Board Meeting - 8/21/2023


Monday, August 21, 2023

6:00pm @ VCCS - SPAR Office & Google Meet


The meeting was called to order by President Kelly Lezama at 6:02 pm.


Present:  Board Attendance

Kelly Lezama (President)  Mallik Singareddy (Treasurer), Ryan McFarland (Secretary), Tyler Grant, Daniel Ashworth Jr., Katie Derringer, Bryant Shumaker, Pam Batts-Brown, Tim Hope, John Shermetaro, Annie Howe, Jason Hardwick, Alison Blitch

Absent: AJ Rodriguez (Vice President), Margie Viss

Guests: Bill Hoff, Todd Hollinghead

Staff: Michael Haskins, Mandie Marron, Meghan Waters



Consent agenda and May meeting minutes (Approved)

  • Consent agenda and May meeting minutes (Approved)
  • E-Vote ratification: 1217 Walnut Street letter of support to reflect that it should now be addressed to City Council rather than Historic Preservation and should reference the City Council ordinance number rather than the HPC application number: APPROVED 7/17/23 via email (Daniel, Katie, Margie, Annie, Tyler, John, Pam, Mallik, Kelly) (Approved)
  • Motion to Update DEI policy - SPAR’s DEI statement is not in line with the City of Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance and does not include gender identity.

Current SPAR DEI language: " Springfield Preservation and Revitalization values diversity and inclusion and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation in the administration or implementation of its programs and activities or in hiring or volunteer recruitment."

Recommended SPAR DEI language: "Springfield Preservation and Revitalization is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We embrace and encourage differences and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, marital status, or familial status that make our neighborhood unique. SPAR prioritizes creating a welcoming community and values a concerted, organized effort to develop strategies which make our programs, activities, hiring, and volunteer recruitment more accessible and inclusive."  (Approved)

  • Bethel Baptist letter of support - to apply for grant applications for church renovation project (Approved)
  • Finance - Move 50k from Operating at Wells Fargo to Money Market to stay under FDIC limit (Approved)
  • Finance - Motion to have finance committee approval to move money between operating accounts (Vystar, Wells Fargo, and Money Market cash accounts) (Approved)


Meeting Adjourned: 7:12

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