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May meeting minutes, 5/12/16

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, vice-president@whitneyville.org.

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).

Elections:
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.

Other announcements:
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.

March Meeting minutes

March 10, 2016 meeting

Announcements:

  • Gardening club will have a work day 4/3 and is looking to perhaps broaden their activities beyond the pocket park.
  • Elections in May will be for Secretary and Vice President. There are two people interested in Secretary and one willing to serve as Vice President.
  • Membership envelopes will be available at meetings starting in May to make it simpler to pay dues.
  • Summer Music Slams scheduled for June 15, July 13, and August 17. We will plan to incorporate dessert truck or two and use the Whitneyville Cultural Commons as a rain-location.
  • The spring Litter Pick-up days will be May 14 and 15, watch for details. Meet in / drop off bags in the Ralston/Whitney lot.
  • Tree trimming will be preceded by signs posted on the trees, there is a 10 day period to object.

Library update from Marian Amodio:

  • Changes in the system to bring the library into the 21st century – building on “strong bones.”
  • Updated to policies, rules, fines to make using the library easier.
  • Updates to Miller – cleaning and working on building maintenance.
  • New catalog system at lower cost because we share with many other systems – bonus: can easily see what’s at other libraries.
  • New career/job center and adult programs – movies, speakers, etc.
  • New collaborations and expansions with grants.
  • Whitneyville branch will continue added hours and work on the condition of the building (but this is likely a capital request).

Laine explained the zoning variance applications and encourage use to support. This would allow combing all of the parcels into one and could allow parking to be established.

Paperwork for Whitneyville Cultural Commons 501(c)(3) application is completed and will be submitted soon.

January 2016 meeting minutes

Whitneyville Civic Association meeting

January 14, 7:00-9:00 pm
Putnam Room of 1253 Whitney / Whitneyville Cultural Commons
1253 Whitney Ave

Minutes:

Traffic calming on Mather St. has started.
Mayor Leng updated on the Putnam Bell – truck needed to replace it is broken, but he asked works to borrow/rent a truck; must be above 40F for epoxy to cure.

Annual Election (May 2016): need a vice-president and secretary. Please let the board know if you have questions of are interested in running.

Help with the 2016 Music Slam – Jan would like help with publicity for the three evenings over the summer.

Help with litter pick up in May – need help distributing bags/gloves and actually doing pickup around the neighborhood.

Reminder to pay dues, see Treasurer Deb Weckerle.

Laine Harris & Deirdre Dolan – update on 1253 / Whitneyville Cultural Commons
Nonprofit organization, Whitneyville Cultural Commons, will operate the property and eventually purchase the profit. Civic Association will remain separate with a separate mission, but coordination is encouraged and WCA is welcomed to continue to meet in the space. All are encouraged to join or participate in the WCC.

Chief Wydra, Hamden Police Department
Traffic Calming:
Mather and Servoss / Mather and Waite: line painting at Waite, crosswalk at Servoss (in-street signs are removed for winter – will consider having resident remove sign when it snows instead). Development at 380 is contingent on 4 speed enforcement units (signs that display speed) that would be installed 2 near development, 2 other places on Mather. Longer-term suggestion to reduce clearance on Mather/trail bridge, more like the box culvert at Skiff St. to increase sight lines, reduce hill height.

Community policing initiative:
Outreach to young people: Police Explorer, School Resource Officers (Middle and High School), Police & Youth, and YMCA after school programs. Also, bike patrols have grown, resumed a walking beat and hope to further expand. Citizens Police Academy is a 12 week program that familiarizes participants with law enforcement.

To help police be most effective, they need to know what is happening, so be sure to report all crime – even if it seems minor to you (and you can remain anonymous).

Remember to email jtesta@hamdenpd.com to sign up for Whitneyville alerts.

Roundtable to raise new issues:
Question about Putnam Plaza status – unknown, but suggestion to incorporate trail better into any redevelopment plans.

Kath Schomaker:
MLK, Jr. Event this Sunday @ Friendship Baptist Church, 4:00 p.m., on Edwards Street.

November 2015 Meeting Minutes

November meeting 11/12/2015

Old Business
Parking update- Liz Helwig

  • Meeting report, inclding that Lane offered the circle for employee parking which has helped.

