Minutes04 Sep 2013 01:42 pm

Minutes from September 3, 2013 PSCA General Meeting @ Annunciation BVM

Meeting began at 6:35 pm, ended at 7:40 pm. Attendance: Approximately 35.

Board Members Present: Zenzola, D’Ippolito, Morris, Wilder, DiCapua, Knapp, Knox, Fioretti

Absent (excused): Emma, Anton, Geary

Welcome and Introductions: Pam Zenzola welcomed guests and thanked J&J Pizza for their food donation. A summary of this past year’s accomplishments (August 2012-August 2013) was handed out, that also highlighted some of our goals for this upcoming year, including growing the Neighborhood Ambassador Program, as well as doing more business engagement and translating more of our materials into Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

Education Committee: Tom Wyatt described the recent work of the committee, including creating a vision statement (to be a vital community partner to our neighborhood schools), holding a supply drive for our schools that ends this Saturday at Acme (most needed item: copy paper), hosting Back to School Night on October 3, building relationships with other civics in South Philly that are working on school issues, and growing their social media presence (currently at 61 twitter followers). Their next meeting is Sept. 17 and all are invited to attend. Tom also mentioned that a local teenage girl was able to get 400 backpacks donated to Jackson School!

House Tour: Caroline New, co-chair, discussed the upcoming Annual House Tour on October 12 from noon-4pm, advance tickets are $20, day of are $25. Admission also gets you discounts at the Devil’s Den after party from 3-6pm and a free slice of Slice Pizza. Prize donations are still needed for that day’s raffle. The fundraising goal for this year’s tour is $3,000.

Zoning: Pam Zenzola reported for Tina Geary that the next Zoning Committee on Tuesday Sept. 10 will hear three cases: 1217 Gerritt, an application for a 3rd story addition with roof deck and Pilot House to existing single family dwelling, refused for open area and no 3rd floor setback (8′ required, 0′ proposed) in RSA-5; 1535 S. 11th, an application for ground floor side yard addition and eat-in restaurant with apartment above, refused for open area and use as eat-in restaurant in RSA-5; and 1509 S. Iseminger, an application for ground floor side yard addition to single family dwelling, refused for open area in RSA-5.

PWD Stormwater Planters: Christine Knapp reported that PSCA is looking for volunteers to assist us in monitoring the stormwater planters around the neighborhood, and alerting us if you see trash or debris in them, which limits their effectiveness at absorbing rainwater. These planters are part of PWD’s Green Cities, Clean Water’s program to green 1/3 of the city’s impervious surfaces over the next 25 years, to aid in reducing sewer runoff into our rivers. Email beautification@passyunk.org if you would like to help.

Sponsorship: Ilene Wilder reported that businesses can get involved in numerous ways in PSCA, such as sponsoring events (like 10th Street Laundromat’s upcoming art auction on Nov. 2, a fundraiser for PSCA’s trash and recycling efforts), buying an ad in the house tour program book, or becoming an annual or multi-year sponsor. All sponsors receive decals (“Proud Sponsor of PSCA”) that they can display in their business window.


Donna Carney from the Citizens Planning Institute, an arm of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, spoke about their mission to educate citizens about the role good planning plays in creating communities of lasting value. Each semester they accept 30 students to take their evening courses to become a Citizen Planner. The coursework provides practical tools individuals can take back to their neighborhood organizations or communities. CPI strives for geographic diversity in each cohort–for that reason, they generally do not accept more than one person from any one community organization for each semester. So far, 180 people across Philadelphia have become Citizen Planners. To learn more and download an application, visit  http://citizensplanninginstitute.org.

–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, September 4, 2013.


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