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Meeting_date: November 2, 2004`
Posted_by: Clare Barkley

Minutes of November 2, 2004 MRIA Board Meeting Officers and board members present: Penny Catzen, Mike Rynd, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro, Mare Consugar, Carrie Cass, Tod Myers, Kyle Cunningham, Dan Gilbert, Polly Duke, Henri Daniels, Perry Cooper. The minutes of the October meeting were approved. In the police report, Sgt. Hess noted one assault and one stolen car. John Coplan, a developer who recently renovated 1817 Bolton Street, said the property has reverted to a singly family residence. He is presently rehabilitating 259-261 Robert Street. He expects to sell 259 Robert as a singly family residence, but is asking for three units in 261, a property which once had 6 units, but was vacant long enough that it reverted to singly family zoning. Mr. Coplan agreed to come to the December meeting with more complete plans. Donna Beth Joy Shapiro said she would write a letter to the appropriate entity to report the permanent “for rent” signs appearing on more than one property because the signs are in violation and not approved by the Architectural Review Committee. Mysterious “For Sale” signs have been posted on at least six Bolton Hill properties by Bristol-Cone Realtors with David Bonham listed as the contact person. None of the houses is actually for sale, and calls to the phone number listed reach only an answering machine. Tod Myers is investigating through the State Board of Realtors. President Cooper announced that MICA has chosen the basic design of its newest building project. MRIA and MICA will meet to discuss the impact of the building on Frick Park. Also the community association will try to have some input on the University of Baltimore development. Anita Walia was introduced as the newly elected at-large Bolton Hill representative to Midtown Benefits District. Because of current circumstances at Midtown, it is important that Bolton Hill residents attend their meetings. Janice Orr expressed dissatisfaction with the removal of all Midtown safety staff except one. Midtown has taken this action as a result of a written survey taken at the annual meeting of MRIA in May. She asks that the issue be reconsidered. The meeting was adjourned at 9:15.


Meeting_date: 10-4-04
Posted_by: Clare Barkley

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Minutes of MRIA Board meeting October 4. 2004 Officers and Board members present: Perry Cooper, David Rocah, Dan Gilbert, Patsy Andrews, Dolph Druckman, Henri Daniels, Chris Taylor, George Lavdas, Penny Catzen, Neal Friedlander, Johns Hopkins, Ellen Richardson, Lottie Shivers, Doug Kelso, Tod Myers, Polly Duke, Mike Molla, Greg Baranoski, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro The meeting was called to order at 8:05 p.m. The minutes of the September meeting were approved. The board voted to approve Kevin King as Board Member. He replaces Polly Duke, who moved to 2nd Vice President when Stan Smith left the community. Sgt. Hess reported that crime is down and that the marching band that had been practicing in the neighborhood has moved to another area. Sgt. Hess introduced Officer James Clark, who has been patrolling Bolton Hill for six months on bicycle. He has interviewed 120 people in the area and issued criminal citations. The neighborhood plan is be being circulated to the Executive Board, will go back to the committee to incorporate comments and will be given to the Board for full discussion at the December meeting. Fred Shoken reported that 153 W. Lanvale owner will re-install the original windows on the property. He also said CHAP has been told about the non-conforming signs advertising rental properties installed on the fronts of buildings. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m. Agenda for November 2 MeetingCall to Order Roll Minutes Approval Police Report Robert Street Projects (John Coplon) Committee Reports Announcements Topics from the floor Adjournment