Traffic update – Mike Lockett

  • productive traffic calming meeting with the Mayor
  • approval for the measures at Waite and Mather
  • request for raised crosswalks at Servoss and at King
  • Reminder of dues renewal – Deb Weckerly

Kath Schumaker – Council update

  • traffic study for 360 Mather is at the Traffic Commission now
  • traffic study for Newhall / Middle School project pending
  • request to have joint report referred to the state traffic commission not accepted
  • state grant for additional parcel at Brooksvale (2/3 cost)
  • Olin has finished remediation on the Middle School site, now we can focus on potentially opening the Powder Farm site

We received a thank you from the organizers of the Whitneyville Fall Festival for our contribution to signage

New business
Sargent Testa (jtesta@hamdenpd.com) – speaking about traffic calming and crime prevention (fill in for Chief Wydra who had to attend another meeting)

  • Head of community engagement, 26 year veteran
  • Explorer program, two police-and-youth programs (one at 60 Putnam)
  • Pamphlets on crime prevention
  • Email jtesta@hamdenpd.com to sign up to get alerts about issues in Whtineyville
  • Don’t be afraid to call the police 230-4000 if you see something strange – the sooner they know the better
  • Reports can be made anonymously
  • If going on vacation, discontinue mail, call the police to let them know and they can check on things
  • At home, small things can help – motion detector/timer lights, dog chain (with or without dog), alarm (sign)
  • Keep windows and car doors locked
  • Serial numbers of valuables and photos of jewelry – make a copy and give to neighbors
  • Scam awareness and identity theft protection
  • ATM skimming – jiggle card slot and cover your hand when entering PIN
  • HPD has Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

September 2015 Meeting Minutes

WCA Minutes 9/10/2015
September Meeting, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Introductions
Jan’s first meeting since she was elected president. Has been in the neighborhood since 1978, looking forward to working with the association.

Old business:
– Complaint about overlook trash barrel – it’s now on the pickup route. Alert the town help line if you see trash pileup problems.
– Traffic committee contacting the Mayor about Mather traffic calming plan. See further discussion later in meeting.
– Public parking – sent letter about signage in the public lot and asking for enforcement.
– Davenport-Dunbar plantings on Clifford; Michael is in contact with town, but enforcement is complaint-driven.
– Dave reported on library branch – peeling paint may be fixed/covered, will ask to have hours posted on the new door window.

New business:
– Whitneyville Fall Festival is this Saturday, 9/12 10:00am – 4:00pm. Need someone at the table from 3 to 4 (Deb and Scott will do this). Stop by the table and say “Hi”.
– League of Women Voters candidates forum October 29 7pm to 9pm at Miller Library. We are co-sponsoring with several other civic associations. Send questions for candidates to Jan (president@whitneyville.org)
– Hamden Land Conservation Trust is looking for a Scout Troop to help steward Johnson Pond. There are troops in Spring Glen, but not in Whitneyville.

John Hudak, Regional Water Authority, Environmental Planning Department.
jhudak@rwater.com or www.rwater.com
An informative presentation on the history, real estate, and environmental activities of the Authority, including details on Lake Whitney and the local treatment plant (one of four). Sign up for Lake Whitney Management Plan updates (annually) by contacting ask.whitney@rwater.com

Rep. Mike D’Agostino
Asked for feedback on residential parking issue in the town. Also discussed strategies for engaging town on parking and zoning enforcement issues. Also provided updates on legislature.

Roundtable

Agreed to write an open letter to request town explain why Mather/Waite traffic calming work was not completed as described at WCA May meeting and a pre-project meeting was not held.
Announcement: Hamden Land Trust fundraiser wine tasting and art show, at Whitney Center, 9/17, 5:30-7:30.

2015 Annual Meeting minutes

WCA Minutes 5/14/2014
Annual Meeting

Greetings – quick agenda review

Old business updates:

ECS – brief presentation on Hamden’s shortfall in funding from the state. See http://hamden.org/ECS for more details.

Summer music concerts are planned and will be publicized soon.

Litter pickup report – 10+ bags collected by volunteers and picked up by the town

Bell – will be reinstalled soon, even if bollards are delayed

Davenport Dunbar plantings – WCA sent letter to ask that dead shrubs be replaced, town is working on it

Mailing from Mike D’Agastino promoted WCA and 1253 and invited all to join, thanks to him

Thanks to Laine and 1253whitney.com for all his support and providing a meeting space.

Annual Meeting Voting:

By laws approval – membership definition, board definition, geography definition
Vote on bylaws – passed with unanimous vote.

Board slate presentation
Jan – President
David Bechtel – Vice President
Deb W. – Treasurer
Michael – Past President

Floor nominations – None

Vote on board – passed with unanimous votes on each office.

