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|Jan 3||Introduction of new neighbors:
John Gaffney, Rutter Street
Luth and Noel Damron, 309 W. Lanvale
Minutes were moved and accepted with a correction:
Police Report: Major Palmere attended the meeting and discussed the recent crimes and the police departments strategy to deal with the crimes.
Midtown Benefits District:
Update on the St Paul Street Historic properties:
New business: SNAP proposal:
Officers and Board Members present: David Rocah, John Kyle, Polly Duke, Barry Blumberg, Richard Rosenthal, Betsy Boykin, Penny Catzen, F.T. Clark, Darryl Lemons, Carrie Cass, Sarah Cross, Karen Helm, Barbara White, Tim Ingles, Julie McArthur, Patsy Andrews, Lee Bowers, Ashley Chertkof, Johns Hopkins, Doug Kelso, Keiffer Mitchell, Mike Molla, Ellen Richardson, Wesley Wood.
The minutes of the January meeting were approved.
In his police report, Sgt. Hess reported three robberies in the last 30 days, some attributed to a roving gang of juveniles.
President David Rocah presented the following nominating committee: Sarah Cross, Chair; Dahlia Woody and Julie McArthur, Board Representatives; Jennifer Goldsszmidt and Andrew Lacovara, MRIA Members. The Board voted unanimously to accept the committee.
The Midtown Community Benefits District has named two institutional representatives to its board to fill two slots that had not been previously filled. The new representatives are Diane Bell-McKoy, Executive Director of Associated Black Charities, and Joseph Palumbo, representative of Spicer’s Run Homeowners' Association.
Patsy Andrews explained the procedure to apply for parking permits. On-line applications will begin in mid-February, and pick up will be March 17 and 24 from
The announced candidates for City Council seats for our district will be invited to appear at the March MRIA Board meeting. The forum will follow the same procedure as that used in the State candidates’ fora.
In response to a request by the Dickeyville Neighborhood Association to support its efforts to prevent the demolition of an historic house, Johns Hopkins offered the following motion: “MRIA supports the Dickeyville Neighborhood Association in its request to CHAP that it exercise all available authority to obtain independent financial evaluations for rehab and remediation in petitions to demolish historic buildings where such evaluations are warranted.” The motion passed 11-5.
The meeting adjourned at 9:05
Officers and Board Members present: David Rocah, John Kyle, Barry Blumberg, Richard Rosenthal, Mary Consugar, F.T. Clark, Henri Daniels, Charlie Duff, Darryl Lemons, Michael Rynd, Marceline White, Suzanne Brockman, Sarah Cross, Barbara White, Tim Ingles, George Lavdas, Joe Libercci, Julie McArthur, Patsy Andrews, Lee Bowers, Johns Hopkins, Doug Kelso, Ellen Richardson, Wesley Wood.
President David Rocah called the meeting to order at 8:05.
The minutes of the February meeting were approved as presented.
Safety Committee Chair Jason Goscha reported on his analysis of “Part 1” (serious) crimes in Bolton Hill with some comparisons to 2005.
Pat Karzai asked for a letter from MRIA acknowledging that MRIA knows that B Bistro has applied to the City Liquor Board to transfer the liquor license from Nancy Cusack (the present owner of the liquor license) to Pat Karzai. The Board agreed, with no objections, to send a letter to that effect.
Representatives of Hiram Grand Lodge of 1205 Eutaw Place requested that MRIA endorse their proposal to use the vacant lot between Waxter Way and W. Lanvale St. as a parking lot. This is a plan that had been rejected earlier when ARC and CHAP agreed to a landscaped area. That plan was never carried out. Sarah Cross moved to endorse the plan presented. Tim Ingels seconded the motion.. The motion was defeated. George Lavdas moved That the MRIA (1) oppose the construction of (and any zoning change needed to permit) a permanent surface parking lot on the property of the Hiram Grand Lodge; take steps to have the City repair the illegal “curb cut” along Eutaw Place (that permits the Lodge to drive cars onto the lot); (3) take steps to have CHAP enforce the plan it approved previously for the lot (i.e., the landscaping of property, the construction of a retainer wall, and all other parts of the approved plan). That motion passed with one dissenting vote.
