Minutes for the Ardmore Neighborhood Association meeting of March 8, 2005

Present: Jennifer Redd, Mary Ann Myers, Sean Ervin, Connie Woosley, Phyllis Newman, Bonnie King, Julie Magness, Tom Dalrymple, Pauline Leggatt, Candy Wood, Scott Breining, Brenda Jo Breining

Absent: Linda Pass, Patti Sturdy, Diana Halstead, David Lane, Robin Fulk, David Archer

Call to Order: 7:35PM
Minutes from the meeting of February 8, 2005 were distributed and accepted.

ITEMS OF DISCUSSION:

1. Treasurer’s Report: $21,224.87 as of March 8, 2005.

2. Membership report: There are approximately 205 members paid and 639 members in the database.

3. Playground Equipment: The WS Foundation will be deciding on the grant proposal written by Linda Pass on March 10th.

4. Crime/Safety/Public Health report: Phyllis has received several calls from people with rat issues. She has been in touch with the City of WS about baiting the sewers. Jennifer is going to post Phyllis’ phone number on the website and Sean is going to set up a database for this issue.

No crime report was available.

5. Zoning Report: Members of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church have voted to build a family life center that would require the removal of houses they currently own as these current plans do not include additional parking that might be needed to accommodate any this expansion. Proposed plans include a rezoning request for a small amount of additional parking. Several homeowners have been approached concerning St. John’s acquisition of their homes. St. John’s currently owns six houses near their campus.

An ANA resolution regarding Religious Organization Land Use was drafted and accepted. Brenda will make changes to the draft created by Julie and circulate to the board. And, she will post this resolution on the website.

Scott will create a letter to be distributed by the board to the neighbors of St. John’s inviting them to an informational meeting with us, Councilman Dan Besse and a member of the city zoning board, individual schedules permitting.

Jennifer will contact Mary Benton, from St. John’s Church and Councilman Besse to set up the meeting. Councilman Besse will arrange for a member of the city/county planning staff to come to the meeting.

Also, Redeemer Church is now allowed three classroom trailers on its property. It had requested four, but this number would fail to meet the minimum setback requirements.

6. 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. Mary Ann, Julie and David Lane will be attending.

7. Garage/Garden Tour Update: The tour has been postponed until Spring 2006. Clark Harper stepped down as Chairman. Patti Heath and Doris Kendrick are the new Co-Chairs. Jennifer is going to post an explanation for the delay on the website and solicit help for the committee and also for potential gardens or garages.

8. July 4th Picnic: Connie is going to reserve Miller Park Shelter #10 for the picnic.

9. Tax Credit Workshop: The ANA and City of W-S are co-sponsoring a city-wide tax credit workshop on May 12th at Ardmore Methodist Church. Included will be sessions on filling out applications and examples of restorations that will be accepted for tax credits.

10. Garden Panel Report: The recently held Garden Panel was very successful. All three speakers were very knowledgeable and are willing to help us again. The ANA would like to sponsor such an event three to four times per year.

Several attendees expressed interest in forming a Garden Club. David Bare has volunteered to be our “expert”.

11. Newsletter: The latest newsletter went out earlier this month. The next one will go out before the tax credit workshop. Invoices will be sent to advertisers this week.

12. Quarterly Social Meeting: The next quarterly social meeting will be held April 28th at Mary Ann’s house on Academy Street. The focus of the meeting will be addressing the concerns of the people that live in this area.

13. Website Report: Sean reports an average of 3800 visitors to the website per month. The Historic Inventory and Historic Overview are the most popular links visited.

14. Stratford Road Expansion: All plans received by the city for expanding Stratford Road at Knollwood Street and Bethesda Avenue have been rejected due to cost and lack of available land. The city is still trying to work on creating an extra lane.

15. Block Captains: In the newsletter Jennifer put a request for people to volunteer as block captains. They would hand out newsletters and be a voice for people in their immediate neighborhood. So far, one person has come forward and wants to represent the area around Sherwood Pool.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:20PM

Respectfully submitted,
Brenda Jo Breining, Secretary, ANA

Minutes for the ANA Meeting of March 8, 2005

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