Minutes of SOSO Meeting, MAY 14, 2014
Meeting was held at Bosler Library, 7pm
Whitney Amato, President
Ann Sheehan, Co-Vice President
Connie Biers, Co-Vice President
Antonia Hyde, Treasurer
Janet Spahr, Recording Secretary
Police Officer Nina Klinger
Minutes from the April 2014 meeting were approved.
Police report by Officer Klinger:
Biddle Mission and Heberlig-Palmer parks (in Carlisle) have been vandalized recently. Several thousand dollars worth of damage has occurred. The vandals have not been caught.
The man who was the suspected target for the February shooting on W. Pomfret St. will be released from prison soon. The suspected shooter is still in custody at Cumberland County Prison.
SOSO is in the process of getting a new account at Orrstown Bank as our treasurer prefers a bank which is closer to walk to. Our organization has gone by two names in the past:
South of South Street and South Of South Community Org. Antonia will be opening the new account under the name South Of South Community Org, as that is the name registered with the IRS. Our current balance is $691.14.
Butcher Family Tot Lot report:
Remaining amount in the Tot Lot Account is $3,754.58.
SOSO’s designated tot lot money can stay in DCA for unlimited time, or we can move it to our SOSO account.
The motion was made and seconded to keep our tot lot money with the DCA. Discussion centered on the fact that if we move the money to our general bank account, it could be mistakenly used for a “non-tot lot” project. The motion was unanimously approved.
Watering the new plants needs to be continued throughout the summer. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays are not yet covered by volunteers. Contact Annie Oiler if you are able to commit to helping or to be a back-up waterer if others are on vacation.
The survey about use of the tot lot will continue to be circulated as part of the Health & Wellness Foundation grant agreement. Annie Oiler will send an email reminding people of the deadline to respond. Everyone is encouraged to fill in the survey. Even if you don’t use the tot lot, saying positive things about it in the general comment area would be helpful.
It was stated that signs in the park re: rules need to be placed so that they are more easily seen. Annie will ask the park department if more signs could be placed, and if some signs that are already there could be moved to more prominent locations.
The following amenities have been suggested as additions to the tot lot: water fountain, ball wall, pavilion, notice board and rain barrels. At this point in time, no one has volunteered to head up researching any of the projects except rain barrels. An email has been sent by John Smith (an elementary school student) to Andrea Krouse about the feasibility of getting a water fountain installed somewhere on the tot lot property.
A newly planted tree was pulled out of the ground at the tot lot soon after being planted. Gay Walker discovered it and replanted it. There has been graffiti on the new picnic table. Officer Klinger suggested a photo of the graffiti be sent to the police.
The borough’s rental ordinance agreement will be reviewed by Borough Council on Wednesday, May 28th, at 7pm. Whitney will spread the word through a SOSO google email about the mtg. We are not sure if Council is reviewing it with the thought of tightening or loosening regulations of the ordinance.
The annual Block Party has been scheduled for Saturday, September 6th, 2014, in the tot lot. Gay Walker is chairing the committee to organize the event, and Ann Sheehan and Whitney Amato will help. More helpers are needed and welcome!
Clean up days discussed:
Antonia proposed that we have neighborhood clean up days on an as needed basis, not just 2 days per year. There has been less trash lately. It was agreed that emails can be sent to the group on an as needed basis, stating a date, time and meeting place. If neighbors aren’t available to join the group, they might at least be inspired to take some time to clean up trash in their immediate neighborhood.
Whitney will contact the other Carlisle neighborhood associations about having a combined summer meeting/social event. It was agreed that a Wednesday night would be a good choice for the event, as we will not be having July and August meetings, and our meeting nights and the East Side Neighbors usually meet on Wednesdays.
The SOSO neighborhood yard sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 24th. Stephen Hughes agreed to be the chairperson of the event, sending out an email to ask for rsvp’s of those interested in participating, and getting ads put in The Guide and Craigslist. It was agreed that there should be more than just one or two who are planning to participate before SOSO pays for the ads.
The next SOSO mtg. will be held on Wednesday, June 11th, 7pm, at Bosler Library.