Common Ground Board Meeting Agenda for May 22, 2023


PLEASE NOTE: In order to comply with adjusted CT Open Meeting laws, this Zoom meeting will be recorded and posted on the Common Ground website

New Haven Ecology Project

May 22, 2023 

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Public Comment (5:30) (two minutes per person for a total time limit of 30 minutes, or by email; see instructions below) Sign up for Public Participation HERE

Business Requiring Approval (6:00)

Minutes of the April Board Meeting

Invoices Needing Approval

Executive Director Report (6:15) (Monica)

Audit Committee (7:00) 

No meetings until Fall 2023

Development Committee Report (7:00) (Alexis) The Development committee did not meet last month. Audrey has been working with members 1:1 and planning the June 11th gathering with Charles Negaro. Board members should plan to attend the event unless a conflict prevents them from doing so, and are asked to bring guests who are motivated to support our mission. Please reach out to Audrey in the next week with any additional guests you would like to bring to the event. Also: SAVE THE DATE! Feast is coming right around the corner, September 9+10th. All Board members are asked to attend. It’s very important we have you there! If you haven’t already, please send Aurora your names for the guest list.

Finance Committee Report (7:05) (Beth)

The finance committee met on May 9th and May 15th to review and prepare the draft FY 24 budget.  Budget vs Actuals as of April 30th were reviewed and discussed via email on May 16-17. Minutes of our meeting can be found here. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18th at 5pm. For more info contact Beth Klingher.

Governance Committee Report (7:15) (Bob)

The Governance Committee met on May 16th. Our discussion included three potential new board members, who we will introduce for a first read, links to their applications are below. We also discussed the status of our planned board survey and preliminary plans for strategic planning. The next meeting is scheduled for June 20th. For more info contact Bob Parker.

Alisha Crutchfield-McLean – Application  Press

Monique Frasier – Application  Resume

Shelly Hicks – Application  Resume

School Committee Report (7:15) (Monica)

There was no school committee meeting in May as there were no agenda items. 

New Business (7:20)

Executive Session

Adjourn (7:30)

Next Meeting: June 26th 

Public Comment: 

In order to comply with adjusted Connecticut Open Meeting laws, any member of the public wishing to participate in the meeting must sign up on the Public Participation Sign-up Document. Sign-ups for Public Participation will open at 5 pm on the last business day before the meeting (Friday, June 23rd ) and will close at 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting (Monday, June 26th) Public Participation is limited to 2 minutes per person up to 30 total minutes. Anyone wishing to make a statement to the board can also submit testimony in writing to  by 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting. All submitted documents will be included in the publicly shared meeting minutes.


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