Sunday, August 27, 2006

Updated: Minutes from the August 13, 2006 meeting of the Woodburn Association of Neighbors

Those present were: Susan Eason, Julie Black, Anne Miller, Chris Christopher, Cheryl Torsney, Ron Justice, Paul Atkins, Paul Miller, Jamie Lester, John Krouse, Bob Merow, Marion Ohlinger, Tamara Riegel, Beth Welsh, Sieglinde McGinnis, Mary Lou Lawrence, Betty Graham, Sonda Cheesebrough, Joseph Scotti-Einstein, Christopher Brown, Joel Halverson, Buff Vehse, Ted Vehse, Nathan Vehse, Karen Woodfork

Susan Eason convened the meeting. Anne Miller agreed to take minutes for the meeting. Minutes from the prior meeting were distributed and reviewed. The minutes were adopted with one change. The letter in support of Mark Furfari’s appeal for sent to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

1. Trash: Guest Officer Troy Ball was introduced. Troy is an officer with the Morgantown Police Department and was present to address concerns about trash in the neighborhood. Discussion was held concerning trash in streets, trash at certain houses, abandoned houses, overgrown brush, the Woodburn Elementary playground, the noise ordinance and leash laws.

- Trash concerns would be best handled by Troy. He should be contacted for any violation of garbage ordinance, failure to maintain litter free property or stockpiling of garbage. Troy can also be contacted concerning missed garbage pickups and then he will contact Allied Waste. Woodburn’s trash pickup has been changed in several locations to an afternoon pickup. Troy’s work hours are M-F 7-3. Phone number 284-7505.

- Overgrown brush and abandoned house issues are best handled through code enforcement and can be addressed with Mike Stone.

- Discussion was also held concerning issues at Woodburn Elementary playground. It was noted that it is illegal to have alcohol on school property and if anyone was there after hours drinking on school property that the police should be notified. Also, if there is an ongoing concern, the school officials could file a report.

- Discussion was held on the city’s noise ordinance. The noise ordinance is in effect beginning at 10 pm on weekdays and 11 pm on weekends. If you call in a disturbance, the person that you have reported can ask for the name of the reporter.

- Dogs not on leases should be reported as a general call to the police department.

2. Neighborhood Watch: John Krouse reported on his attendance at the city’s Neighborhood Watch group meeting. He discussed that it was critical that the neighborhood watch captains were persons that would get involved and stay involved, otherwise the enthusiasm wanes. John suggested that we should invite one of the other Neighborhood Watch captains to one of our meetings so that we could learn more.

3. Association Guidelines: Guidelines for the WAN were discussed. Anne Miller presented a draft of the guidelines that she and Betsy Miller prepared. They investigated by-law models and devised the draft that was handed out. The models are similar although membership stipulations differ. A definition needs to be thought about and adopted. Other issues to be considered are dues. We might adopt the model used by SPAN. Anne also discussed other organizational issues, requesting that the Association think about them, along with the meetings, elections, finance, and amendments. Paul Miller emphasized that the draft is only a starting point. Anne proposed to discuss voting rights language at the next meeting. We should consider liability issues, having a social chair and waiving student association fees.

4. Sign Update: Jamie Lester discussed the progress of the Woodburn Neighborhood signs. Jamie met with Dan Boroff. Jamie has received funds for the signs. He’s working with Terry Huff on installation. Mark and Karen Fafarri donated bricks to be used for the base of the signs. Funding of $4,300 was requested and only $3,400 was received, so the signage is being reduced from 3 locations to 2. Additional funding can be requested later. One sign will be installed at the Beauty Spot, which can be seen from Monongalia Avenue as well as Richwood Avenue. The other sign will be installed on the Mair’s property on Charles Avenue.

5. Discussion on Implications of new Zoning Laws: Julie Black started an open discussion about Zoning Ordinances. Discussion of “smart growth” was held. Julie pointed out that Charleston is promoting smart growth. She also discussed the possibility of finding grant money in the future.

Susan Eason read a letter from a young person in the neighborhood. The author remained anonymous. The letter was well thought out and voiced concerns on the zoning ordinances and the area park as well as other issues.

Ron Justice brought up several items for discussion, including Woodburn Elementary, further discussion on “smart growth”, the Board of Zoning Committee, the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, the BOPARC Board. It was decided that these items should be included as an agenda item on the next meeting.

6. Woodburn Elementary Centennial: Paul Atkins gave a report on the Woodburn Centennial. Linda Nakaishi is the Principal of the school and is very interested in our participation in the Centennial celebration – which is in 2009. The School Community Relations Committee is forming a Centennial Subcommittee. Please contact Paul if you would like more information on that subcommittee. There will be an Open House at the school on September 7th from 6-8.

7. Fall Social Event: There was mention of a possible Woodburn Octoberfest. It was tabled until the next meeting.

7. Letter to Newcomers to Neighborhood: Marion Ohlinger read letters that he and Allegria had prepared for persons moving in to the neighborhood. Those letters are posted below. A motion to accept the letters by the Association was made by Cheryl Torsney and seconded by Joseph Scotti-Einstein. The motion passed.

