SoSo Officers met on Monday May 20, 2019 to discuss future of the South of South Street Neighborhood Association.
Whitney Amato, President
Krisjand Rothweiler, Vice President
Salim Makhlouf, Treasurer
Stephen Hughes, Communication Officer
New Proposed Carlisle Borough Rental Ordinance
Change in leadership/Restructuring SoSo
1. Borough Council is meeting this month to discuss reopening the rental ordinance issue. Several years back SoSo was an integral part of the prior push for a rental ordinance to help deal with problem landlords and tenants. Borough Council formed a committee to draft proposals for the ordinance and included 3 home owners, 3 renters, and 3 landlords. However, any regulation had to be approved by all 3 groups and the landlords successfully blocked most of the business regulations. The final legislation included a voluntary inspection, but has no registry of which properties volunteered for inspections nor any incentive or punishment for participation. It required that tenants are registered with the Borough, but it does not seem to be enforced. It also requires a landlord to live within 25 miles of their property or have an agent within that radius to care for the property. The East Side Neighbors sent a letter of support for a new and improved renters ordinance. SoSo should have a vote to decide if we wish to endorse it as well. (can vote on GoogleForm via a link on Nextdoor)
-To become a voting SoSo member the $5 annual dues must be paid.
-Salim has sent a request for contact information for active SoSo members. Anyone living in the SoSo neighborhood can be a member by signing up for Nextdoor.com, but we’re interested in which members have an interest in participating. So please complete the form if you have not already.
2. Whitney will be resigning from her position as President and Kris is resigning as VP. Assuming no one is interested in replacing these positions as well as the still empty position as secretary, there will be a vote to approve changing the officer positions from the current system to a 3 person board. This board will be consist of Stephen Hughes remaining as the Communication Officer and with 2 Co-Coordinators. Salim will remain as one co-coordinator in charge of finances and the other coordinator would act as secretary. The new Co-coordinators duties would include recording the meeting minutes and publishing them on SoSo’s website as well as booking meeting space (we are currently holding meetings at the Bosler Public Library). Anyone interested in this position can nominate themselves and a vote will be held.
-Whitney, current president, resigning: schedules and runs meetings including notifying Carlisle police and codes department of our meetings. Acting as secretary in lieu of an active secretary, taking meeting notes and publishing them online. Organizes and runs SoSo activities such as the park clean-up, neighborhood cleanup, and the annual SoSo social.
-Stephen Hughes, communication officer:
Nextdoor Administrator, manages membership, liaison for communication with public officials and other neighborhood groups, and sends welcome letters to new SoSo members. He is able and willing to continue to perform his duties.
-Salim, currently treasurer, remaining: Collects dues, manages PayPal account, collects receipts and pays for any expenses
-Butcher Family Tot Lot account contains $2,898.46. Glenn White of the DCA is the fiduciary of the account. This is the money left over from the fundraiser that was used to purchase new playground equipment for the park. The funds raised with the fundraiser as a 503(c)3, so this money can only be used for the Butcher Family Tot Lot. It can be used to repair or replace broken equipment or to make further improvements to the park. Surveys of SoSo members in the past have shown an interest in leaving a grassy area open for play.
-$ in bank account
-Grabbers to pick up trash for neighborhood clean-up, Stephen Hughes
-Paint and party supplies in plastic storage boxes, Whitney has, will transfer to Salim
-Will transfer sosocarlisle.com/https://sosocarlisle.wordpress.com/ to Salim, who will be the new site administrator, at least until another co-coordinator is elected.
-Will move SoSo’s checking account to Member’s First and remove Whitney’s name and add Stephen Hughe’s name to the account.
-Whitney can complete this year’s grant application from Carlisle Borough for the neighborhood associations. Last year the grant was structured so that the proposed project had to be completed and then the receipts submitted to the Borough for reimbursement. We used the money to buy supplies so the Dickinson freshman could paint and clean-up the Butcher Family Tot Lot on their volunteer day in August. They painted the fence (in the past we have painted the swings as well) and they pulled weeds and spread mulch. This is a good way to get work done in the park because it only requires one Soso volunteer to bring supplies and to supervise the students.