March/2012 ESNA Monthly Meeting Minutes
posted by Janet Q.

Spring Street Neighborhood Association

Meeting Minutes
March 14, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm

Old Business

Minutes approved from the February 8, 2012 meeting

Building Commissioner
David Brewer, Building Commissioner was unable to attend meeting. No updates at this time.

Neighborhood Clean Up
The city clean-up – Beautification Day is scheduled for 4/28/12. As an Association we will be doing are clean up that day. Dumpsters will be provided by the Board of Works and some will be stationed at Serv-Pro. Mid-Town also wants to do the cleanup the same day.

Keep New Albany Clean and Green have requested volunteers. An e-mail to follow with contact information.

Paul Kiger stated he has funding for Doggie Bags and the containers will need to be installed.

New Business

Treasurer’s report- Dues are due- $5- pay Charlie
Current funds are $2223.35

Owner/Occupied Support Program
Lisa Thompson and Mike Gardner with New Directions provided information on a new program that will support owner occupied housing that need assistance with exterior rehabilitation. There is eligibility criteria which include must live in home for 3 years and meet income guidelines. Funding is from an old Disaster Relief Block Grant. Plans are to assist 25 homes up to $20 K each. As of this date they have received 5-6 applications. This group is servicing as the administrator for city emergency repair programs.

Floyd Action Network (FAN)
Carole Tobe representing FAN spoke to the group about this private nonprofit group that promotes citizen participation in the best land use practice for rural and urban neighborhoods. As a fund raiser it is selling rain barrels for $49 each. The association agreed to join this organization and we will promote on our webpage. She was also requesting volunteers to join FAN and would like representation from our organization.

Guest Speaker Chief Cheryl Knight
Chief White explained to the group how manpower has been re-allocated under her direction. One officer is assigned to the MidTown area at all times while others cross patrol. There has been a slight increase in staff but she has to allocate to all areas of the city not just a specific jurisdiction as she must provide equal service. She spoke of crime rate, narcotics, and expectations with weather changes

The SLJ sub stated is not used as the space was not functional for what intended and there is concern with it being in the school building. Plans are to remove the sign which is being developed to include the police department and neighborhood associations. A final proposal for the sign should be ready in one week for review.

Chief White spoke of a Block Watch-walking patrols. This must be structured. The Police Department will provide training and the report process. Greg Roberts will provide a list of those that are interested in attending the training class.

UpTown Association
Stephanie with Strands and Threads spoke on behalf of the UpTown Association which is comprised of businesses in the Spring Street/Vincennes Street Area. The purpose of this group is to promote the businesses and create an awareness of what is in the area.

Muir Manor
Mary spoke of the ongoing issues with expansion of the apartments and that she is having difficulty reaching the appropriate individuals. Greg Roberts offered to provide some assistance. The apartments currently have a waiting list do to 100 percent occupancy.

Fire Department Education Campaign
A donation of $320 was approved for this campaign which provides education to school age children.

Update on Sale of Midtown Homes
Paul Kiger reported that as of this date there have been 29 homes redone with 15 sold and 10 sold or under contract. He also stated that in April Midtown would like to sponsor a social. More details at a later date.

o More Involvement and Increased Accomplishments
o Encourage people to be involved

Monthly Social
The monthly social dinner is scheduled for 6:30 pm, March 21, 2012 at Muir Apartments. A pizza/salad dinner is planned

Meeting adjourned at 8 pm. JQ
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