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Meeting_date: December 5, 2000
Minutes of Mount Royal Improvement Association December 5, 2000
Board members present: Charles Blackburn, Kevin Dorsey. Barry Harris, Al Joyner, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro, Debby Phinney, Ellen Williams, Mike Gray, Henri Daniels, Joel Balsham, Doreen Rosenthal, Peter Van Buren, Perry Cooper, John Massad, Dan Gilbert, Barry Blumberg, Tod Myers, Clare Barkley, Stan Smith.
MRIA President Stan Smith called the meeting to order at 8:05. The minutes of the November meeting were approved. Officer Butler reported current crime statistics and asked for information about problem areas in Bolton Hill. Doreen Rosenthal proposed a dues increase for MRIA membership. The Board unanimously approved the increase, effective May 1, 2001. Dues will be $20 per year for homeowners; $10 for renters; $30 for apartment building owners. Doreen Rosenthal also updated the information regarding Chang Mart. The hearing of the latest liquor violations will be January 11, but citizen presence is not necessary. However, citizen presence is essential in the spring, when the liquor license must be renewed Doreen Rosenthal asked for volunteers to keep various pages of the Web site current and mentioned that Charles Smith of Midtown had spoken to traffic officials regarding problems on Mt. Royal Avenue and North Avenue. Henri Daniels met with representatives of Jentry-McDonald. Apparently the current plans for the building at Eutaw and Lanvale include a group home for at-risk youth and day care for babies. Residents had objected to the idea of a group home for adolescents when an earlier plan was proposed. Right now the owners haven’t the necessary funds to renovate the building, which continues to deteriorate. As the search for funding goes on, MRIA will send letters to city, state, and federal agencies objecting to the planned use of the building. Mike Gray reported that the Amenities Committee continues to meet, and that letters to Rite Aid and SuperFresh are still under consideration. Stan Smith asked that members suggest names of candidates for MRIA president, first vice president and second vice president. These suggestions are to be submitted in writing to Stan and will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee. Charlie Duff continued his presentation of the Midtown Plan, which had been introduced at the October meeting.
Meeting_date: November 17,2000
MINUTES OF MRIA MEETING November 14, 2000
Board members present: Dolph Druckman, Estelle Turner, Bob Nicholls, John Massad, Barry Harris, E. Trail Mathias, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro, Hans Pawlisch, Doreen Rosenthal, Henri A. Daniels, Peter VanBuren, Mike Gray, Tod Myers, Stan Smith, Clare Barkley (THESE ARE THE BOARD MEMBERS WHO SIGNED IN. IF YOU WERE PRESENT, BUT DIDN’T SIGN IN, PLEASE SEND ME THAT CORRECTION.)
The minutes of the September and October MRIA meetings were approved. Officer McCain reported on crime statistics for the past 28 days compared to last year: larceny auto down 52%; robberies down 88%; violent crime down 30%.
Charles Smith reported that the Midtown staff is incomplete, but leaf removal and other services are being done.
Diane Meckelburg, MRIA/Mt. Royal School liaison, reported on school activities and asked for community involvement in a food drive and hats and gloves donations being conducted by student organizations.
Mike Gray reiterated the intention of MRIA to send letters to the headquarters of Superfresh and Rite Aid. Copies of the letters will be sent via email to board members for approval.
Doreen Rosenthal asked that MRIA members attend the meeting of the Liquor Board at 3 p.m. December 4 when the case of the Chang Mart will be heard along with other cases of liquor sales violations in the Midtown district. She is also developing a plan for increasing dues to conform to the needs of MRIA and to dues structures of like neighborhood organizations. A coordinator is needed for CourtWatch.
Wendell Wright, representing Jentry-McDonald, said they have received a grant of $250,000 for rehabilitation of their building. Henri Daniels will meet with them to hear their proposal for use of the property. This proposal will be presented at the December MRIA meeting.
Trail Mathias asked for Board approval to request four-way stop signs at John and Lanvale Streets and at Park and Moser. Approval was unanimous.
Tod Myers noted that building construction and renovation is being done without regard for zoning and without proper permits. It is suggested that observers are needed to detect violations in progress. Once the properties are altered, little is done to correct the problems.