Standing Committees approval
1. “Gardening and Beautification”
2. “Business Liaison”

Introduction of Guest: Dale Kroop, Hamden Economic Development
Overview of the department, what they can offer.
Reminder of benefits of economic development on tax rates.
Discussion of challenges and opportunities in Hamden and several specific sites.
New Economic Development Plan will be similar to the existing one, commission meets second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 – meetings are open to public.

New Issues from Floor:

380 Mather – Curt Leng, Chief Administrative Officer
-Traffic improvements on Dixwell will be made by the developer
-Town commissioned an additional traffic study with further ideas
-Planning and Zoning imposed some conditions
-Traffic Commission approved with conditions
-State DOT must approve – pending
-Apart from the project, traffic calming on Mather is progressing:

-T intersection with Waite St.
-Sidewalk improvements and connections
-Marked crosswalks and sharrow
-Refuge island at Servoss

Announcements:

Update from Laine on 1253 Whitney. Many events are happening, like game nights on Tuesdays. Check the web site at 1253whitney.com for more details.

Next Meeting: July 9, 2015

Minutes from 3/12 meeting

WCA 3/11/15 minutes

Michael Ross described the planned changes in the WCA by-laws, voting will take place at the annual meeting on May 14,2015, copy of exact wording available after meeting and they are posted online.

After everyone introduced themselves, Michael Ross asked for suggested topics of concern.

1-Block watch info. Could there be a link on the website to Hamden Police block watch info? Should officer be asked to speak again at a meeting, as the good weather approaches?

2-Whitneyville library in need of building repairs.

3-Proposed construction on Mather St.

4-Parking in Whitneyville center.

5- Hamden Hall construction. Bob Izzo of Hamden Hall spoke, public input at planning and zoning is now closed, plan has been approved. He offered to meet with concerned residents from Hall St and area.

 

Curt Leng , chief administrative officer, updates

1-Trash containers now come in 3 sizes and are available to anyone who requests them.

2-Parking in Whitneyville center—he stated that Hamden will now receive the funds from parking violations. There was discussion how to address parking problems , suggestions were– strictly enforce 2 hour parking, designate commuter parking spaces, install a sign about parking behind the Board of Ed building( Curt expressed concern about the students that still use that facility). Curt didn’t know if or what % of moving violation on Whitney Ave goes to Hamden. He will get back to us. No conclusions drawn.

2-Mather St construction- 400 unit luxury apartments approved for land between lakes and the vacant brick building on the south side of Mather near Dixwell. He stated there would be an exit directly onto Dixwell and also onto Mather. [70] unit disabled housing approved for opposite (north) side of Mather.

3-Mon 3/16, Mayor Jackson will present the budget, it will be online after the presentation. There are funds allocated for repairs to the Waite St bridge. Treadwell St bridge is being worked on presently.

4- Bell at corner of Whitney and Putnam. 3 bollards will be installed at the curve of the pocket park sidewalk to protect pedestrians ( they were not installed in phase 1 of the streetscape as planned ) They are intended to be break away ,should be inexpensive and easily replaced. Bell will be replaced once they are in.

5-An arborist has been hired for the town, no details available.

6-Putnam Ave sidewalks- completing the north side is planned for this spring/summer.

7-Snow removal- the town made a special effort this year to clear areas such as major bus stops. Curt made the suggestion of the creation of a volunteer snow brigade, using See Click Fix for snow removal, next year town is planning on making a grid to prioritize, cite and fine for failure to remove snow on homeowners sidewalk.

8-Miller library update-

Roof repairs complete, children’s room improved, interior painting, expanded historic society area, ceiling tile replacement.

2 desks will be consolidated in to 1

New coffee and relaxation area

Library website updated

Miller- open hours on Sun

9-Whitneyville library, Sat hours 10-1, recommendation made to keep in next year budget. Wireless has been installed, parking lot paved, $ in capital budget for more repairs.

10-Town will support litter pickup, Janet Kazienko will contact town for assistance with a spring litter pick up event.

11-$40,000 for new tree planting in budget.

 

January meeting, Thursday, January 8

Whitneyville Civic Association meeting2015-01-wca-meeting

January 8, 7:00-9:00 pm

basement of 1253 Whitney
(new co-working space in old Whitneyville church)

1253 Whitney Ave

  • Rochford Field update
  • Hamden Hall building plans
  • WCA bylaws changes
  • Roundtable to raise new issues

 

MINUTES:

Greeting, agenda review, intro officers 7:00 – 7:05

Overview of by-laws changes – Scott (no discussion) 7:05 – 7:15
–post list of standing committees
–open up a commenting post

