Minutes for the Ardmore Neighborhood Association meeting of February 8, 2005
Present: Jennifer Redd, Mary Ann Myers, Phyllis Newman, Bonnie King, Julie Magness, Tom Dalrymple, Pauline Leggatt, Linda Pass, Scott Breining, Brenda Jo Breining
Absent: Candy Wood, Patti Sturdy, Diana Halstead, Sean Ervin, Connie Woosley, David Lane, Robin Fulk, David Archer
Guest: Clark Harper
Call to Order: 7:35PM
Minutes from the meeting of January 11, 2005 were distributed and accepted.
ITEMS OF DISCUSSION:
1. Treasurer’s Report: No new report available as of the posting of these minutes. $21,633.11 as of January 14, 2005.
2. Membership report: There are approximately 192 members paid and 639 members in the database. A motion was made and approved to make sure the membership database distinguishes between people that actually live in Ardmore and those that live elsewhere. Julie will take care of this. Also, the membership application will be revamped to ask the applicant if he/she lives in Ardmore.
3. Playground Equipment: Linda has completed her grant proposal for the WS Foundation. She will get it scanned in .pdf format and have it added to the ANA website.
4. Crime/Safety/Public Health report: Phyllis is going to have a notice in the newsletter asking people with rat issues to call her. She has been in touch with the City of WS about baiting the sewers.
Mary Ann circulated the current crime report for Ardmore. Board members are contemplating whether we should put the crime report on the website. We will consider voting on this at a future meeting.
5. Zoning Report: There are no restrictions on churches except for the number of parking spaces they must have. This number of parking spaces is based on sanctuary seating. Redeemer Church is about to put four classroom trailers on its property. A motion was made and passed allowing Julie to create an open resolution concerning the ANA’s desires for religious institutions. This resolution will first go to the Planning Board and state the ANA would like to see a) parking restrictions for the accessory uses of religious institutions as there are none at this time, b) mandatory public hearings when churches try to make changes to the properties they own, c) setback protection buffers and d) stormwater control mandates. The resolution will also state that the ANA is willing to work with the Planning Board and other groups to make these things happen. It may be sent to other groups or individuals on an as needed basis.
6. WSNA: The Winston-Salem Neighborhood Alliance will be considering a vote for a tree ordinance; that is, preventing the clear-cutting of land. A motion was made and passed to support ordinances that save trees.
The WSNA is considering the hiring of a lawyer to represent neighborhood issues in the Wal-Mart rezoning proposal for Reynolda Road which will likely be coming to the Planning Board in March. A motion was made and passed allowing Julie to use her discretion at the meeting concerning the hiring of a lawyer for this issue. The ANA pays annual dues of $25 to the WSNA.
The annual WSNA Neighborhood Conference is scheduled for March 19th at WSSU. The ANA and West End Neighborhood Association will be involved in the topic Marketing Your Neighborhood as a Great Place to Live.
The WS Police Department would to see neighborhood associations and neighborhood watch teams combining to reduce crime.
7. Garage/Garden Tour Update: Clark Harper gave the Board an update on the upcoming Garage/Garden Tour. The tour will be June 4th (Rain Date: June 5th). The committee has started touring potential garages and is still looking for gardens to feature on the tour. More info can be found at www.ardmoregaragetour.com.
8. Budget: Jennifer and Phyllis are the new budget committee. They will be sending out a revised operating budget via email soon.
9. Tax Credit Workshop: There will be a city-wide tax credit workshop in May. Ardmore Methodist Church has been contacted as a potential host. Michelle McCullough from the City Planner’s office and someone from the State Historic Resource Commission will be involved. Included will be sessions on filling out applications and examples of restorations that will be accepted for tax credits.
10. Tax Valuation Response: Patti has been in touch with Nolan Lawson from the city tax office. He welcomes phone calls for legitimate value complaints. All of Ardmore was up 20-30% in the recent city-wide reassessment. Pete Rodda, also from the City of WS, warns to be careful when trying to get a decrease in an assessment. If someone comes out to an address to fully reassess, another increase could actually take place.
11. Traffic Calming: Traffic counts are underway in the neighborhood of Academy Street near the Ardmore Fire Station.
12. July Meeting Date Changed: The July meeting will be held July 19th, not July 12th as normally scheduled.
13. New Board Member: A motion was made and passed making Tom Dalrymple an ANA Board Member. Tom accepted and his term will expire in October 2006.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15PM
Brenda Jo Breining, Secretary, ANA