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

Event for Hamden Land Conservation Trust

An announcement from our neighbors at…
The Hamden Land Conservation Trust

September 17, 5:30-730pm

Like wine? Like art? Like open space? Join us and meet some fun, like-minded folks in Hamden who care about open space and the environment at our annual wine tasting fundraiser Thursday, September 17 from 5:30 – 7:30 Whitney Center. Come hear what the eagles at our latest property acquisition are up to. Meet artists Dorie Petrocko and Linda Miller of the Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators and enjoy their artwork on display. Tickets available at the door: $25 per couple or $15 each.

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.

Volunteers needed – Hamden Land Conservation Trust

Saturday, September 5, from 8-Noon at the corner of Servoss and Mather, volunteers are needed to help wood chip the length of the trail that runs from Mather to Servoss across the Trust property. Wood chips will be delivered, but we will need a few wheel barrows, some steel rakes, shovels, and maybe a bowsaw or two… and of course some people to move the chips and use the tools!

6-10 people would be ideal, and we would prefer no young children, but supervised teenagers are fine. It can be pretty heavy work. Gloves, water bottle, insect repellent will also be helpful. If someone can come for just an hour or two, that’s fine. No need to commit to the full four hours.

Contact Tom Parlapiano of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust at twparlapiano@aol.com or 203-288-1341 if you have questions.

July (mini) Meeting, July 15, Denicola Park

July 15, 6:00-6:10 pm

Denicola Park, Treadwell St. at the Summer Music Slam.
Agenda:

  • Brief updates from the Association: traffic and fall festival
  • Opportunity to raise new issues individually with officers
  • Thanks to all performers!
The Association has historically cancelled the July meeting due to summer travel and vacations. This brief meeting will be a chance to touch base and gather any issues to help plan the regular September meeting.

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