Historic South Park neighborhood meeting, 22 Oct 2019

21 Nov

Historic South Park Inc. General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Meeting Minutes

Call to Order and Welcome

Board Members Present: Mark Keller, Robert Spangler, Abby Reed and Rachel Booth

Approval of minutes from September meeting – motioned and seconded.  Motion passed.

Neighborhood Safety Updates

Prosecutor’s Office (Lynda Dodd):

  • No report

You can contact Lynda at [email protected]

Officer Report

Officer Bunch said that property crime is down from the beginning of the year, but that assaults are up.  Abby Reed asked him to explain what is considered an assault.  The officer responded that any physical force or use of a weapon can be considered an assault.

Guest Speaker from Goodwill: Gail Daphler

Gail talked about the prescription return program, which provides locations for people to return unused medications. The closest location to South Park is the Wayne Avenue police department.  She talked about pouches designed to neutralize medications so that they can be thrown away.  She said that lockboxes for medication can be provided to individuals who are 55 or older.

Committee Updates

Crime Prevention: Jeff Peterson talked about William Terrell who went before the judge for a probation violation.  He went before the judge again for package thefts and received another 180 days with 90 days suspended.  He will be incarcerated for 270 days.

Housing: No report

Social: The committee is looking for additional members, so let Abby or Jill know if you’d like to join.

Suzanne Richardt is now the Social chair.  The hot Toddy party will be on Saturday, December 14 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  The budget will be about $600, based on the expectation of 75-100 people at $5 per person.

Block Captains: Nick Vanderpool said that there hasn’t been too much activity since there hasn’t been much to vote on lately.

Parks: It’s up to South Park volunteers to take care of landscaping, flowers and plants; the city mows.  Jill said that she has noticed someone taking buckeyes from the gazebo garden.  We now know that we have an exceptional buckeye tree in the neighborhood.

Jill reviewed the activities completed by the committee this year, starting with Earth Day.  Many improvements were made to shrubbery along the boulevard fence.  They were cut back to prohibit people from hiding things behind them.  Next, she reflected upon the Blommel Park fence paining project. She also talked about the installation of the dog waste stations, which was a response to neighbor complaints about finding too much dog waste in the neighborhood.  We are still waiting on another trash can for Alberta and Hickory.  Station attendants have reported that there is improvement in dog waste disposal.  She also mentioned the Dollar General cleanup.  There are a few more plants to put in before the end of the year as well as putting up the Christmas lights.

Marketing: David Esrati said that the newspaper template is ready, he just needs to find the time to do it.

Reports From the Board

Mark Keller talked about the presentation for the development on the Patterson-Kennedy site.  The neighborhood voted overwhelmingly not to give support to the project as presented.  Mark drafted a letter on behalf of HISPI indicating this to the developers.  He has kept in contact with the developers.  Since last month’s meeting, they have made some changes to the original development.  Additional changes are coming as of yesterday.  He and the city have both requested that they provide this information to us as quickly as possible. Jeff Peterson said that the plan board seemed to be against it too, with folks being concerned about parking, traffic flow, the character of the building, etc.  The plan board tabled it again with a directive to the developers to meet with and engage the South Park community to see if there is something that could be done to make it look more appropriate.  The developers have failed to do this thus far.  They have made it clear that they feel that the product as proposed is in full compliance with all regulations and codes and are not interested in modifying or changing at this time.

Mark said that, in addition to the Second Vice President vacancy on the board, the Membership chair and Finance Chair positions will be up for election in December.  He asked people to get involved if interested.  Elections will be held during the November meeting.

Announcements and Public Comment

David said that there was a story about the city starting a new data driven neighborhood analysis called Live Dayton in the paper.  This project will publish information about different neighborhoods.  He believes this project will just reinforce borders and create more gentrification issues.  He said that the city should be investing in actual services instead of this.  He said to do the services right then the people will come.

Mary said they bought the building between the antique store and pizza factory.  They’re just getting ready to submit the plans to the city, but it will be a bistro/wine bar, specialty drinks, etc.  They’re trying to preserve as much of the originality of the 1900-1905 building.

Jill thanked Susan Vincent who wrote a Montgomery County grant proposal for parks.  Now that we have the template we can ask for a larger grant next time, possibly for recycling.

David motioned to adjourn and Jeff seconded.  Motion passed.

Adjourned: 7:58 pm

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 7:00 pm, at Hope Lutheran Church