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Occasional November 2014

SAHD Elects New Officers and Approves 2014-2015 Budget

At the annual meeting of residents in September, new officers were elected for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Newly elected officers are:

President: Joanna Hampton; Vice President: Bob Ruckman; Secretary: Michelle Manners; Treasurer: Peter Loh; Parliamentarian: Cameron Kinvig

Directors at Large: Bob Bracken, Jeff Bryan, Roger Carroll, Linda Solomon

Committee chairs for the coming year are: Planning and Zoning: Tom Bonifield, Beautification: Marilyn Waisanen, Children's Committee: Kim McCrea, Social Committee: Natalie Bodak, Community

Provide Us Your Input

Share Your Thoughts On The City Of Dallas' Renaissance Plan

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department is currently updating its comprehensive plan, known as the Renaissance Plan, as well as conducting its first recreation master plan.  A large component of both planning efforts is citizen input.  Input is needed to assist the department in determining priorities as it moves forward.  The survey link below will allow you to share valuable input into the ongoing devleopment of the Renaissance Plan. Your contribution is very much appreciated.

Thank you for  your assistance. The link is below.

The Sanborn Maps of The SAHD

Planning A Remodel? You Might Want To Check The Sanborn Maps 

We recently received an email from a Swiss Avenue neighbor who discovered a helpful resource that might come in handy if you are planning to restore a property in our district that includes a guest house. Due to zoning rules, if you are restoring a guest house that includes a bath and kitchen, you might need to provide documentation that your home's address originally included a second dwelling. One resource for providing this documentation are The Sanborn Insurance Maps, drafted in the early 1920s.

The Sanborn Maps are located

Occassional (July 2014)

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:

I wanted to take this opportunity to say an enormous THANK YOU to everyone that put so much time, effort and energy into making this year's Mother's Day Home Tour the success that it was! I'm personally extremely grateful for everyone that stepped in to fill important roles to get the job done, put their beautiful homes on tour, helped sustain the district for another year, and helped our Mother's Day tradition grow even bigger and better.

Swiss Avenue Home Tour Named To Top Treats List

Swiss Avenue Mother's Day Home Tour

Named One Of the Top Treats In Dallas

The 2014 Swiss Avenue Mother's Day Home Tour was designated as one of the Top 8 Green Mother's Day Treats in Dallas. The list promotes the best green-conscious options for celebrating the Mother's Day Holiday. It was a wonderful weekend with a great turnout. We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the treat -- and we hope to see you again next year for the 2015 tour.

You can read the complete article here:

https://www.saveonenergy.com/green-energy/9267/

Occasional (April 2014)

Dear SAHD Residents,
As we look forward to the changing of the seasons, the blooming of flowers, and the beginning of "porch party"
weather, I wanted to give you a brief update about what is going on in our neighborhood.

On the social scene, a big thanks goes out to Sherry Ezell and the rest of the SAHD Children's Committee for hosting
such a wonderful and fun Halloween party for our neighborhood children! All of the children in the neighborhood
certainly have something to look forward to with the annual Easter Egg hunt right around the corner. Additionally, the
neighborhood also enjoyed a

Board Minutes, February 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Swiss Avenue Historic District Association
Minutes of the Monthly Meeting, February 18, 2014
 
The February meeting of the SAHDA was held at the Aldredge House on February 18, 2014.  President Cameron Kinvig called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
 
The minutes from the previous meeting were presented, and a motion was made and seconded and voted to approve the minutes for the January meeting.
 
Cameron announced that he and Natalie Bodak and Bob Cox would be serving as Chairs for the Home Tour Committee.  Thus far, three homes have been secured for the tour, and one is pending.

Get To Know Your Home

Know Your Home

One of the many unique aspects of The Swiss Avenue Historic District is it reputation for containing the broadest range of early 20th Century architectural styles in the entire Southwest.  Its eclectic mix of homes, spanning its 2 ½ mile stretch, represent virtually every popular residential design style, including Mediterranean, Spanish, Spanish Revival, Georgian, Mission, Prairie, Carftsman, Neoclassical, Italian Renaissance, Tudor and Colonial Revival.