Officers and Board members present: David Rocah, John Kyle, Polly Duke, Richard Rosenthal, Barry Blumberg, Betsy Boykin, Carrie Cass, Darryl Lemons, Michael Rynd, Suzanne Brockman, Sarah Cross, Karen Helm, Tim Ingles, Julie McArthur, Yolanda Takeysian, Patsy Andrews, Penny Catzen, Ashley Chertkof, Doug Kelso, Mike Molla, Ellen Richardson, Wesley Wood.
President David Rocah called the meeting to order at 8:05 p.m.
The minutes of the March MRIA Board meeting were accepted as presented.
Sgt. Hess reported that burglaries and car thefts are decreasing in Bolton Hill. He said assaults and robberies of individuals might be prevented if people didn’t walk alone late at night.
Pat and Qayum Karzai, owners of B Bistro, proposed creating a café in the rear of their property. They requested a letter of support from MRIA to the City Health Department, which will need to approve a license for the new outdoor seating. There was lengthy discussion, with some Board members supporting the request and others voicing concerns about potential problems, specifically with trash, noise, and parking. A motion that MRIA write a letter to the Health Department in support of b’s request for additional seating passed 13-7. The motion was subsequently tabled until the May meeting. John Kyle moved that the Karzais meet with the immediate neighbors and come to the May meeting to provide more information about the project. There was no objection to this motion.
Mike Gaffney, Bolton Hill resident, asked for volunteers to work with Friends of Druid Hill Park. On May 17, a Board of Directors will be elected at an event at the Conservatory in Druid Hill Park.
Polly Duke presented the proposed 2008 budget for the Midtown Community Benefits District. David Rocah has appointed Carlo Van Grieken MRIA designee on the MCBD Board. Polly Duke is also an MRIA designee, and Julie Thorne is the elected representative from Bolton Hill.
Treasurer Barry Blumberg presented the 2008 MRIA proposed budget. Polly Duke moved to accept; Tim Ingles seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
The Nomination Committee proposed the following slate of candidates for the Board elections to be held at the May meeting: Officers--John Kyle. President, Polly Duke, 1st Vice President, Tim Ingles, 2nd Vice President; Barry Blumberg, Treasurer; Richard Rosenthal, General Counsel. Board Members for term ending in 2010: Omar Calderon, Charlie Duff, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro, Ira Maine, Darryl Lemons, Joan Garlow, Vanessa Billings, Tod Meyers, Carrie Cass, Susan Henson-Haun. Board Member for term ending in 2008 (replacing Tim Ingles, slated for 2nd VP): Paul Silvestrie. The Nominating Committee was chaired by Sarah Cross and included Julie McArthur, Dahlia Woody, Andrew Lacovara, and Jennifer Goldszmidt.
The following criteria for MRIA Board members were suggested by the Nominating Committee. John Kyle moved to accept the criteria. The motion passed unanimously.
Fred Mason, III, resident of Reservoir Hill and candidate for City Council 11th District, presented his views of the office and answered questions, following the established format for MRIA Candidates Forum.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:55 p.m.
Mount Royal Improvement Association
Annual Membership Meeting -- May 1, 2007
A financial report from Treasurer Barry Blumberg was accepted.
The newly elected Officers are:
Board members elected with a term ending in 2010 are
Paul Silvestrie was elected for a term ending in 2008 to replace Tim Ingles who was elected 2nd VP.
President Rocah gave a State of the Neighborhood address and also presented service awards to those who had provided leadership and assistance to Bolton Hill during the past year.
President John Kyle called the meeting to order at 8:07 p.m.
The minutes of the April Board meeting were approved as corrected.
Gayle Guilford was elected to fill a one-year term on the Board.
The Treasurer’s report with final end-of-year numbers was distributed.
Peter Merles of the Midtown Community Benefits District reported on the following changes in city law:
Jon Kaplan reported on plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Hugh Newell Jacabsen homes September 8. In response to a request by the organizers, the Board voted to support the activity with $500 sponsorship and help as marketing partners.
David Rocah moved to endorse the mission of the Historic Districts Council and to appoint a representative of MRIA. The motion passed.
