Common Ground Board Meeting Agenda for June 26, 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

June 26, 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 May Board Meeting

Invoices Needing Approval

  • Thurston Foods: $7924.94 
  • Corporate Systems Consulting $9333.00, Annual Managed Internal broadband fees. Offset by USAC funding $6375.00
  • STEAMTrain $6358.00 final payment (previously approved by Board)
  • Zangari Cohn: $946
    • $537.50 on CGHS Personnel matters
    • $408.50 for Union contract negotiations split between NHEP and CGHS

Executive Director Report (6:15) (Monica)

Audit Committee (7:00) 

No meetings until Fall 2023

Development Committee Report (7:00) (Alexis) Audrey met with some members of the Development Committee individually in order to prepare for the very successful fundraising party held at Charlie Negaro’s house. The Development Committee appreciates all the board members and Common Ground staff members who participated in the event – which to date has raised $80,000. The Development Team is currently preparing for Feast from the Fields and is seeking support from board members in securing sponsorships and inviting potential supporters to join us for the gathering.

Finance Committee Report (7:05) (Beth)

The finance committee met on June 15th  to review the  Budget vs Actuals as of May 31st and the Draft FY 24 Budget. Minutes of our meeting can be found here. For more info contact Beth Klingher.

Motion: The Finance Committee requests that the board approve the FY 24 Budget as shared above.

Governance Committee Report (7:15) (Bob)

The Governance Committee meeting scheduled for June 20th was postponed due to calendar conflicts. We bring forward for your approval tonight the following candidates for Board membership, with terms starting July 1, 2023 and ending on June 30, 2026:

Alisha Crutchfield-McLean – Application  Press

Monique Frasier – Application  Resume

Shelly Hicks – Application  Resume

The next meeting of the committee is to be announced. For more info contact Bob Parker.

School Committee Report (7:15) (Monica)

The School Committee did not meet in June as there were no agenda items. 

New Business (7:20)

Executive Session (7:20)

Adjourn (7:30)

Next Meeting: June 27th Annual Meeting

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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