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Occasional April 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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Message From The President 

After what seemed to be one of our shortest and mildest winters, we are enjoying the neighborhood trees and plants blooming again and everything looking green. Thanks to our Beautification Committee, everything should look even better this Spring with their new plantings, along with our tree trimming and sidewalk replacement programs that are being administered by Marilyn Waisanen, chair of the Beautification Committee. We also very much appreciate the efforts of our neighbor Gary Ahr, who has volunteered his time to organize and supervise the tree trimming throughout the District. The Committee has also been coordinating with the City Park Staff to address mowing, weeding, fertilizing, sodding, irrigation, and other maintenance matters for the median.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, the Home Tour Committee, headed this year by Lee Jones, has been busy since last Fall organizing the 44th Annual Swiss Avenue Home Tour, which will take place May 13-14. We have 7 outstanding homes this year on the tour, 3 of which are celebrating their centennial. The Home Tour serves as the main fundraiser for our District, which allows us to improve our public spaces in the district with programs such as the those discussed above, hire extra police patrols to make our neighborhood safer, and to support neighborhood schools and other charitable organizations that make this a better place to live.

It also takes a lot of volunteers and support from the neighborhood to put on a successful home tour and volunteering is a great way to meet many of the neighbors that you may not have a chance to interact with otherwise. If you would be interested in volunteering, please contact Lee Jones at bhjones@sbcglobal.net or Larry Waisanen at ljwaisanen@sbcglobal.net. Even a 3 hour shift as a docent at one of the homes on tour would be very much appreciated.

Unfortunately, we have been seeing an increase in reports of criminal activity in the District recently. As we know, the Dallas Police has a manpower shortage and we may not be able to count on the number of patrols in the neighborhood as in the past. The SAHDA Alliance Against Crime Committee coordinates with off-duty City of Dallas police officers who are engaged through the Extended Neighborhood Patrol (ENP) program, whereby neighborhoods can pay for extra patrols. Last September, as part of the budget process, we allocated some of the funds raised through our home tour to pay for extended patrols in our neighborhood. However, those funds are not sufficient to provide the level of patrol activity that we would like to see in our District and need your support by way of donations to the help fund the program. Please consider a yearly donation of $600 or $50 a month to help fund the ENP. Letters are being sent out by the AAC committee with our AAC Committee chair Robin Marin at rrmarin@swbell.net.

Our SAHDA committees have all been busy. Our Planning and Zoning Committee, headed by Jim Dunkerley, has been addressing various possible code violations involving projects adjacent to the district and providing proposed courses of action for the Board’s consideration. We have also started an Ad Hoc Parking Committee to address the problem with the number of cars that are now being parked on both sides of our side streets, apparently from the nearby apartments. We have submitted petitions to the City to try to get no parking signs placed in such a manner as to keep the intersections clear at Glendale and Gaston and Glendale and Live Oak, and are working on additional signs for Collett. The Committee will also be looking into issues with non-resident parking, primarily on Swiss Avenue between Fitzhugh and Munger.

Our Outreach Committee chair Robyn Schaub advises that the Committee has been reviewing charitable donation requests and will be making their recommendations to the SAHDA Board. The Outreach Committee is also planning a neighborhood garage sale in order to raise additional funds to support their funding efforts.

Our Social Committee, headed by Natalie Kinvig has organized a happy hour at La Calle Doce on their patio for Friday, April 7 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Also, Kim McCrea reports that our Children’s Social Committee has arranged for SAHD Annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held on Sunday, April 9, from 1pm to 4pm, at the home of Elizabeth Odstrcil and Brian Shultz at 5007 Swiss Avenue.

Please visit our website at SAHD.org for information about the district and if you have not done so, please sign up for the residents only section of the website. Bob Cox continues to do an excellent job in maintaining the site for us.

Our monthly Board meetings are open to all residents and I would encourage you to attend in order to keep up with what is going on the District. Please note that the next Board meeting which is scheduled for April 18 will be held at Munger Place Church, and you will be receiving a meeting notice with the details.

As I mentioned in my message last Fall, we have so many neighbors that do so many things for the neighborhood that often goes unrecognized. Today, I noticed that a plea for assistance went out from one of our committee chairs and within 20 minutes someone stepped up to handle it. Again, thanks to all of you who are willing to step forward and volunteer your time and efforts to make this a better place for all of us.

Bob Ruckman President, SAHDA