The Board voted affirmatively to President John Kyle’s request that the Board authorize a letter to CHAP asking that resident input be included in CHAP’s review of procedures.
Polly Duke moved and Penny Catzen seconded the motion to change the November Board meeting to November 13 and the January meeting to January 8. The motion passed unanimously.
City legislation regarding eviction of tenants was discussed. David Rocah moved to endorse the bill. The motion was seconded and passed with a vote of 12-4 and 2 abstentions.
President John Kyle noted the need for volunteers for the Band Concert on June 27 and for the Crab Feast on August 15. He also thanked the Bolton Hill Garden Club for the Garden Walk and the Plant Sale.
David Rocah moderated the City Council Candidate Forum with Candidate Adam Meister.The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 p.m.
Officers and Board members attending: John Kyle, Polly Duke Tim Ingles, Barry Blumberg, Richard Rosenthal, David Rocah, Sarah Cross, Julie McArthur, Yolanda Takesian, Patsy Andrews, Lee Bowers, Penny Catzen, Ashley Chertkof, Johns Hopkins, Doug Kelso, Mike Molla, Ellen Richardson, Vanessa Billings, Carrie Cass, Joan Garlow, Susan Henson-Haun, Ira Maine, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro.
President John Kyle called the meeting to order at 8:07.
The minutes of the June MRIA Board meeting were approved although it was pointed out that Board members’ attendance was not reported.
Police Sgt. Charlie Hess reported on criminal incidents in the neighborhood and increased police presence.
Treasurer Barry Blumberg gave the first quarter financial report, noting that 2007-2008 dues and donations are not reflected in the report.
The President gave thanks to the following lead volunteers: Jeremy Walston and George Lavdas for hosting the new neighbors' party; Ellen Joyce, Mary Consugar, Fred Shoken, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro, and the Strawbridge Church for their work at the Big Band Concert; Tim Ingles for organizing volunteers at the crab feast.
Peter Merles, the Midtown Benefits District Executive Director and Steve Shen, MCBD Board member, presented possibilities for spending funds set aside to increase safety. Discussion among the attendees included the effectiveness of cameras as a crime deterrent, the need for more policing, and the advantages of citizen watch groups. Polly Duke, Carlo Van Grieken, and Julie Thorne represent MRIA/Bolton Hill at MCBD.
Susan Henson-Haun, MRIA Board member and co-chair with her husband Jonathan Haun of a committee to revitalize COP in Bolton Hill. Susan reported on the COP forum they attended in the summer. To help with the effort to get residents to watch and call police when they observe crimes or potential problems, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellen Joyce requested funds and a letter from MRIA in support of fountain installation in the 1800 block of Eutaw Pl. Johns Hopkins moved to support the project with a letter and a donation. The motion passed unanimously.
Polly Duke requested that MRIA authorize the installation of 4-6 heavy-duty trash cans to be distributed appropriately. At the May MRIA Board retreat, this was an action item generally supported by those present. David Rocah moved the purchase of 10 trash cans and allocation of necessary funds. The vote was 10-10, with the President casting the tie-breaking vote in favor of the motion.
Doug Kelso moved that MRIA give $100 as a memorial contribution for Barney Farnham, Rector of Memorial Presbyterian Church.
President Kyle called for volunteers for the community yard sale October 6 and for Festival on the Hill October 13.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:05 p.m.
Officers and Board Members attending: John Kyle, Polly Duke, Tim Ingles, Barry Blumberg, Richard Rosenthal, David Rocah, Suzanne Brockman, Sarah Cross, Gayle Guilford, Joe Libercci, Julie McArthur, Dahlia Woody, Patsy Andrews, Doug Kelso, Keiffer Mitchell, Mike Molla, Ellen Richardson, Joan Garlow, Susan Henson-Haun, Ira Maine, Rod Myers, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro.
President John Kyle called the meeting to order at 8:05.
The minutes of the September 4 were approved. The Board approved the addition of the Board Members in attendance at the June Meeting. This information was inadvertently omitted from the September minutes.
