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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETINGS

FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL 2013

 

FEBRUARY 21, 2013

Betsy Ross House

Presiding: Steve Gray, President WNA

 

Commencing 2013 with a Quarterly Business Meeting, the Treasurers Report and Minutes of recent meetings were offered.  

Steve brought a Beach Report about the state of the dune grass.  He said the dune grass did its work in holding back the surf during recent storms.  Other erosion problems were discussed, including some where the stairs used to be near the McKernan House, near the Electronics Building, and across the parking lot.  Sumac & other plant growth is obstructing the views.  One member stated that it has become a “dangerous hang out” for some people.  A comment was made that Chief Googins should be informed that police need to have a clear view of the area from the Shore Walkway.  Some questioned which community authority is the responsible party for the vegetation along the Walkway.  And one member suggested that native vegetation should be encouraged, rather than invasive plants. She also reported that young people were drinking on Fisherman’s Point.

Tex Haeuser (S.P. Planning Director) sent a notification to the community that Broadway will undergo road resurfacing beginning March 7 at 6:30pm.  Regarding the Broadway traffic situation, Anne Ridge said that entry from Summit Street is quite improved. 

Members present approved once again that WNA meetings are suitably scheduled for 7:00pm, considering that some people need time to get home from work before attending.  There has long been consideration that meetings might be scheduled to begin earlier.

Suggestions for speakers include the following subjects:  Chickens, Bees, and Friends of Casco Bay. 

The meeting was adjourned at about 8:30pm

 

March 21, 2013

There was no formal meeting of WNA.  A follow-up to last October’s public discussion, another Broadway Traffic Forum was held at SMCC, hosted by S.P. Planning Director Tex Haeuser. 

 

April 18, 2013

Betsy Ross House

 

A special speaker was hosted this month.  Jason Harris, Regional Sales Manager for Blue Seal Feeds, brought an extended program to discuss the ins-and-outs of having Backyard Chickens.  His information included introducing different breeds of chickens for their sociable personalities and their egg-laying qualities.  He discussed nurturing the little chicks, maintaining the hens, their housing, broody hens, preventing predators, and solutions to other setbacks while enjoying the experience of having your backyard flock. He then answered questions from the interested audience and general discussion followed. The meeting broke up near 9:00pm. 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,   Devon Gray, Secretary

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETINGS

SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER 2012

 

SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

Betsy Ross House

With no quorum present, an informal discussion was had concerning WNA finances and activities.  The upcoming Broadway Traffic Forum took primary attention, with flyers and conversation on notifying the public. 

 

OCTOBER 18, 2012

Traffic Forum in lieu of regular meeting

East Broadway Traffic Forum was held at SMCC, hosted by S.P. Planning Director Tex Haeuser and Dr. Ron Cantor, president of SMCC.  Well-attended by professionals and members of the community, the Forum offered the public to air their grievances with difficult/dangerous pedestrian traffic opposed by increased student enrollment at the local college.  Residents’ complaints and suggestions were met with sincere concern on the part of City staff and college faculty, in addition to responses from transportation specialists.  With some serious issues addressed by both sides, changes were promised to reduce the dangers and help drivers become more careful and courteous.

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2012

Betsy Ross House

With no quorum present, attention to WNA business was set aside and conversation centered on the results of the recent Broadway Traffic Forum.  The City has implemented some changes, especially large pedestrian-crossing signs at the intersection of Preble Street and Broadway.  No meetings were scheduled for up-coming dates, but will be resumed in February with the quarterly business meeting. To maintain WNA activity for the coming year, the current Association officers will continue in their roles.  This meeting was brought to an abrupt end by the sounds of fire alarms in Betsy Ross House. 

  

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                    Devon Gray, Secretary

 

No meetings were held in June or August

WNA attended Willard Fest 2012 

in lieu of our meeting in July

 

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No meetings were held in June or August

WNA attended Willard Fest 2012 

in lieu of our meeting in July

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

 

 

 

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray, Secretary

ATTENDANCE:   9

CALLED TO ORDER:  6:32pm

 

Officer Linda Barker of South Portland Police Department gave a presentation about neighborhood concerns and other issues of interest to the community.  Due to her scheduling, this meeting started earlier than normal.  With thirty years on the force, Officer Barker has kept watch over law enforcement needs of South Portland with personal insight and a positive attitude.  She gave many interesting anecdotes and suggestions, listening to residents as they brought their thoughts to her attention.  An important point made was that only marked South Portland police cars will attempt a traffic stop when we’re driving our cars.  Many remarks focused on traffic issues in our vicinity, which recommended an additional meeting to address those matters.  Closing with suggestions that residents keep their cars & houses locked and neighborhood vigilance to help minimize incidents of criminal activity, Officer Barker offered to be present when we gather for a possible Traffic Calming Round-table sometime in the future.   

