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Jan

MRIA Meeting Minutes
January 3, 2012

Greeting and Roll Call
Present: Susan Henson-Haun, Ashley Chertkof, Barry Blumberg, Jill Kingery, Polly Duke, John Kyle, Noell Damron, Steve Howard, Lat Naylor, Patsy Andrews, Doug Kelso, Sally Maulsby, Tod Myers, Barbara Francis, Connie Lieder, Will Dixon, Jon Kucskar, Charlie Duff, Joe Horvath, Kendra Rice Parlock, Marjorie Forster, Adrienne Wisenberg, Ira Maine, Richard Rosenthal, Greg Baranoski, Dan Gilbert, Susan Van Buren, Elizabeth Kennedy
Absent: Joe Palumbo, Marie Gagnon, Linda Rittelmann, Luis Quiroga, Judith McFadden, Barbara Bluestone, Gayle Guilford, Alexis Wynn Mogul, Richard Tabuteau
Meeting called to order at 8:10 PM by Susan Henson-Haun.
December 2011 minutes approved with three changes previously submitted by John Kyle.


Introductions:

New neighbors and guests in attendance: Sarah Ramirez-Cross, Stewart Gallamoy, John Byerly, Jenny Larson, Tom Tileman, Anthony Jones, Demetrius Mallisham


Reports:

Officer Horne – Baltimore Police Department, Central District, filling in for Sergeant Fields

Crime statistics were not available tonight due to the holiday and vacations; however, Officer Horne offered to take any questions and provided safety recommendations. As a reminder, please lock valuables and do not leave valuable items into the car unattended, even for short periods of time. Also, please do not fill your vehicles fuel tank while the engine is running; this is very dangerous. Finally, when traveling out of town, be mindful of clues in your own home to criminals, such as curtains, lights, mail, etc.

Several residents bought up a recent crime involving a neighbor, present at the meeting, and he shared his story re: assault, armed robbery, home invasion, kidnapping and theft that occurred over the weekend. Many residents shared serious concern about such a violent crime and the lack of communication from the Central District to our community liaisons.

Jordan street is not well traveled and there have been multiple car thefts and armed robberies. Increased police presence has been noted; however, residents requested even greater presence, particularly overnight. The Bolton Square neighborhood is meeting soon and requesting increased overnight patrols and improved lighting.

Anthony Jones, a representative from Councilman Bill Cole's office, inquired for more information on the Bolton Square meeting and expressed the need for all residents to turn on back lights as well as front house lights to assist with street lighting while we can work to address the low street lighting.

The incident was reported on the BHEN site, although not through the BHEN email network. For future reference, posting such information on BHEN is different from distributing an email to the whole BHEN network of emails. Only Doreen Rosenthal has access to send such a distribution and she can be reached at: BHEN@boltonhill.org.

Officer Horne can be reached at: (443) 415-8757.

Architectural Review Committee announcement - Greg Baranoski will be interim chair, following David Kidd, until a permanent chair is found.

1702 Eutaw Place - Charlie Duff: MRIA had a review before the Zoning Board last month regarding the property at 1702 Eutaw Street. The property at 1702 was primarily used in the past for 10 apartments, but has been vacant for the past five years. A multi-family home, vacant for more than a year, returns to a single-family home per statute. The owner has been contacted and met with members of the MRIA Zoning Committee. The owner wanted to put eight units in the home, with two in the basement. The Committee toured the converted home and made a determination to oppose the basement apartments. Charlie, as chair of the zoning committee, sent a report to the executive committee and all agreed with the opposition.

The Zoning Board ultimately allowed seven units in the home and Charlie is working with our General Counsel to oppose this action. Modern building codes require much more than this property currently maintains; additionally, the owner does not have the appropriate permits and has not gone through the CHAP process per neighbor John Byerly. Doug Kelso is also a member of the Zoning Committee and is working with Charlie on limiting this development. Charlie will follow-up with Dave Tanner and Richard Rosenthal tomorrow.

Motion: A motion was made for MRIA go on record as opposing the use of 1702 Eutaw Place as a multi-family property without extensive renovation, including modern property code requirements. Second. Passed.


MRIA Court Watch update - Susan Henson-Haun: Joe Palumbo raised this idea at the last meeting and received volunteers last month; if you were not able to sign-up and would like to, please contact Joe.


Announcements:

Hiram Grand Lodge - Richard Rosenthal: The Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals is conducting a hearing on the Hiram Lodge appeal to permit the use of the premises as a Multi Purpose Neighborhood Center The hearing will take place at 1:00pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at City Hall (2nd floor, Hearing room). Their application is to continue operating as they have been, which has not been appropriate thus far. Our counsel, Emerson Dorsey, will present the case with extensive documentation provided. The Board would like as many neighbors to attend as possible -- please attend if you are able.

MRIA Newsletter - Barry Blumberg:
For many years, the bulletin has been published through a local printer, a neighbor, and the bulk mail is processed at the main post office for distribution, which has resulting in a cost reduction of about half the price as regular mail. As of last fall, bulk mail must now be processed at the main post office and staff there is also limited, so the process takes over an hour. This has resulted in our monthly newsletter arriving over three weeks late. Due to these problems, the Executive Committee decided to mail the newsletter using first class mail, at the local post office. We plan to continue to this method and report back as needed.

Electronic distribution of the bulletin is also available. Email Barbara White: members@boltonhill.org.

Motion: For the next 12 months, add a line to newsletter, displayed prominently, encouraging readers to receive the electronic version of the Bolton Hill Bulletin, to read: "To receive this newsletter electronically and save both paper and postage, please sign up at: <insert email address>" Twenty-five (25) in favor; five (5) opposed. Motion passed.

State legislature redistricting - Connie Lieder: Bolton Hill remains in two separate legislative districts. Recommend MRIA appoint a legislative committee to research these issues and how it affects Bolton Hill residents. Connie will volunteer to serve on this committee.

Choice Neighborhoods - Charlie Duff: Work has been slowing over the last few months; HUD is requiring a needs assessment, which is taking slightly longer than anticipated. If you have signed-up for a committee, expect to receive an email with more information soon; if you have not but would like to participate, please contact Charlie Duff.

Education Committee - Monty Howard: Please see Monty Howard to sign up.

Parking Committee - Patsy Andrews: Parking permit process will begin early next month. If any changes will be requested, must be done at the February meeting. The 2012 parking permits will be added to next month's agenda.

League of Women Voters - Jill Kingery for Linda Rittelman: Come meet your State Legislators and Delegates this weekend and enjoy some great food! The League of Women Voters of Baltimore City invites you to their annual Legislative Breakfast, this Saturday at 9:00 AM - free and open to the public!
http://baltcity1.lwvmd.org/n/node/7662

Mayor's Forum on the Budget - Demetrius Mallisham: Jan 21, 2012, 10:00-12:00 at the Cylburn Arboretum Vollmer Center, 4915 Greenspring Ave.; flyer at the back of the hall tonight.

Thanks to Susan Van Buren & Charlie Duff for bringing refreshments tonight.

Motion to adjourn 9:30 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Jill Kingery
MRIA Secretary


Feb

MRIA Meeting Minutes
February 7, 2012

Greeting and Roll Call
Present: Joe Palumbo, Susan Henson-Haun, Ashley Chertkof, Barry Blumberg, Jill Kingery, Polly Duke, John Kyle, Noell Damron, Steve Howard, Lat Naylor, Patsy Andrews, Doug Kelso, Sally Maulsby, Tod Myers, Barbara Francis, Connie Lieder, Will Dixon, Jon Kucskar, Joe Horvath, Kendra Rice Parlock, Adrienne Wisenberg, Ira Maine, Richard Rosenthal, Greg Baranoski, Dan Gilbert, Susan Van Buren, Elizabeth Kennedy, Barbara Bluestone, Gayle Guilford, Alexis Wynn Mogul,
Absent: Marie Gagnon, Linda Rittelmann, Luis Quiroga, Judith McFadden, Richard Tabuteau, Marjorie Forster, Charlie Duff,
Meeting called to order at 8:05 PM by Joe Palumbo.
January 2012 minutes approved as submitted.


Introductions:

New Neighbors: Pete Percy, 1421 Eutaw Place; Carolyn Bultiz, 1210 Eutaw Place

Reports:

Major Smith – Baltimore Police Department, Central District

Major Smith addressed the lacking police report from the prior month and provided current year (month of January) and prior year (full 2011 calendar year) crime statistics.

2011 YE: Violent crime decreased 8.7%; robberies decreased to 23 last year; assaults increased overall. There were 29 auto thefts in Bolton Hill, compared to 19 in the prior year and 80 vehicles were broken into.

2012 YTD: There were three aggravated assaults compared to one in the prior year (at the school); three robberies this year compared to one in the prior year; three vehicles broken into this year and two burglaries.

The Major will provide additional statistics at the next meeting.

The Major also gave a status update on the Jordan Street crime: the vehicle was recovered and is awaiting the crime technicians' review of the vehicle.

One resident reported her rear windshield was broken; the officer at the scene said there were several incidents recently with school children. The report is yet unfounded, but the Major will look into it and bring back a report at next month's meeting.

Major Smith also met with the Executive Committee last week. The communication plan for crime in our neighborhood is for Major Smith to contact the MRIA President via phone as soon as possible for any significant crime, generally within hours. If the Major is not working that weekend, he will contact the MRIA President within a few days, likely the Monday following a weekend. The Major will adjust his command as necessary and has the flexibility to do so, i.e., as in the crime on Jordan Street, he can redirect patrols, add police cars, etc. Additionally, he will also communicate to Councilman Cole and, if needed, Jim Cappuccino at Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) and Steve Davis at MICA. Please not, there are certain pieces of information he cannot divulge in those communications as they relate to open investigations.

