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Board Minutes, February 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Swiss Avenue Historic District Association
Minutes of the Monthly Meeting, February 18, 2014
 
The February meeting of the SAHDA was held at the Aldredge House on February 18, 2014.  President Cameron Kinvig called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
 
The minutes from the previous meeting were presented, and a motion was made and seconded and voted to approve the minutes for the January meeting.
 
Cameron announced that he and Natalie Bodak and Bob Cox would be serving as Chairs for the Home Tour Committee.  Thus far, three homes have been secured for the tour, and one is pending.  Cameron asked for members to please send suggestions for other homeowners who would possibly volunteer to have their homes used for this year’s event.
 
The Treasurer’s report was presented by Cameron in the absence of Craig Scheef.  He noted that the Alliance Against Crime letters would be going out to all residents in the next few weeks.  Also, spending overall is in line with where we were this time last year.  A motion was made and seconded and voted to approve the Treasurer’s report.
 
With regard to Alliance Against Crime, Cameron reported that patrols are now stepped up compared to time last year.  He also reported that the District is working with the City Council to impact changes in a few properties on Gaston Ave.   One is the “residential hotel” located on Collette/Gaston and the other is the burned out multi-family residence.
 
The Children’s Committee had nothing new to report at this time, but it was noted that the Easter event will be coming up in April, so watch for details coming soon.
 
Marilyn Waisanen reported for Beautification/Median that the Park Department responded almost immediately to the request to remove graffiti at Savage Park.  Anyone interested in helping or hearing about work being done on the Median is welcome to attend the committee meeting on February 25 at Marilyn’s home.
 
There will be a neighborhood “social” form 6:30-9:30 at J Black’s on Henderson on February 25.  The first round of pizza will be free and pizza and drinks will be offered at a discounted price.
 
Bob Cox reported for the Website that he is working on trying to make the self-generating directory a more “user-friendly” application.  Two groups responded online through the Website about volunteering to help during Home Tour.  So while there are challenges with the Directory, the Website is an asset in many other ways!
 
Joanna Hampton reported for the Planning and Zoning Committee that the Live Oak Project is hopefully going to the City Planning and Zoning Commission for approval in the month of March.  Also, a project appears to be “in the works” on the south side of Live Oak in the space with the two vacant lots and the two apartments adjacent to those lots.  More details to come as this develops.  Finally, she noted that the vacant lot behind the Aldredge House at 5507 Gaston is required to be a “single family residence.”
 
The Outreach Committee will be meeting tomorrow night.
 
A door prize (bottle of red wine) was awarded to Philip Crew.
 
The meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.