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Meeting Minutes: May 18, 2015

Maymont Civic League Meeting Minutes
Monday, May 18th, 2015

Meeting began at 7:00pm

          1. Pres. Gloria Bouldin led a welcome and introduction of MCL leadership
          2. Minutes of meeting on March 16th were read by Sec. Libby Germer
          3. Financial Secretary Daria Blom and VP Mark Brandon were unable to attend, but a memo from Mark re: the Maymont Foundation’s building plans was disseminated
          4. Treasurer’s report: Leah Page-Jean read her report, with an ending balance of $4,4383.20 in the Civic League account.
          5. John Nicholson of Maymont Park read a memo from Norman Burns about their halted plans re: the horticulture building (until further neighborhood mtgs occur)
          6. Presentation from Storefront for Community Design’s Director Ryan Rinn. They help neighborhoods make innovative improvement plans. He pitched a possible $500 round table meeting with the MCL members who are interested in traffic calming, bike safety, and side walk installation plans (another $500 for drafting any documents).
          7. Skate park and community garden update: We were awarded a $750 grant from Keeping VA Beautiful, to go towards the new community garden’s raised beds/plantings.
          8. Other Business
            1. Gayle Turner concerned with parking on her street due to Texas Beach traffic
            2. Mike of 1805 Greenville Ave. needs petitions signed by neighbors within 150’ of his tall fence, because of City ordinance (fences should be lower than 6.5’).
            3. Local citizen (Georgia Ave. resident) was recently apprehended by Police for stealing license plates and breaking into several vehicles. Wanted poster with his description was passed around, because he was released from jail on bond.
          9. Continuing Business
            1. A motion was passed in March to set aside $300 for recognition of long-time Civic League leaders. Kent Eanes (who was not in attendance) may still put together an event to recognize the community leaders.

Next meeting: Monday, September 21st.

Meeting Minutes: March 16, 2015

Maymont Civic League Meeting Minutes
Monday, March 16th, 2015

Meeting began at 7:00pm

  1. Pres. Gloria Bouldin introduced Norman Burns, Exec. Director of Maymont Park. Mr. Burns and his architect showed elevation drawings of the construction of a shed and horticultural building at the intersection of Maymont and Byrd Park by the Nature Center, to begin anywhere from 12-36 months from now. Plans were also unveiled to increase “event” parking off of Hampton St. and to begin construction on. Lively discussion ensued and they sat down at 7:55.
  2. Minutes of meeting on January 19th were admittedly missing, as Sec. Libby Germer had left that at home in her storage closet.
  3. Financial secretary’s report: Thelma Robinson has resigned and Gloria Bouldin requested that someone volunteer to fill-in for the remainder of her two-year term. Daria Christian (1600 block of S. Meadow St.) accepted the responsibility.
  4. Treasurer’s report: Leah Page-Jean read her report, with an ending balance of $4,433.20 in the Civic League account.
  5.  Remembrance Committee: Gayle Turner read her report, including the recent death of long-standing Civic League member and leader, Eva Brinkley.
  6. Upcoming Garden Club event: Ida Cheatham will host a City representative to speak about spring vegetable planting at her home on Wednesday, March 18th at 1pm.
  7. Skate park and community garden update: Ida Jones of Councilman Parker Agelasto’s office was in attendance and affirmed that our community garden plans, along with other similar Parks & Rec. ordinances, will be going to the vote at the next City Council meeting and will likely “pass easily.” Leah Page-Jean and Nate Culver passed around a sign-up sheet for interested neighbors to reserve a garden plot in advance. Leah also mentioned that she had sent a proposed budget to Councilman Agelasto’s office but would do so again, via Ida Jones, to ensure it made the Councilman’s annual budget.
  8. Three possible names for the new playground/skate park/walking trail/community garden were voted on (Riverview Community Park, Riverview Park, and Treasure Island Park) and Riverview Community Park won by a vote of 15-2-6.
  9.  Continuing business
    1. A motion passed to set aside $300 for recognition of long-time Civic League leaders. Kent Eanes (who was not in attendance but was spoken for by Andrea Levine) will purchase plaques for distinguished leaders and can distribute them at the May meeting.
    2. A reminder was made that MCL membership costs only $5 per person/per year and only $10 per household.
    3. Joy Rogers mentioned that maymontcivicleague.org (now a functional website, created by Leah Page-Jean) was up and running, as well as a Maymont Civic League Facebook page, both of which will issue meeting and event reminders for interested members.

Next meeting: Monday, May 18th.

31 people attended the meeting.