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MEETING MINUTES SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

September 16, 2019 – 7:00PM (48 neighbors and friends of the neighborhood in attendance)

I. Mark Brandon, President, introduced the Board.

II. Parke Richeson gave an update on Maymont. Currently, the park is working on an exhibit to tell the story of Maymont during the Jim Crow era.

III. An update on the geese in Byrd Park will be presented in the November meeting.

IV. The tax abatement program was summarized. For more information or assistance on applying, please contact the Maymont Civic League Board and we would be happy to assist.

V. The Maymont Civic League gave approval on getting a P.O. Box. More details to come.

VI. Lt. Woo presented his neighborhood report: crime has continued to decrease. Car thefts are the biggest issue (3 thefts in Texas Beach parking lot cameras have been installed). Texas Beach looks good overall. The Richmond Police has been working with VCU to educate students. He reminded the neighborhood to call in any report.

VII. Amy Robins presented a report on behalf of our City Council member, Parker Agelasto. She reminded the neighborhood of the RVA 311 app for problems around the City, especially regarding potholes. She informed the neighborhood of several important dates: October 24 – Navy Hill report at St. Andrews; September 25 – City Council candidate forum at Richmond City Democratic Committee building. She mentioned the City’s tax abatement for personal property tax program and said they are fixing the brochures and should be circulated around Thanksgiving time. The City’s lead paint program is not getting much attention from City residents so please contact Parker’s office for information on how to qualify for this program as well.

VIII. The Maymont sidewalk issue is being resolved as there were concerns about disruption of the trees on Pennsylvania.

IX. Crystal with RRHA discussed Project Homes and Habitat for Humanity houses in the neighborhood. 18 homes in Phase 1 are almost complete. There will be a dedication for a home on Kansas Street in November and it would be nice to see a neighborhood presence. 16 homes will be part of Phase 2. There are many volunteer opportunities which can be found on the Habitat for Humanity website (or checking the Maymont Civic League Facebook page).

X. Three City Council candidates shared their backgrounds, platforms, and their reasons for running for the 5th District City Council seats. These included Mamie Taylor, Robin Mines, and Thad Williamson.

X. A proposal was presented to the neighbors by Lori Markum about the property on 1901 Georgia (corner of Kansas and Georgia). The builders are requesting a special exception to the setback rule because of several unique features of the property (corner lot, empty lot behind it). The plans show blueprints for a modern house and many neighbors expressed concerns about the aesthetics. Direct neighbors expressed concerns about the height of the proposed house. There will be a meeting on October 3 with the City and the neighborhood’s opinion will be taken into consideration. Neighbors brought up points about this exception becoming a slippery slope of exemptions while others expressed concerns with never allowing exceptions becoming an issue in the future. The neighbors were unable to come to a full agreement on the issue.

XI. Two more City Council candidates shared their backgrounds, platforms, and their reasons for running for the 5th District City Council seats. These two included Jer’Mykeal McCoy and Stephanie Lynch.

XII. The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:00PM.

MEETING MINUTES MAY 20, 2019

27 neighbors and community members were in attendance.

Mark Brandon, President, introduced the Board.

The Treasurer reported $4,202.94 in the account.

Mark Brandon reported that the Byrd Park geese task force has a report on their findings and the report is now available.

Parke Richeson, Maymont Executive Director reported the following: 
– Maymont was voted many “bests” in Virginia Living magazine
– This school year, 9,000+ students visited Maymont
– 180 Girl Scouts participated in environmental education
– 147 schools were hosted (47% Title 1)
– There are many upcoming events at the park (June 8 – Vintage Market and Mimosas at Maymont; June 9 – Carriages by Candlelight; Music at Maymont outdoor concerts on June 21, July 13, July 20, and September 20; June 22 – Bumble Bee Jamboree; August 10 – 11 – Jazz Festival)

Parker Agelasto notified the group of the special election that will be held in November for his City Council seat. His last day will be November 30. He reported on the following: 
– The FY 2020 budget was adopted by City Council. Schools and roads make up the biggest items along with salary increases for City employees and starting salaries for police officers. The real estate tax rate will remain the same. 
– Progress is continuing for the houses on Kansas Street.
– Texas Beach traffic and parking are becoming issues as the weather gets warmer. Be vigilant and lock your doors. 
– June 8 is the neighborhood cleanup.