As a reminder, MCBD also provides additional security via officers on Segway patrol. Citizens on Patrol (COP) are also available two nights per weeks. Joe will send out an additional informational email on COP via BHEN.

Major Smith also responded to the party the Hiram Grand Lodge (HGL) held following the hearing postponement. He brought a member of the vice team as well and closed the party right away. Tickets and money were seized; criminal charges are possible. The HGL is allowed to have events until 10:00 p.m., but not afterward, per the Zoning Board.

The HGL retained counsel for the hearing last month; their attorney was not prepared to present the case and a postponement was granted. The hearing will now be held on Tuesday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. at City Hall. Joe will communicate this hearing via BHEN. We strongly encourage as much community attendance as possible to reinforce our commitment to this issue. Sergeant Alessi (contact information below) offered use of a van to transport neighbors to the meeting; neighbors will need to arrive approximately 30 minutes early.

Sergeant Michael Alessi, Community Liaison to Bolton Hill: (443) 986-8811, michael.alessi@baltimorepolice.org

Choice Neighborhoods - Polly Duke & Kelly Little: Kelly is here to invite our neighbors to an upcoming community meeting for Choice Neighborhoods. Choice Neighborhoods was awarded 1 of 17 grants to focus on central-west Baltimore. Goody-Clancy is working with Choice Neighborhoods and would like to meet with the community to receive input on housing, design, health, education and all components of a neighborhood. There will be three community-wide meetings with the consultants from Goody-Clancy for the community to collaborate with the consultants.

Monty Howard is the chair of the Education Committee. This committee will have a meeting on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 1420 Mason Street (Monty's house). Please attend if you have ideas on how to improve the school and save the community recreation centers.

MICA Expansion - Dan Gilbert: MICA student enrollment is rapidly increasing and the institution is becoming a very prestigious institution. Due to this growth, MICA is looking to expand with another residence hall. When the Gateway dormitory was built, MICA was aware this building would not fulfill the entire need and are currently about 400 beds short at this time.

Ayers Saint Gross architectural firm is assisting MICA to meet this need. The location MICA is currently considering is at the large open parking lot behind the Commons (Wilson & North Ave intersection) due to space and immediacy of need and anticipates occupancy starting in the fall session 2013. MICA does not anticipate additional parking need as the students are allowed to apply for one of only 78 student parking permits.

Joe appointed a committee to work with MICA and represent Bolton Hill: Steve Marker, Greg Baranoski and Tom Seiler.
Dan anticipates returning to our meeting for updates with the appointed committee above. He can be reached at dgilbert@mica.edu.

House of Cards, Rehya Young - A new television series will be filmed in Bolton Hill from April to December. The crew is expect to filmed in Bolton Hill about nine times per season or once every other week, particularly at 1609 Park Ave and also at the Park Avenue pharmacy. The parking plan is to park the base camp on the other side of Mt Royal. The crew will provide advance notice for dates and times they will be in our neighborhood.

Barbara Bluestone, Blue Plaque Program - The committee is requesting recommendations for any properties that are not currently listed in Frank Shiver's book that could be potential Blue Plaque homes. Please send recommendations to Barbara by April 1, 2012. The expectation is that the plaques will be posted this September.

Nominating Committee, Alexis Wynn Mogul - Susan Van Buren and Alexis Wynn Mogul are seeking nominations for next year's board, as well as two non-board members to serve on the Nominating Committee. If you would like to recommend a board member, please email Alexis at awmogul@gmail.com.

Parking Permits, Patsy Andrews - As of February 20, 2012, you are able to register online for 2012 parking permits. Please contact Patsy at: pandrewsmd@yahoo.com with questions. Permit pick-up will be the last two Saturdays of March (24th & 31st) from 8:30 - 4:30 at Brown Memorial church. Permits are still $20 each. Do not register at site prior to February 20, 2012 or you will be inadvertently paying for a 2011 permit.

Announcements:


Legislative Districts, Connie Lieder - Bolton Hill was split into the 40th and 44th districts many years ago. An effort was made to try to combine the portions of Bolton Hill in these separate districts into a single district, however; this was not possible and Bolton Hill will remain in two legislative districts.

Oliver, Community Theater - Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3:00 p.m. www.memorialplayers.org

Motion to adjourn at 9:30 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Jill Kingery
MRIA Secretary


Mar

MRIA Meeting Minutes
March 6, 2012

Greeting and Roll Call
Present: Joe Palumbo, Susan Henson-Haun, Ashley Chertkof, Barry Blumberg, Jill Kingery, Polly Duke, John Kyle, Noell Damron, Steve Howard, Lat Naylor, Patsy Andrews, Doug Kelso, Sally Maulsby, Tod Myers, Barbara Francis, Connie Lieder, Will Dixon, Jon Kucskar, Joe Horvath, Kendra Rice Parlock, Adrienne Wisenberg, Ira Maine, Richard Rosenthal, Greg Baranoski, Dan Gilbert, Susan Van Buren, Elizabeth Kennedy, Barbara Bluestone, Gayle Guilford, Alexis Wynn Mogul,
Absent: Marie Gagnon, Linda Rittelmann, Luis Quiroga, Judith McFadden, Richard Tabuteau, Marjorie Forster, Charlie Duff,
Meeting called to order at 8:00 PM by Joe Palumbo.

Introductions

February 2012 minutes approved as submitted, with the change to count Judith McFadden as present.

Liam Davis, new Liaison from Community Outreach from the Office of the Council President, introduced himself to the board.


Reports

Police Report, Deputy Major Bernard, for Major Smith: Crime statistics in comparison to prior year: 2 robberies, an equal number of aggravated assaults, 4 burglaries, larcenies down 4%, 2 auto thefts, 1 arson.

Shift Commander Bill Marcus was also in attendance from the midnight shift of the Central District; he is a Baltimore resident for 30 years and former Bolton Hill resident. Phone: (410) 241-9981 for midnight shift.

Questions from group for the police department representatives re: the December 30 home invasion, auto theft and kidnapping. The vehicle was recovered in NW district; police are working photo arrays to identify perpetrator and are currently pursuing a suspect.

Susan Haun presented the District Police Community Relations Council (CRC). This group determines shared themes among our common neighborhoods. Susan is looking for three neighbors to attend the monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm with representatives from each of the districts.
Email Susan at: SMHAUN65@gmail.com

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake: The mayor spoke to the board about several important issues. CRCs and COP are vital programs to the city and frequently used as a phone tree in emergencies.
Much progress has been made in Baltimore. Baltimore has the lowest homicide rate since 1977, the lowest since recording started. Graduation rates are higher, dropout rates are down

Baltimore has some of the oldest school buildings in the state; but no way to keep pace with required maintenance on an annual basis.

The mayor introduced the bottle tax bill to provide a tax revenue stream; anticipates increasing school funding by 40% with this tax revenue. Councilman Cole is supportive of the effort.

Open Walls is a large mural project throughout Station North on vacant and sometimes dilapidated buildings. The mayor plans to recreate Baltimore community by community.

Hiram Gran Lodge Update, Councilman Bill Cole: A decision from the Zoning Board was made available today. The Board rejected Hiram Grand Lodge's (HGL) request to convert to banquet hall. For the HGL to continue to operate, the lodge must meet the following four conditions:

1) All events must end at 10pm.
2) Amplified music or other entertainment must be discontinued by 9pm.
3) Soundproofing to 40-80 decibels at property line. .
4) Sale of tickets or entry fees to the public is prohibited.

Councilman Cole anticipates HGL to appeal the decision. In that case, the city will defend the board's decision. This is a case where the Zoning Board put the community first. The decision did also reference the illegal parking lot, but full decision on condition is yet to come.

Financial Report, Barry Blumberg, Treasurer: Most revenue is recognized in Q1, most expenses hit in Q3. Both dues and donations were higher this year. Expenses for 9 months ending March 2012 equal approximately $11,000. Expect expenses to come within budget by year end. Expenses include $5,000 in professional fees to pay for the retainer for legal counsel. Barry will present FY13 budget proposal at the next meeting.

Bolton Hill Nursery, Bill Wells & Louie Wilder: The building on the corner of Lanvale St and Park Ave recently became available. The Bolton Hill Nursery is one month into 20 month study to determine how it can become an affordable nursery school and actively looking into the purchase. The nursery would like to have the ability to expand. Currently, they maintain a waiting list of over 30 students. The nursery would like to increase enrollment by about 20%, but need to expand. Al Berry is handling the zoning request on conditional use; the hearing is scheduled for April 3.

Charlie Duff, MRIA Zoning Committee: The Zoning committee met this afternoon. A list of conditions was generated along with some concerns:
1) The fence along Park Ave & Lanvale St - make sure new fence looks like old fence once it is extended down Jenkins Alley. The fence currently meets regulation (needs to be safe).
2) Address parking. If the Park Ave spaces become part of District 3, extended parking is decreased. The nursery would get three spots for parent drop-off/pick-up.
3) Parties & noise concerns addressed (same as for HGL).

Motion: For Zoning Committee to support an application for a conditional use with the following conditions:

1) No parties after 10:00 p.m.
2) No loud music after 9:00 p.m.
3) Complete the fence on Jenkins Alley to match the existing fence.
4) Parking on Lanvale Street to remain restricting during hours of operation. After 6:00 p.m., Lanvale returns to RPP parking.
5) Restricted are of parking is returned to RPP.
6) Bolton Hill Nursery will not ask for parking passes
7) Playground equipment will be reviewed by MRIA.