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                    Devon Gray, Secretary

 

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

 

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray, Secretary

ATTENDANCE:   no quorum

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

 

Sarah Goodwin, Chairperson of Willard Fest 2012, and Wynne Wirth, Treasurer of Willard Fest, brought their vision and plans for the second gathering at Willard Square scheduled for July 14.  They asked for support from WNA with banking, participation, contact persons.  WNA planned to attend Willard Fest 2012 with a table, brochures, and membership sign-ups. 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                    Devon Gray, Secretary

 

 

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No meeting was held in March

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012

 

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray, Secretary

ATTENDANCE:   no quorum

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

These Minutes are consolidated from our two previous meetings. No meeting was held in March.

Minutes from the January 19 meeting included the following:

The Dawn Redwood at Spring Point Breakwater seems to be doing well. This matter was considered relevant because the WNA Tree Replacement Committee planted the tree with great fanfare in May 2006. 

The WNA Calendar was addressed with plans for Officer Linda Barker of South Portland Police Department scheduled to host a community forum at our May 17 meeting.  Alan Mills mentioned the possibility of inviting Dr. Ron Cantor, President of SMCC to speak at one of our dates.  Mr. Mills also mentioned he is a participant on the SP Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee and informed us that the crosswalk at Betsy Ross House will have its striping repainted sometime soon.  He added that there are many dangerous street ways in Town, mentioning the Exit 3/Broadway/Route 295 intersection as notorious.  A suggestion that WNA have a presence at this year's Willard Square Festival was roundly supported, as was a plan to hold quarterly business meetings with special events and/or speakers scheduled for other months.  

We held an open forum for our meeting in February.  Members complained about dangerous traffic on Preble Street.  With speed being a primary concern, installation of speed bumps similar to Stevens Avenue / Capisic Streets (Portland) might be a solution.  Although people are running many traffic signals, Cookie Kalloch suggested that a signal light should be installed at the Sawyer & Broadway intersection. An opinion poll about these matters might be created on the WNA message board.  It was also point out that petty thieves remove or destroy residents’ flower beds or decorations.  Also discussed were bicycle travel lanes, condition of our sidewalks, and  parking renovations in the business area of Knightville.  Finally, we had a request for updates from Tex Haeuser concerning Willard Square zoning.

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray, Secretary

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012

 

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray, Secretary

ATTENDANCE:   no quorum

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

Minutes of the previous meeting (September 15, 2011) were offered and a Treasurer's Report was presented.  No committee reports were given, although it was commented that the Dawn Redwood at Spring Point Breakwater seems to be doing well. This matter was considered relevant because the tree was planted with great fanfare by the WNA Tree Replacement Committee in May 2006.

The WNA Calendar was addressed with plans for Officer Linda Barker of South Portland Police Department scheduled to host a community forum at our May 17 meeting.  Alan Mills mentioned the possibility of inviting Dr. Ron Cantor, President of SMCC to speak at one of our dates.  Mr. Mills also mentioned he is a participant on the SP Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee and informed us that the crosswalk at Betsy Ross House will have its striping repainted sometime soon.  He added that there are many dangerous street ways in Town, mentioning the Exit 3 / Broadway/Route 295 intersection as notorious.  A suggestion that WNA have a presence at this year's Willard Square Festival was roundly supported, as was a plan to hold quarterly business meetings with special events and/or speakers scheduled for other months.   The meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm with our next meeting slated for April 19.       Respectfully submitted,  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

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No Activities October, November, December

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

 

 

PRESIDING:  Steve Gray, President

ATTENDANCE:   7

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

With no quorum present, a summary of recent activities was offered followed by general discussion and reports.  Steve Gray suggested quarterly meetings might be advisable.  He also reported that the Dawn Redwood at Spring Point Breakwater seems to be doing well.  The Treasurer's Report was given, then the group's attention turned to the Shore Walkway, especially along Willard Beach. Concern was expressed for overgrown shrubbery and obstructions to views of the Bay.  The general consensus is that beautiful views along the Walkway should be maintained.  Other subjects touched on by those present were graffiti, airplane noise, and inconsiderate visitors to the beach who disturb the peace by allowing their dogs to bark at all hours.  Everyone expressed satisfaction with good public services, particularly winter plowing of snow and rubbish removal.   Jean Maiorano told us that the Willard Square Festival went well, but it is expected to be even better next year, because planned programs were kyboshed by the Town permit requirements plus time constraints. 

