The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm.
In attendance were: Mike Brezin, Tom Schulte, Tom Vickers, Mary Ann Vickers, Donna Legare, Mary Kay Falconer, Mike Bannister, Mario Taylor and Margie McInnes.
Tom Vickers presented the August Membership Report as follows:
2017/2018 Membership Year
|Mansfield Fund ||$326|
2018/2019 Membership Year
|Mansfield Fund ||$15|
Tom Schulte presented the August Treasurer Report.
Beautification: Donna reported that the plant pathologist took samples
from the dying Ash Magnolia Trees in McCord Park to discern the problem.
Root rot is indicated. There is an irrigation system in that area which does
not have an automatic off function. That amount of water in addition to the
higher rainfall may have created conditions to cause that problem. In
addition, Sassafrass plants are also dying. Samples were taken for study.
There is another issue called “Laurel Wilt” which may be caused by an
organism from China which came into the USA on shipping pallets.
Traffic Issues: Mike Brezin reported that Willis Dairy has asked for
rezoning which Betton Oaks was against. Instead, it appears as though
they will instead get a PUD (Planned Unit Development) commercial
designation that will address their issues.
Additional drive thru businesses on the east and west sides of
Thomasville Road will not be allowed! The two sides of Thomasville Road
were voted on as two separate items. Many thanks to the Board members
who attended the relevant meetings as the vote regarding the east side
was very close (3-2).
Issues of speed limits, speeding, lane reduction and signals all create
problems for pedestrians/bike riders at the intersection of Thomasville and
Betton Roads. Tom Vickers made a motion, seconded by Tom Schulte, to
prepare a letter with Adam Jacobs regarding this issue.
Progress is being made on road signage issues to keep trucks off
Betton Road and the turn sign at Goodwill.
Abandoned Property: Donna contacted Adam about an abandoned
house on Armistead which is behind her house. The house has a pool
which is a hazard as it is not properly fenced. There are a few other
houses in the neighborhood which also appear abandoned.
Collaboration with TMH: Mike Brezin and Mario Taylor met with Stephanie Derzypolski, the new
VP/Chief Communication Officer at TMH. She will let them know of any
issues with the generating station. She is looking forward to finding ways
to partner with our neighborhood.
Accessory Dwelling Units: Mike has been meeting with
representatives from Lafayette Park, Glendale, Myers Park and Woodland
Drive about the proposed changes in regulations for ADUs. Neighbors who
have expressed their opinions about this issue are primarily concerned
about changing the nature of our neighborhood, parking, renters, increased
run off and potential for reducing property values. The new regulationsappear to be addressing most of these issues, including requiring the
property owner to actually reside in one or the other unit, 1 utility bill.
Enforcement of the regulations will of course be essential. Neighbors can
trigger a review of the situation if they think conditions are not being met.
PREP: Margie and Mario will be leading a session on 8/22, training
neighbors who may be interested in leadership with this disaster
preparedness effort. More information will be put on the website and in the
Annual Fall Neighborhood Event: Two possible dates are October 22
and October 29. Margie will contact the City to see if the Winthrop pavilion
is available on either of those dates, and will contact the Leon Steel Drum
teacher to see if they are available to play.
Fall Newsletter: Articles for the next newsletter should be sent to
Mike by September 15 in order for the newsletter to be printed and mailed
by October 1.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:38pm.View/Download Minutes
We met at Ashford Club Apartments Meeting Room ().