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Board Minutes, September 2104

September 16, 2014

Swiss Avenue Historic District Association

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

September 16, 2014

The September 16, 2014 annual meeting of the SAHDA took place at the Aldredge House. Vice President Bob Ruckman called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.


The minutes of the August meeting were presented for approval. A motion was made, seconded, and the minutes were approved.


Nominating Committee Chairman presented the following slate of officers and Alternate-At-Large Directors to be voted on at this meeting.

President – Joanna Hampton (5408 Swiss Avenue)

Executive Vice President – Bob Ruckman (5700 Swiss Avenue)

Secretary – Michelle Manners (6214 Bryan Pkwy)

Treasurer – Peter Loh (4930 Swiss Avenue)


Alternate-At-Large- Directors

Bob Bracken (6114 Bryan Pkwy)

Jeff Bryan (5125 Swiss Avenue)

Roger Carroll (6004 Bryan Pkwy)

Linda Solomon (6145 Bryan Pkwy)

A motion was made to accept this slate, seconded, and approved. Bob Ruckman turned the meeting over to the new President, Joanna Hampton.

Joanna announced the 2015 nominating committee, which is comprised of 4 board members and 3 At-Large. 

Jeff Bryan

Anja Woodson

Linda Solomon

Jody Bowers

Kevin Rogers

Allan Moore

Bob Ruckman

Parliamentarian, Cameron Kinvig

Alliance against Crime – need a volunteer

Beautification – Marilyn Waisanen

Occasional Editor – Larry Waisanen

Home Tour Chair – need a volunteer

A motion was made to accept these nominees, seconded, and approved.

Joanna read through list of new and returning block directors. The group was accepted.

We heard an update on Adam, the young Aldredge house caretaker, who was brutally attacked. He was apparently followed home from a nearby ATM machine and attacked in his garage.  A collection was taken up to replace the cell phone and stolen $90.

Goals for 2014/2015 include beautification, history and preservation.

  • Park and district improvement.
  • Plaques for homes.
  • Pedestrian traffic improvement at Swiss & Munger and Skillman Live Oak shopping center. There was discussion about this being a shared opportunity with the city.
  • Speaker’s list for monthly meetings.

The budget was presented. There are four items recommended.

  1. Hire a bookkeeper to support the Treasurer.

A motion was made, seconded, and carried.

  1. The beautification committee recommended improvements:
    1. Savage Park electrical improvements, pavers, leveled, and new plantings.
    2. Median improvements
    3. Fitzhugh gate completed.

A motion was made, seconded, and carried.

  1. The Outreach committee recommended raising the budget for Outreach from $15,000 to $22,500.

A motion was made to approve the budget. The motion was seconded and approved.

Joanna began a discussion suggesting hiring event planner for the Home Tour. The budget for Home Tour is independent of the budget for SAHD. We paid 20% of net last year, which was $17,000. There was a motion and second. The motion passed.

Joanna gave an update from the Planning and Zoning committee on Munger Place Church’s rezoning request. They want to add an Adult Music College and do not have the necessary parking spaces. A motion to ask CPC to hold the item for further research was made, seconded, and passed.

Arch McColl presented the SAHD night at Theatre Three to see Shear Madness, Friday September 19.

Debby Rogers asked us to support the Munger Place home tour September 20-21.

The Kid’s committee asked for help with the Halloween Party.

City councilperson Philip Kingston was in attendance and asked that we feel free contact him at 214-670-5415.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.