates the farmer’s markets and other activities, was honored as the TWDC staff person of the year.
Deane Malaker received the Gail Long Community Service Award for his volunteer efforts. Malaker’s involvement includes participation in the Tremont Court Watch, North of Literary Block Club, Safety Committee, Nominating Committee, the By-laws Committee and volunteering at a number of TWDC events.