Learn more about why your home looks the way it does, listen in to an informative and entertaining interview, which

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November 2014

SAHD Elects New Officers and Approves 2014-2015 Budget

At the annual meeting of residents in September, new officers were elected for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Newly elected officers are:

President: Joanna Hampton; Vice President: Bob Ruckman; Secretary: Michelle Manners; Treasurer: Peter Loh; Parliamentarian: Cameron Kinvig

Directors at Large: Bob Bracken, Jeff Bryan, Roger Carroll, Linda Solomon

Committee chairs for the coming year are: Planning and Zoning: Tom Bonifield, Beautification: Marilyn Waisanen, Children's Committee: Kim McCrea, Social Committee: Natalie Bodak, Community Outreach: Lanc Parker and Pauline Mayfield, Website Committee: Bob Cox, Occasional: Larry Waisanen. The District is still seeking committee chairs for Alliance Against Crime and the 2015 Home Tour and a co-chair for the Children's Committee.

The Nominating Committee for next year was also elected by the membership at the September meeting. Members of next year's nominating committee are: Jeff Bryan, Linda Solomon, Bob Ruckman, Debby Rogers, Jody Bowers, Allan Moore, and Anja Woodson.

Newly elected President Joanna Hampton presented a draft of the 2014-2015 Budget to the membership. The District is in a very strong financial position as a result of the financial success of the Mother's Day Home Tour for the past several years and the proposed budget for 2014-2015 reflected significant increases in spending in a number of areas. The Beautification Committee proposed that the Budget include $80,500 for median maintenance, Savage Park renovations, completion of the landscaping at the Fitzhugh Gates and tree trimming. Final plans for Savage Park and the Fitzhugh Gates landscaping, as well as contractual arrangements with the City of Dallas, will be presented to the Board for approval prior to proceeding with the projects. The draft Budget also included a provision of $12,000 which is the estimated cost of retaining a contract bookkeeper to work under the supervision of the Treasurer. Community Outreach (donations) was budgeted at $22,500 including a $6,000 donation to Long Middle School that was carried over from the previous year. Other significant items in the Budget were $4,600 for the SAHD Website and $10,000 for Alliance Against Crime (to be supplemented by contributions from SAHD Homeowners carried forward from the previous year of $46,000). Total budgeted expenditures for the 2014-2015 fiscal year are $153,200. Following discussion of the proposed Budget, the membership voted unanimously to approve the 2014-2015 Budget as presented.

Following approval of the 2014-2015 Budget, President Joanna Hampton led a discussion regarding planning for the 2015 Mother's Day Home Tour. The discussion included a brief review of the 2014 Home Tour, and in particular the use of an event planner who handled fundraising and coordinated all aspects of the tour. The Members were asked to consider whether the District should move forward with an event planner for the 2015 Home Tour. The consensus of the Members was that, given the growth of the tour, the complexity of the event, and last year's experience with using an event planner, the District should engage an event planner for the 2015 Home Tour. Authority was delegated to the Board to select and engage an event planner for the upcoming tour. Subsequently, the Board met and approved a proposal to engage Gaye Jackson as the event planner for the 2015 Home Tour. In accordance with the SAHDA Bylaws, a Home Tour Chair (or Co-Chairs) who is a resident of the District will be named to work with and to oversee the work of the event planner. 

To Access A PDF Version Of The November 2014 Occasional, Click On The Link Below.

The Holidays Of 2014

November 13, 2014

Share Your Thoughts On The City Of Dallas' Renaissance Plan

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department is currently updating its comprehensive plan, known as the Renaissance Plan, as well as conducting its first recreation master plan.  A large component of both planning efforts is citizen input.  Input is needed to assist the department in determining priorities as it moves forward.  The survey link below will allow you to share valuable input into the ongoing devleopment of the Renaissance Plan. Your contribution is very much appreciated.

Thank you for  your assistance. The link is below.

http://www.surveysoftware.net/hostcu/park.htm