Minutes of MRIA Meeting October 3, 2000
Board members present (according to sign-in sheet) Perry Cooper, Bob Nicholls, Brian Ramer, Mike Gray, Hans Pawlisch, Katherine Vaughns, Debby Phinney, Donna Shapiro, John Massad, Kathleen Knust, Trail Mathias, Barry Harris, Estelle Turner, Doreen Rosenthal, Joel Balsham
MRIA President Stan Smith called the meeting to order at 8 p.m. Approval of September minutes is postponed until November meeting. The Board voted to change the November MRIA meeting to the second Tuesday, November 14 because the national election falls on the first Tuesday. Dr. Evans from the National Institute of Health came to the meeting to explain the purpose of a long term study on aging. Data will be gathered by using a mobile lab, which will facilitate testing of subjects. The mobile lab will be in the Bolton Hill area for several months. Objections were raised by two residents regarding the location of the mobile unit. Other possible locations will be reported to Dr. Evans by Stan Smith. Mike Gray, reporting for the Amenities Committee, recommended that Stan Smith draft a letter to management of Rite Aid, asking that the shopping center be sold or improved. The Committee also recommended that Stan draft a letter to a high level of management of Super Fresh. The MRIA Board approved the drafting of the letters, which will be presented to MRIA Board members for discussion before approval at the November 14 MRIA meeting. Charlie Duff gave a brief presentation of the Midtown Plan. Because the meeting was scheduled to end at 8:50, time was limited for the presentation. Charlie will be given additional time at the November meeting. Charlie, owner of Jr restaurant, will be at the November meeting to answer questions about the restaurant. MRIA will have a booth at Festival on the Hill October 14. The meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m.
Meeting_date: Sept. 5. 2000
Minutes of MRIA Meeting September 5, 2000
Board Members present: Stan Smith, Barry Blumberg, Mike Gray, Tod Myers, Clare Barkley, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro, Kevin Dorsey, Jack McFadden, Nathan Hubler, E. Trail Mathias, John Massad, Hans Pawlisch, Henri Daniels, Dan Gilbert, Debby Phinney, Dolph Druckman.
President Stan Smith called to order the regular meeting of the MRIA at 8:15 September 5.
The minutes of the June MRIA regular meeting were approved.
MRIA has sent a second letter to Councilman Jack Young and a copy to the Mayor regarding the graffiti at the Howard Street Bridge. So far no steps have been taken to remove the paint. Henri Daniels credited the Public Works Department with a quick response to deal with graffiti in Eutaw Place and at the Key monument.
Because of a city policy which deploys police to areas particularly vulnerable to crime, there is less police presence in other areas. While crime is down in Bolton Hill, there is still a significant number of car thefts and break-ins. MRIA will monitor to see that police presence is adequate.
Stan Smith reported that Bolton Hill participation in Midtown is declining because there are no immediately threatening problems, but residents are urged to volunteer, to continue to do things that will improve the neighborhood, even it is just picking up trash or cleaning up after dogs.
MRIA met with Mount Royal School officials to discuss solutions to vandalism by children walking through the neighborhood from the school. The newly formed PTA and school officials will work with MRIA, and MRIA will be present on Parents’ Night to hand out brochures about the neighborhood and to give students pencils and magnets imprinted with “Bolton Hill” and “Mt. Royal School.” MRIA members will also meet with the student government. Dianne Mekelburg, MRIA liaison to Mt. Royal School, asked for volunteers to work in the school. Fred Shokin reported that “Walk a Child to School” is an event that will take place in October.
Mike Gray spoke about a future meeting with justice officials and reminded members of the effectiveness of Court Watch and the need for volunteers. Mike also reported on the activities of the shopping center and amenities committee. Fred Shokin has presented a plan for shopping areas compatible with the neighborhood. This plan can be viewed on the Web site, using Adobe Acrobat. The next meeting of the committee is September 27.
Dolph Druckman reported that the Artscape survey taken at the May MRIA meeting showed that two-thirds of the respondents thought parking to be a problem. One-third saw no problem. There was no time to act before Artscape 2000, but there is time to ask for changes before next year. One way to limit parking is to collect signatures of residents and ask that an existing law be changed to include Artscape weekend in the regular permit-parking scheme. Another way is to go directly to the Mayor and ask for special parking regulations for Artscape weekend. Dolph says that email messages forwarded to Major McMahon resulted in getting some illegal vendors moved away from Dolphin Street. The concern sheet about Sumpter Park on the Web site will continue to provide an avenue for discussion. Only a few of the landlords who rented apartments through the Web site have actually paid the requested 5% of one month’s rent.
Dan Gilbert, of the Architectural Review Committee, reported that he and others had met with MICA to learn of its long-term plans for expansion. Information will be forthcoming from MICA as the spirit of concern for the neighborhood and cooperation with residents continues.
In response to lively discussion about dogs and leash laws on the bulletin board, Stan entertained further discussion. Anyone who is interested in exploring the development of a designated dog-run will contact Stan.
Stan asked for opinions on a proposal that would reward people for identifying criminals and giving that information to police. It was agreed to explore the plan, but to move cautiously.
