HMPA General Meeting Minutes, November 2, 2015

Date: November 2, 2015
Location:  Joy of All Who Sorrow Church, 1516 N. Delaware Street
Board Members Present:  Carrie Furin, Geoff Furin, Russ Newton, Jeanne Pontious, Katherine Carlton Robinson, Lauren Comstock, Shawn Roode
General Members Present: Sandra McGuinness, Alex Polozoff, Joseph Graly, Rebekah Buckner, Gloria O’Shell, robin Bankhead, Father Stevan Bauman, William Wolber, Matt Robinson, David Mannell

Discussion

Call to Order: 7:05 p.m. (Carrie Furin)

  1. Presentation of R2GO & RBistro Owner – Regina Mehallic
    • Owned RBistro for 14+ years
    • R2GO is a specialty market on the corner of 11th and College
    • Prepared items that offer something convenient and healthy
      • 15 different kinds of salad
      • 3 or 4 different types of soups
      • Assortment of entrees
      • Also have jarred or tinned items in the market
      • Many things come from within Indiana
      • Local produce, deli with cheese and meet, smoking goose products (no raw meat)
      • Make about a half dozen different sandwiches
    • Can do catering
    • Offer cooking classes once a month – schedule will come out in January (booked through the end of the year)
      • Sell out very quickly
      • Have to come in and sign up for email list
      • After cooking is done, then there is wine
      • 10 people per class
    • No beer/wine license yet, but may be in the process of getting one
    • Open Monday through Friday from 11 to 7, Saturdays from 11 to 5; closed on Sundays
    • Many gluten free options
  1. John Robertson – Penn & Palate (Could attend, but gave Carrie notes)
    • Penn & Palate has music, kid’s menu, milk and TV in the bar
    • Signage is in the works
  • Kristen Lein – Housing and Neighborhood Health Department
    • Issue orders on cases in extreme disrepair, trash, etc.
    • Any complaints about neighbors, let her know
    • Updates on certain properties:
      • 2025 New Jersey – Fixed the hole in the roof
      • 1605 N. Delaware – Now sold and being fixed up
      • 2060 N Alabama – general disrepair
        • Brought into compliance
      • 2130 Central – Complaints about trash in the alley
        • Kristen drives by twice a month and issues order – now they have strict orders to keep it clean
      • 1728 N Delaware – burnt garage demolished over the summer
      • 1702 Alabama – bad roof
        • Their next court date is December 1
      • 1600 block of New Jersey – sewage work for new house
        • Loud when people drive over
        • Best to call the Mayor’s Action Center
      • 2016 New Jersey – soffets on the turrets
        • Report filed today
      • Procedure when a Report is filed:
        • They have to appear in Court at the City County Building – If they don’t show up and there’s active service, then they have a warrant against them
        • If they agree to make a repair and they don’t, they get fined
        • Usually just work with the deed holders to do the repairs in a timely fashion
      • Charlotte Place house vacant for several years (20th block on Talbott (yellow duplex))
        • City took over the vacant building program in October 2014 – they can sit vacant for an unlimited amount of time, just need to keep it in repair
        • Public Health monitors trash on the vacant buildings
      • Not responsible for conditions of alleys – just trash and overgrowth
      • Guidance on homes that are being renovated with construction pile debris
        • Call Kristen – they have to have a dumpster

 

  1. Tree Planting – Russ Newton
    • Will plant KIB trees this Sunday (11/08/15) starting at 9, hopefully wrapped up by 3:00
    • Have 10 trees total
      • A couple will be planted on private property
      • Several going on Talbott, 2 going on New Jersey
    • Need volunteers and an auger or two to drill the holes
    • Planting sites on Talbott are on both sides of Talbott – one on West side, the other on the east side
      • Marked to help avoid conflict with art fair booths
    • One on New Jersey is below tree lines on East side, so the tree for that spot is shorter
    • Russ is calling 8-1-1 tomorrow (11/3/15) to have the lines marked
    • Ideally would have one crew digging holes, the other planting
    • Each tree came with mulch
      • Enough for the planting, but may need more in the spring
    • Assortment of trees – one service berry, two buckeyes, one yellow wood, etc.
      • Fruit trees will go on private property since they drop fruit
    • The tree on the West side of Talbott will be just South of the Friend’s Meeting House in the tree lawn

 