Dr. Ghazala Hashmi, candidate for Virginia Senate and Thad Williamson, candidate for City Council spoke to the group about their backgrounds and campaigns and answered questions.

Neighborhood issues brought up: groundhogs and cats.

The neighbors shared interest in a block party to coincide with National Night Out on August 6. The block party will take place near the skate park. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the planning committee should talk to Joy Rogers.

The meeting concluded. The next meeting will be held on September 16. 

Meeting Minutes March 18, 2019

22 neighbors and visitors were in attendance.

Mark Brandon, President, opened the meeting by introducing Lt. Woo, our neighborhood police officer. Lt. Woo reported the following:
– Crime is low and there has been a 64% decrease in crime
– Police officers are unable to see everything posted on NextDoor, please be aware of this.
– An Internet security system which will notify police through a new app will be up and running soon (more to come in the future)
= Texas Beach continues to have a police presence

Park Richeson, Executive Director of Maymont gave a report on Maymont:
– Last quarter 25 educators for project-based learning were educated at Maymont
– 625 students attended Girls Day and STEM Day at Maymont
– 3050 City kids have been educated at Maymont, many are Title 1
– Upcoming activities at Maymont include: Spring Break (first week in April), Family Easter on April 20, Herbs Galore on April 27, Beer and Wine Classic, Mother’s Day Tea on May 11, Music at Maymont will include Trampled by Turtles (June 21), Carbon Leaf (July 13), and others which will be announced in the future
– August 10 – 11 is the Jazz Festival

Betsy Carr, our House of Delegates representative provided an overview of the most recent session.

Mark reported the following:
– 911 texting will soon be available in Richmond
– New bus routes allow our neighborhood to go straight to Carytown – everyone was encouraged to take it for a ride.

Joy Rogers, Vice President, gave a playground update.

A Randolph neighbor attended to deliver flyers for the Randolph Farmer’s Market which is starting back up on May 7 and will be held each Tuesday from 3:00pm – 6:30pm in Randolph Park.

Meeting Minutes January 21, 2019

January 21, 2019
11 neighbors present (on a very chilly evening)
Mark welcomed the group and called the meeting to order.
Leah Schubel was introduced as the new Secretary.
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Mark shared a quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Joy shared the Treasurer’s report on behalf of the Treasurer, Davis Barry.
Guest Nikki D’Adamo-Damery of the Maggie Walker Land Trust spoke about the partnership the Trust has with Habitat for Humanity and Project Homes. 5 new homes in the Maymont neighborhood will be part of this land trust (3 are on New York and 1 is on Kansas, ?? on the 5th one). She briefly described how the Maggie Walker Land Trust goes about acquiring properties, specifically noting that tax delinquent properties are easier to acquire for their group because there is less competition. There will be a potential homeowners meeting on January 30.
Guest Parke Richeson of Maymont shared good news that Maymont had given over 19,000 tours through the holiday season and 7,000 students had participated in their holiday programs with many of those students being Title 3. The Jazz Festival is scheduled for the second weekend in August.
Guest Amy Robbins who works for Councilman Parker Agelasto highlighted several key dates for the group. The James River Parks System Master Plan will be revealed and discussed on Thursday, February 7 at 6pm at the Patrick Henry School. On February 28 at 6:30pm, Parker will hold a meeting at the Round House in Byrd Park to answer questions pertaining to the North of Broad Coliseum project and provide tax relief applications. She said Parker’s cleanup dates around the area would be forthcoming and the speeding problem in the neighborhood and the increase in car break-ins were on his radar.
Bill (last name?) and Ryan Ginsberg gave an extremely informative presentation on invasive plants. They shared an alarming case study on the James River showing the harm of invasive plants. They are part of the invasive plants task force and provided the anyone present with a book illustrating which plants are native and which are invasive to this area. They host a variety of volunteer events and gather weekly at Reedy Creek between noon and 3pm to pull out invasive plants. For additional information, www.jamesriverpark.org/invasive or email invasiveplanttaskforce@gmail.com. The week of February 24 is National Invasive Species Week and there will be a variety of activities everyday that week so they encouraged the group to look into any activities of interest. They also encouraged each person to remove English Ivy from trees in their own yards (the proper removal technique is to cut the vines around the base of the tree and a chunk about shoulder height and it will die on its own).
The Board will provide neighbors with notice prior to running races or other events taking place in the neighborhood which may cause disruption or additional traffic.

