September SoSo Meeting Agenda

For meeting on Wednesday, September 10th @ 7 PM in the Bosler Memorial Library

-Discuss SoSo Block Party
-Decide whether to ,and if so which, politicians to invite to our October Meeting
-Discuss Neighborhood Trash Pick-up

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Community Meeting Minutes

Community Meeting Minutes

On Thursday August 14th at 6:30 in the Biddle Mission Park, members from various community organizations met. The meeting was led by Laura from Elma Street.

It was attended by:

Laura Beaver, ESNA
Mel Beaver
Shari Minnich, ESNA,
Curtis Hetrick, ESNA,
Matt Yanos, SoSo,
Whitney Amato, SoSo,
Lissy Weirich, ANCA,
Brenda Landis, West,
Sharon Harron, SoSo,
Kate McGivney, SoSo,
Marilyn Keener,
Donna Hale,

- New Elms Street Manager: funding is being sought to hire a new Elm Street Manager to replace Eddy Kaplaniak who left last year. Funding will probably come in the form of a 2 year grant and from the Borough. The person would split his or her time between doing work for the borough and Elm Street work, with the minority of his or her time going to the Borough. The Elm Street Manager would write grants, be involved in the factory redevelopment, and would be available to assist neighborhood groups and to aid in coordination between them. Laura believes that there is still available funding to improve downtown facades and that the new manager could help to coordinate that as well. She requests that the various groups consider what tasks they would like to see the new manager perform.

- Neighborhood Parks: Notes were shared about the various neighborhood park improvement projects. Brenda’s group has piloted a community garden project in the Heberlig-Palmer Park. They have planted vegetable gardens and fruit trees, and the food is available for anyone to pick and eat. In March they had a work day with 100 volunteers including the Dickinson Football team.

- Volunteers: There is a Dickinson student on the Borough Council who may be able to help recruit volunteers from Dickinson. There was a discussion about the feasibility of getting regular Dickinson volunteers, like having students clean a different area every month. It was also suggested to seek volunteers from other groups, such as social organizations like the Elks and the Moose clubs. Community groups were encouraged to compose a list of projects for students to do.

- Community Clean-Up: ALLARM is looking for people/groups to adopt storm drains. There is also a push to get downtown businesses to clean and weed the areas around their stores. The group decided to hold the fall clean-up on October 25, 2014 from 10-noon with a rain date of the following Saturday, November 1, 2014. The plan is to meet at the church on the square where the farmer’s market is held in the summer months and then to push out from the square to begin cleaning. Groups are encouraged not to clean around the businesses, but rather to focus on the residential areas. Bags and vests will be supplied by the borough. It was advised that volunteers shouldn’t pick up electronics since they can’t be disposed of by the borough.

- The idea of having a map downtown of the neighborhoods and points of interest and/or streetlight flags marking each neighborhood was discussed. The midtown area in Harrisburg uses neighborhood markers. Brenda thought that researching and designing a map may be a good project for students at the Harrisburg Technology Center, and then it would only cost money to do the printing. It was agreed that this would be a good project for the new Elm Street Manager to coordinate.

- Carlisle Neighborhood Alliance (CNA) was meeting the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 P.M. in the basement offices of the Borough Hall.

- Laura Beaver serves as the Elms Street Representative for the DCA. The DCA publishes an annual newsletter, which was distributed at the meeting. Incorrect contact and meeting information about the neighborhood groups was noted. Laura hopes that an Elm Street Manager would be able to better keep track of the neighborhood groups.

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Minutes of June 11th SOSO Meeting

Meeting was held at Bosler Library, 7:00pm

Attending were:
Whitney Amato, President

Connie Bires, Co-President

Ann Sheehan, Co-president

Stephen Hughes, Membership Secretary

Janet Spahr, Recording Secretary

Matt Yanos

Gay Walker

Dawn Flower, Borough Councilwoman

Robin Guido, Borough Councilwoman

Katherine McFarland

John Rogers

Susan Rogers

Annie Oiler

Lisa Brousse

Minutes from May meeting were approved.

Whitney read an update from our treasurer, Antonia Hyde. SOSO’s new account is now active at Orrstown Bank. A balance of funds was not given. The balance reported in our account on May 14th was $691.14.

Borough Councilwomen Robin Guido and Dawn Flower were special guests at the meeting. They have both served on council for 2 1/2 years.

