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Akumal Council General Meeting. Monday, February 21, 2011
The Q1FY2011 General Assembly Meeting of the Akumal Council was held at CEA on Monday, February 21, 2011, starting at 10:00.
On February 23, 2011, David Poor, Secretary of the Akumal Council, published an e-mail message on the proceedings of the meeting, and they are being published here. There are no "Notes" from The Akumalian Staff.
The Akumal Council meeting was well attended with about 25 people. Based on the meeting, there are three possible directions for the Akumal Council. Please read the specifics below and then return this e-mail showing your personal preference here:
I support continuing the council in its current mode: _____
I support suspending all fiscal operations of the council: ___
This option received no direct support.)
The meeting began with short reports on programs:
RACCOON RELOCATION: Pablo Diaz gave a report on the raccoon relocation program which resulted in 109 raccoons being relocated. There was discussion on the importance of removing human debris as food sources for wild animals as the primary vehicle to keep the population to a natural level.
ENTRANCE BEAUTIFICATION: Marcy Essy reported that main entrance to Akumal now looks good thanks to the efforts of the gardener and donations of plants and flowers from multiple sources.
PARKING LOT: David Poor reported on the initial attempt to implement a program for the main Akumal parking lot and indicated that people are working on alternative procedure to re-establish the administration, maintenance, and security of the parking lot as a self-sustaining project.
Editor's Note: It was reported that fees are NOT being charged at the parking lot.
SECURITY: Laura Bush reported on the security program. While there are no hard figures, the overall security situation has seemed to improve over the eight months of the program.
TREASURER'S REPORT: Marcy Essy provided a summary of 2010. For the year, more money was spent for direct projects than for overhead and administration, but there are significant costs associated with having an ongoing non-profit organization. The report showed that the expenses for the year exceeded the funds raised by $2,393US.
NOTE: There is a negative Cash Flow Balance of -$2,393US.
Six new members were then formally admitted into membership.
The balance of the meeting consisted of active discussions on the priorities for our community and the best way to meet them.
SECURITY AND COORDINATION
Going forward, there was considerable support for a central coordination process throughout all of the bays along with acknowledgment that the Akumal Council might not be the best way to actually provide or manage security in the individual areas.
CLEAN AND ATTRACTIVE TOWN
MARKETING AND UNITY
There was general consensus that a community wide effort is needed and that getting an effective message to promote all of Akumal should be a high priority.
There was additional
discussion on possible tourist-directed events in Akumal. Well publicized
events serve to both promote Akumal and can be self-sustaining if well
planned and publicized.
OPTIONS GOING FORWARD
Three main options were discussed:
In summary, the Council will require more revenue than for 2010 - probably in excess of $30,000 for the year. A significant portion of the funds will go for overhead.
In summary, the Council will
become a totally volunteer organization with no income or expense. We will
continue to have meetings as appropriate and will continue to distribute
Pre-Meeting Meeting on Composting
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