8. Distribution of minutes and notification of next meeting: A discussion was held on the mass distribution of the minutes as well as the next meeting agenda and the web address of the blog spot. Julie Black will prepare a flyer to be distributed. It was noted that the items could not be placed in mailboxes. Several folks agreed to help distribute the flyers. Those persons included: Tamara Riegel, Jamie Lester, Joseph Scotti, Susan Eason.

The next meeting date was set as Sunday, September 17th at 4pm at Crosley’s.

Friday, August 18, 2006

City Council Meeting, Aug. 29 includes Riverview

Dear Neighbors,

The next meeting of the City Council Meeting of the Whole will be on August 29 at 7:00 pm at the City Council chambers on the corner of Fayette and Spruce Streets.

At this meeting, they will consider/discuss The Riverview Project (the 19 story building proposed for downtown on Chestnut Street). If you have feelings and/or opinions about this project, I encourage you to make them known to all members of City Council and the City Manager, Dan Boroff. E-mail Dan Boroff at citymanager@morgantown.com or call (304) 284-7405.

You can also e-mail the City Council at their e-mail addresses located here on the City of Morgantown website or call Mayor, Ron Justice at (304) 296-0622.

At the public meetings that I have attended, there have been representatives from downtown businesses, developers, Bill Kawecki, President of Span and a few members of the South Park and Chancery Hill neighborhoods. It is very important that the Council hear from more local residents about how they feel about the project and any concerns or reservations that they may have.

The meeting on August 29 is the last one before they are scheduled to vote on whether to authorize the issue of bonds to build the project. The vote on the bonds will most likely be on their agenda for the September 5 City Council meeting.

Please take 15 minutes out of your busy schedules and let our elected representatives know how you feel about this project. Also, ask your friends and relatives who live in other parts of the city to also send their thoughts. This building will not only affect South Park and Chancery Hill but will have a lasting impact and set a precedent for the future of our city.

Thank-you for your consideration,
Millie Karlin
41 Wilson Ave

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Thanks to all who Attended the August Meeting

Thank you neighbors for attending our last meeting! There were many new faces.

The next meeting will be on Sunday, September 17, at the same location, Crosley's Banquet Center on Richwood Ave. The time is to be announced, but the meetings are usally held during the afternoon. They last about an hour and a half and you are welcome to bring your children. Please let your neighbors know to save that date. The fine folks of Crosley's provide the meeting space, light refreshments, and beverages for free. Thank you Mark and Karen Furfari for your very generous donations to the association.

Please feel free to e-mail me, Julie Black, if you'd like to post something on the Woodburn Blog, or e-mail Susan Eason if you have questions or other concerns about the association, etc.

Stay Tuned For: The minutes from the last meeting will be posted here along with printable Woodburn welcome letters for the new WVU students, the by-laws, and more.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Meeting this Sunday, August 13 at 4:00 p.m

Dear Neighbors:
You’re invited to the next Woodburn Association meeting this Sunday, August 13 at 4:00 p.m. at Crosley's Banquet Center on Richwood Avenue.

Proposed Agenda
1. Report on proposed Guidelines for Woodburn Neighborhood Association.
2. Report on Neighborhood Watch
3. Trash - Proposed Clean-up days? (Maybe with Hirky Bender from the Police Dept.)
4. Open Discussion about Zoning Ordinance interpretation and implications for neighborhoods.
5. Update on Woodburn signs
6. Report on Woodburn School Centennial
7. Woodburn Social Event?
8. Whitemoore Park
9. Develop a plan to do another mass distribution to homes about next meeting.

Thanks. Hope to see you on Sunday. Please help out by letting your neighbor know about this meeting. If you have any items you would like to put on the agenda, please e-mail me or let me know.

Susan Eason

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Boon or Bust-Two Public Meetings

Submitted by Bill Kawecki, President, South Park Association of Neighbors

The Riverview project is a 19 story dormitory that will house 1000 students to be built in downtown Morgantown between University Avenue and Chestnut Street. The city manager calls the project a better mousetrap. The project is tax exempted, but the city is promised income from surplus funds with a bond issuance. Main Street Morgantown sees 1000 captive customers for downtown business, and WVU benefits from the additional student housing and the option, after a period of time, of buying the building for $1.00.

On the other side, will the project turn downtown into the next Sunnyside, High Street into the next Grant Avenue, the Riverfront Park into Lair Plaza II, and South Park and Chancery Hill into long-term parking? Riverview is not required to provide parking. What kind of development will follow? Will downtown be a community center or is Morgantown the mouse for that better trap?

Share your thought on this subject with us and City Council at: spanwv@yahoo.com, baner@rcbhsc.wvu.edu, bill@byrnehedges.com, cityclerk@morgantown.com,
dboroff@cityofmorgantown.org, dlspencer@adelphia.net, fas4@verizon.net, jmanilla@earthlink.net, rjustice@wvu.edu, tkm4@adelphia.net.

There are two public meetings scheduled to discuss the Riverview building:

  • 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 3, at the Morgantown High School
  • 10:00 am, Friday, August 4, at the Mercury Tapas Bar and Bakery, 250 High Street