Easement amendments:
1) Zoning Committee to address issue of grounds
2) Copy of complete covenant to include easement.

Motion passed with two amendments (above), 1 opposed, 1 abstention.

Motion Discussion:
1) Question from Dave King, 215 W Lanvale: When would the children be outside? 10a-12p and 4-5p.
2) Request from Patsy Andrews: Please keep her apprised of any changes to parking.
3) Questions from John Kyle: 1) what do you expect to be the future capacity of the new building? The application limits the number of students to 70.

Application is for the use for 70-child daycare center. Current enrollment is 40. Previous zoning requests have paid attention to the liability. The nursery is currently fund raising but still in the study phase. If at the end of this period, the reserve is not possible for the building (to include capital improvements); they will not go forward with purchase. The current board is very conservative and cautious. End of first phase of study is scheduled for the end of this month. The asking price of building is $560K. Board members had various concerns about the playground and its aesthetics. The nursery expects to cooperate with neighbors and the community.

Education Committee, Elizabeth Kennedy: Throughout the community there is widespread support to bring healthy fruits and vegetables into Mt Royal School. Federal funding is available following a pilot. Eight-three schools across Baltimore participate. Mt Royal School has not participated in the past, but would like to start an eight-week pilot this spring to bring the fruits & vegetables into the cafeteria.

The cost is approximately $15/student. On completion of the program, the school could fully participate in the federal program. The committee has already raised $400 locally and is now asking MRIA to match this amount.

Motion: MRIA to match his effort a $400 donation. Motion passed.

Question asked by a member regarding whether or not the Finance Committee had reviewed and made a recommendation to support this request for funds. The President responded that the Executive Committee did review the request previously, with three members of the finance committee present.


Midtown Community Benefits District: MCBD will have to reduce programs to keep up with the current level of service and is, therefore, proposing a five cent increase, or 40%. This would allow MCBD to increase Citizens on Patrol (COP) to seven nights per week and to maintain a state of the art camera program, tailor-made for each block. For example, a $250,000 property would equal a $125 increase per year. The actual increase is from 0.00132 to 0.00182.

This is a significant increase: the committee looked at several options and settled on making one significant increase. MCBD has not increased rates in 12-14 years and recently became affected by Homestead tax as well. The committee estimates it would take a two cent increase to maintain current services; the remaining portion of the increase is to pay for the camera program. The Madison Park neighborhood supports this effort. Midtown is only community in Baltimore that does have security coverage through cameras.

One resident expressed significant concern around such a large increase and suggested "living within our means". Another resident gave support of the plan and potential to reduce crime and potentially increase property values.

A standing offer was made to residents to view the cameras and how they work. A neighbor asked why our neighborhood isn't being supported by the City service. MCBD responded that our neighborhoods have lower crime rates. Another member asked about the timeline? MCBD responded that designing was occurring currently request for quote send out.

MCBD will formally present to all Midtown communities at Spring Town Hall meeting and then bring feedback to their own board; it would then go to City's board of estimates.

Midtown 2013 Surtax Proposal

MICA Safety Walk, Steve Davis: MICA is offering a basic self-defense course. It is a nine hour program, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at MICA (flyer in the back). The Safety Walk will look the neighborhood from the perspective a young woman, evaluate lighting, etc. The walk will occur tomorrow at 6:00 p.m., starting at Fox Building. Steve will send information to Joe for distribution on BHEN.

Parking, Patsy Andrews: Patsy has been approached for two additional passes for two school teachers who are elderly and have health issues at local Bible school.

Motion: to approve two additional passes after inquiring whether or not the teachers already have explored use of a handicapped permit. Motion passed.

March 24 & 31 are the dates for parking pass pick-up. Residents can pick up passes at the downtown office until March 20. If you have registered online, they will be available for neighborhood pickup. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each Saturday.


Announcements:

The trash cans will arrive in two weeks. MICA will store until installation.

The Neighborhood Band concert is tentatively scheduled for June 12 in the same location. Joe needs assistance writing a grant request. Please contact Joe if you have experience in grant writing or would like to assist.

Motion to adjourn at 10:40 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Jill Kingery
MRIA Secretary


April

MRIA Meeting Minutes
April 3, 2012
Memorial Episcopal Church at the corner of Bolton Street and Lafayette.

Introductions
Greeting and Roll Call: Joe Palumbo called the meeting to order at 8:00 PM
Present: Polly Duke, Ashley Chertkof, John Kyle, Joe Palumbo, Linda Rittelmann, Richard Rosenthal, Barry Blumberg Gayle Guilford, Sarah Ramirez Cross, Barbara Francis, Greg Baranoski, Connie Lieder, Alexis Wynn Mogul, Dan Gilbert, Marjorie Forster, Steve Howard, Doug Kelso, Tod Myers, Elizabeth Kennedy, Susan Haun, Louis Quiroga, Lat Naylor, Patsy Andrews, Adrienne Wisenberg, Will Dixon, Joe Horvath, Richard Tabeteau, John Kucskar, Kendra Rice Parlock
Absent: Jill Kingery, Noell Damron, Marie Gagnon, Sally Maulsby, Charlie Duff, Ira Maine, Barbara Bluestone, Susan Van Buren
New Neighbors: Floyd Foster, and Anita Roundtree representing the residents of Marlborough Apts. Mike Marcus lives at 214 West Lanvale, and new neighbor. Bob Linehart, who lives at 211 Mosher St. Welcome!
Approval of March minutes: Correction: Linda Rittelmann was present- minutes were approved as amended.

Reports
Financial Report: 2012-2013 Budget - Barry Bloomberg. Fiscal 2013 represents the period of May 1, 2012 – April 30th 2013. The third quarter 2012 report was presented with the budget for next year. Budgeted income is $17.900 – which is higher in part because in September of this year, we will republish a new Community Guide and will generate advertising revenue associated with it, and membership has been higher. Expenses are also up for the printing and distribution for the Guide. There is a small increase in next year’s Crab Feast because crabs get more expensive. Insurance costs remain the same – and will remain so for the next 3 years after a recent audit. Total expenses are break even with the budget. So far this year, it looks like we’ll end the year on a positive balance. Motion to approve the budget as presented was made and seconded, motion carried.
New Building at MICA: Dan Gilbert. MICA is in need of more student housing on campus. A 225-bed dormitory is being proposed on a piece of property bordered by Park Ave. and North Ave. Architects are Ford, Copeland and Maacht. They have begun looking at the site and doing preliminary footprint drawings for a space of about 17,000 sq. feet. The proposed building will be more than 2 stories tall. City Engineers and the Planning Dept. are involved as are CHAP. Test core drilling is being done to determine foundation substrate. The building may contain a 100-seat auditorium, and possibly some studio classrooms in the building – but the new building is being perceived as a continuation of the existing Commons Complex. The property will be landscaped with patios and gardens, and may include a pond. The rear of the building backs up to homes that face Park Ave. MRIA has created a committee to work with MICA on the project and represent the community. Target date for breaking ground is this November. Discussion ensued about North Avenue, parking, and the style and size of the building.
Sutton Place Project – Representatives from Foster Brown Craig Turner presented some new tenant and improvements to the face of Sutton Place. Soka Gakkai International is a Buddhist Cultural Center that will be taking over the space that’s been vacant for 5 years. Part of their mission is education and a center for worship. Most activities will occur on the weekends for 100-150 people, and 2-3 evenings a week from 6-9 pm. The group is based out of Washington, DC, but they don’t have a location in Baltimore. The solarium is being removed and will be replaced with a patio. Parking concerns were raised.
Nominating Committee – Announcements are being sent out in the newsletter by email and USPS. Alexis Wynn Mogul thanked the members of the Nominating Committee, and presented the list of candidates:

Benefits District – Surtax increase proposal: Midtown Community Benefits District has proposed a 38% increase in the surtax. On Monday March 27, 2012 the Mount Royal Improvement Association Executive Committee voted to oppose the proposed increase of 37.87%. We recognize that revenues for the district have decreased for the current budget year, and are in support of a tax increase of 5% from last year’s tax rate. The Baltimore City Legislative Code has mandated that, “For any year after the first full budget year, the rate of the Supplemental Tax may be adjusted to yield revenues which are no more than 5% greater than in the prior year.” The Mount Royal Improvement Association sees no reason to go beyond these limitations. In addition to opposing the amount of the tax increase, we also oppose the use of the tax revenue for the camera program. Our stance against the use of these funds for the camera program is based on several factors. The primary issue is that the camera project is a capital project and Midtown Benefits District has not supported capital projects in the past. In addition, crime is down within the district and we feel that using the tax for increased patrols will be a much more effective use of these funds. We will discuss this stance at our next meeting. On Wednesday April 4, the MCBD board along with the three Bolton Hill reps: Lat Naylor, Perry Cooper and Joe Horvath will be voting on this increase. The Benefits District Board it then goes to the Board of Estimates for approval approves once a budget.
DIRECTORS
Joseph Palumbo – President Term ending 2015
Susan Haun – First Vice President James Hart
John Kusckar– Second Vice President David King
Barry Blumberg – Treasurer Louis Quiroga
Jill Kingery – Secretary Noell Damron
Richard Rosenthal – Legal Counsel Marjorie Foster
Polly Duke – Past President Dan Gilbert
Steve Howard
Term ending 2013 Brad Fierle
Yoshiko Hiakawa Sally Wingo
Susan Van Buren
Term ending 2014
Anne Watson

