Update from library committee: impact of the pandemic on fundraising activity.
Discussion of proposed bylaws change to elect president and vice president in the same year to have concurrent terms. This amendment would make it possible for the latter to succeed the former without creating a vacancy in the Vice President position. Elections for the offices of Treasurer and Secretary would be held at the same time instead.
The text of the proposed amendment:
Article IX - Elections and NominationsSec. I - Officers of the Association shall be elected for terms of two years.Sec. II - With the exception of the Treasurer, officers may not hold their
respective offices consecutively for more than one term.Sec. III - The President, and TreasurerVice President shall be elected at
the Annual Meeting on the odd numbered years.Sec. IV - The Vice-PresidentTreasurer and Secretary shall be elected at the
Annual Meeting on the even numbered years.Sec. V - The Executive Board shall nominate candidates for the appropriate
offices of the Association depending upon whether it is an odd or even
numbered year and communicate these nominations to the Voting Members prior
to the Annual Meeting. In so far as possible, the Board shall see that all
areas of the Association are represented.
Finally, a motion to extend the terms of the current Vice President and Secretary. The extension would provide additional time to recruit new candidates for these positions. In the event that the proposed Bylaws amendment is approved, it will enable the Vice President to continue in office until the next (May 2021) election.
The 2020 Annual Meeting on May 21 will be held virtually. The connection instructions in the email sent this week will be here temporarily as well:
ZOOM CONNECTION INFORMATION WILL BE HERE THURSDAY AT 5:00PM
The meeting agenda:
Discussion of bylaws change to elect president and vice president in the same year to have concurrent terms.
Option A: Concurrent terms remain at 2 years, option for VP to run for president, but not assumed.
Option B: Concurrent 2-year terms, with VP automatically assuming presidency.
We will hold elections and vote on bylaws change in September.
Library committee: how we might continue to support our library in person or virtually
Traffic Committee: updates on Whitney Ave project in New Haven
Whitney Ave. street tree renewal effort
Your Civic Association is seeking volunteers to help our community by serving as Vice-President and as Secretary of the WCA. Please consider running for one of these offices. Contact any board member for more information on the duties and the FUN of serving on the board. Nominations (and self-nominations) can be sent to email@example.com for the election at the September meeting.
Bob Izzo, Hamden Hall, will discuss expansion plans
Discussion of plans for this year and WCA committees
Roundtable to raise new issues
All Whitneyville residents are members of the WCA, but voting members keep the association vibrant – and we need your participation. Voting memberships renew annually and are $10. Business voting memberships are $20 a year. You can sign up at https://whitneyville.org/join/
Volunteers needed for Music Series:
Looking for a fun and meaningful opportunity to help build community and bring people together? Do you love music? Then join the committee to plan and run the sixth annual Whitneyville Music Series in DeNicola Park to be held in 2020. Without new volunteers, the series cannot continue and these special events will not return next summer.
You can email Deirdre Dolan directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or just to learn more about this rewarding and fun opportunity.
Welcome. President Dave Bechtel opened the meeting and
asked everyone to introduce themselves.
Announcements and Committee
Matheson announced that the 3rd Annual Whitneyville Branch Library
fund raiser was a success, netting $1,873 that will be donated for library
materials and activities.
Phase II of our plan, new carpeting has been installed.
committee is looking for new members.
Dolan announced that the committee is set to hold concerts on the 3rd
Thursday in June, July, and August in DeNicola Park, with a rain location in
Whitneyville Cultural Commons.
June – Jazz
July – Sing Along
August – Klezmer
– 100 are expected to attend each concert.
Mark Foran was elected WCA
Deborah Maldonado was
Scott Matheson was elected
Secretary to fill out Mark Foran’s term.
Dale Kroop, Hamden Economic and Neighborhood Development:
speaker Dale Kroop was introduced.
noted that Hamden is updating a Long Range Economic Plan that involves five
towns. The plan is updated ever two
property is doing well, with a 95% occupancy rate among shopping centers.
Whitney Center is the town’s largest employer after Town Government and
Canal Crossing apartment complex is planned for seven buildings totaling 393
units. Four are currently 100%
occupied. A fifth unit is expected to
open in August. A significant number of
tenants are employed by Yale.
is investigating the possibility of bringing high speed broadband internet
access to Hamden. Stiff opposition is expected from Comcast and Frontier.
of Conservation and Development is expected to be finished in this fall.
projects were discussed. Ulta has
completed the move from North Haven, while Marshalls and TJ Maxx have reduced
their store spaces.