Meeting_date: june 6
MRIA MEETING MINUTES June 6, 2000
1. Board Members present: Bob Nicholls, Charles Blackburn, Peter VanBuren, Barry Blumberg, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro, Hans S. Pawlisch, Stan Smith, Nathan Hubler, John Massad, Doreen Rosenthal, Michael Gray, Dan Gilbert, Jeff Thompson, Henri A. Daniels, Jack McFadden.
2. The meeting was called to order by Stan Smith, President, at 8:05 P.M.
3. The May Minutes were approved
4. Mt. Royal Elementary and Middle School. Diane Mekelburg, community representative to the School Improvement Team, announced that MRIA was presenting certificates of achievement to students and teachers.
5. Community Parking. Barbara White discussed the addition of certain areas into the area 3 parking program.
6. Citizens on Patrol (COP). Stan Smith reported that COP is now operating out of the Fox Building, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Drivers can pick up COP signs and a cellular phone from the guard in the building foyer.
7. Shopping Center: Tod Myers discussed the status of the sale of the Bolton Hill Shopping Center. Three offers to buy the shopping center are under consideration by Rite Aide Corporation.
8. Sprinkler System on Mt Royal Avenue. Barry Blumberg reported that the sprinkler system along Mt Royal Avenue requires replacement of the sprinkler control system. Two options were discussed: Replace the control system or replace and relocate the control system. The MRIA Board will investigate ways of funding and the associated costs for each option.
9. MRIA Representative to Midtown Development Corporation. Stan Smith requested the confirmation on Doug Kelso as the community representative to the Development Board. The MRIA Board members approved the appointment.
10. Proposed Change of the Baltimore City Council. Doreen Rosenthal explained the importance of restructuring the Council from six 3-member districts to nine districts. The League of Women Voters is spearheading the effort. 10,000 signatures are required to place the issue on the ballot in November. Doreen distributed petitions for people to take to get signatures.
11. Bolton Hill Web Site. The Web design team launched the site. Using two laptop computers they demonstrated how the site functions. Dolph Druckman, the Webmaster, and Doreen Rosenthal, the Taskmaster, answered questions. Donna Beth Joy Shapiro explained the PR process and distributed red window signs. Doreen thanked others who participated in the project, including Rachel Schreiber, Nancie Verkerke, Fred Shoken, and Mike Gray.
12. The next meeting is September 5, 2000, at the Strawbridge Methodist Church, 8 P.M.
President Stan Smith called to order the annual meeting of the Mount Royal Improvement Association at 8:10 p.m. May 2, 2000.
The following board members were elected by the membership for terms ending in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Board members present: Joel Balsham, Charles Blackburn, Trail Mathias, Robert Nicholls, Brian Ramer, Lois Schenck, Katherine Vaughns, Ellen Williams, Henri Daniels, Norma Epstein, Kathleen Knust, John Massad, Deborah Phinney, Rolf Schmitt, Jeff Thompson, Estelle Turner, Hans Pawlisch, Fred Brooks, Perry Cooper, Dolph Druckman, Barry Harris, Nate Hubler, Al Joyner, Jack McFadden, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro. Board members absent: Peter Van Buren, Steve Henderson, Dan Gilbert, Gregory Tucker, Kevin Dorsey. Officers present: Stan Smith, Mike Gray, Tod Myers, Barry Blumenthal, Clare Barkley.
The minutes of the April meeting were approved.
Barry Blumberg presented the financial report for FY May 1, 1999-April 30, 2000. (Attached)
Doreen Rosenthal explained a reorganization of the Police Department, which removes police officers from COP cars. The officers will be patrolling separately from COP.
Emmanuel Holmes of the Central Neighborhood Services Center spoke about services of his agency and of a “Neighbors Night Out” scheduled for August 3. This is an event designed to have residents doing something outside highly visible in their neighborhood with the goal of achieving zero crime for that day.
Fred Lazarus, President of Maryland Institute College of Art, was guest speaker for the meeting. He spoke about the circumstances of the college and projections for its future with emphasis on the relationship of the Institute and Bolton Hill.
Stan Smith gave the annual State of the Neighborhood address. (Available upon request.)
Past President Doreen Rosenthal presented Awards of Recognition to the following MRIA members: Barbara Blumberg for work with the Bolton Hill Walkers, Lois Schenk for organizing events to welcome new neighbors; Todd Baumann for tending the John Street garden; Ellen Williams for revitalizing block captains; Dolph Druckman for putting Bolton Hill on line. Special recognition was given posthumously to Lynette Anderson for the work she did with clean streets, court watch, and the gracious support she gave to the spirit of neighborhood improvement.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:35.
The next meeting will be 8 p.m. June 6, 2000 at Strawbridge Memorial Church.
Meeting_date: April 4, 2000