Discussion: The question was raised: In past years, how did capital get approved? Answer: 5% a year is normal, and they’re asking for nearly 40%. We would be the second highest tax district in the city. Going more than 5% would require a change in current legislation, which is being considered by City Council. Greg Baranoski made a motion to reject any increase in Mid Town tax rate. This motion was seconded. Then a question arose about determining the current quality of services being delivered by Mid Town. Lat Naylor – feels that resources have been used to making Bolton Hill a better place to live. Trash collection is better. If the proposal is not approved, MRIA will lose 3.2 hours a day (1/3 of total) and one green team person. Motion failed. Motion was then made to endorse the Executive Committee ‘s position. Vote called. 15 for, 11 against, 2 abstaining. Mid Town Benefits District board meeting is being held tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM. Please write to Peter Merles, Councilman Cole and Councilman Stokes to voice your opinion, MICA Main Building – Room 110.
Announcements
Annual Meeting – Next Month at 7:00 PM – we will have a guest speaker and food.
Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage – Doug Kelso. Saturday, April 28 is the MD House and Garden Tour. Need volunteers to host and hostess. 10-5 rain or shine. Tickets are $30. Docents get a 50% discount on the ticket price.
Trash Cans – Linda Rittelmann – they have been ordered and will arrive shortly.
Bulletin – need a volunteer to write the Bulletin or it ends. Probably takes a couple of hours a month to write the Bulleting and put together the articles, events, neighbor updates and send to the layout. Judith McFadden volunteered!!!!
Band Concert - MRIA has gotten funding for a band concert on June 12th!!!
Parking stickers – put them on your car. Take old stickers off. Fining began 4/1.
Great American Camp Out - 6/23 Bolton Square will be hosting the great American Camp out. Bolton Square Commons. Pot luck – bring a tent!
Elizabeth Kennedy did a safety walk with MICA and noted the difference in lighting around the neighborhood. Encouraged everyone to install lighting.

Hiram Grand Lodge – Parking lot is still being used, but they are being fined. Hopefully the 1505 Eutaw St. property will not become an ongoing issue, but they have had loud parties on the weekends now that HGL is shut down.

Adjournment – 9:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Linda Rittelmann (for Jill Kingery)


May

MRIA Meeting Minutes
May 1, 2012

Greeting and Roll Call
Present: Joe Palumbo, Susan Henson-Haun, Ashley Chertkof, Barry Blumberg, Jill Kingery, John Kyle, Noell Damron, Steve Howard, Lat Naylor, Patsy Andrews, Doug Kelso, Sally Maulsby, Barbara Francis, Connie Lieder, Jon Kucskar, Joe Horvath, Kendra Rice Parlock, Greg Baranoski, Dan Gilbert, Barbara Bluestone, Gayle Guilford, Alexis Wynn Mogul, Richard Tabuteau, Linda Rittelmann, Luis Quiroga, Judith McFadden,
Absent: Marie Gagnon, Marjorie Forster, Charlie Duff, Polly Duke, Adrienne Wisenberg, Ira Maine, Richard Rosenthal, Susan Van Buren, Elizabeth Kennedy, Tod Myers, Will Dixon
Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM by Joe Palumbo.

Introductions

Motion: Motion made to approve the minutes from the 2011 Annual Meeting (dated May 3, 2011) without correction.


Reports

Nominations Committee, Alexis Wynn Mogul: Joe Horvath, Monty Howard, Susan Van Buren, Sally Wingo (committee).

Executive Committee:
Joseph Palumbo, President
Susan Henson-Haun, 1st Vice President
Jon Kucskar, 2nd Vice President
Barry Blumberg, Treasurer
Jill Kingery, Secretary
Richard Rosenthal, General Counsel
Polly Duke, Past President

New Board Members:
2013 Yoshiko Hayakawa, 1821 Eutaw Place
2014 Anna Watson, 1801 Eutaw Pl
2015 James Harp, 216 W. Lanvale
Dave King, 215 W Lanvale
Luis Quiroga, 229 W. Lafayette Ave
Noell Damron, 309 W. Lanvale
Marjorie Forster, 1715 Park Ave.
Dan Gilbert, 302 W. Lafayette Ave
Steve Howard, 1420 Mason St.
Brad Fierle, 1701 Park Ave.
Sally Wingo, 1303 Linden Green
Susan Van Buren, 1500 Bolton St.

No nominees from the floor.

Motion: Motion made to accept slate of members without exception. 1 opposed. Passed.

Police Commissioner Bealefeld: Police Commission Bealefeld spoke to the board and offered his thoughts on his policing strategy.

• Started career in 1981, appointed Commissioner in 2007
• Originates from generations of police in Baltimore
• Great historian on the Baltimore Police Department
• Fighting war on drugs hasn't yielded the kind of results that were expected
• Expertise in drug enforcement
• Decided to focus on gun control, specifically "hunting" all guns
o Put together a team to focus on the issue of so many illegal guns on the street
o Lowered the non-fatal shooting rate very quickly
o This team was adopted.
o In 2008, dropped the homicide rate and has continued to drop every year to its lowest rate since 1977.
• Arrived at the decision based on his own experience.
o Based on some statistics on offender background: ~ 50% of offenders arrested for homicide have one thing in common -- a prior gun arrest.
o In other cities, this statistic is replaced with prior domestic violence arrests.
o Developed gun offender registry.
o This made them known to the police force.

• In 2005, we set a record of 108,000 adult records against a population of approximately 650,000. 269 homicides occurred that year. Continues to decline.
• Commissioner recommended judicious use of 911 calls; use when needed in emergencies.
• Commissioner also recommended greater number of police officers on bicycles.
• RAND study from 2008 on securities technologies referenced as background for the basis for security cameras in the neighborhood.


Announcements:

Rebecca Nagle, No Boundaries Coalition: 5th Annual Boundary Block Party, Pennsylvania Avenue & Presstman Street on May 12, 2012.

Senator Catherine Pugh: Next Wednesday, 6pm at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), lawmakers will announce their work from this legislative session; will go back in session on May 14, 2012.

The Annual Bolton Hill Big Band Concert will be held in Fitzgerald Park on June 12, 7-8pm.

Midtown Community Benefits District: Joe Palumbo is meeting tomorrow night with Council members and the Mayor's office to discuss the issue raised to separate the neighborhoods of MCBD. MRIA's stance is for the four neighborhoods to remain intact.

The Board Retreat is scheduled for June 5 at 6:30/7:00pm prior to our next board meeting at Memorial Episcopal Church.

Motion: Motion made to grant the executive committee approval to negotiate with our banks on behalf of MRIA. Motion passed.

New Business: The parking situation at Sutton Place will be addressed at the next meeting.

Great American Backyard Campout will be held Sat., Jun 23, 2012.

Deputy Major Bernard Douglas introduced himself to our neighborhood.
Contact Information: (410) 396-2411, bernard.douglas@baltimorepolice.org.

Delegate Shawn Tarrant, Senator Catherine Pugh, Delegate Barbara Robinson delivered information (included) to the board.

Motion to adjourn at 9:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jill Kingery
MRIA Secretary


June MRIA Meeting Minutes
June 5, 2012

Greeting and Roll Call
Present: Joe Palumbo, Susan Henson-Haun, Barry Blumberg, Jill Kingery, Doug Kelso, Sally Wingo, Barbara Francis, Connie Lieder, Jon Kucskar, Joe Horvath, Kendra Rice Parlock, Dan Gilbert, Barbara Bluestone, Gayle Guilford, Alexis Wynn Mogul, Linda Rittelmann, Luis Quiroga, Judith McFadden, Marjorie Forster, Charlie Duff, Polly Duke, Adrienne Wisenberg, Susan Van Buren, Elizabeth Kennedy, Tod Myers, Will Dixon, Yoshiko Hayakawa, Sally Maulsby, Anna Watson, James Harp, Dave King, Noell Damron,
Absent: Ira Maine, Richard Rosenthal, Richard Tabuteau, Steve Howard, Brad Fierle
Meeting called to order at 8:15 PM by Joe Palumbo.
Motion: Motion made to approve the minutes from the April meeting without correction.

Introductions

Neighbors and Guests in attendance:
Christian Song, Community Liaison, Central District, Mayor's Office
Kelley Terrell, Upper Eutaw Madison Park Association
Richard Mays, Upper Eutaw Madison Community Association
Mark Matino, neighbor, Secretary, John Street Park Association

Delegate Haynes, 44th District: Special session was held recently on tax revenue associated with $150,001 or greater per couple (threshold) or $100,000 per single person. The increase leaves 95% of Baltimore unaffected and saves approximately $500MM in budget cuts. Another special session is coming up on gaming; anticipated for July 9, 2012 to discuss another casino in Prince Georges County (National Harbor).

Reports

Baltimore City Police Department, Officer Fields: Please see attachments. Major Smith hosting Open House on Jun 30, 2012, 500 E Baltimore Street, 1-5pm. Ride-alongs offered for the 3-11pm shift. Contact Sergeant Michael Alessi to register in advance.

Next District Community meeting, tentatively scheduled for June 26, St Mary's Park on Paca Street, 6:30p.m.

