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By Margaret L Smykla
Contributing Writer 

Community Council elects board members, amends its by-laws


Annual board elections held during the June 24 open meeting of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) resulted in the election to two-year terms of three incumbents and four newcomers.

The incumbents are: Mike Clark, Mike McCullough, and Nicole Lockhart.

The first-time board members are: Jane Yanosick, Barbara Rudiak, Kathleen Petrillo, and Joeanna Rand.

The next day, Mrs. Rand informed SSCC officials she could not dedicate the time to the position that it deserves.

According to the bylaws, in being elected, Mrs. Rand became a new board member. By resigning, her seat becomes an open seat to be filled at the discretion of the board.

The board can appoint anyone at anytime during the next two years to serve the remainder of the term. It is not an electable position during those two years.

President Cathy Mitchell said anyone may apply for the appointment.

Prior to the vote that evening, Mrs. Mitchell said the goals for the upcoming year involve continuing the momentum already begun, as with parking, Graffiti Watch, responsible hospitality, the Green n’at beautification committee, and more.

Green n’at projects, with partners, include the large community garden at Bandi Schaum Field in South Side Park, and redesigning Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Gardens at Esser Plaza and the corner of East Carson and 11th streets.

With the Armstrong Park project, Green n’at wants to take it to the stage of what is viable in terms of city planning, architecture, infrastructure, and more.

Last year was the first South Side Garden Tour, staged by Green n’at, and the second year the SSCC staged the Historic South Side Home Tour.

The SSCC website was revitalized this past year, and a Parking Optimization Committee was formed, with a main focus of creating a comprehensive survey of all the legal on-street and off-street parking throughout the South Side.

Mrs. Mitchell said what she would like to see in the upcoming year is a strong SSCC volunteer base at actual events, and not simply at meetings.

Also on June 24, voters approved amending the SSCC by-laws under the categories of “Structure of the Board,” “President,” “Removal of Officers” and “Committees.”

The “Structure of the Board” now reads: “The Board of Directors of this Corporation will constitute a single class, the functions of which are designated as follows: attend monthly board meetings; support fund-raising events; chair one or more committees; and represent community council at external functions as assigned.”

“President,” now reads: “The President will be the Chief Executive Officer of this body and will be subject to the control of the Board of Directors and supervise and control the affairs of the organization. The President will perform all duties incident to such office and such other duties as may be provided in the Bylaws or as may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Directors.”

“Removal of Officers” now reads: “Any Officer elected or appointed to office may be removed by a two-third (2/3) majority (66 2/3 percent) vote of the Board of Directors whenever, in their judgment, the best interests of the corporation will be served.”

The present text of “Committees” now contains this addition: “Definition of Directorial Committees: Additionally, the President may from time to time set additional requirements or duties for committee chairs as the President deems fit.”

There will be three more open meetings this year.

On July 8, a board meeting will be held during which officers will be elected to one-year terms.


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