Meeting_date: 10/04/04
Posted_by: Clare Barkley

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Minutes of MRIA Board meeting October 4. 2004 Officers and Board members present: Perry Cooper, David Rocah, Dan Gilbert, Patsy Andrews, Dolph Druckman, Henri Daniels, Chris Taylor, George Lavdas, Penny Catzen, Neal Friedlander, Johns Hopkins, Ellen Richardson, Lottie Shivers, Doug Kelso, Tod Myers, Polly Duke, Mike Molla, Greg Baranoski, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro The meeting was called to order at 8:05 p.m. The minutes of the September meeting were approved. The board voted to approve Kevin King as Board Member. He replaces Polly Duke, who moved to 2nd Vice President when Stan Smith left the community. Sgt. Hess reported that crime is down and that the marching band that had been practicing in the neighborhood has moved to another area. Sgt. Hess introduced Officer James Clark, who has been patrolling Bolton Hill for six months on bicycle. He has interviewed 120 people in the area and issued criminal citations. The neighborhood plan is be being circulated to the Executive Board, will go back to the committee to incorporate comments and will be given to the Board for full discussion at the December meeting. Fred Shoken reported that 153 W. Lanvale owner will re-install the original windows on the property. He also said CHAP has been told about the non-conforming signs advertising rental properties installed on the fronts of buildings. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.


Meeting_date: 9/7/04
Posted_by: Clare Barkley

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Minutes of September 7, 2004 MRIA Board Meeting Officers and Board members present: Perry Cooper, David Rocah, Barry Blumberg, Polly Duke, Greg Baroanoski, Neal Friedlander, Roger Marks, Tod Myers, Lottie Shivers, Steve Sisson, Chris Taylor, Patsy Andrews, Penny Catzen, Dolph Druckman, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro, Carrie Cass, Mare Consugar, Kyle Cunningham, John Kyle, Linda Rittelmann, Michael Rynd, Estelle Turner. President Perry Cooper called the meeting to order at 8:05. The minutes of the June meeting were approved. Police Sgt. Hess reported that the neighborhood was quiet as far as felony crimes were concerned. On the other hand, the noise of the marching band rehearsals caused problems in northern Bolton Hill. Sgt. Hess said he would make sure the group applied for a permit, which would have to be issued by Sgt. Hess’s office. Treasurer Barry Blumberg presented the budget for FY 2005 and gave the first quarter financial report. Mike Molla explained that MICA is hosting a design competition for the mid-rise dormitory to be built on the Ditch-Bower site at Mt. Royal and North Avenues. Around the third week of October the architectural plans will be exhibited at MICA. He further reported that MICA is undertaking some improvements of the Mt. Royal school playground. Fred Shoken, Chair of the Architectural Review Committee, reported on violations occurring at 140 W. Lanvale and required remedies. He also explained a compromise solution to correcting a bowed-out wall on property at 240 Wilson Street. Lois Schenck volunteered to publish facts about an historic district for realtors to give to Bolton Hill buyers. It was moved and seconded that MRIA will write a letter to the Maryland Association of Historical Districts requesting their support to include historic preservation language in real estate contracts similar to lead hazard and other disclosure language presently in the contracts. Neal Friedlander reported that the Planning Committee had prepared a draft report that is in the hands of the Executive Committee and will be distributed to members when suggestions of the Executive Committee have been incorporated. David Rocah showed a proposed logo to be used for MRIA/Bolton Hill. After some discussion, the matter was given back to the committee. The issue of dog waste dispensers was revisited. Donna Beth Joy Shapiro showed a picture of a proposed design. Kevin King reported that Sumpter Park is no longer part of the Housing Department, but is now under the aegis of Parks and Recreation. The meeting was adjourned at 9:55.