No Tolerance Policing Policy: The Internal Affairs Division of the Baltimore City Police Department is committed to promoting trust between the citizens of Baltimore and the Police Department in a professional and fair manner. Located at 2524 Kirk Ave., 8am-4pm, walk-ins are offered. Call if you have a concern with a Baltimore City police officer, you can contact them at (410) 396-2300. Citizens have up to 90 days to file a complaint. Types of complaints generally include: excessive force, abusive language, harassment, false arrest or false imprisonment. You will be assigned an investigator who will walk you through the process of what needs to be done. This is your right as a citizen without retribution. Officers are required to give you their name and badge number, if asked. You can also note the vehicle number.

No questions for Officer Fields.

Netflix, House of Cards TV Series: Raya presented a $5,000 donation to MRIA.

Treasurer's Financial Report for 4Q2012, Barry Blumberg
Income: Budget = $16,900 Actual = $18,820
Additional income generated from bulletin advertisements, an increase in dues received and donations included with dues.

Expenses: Budget = $ 16,900 Actual = $18,859
Major expenses include the Bolton Hill Bulletin, Crab Feast, the purchase of trash cans (installation expense will be included in 2013 budget), D&O insurance, professional fees associated with legal services to address the Hiram Grand Lodge zoning issue.

Net unrestricted funds total $27,600, including Board-approved financial reserve. Restricted funds total $33,000. The Executive Committee approved a $200 expenditure to repair fencing in Sumpter Park.

Nominations Committee, Alexis Wynn Mogul: Joe Horvath, Monty Howard, Susan Van Buren, Sally Wingo (committee).

Executive Committee:
Joseph Palumbo, President
Susan Henson-Haun, 1st Vice President
Jon Kucskar, 2nd Vice President
Barry Blumberg, Treasurer
Jill Kingery, Secretary
Richard Rosenthal, General Counsel
Polly Duke, Past President

New Board Members:
2013 Yoshiko Hayakawa, 1821 Eutaw Place
2014 Anna Watson, 1801 Eutaw Pl
2015 James Harp, 216 W. Lanvale
Dave King, 215 W Lanvale
Luis Quiroga, 229 W. Lafayette Ave
Noell Damron, 309 W. Lanvale
Marjorie Forster, 1715 Park Ave.
Dan Gilbert, 302 W. Lafayette Ave
Steve Howard, 1420 Mason St.
Brad Fierle, 1701 Park Ave.
Sally Wingo, 1303 Linden Green
Susan Van Buren, 1500 Bolton St.

Commons II Architectural Design, Dan Gilbert, Mike Mola, MICA,: MICA had a large need for additional student housing; settled on property at North Avenue and Mt Royal to build new dormitory, called Commons II. MICA worked with a small committee of Bolton Hill design and architectural neighbors, as well as the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) and the Baltimore City Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation (CHAP) on the property design, to include a landscaping plan. It is a 5-floor (17,000 ft2/floor), basic L shape configuration with about 240 beds. The rooftop of this building will be about level with surrounding buildings. Including this new dormitory, MICA will have approximately 900 dormitory beds to house a student body of approximately 2,100 students in total. They expect to open the building for use in August 2013. MICA currently has no plan to address the remaining housing gap for students.

Motion: The Zoning Committee has met on this property and recommends the board support MICA's request for a variance to the typical zoning requirement to sit less than 30 feet back from North Avenue. Passed.

Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) update, Joe Palumbo: the reauthorization of MCBD is due. The Board of Estimates will review budget for 0% increase on Thursday, June 7, 2:30p.m. City Hall will meet for discussion on June 14, 2012.

Steve Cassard offered to serve as a mediator for the four neighborhoods making up the MCBD. A meeting was held with the presidents of all four neighborhood associations. The Mt Vernon neighborhood wants to oppose the current reauthorization for four years and only reauthorize one year.

Lat Naylor is Bolton Hill's at-large member on the MCBD board. Lat laid out the perspective of the other neighborhoods making up MCBD.

The President handed the meeting over to the 1st Vice President for discussion.

Motion: Approve a one-year reauthorization for MCBD. 0 in favor. Not passed.

Motion: for MRIA to state we want to incur no more than our fair share of benefits and resolve the situation in a timely manner with an agreed upon algorithm for the distribution of services. Not passed.

Motion: to refer the issue to Executive committee for discussion. 16 in favor, 8 opposed. Passed.


Blue Plaque Committee report, Barbara Bluestone: The committee has identified the houses that will receive blue plaques and expect to present those to the Board in September.


Announcements:

The Annual Bolton Hill Big Band Concert will be held in Fitzgerald Park on June 12, 7-8pm.

Next MRIA meeting: September 4, 2012 at Memorial Episcopal.

Artscape: July 20-22, 2012. "No Parking" signs will be posted on the Wednesday prior to the 20th. These signs will be metal, affixed over the current parking signs and will advise that towing will be enforced for anyone without a District 3 parking permit.

New Business:

Parking situation at Sutton Place: There is only one parking space required for every 20 occupants. A new Buddhist temple will be holding services for approximately 150 two nights per week and a significant parking constraint is expected.

Motion: for MRIA to oppose this parking request via letter to Sutton Place and that Sutton Place provide additional parking spaces to accommodate the Buddhist cultural center. Passed.


Motion to adjourn at 10:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jill Kingery
MRIA Secretary


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August


Sept

MRIA Meeting Minutes
September 4, 2012

Greeting and Roll Call
Present: Joe Palumbo, Susan Henson-Haun, Richard Rosenthal, Jill Kingery, Polly Duke, Brad Fierle, Doug Kelso, Steve Howard, Sally Wingo, Barbara Francis, Connie Lieder, Jon Kucskar, Joe Horvath, Kendra Rice Parlock, Dan Gilbert, Barbara Bluestone, Linda Rittelmann, Luis Quiroga, Judith McFadden, Marjorie Forster, Charlie Duff, Adrienne Wisenberg, Susan Van Buren, Elizabeth Kennedy, Tod Myers, Yoshiko Hayakawa, Sally Maulsby, Dave King
Absent: Barry Blumberg, Jon Kusckar, Ira Maine, Richard Tabuteau, Alexis Wynn Mogul, Gayle Guilford, Anna Watson, James Harp, Noell Damron
Meeting called to order at 8:05 PM by Joe Palumbo.
Motion: Joe will send out the June meeting minutes and ask for motion next month to approve the June minutes at that time.

Introductions

Neighbors and Guests in attendance: David Nyweide

Refreshments Coordinator: Adrienne Wisenberg volunteered to coordinate refreshment assignments for our meetings.
Reports

Chris Marion, Executive Director, BikeMore:

• BikeMore is an advocate for safer bike facilities all over the city, to include safer travel for pedestrians.
• The bike path would run to Guilford Ave on the eastern length (Mt Royal Ave) and to McMechen St. It would remove the northern most portion of the lane and consequently the parking spaces on that section. BikeMore estimates about 12 spaces in front of Lyric, but would be more if it is built out to the full stretch of road.
• Next Steps: there will be a series of public meetings in September.
• MICA and the Lyric Opera House oppose this bike path. Frank Lazarus, President of MICA, opposes this and would not like it to go any farther than Lafayette Ave.
• These parking spaces are among the few waived from the District 3 parking permit requirement and are valuable to MICA faculty and students.
• Currently, there is no definitive end to the bike path.
• Many neighbors are in favor of creating a safe path for bikers; others are concerned about the loss of parking. Some were concerned about bikers following traffic laws, with or without a bike lane.
• Contact information: info@bikemore.net. Website: http://www.bmorebikes.com/
• BikeMore is an introductory cycling facility for city bikers, which encourages new bikers to participate. Mr. Marion is available to answer question and is here asking for our approval and support.

Motion: A motion was made to table discussion until we have more information to decide. Second. Passed.
This topic will be tabled until our next meeting.

Officer Fields, Baltimore City Police Department:

• Crime statistics are in line with prior year for the same period, except for burglaries (July, August, September MTD).
• There was one arrest yesterday for larceny from auto.
• Officer Fields reminded us again to please keep items out of plain site inside cars and homes (visible within windows and doors).
• There was a major arrest yesterday in Mt Vernon for armed and unarmed robberies (a team of three). BPD believes the team they have cleared at least 30 robberies (muggings).
• Guide for Online Safety, Guide for Bike Safety available for children available. Officer Fields will leave copies.
• There was also a shooting and homicide outside of Belvedere on Chase Street. No additional information to provide.
• Crime Incident Reports are included – a summary of crimes that have occurred.

Connie Lieder, Memorial Apartments:
• Memorial Gardens is a 200-unit apartment building, originally developed by Memorial Episcopal Church.
• Memorial has hired Sommerset Development Corporation for new development of site.
• They are very early in the process; no information yet to share, but expect to be back later when there is a plan to discuss.
• The building needs an extensive redesign, infrastructure and reconfigured parking.
• They are going to the state for bond financing this fall and expect to break ground in the April-June timeframe.
• Sommerset will return to MRIA to get input on design decisions.
• Sommerset also developed the Professional Arts Building as well.
• Discussed “activating” the corner with commercial on ground floor and residential above.
• They will continue to provide senior housing per HUD funding; currently 286 elderly living at Memorial.
• Expect it to be market rate, rather than fixed income; although no market study yet.
• The plan is to displace residents into available units while making renovations; currently 20% turnover per year allows this to be a possibility.
• Joe would like to form a Committee to work with Memorial on this development: John Kyle, Carlo Van Griecken, Steve Howard, Dave King, Susan Van Buren and Charlie Duff.
• Anticipated length of renovation is 12 months; although that seems optimistic and expect at least 15 months.
• Nothing on contract yet; currently in negotiations with Hamel.


