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Board Minutes, May 2013

May 21, 2013

Swiss Avenue Historic District

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

April 16, 2013

The April 16, 2013 meeting of the SAHDA was held at the Great Hall of St. Matthew’s Cathedral.  Vice-President Gaye Jackson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  A quorum was established.

Gaye expressed thanks to Allan Moore for the barbeque served during the Social time preceding the meeting.  Diane Wiles offered members the opportunity to tour the church after the business meeting.

Lacy LaPointe, Vice-President for Development, and Alise Cortez from the Metropolitan Dallas YMCA, spoke to members about the history of the Dallas YMCA and new plans being developed for the building and spaces to be located at the corner of Gaston and Loving. Sketches and drawings detailing the project showed that the plan is to fit the design of the surrounding neighborhood.  Currently, $4,000,000.00 has been secured and an additional $2,000,000.00 is needed to complete the natatorium and gymnasium portions of the project.  Any support by members of the SAHDA is greatly appreciated.

The minutes from the previous meeting were approved after the amending of one phrase found on p. 2, paragraph 3.  It now reads “St Matthew’s Cathedral Arts After School Choir Program ($1500)”.  The word “Arts” was inserted to clarify that the money ($1500) is donated to the Arts program and not to the church itself.

Craig Scheef presented the Treasurer’s Report.  A motion was made and the report was approved as presented.  Craig noted that Tour money is beginning to come in, but expenses are also beginning to go out.

The Alliance Against Crime Committee met recently.  They spent time evaluating the times being spent by after-hours patrol and identified gaps where more coverage is needed.   They will expand the 35 hours currently being spent with patrol and adjust the times to fit the need of the District.  Good feedback has come in from the neighborhood about the increase in police presence.  A suggestion was made to hire a Code Compliance off-duty officer in order to try to get areas of “slum lords” cleaned up on portions of Gaston.  Officer Forman warned members to be aware of young people with “draw string type backpacks” which are typically the ones used for carrying spray paint used for “tagging” walls.  The officer cell number for our Alliance Against Crime patrol is 214.502.3200.  Please give feedback to the committee for any concerns and suggestions about patrol times, etc.

Gaye Jackson reported for the Children’s Committee, thanking the Gordon’s for the Easter Egg Hunt held at their home this spring.  DOT very much appreciated the donations and baskets donated by the District. 

The City Parks Department has ordered sod replacement for the median, and mulch will be spread in a 3 foot ring around each tree to avoid mowing over tree roots.  This should be completed by tour.  Members are encouraged to take a picture of any signs/poles in need of repair and send them to Brenden.  The new roof and improvements to the Gates at Swiss and Fitzhugh should begin within the week.

The Social Committee reported that a Happy Hour will be held at Matts Patio on Tuesday, April 30 at 5:45  Discounts on drinks and munchies provided. 

Bob Cox reported that the new website is up and running but the “resident’s only section” is still not quite ready.  Home Tour tickets and information are available online.

Tom Bonifield reported for Planning and Zoning that the big Live Oak Project is still “on hold” for at least 30-60 days.  More will come from this committee as soon as the developer moves to his next step.

Joanna Hampton discussed a recent zoning change request near Prairie/Bryan Streets.  She noted that surrounding neighborhoods were opposed to the Sports Bar at this location because of potential traffic and parking problems in the neighborhood of surrounding homes.

Linda Solomon reported for the Outreach Committee. 

·      A thank-you card was read from the Old East Dallas PTA. 

·      Also, she reported that the follow-up investigation concerning the funding for the Lipscomb technology tablets had been completed.  No funds are available from the DISD for their purchase.  Therefore, the committee recommended the SAHDA proceed with donating the $5,000 for their purchase.  A motion was made and seconded and approved to donate the $5,000 to Lipscomb for the tablets.

·      The committee also recommended a donation be made to Peak Academy.  A motion was made and seconded and approved for the donation of $1500 to Peak Academy for their Ballroom Dancing program. 

·      Also, a recommendation was made, and a motion was made, seconded and approved to donate $500 to the Latino Cultural After-School Program. 

·      The committee received a request from Woodrow Wilson PTA for $4,000 to restore the 4 original exterior lanterns.  After discussion, motion was made and seconded, and a vote was taken by show of hands of Board and Block Captains in attendance, with 10 in favor and 6 opposed, to approving the donation.

Kelly Gordon and Elizabeth Mast reported that we now have $32,500 in Home Tour Sponsorship funding.  $30,000 was the goal.  The theme for the Friday Night Candlelight Tour and Party at 5020 Swiss is “Southfork to Swiss” with 2 homes on tour before the party (5125 Swiss and 5901 Swiss).  Original memorabilia from Southfork will be on display at the party.  Tickets are $50 to the public and $25 to members of the SAHDA.  Virginia Bonifield requested and received volunteers to help with poster distribution advertising Tour.

Door prizes of Home Tour Candle Samples were awarded to lucky recipients.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45.