  1. Neighborhood cleanup
    • Have two cleanups a year – one in the Spring and one in the Fall
    • Date hasn’t been set yet, but it will be soon, on a Saturday
      • Probably mid to late November
    • There will be a group of people from the Association at the Park in the morning giving out cleanup supplies, coffee and doughnuts, gloves, etc.
    • Depending on how many people are there and how many hot spots have been identified, Janelle will tell people where to go
    • There will be a dumpster, but don’t know where it will be this year – last year it was at the lot on 17th and Delaware, year before it was just north of the park
    • Usually have a couple trucks going around to collect the trash bags

 

  1. Selling of lot on 18th and Pennsylvania
    • Association owns two lots: one lot on 17th and Delaware, other on 18th and Penn
      • Right now, lots are just used for Art Fair (food vendors and parking)
    • Discussion of whether it’s best to hold on to them or sell them; no decision has been made at this point, but we would need the members to vote on it
      • Expenditures over $1000 have to be voted on – this is not an expenditure per se, but in the spirit of the rules, we want a vote
    • Working with Tom Foreman who leads the Art Fair and works with artists and craftsmen – Tom is working with the artists first to see if there’s an alternative for parking
      • Once we secure that, we’ll come back and officially ask for a vote from the membership
    • Only discussing selling the lot on Pennsylvania at this time, not the lot on Talbott
    • Geoffrey – market is hot right now, so it’s a good time to sell the lot
      • Cost to keeping the lot – $1000 taxes plus maintenance
      • Liability reasons – if there’s an accident on the property or sidewalk, Board could be in trouble
      • Would be great to see a new household on that property
        • Disturbing to see vacant houses and unkempt lots – this lot could see better usage
      • There have been attempts in the past to find better uses for the property, but no one has been able to find a better use
    • What neighborhood initiative would be funded?
      • Could net $1500 a year if kept as an annuity, but we don’t have any specific uses chosen at this point (just general initiatives)
    • Has anyone ever done an appeal on the taxes?
      • Doesn’t have a homestead exemption
      • If it’s valued at $50,000, then 2% is $1000
    • Association has owned the lot since the late 80s
      • Bought it for $550 or so
    • The artists that park there during Art Fari don’t pay to park
      • Bought the lot to provide parking for the artists and to earn money from parking fees
      • Even if charging for parking, won’t make up for the money we stand to make from a sale
    • Once it’s gone, it’s gone – for the Association and for the Fair

 

  • Miscellaneous Items
    • Request that an agenda be prepared in advance of the meeting
      • Each committee should have a report or no report
      • Should have a treasurer’s report, membership report, etc.
      • Can post the agenda in advance on NextDoor and on the website
        • Urban Times comes out once a month, so we can’t post the agenda in the Urban Times, but can at least post the times of the meetings
      • We have monthly meetings, but there are a couple months out of the year that we don’t have meetings
        • At one point the Board went to meetings every other month
        • At the beginning of the year we went through the months that we would have meetings and agreed to them
        • Intent is to have a monthly meeting, with the exception of December and July – going back to the historic way of doing things
          • Recommend publishing that schedule in the Urban Times (or maybe posting online)
        • A monthly meeting with two exceptions is very clear (and appreciated by the Church) – return to normalcy
      • Should expand the way that we communicate with people
        • Can make this a topic for the next Board Meeting – the way we communicate and share information with membership
      • Update from the Foundation – Chad Ahren
        • Partner organization to the Association – Foundation is the tax-exempt arm and the fundraising arm that works to build an endowment to maintain the park
        • Updates:
          • Oktoberfest at the end of September – because of good weather and engagement, cleared $12,000 (net)
            • Trying to build a $100,000 endowment
              • Made $3,000 selling tax credits
            • By contrast, Oktoberfest the previous year only made $400
          • Next phases of fundraising effort – a lot of people may not think that the park is the highest priority and we want to honor those (priorities of people most able to give to the Foundation)
            • Survey will go out on NextDoor and Facebook page, and hopefully Urban Times to gauge what people most like about the neighborhood
              • Once we get that information, will figure out how to raise money from those people
            • Annual meeting will be in February (no date set yet)
            • 3 year term for each Board Member and two are rolling off, and two left the state, so compiling a list of potential new members to unroll at February meeting
              • Membership committee will be doing some interviewing over the next 60 days or so
            • Balance is sitting around $70K (not an endowment until we hit $100K)
              • Costs about $5K to maintain the park every year

End Time: 8:00