April 12, 2017 Meeting Minutes

 

URCA |MINUTES

Meeting date 06/315/2017| time 6:30pm| Meeting location Roxborough Church

Meeting called by

 Rich Giordano, President

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda topics:

I. Meeting called to Order by Rich Giordano, President of the URCA

II.Police PSA3 Update: The Fifth District continues to be the safest district in the City with PSA 3 being the safest PSA in the City.  Crime here is mostly nuisance and theft related. 

a.The issue of drug sales in the PSA was raised by concerned citizens. The police acknowledged there is a drug problem that spans the City and beyond.  Stats quoted showing that the City is no worse off than the County in this regard.  Police have been making arrests when appropriate.

b.URCA VP, Theresa Kehler, reminded people at the meeting that they could do their part by joining the 21st Ward Town Watch and advised anyone interested to contact her for more information on how to sign up.

III.Zoning Issue re: Lankenau School Sign

a.The school would like to put a sign on the side of the building to identify itself to passersby.  Due to the height at which the sign needs to be placed to be seen from the road, the current Zoning requires a variance.  The proposed sign was illustrated for those in attendance and no one opposed it.  Rich advised that we would be sending a no opposition letter to the ZBA ahead of the hearing scheduled for August 2017.

IV.Zoning Issue re: 7915 Ridge Avenue

a.Rich Giordano, President, gave a brief overview of the plan that the developer plans on moving forward with.  The plan calls for 15 buildings with 2-2 bedroom units in each building.  The plan also calls for 2 parking spaces assigned to each building for a total of 30 parking spots.  The plan requires numerous variances as it is far outside of the current zoning for the property. 

b.Questions from those in attendance regarding the plans, the previous meeting with the developer and his Attorney were fielded for a brief period. Followed by unanimous opposition being noted by the attendees

c.Rich advised that an Attorney has been retained by the Civic Association to oppose the variances at the ZBA hearing on June 28, 2017.  He also advised that those in opposition should write the ZBA with their opposition statements, sign the petition opposing the plans and consider attending the open ZBA hearing in person.  He also called for any immediate neighbors to the property to testify at the hearing to which he received several volunteers to do so.

d.Questions were fielded from the attendees in regards to the ZBA process, the possible outcomes and our responses to them, the costs of the Attorney representation, etc. Rich promised to send in an email, the plan that the developer is trying to move forward with, a copy of the denial containing the address with which to send letters and the notice of the hearing.

e.Theresa Kehler, VP, shamelessly pleaded with attendees for donations to cover the anticipated legal expenses.  This could be by a donation made tonight, donations made via our website paypal option, donations that were sent in, membership dues, sharing of the membership application with neighbors and local businesses and at tonight’s meeting taking part in the 50/50 drawing. 

          V.          Meeting was adjourned followed by numerous attendees making very generous contributions.

 

UPPER ROXBOROUGH CIVIC |MINUTES

Meeting date 04/12/2017| time 6:30pm| Meeting location Roxborough Church, 8230 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Meeting called by

 Rich Giordano

Type of meeting

Monthly Meeting

 

 

Note taker

Theresa Kehler

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda topics:

I.Meeting called to Order by Rich Giordano, URCA President

II.Police Update – Community Relations Officer, Chris Jones, presented update on crime in the area since the last meeting. 

a.Thefts from auto continue to be an issue.  Officer Jones again pushed for people to lock their cars and take in their personal belongings.

 

III.Zoning issue Updates: No new activity on any of the zoning issues we are reviewing.  We will update people as any new developments come to light.

 

IV.Update on several events and matters by Theresa Kehler, VP

a.Theresa reminded people about the Town Watch and Block Captain drives and asked that people consider signing up for one or both. 

b.c.Theresa reminded people to complete their 2017 membership applications and asked that their yearly dues be paid. She indicated that this money was the only source of funds that the Association had to cover their administrative expenses such as insurance, rental fees for meeting spaces, flyers and notices and potentially down the road legal fees if needed.

d.Theresa provided a summary of the WNC meeting regarding the zoning matter related to St. Mary’s Church site.

e.Theresa reminded people to take a look at the literature on the table such as the Stay Connected flyer with links to several key sites, literature from The Philadelphia Project on camp and school opportunities for preschoolers, Town Watch and Block Captain brochures, Membership applications, etc.