Treasurer's Financial Report for 1Q2012, Jill Kingery, Finance Committee Chair for Barry Blumberg

• The 1st Quarter 2013 takes in the months of May, June, and July of this year. Most of our income comes in the 1st Quarter.
• Included in Donations is the $5.000 contribution from the movie company.
• The 1st Quarter is also the lowest in expenses; therefore our Unrestricted Cash is high. This will come down as our main expenses for the rest of the year come in.
• The project showing an expense of $520 was the installation of the new trash cans, which finished the project.
• Under the Restricted Funds, we received over $15,000, an unusually large amount, as our apportioned proceeds from our participation in the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage. These funds are currently reserved for Maple Leaf Park, which was our designated project.
• We also become the depository for Lanvale Triangle Park, for their fence and grounds project. These funds were used in early August.
• Further details, of funds with activity, are shown on the lower portion of the sheet.
• Preliminarily, the Crab Feast did well with ever larger attendance than last year. Crab prices did not increase this year, although we had budgeted for an anticipated increase. We will need to subsidize less of the Crab Feast expense this year.

Membership Committee: The Membership Committee will meet on Wednesday at the home of Kendra Rice-Parlock.

Bus Stop at 1700 Eutaw Place: Marlborough Apartments residents would like to put a bus stop back on southbound line, as it was three years ago.

• Request submitted on behalf of senior citizens to return the former bus stop to the original location in the 1700 block of Eutaw street
• Since this stop was removed, the elderly and infirmed now have to walk farther to catch the bus.
• The desired location is outside a vacant building.
• Charlie Duff originally worked to have the bus stop moved due to drug dealing and prostitution about three years ago. Since then, these issues have significantly improved.
• Carlo Van Greicken lives on Eutaw Place and spoke to the issue.
• Delegate Stokes spoke to this issue as well and confirmed it is a difficult for the elderly to get to the new bus stop. In his role at MTA, he anticipates an extensive study.
o Title 6 requires access to public transportation

Motion: A motion was made for MRIA to oppose the return of this bus stop to 1700 Eutaw Place. Second.

Discussion: This bus stop served to facilitate crime when at this location previously. Madison Ave and McMechen Street is a known open air drug market and the site is actually well lit. The corner at 1700 Eutaw Street is dim and architecturally lends itself to the assistance of crime.

14 in favor / 5 opposed. Motion passed. Joe will send a letter on behalf of MRIA to the Maryland Transit Authority opposing the replacement of this bus stop.

Announcements:

The Bolton Hill Yard Sale will be held this Saturday on the median of Park Avenue, 9am-3pm with over 30 spaces. This is the largest fundraiser for the Parks North of McMechen fund.

Next MRIA meeting: September 4, 2012 at Memorial Episcopal.

MAP Course: MRIA is hosting a workshop to guide board participants in the basics of planning, running and documenting a meeting. The Maryland Association of Parliamentarians (MAP) provides courses for not-for-profit organizations to help them to manage more effective meetings. MRIA strongly encourages all board members to attend this session.

What: MRIA Board Workshop
Who: Any and all board members
Any other Bolton Hill neighbors who are members of other not-for-profit organizations
When: September 19, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Where: MICA Main Building, 110 (1st floor), 1300 W. Mt. Royal Ave
Why: To help MRIA board members become more fluent and comfortable in the basics of managing and participating in effective board meetings
How: To register as a participant, please email Jill Kingery at jillkingery@gmail.com and provide your name, address, email, phone number and board status. Or phone at (410) 783-7829 with the same information.
How Much: The cost of the program is free to MRIA board members and other neighbors who participate on other not-for-profit boards

Contact Jill Kingery with questions.

Motion to adjourn at 9:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jill Kingery
MRIA Secretary


Oct

MRIA Meeting Minutes
October 2, 2012

Greeting and Roll Call
Present: Joe Palumbo, Susan Henson-Haun, Jon Kusckar, Barry Blumberg, Richard Rosenthal, Jill Kingery, Brad Fierle, Doug Kelso, Steve Howard, Sally Wingo, Barbara Francis, Connie Lieder, Dan Gilbert, Linda Rittelmann, Luis Quiroga, Charlie Duff, Adrienne Wisenberg, Susan Van Buren, Tod Myers, Yoshiko Hayakawa, Dave King, Richard Tabuteau, Alexis Wynn Mogul, James Harp, Noell Damron
Absent: Polly Duke, Elizabeth Kennedy, Ira Maine, Gayle Guilford, Anna Watson, Barbara Bluestone, Judith McFadden, Sally Maulsby, Joe Horvath, Kendra Rice Parlock, Marjorie Forster

• Call to order
A quorum being present, MRIA President, Joe Palumbo, called the regular monthly meeting of the Mount Royal Improvement Association, Inc. (MRIA) to order on October 2, 2012 at 8:10 p.m.
1 Reading and Approval of the Minutes
The June meeting minutes were approved with changes.
The September meeting minutes were approved as distributed.
2 Announcement of Neighbors and Guests in Attendance
Barbie Klik – 244 Waxter Way
3 Reports of Officers, Boards, Standing Committees and the Baltimore City Police Department
Officer Fields of the Baltimore City Police Department reported the crime statistics for the neighborhood and provided status on recent crimes in Bolton Hill:

• Crime statistics were all down in comparison to the prior year until last week.
• Craig’s list crimes luring victims away where two additional criminals were waiting
o None of the victims were from Bolton Hill.
o The perpetrators were armed.
o Crimes occurred on Eutaw Place and Lafayette Avenue.
o Additional patrols have been deployed by Major Smith.

4 New Business
Mary Consugar of the Bolton Hill Garden Club provided information on the status of a putting a Bocce Ball court in Sumpter Park. For reference, the Sumpter Park boundaries are Bolton, Roberts, Jordan and Laurens Streets.
• Motion by Member Duff to write a letter of support for the Bolton Hill Garden Club to install a Bocce Ball court in Sumpter Park.

Discussion: Member King wanted to know if we could use gravel instead of seeding grass for turf. This was considered by the club and dismissed. Member Kelso asked if there had been any response from neighbors most immediately near Sumpter Park. Most neighbors know about the plan and there has been only positive support to date.

Motion adopted.

Neighbor John Kyle provided background on the health of the park in the medians of Park Avenue and the plan to use MRIA funds to improve the park located on the medians along the 1600 and 1700 blocks of Park Avenue.

• Motion made by Member Lieder to use $625 from the Parks North of McMechen Fund to trim the shrubbery in the park in the median of Park Avenue.

Discussion: The shrubbery around medians has grown out of bounds in the 1600 block and is in need of trimming. The City will not be trimming the shrubbery this year and has not been done so for several years. Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) has trimmed the shrubbery in the 1700 block of Park Avenue which is not as tall. Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) does not have the equipment or expertise to do the work on the taller shrubs in the 1600 block. In the past, landscapers have been hired by MRIA to complete the work.

Member Myers asked if the shrubs could be replaced instead. The shrubs could be replaced, but the shrubs already planted could be maintained by MCBD once they are back in bounds and they are reasonably healthy.

Motion adopted.

• Motion made by Member Gilbert to use $7,000 from the Parks North of McMechen Fund to trim/prune trees in the 1600 and 1700 Park Avenue medians and in adjacent tree wells.. The motion passed with one (1) abstention.

Discussion: Significant branches have fallen down in the median. Following a walk-through with the City of Baltimore’s Arborist to determine if this is something the City would remove, John was informed the city would approve removal of the branches but that the funds are not available.

Member Rittelmann asked who is responsible for maintenance of the fountains. The city turns the water on and off seasonally and has also completed some masonry work and electrical work in the past. Neighbors have taken on the responsibility for regular maintenance with support from MRIA for supplies.

Motion adopted.

• Motion made by Member Wynne Mogul to use $5,000 from the General Fund to plant 8 – 10new trees in the park in the medians of Park Avenue. The motion passed with one (1) opposed.

Discussion: Currently, the $5,000 donation from Netflix is in the General Fund. There is a need to fill in newer trees among the older trees so there is staging of the ages of the trees. Member Myers asked who would be responsible for maintaining the trees. A mix of MCBD staff and neighborhood volunteers will maintain the trees.

Motion adopted.

5 Community Meeting and Announcements
Tree planting this Saturday with MCBD. No tools necessary; MCBD will provide the tools and water the trees thereafter. The City is providing the trees; neighbor George Lavdas is organizing and plotting where the trees will be planted. Meet Saturday, October 5, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at Fitzgerald Park.

Safe Routes to School Overview Program. The large signs on McMechen and Mosher streets are part of the Safe Routes to School Overview Program by Baltimore City. These signs did not go through the Architectural Review process and no notice was given to the neighborhood. These signs are in place to remind drivers to slow down. Comments should be directed to: Astrina Calame, Safe Routes to School, (443) 984-3664.

Bolton Hill Trick or Treating is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27. Please also support the trick-or-treaters out on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31.

Festival on the Hill is next Saturday, October 13. MRIA sets up a table to provide information about the organization, answer questions and register new members. We have about 10 slots, an hour each, for board members to staff the table.

Baltimore Marathon is scheduled for the same day, October 13. Traffic will be difficult in and out of the neighborhood on that date.

The next meeting of the board of directors of the MRIA is scheduled for November 13, 2012, 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Episcopal to avoid conflicts with Election Day.

League of Women Voters is hosting two forums moderated by Marc Steiner at Morgan State University. The first is scheduled for next Tuesday night, October 9, 7:00-9:15 p.m. Topic; Marriage equality. There will be speakers for and against each position. The second is scheduled for October 25, Topic: Date and Change of Elections.
Website: elections.state.md.us
Go online to the Election Board to check your voter registration.