Meeting_date: June 1, 2004
Posted_by: Clare Barkley

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Minutes of June 1, 2004 MRIA Board Meeting Officers and Board Members present (as per sign-in sheet): Donna Beth Joy Shapiro, Estelle Turner, Barbara White, Mike Molla, Carrie Cass, Mare Consugar, Roger Marks, Steve Sisson, John Kyle, Polly Duke, Lottie Shivers, Kyle Cunningham, Mike Rynd, Penny Catzen, Greg Baranoski, Stan Smith, Henri Daniels, Neal Friedlander, Dan Gilbert, Patsy Andrews, Perry Cooper, David Rocah, Barry Blumberg. President Perry Cooper called the meeting to order at 8:13 Minutes of the May meeting were approved. MD Senator Verna Jones gave a brief presentation on the current legislative session. City Council President Sheila Dixon presented information about the need to either raise fees or cut city services to meet the budget deficit. Councilman Keiffer Mitchell reported on possible tax changes: (1) Increase in recordation costs from $2.75 to $5.00 per $500 (2) Telecommunication tax increase to $3.50 per line from current $2.22. (3) Cell phone tax—legality is being debated (4) An increase of 4% energy tax for residents and a new 5% energy tax for non-profits. Regina Drake, staff assistant, represented Delegate Salima Marriott. Sgt. Hess reported a slight decrease in crime, specifically citing a robbery to a pizza delivery person, and a robbery to Save-A-Lot after closing hours as well as six auto break-ins. Treasurer Barry Blumberg presented the FY 2004-2005 budget. Neal Friedlander moved adoption, Greg Baranoski seconded. The Board approved the budget. Residents of 1800 Bolton St. plan to remove the asphalt brick sidewalk. There were no objections. Announcements: Big Band concert July 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Artscape July 16-18; Crab Feast August 25; Mike Molla still at work on dog waste bag dispensers. President Cooper expressed the thanks of MRIA to Stan Smith for the work he has done over several years for MRIA. A volunteer is needed to replace Stan as Bolton Hill’s representative to Midtown.


Meeting_date: May 4, 2004
Posted_by: Clare Barkley

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Minutes of May 2,2004 MRIA Meeting Officers and Board Members present: Perry Cooper, David Rocah, Stan Smith, Barry Blumberg, Dan Gilbert, Joel Balsham, Polly Duke, Neal Friedlander, John Kyle, Linda Rittelmann, Barbara White, Greg Baranoski, George Lavdas, Joe Libercci, Roger Marks, Tod Myers, Patsy Andrews, Penny Catzen, Ashley Chertkof, Dolph Druckman, Johns Hopkins, Doug Kelso, Keiffer Mitchell, Jr, Mike Molla, Ellen Richardson, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro. The annual meeting, held in the Assembly Room of Brown Memorial Church, was preceded by a social hour with special observation of the 75th anniversary of MRIA. President Perry Cooper called the meeting to order. The minutes of the April meeting were approved. A discussion, precipitated by requests for increased density of rental units in 1810-12 Eutaw Place and 1814 Bolton Street, resulted in a motion that MRIA continue its long-standing policy of opposing increased density in residential properties. The motion carried. Dan Gilbert reported that a stop-work order for what appears to be the intent to build a parking lot where green space was promised had been issued to Hiram Grand Lodge. David Rocah said streetscape legislation recently enacted which would theoretically allow for implementation of a consistent streetscape plan throughout the neighborhood allows for action to be blocked by a 40 percent vote of properties assessed by value, rather than individual properties. Unfortunately, the City Council refused to consider our requested amendments to the bill. In addition, it does not specify that the vote is to be taken by the neighborhood as a whole, allowing for inconsistent implementation. The feeling is that this legislation is inappropriate for Bolton Hill. Denise Hinton and Paige Hall collected written and oral comments regarding services of the Midtown Benefits District. This systematic assessment of the Midtown neighborhoods is possible because of a grant from the Goldseeker Foundation. One could also participate in the survey online at www. midtowncommunity.org. Treasurer Barry Blumberg gave the financial report. David Rocah displayed a dispenser of dog waste bags that might be ordered with the idea that they would be installed in the 1600 block and 1700 block of Park Avenue and in every park and on Mosher Street. Mike Molla suggested that MICA students might design a dispenser that would be satisfactory and less expensive. He hopes to report on the status of that idea at the June meeting. Neal Friedlander, co-chair of the Planning Steering Committee, reporting on the second Planning Conference, said discussion will continue in some form to be determined. Co-Chair Susan VanBuren, concurred. David Rocah reported on a meeting requested by Major Skinner of the Police Department held on April 22. to discuss the problem of prostitution in the neighborhood. Increased police enforcement, coupled with monitoring activities by neighbors has led to improvement of the problem, but it is not gone. In order to achieve further reductions, Major Skinner believes that attention must be paid to addressing why women engage in prostitution. Major Skinner would like to enlist community support for YANA (You Are Not Alone), an organization working to assist women to stop engaging in prostitution, to expand its successful court diversion program from the Southern Police District. If you can help or want more information, contact David Rocah. The Architectural Review Committee explained that a reorganization will result in CHAP becoming part of the Planning Division, with the positions of Director of CHAP and the Director of Planning merging into one position. MRIA will send a letter to appropriate persons stating opposition to the proposed arrangement. Board Members elected to serve three-year terms are Carrie Cass, Mare Consugar, Kyle Cunningham, Henri Daniels, Polly Duke, Stacy Kargman-Kaye, John Kyle, Linda Rittelmann, Michael Rynd, and Estelle Turner, Neal Friedlander will serve a term ending in 2003 to replace a vacancy. President Perry Cooper gave the State of the Neighborhood address. (Attached) Past President Dan Gilbert presented the following merit awards: Fred Shoken for work on fountains on Park Avenue Polly Duke and Frank Shivers for the historic blue plaque project Sara and Marvin Bigham for beautification of Eutaw Place park Kevin King and John Kyle for work on Sumpter Park project Barry Blumberg for extraordinary volunteering beyond his work as Treasurer Donna Beth Joy Shapiro for implementing the kiosk project Edith Dotson and her crew for consistent attacks on neighborhood graffiti