The discussion concluded with a decision that our next meeting would be scheduled for after the holidays and start of the new year on January 19, 2012.       

Respectfully submitted,  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES

JANUARY TO AUGUST 2011

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011

REGULAR MEETING at Betsy Ross House

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray

ATTENDANCE:   no quorum

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

 

With no quorum present the group turned their attention to filling the calendar for the coming year.  Tex Haeuser, City Planning Director, will be asked to speak soon.  A suggestion for a speaker to demonstrate current cell phones, e-readers, and other technology was enthusiastically supported.  Our annual potluck for residents of Betsy Ross House was scheduled for April.  Betty Smith suggested we seek to engage more participation from the local business community. Other potential programs could include a speaker from the US Navy, if a special vessel is scheduled to visit Portland, a lobsterman (Richard Holt), a local police officer, and perhaps a farewell to Jim Ortiz, President of SMCC, with his replacement being introduced to the community.

The next meeting of WNA was scheduled for February 17.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2011

REGULAR MEETING at Betsy Ross House

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray

ATTENDANCE:   no quorum

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

 

No regular business was conducted at this meeting.  Our guest speakers were Chris xxxx and Allison xxxxx, specialists in 21st Century communications and equipment.. Their program included hands-on demonstrations of cell phones, smart phones, and portable computers accompanied by PowerPoint presentations explaining the world of connected services.  In addition they discussed a variety of applications and interesting websites, such as RSS and Facebook, plus suggestions for using those programs. Their presentation was sponsored by Best Buy in South Portland, where either person can be contacted for individual assistance

 

MARCH – No meeting was held due to unforeseen circumstances.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

REGULAR MEETING at Betsy Ross House

PRESIDING:  Brian Durham

ATTENDANCE:   35+

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

Willard Neighborhood Association provided a forum to discuss with owners Glenn Perry and Ian Howard the proposed development on Willard Square of "Mr. Delicious," a specialty market and prepared food store.  Mr. Perry presented his expectations for offering upscale specialties, catered meals, and varietal vintages, stating he saw his business becoming an integral part of the neighborhood.  He described parking accommodations, kitchen space on his second floor, with freezer space on both first and second floors, and hopes for about 250 customers per day.  The audience was actively interested in the proposal with many questions about traffic, safety, noise levels, and persistent parking problems.  Additional concerns were expressed that an "upscale" market would not meet the needs of the family-oriented community, but would instead be drawing customers from other areas (Cape Elizabeth) into the already-crowded Square.   After lively, sometimes heated, exchanges between people attending and the proprietors, members of the audience began to leave around 8:45pm.  Glenn and Ian had brought samples of their wares, which were appreciatively enjoyed by the visitors still on hand.

 

NO MEETINGS WERE HELD DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS OF MAY, JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST.

 

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray

ATTENDANCE:   no quorum

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

  

With no quorum present the group turned their attention to filling the calendar for the coming year.  Tex Haeuser, City Planning Director, will be asked to speak soon.  A suggestion for a speaker to demonstrate current cell phones, e-readers, and other technology was enthusiastically supported.  Our annual potluck for residents of Betsy Ross House was scheduled for April.  Betty Smith suggested we seek to engage more participation from the local business community. Other potential programs could include a speaker from the US Navy, if a special vessel is scheduled to visit Portland, a lobsterman (Richard Holt), a local police officer, and perhaps a farewell to Jim Ortiz, President of SMCC, with his replacement being introduced to the community.

 

The next meeting of WNA will be on February 17.

 

Respectfully submitted,    Devon Gray, Secretary

 

 

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NO ACTIVITY WAS HELD 

DURING DECEMBER

 

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THE NOVEMBER MEETING WAS PRE-EMPTED 

BY SPECIAL MEETING OF 

SOUTH PORTLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

AS DICTATED BY CONSENSUS 

OF OCTOBER MEETING

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

BETSY ROSS HOUSE

OCTOBER 21, 2010

 

Called to Order:  6:30pm

Attendance:  5

Presiding:  Steven Gray

 

 

This October meeting was held early due to a Candidates' Forum scheduled at City Hall.

 

With no quorum present an informal meeting was held to discuss present and upcoming activities. 

No official WNA business was conducted.

Steve stated that a work day is scheduled by the Fort Preble Preservation Committee to accomplish additional clearing of invasive plant growth around the Fort.  That work day will be held on Saturday October 23 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Contact Tom Blake 799-5723 for more information.

