Lewton-RIch March 18, 2004
1. WELCOME: Meeting was called to order at 7:03
4. MINUTES: Motion made to accept and carried.
5. TREASURER’S REPORT: $195.00 no additions or subtractions.
6. NEIGHBORHOOD’S-N-BLOOM: Application has been submitted. We are waiting to hear the pickup date, and the day that we have to work (help set up for distribution).
7. POLICE DEPT: Mapping. Only 2 things happened within the last 30 days. One attempted burglary and one damage to property. Linda Wright requested that we run any situations through her if we have a problem or complaint. Jason reported that if the weather breaks, there will be more foot traffic. Officer Dingwell will be here also.
8. CITY COUNCIL REPORT:
Randy Williams reported that the budget would be out on Monday. South budget meeting will be on April 13, from 6-8 here at D. Rich. He would like to see turnout from the South side. We should come to give input on the budget and the city focus, e.g. fire, police, and street repair. Randy will push for public involvement on city projects. He asked if we have any suggestions on how to handle Pleasant Grove to dissuade people from passing on the right. Bike lanes will be removed from Pleasant Grove.
A question was asked if there will be a bike lane on Moores River Drive, but there will be a committee to talk about it. Input needed from the association about what we want.
A question was asked about whether or not parking is allowed over night--between 2-5 a.m. there is no parking on any city street.
483-4600 is the police number to call and complain about cars on the street.
9. PUBLIC COMMENT: Mike Morovsky reported about a scam of someone asking for money for car repairs. The description was a Black male with Addidas jacket. Not legitimate. Be on the lookout and tell our neighbors.
Kathy Dunbar: talking about budget meetings: Her job has been eliminated--as community development person on the Southside. People could write to their county commissioners--Vic Celentino is our county commissioner. Neil will call Vic to talk about this. Neither Vic nor Randy was aware of this decision. Calvin Lynch is another commissioner and Lisa Denden also.
Motion made by Bill Renfrew to have board write a letter to commissioners regarding funding for Kathy's position. Motion supported and carried. Mike Morovsky said that Kathy had been a wonderful support. Neil said that Kathy had connected him to the community. Vic's phone number is 676-7200. You can call the secretary and tell her that you want to leave the same message for each commissioner. The home phone number is 887-3145 for Calvin Lynch.
Let them hear from you.
Kathy talked about uneven sidewalks on Belaire. This is on public record as is the area by Mt. Hope and the trailer park. 483-4057 is the number to call. They can tell you when your sidewalk is to be repaired.
Address for Ingham County Board of Commissioners:
P.O. Box 319
Mason, MI 48854
Lansing City Council
10th Floor City Hall
Question about clearing sidewalks in the winter. It is a city ordinance and you can call 483-4455. Cristo Rey, Southside Coalition and Wexford Community have youth that are volunteering to remove snow.
10. OLD BUSINESS:
HAWK ISLAND: Presentation about the park--playground building week is May 19-23
Come and Help! There will be a spray park adjacent to this. This will be separate from the playground. During the building week, there are 3 shifts per day.
You can be involved with the “Bricks and Picks”--buying picks and bricks. (Fence pickets and paving bricks) You can also buy a piece of playground equipment. You can help and work, help set up food, help do day care. You can donate tools also. City council contributed $7000.00. L & L will be training their cashiers to ask people to give pennies for the park. Lansing neighborhood council is National Neighborhood Pride Week. The picnic will be cancelled to encourage people to go and build instead. Any dollars donated are tax deductible.
11. NEW BUSINESS:
a. A motion was made and carried to buy a brick from the neighborhood association.
b. Mayor’s Task Force on Diversity: There is a diversity conference on March 19 with approximately 500 youth coming to learn about diversity.
12 COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS:
Students consulting: working with non-profits. They could possibly help our neighborhood association, maybe help with a web site, newsletter, etc. Neil will call them to come to a meeting.
Patty talked about the citizen's police academy, which starts Tuesday.
Ways to contact Willis Bennett re: Hawk Island, PO Box 178 Mason, 48853 and
13. ADJOURN: The meeting was adjourned at 8:42p.m.