Minutes05 Sep 2012 08:39 pm

Minutes from June 5, 2012 PSCA General Meeting @ SPOAC

Meeting began at 6:40 pm, ended at 7:50. Attendance: Approximately 32.

Board Members: Knapp, Zenzola, D’Ippolito, Morris, Emma, Pohlig, Anton, Wilder, Fioretti, DiCapua, Knox.

1.      Announcements

    1. New Board Officers: New Board Officers announced: Pam Zenzola is President, Angel D’Ippolito is Vice President, Sarah Anton is Treasurer and Karin Morris is Secretary.
    2. Other Board News: Thanks (and flowers) were given to Christine Knapp, immediate past president for her service as a Board Officer, and Dan Pohlig, Communications Committee, who is leaving the Board. Welcome to Cassie Knox who is a new Board member and will take over the Communications role.
    3. Food Sponsors: Thanks to Acme for donating water and cookies.
    4. Next General Meeting: September 4 (board continues to meet over the summer).
    5. 2.      Committee Reports
      1. Zoning: Meetings held second Tuesday of the month. Pending case of 1519 S. 7th needs a use variance to allow a tutoring service in an R10A zoning district. Pending case of restaurant at 11th and Tasker re: 2nd floor seating will be reviewed at end of meeting.
      2. Beautification: Pruners Club will take place on June 16. Harry O Gardens open on Sundays from 4-6pm. Looking into installing more Mural Arts murals in neighborhood.
      3. Trash and Recycling: E-waste recycling event will be June 23 from 9am-1pm in the Acme parking lot. Trash “think tank” formed and will be doing outreach to businesses with takeout food regarding city enforcing new trash can requirements.
      4. Communications: PSCA is now able to send text messages to those who send the word “PSCA” to 215-987-5555. This is a free service we are testing out.
      5. Education: We need more volunteers to fill around a dozen roles that have been identified to assist with education. Each volunteer would have a specific and manageable task, for example, organizing a Reading Buddy group at Kirkbride, while another volunteer might do the same task at Jackson.
      6. Planning: PSCA is hoping to install “Welcome to Passyunk Square” signage on key streets in the neighborhood. Last hurdle is Streets Department approval of each sign’s specific location. Bike racks through the city’s adopt-a-rack have been installed recently (exact number TBD). Lynn Mandarano, Temple planning professor, introduced as new Planning volunteer. She will be compiling a list of available development sites in our neighborhood and any previous planning ideas/renderings for them and/or new ideas.
      7. Parks: Capitolo is hosting a flea market June 9 from 9am-2pm and still accepting vendors. Capitolo has open spaces in their summer camp. Columbus Square has three preschool spots open for next year. Their summer camp has a waiting list, while they will also be enrolling kids and adult pottery classes soon. Yoga resumes in the fall on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Gold Star Park will host a cleanup on June 10 from 11am-12:30pm, and Music in the Park on June 14 at 7pm. Friends of Gold Star Park is looking for two co-chairs to lead the group, with a monthly time commitment of four hours. Tasks could include organizing parents and playgroups, grant writing for playground equipment, organizing events, planning mural projects, and maintaining the website. Any questions on the above, please email parks@passyunk.org.
      8. Outreach: Need volunteers and committee members to assist with outreach to the elderly and non-native language speakers, and to build up the block liaison program.
      9. Events: May Plant Sale was successful. Next event is Oct. 13 home tour, in conjunction with Design Philly. The Food Trust’s Night Market is June 28th at 9th and Washington.
      10. Town Watch: Next walk is June 9th at 11am at Police Station at 11th and Wharton.
      11. 3.      Presentations
        1. Ace Delgado from the Philadelphia Police gave an update on recent crime concerns in the neighborhood and some safety tips. He said theft from auto is the most common crime in our area. Recommends not leaving cars unlocked, windows open, nor valuables inside. Don’t be unaware of one’s surroundings, don’t talk on cell phones in public, and don’t carry a pocketbook if you don’t have to. If you plan on going on vacation, you can inform the local Police District and they can drive by/check on your house while you are away. Don’t be too obvious with neighbors that are you are going to be away. Call in anything suspicious that you see or any complaints you have on noise, vandalism, etc. to the police so that it appears on their daily roll call.
        2. b.      Kim Davis from PSCA Town Watch discussed using 311, which has been in place since 2008. Seventy percent of all calls to 311 are for information-only, while 30% are for service requests. Not everyone knows that 311 can be used for service requests. She encouraged anyone who calls to get a Service Request number so you can track the progress of your request and escalate it if it hasn’t been resolved. Kim is our new 311 Neighborhood Liaison, which means she can track fulfillment of requests and prioritize complaints (as a civic association) and communicate that to 311. She handed out a list of typical 311 complaints and their corresponding service level turnaround times. Kim feels 311 is valuable because of the service request tracking and ability to escalate unresolved requests, rather than the website SeeClickFix, which does not offer those features. The city is offering one-hour training for others who want to become 311 Neighborhood Liaisons. Email townwatch@passsyunk.org for more info or to give Kim your 311 service requests.
        3. 4.      Other
          1. A question was asked about the Actual Value Initiative and whether we could have someone speak at our next meeting about this. We will find a speaker for our next meeting in September, if not before, given the timeliness of the issue. PSCA has not signed on to the Coalition for Tax Fairness. Homestead tax exemption forms are now available on www.phila.gov and are due July 31.

**A special meeting was held afterwards to discuss the zoning case of the proposed restaurant at 11th and Tasker.

–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, June 6, 2012.

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