During discussion about the use of a scythe to remove some of the shrubs, Ann Jewett commented that her father used to work with a scythe.

 

Ann & John Ridge notified us that South Portland Historical Society is inviting anyone who has personal experiences or knowledge about Knightville to attend a special meeting in November.  All such people will be given an opportunity to speak.  The SPHS intends to record the evening and offer a copy the recording for purchase.  Because of conflict with WNA scheduled meetings, the prevailing individuals decided to postpone our Bob Crowley program and forego a November meeting altogether. 

 

There being no further discussion, the meeting adjourned at 7:00pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,  Devon Gray, Secretary

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

BETSY ROSS HOUSE

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

 

Called to Order:  7:03pm

Attendance:  8

Presiding:  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

Our meeting opened with general discussion about community developments and relationships with SMCC.  There were some remarks about the newly developed ball field now located on what was the open-space Parade Ground of the SMCC Campus.  Betsy Ross’ suggestion for neighborhood representatives was revisited, with continued ideas to create the needed structure for implementing it. 

 

The minutes of the last regular meeting (June 2010) of WNA were distributed.  They were accepted as offered upon a motion duly seconded and passed.  The Treasurer’s Report was also approved as offered after that motion was suitably seconded and passed.  Discussion of assets on hand and costs of liability insurance resulted in a decision to contact Maine Municipal Association and South Portland Housing executive director Mike Halsey in hopes that WNA might by some means come under their coverage.  John Ridge and Devon Gray will follow-up on these efforts.  

 

Additional discussion centered on the need for updating WNA By-Laws, the upcoming calendar, and the possibility of hosting “Survivor” winner Bob Crowley, who has offered to speak to a group on our behalf.  For a speaker with such an expected draw, John Ridge will inquire about space at the SP Community Center.  Wayne Ross will follow-up on Mr. Crowley’s availability for October or another time in the near future. 

 

Nominations for officers to be elected in November were discussed.  Dave Bourke has consented to accept our nomination as Treasurer.  John Ridge, Wayne Ross, and Dave Bourke will seek candidates for other positions. 

With no additional new business, the meeting adjourned at 8:13pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,  Devon Gray - Secretary

 

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THE WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL POTLUCK BBQ WAS HELD

AUGUST 19

HOSTED BY WAYNE & BETSY ROSS 

AT THEIR HOME

 

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NO  MEETING WAS  HELD  IN JULY 

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

BETSY ROSS HOUSE

JUNE 17, 2010

   

Called to Order:  7:03pm

Attendance:  32+ (not everyone signed attendance sheet)

Presiding:  Devon Gray, Secretary

Kathy DiPhilippo, Executive Director of South Portland Historical Society, was our guest speaker.  She brought an original program documenting the development of the local community.  With many pictures and running commentary, Kathy captured the attention of an enthusiastic group.  She commenced with a slideshow plus rare video footage about the EW Brown Sardine Factory that was located at the Bug Light area until around 1939.  Kathy requested that anyone with an old sardine-can “key” bring one forward to contribute to the Historical Society’s collection.

After recounting the history of the Sardine Factory, Kathy continued with a chronology of early settlements in the Willard area, from the year 1622 land grant to Sir Ferdinando Gorges and John Mason, through the evacuations and peace treaties of the late 1600’s, and including pictures of recent times.  The audience was transfixed by the stories.  Many from the audience added their own anecdotes, rounding out a truly unique presentation. 

Kathy concluded her talk by inviting everyone to the Grand Opening on July 4 of the new facility for the South Portland Historical Society, adding that an impersonator of Benjamin Franklin will be there, reading the Declaration of Independence.

Due to the time being filled by the special speaker, the business portion of the meeting was put aside.  Only the upcoming calendar was addressed.  No meeting was scheduled for July.  The Annual Potluck Barbeque would be held on August 19 at the home of Wayne & Betsy Ross.  The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on September 16, with any guest speaker for that time to be announced. 

The meeting was adjourned. 

                                                                Respectfully Submitted,  

                                                                Devon Gray, Secretary


Minutes of the Previous Meeting

      

WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010

 

PRESIDING:  Steve Gray

ATTENDANCE:   8

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:02pm

 

With no quorum present and no guest speaker this month, members present nonetheless continued with agenda items as follows:

 

Minutes of the March meeting were checked and a Treasurer’s Report was offered, both being informally accepted by the group.

