Maureen Armstrong, Hamden Public Library
- Daisy scouts are planting around the sign
- Additional minor work is being done
- Materials budget was cut by mayor and council, attending council meetings is a good way to support library
- Programming for adults, including one-on-one computer classes, meditation, cooking & nutrition
- Miller has Tuesday movie matinee, museum passes can now be booked online
- Get newsletter online or at the library for more details
- Summer Reading Program is starting soon
- Many resources can be accessed from home via the library’s home page http://hamdenlibrary.org
- Question: Saturday and evening hours? Staffing shortage was the problem, they might resume in the fall as positions are refilled
Update on letter to and meeting with Mayor about the physical state of the Whitneyville Branch. Several ideas were discussed, should WCA have a library committee? Contact Dave if interested, email@example.com.
Gardening club work dates:
Liz has the schedule of Sunday mornings. Broader participation would enable more projects. May 22, June 19, July 24, August 1, September 18 – meet at the Pocket Park.
Spring litter pick-up this weekend. Supplies will be distributed Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9:00 – 10:00 am in the Ralston/Whitney parking lot. Bring filled bags back by 3:00 pm Sunday for the town to pick up.
Hamden Land Conservation Trust is having a photo contest with a deadline of 5/23/16 (see link under Town of Hamden resources above).
Update on letters (see Letters section above).
Vice-President 2017-2018, Dave Bechtel
Secretary 2017-2018, Diedre Dolan
Traffic issues discussion:
People who were working on traffic need to step back and we need more people. Moira, Mark, Julie Dowd, and Liz volunteered.
Some work has been done on traffic calming, including Mather / Waite improvements this spring.
Trish and Leah have worked on Mather St. traffic since 2008, worked with Scott Jackson to get the traffic study (linked above) done and the five-points intersection at King/Belmont/Mather improved.
Truck traffic from Mather St. construction has some options, but work early on is important (is there a construction traffic management plan filed?).
Important to comment on the new Plan of Conservation & Development still under development.
Community investment fund grants (two $30,000 grants pending) need to be approved by the town to ensure the funds are secured.
Two cars stolen in the past month, some of this is seasonal. See prior notes from Sgt. Testa and Chief Wydra for crime prevention tips. Keeping cars, doors, and windows locked is key, as is reporting anything suspicious.
It’s pothole season! Report them to the town helpdesk or see-click-fix. The more reports the more likely they will be filled promptly.
Update from Laine on Whitneyville Cultural Commons. The 501(c)(3) application is pending with IRS – could hear any time now. The zoning changes have gone through, and the variances to merge the two parcels has also gone through. This means that discussions of parking on the Putnam end of the property are revived.
It’s New Haven Bike Month, and there are free breakfasts on Fridays – at Yale Art Gallery tomorrow, Pitkin Plaza next week.
State budget update from Rep. Mike D’Agostino: budget is passed in the special session. There are changes to how the car tax works which will result in slightly more revenue to the town and slightly lower car taxes. Hamden is coming out of the hard budget year with a positive.