Meeting Minutes January 20th, 2017

Meeting Started at 7:00pm

10 Neighbors in attendance

 

  • Patrick Sapini stopped by to thank the Constituents

He shared that he is looking forward to collaborating with all of the neighborhood associations

  • Amy Robbins stopped by as well from Parker Agelasto’s office

She addressed issues with the drainage in our neighborhood

  • We introduced the new President of the Maymont Civic Association, Mark Brandon who reminded us to call 311 to make reports about the neighborhood
  • Maymont Children’s Farm opens in March and Maymont will also expand its parking by 50%
  • Construction of sidewalks will continue in the neighborhood with priority on the Dakota and Nevada cross streets
  • Sidewalk construction has been halted on Pennsylvania Ave due to trees
  • New Business:

Playground title Riverview Park is slated for opening in the fall

Civic League voted in favor of a Block Party to celebrate the opening of the Park and Playground in the fall

Civic League to consider the proposal to re-form a Welcome and Remembrance Committee

  • Amy Robbins provided information regarding a neighborhood yard sale in April for which ad space can be purchased in the Richmond Times Dispatch
  • Discussed Alley Cleanup for 2017 and a list of participants is requested to volunteer, date is TBD
  • Parke Richeson shared that Maymont’s educational offerings have grown by 32%

2/28 will be the Winter Tree Walk in Maymont

3/25 will be the Children’s Farm Open House in Maymont

  • Amy Robbins that the property tax relief available to the Elderly & Disabled is available and paperwork must be completed by 3/31

 

Meeting Minutes November 21st, 2016

20 Neighbors in Attendance

Meeting began at 7:01pm

  1. Greeting with Thanksgiving poem: Gloria Bouldin
  2. Reading of the Minutes: Secretary Libby Germer and Treasurer Leah Page-Jean
  3. Maymont Park Open House: December 4th from Noon-5pm (lots of holiday events, see website)
  4. Red Holiday Bows: Informal poll among attendees showed that we are still interested in hanging the bows and multiple volunteers raised their hands to assist with the hanging of the bows.
  5. Feed More: A motion was passed by all attendees to donate $100 of MCL funds to local, needy families for a Thanksgiving meal.
  6. New slate of nominees for Civic League recommended for the vote by Joy Whitney-Rogers:
    1. President: Mark Brandon
    2. Vice President: Andrea Almond
    3. Secretary: Thomas Hanson
    4. Treasurer: Davis Barry
    5. Financial Secretary: Caleb Harris
  7. Lieutenant Woo: Update from the police department Precinct 3 … 7 car break-ins have occurred in Maymont, Randolph, and Byrd Park areas over the last month, but have only included small items and petty cash. One indication that it may be homeless people is that Monroe Park has recently been closed to itinerant people. There were also home robberies on Meadow St. and a break-in on Texas Ave. Lots of nighttime gun fire has been reported and the only tip the police have is an “older silver four-door car” and the police request phone calls whenever we hear gunfire.
  8. Other matters:
    1. Progress on Riverview Community Park: the ground is set to be broken this spring on a new playground
    2. RRHA: seems to be moving slow, but have promised to auction off homes in our neighborhood (map on Civic League website)
    3. Christmas Decoration Competition: a motion was passed to create a competition between neighbors who want to decorate their homes in creative ways for the Holidays
    4. Sidewalks: continuing to be constructed throughout the neighborhood. A neighbor is going to speak to the homeowner whose mulberry bush is overgrown on the corner of Meadow and Pennsylvania.
    5. Bus routes: are they being changed throughout the neighborhood? We should pay attention to the changes being made
    6. Cheryl Williams-Boney made a donation in the amount of $28.43 on behalf of the MCL to the family of Mr. Henry Smith, deceased.