Meeting_date: April 13, 2004
Posted_by: Clare Barkley

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Minutes of April 13 MRIA Board Meeting Officers and Board Members present: Perry Cooper, David Rocah, Dan Gilbert, Polly Duke, John Kyle, Barbara White, Greg Baranoski, Joe Libercci, Kevin Morton, Tod Myers, Lottie Shivers, Chris Taylor, Patsy Andrews, Penny Catzen, Doug Kelso, Keiffer Mitchell, Jr., Mike Molla, Ellen Richardson, Donna B.J. Shapiro. President Perry Cooper called the meeting to order. The March minutes were approved. Barbara White, Chair of the Nominating Committee, presented the following slate of candidates for the Board: Carrie Cass, Mare Consugar, Kyle Cunningham, Henri Daniels, Polly Duke, Stacy Kargman-Kaye, John Kyle, Linda Rittelmann, Michael Rynd, Estelle Turner, Neal Friedlander. Current officers are nominated for an additional term. Barbara White moved that MRIA write a letter to the Parking Authority requesting that parking permits will be mailed next year.The motion was seconded and carried by the Board. David Rocah announced that the MRIA Annual Meeting will be May 4 in the Assembly Room atBrownMemorial Presbyterian Church. The meeting will begin with a social hour at 7 p.m. Food will be ordered from the b and the Hidden Bean. Wine will be purchased from the Park Avenue Pharmacy. The business meeting will begin at 8 p.m. The agenda will include election of officers and Board Members and Midtown assessment. John Mabry, owner of 1810-1812 Eutaw, talked about the renovation of the buildings. The buildings will continue to be rentals, not owner-occupied. The relevant change is to increase 1810 to 8 units from the current 7 units, for which a zoning variance is necessary. The owner hopes to settle zoning by the end of summer. This issue sparked discussion of the MRIA tradition of opposing increase of density. The discussion was suspended till the May meeting. Kensett House, 1700 Eutaw, was sold by HUD to the current owner with a deed restriction to reduce density to 16 units. The owner attempted to have the restriction lifted and to allow 18 units. MRIA wrote a letter to HUD, objecting to the change. HUD’s response is that there will be no change without the support of MRIA. David Rocah reported that the prostitution problem has improved greatly, but has not gone away. A meeting with police, neighbors and YANA is scheduled for April 22 to hear about a program that would provide an alternative to incarceration. Fitzgerald Park has been designated a “no dog” park. Greg Baranoski expressed concern that individuals, rather than MRIA, initiated action that led to the dog ban. Donna Beth Joy Shapiro and Greg Baranoski will investigate bag dispensers for dog waste pick up to be placed around the neighborhood. Donna Beth Joy Shapiro reported that 8 kiosks are installed. Thanks to Joe Libercci, MICA, b, Belle Hardware, Northern Bolton Hill Association, Bolton Hill Garden Club, Friends of Kevin McAnally, MRIA. The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.