Robin Guido is surprised at which issues become “hot bed” issues and which don’t. Mobil food vendors have been given trial permission to operate near warehouses.  They are still not permitted downtown.  

A developer is proposing a high density apartment complex behind Giant. Seven Gables park land will not be built upon. No drawings have been shown yet to council. A pavilion and recreation space is is reported to be included in this development plan. The developers will be presenting their plan to council after the planning commission approves their plan. It was noted that the Borough’s Comprehensive Plan is very basic and should be improved.   

Regarding the two largest sites available for development in the borough: The IAC site owners have been very open to hear what residents desire at their site. No decisions have been made as to how it will be developed. The Lear site is currently looking for a buyer/developer.

Dawn Flower chairs the Employee Relations and Community Participation  Committee.  She suggested that residents attend committee meetings in order to get in on discussions earlier than when issues come to vote at Council meetings.

The borough burning ordinance update was discussed. The police and codes officers now have more “teeth” in addressing complaints.  Flues and chimneys are required on all burning devices. Burning trash and leaves is still not permitted.

Tot Lot discussion:

The damaged shrubs and trees have been reported to police each of the 3 times since the new landscaping has been installed in the Tot Lot. Robin Guido is chair of the Park & Recreation Committee. Annie Oiler requested more signs in the park re: no smoking and dawn to dusk rules. Andrea Crouse from the Park & Rec. department said through an email to Annie that she is concerned about “over signage” but will check into it.  West Side neighbors are getting cameras from a community block grant. (They are eligible due to having a higher number of low income residents.)  Andrea Crouse wrote that a water fountain would be very expensive to add to the tot lot, but she gave no dollar amount. A small pavilion may be possible but we need to decide on the size we want. No one has volunteered to take charge of adding further amenities to the tot lot. It was suggested that a high school student might take on the building of the pavilion and we would only have to pay for materials. 

We now have a rain barrel (donated by Antonia) at the rear of a neighbor’s lot adjacent to the tot lot that is used for watering the plants.

It was suggested that Borough Council make public announcements that police are going to be more closely monitoring parks between dusk and dawn.  If fines are given more often for disregarding park rules, and citations published in the paper, it may discourage further similar incidents.

The Rental Ordinance discussion: 

The main weakness in the ordinance is that the Codes Department needs to push harder on enforcement. Council has recently given the Codes Dept. a directive to do so, hopefully improving quality of life in the borough.  The Rental Ordinance *has* resulted in improvements, according to Dawn & Robin. Councilwoman Linda Cicconello suggested at the last council meeting that residents make a list of problem properties and send it to her. Dawn & Robin suggested to send such lists to the Codes Dept., with Linda copied.  Issues such as high weeds, trash, structural deficiencies, over-occupancy, etc. should be reported to the Codes Dept. Report criminal issues to the police department.

There has been some non-compliance in property owners registering their properties/conforming to the Rental Ordinance. 16 properties have not registered and will be cited. A problem with the tenant/occupant reporting surfaced early: some tenants need to keep their address off of the borough’s public website. The borough has recognized that, keeping access to that information non-public. Landlords have been reporting their tenants names satisfactorily. 

Other discussion:

Property values continue to decline in Carlisle. The number of private homeowners is dropping compared to rental properties. 

Question as to whether “branding” the neighborhoods in the borough is a good idea. There has been talk of doing that by DCA but it has not been followed through. 

Neighborhood groups are invited to have a common booth at First Friday on August 1st. The booth would have representatives from each neighborhood, and passersby could be made aware of the groups and invited to join. Brenda Landis from West Side Neighbors is organizing it, and emails will be sent closer to the time to ask for volunteers to take turns at the booth. Glenn White may be helpful in planning a future 1st Friday that would have the theme of neighborhoods. 

Re: having a party with all the neighborhood groups on a Wed. in August: the other groups have not responded.

Stephen Hughes brought up a membership issue. Currently, there are two levels of membership: Assoc. membership, which is free.    Voting membership, which is $5.00.  There are some businesses within SOSO’s boundaries which might like to be members, but the owners do not live within SOSO boundaries. Perhaps a new membership level might be established: a Business Membership, where the member would not have voting membership but they could get monthly advertisements on our googlegroup emails by paying a membership fee.

