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Board Minutes, February 2013

February 19, 2013

Swiss Avenue Historic District

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

January 15, 2013

The meeting of the Swiss Avenue Historic District took place on January 15, 2013 at the Aldredge House.  President Brenden Martin called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

The minutes from the November meeting were presented.  A motion was made, seconded, and minutes were approved.

President Martin introduced tonight’s guest speaker Dave Krupinski, Vice-President of Tourism with the Dallas Convention and Visitor Bureau.  Mr. Krupinski presented an insightful look at Dallas as both a leisure and a convention destination.  Today, Dallas ranks as #7 city in the U.S., but Mayor Rawling’s challenge and goal is to move Dallas to be among the top 5 cities in the U.S.  For details of many of the facts he presented and of the new promotional video for the City of Dallas, please visit .

Craig Scheef presented the Treasurer’s Report.  He noted that our budget/spending is trending in a very similar pattern to last year.  After “backing out” expenses, etc, we have approximately $46,700.00 in available funds as yet to be designated for needs and projects.  A motion was made, and seconded, and the report was approved.

Officer Bodie presented the Alliance Against Crime report. The good news is that there is no reported crime this month in the District.  A few members noted that we need to beware of a homeless man who has been seen living in the alley behind 5744 Swiss Ave.  In addition, dumping has become an issue at some alley locations, and therefore, the Alliance Against Crime will begin beefing up patrol in the alleys.  There is now a new target goal of 80-100 hours for monthly patrol of off-duty police officers. 

The Children’s Committee provided a report that the Christmas party was huge success with 150 people in attendance.   Donations collected at the party were given to the Housing Coalition and a nice thank-you note was received.

Kelly Gordon with the Home Tour Committee reported that most of the homes needed for Tour this year have been secured.  Committee chairs are still needed for a few positions, and the Tour Committee will soon begin to increase the number of planning meetings.  Please let one of the Committee Chairs know if you would be willing to serve.  At this point, homes committed to the Tour include:  5901, 5822, 5714, and 5210 Swiss Avenue.

Beautification Committee member Allan Moore reported that next month they will be meeting with the DPR to negotiate and plan work to be done on beds, installing St. Augustine grass, irrigation, maintenance, etc.  A project involving the Fitzhugh Gates has been approved, and it includes replacing roof tiles to match the original roofing and changing to LED lighting.  They are also working on the lighting issues for the plaques at the new Gates at LaVista.  Allan reported that there is no new information concerning repair and painting of the light poles, but the goal is to have this project completed before Home Tour.

No report was provided by Outreach Committee.

Tom Bonifield, with Planning and Zoning, reported that there are ongoing meetings with the developer on Live Oak.  But there is nothing new to report at this time.

Cameron Kinvig with the Social Committee noted that there will be another Happy Hour coming in the near future, probably at Matt’s.  Be looking for that event near the end of February or first of March.  Members are encouraged to support our local restaurants!

Bob Cox is working with vendors for the updating of our Website.  He will present a more detailed report of the progress at the next meeting.

Virginia Bonifield volunteered to distribute the Alliance Against Crime letters to the Block Captains, who will then distribute them to the District.

President Martin thanked all those involved in making the Holiday Party a success.  A special thanks goes to the Waisenan’s for their wine donation.   Also, to the Ezell’s for provision of table and chairs, to Alan Moore for refreshments and flowers and decorating expertise, to Craig Scheef for his DJ talent, and to the 125-150 who attended and made the Holiday Party a truly festive occasion.

President Martin noted that Joanna Hampton is not present tonight, but she has done some initial research on the process for bringing in homes on Bryan Parkway between Beacon and Live Oak, which are not currently in the District.  Again this is dependent on those residents wanting to be a part of the Swiss Avenue Historic District.

Door prizes were presented to lucky winners.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.