Dale Kroop, Dir. Economic and Community Development 7:15 – 7:30
–Rochford Field and Vilano Park, ex Mill Rock Park
–Part of consent order related to cleanup, this is phase 2 (residential=1, middle school=3)
–Lights- limited to 10 night events per year (all lights off by 10pm per ordinance)
–Hamden $8m, CT DEEP is $4m – $10m construction, $2m is engineering & operation/mgt cost + contingency
–Operational as sports fields in spring 2016 (one year to get grass established)
–Basketball courts (2), tennis, and multi-age playground, stage, etc. open partially in fall 2015.
–Major accomplishment includes all new storm drainage – should help with major storm events
–Parking at old house sites will remain parking, working with police on street parking, esp. on Mill Rock
–call Dale at 287-7033 with questions

Hamden Hall head of school Bob Izzo 7:30 – 8:15
–Christian Dinkeloo, architect
–565 students preK-12, ~160 from Hamden
–Short video presentation
–Review of plans with architect
–Two phases – relocate parking and gym renos, this summer; new lower school after that
–Pending Zoning approval
–Parking expansion will be pervious surface to preserve drainage, per code

Introductions of attendees 8:15
Kath Shumacher, 5th District rep.
–2015 is an election year: Mayor, Clerk, some BoE, and all Councilmembers

Mike D’Agostino, State rep 91st
–Session started yesterday
–PILOT reform is pending… Sen. Looney & Rep. Sharkey are on it
–Transportation funding discussion, major push for Governor
–Education bonding projects for local pre-K and special ed are proposed
–Continuing Care Community resident council bill-of-rights proposed

Roundtable, announcements 8:45 – 9:00

Announcement of next meeting
March 12, 2015

Picture with Rep. D’Agostino

Meeting at 1253 Whitney.
Meeting at 1253 Whitney.

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November meeting, Thursday, November 13

Whitneyville Civic Association meetingwca-meeting

November, 13
7:00-9:00 pm

basement of Whitneyville United Church of Christ
1253 Whitney Ave

Agenda

  • Special election of officers
  • Whitneyville round-table
  • followed by speaker: Leslie Creane, Hamden Town Planner

Ms. Craene will discuss the Plan of Conservation & Development (POCD). What positive changes would you like to see in Hamden?

Questions?  whitneyvilleca@gmail.com

 

MINUTES:

Elections – slate
President: Michael Ross (2015)
Vice-President: Liz Hellwig (2016)
Secretary: Scott Matheson (Corresponding 2015/Recording 2016)

In office:
Treasurer: Janet Kazienko (2015)
Garden Club: Patrick Volk (2016)

Moved by Tom Platt, Passed by acclamation.

Leslie Creane, town planner, presented on Plan of Conservation and Development
POCD is the big picture plan / vision
State requires it be updated every 10 years
5 things you like / don’t like exercise – lively discussion
Other ideas, please email lcreane@hamden.com

Reports and Roundtable

Traffic Bell (Whitney/Putnam)
The bell will return with some flexible yellow bollards around it. The town is reimbursed by the people who hit it (if they are caught).

Parking Lot (Whitney/Ralston)
Two hour parking sign refers to the spaces marked “2 hour” only, the rest of the lot is still available for commuter parking. Question on how to have it changed/balance adjusted.

How to coordinate more community stuff/cooperation, e.g., library garden, tool ending library.

Zipcar type space – perhaps at the church or in the municipal lot.

Sidewalk on Putnam – when can it be completed? When there is money in the town budget (or substantial change in property- otherwise town can’t force landowner).

Meeting with Superintendent of Schools Goeler

MINUTES, September 11, 2014

The association needs a President, Vice-president, corresponding secretary. There is good support from past officers. Treasurer and Recording secretary positions are filled.

Bell at Putnam and Whitney is being repaired by the town. Missing bike rack is also slated for repair (damaged by car).

Parking: Investigate status of Board of Ed parking – Supt. Goeler will ask about approving signage. Lane: working with the town to get some parking approved at the Church.

Question: should we have a candidate forum? Or get out the vote effort?
State Rep & Senate races are unopposed.

Tree trimming. Council Rep. Schomaker: not done by the Council, but they did approve a consulting arborist to work with the Tree Warden when needed. Michael R.: state law was passed to require notification. The Town has established a tree commission and members have been appointed.

Sign for cemetery – no dogs, no playing – is coming soon. Cemetery association is the management body.

8:00pm
Visit from new Hamden Superintendent of Schools, Jody Goeler
Introduction by Arturo Perez-Cabello, Board of Education member
Started July 1, he is learning the community
Has served in RSD 14, Avon, W. Hartford; worked as a teacher through administrator