Place was discussed. When Stop and Shop
pulled out and no other grocery chain wanted it, Porter and Chester relocated
there. CVS is coming, as well as a
Hamden Middle School was discussed.
is almost complete.
developer has been selected to create 57 elderly housing units, of which 30
will be mixed income. It’s expected to
open in 2022-23.
will be converted into a community center.
incubator with space for 20 tenants is planned.
then took questions, which included:
to a question regarding the commercial district, he noted that Whitneyville
doesn’t qualify for HUD loans for façade improvements and lobbying is necessary
to obtain funding from other sources.
the status of Powder Farm, he stated that the 131-acre property is owned by the
Olin Corporation, which is under a consent degree to clean it up. The cost is estimated at $8 to $10
million. There has been interest in
private acquisition for open space.
fire station on Putnam Avenue will occupy 3 ½ acres.
115-room Marriott Residence Inn is under construction again in Centerville.
has not been a lot of interaction between the Town and Quinnipiac.
Support your local library, the heart of our Whitneyville community, and celebrate Spring at the same time. Join friends and neighbors on Friday, May 3rd from 6-8 pm at The Playwright Banquet Room, located at 1232 Whitney Avenue.
Enjoy complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, games, door prizes and good conversation. Lightheartedly called “Books & Booze” (with alcohol optional of course), net proceeds will be used by the Whitneyville Branch of the Hamden Public Library to support expanded programming and provide additional resources for residents and families in the community. Tickets are $30/person.
See our flyer for details and to mail in your donation. You can also RSVP online.
Dolan announced the lineups for the 5th Annual Music in the Park
series. Concerts will be held on the 3rd
Thursday in June, July, and August in DeNicola Park.
June – Jazz
July – Sing Along
August – Klezmer
Liz Hellwig reported on a meeting held with local merchants regarding business concerns in Whitneyville.
Parking was the major issue.
The intersection of Putnam and Whitney Avenues.
Potential for sidewalk sales and other events.
Proposed Tree Planting
gave an overview of the program:
planting usually occurs on Saturdays using the town’s overtime account.
other issues (including the tornado cleanup), it probably won’t happen this
proposed that the Town procure the trees and deliver to the civic associations
for volunteer planting. Mayor Leng likes
the idea and will consult with the Hamden Tree Commission about implementation.
mentioned that the switch to LED street lighting is ongoing. He has proposed that the Town purchase and
operate the lights instead of paying UI (United Illuminating) to do it. Mayor Leng likes the idea. Expect the process to happen in the next
Commission aims to get a Town Tree Ordinance passed. This will enable Hamden to apply for grants.
pruning workshop will be held at Bassett Park on Saturday from 9 – 10:30 AM. The rain date is March 30th.
walk will be held at Broken Arrow Farms.
Legislative Council Update:
Farmer, Legislative Council Member representing Whitneyville, spoke on several
that the overtime for tree planting comes from the leaf collection budget.
Town of Hamden website is in development.
The Town is looking for local input before finalizing the design. It is expected to go live in July.
Leng presented his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, which would total
million is earmarked for education.
proposal incorporates a one mil increase in the tax rate.
police would be added, of which 3 would be stationed at schools.
payments would be at 85% of full funding.
budget also anticipates $2 million in union concessions.
primary concerns as a councilman:
of street lights to LEDs
internet access for the town
firehouse on Putnam Avenue
mentioned that he is now on the Children’s Center Board. They are looking into possible fund raising
Justin urged residents to use the See-Click-Fix website to report local issues to the Town.
Lockett briefly announced that Mayor Leng is considering creation of a Traffic
Advisory Committee. There was a
discussion of the WCA’s participation on this committee.
status of the Waite Street reconstruction project was also discussed. After the meeting, Town Engineer Mark Austin
gave this update:
The Town has applied for the
acceptance of the project at the CT DOT and are waiting for a response. It has been there about 4 months now. The Town is planning on bidding the
Engineering Services shortly.
Please join us on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm at the Hamden Board of Education, 60 Putnam Avenue, for our next Whitneyville Civic Association meeting. In honor of spring, we will discuss trees — including Bob Pattison (Spring Glen Civic Association) sharing a tree planting proposal and Susan Sternberg discussing Hamden Tree Commission plans for the year. Justin Farmer, our representative on Hamden’s Legislative Council, will also provide an update on the budget process.