Sgt. Hess reported on crime in Bolton Hill, including a robbery at the video store and five stolen cars. He also said that a police car is assigned full time in Bolton Hill as well as overtime officers from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. He announced that problems of the homeless will be the topic of the police/community meeting on October 24.
The Midtown Community Benefits District will hold its fall Town Meeting October 17. Among items on the agenda is election of at-large members of the MCBD Board. Julie Thorne, current representative of Bolton Hill, has decided not to run for a new term. Joe Polumbo of Spicer’s Run intends to run for the seat.
A public hearing on the first draft of revised standards and procedures for CHAP is scheduled for November 13 at 1 p.m. With Board approval, the MRIA Executive committee will consult with Board members individually before November 13 to determine MRIA action.
Mayor Dixon published a report in July outlining procedures for residents to initiate requests for traffic calming. Bolton Hill residents in the 1600 block of Park Avenue and in the 1700 block of Park Avenue near Laurens St. and in the 1600 block of Brevard have indicated an interest in traffic calming. When neighbors develop ideas and follow the petition procedures, they will come to MRIA with their plans.
There was some discussion of alley gating, which proved irrelevant, as the area referenced is not city property.
A representative of the owner of Bolton North, the high rise at the corner of Mt. Royal and McMechen, asked MRIA for a letter supporting housing tax credits for renovation of the property. Information will be made available to the full Board for comments. It was moved and seconded to have the Executive Committee act on the basis of the comments. The motion passed.
Officers and Board Members attending: John Kyle, Tim Ingles, Richard
President John Kyle called the meeting to order at 8:05 p.m.
The September minutes were approved as read.
Officer Charlie Hess gave the police report.
Susan Henson-Haun and Jonathan Haun, co-chairs of a committee to
Justin McArthur, representing the trashcan committee, presented the
A proposed safety initiative of the Midtown Community Benefits
Two residents of Bolton House, an apartment building on Dolphin Street
The meeting was adjourned at 9:47.
Mount Royal Improvement Association
President John Kyle called the meeting to order at 8:07 p.m.
The November minutes were approved.
Sgt. Hess gave the police report, noting that the addition of extra police presence seems to be effective in preventing crime because there were fewer robberies in this 30-day report than in the previous 30 days.
Treasurer Barry Blumberg presented the quarterly financial report. He explained the “restricted funds” category.
Polly Duke, MRIA representative to Midtown Benefits District, spoke about the Midtown safety initiative that was presented at the September MRIA meeting and discussed At the October meeting and briefly at the November meeting. It appeared in those discussions that there was little support for cameras in the neighborhood. Polly reported that she asked the Midtown Board if a neighborhood could opt out of the plan to install cameras. The answer was no, and furthermore, Bolton Hill’s share of the allocated funds would be used for cameras in the other Midtown neighborhoods rather than allowing Bolton Hill to use the money for a different safety plan, such as improved lighting. After much discussion, Tod Myers moved that MRIA ask Midtown to show us a plan that includes the cost of camera surveillance systems. David Rocah offered an amendment that Midtown also devise a plan for allocating money for other safety schemes. JOHN, I WASN’T CLEAR IF THAT 9-8 VOTE ACTUALLY GOT BACK TO THE MOTION OR IF IT WAS A VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT. MY FEELING IS THAT THE MOTION WAS TRASHED.
Stevie-----, representing residents in the 1600 block of Park Avenue (east side), asked the MRIA board for a letter supporting the installation of speed bumps in Brevard Alley behind their houses. The process for requesting speed bumps requires a petition by 70 percent of the affected neighbors, endorsement of the neighborhood association, and application to city hall. The petition did not meet the 70 percent requirement of signatures. Tim Ingles moved that the Executive Committee act for the Board in sending the letter of endorsement when the additional signatures are collected. The motion carried.
Rebecca Nagle, a student at MICA, has proposed a combined block party for the Upton, Madison Park and Bolton Hill neighborhoods. The purpose of this event is to bring the three unique communities together. She proposed holding the party in the median of Eutaw Place. She hopes that the shape of the party will evolve from the ideas and participation of the residents of the three neighborhoods.
The January MRIA board meeting will be on the second Tuesday (January 8) because the first Tuesday is New Year’s Day.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:55.