 

V.2017 Clean Up – Rich Giordano

a.Rich thanked everyone who helped with the Annual City cleanup of Bells Mill Rd including members, the police for providing us with an escort, Friends of the Wissahickon for their manpower and resources and community members that showed up to clean up.  Many people stopped to thank us for our efforts. 

b.Reminded people about the Reservoir and the park that is open for all to enjoy.  

 

VII.Open Discussion/Q&A

 

VIII.Meeting Adjourned

            

March 8, 2017 Meeting Minutes

 

UPPER ROXBOROUGH CIVIC |MINUTES

Meeting date 03/08/2017| time 6:30pm| Meeting location Roxborough Church, 8230 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Meeting called by

 Rich Giordano

Type of meeting

Monthly Meeting

 

 

Note taker

Theresa Kehler

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda topics:

I.Meeting called to Order by Rich Giordano, URCA President

II.Police Update – Community Relations Officer, Chris Jones, presented update on crime in the area since the last meeting. 

a.Thefts from auto continue to be on the rise.  Officer Jones again pushed for people to lock their cars and take in their personal belongings.

b.Officer Jones indicated that another issue coming to light lately is the theft of handicap placards from cars.  He indicated the thieves are breaking the windows to get the placards and reminded people to say something if they see something out of the ordinary by placing a call to 911 and letting the police investigate and determine what, if any, action could be taken.

i.Several members complained about the illegal use of handicapped placards.  Officer Jones indicated that there is little the police can do regarding enforcement as they are not permitted to inquire about the possible handicap.  He indicated very little training was provided to police on this issue.

III.Zoning issue at 461 Flamingo Street – Attorney for the owners of the property presented evidence of the approved zoning for this property as two, single family dwellings with a converted garage at the end of the driveway being the second dwelling.  The Attorney advised those present that they are in possession of paperwork dating back to the sale of the property in 1985 showing this was the approved use.  He indicated that when the City transferred zoning records from paper files to digital, the files for this property were lost entirely.  The homeowners seek only to use the documentation that they are in possession of to restore the files on the property and prove the continued use as it has been.  They indicated there were no proposed changes to the property and this was a clerical correction issue.  Rich Giordano inquired if there was any opposition to which there was not.  All in attendance approved of the correction being made.  No opposition noted.

IV.Update on several events and matters by Theresa Kehler, VP

a.Theresa reminded people about the Town Watch and Block Captain drives and asked that people consider signing up for one or both. 

b.Reminder of the upcoming Block Captain boot camp sponsored by Councilman Curtis Jones on March 18, 2017

c.Theresa reminded people to complete their 2017 membership applications and asked that their yearly dues be paid. She indicated that this money was the only source of funds that the Association had to cover their administrative expenses such as insurance, rental fees for meeting spaces, flyers and notices and potentially down the road legal fees if needed.

d.Theresa provided a summary of the WNC meeting from 3/7/17 regarding the zoning matter related to St. Mary’s Church site.

e.Theresa reminded people to take a look at the literature on the table such as the Stay Connected flyer with links to several key sites, literature from The Philadelphia Project on camp and school opportunities for preschoolers, Town Watch and Block Captain brochures, Membership applications, etc.

V.Zoning issue at 7519 Ridge Avenue – Rich informed those present of the current status of the zoning matter for 7519 Ridge Avenue. Currently, the matter in on hold.  Rich notified the developer’s Attorney after the February meeting that the community still felt the plans were too dense and raised several traffic and safety concerns.  Further, the community was very concerned about adding significant rentals to the neighborhood.  While no response has been received from the Attorney, Rich was copied on a communication to the ZBA confirming that the Developer is not ready to move forward and requesting the matter be put postponed for now. There was a brief discussion by those present regarding what our response would be if the Developer did decide to move forward.  All in attendance agreed that the proposals presented for our review are not acceptable and need to be argued against.  As such, the majority agreed to retain legal counsel in the event that the Developer does move forward to protect the interest of the neighbors.  Those in attendance were made aware that this cost would need to be covered in donations from the neighbors to which the majority agreed to contribute.

VI.2017 Clean Up Opportunities/Events – Rich Giordano

a.Advised those present of the cleanups scheduled for April 8th for Bells Mill Road and Shawmont Avenue. 

b.Reminded people about the Reservoir and the park that is open for all to enjoy.  Rich shared that the Water Department has a Historian that will be providing a presentation on the history of this location, how it was built, who built it, its use and de-commissioning. 

VII.Open Discussion/Q&A

VIII.Meeting Adjourned

            

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