Meeting Minutes: September 19, 2016

Meeting Commenced at 7:04pm
35 in attendance

  1. Vice President Mark Brandon introduced Mayoral Candidate Jack Berry, Maymont Park CEO Parke Richeson, Lt. Woo from 3rd Police Precinct, a representative for Mayoral Candidate Jon Baliles, and 5th District School Board Candidate Dr. Patrick Sapini. All of whom gave a short updates to those present.
  2. Secretary Libby Germer spoke about the history of the neighborhood, credited the strong commitment of several elderly neighbors who can’t be with us tonight, and shared the May 16th meeting minutes.
  3. 5th District Councilman Parker Agelasto spoke about his candidacy for a second term in office. He mentioned successes as our neighborhood clean-ups, sidewalk creation, and budget reforms in the area of schools and park funding, as well as tough talk for delinquent tax payers who are now paying up.
  4. Gloria Bouldin introduced our Maymont Civic League Nominating Committee process and requested three volunteers. Thomas Hansen, Joy Rogers, and Toni Halsey volunteered their time and energy to select community members for the Maymont Civic League Board. Elections for the board will be held at the November meeting.
  5. RRHA Real Estate Devt Rep. Marcia Davis came to update us on the status of RRHA-owned homes in our neighborhood and all over the city. As of May 2016, a decision has been made that 33 homes will be purhcsedby either Habitat for Humanity or Project Homes and the other 33 will be auctioned off at market value (public bidding). RRHA is now waiting 120 days for HUD’s approval. Ms. Davis then took questions from the floor. All houses in our neighborhood will be owned by one of the non-profits (Habitat for Humanity or Project Homes) and will be sold at low-cost to qualifying buyers. Parker Agelasto’s office will follow up when HUD approves the disposition. The list of homes being sold by RHHA is uploaded to the Civic League website here.
  6. Treasurer Leah Nevada Jean read her financial report.
  7. Leah Nevada Jean also introduced two guests from the Richmond Area Skate Alliance and updated us on the status of the Riverview Community Park. Councilman Agelasto spoke about the strong possibility of the City’s easement being lifted, so that the Parks Dept. can officially name the Riverview Community Park and begin the community garden, walking trails, and playground. The Kiwanis Club and other partners will be contributing labor and materials. Creation of the park’s footprint will begin as early as this October. Great news! The skate park portion of the project may take more time as expanding the skate park will expand the impermeable surface in the park and will require changing the current conservation easement boundaries. Leaders of the Skate Alliance spoke about the long timetable of their project and their interest in speeding up its closure.
  8. Woo spoke about a greater police presence at Texas Beach. Six major operations, one involved a water landing, ended in 45 arrests at one point but only 12 at the last “sting”, a sign that the message is getting out that alcohol and off-leash dog laws are being enforced. The only remaining issue is a nudity violation that went all the way to court and if we, the neighbors, see “The Yeti” at Texas Beach, we need to report him because he is banned from all city parks.
  9. Crime Alert: We have had 8 stolen vehicles found in our neighborhood in just the last month and folks at the Skate Park have noticed the contents of stolen cars dumped by trash cans.
  10. Financial Secretary Daria Christian spoke about the purpose of membership fees and asked folks to pay tonight ($5 for individuals/$10 for household).
  11. Vice President Mark Brandon invited neighbors to participate in our Neighborhood Cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 15th. He also spoke about local physical improvements to the neighborhood. From the floor, the issue of dead branches and trees was raised. A local tree steward may come and help us identify trees needing pruning. The public works budget needs to be raised, so that they can address these issues. But in the meanwhile, neighbors should report dangerous limbs and branches so that the City is liable if/when our property is damaged by their trees.
  12. Councilman Parker Agelasto updated us on regional issues. He also credited Parke Richeson of Maymont Park with helping to obtain 18 scholarships for elementary students at John B. Cary for park programming over the summer.