Meeting_date: March 2, 2004
Posted_by: Clare Barkley

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Minutes of Mount Royal Improvement Association Meeting March 2, 2004 Officers and Board Members present: David Rocah, Stan Smith, Barry Blumberg, Dan Gilbert, Polly Duke, Neal Friedlander, John Kyle, Connie Lisch, Linda Rittelmann, Barbara White, Roger Marks, Tod Myers, Steve Sisson, Patsy Andrews, Penny Catzen, Asley Chertkof, Dolph Druckman, Johns Hopkins, Doug Kelso, Mike Molla, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro. Vice president David Rocah called the meeting to order at 8:07 p.m. The February minutes were approved as emended. Sgt. Hess reported that there were five vehicle thefts in the neighborhood lately. He said he would check on recent arrests regarding graffiti. He urged people to inventory their valuables, noting serial numbers, make, model, etc. and to keep the list in a safe place in order to improve chances of recovering stolen property. Lacey Benton and two representatives from Kids on the Hill explained the purpose of an upcoming conference and invited Bolton Hill youth and adults to help form positive relationships by participating in the conference. David Rocah explained that YANA (Your Are Not Alone), an organization that helps prostitutes improve their lives and forsake prostitution, along with the Community Law Center wants to work with the Bolton Hill community, specifically to support their efforts in attaining grants to further their work. A meeting time and place will be posted on BHEN and on the Bulletin Board. Stan Smith summarized the current crisis in Baltimore’s Public Schools and moved that MRIA send a letter to the Governor, the Mayor, and school authorities to express the view that the schools should be largely under the control of the city, and a proposed governing panel include city residents, who have a broad interest in the schools, including academic progress, and not just financial reform. The letter will also call for full funding in accordance to a court order issued in 1996. The motion passed unanimously. Stan will draft the letter. Veronica Owens, representing the Gentry-McDonald Corporation, introduced a marketing team that anticipates pre-sales of the condos in the building beginning in June. Some diagrams illustrated the general footprint of the building, which, according to the plan presented, will contain 10 condos, a fitness room, corporate offices, and a day care center. The site has three parking spaces. Gentry-McDonald is asking MRIA to support the necessary zoning change that will allow 10 condos, rather than the six that have been approved. The sense of the MRIA Board was that some important questions must be answered before the request can be considered. Specific topics include providing adequate parking, securing firm financing, addressing the history of missed deadlines, planning for garbage disposal, setting condo fees, providing on-going maintenance. The Gentry-McDonald team will attend the April MRIA meeting to provide information regarding these topics and others for the Board to consider. Barbara White volunteered to chair the Nominating Committee, and the following persons volunteered to serve on the committee: Donna Beth Joy Shapiro, Polly Duke, and Susan Warner. Johns Hopkins announced that discussions regarding the Odorite building are still going on. He moved that MRIA send a letter to the Mayor and the Governor, asking them to support preservation of the building. The motion passed. Johns will draft the letter. Neal Friedlander reported that the neighborhood plan is taking shape, and as it progresses, there will be many opportunities for public discussion. Dan Gilbert asked that much of the April meeting be dedicated to discussion of the Midtown plan. MRIA will ask that Sumpter Park be included in the citywide cleanup April 17. The House and Garden Pilgrimage will be April 24 in Bolton Hill. The April meeting will be the second Tuesday, April 13. The meeting adjourned at 9:40


