Historic South Park Inc. General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Board Members Present: Mark Keller, Abby Reed, Rachel Booth and Robert Spangler
Approval of minutes from January meeting – there was a motion to approve and it was seconded. Motion passed.
Dain Peters talked about the new Pita Pit location that he just opened at 1047 Brown Street. This is the first Pita Pit restaurant in the Dayton area. It offers catering and delivery up to a three-mile radius, inside dining, and vegan options.
Rachel Bankowitz and Tony Oppy from the city attended to talk about preservation and code enforcement. Rachel Bankowitz said that South Park has the most restrictive level of historic zoning out of all neighborhoods in Dayton. She asked that anyone considering modifications to the exterior of their homes, even minor ones, to contact her. Many times these can be approved over the phone. Larger modifications will go before the Landmarks Commission. There were 600 certificates of appropriateness issued in Dayton last year, 220 of which were issued to South Park residents. Ms. Bankowitz added that she would investigate ways in which historic district boundaries can be more clearly indicated, such as on signs. She also said that she is investigating methods of informing home buyers that they are moving into an historic district.
David Esrati asked Mr. Oppy to talk to the trash collectors about how they return trash cans to the curb, in particular making sure that they are closed so that they do not fill with rain water.
Connie Nisonger talked about the mini-grant program, which provides grants up to $5,000 to neighborhood organizations to fund various improvements. She invited those who are interested to attend grant application training sessions, which are as follows:
– March 11, 5:30 pm, Northwest Recreation Center, 1600 Princeton Dr.
– March 16, 10:00 am, Northwest Recreation Center, 1600 Princeton Dr.
Neighborhood Safety Updates
Prosecutor’s Office (Lynda Dodd):
– David Morale, who is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, is incarcerated. He also has charges in Butler County.
– The individual who was robbed at Sunoco has not been cooperating with the investigation.
– Alyssa Irwin-Debreaux has a trial date set – https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/trial-date-set-for-dayton-woman-accused-prompting-deadly-police-chase/DzlskoP6xGAVRT46cHgN4K/
– You can contact Lynda at [email protected]
Parks: Jill Davis said that dog poo stations will be installed in neighborhood parks. They will be South Park-branded. She thanked those who donated to the project.
Next, she stated that the fence surrounding Blommel Park is in need of repair. This work has been scheduled for May 19. An ice cream social will be held at the same time, so bring the kids! This event will be held on June 2 in case of inclement weather.
The committee is applying for a grant from the county to install recycling receptacles throughout the neighborhood.
The urban garden project at Burns and Nathan has been discontinued due to lack of awareness and vandalism. There is still talk about reorganizing this. Contact Jill if interested.
Social: Abby Reed said that this committee still needs someone to serve as Chair. She talked about the chili cook-off, which took place on February 24. She recognized Ericka Carter, Patrick Reed and Brian Ressler for their assistance. The winners were Matthew Klempner in third place, Pamela Harrington in second place and Carol Coffey in first place.
Housing: Rachel Booth said that she is a trustee on the board of Preservation Dayton. She talked about the results of the preservation survey, which gathered what people thought the organization’s priorities should be. These include:
1. Advocate for improved city services and policy changes to address challenges facing historic districts (e.g., vacant properties, code enforcement and incentives)
2. Sharing of best practices to solve neighborhood challenges, engage residents and enhance historic neighborhoods
3. Identify and work to save endangered historic structures
Marketing: David Esrati said that the marketing committee will work on updating the web site and improving the neighborhood newsletter. He said that there are brochures left over from the previous committee that will be placed in area businesses. He would also like to put our general meetings on YouTube for people who are unable to attend. Finally, he said that he will work on the email system.
Reports from the Board
Mark Keller stated that he attended a meeting hosted by the city for neighborhood organization presidents. It was well-attended. The city would like to improve its communication with neighborhoods.
Old Business / New Business
Mark Keller explained the issue with the Sunday Values Weekly papers which are strewn around the neighborhood. We have the option to opt out of the paper as a neighborhood. Individuals who still wish to receive the Sunday Values Weekly can opt-in by contacting the Dayton Daily News. A motion was made to opt out and it was seconded. The motion passed.
Announcements and Public Comment
David Esrati said that he is running for the Dayton Commission. He invited everyone to visit esrati.com for more information.
Valerie Duncan said that she is also running for the commission. She would like to help improve communication between the city and neighborhoods.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 26 7:00pm at Hope Lutheran Church