Lewton-Rich Neighborhood Association
April 20, 2006
Welcome: Meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.
Introductions: 19 in attendance
Guest Speaker: Garry J. Kregelka from the law firm of Bodwin and Puzak, P.C. He spoke about “wills, estate planning and powers of attorney”. He said that people need a power of attorney and a will, but not really a trust. He also said that term life insurance is a good way to leave money to your heirs, and also long-term care insurance is helpful if you have to go into a nursing home. There were a lot of questions and answers from those present and Attorney Kregelka was well-received by all.
Minutes: Carol Wood had two corrections on the minutes: re: MMLA wanting 9.6 acres, not 6.9, and “Council may make a recommendation” instead of “council will probably make a recommendation”. Minutes were then passed.
Treasurer’s report: The balance is the same, no expenses nor additions.
Police Department’s Report: Officer Jason Bock was present. They are preparing for the Neo-Nazi rally on Saturday, April 22nd. LPD is well trained and prepared. There is a rally at Eastern High School from 1-5 p.m. (During the Diversity Rally) and a ceremonial cleansing of the capital steps on Sunday, April 23rd. (Carol Wood mentioned that much of the money for the Diversity Rally is donated)
Officer Jason: There were some disturbances in the Team 10 area, but many of them were family disturbances, and also some that were related to the schools. Jason has been hitting the area around Lewton hard for traffic tickets with regard to illegal parkers.
Frank Lain, the president of the Averill Neighborhood Association was in attendance and asked for our help in dealing with stopping the crime that is plaguing the south side of Holmes Road, to keep it from moving into our area.
City Council’s report: City council provided us with a handout on the Mayor’s proposed budget. The entire document will be on our web-site. A few things on the neighborhood line items were of interest to us: A new code compliance officer (red tag specialist) and also three new housing premise inspectors. The cost will be recovered from increased collection of fees associated with code enforcement. (Carol was concerned with other cuts, and that these positions will actually generate revenue.)
County Commissioner’s report: Vic Celentino was unable to be present as he had commitments with regard to his being the Chairman of the County Commissioners. He sent his regrets as he always does when he’s unavailable.
Code Compliance Officer’s Report: Gregg went over several homes that have been having problems complying with code requirements. red-tagged. Overall in the city, there were 494 red tags in January, down to 484 red tags last week. Friendly reminder: Do not park on your grass or you will receive a citation/letter/visit from Code.
Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.