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Board Minutes, June 2013

June 18, 2013

Swiss Avenue Historic District Association

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

May 21, 2013

The May 21, 2013 meeting of the SAHDA was held at the Great Hall of St. Matthew’s Cathedral. President Brenden Martin called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. 

A motion was made, seconded, and the minutes were approved as written.  Later in the meeting, it was noted that the minutes should have read that $4,000 was given to J L LONG, not WOODROW WILSON for the restoration of the original lanterns.  The minutes were corrected to read accordingly.

Committee Reports began with an update from Kelly Gordon and Elizabeth Mast regarding Home Tour.  Approximately 5,000 tickets were sold and about 240 people attended the Friday night party, Southfork to Swiss.  Many thanks were given to the “all hands on deck” who helped make Home Tour a success.  A special thanks was given to Bob Cox who helped create the brochure in a last-minute time crunch.  Brenden presented gift cards to Kelly and Elizabeth as a show of appreciation from the District for their hard work and tireless dedication, making this year’s tour highly successful. 

Craig Scheef presented the Treasurer’s Report.  At this point in time, he reported that there is approximately $98,950 net from Tour, but a detailed report will come next month.  This amount includes about $47,000 that is yet to be collected.  A close tab was kept on brochures and ticket sales, so an average amount can be calculated.  4,886 brochures were issued at Tour.  A motion was made and seconded and the Treasurer’s Report was approved. 

Alliance Against Crime had no official report this month, but Craig mentioned that the committee will discuss the possibility of extending our patrol beyond the borders of the District in order to help with maintaining a close watch on crime potential in our area.

Children’s Committee had nothing new to report this month.

The Median has had new sod installed, including St Augustine in some areas and other grass under shade trees.  Mulch has been applied around the tree roots to help protect them from the mowers.  New plantings at Savage Park were in place for Tour.  It was noted that much “clean up
 and improvement” has been done, including straightening of signs, painting of light poles, and new tile roofing and lighting added to the Gates at Fitzhugh.  SAHDA residents who notice light poles that need repair or bulbs replaced can go to the City website and report the needed repair by listing the number on the pole (identification easy to see on each pole).  Also, on the Website, it is possible to make a bulk trash request.

No one gave an official report from the Social Committee, but Brenden noted that there were about 25 people at the Happy Hour at Matt’s. 

Bob Cox reported for the Website Committee.  He is still working on the “Resident’s Only Section” but hopefully it will be finished soon now that the Home Tour work has been completed. 

Brenden gave a quick update for the Planning and Zoning Committee.  The status of the large project at Live Oak and Fitzhugh has not changed, but the good news is that the developers continue to be open to working with our suggestions, including the suggested building materials to be used in the construction.   There has been a recent zoning request for a convalescent home in the Baylor Hospital area, and it would have a maximum height of 75 feet according to restrictions in this area. 

Outreach Committee had nothing new to report this month.  A thank-you note was received from Lipscomb for the money donated for the purchase of their electronic tablets.

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.