Meeting adjourned at 8:24pm

Meeting Minutes: May 16, 2016

Meeting Commenced at 7:09pm
12 members in attendance

  1. Minutes read by Secretary; financial report read by Treasurer
  2. Executive Council members met with Lt. Woo and Parks Superintendent Burrell several weeks ago and both agreed to visit our meeting …
  3. Lt. Bill Woo shared about local crimes (shed larceny in Maymont Park neighborhood; home robberies in the Fan neighborhood). Suspects are ID’d but have not yet been apprehended. There were only four incidences of crime in our neighborhood over the last month. There are two planned Texas Beach operations by the police departments 3rd Precinct. The police will be on the North Bank Trail looking to better enforce leash laws, check the parking lot for loiterers, watch for open fires, and enforce open container laws.
  4.  Superintendent of James River Park System Nathan Burrell (804-357-8897)presented on recent, local park issues:
    Fun facts: 600 acres of wilderness area, 1.3 million visitors last year, most frequented park in our region, only 7 staff members, 20 different parcels make up the park (North Bank Trail is one), recycling bins/water fountains/bridges, etc. are almost always donated by volunteer community members.
    Major problems now: trash, grass, graffiti, are top 3 issues current. This is the only parks department responsible for its own grass control in the city. A concerned community member shared specific problems she is facing: homeless people showing up at her front door, signage should be more prominent, parking lot entrance gates should be locked at dusk, lighting should be better, cars are staying past nighttime and sometimes staying for days, and needles left on the sidewalk.
  5. Riverview Community Park: presented by Leah Page-Jean (featured on local news today!) … language around the park’s construction needs to feature terminology like: “Maymont Civic League supported, all-ages, all-access park featuring a playground, skate park, beautiful green space with a walking trail”.
  6. August 13-14th: Richmond Jazz Festival coming back to Maymont Park this summer for the 7th year! Our continued support is appreciated.
  7. Mr. Henry Smith passed away recently. He was a former MCL President and Chaplain (1604 Georgia Ave.; granddaughter Tina Hunt lives there still). A representative was chosen to deliver a card to her with a $25 gift card from the MCL.
  8. New and/or improved sidewalks are still coming. Consensus says that they have been a value-added improvement for the whole neighborhood.

Meeting adjourned at 8:22

Meeting Minutes: March 21, 2016

Maymont Civic League (MCL) Meeting Minutes
Monday, March 21, 2016

7:08 Meeting Commenced
21 neighbors in attendance

    1. Minutes read and reports issued (Daria Christian was unable to attend/report as Financial Sec.)
    2. Pres. Gloria Bouldin and VP Mark Brandon reported the results of a City Planning Commission meeting on March 7:
      1. Both feel this will need to go back to the CPC because of boundary questions, many changes at Maymont Park, etc.
      2. Byrd Park now listed as a National Historic Place … maybe this is going to help our efforts to change the current site
    3. Sidewalks: they are coming! And they look great. “Thanks, Councilman Parker Agelasto!”
    4. Council Liaison Ida Jones presented on some recent interest in establishing a Parking District/Permit Zone. She brought several handouts and answered questions from residents. The permit would exclude visiting family members and out-of-town guests between hours designated by neighbors at MCL meetings.
    5. Neighbors requested a greater police presence on Texas Ave.; drinking and driving is a problem, the gate needs to be closed nightly, off-leash dogs running wild, parking throughout the entire weekend is a problem for folks who live on the street. The solution needs to better policing and not parking restrictions! Could better signage be placed at the trail head? Neighbors are concerned about a changing reputation at Texas Beach, that it is now a party place.
      Action Points:

      • James River Park Association should be invited to our next meeting
      • Police officers should be contacted every time we see alcohol being carried into the park or an angry dog off-leash
      • We should request better signage and more law enforcement for alcohol and drug infractions
    6. Council Liaison Ida Jones presented three important upcoming dates from Parker Agelasto’s office:
      a. Thursday, April 7th (District Mtg.) at 6:30, South Side Plaza
      b. Deadline for City of Richmond’s Tax Relief for the Elderly & Disabled Program (applications were distributed)
      c. Community Clean-Up for the Maymont neighborhood is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th, from 9am-Noon
    7. “Heads Up” about the Annual Block Party from Leah Page-Jean … she proposes moving the event from October to late-Spring. Would anyone like to plan the event this year? A request was made to serve a full meal at the Block Party and to include a potluck. Volunteers for the Block Party Planning Committee:
      Agnes Lipscolme, Lillie Sanders, Kelly McClellan, and Agnes Nicholson
    8. A request was made to bring in a representative from RRHA to share with us what the plans are for the boarded-up houses in our neighborhood.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15

Meeting Minutes: January 18, 2015

Maymont Civic League Meeting Minutes
Monday, January 18, 2015

21 neighbors were in attendance.
Meeting began at 7:00pm

  1. Bruin Richardson introduced himself as Maymont Park’s Interim Executive Director per Norman Burns’ resignation.
  2. Libby Germer, Secretary, read the minutes from the November meeting, Daria Christian, Financial Secretary, updated us on fall memberships, and Leah Page-Jean, Treasurer, read the Financial Report.
  3. President Gloria Bouldin let all know that Gayle Turner, former Remembrance Committee Chairperson, died last Sunday night. A motion was passed to send $25 in remembrance of Gayle to her church.
  4. Vice President Mark Brandon gave us an update on the January 4, 2016 meeting of the City Planning Commission at City Hall that addressed the proposed Maymont Park Horticulture Garage. Many neighbors spoke up and asked questions.
  5. Leah Page-Jean asked for a motion to pay the annual $50 fee for our website: maymontcivicleague.org. The motion passed.
  6. Leah and a Randolph neighbor named Erin White proposed an Allen Avenue Bike Boulevard. The speed limit would be restricted to 20 mph. They updated us about the City of Richmond’s master plan to create more bike/walk streets throughout the city. A letter of support from the Maymont Civic League is needed to indicate neighborhood support of the proposed Allen Avenue Neighborhood Byway. A motion was passed to have a letter drafted.
  7. Andrea Almond spoke about a recent Storefront for Community Design project that will impact and improve the entrance to Texas Beach and the North Bank Trail. A survey will be sent via email this week that neighbors can fill out to comment on specific changes.
  8. Gloria Bouldin introduced a Neighborhood Watch program, replete with fliers from Lt. Marshall. We want to research which other neighborhoods are doing Neighborhood Watches, to see if they have positive effects in communities. Fliers were disseminated and an informal interest survey was taken. Many seemed to be more interested in a localized version of a similar program, but without the liaison with RPD.

Other Business:

  • Mr. Perry Edwards spoke about the problem of the bulk pick-up from the alley. Joy Whitney volunteered to help him using See-Click-Fix.
  • Mark Brandon has a map of the City’s proposed Stop Sign “basket weave” replacement/readjustment in Maymont. He invited folks to look at the map and make comments.
  • Ida Cheatham told Tracy Wilson to let us all know that she is not in favor of Maymont placing their horticulture building on Hampton St.
  • Libby Germer spotted a coyote on Kansas St