Minutes of SOSO Meeting, April 9, 2014 at Bosler Library, 7pm.
Attending were: Matt Yanos, Gay Walker, Annie Oiler, Michael Blumenthal, Ann Sheehan – Co-Vice President, Janet Spahr – Recording Secretary
Minutes from March 2014 were approved.
No police report, as police representative did not attend the meeting.
No treasury report, as treasurer did not attend the meeting.
Annie Oiler gave an update on the Tot Lot Fund: $4,053.57. She will get in contact with Glenn from the DCA to find out whether we can keep the remainder of the money (after the landscaping and picnic table is paid for) with the DCA or if it needs to be transferred to the SoSo account and designated for the Tot Lot. She will report on this at the next meeting.
Butcher Tot Lot Work Day was discussed:
We are hoping for as much neighborhood volunteer help as possible for this work day, Saturday, April 26th. Reminders will be made through the SOSO google email. After the landscaping has been done, we will be asking for volunteers to water the plants during the month of July (every 3 days or so). Water will need to be brought by volunteers, as there is no water supply on location.
Liz Pagano is checking to see if YMCA youth group will be helping on the work day. If it is raining April 26th, it will be postponed to a later date (not chosen yet).
BJ Cashman is director of Park & Rec. Dept. and is going to help on the work day.
The previously existing concrete piece of play equipment was discussed. Its current location is temporary. We will ask if Andrea from Park & Rec. will determine if it is “legal” to put back in amongst the rest of the play equipment due to regulations of space between pieces of equipment. Motion made and seconded that if the old piece of play equipment/ “green cheese” can be located into the playground safely, we’ll keep it. If not, it will be donated to a neighbor. Unanimously approved.
The Borough’s Spring Clean Up date has not been determined, and there may not be one at all this spring. Motion was made and seconded to postpone a neighborhood cleanup for an indeterminate time, due to the fact that we are having the Tot Lot workday. Unanimously approved.
Discussion re: meeting with other neighborhood groups.
Northside group is currently working on the Heberlig Tot Lot renovation, and is busy for several months. Brenda Landis is the contact for that group. Curtis Hetrick is the Eastside group contact. Janet will look into contacting all groups to see if they are interested in a social gathering. It was generally agreed that a winter event would be desirable since the Northside is very involved with their current park project. Location not determined.
Discussion re: a SOSO neighborhood yard sale this spring:
Weekend of May 17th or May 24th has been suggested through the group email. Motion made and seconded to have a neighborhood yard sale on Saturday May 24th. Members will have it on their own properties, and SOSO will put an ad in the Guide and Craigslist, coordinating RSVP’s re: who is participating in order to advertise more effectively. 8am – to an unspecified end time. Unanimously approved.
Block Party: date has not been confirmed. Agreed that it would be good to have it at the Tot Lot. A date cannot be confirmed until the band’s availability is known. Month of August is preferred.
Wish List for the tot lot:
Kick Wall: need someone to lead this project. Such an additional structure must be approved by SOSO, then by Park & Rec dept., then by Borough Council. We will not know how much money will be leftover until after the April 26th work day. A pavilion was mentioned as another item wanted for the Tot Lot.
Outcome survey for the Tot Lot will be sent through SOSO email list and at the work day. This is required by Carlisle Area Health & Wellness as part of the grant they awarded us.
The Buzz Express store’s Zoning Board hearing outcome on April 3rd was discussed:
The store’s appeal of convenience store status was denied, and their request for zoning variance was denied, so that they may not move to the 111 S. Hanover St. location. It is thought that the store’s lease at the current location will not be renewed.
Copies of routes and fares information for the new CAT Bus “Circulator” were handed out. The program is to begin 4/28/14. It is understood that you may be able to “wave down” a bus if you are on a scheduled route and are standing on the same side of the street as the bus is heading.
Meeting was adjourned shortly after 8pm.
Update to minutes by recording secretary on 4/11/14:
Curtis Hetrick of Eastside Neighbors group was contacted, and he thinks it would be great to have a social in one of the parks during the summer. He will contact Brenda Landis, head of Northside and also bring it up with his Eastside group at their next mtg. I left a message on the Northside Neighbors’ facebook page.