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Board Minutes, October 2012

October 16, 2012

Swiss Avenue Historic District Association

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

October 16, 2012

The October meeting of the SAHDA was held at the Aldredge House on October 16, 2012.

President Brenden Martin called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.  He began by establishing an acceptable quorum for the meeting.

He introduced Gaye Jackson who expressed deepest sympathy to the family of John Hulse who passed away last week.  Gaye recounted the many generous acts of service and hospitality by John and Martha and their family throughout many years in the District.  John will be greatly missed in our neighborhood.

Brenden thanked Jim Breaux and Personal Touch Tree Service for providing pizza for the social portion of the evening. 

The September minutes were presented and a motion was made, seconded, and passed to approve the minutes as written.

Special guest David Preziosi, the new Executive Director of Preservation Dallas, introduced himself and explained some of the purposes and goals of Preservation Dallas. Members are encouraged to access their resources for learning information about the history of homes in the District.  Membership applications were made available to all who have not previously joined.  A question/answer period followed Mr. Preziosi’s remarks. 

Jim Breaux spoke briefly about how to maintain healthy trees.  His company provides a wide range of services for tree maintenance.

Most committees have been filled, but help is needed in some areas, and sign-up sheets available on front table.  The following Chairmen were approved:

·      Alliance Against Crime—Chief Tom Lawrence

·      Children’s Committee—Sherry Ezell

·      Home Tour—Elizabeth Mast/Kelly Gordon

·      Median/Beautification/Preservation—Jerry Baus

·      Outreach—Pauline Mayfield

·      Planning and Zoning—Tom Bonifield

·      Social Committee—Gaye Jackson

·      Website—Bob Cox

Brenden thanked Gaye Jackson, Cameron Kinvig and the social committee for a successful “first social” of the year at Stoney’s Wine Lounge on October 2.

Regarding the Median:

·      Jerry Baus sent a report from the Median Committee that the City has been given a list of items needed and now it is a matter of negotiating the work to be done. 

·      Gary Ahr and Linda Solomon will be working with the City arborist to develop a plan for tree planting and cleanup. 

·      It was suggested that in the future, the District would plan maintenance for Savage Park, including brickwork. 

·      Concerning the light poles, Encor is the one who is responsible for straightening and painting all black light poles in the District.

·      A groundskeeper will be hired to do the things that the city will not do, in the way of maintenance.

Craig Scheef presented the Treasurer’s Report.  He reported that at this point, we are in a very good position and want to use our funds wisely and also use some funds to strengthen the Alliance Against Crime. A motion was made, seconded and passed to approve the Treasurer’s Report.

Officer Bodie presented the Crime Report.  BMV’s are up this month.  The hours of 10 p.m. to daylight are prime target times for this sort of crime.  Also, GPS systems are one of the main items being stolen. Another popular item is the third row seat in a Tahoe.  Officers will be on duty for Halloween, especially at the busy street intersections.  Plan to shut down candy distribution between 8:30-9:00.  City of Dallas Website has traffic information.

Sherry Ezell announced that the Children’s Committee will host the Third Annual Halloween Party for District children and special guests on Sunday, October 28, 5 to 7 p.m.  Volunteers are needed as well as candy donations.  Chili and hot dogs will be served.

Joanna Hampton reported for Planning and Zoning, explaining the possible new construction/development of a 4-story complex to take place on Live Oak near Fitzhugh.  More information will be available by the November meeting. 

The District needs an additional four Block Directors to fill vacant slots.  Michelle Manners agreed to take both the 6200 and 6300 blocks of Bryan Parkway.  Brenden will appoint Directors at Large to serve as Block Directors for those with unassigned positions.

The proposed By-laws Amendments will be included with the hand-delivered copies of the upcoming Occasional, to insure that each resident is given the required advance warning.  A vote will be taken at the November meeting.

Gaye Jackson reported on the Self-Defense Workshop by Chamberlain Studios at Savage Park.  Another one will be held on November 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Door prizes were given to several lucky winners.  Prizes were Long Fun Run T-Shirts.  The SAHDA was a sponsor of the Run this year.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m., with a Board Meeting to follow immediately afterward.