The annual Neighborhood Block Party is still on for September 6th. Gay Walker is chairing, and Whitney Amato and Ann Sheehan volunteered to help organize. Expect emails with details closer to the time.

Contact Janet Spahr for additions and/or corrections to these minutes, please.

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Agenda June 11, 2014 Meeting

Agenda Wednesday, June 11, 2014 SoSo Meeting
at 7 PM in the Bosler Memorial Library Meeting Room B

This will probably be the last SoSo meeting until September, but it is a special one. We have invited the members of the Carlisle Borough Council to our meeting. Councilwomen Dawn Flower and Robin Guido have very kindly agreed to attend. They will give a brief overview of the role of borough council, and they will be available to answer questions from SoSo members. Please take advantage of this chance to get up close and personal with your local elected representatives.

Also on the agenda are a brief treasury update on the status of the SoSo bank account, a short follow-up discussion on our plans to meet up with our fellow neighborhood groups this summer, a discussion as the whether SoSo would like to gather and submit to council a list of “problem properties” in our neighborhood as was suggested by Councilwoman Linda Cecconello at the May 28th meeting on the status of the rental ordinance, and a brief discussion on business membership.

A good turn out would be greatly appreciated to demonstrate the strength of our organization and to provide a good welcome to our councilwomen.

-Whitney Amato, President of the South of South Street Neighborhood Association (SoSo)

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May Meeting Minutes, 5/14/14

Minutes of SOSO Meeting, MAY 14, 2014

Meeting was held at Bosler Library, 7pm

In attendance:

Whitney Amato, President

Ann Sheehan, Co-Vice President

Connie Biers, Co-Vice President

Antonia Hyde, Treasurer

Janet Spahr, Recording Secretary

Annie Oiler

Gay Walker

Matt Yanos

Police Officer Nina Klinger

Angie Smith

Michael Smith

John Smith


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.

Treasurer’s report:

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.

General discussion:

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.


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Agenda for Wednesday May 14, 2014 SoSo Meeting

The next SoSo meeting will be this Wednesday May 14, 2014 SoSo Meeting at the Bosler Library in meeting room B at 7pm.
-Approve Minutes from April 2014 meeting, which are available online
-Police report
-Butcher Family Tot Lot

  • Fund total
  • Discuss whether to keep our fund/account with the DCA
  • Remind members to complete the Tot Lot survey, which is required by the Carlisle Area Health & Wellness as part of the grant they awarded us, and distribute paper copies to hand out in the Tot Lot.
  • Review and recruit volunteers to sign up for the watering schedule. Discuss setting up a rain barrel to help with watering
  • Discuss using the Tot Lot to advertise SoSo events, including the feasibility of constructing a bulletin board for this purpose
  • Decide if anyone would like to take charge of planning a use for the leftover money. Suggestions thus far include a ball wall, a pavilion, a notice board and a water fountain.

-Decide if we would like to do a neighborhood spring clean-up this year
-Work on scheduling a social event to meet with other neighborhood groups in one of our parks this summer
-Planning of the neighborhood yard sale on Saturday May 24that 8AM, which members will have it on their own properties and SoSo will advertise and will coordinate the RSVPs
-Update on scheduling the Block Party which will be held in the Butcher Family Tot Lot preferably in August

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Butcher Family Tot Lot Follow-Up

Butcher Tot Lot Landscaping

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Saturday work day!  We didn’t have a lot of volunteers, but those who showed up worked hard. We removed a ton of large rocks (or small boulders?) to plant the two trees from Parks and Recreation.

Rocky Excavation

We also installed 2 flower beds: 1 near the Butcher Family Tot Lot sign on Chestnut Avenue, the other near the donor sign and planted arborvitaes at each entrance.

The play area recieved a fresh layer of mulch around the playground, and the swings, basketball hoop, and antique cheese climbing equipment were all either touched-up or completely repainted.

Flowerbed Arrangement

Andrea from Parks and Recreation has told us that Public Works will paint lines on the court and lower the fence in the park as well. So, if you haven’t checked out our newly beautified park, I strongly encourage you to do so. And if you see any of our hard working volunteers, please thank them as well.

Wheelbarrel of Mulch

A conditions of one of the grants we earned to help fund the park was that we conducted a survey to judge the outcome of our project. Please help us earn our grant by completing this very short survey about the Butcher Family Tot Lot:

Tree Planting

Butcher Tot Lot Landscaping

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