Strawbridge Methodist Church likely to go up for sale officially. They have hired KLMB Realtors. It is unclear what the Methodist Conference will decide to do at this time.

Memorial Apartments has an initial plan for their physical redevelopment. Two evening meetings to address design are planned for November 14-15, 2012. Notices will go out via BHEN.

Midtown Community Benefits District Annual Meeting will be held on October 24, 2012. Joe Horvath is our representative. It is very important that Bolton Hill have a representative to represent our neighborhood interests and concerns. The meeting will be held at Payne Memorial Church, 1714 Madison Avenue, at 7:00p.m. Notices will go out via BHEN.

6 Adjourn
Motion by Member Myers to adjourn. Adopted.

MRIA Secretary, Jill Kingery, took the minutes.


Nov

MRIA Meeting Minutes
November 13, 2012

Greeting and Roll Call
Present: Joe Palumbo, Susan Henson-Haun, Barry Blumberg, Jill Kingery, Brad Firlie, Doug Kelso, Steve Howard, Sally Wingo, Barbara Francis, Dan Gilbert, Luis Quiroga, Susan Van Buren, Tod Myers, Richard Tabuteau, James Harp, Noell Damron, Gayle Guilford, Joe Horvath, Kendra Rice Parlock, Polly Duke, Elizabeth Kennedy, Sally Maulsby
Absent: Ira Maine, Anna Watson, Marjorie Forster, Alexis Wynn Mogul, Connie Lieder, Dave King, Richard Rosenthal, Yoshiko Hayakawa, Linda Rittelmann, Barbara Bluestone, Charlie Duff, Adrienne Wisenberg, Judith McFadden

• Call to order
A quorum being present, MRIA President, Joe Palumbo, called the regular monthly meeting of the Mount Royal Improvement Association, Inc. (MRIA) to order on November 13, 2012 at 8:05 p.m.
1 Reading and Approval of the Minutes
The October meeting minutes were approved with changes to 1) the attendance record to reflect Barry Blumberg as absent and, 2) the addition of the financial report.
2 Announcement of Neighbors and Guests in Attendance
Russell Keys – Looking for a house in Bolton Hill
3 Reports of Officers, Boards, Standing Committees and the Baltimore City Police Department
Officer Fields of the Baltimore City Police Department reported the crime statistics for the neighborhood and provided status on recent crimes in Bolton Hill:

• There will be extra officers in the neighborhood, on foot, throughout the upcoming holiday season.
• Month-over-month statistics:
o Robberies decreased from four to one.
 Arrest was made on the Jordan Street crime (robbery).
o Aggravated assaults remained unchanged at one.
o Burglaries increased from one to four.
 BPD is working with MICA Security to reduce burglaries.
o Auto thefts increased by one from five to six.

4 New Business
The Executive Committee needs to replace Jon Kusckar as Second Vice President and has asked the Nominations Committee to fill this position. Additionally, the Nominations Committee will be seeking members to fill both the President and Secretary positions.

• Motion made by Member Van Buren to nominate Joe Horvath to take the position of Second Vice President.

Discussion: Joe may not be able to complete a full term, and therefore the Nominations Committee is extending their search to fill all three positions for the 2012-2014 terms.

Motion referred to the Nominating committee for resolution at the December meeting.

• Motion made by Member Van Buren to remove the ‘School Zone’ light in between Park Avenue and Mosher Street.

Discussion: Councilman Cole communicated the sign may or may not be removed and, if it was, the neighborhood would not likely get it back if the neighborhood later changed its mind.

Member Van Buren addressed alternate locations that may receive greater benefit from the sign than its current location.

Motion adopted.

• Motion made by Member Henson-Haun to use $3,150 from the Parks North of McMechen Fund to pay for improvements and repairs to Fitzgerald Park.

Discussion: Member Duke asked if we could get at least three quotes from landscapers to support the amount requested. Member Van Buren suggested a written proposal, at minimum, so that the board could evaluate the proposal.

Motion amended to make $3,150 available from the Parks North of McMechen Fund to pay for improvements and repairs to Fitzgerald Park, reimbursed for amounts documented by receipts.

Motion adopted as amended.

MCBD Working Group Report, Jill Kingery & Joe Palumbo

The Working Group was organized last spring following a session with the majority of executive committee members from each neighbourhood association present. Initially it involved three representatives from each neighbourhood although has now been distilled down to two, with the Association president being one of the three representatives in most cases. In all cases, the presidents appear to still be informed.
The Working Group has struggled with purpose, direction and progress toward a resolution. Steve Cassard, from UB, has convened this group and been faithful in his attempts to shepherd the group to a resolution.
As a reminder, this group was convened due to a significant split in the vision of how the Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) should function in the future with basically two neighbourhoods wanting a dollar-for-dollar “return” on their surtax contribution or what they believed to be “equal services for the dollar value of their surtax contribution”. This method involved a reduction in services to the two smaller neighbourhoods who are essentially subsidized under the current model and an increase in services to the two larger neighbourhoods. Much of this involved complex costing of the services currently provided. Member Kingery disagrees with costing in general, as Midtown does not currently have a reliable method for cost accounting, and believes, based on professional experience, that cost accounting is not cost-effective and likely cost-probative for an organization such as Midtown.
A consultant was hired to speak with representatives from each neighbourhood. Joe spoke with the consultant; Jill was not available at the time. The consultant made multiple conclusions, including the same conclusion regarding costing. We will distribute that report.
Many of the meetings that followed were contentious and unproductive; potentially the only thing all parties agree on is that the personalities involved are creating a great deal of the problem as well as exacerbating it and that one of the fundamental problems is born of mistrust between the groups over the years.
Along the way, some of the neighbourhoods have advocated for a “divorce” with two neighbourhoods splitting off into a separate benefits district, potentially adding in other neighbourhoods such as Greenmount, Reservoir Hill, etc. We have attempted to document and cost a current reflection of services provided by Midtown, but have not been able to reach agreement on those numbers of the method used to cost.
Where are we today? A few points as summarized by Steve:
• It appears there is more interest in keeping the district intact vs. breaking it up, although skepticism certainly remains.
• Most neighbourhoods would like greater control or some assessment of the services received.
• Personalities have gotten in the way of good decision-making,
• Several actions have been proposed regarding the future of Midtown:
o Hire an expert to analyze inputs & outputs and migrate toward measuring results and impacts (performance based, similar to what we have now).
o The next chair should be someone perceived to be neutral and objective.
o Neighbourhoods should have more control (or input) over its respective share of the surtax contribution.
o Reduce the number of board meetings while relying more on committees to develop changes and improvements.
o Create a tiered tax district for the purpose of applying higher assessments where welcomed, i.e., commercial entities.
o A “Fundraising” option where the 501(c)3 status of Midtown would be used to allow each association to direct the use of taxes toward varying objectives with the ‘clean, green, safe’ mission, such as for the security cameras or other capital expenditures. This option is possible to implement now as this structure is already in place.
Additionally:
• A professional mediator is also being considered to move forward.
• Councilpersons Stokes and Cole have made it clear they will not consider any legislative action that isn’t unanimously agreed to by all four neighbourhoods.
The current plan is for each neighbourhood to meet to discuss these options and desires with the neighbours to make an informed decision on how that neighbourhood would like to move forward. The Working Group would then bring this consensus (“1 vote”) to a meeting on Dec 13, and the Association presidents will then speak with a single voice for that neighbourhood association. This is what we plan to do tonight and at our December meeting, so that the neighbourhood has time to evaluate. Then the unanimous proposal would be delivered to Councilpersons Cole & Stokes for any legislative action needed. The city would then need to approve it as well as the Board of Estimates for any associated surtax increase.
Please contact Jill Kingery, jillkingery@gmail.com or Joe Palumbo, joe.palumbocpa@gmail.com for more information.

5 Community Meeting and Announcements
6 Requesting MRIA representative to the MCBD board of directors starting in January. Is there a member or neighbor available to represent Bolton Hill on the Midtown Community Benefits District board of directors? Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the MICA Gateway building.
Requesting assistance from a neighbor in setting up our PayPal account. If interested, please contact Barry Blumberg or Susan Henson-Haun. Member Firlie, a developer, offered to review the process and report back.
Choice Neighborhoods is having a series of meetings, starting Wed., November 13 at Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School, for the consultants to share what they have learned over the past year. Working Groups will follow for those who wish to participate. This is a long-term effort for this neighborhood and will be very important to the future of Pedestal Gardens and other areas in and near Bolton Hill.

The Zoning Committee met last week to review a request at a non-owner occupied property in the neighborhood. The Zoning Committee supported the Planning Department’s assessment to prevent parking. Charlie Duff spoke at the hearing; we anticipate a decision tomorrow.

Midtown Academy is the charter school on Mt Royal Avenue in our neighborhood. They are having their annual meeting tomorrow night.

The Poinsettia Tour event of the Upper Eutaw-Madison Association is moving their annual event to accommodate Bolton Hill and will now be held on Saturday, December 8, 12-5 p.m.

Mt Royal Elementary School will hold their Kindergarten Open House on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.
www.midtownparents.org

MCDB electronic communications are available to all those who sign up. http://midtownbaltimore.org/

7 Adjourn
• Motion by Member Guilford to adjourn. Adopted.

MRIA Secretary, Jill Kingery, took the minutes.


