Minutes for the Ardmore Neighborhood Association meeting of April 13, 2004
Present: Julie Magness, Pauline Leggatt, David Lane, Sean Ervin, Patti Sturdy, Jennifer Redd, Robin Fulk, David Archer, Brenda Jo Breining
Absent: Jill Crouse, Jeff Morgan, Carol Eickmeyer, Candy Wood, Mary Ann Myers, Diana Halstead, Scott Breining
Call to Order: 7:35PM
Minutes from the meeting of March 9, 2004 were distributed and accepted.
ITEMS OF DISCUSSION:
1. Treasurer’s Report: $12,196.48 as of March 31, 2004.
2. Membership report: There are currently 251 members paid and 613 members in the database.
3. Rebuilding Together: Pauline attended the Rebuilding Together meeting in the Mayors office on Thursday, March 18th. It was hosted by Karen Siburt, President of Winston-Salem Rebuilding Together (RT). Karen stated it has been a long and sometimes frustrating task to get all paperwork completed but they are 70% on the way to being approved and sanctioned. This will hopefully be complete by June.
By this fall RT hopes to have at least four houses targeted in the Waughtown area as their first project.
Homeowners in need will have to fill out forms which the RT board will evaluate. RT is designed to help repair and make safe, homes owned by low income families, the elderly and disabled homeowners. Homeowners being the key, not renters. The type of repairs and services RT will provide are things like, repair a leaking roof, plumbing, painting, electrical work and installing grab bars in bathrooms and wheel chair ramps.
Most of the materials will be donated – The Habitat Restore has offered
help in that area.
4. Operation Impact: On March 17, 2004, Julie attended the monthly Operation Impact Meeting.
So far 18 inspections have been completed, 143 violations sited and all but 10 have been taken care of. The ten pending are tied up in the 12 month demolition waiting period. Some of the problems taken care of are with situation where people play the game and return to violating the code as is the case on Glenco Ave. Soil testing and the expected contamination at the site will hopefully shut this chronic offender down. The initial properties are mostly owner occupied.
In addition to the drafted proposals, three legislative proposals are being floated. Larry Womble has agreed to champion all three, but it takes unanimous vote to have them enacted. Other elected officials that would need to be behind this include Bill McGee, Linda Gaurou, Ham Horton, and Earline Parmon.
1) Do away with the repair or vacate order and replace it with a repair or demolish order. (Currently, a house is given a vacate or repair order and one year is allowed to make repairs before the dwelling moves to the demolition list. It remains there for a year in which time a dwelling may continue to decay.)
2) Drop the demolish order to six months (from twelve).
3) Allow non-profits to acquire homes on the demolition list to restore them to home ownership. (Currently, the city can tear down a house, but it cannot take it away.)
Forgiveness of liens such as civil penalties does not require legislative work. Liens that pile up over a two year period now are often more than a property is worth. Working with non-profits for forgiveness of liens would be done once a property is owner occupied.
Currently, the County has not foreclosed on any property due to non payment of taxes unless the non payment has extended to a minimum of five years. 98% of all taxes are eventually collected.
Other housing ideas discussed that would facilitate housing code violation correction would change the amount of time an inspection is left open and would levy a $50.00 reinspection fee. Now, inspectors frequently go back to the same location several times over six months to check on status and close out minor violations after six months as the costs to continue checking are so high.
5. Gateways: Jennifer received a grant from Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful in the amount of $100. This money must be used to buy plants and/or containers. Receipts must be submitted by July 31st.
6. Historic District: The proposed Ardmore Historic District, which is bound by Knollwood, Queen, Duke and Ardsley Streets, will be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places at the June 10, 2004 meeting of the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee. The full legal notice appeared in the April 12, 2004 edition of the Winston-Salem Journal and can be viewed on the website (www.ardmore.ws).
7. Newsletter: The next newsletter will be sent April 26th.
8. Home Tour update: The Committee has chosen eight houses plus The Ronald McDonald House to be toured. Area florists will be donating flowers to the homes selected. A motion was made and passed to spend up to $500 on advertising for the event.
9. Website: A subcommittee is being formed to generate new and appealing ideas for the website, and also how to make it more user-friendly.
10. Zoning: A motion was made and passed for ANA to support the text amendment to the zoning ordinances of the Unified Development Ordinances as recommended in Docket #UDO-118 before the City County Planning Board for April 2004.
Also, a motion was made and passed opposing the rezoning of two properties on Reynolda Road and Morningside Drive from Residential to Highway Business.
The meeting was adjourned at 9PM
Brenda Jo Breining, Acting Secretary, ANA