Meeting_date: Feb. 3, 2004`
Posted_by: Clare Barkley

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Minutes of the February 3, 2004 Meeting of the MRIA Board Board members present: Polly Duke, Barbara White, Greg Baranoski, Roger Marks,Kevin Morton, Tod Myers, Patsy Andrews, Penny Catzen, Johns Hopkins, Doug Kelso, Keiffer Mitchell, Ellen Richardson, Donna B.J. Shapiro, Dan Gilbert, Perry Cooper, David Rocah, Stan Smith, Barry Blumberg. The meeting was called to order at 8:30 p.m. The January minutes were approved as presented. The Baltimore City Police reported two arrests in robbery cases, one that occurred on Eutaw Place and one that victimized a MICA student. Dan Gilbert announced that Midtown Benefits District has received a grant to be used for planning and requested time at a future Board meeting to discuss Midtown’s future and functions. He also said Bolton Hill will benefit from capital improvements, specifically fencing and gating of Maple Leaf Park and installation of a fountain that has been in storage for many years in the Odorite building. The fountain will be replaced on the 1700 block of Eutaw Place, and other fountains will be repaired. The plans for the Kensett House in the 1700 block of Eutaw Place are still unsettled. Barry Blumberg explained that the Executive Board approved using Pay Pal to collect feesfrom landlords who post rental notices on the website. This is the only payment thatcan be made through Pay Pal at this time. The Board confirmed this decision unanimously. The Board voted to accept the Membership Policy and the Privacy Policy as drafted. The Board voted unanimously to endorse the Health Care for All program. A motion to endorsethe plan was tabled at the January meeting to allow time for more thoughtful discussion. Johns Hopkins gave a brief overview of the plans to save the Odorite building from demolition by the University of Baltimore. Perry Cooper asked for volunteers to chair a committee that would plan and execute a neighborhood event to celebrate the 75th year of MRIA. As no one responded, there are no plans to hold a celebration. The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.


Meeting_date: Jan 6, 2004
Posted_by: Clare Barkley

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Minutes of January 2004 MRIA Board Meeting President Perry Cooper called the meeting to order at 8:10 p.m. Board members present: Perry Cooper, David Rocah, Stan Smith, Barry Blumberg, Dan Gilbert, Joel Balsham, Neal Friedlander, John Kyle, Linda Rittelmann, Barbara White, Joe Libercci, Tod Myers, Lottie Shivers, Chris Taylor, Patsy Andrews, Johns Hopkins, Doug Kelso, Mike Molla, Donna B.J. Shapiro Barry Blumberg introduced Dr. Peter Beilenson who made a presentation on a Maryland legislative proposal, Health Care for All. A summary of the presentation was available for attendees. Old Business: The minutes for the December 3, 2003 Board meeting was approved with one change: a spelling error was corrected. Monies for the neighborhood kiosks were collected. Donna Beth Joy Shapiro will coordinate with homeowners and obtain all necessary city permits. Page docents for BHEN should update pages and send to the Webmaster by February 1. Committee chairs will receive instructions on how to post their committee minutes to the website. New Business: The Board approved a motion to pay 1⁄2 of the monthly fee for a DSL connection for the Web Master. The Steering Committee for the Neighborhood Plan was announced: Dr. Neal Friedlander, Susan VanBuren, Michael Seipp, Bob Pellaton, Mike Molla, and John Kyle. The committee is charged to have a draft ready for the MRIA annual meeting in May. Perry Cooper introduced new Bolton Hill neighbors. David Rocah discussed three City Council bills: Streetscape, Night Time Solicitation, and Sidewalk Regulations Barry Blumberg introduced a motion to have MRIA offer a letter of support for the Health Care For All initiative. The motion was tabled until the February 3rd Board meeting to allow further consideration of the proposal. Perry Cooper announced that community goals are on the MRIA web site. Perry Cooper thanked MICA for hosting the Board meeting and for their continued generosity. The Board meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.



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