Dec

MRIA Meeting Minutes
December 4, 2012

Greeting and Roll Call
Present: Susan Henson-Haun, Barry Blumberg, Jill Kingery, Brad Firlie, Doug Kelso, Steve Howard, Sally Wingo, Barbara Francis, Dan Gilbert, Luis Quiroga, Susan Van Buren, Tod Myers, Noell Damron, Joe Horvath, Kendra Rice Parlock, Polly Duke, Elizabeth Kennedy, Sally Maulsby, Charlie Duff, Adrienne Wisenberg, Dave King, Richard Rosenthal, Alexis Wynn Mogul, Marjorie Forster,
Absent: Ira Maine, Anna Watson, Connie Lieder, Linda Rittelmann, Barbara Bluestone, Judith McFadden, Joe Palumbo, Richard Tabuteau, James Harp, Yoshiko Hayakawa, Gayle Guilford

• Call to order
A quorum being present, MRIA 1st Vice President, Susan Henson-Haun, called the regular monthly meeting of the Mount Royal Improvement Association, Inc. (MRIA) to order on December 4, 2012 at 8:15 p.m.
1 Reading and Approval of the Minutes
The November meeting minutes were approved without changes with a motion from member Wingo. Motion adopted.
2 Announcement of Neighbors and Guests in Attendance
Tiera, Property Manager, 1201 Eutaw Place
3 Reports of Officers, Boards, Standing Committees and the Baltimore City Police Department
Officer Fields of the Baltimore City Police Department reported the crime statistics for the neighborhood and provided status on recent crimes in Bolton Hill:

• Month-over-month statistics:
o Significant drop in crime (reported incidents)
o Only 26 calls this month, compared to 62 in the prior month
o 6 auto larcenies reported; there may be some discrepancies in reporting. Officer Fields will research to determine
o 1 robbery since last month
o 3 burglaries (includes 1 forced entry)
o 1 common assault
• Shooting on McMechen Street last week at Pedestal Gardens
o Apparent drug crime
o Suspect identified; awaiting warrant
• Assault on Wilson Street earlier today – may or may not have been reported
• Assault of a young woman on Lafayette Ave last week on her walk to school; Officer Fields is following-up with Midtown Academy administrators.

4 New Business
The Executive Committee needs to replace Jon Kusckar as Second Vice President and has asked the Nominations Committee to fill this position. Additionally, the Nominations Committee will be seeking members to fill both the President and Secretary positions.

• Motion made by Member Wynn Mogul to nominate Joe Horvath to take the position of Second Vice President. Motion adopted.

A Communications Committee has been established to determine the best use of BHEN. This committee will include Polly Duke, Doreen Rosenthal & Richard Rosenthal. Doreen was the originator of the communication rules used to operate BHEN. If you would like to participate or have anything you would like to add, please email Polly or Doreen.

The New Neighbor Party will be held on 01/27/2012. All Board members will be invited to attend and asked to bring items for the party. If you know anyone new to the neighborhood, please email Sally, Kendra & Susan on the Membership Committee.

Update from Bill Cole (read directly from email as below):
1) Rite Aid Container
Is definitely unpermitted and is being pursued as a code violation. Both CHAP and Housing are pursuing this one. I'm not sure if it has happened yet, but a citation will be issued and it will be ordered removed.

2) Empowerment Temple Parties
You saw the email from David Tanner. The approved zoning use isn't consistent with what's happening now -- I'm waiting to hear back from Geoff Veale, zoning administrator, to see if this constitutes a zoning violation (the route we took with Hiram Grand).

Part 2 of this is that I'm meeting with the Pastor of the Church, the Mayor's office, and the Police Department next week. The Pastor continues to insist that he stopped these parties. The police have evidence to the contrary. I'm hoping for a peaceful resolution.

3) Jim Harkness from DOT is working with the grant administrator on safe streets or safe passage to school (whatever that thing is called) on the removal of that one light that nobody wants. I've not been told no, so I consider that to be good news.


Financial Report, Barry Blumberg, MRIA Treasurer. For the first six months of FY13 (starts May1, 2012 – April 30, 2013) budgeted income of $17,900 compared to actual income of $20K. The donation from Netflix added to the positive variance. Dues have mostly been collected as well.

• Unrestricted cash totals approximately $83,000
• Financial reserve (rolling 5 year average income x 2) totals approximately $42,000.
• Net unrestricted is approximately $36,000.
• Restricted funds total $48,000.
• Yard Sale (September) had record proceeds of $1,200. Net gain of approximately $900 after expenses. Thanks to Midtown for assistance with the Yard Sale.
• Expenses for Lanvale Triangle Park totaled $876, with about $400 remaining toward this project.

Midtown Working Group.

• Motion made by Member Kyle for the MRIA President to vote on behalf of Bolton Hill at the next Working Group meeting to keep the current Midtown Community Benefits District intact, as it is now, as four neighborhoods. Motion adopted.


MCBD Working Group Report, Jill Kingery & Joe Palumbo

The Working Group was organized last spring following a session with the majority of executive committee members from each neighbourhood association present. Initially it involved three representatives from each neighbourhood although has now been distilled down to two, with the Association president being one of the three representatives in most cases. In all cases, the presidents appear to still be informed.
The Working Group has struggled with purpose, direction and progress toward a resolution. Steve Cassard, from UB, has convened this group and been faithful in his attempts to shepherd the group to a resolution.
As a reminder, this group was convened due to a significant split in the vision of how the Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) should function in the future with basically two neighbourhoods wanting a dollar-for-dollar “return” on their surtax contribution or what they believed to be “equal services for the dollar value of their surtax contribution”. This method involved a reduction in services to the two smaller neighbourhoods who are essentially subsidized under the current model and an increase in services to the two larger neighbourhoods. Much of this involved complex costing of the services currently provided. Member Kingery disagrees with costing in general, as Midtown does not currently have a reliable method for cost accounting, and believes, based on professional experience, that cost accounting is not cost-effective and likely cost-probative for an organization such as Midtown.
A consultant was hired to speak with representatives from each neighbourhood. Joe spoke with the consultant; Jill was not available at the time. The consultant made multiple conclusions, including the same conclusion regarding costing. We will distribute that report.
Many of the meetings that followed were contentious and unproductive; potentially the only thing all parties agree on is that the personalities involved are creating a great deal of the problem as well as exacerbating it and that one of the fundamental problems is born of mistrust between the groups over the years.
Along the way, some of the neighbourhoods have advocated for a “divorce” with two neighbourhoods splitting off into a separate benefits district, potentially adding in other neighbourhoods such as Greenmount, Reservoir Hill, etc. We have attempted to document and cost a current reflection of services provided by Midtown, but have not been able to reach agreement on those numbers of the method used to cost.
Where are we today? A few points as summarized by Steve:
• It appears there is more interest in keeping the district intact vs. breaking it up, although skepticism certainly remains.
• Most neighbourhoods would like greater control or some assessment of the services received.
• Personalities have gotten in the way of good decision-making,
• Several actions have been proposed regarding the future of Midtown:
o Hire an expert to analyze inputs & outputs and migrate toward measuring results and impacts (performance based, similar to what we have now).
o The next chair should be someone perceived to be neutral and objective.
o Neighbourhoods should have more control (or input) over its respective share of the surtax contribution.
o Reduce the number of board meetings while relying more on committees to develop changes and improvements.
o Create a tiered tax district for the purpose of applying higher assessments where welcomed, i.e., commercial entities.
o A “Fundraising” option where the 501(c)3 status of Midtown would be used to allow each association to direct the use of taxes toward varying objectives with the ‘clean, green, safe’ mission, such as for the security cameras or other capital expenditures. This option is possible to implement now as this structure is already in place.
Additionally:
• A professional mediator is also being considered to move forward.
• Councilpersons Stokes and Cole have made it clear they will not consider any legislative action that isn’t unanimously agreed to by all four neighbourhoods.
The current plan is for each neighbourhood to meet to discuss these options and desires with the neighbours to make an informed decision on how that neighbourhood would like to move forward. The Working Group would then bring this consensus (“1 vote”) to a meeting on Dec 13, and the Association presidents will then speak with a single voice for that neighbourhood association. This is what we plan to do tonight and at our December meeting, so that the neighbourhood has time to evaluate. Then the unanimous proposal would be delivered to Councilpersons Cole & Stokes for any legislative action needed. The city would then need to approve it as well as the Board of Estimates for any associated surtax increase.
Please contact Jill Kingery, jillkingery@gmail.com or Joe Palumbo, joe.palumbocpa@gmail.com for more information.

MICA Update, Dan Gilbert. The new building, Founders Green, is underway; the skin will go up soon, followed by the interior. MICA has approached the Bolton Hill Garden Club about taking on responsibilities for maintaining a small park (Morrison Park). Will go to ARC in December, followed by CHAP in January.

5 Community Meeting and Announcements
• Poinsettia Tour, Saturday, 12/8
• Garden Club’s Sale, Saturday, 12/8
• Open House at Mt Royal (open to the public), 9:00-10:30a tomorrow, 12/5
• The Zoning Committee declined the addition of four new apartments to 1210 Eutaw Place; this was approved.
• The developers of Memorial Apartments are interested in building a new building on the corner of Eutaw Place and McMechen street.
• The Choice Neighborhoods workshops delivered a draft plan; Charlie would like time on the next agenda to discuss.
• The next board meeting will be held 1/8, 2013

6 Adjourn
• Motion by Member Duke to adjourn. Motion adopted.

MRIA Secretary, Jill Kingery, took the minutes.


 

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