 

Beach Committee Report – Steve Gray reported there were hazards on Willard Beach, including a dock with steel protrusions.  He said he cooperates with the Parks Department (Mr. Erskine, Jr) to have large debris removed.  Steve also said about 200 plants of dune grass have been planted to replace some that have been lost to natural causes.  Additionally, he said that flies are an unusually bad problem this year, to which Wayne Ross concurred.  Wayne added that there are some new plantings in the Beach Parking Area on Willow Street.

 

South Portland Historical Society – Anne Ridge reported their Kite Festival was very successful and generated some income for the organization.  Also, there will be an online auction from May 30 through June 6 to benefit the Historical Society.  That auction may be accessed by visiting the South Portland Historical Society website.  See the “Summer in Maine Auction” link at their webpage: www.SPHistory.org

They have a grand opening event planned for July 4th with the dedication of their new building scheduled.  Among the attractions will be an impersonation of Benjamin Franklin reading the Declaration of Independence.  Finally, attention is directed to the archives of all Kathryn DiPhilippo’s articles that have appeared in the South Portland Sentry newspaper as “A Window on the Past.”  Those articles can be located by going to the menu for them at the same webpage, “South Portland’s Online Museum.” 

 

The discussion turned to the need for a liaison to South Portland City Council.  It may be helpful for someone to facilitate community awareness of City Council agenda items that may be relevant to members.  WNA may seek to recruit a volunteer for this task.

 

SMCC Liaison - Sharon Newman sent a report that a new softball field will be constructed on the Parade Grounds.  Work on that is scheduled to commence before the end of May.  SMCC also intends to replace the deteriorated field fencing. She said they will survey the property line and consult with neighbors to make sure the new fence is correctly placed.

 

Questions arose concerning the concession stand on Willard Beach.  John Ridge volunteered to learn from the City who has gained permission to manage it. Steve Gray wondered if any graffiti has been noticed on the concession buildings, but Wayne Ross said he had not seen any.  However there was egg on the escalade.  Steve asked that anyone noticing graffiti contact him so he may quickly and effectively cover it.

 

With reference to social events, the WNA potluck for residents of Betsy Ross House was a big success.  Many more residents attended than in previous years.  They enjoyed an ample buffet, plus games with prizes.       Mrs. Fish (Deb Sandler) conducted a sing-a-long that was enthusiastically appreciated by everyone.  The resident Activity Director, Bob Bennett expressed a warm welcome to us and suggested we conduct the activity in the dining room area next year in order to accommodate all the attendees.  He said the tables could be rearranged to utilize the space.   

 

The discussion turned to a proposed festival at Bug Light Park, initiated by Ed Rowe.  Wayne Ross referred to Jay Reny, head of maintenance at SMCC, who assisted greatly in the past for Spring Point Festival.  Wayne also referred us to Steve Lupein who now works at UNUM, but who had helped to provide the electrical power for the Festival.  [For those new to this vicinity, Spring Point Festival was held for twenty-five years, while Wayne Ross was President of SMCC.] 

 

The plans for the August 19 Potluck and BBQ were next discussed.  Wayne & Betsy Ross will host the event once again this year.  However they expressed the need for additional people to help with the grill, and an additional grill is needed too.  Brian Durham agreed to assist with the grilling.  Anne Ridge offered to help at the membership table.  Betsy may have a pre-BBQ meeting to confirm all the help and needed goods are available. 

 

Betty Smith mentioned there have been rabid fox discovered in the neighborhood.  She alerts the community to be aware, particularly for the sake of pet cats.  Additionally, she stated there had been an assault on the Greenbelt Walkway around 5:30pm one evening, near the American Legion building. 

 

The meeting having gained a quorum at 7:28pm, a motion was then made for approval of the minutes from March.  That motion was given a second and the minutes were approved.  Likewise, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted upon a motion duly seconded and passed.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:06pm.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010

 

PRESIDING:  Steve Gray

ATTENDANCE:   8

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:02pm

 

With no quorum present and no guest speaker this month, members present nonetheless continued with agenda items as follows:

 

Minutes of the March meeting were checked and a Treasurer’s Report was offered, both being informally accepted by the group.

 

Beach Committee Report – Steve Gray reported there were hazards on Willard Beach, including a dock with steel protrusions.  He said he cooperates with the Parks Department (Mr. Erskine, Jr) to have large debris removed.  Steve also said about 200 plants of dune grass have been planted to replace some that have been lost to natural causes.  Additionally, he said that flies are an unusually bad problem this year, to which Wayne Ross concurred.  Wayne added that there are some new plantings in the Beach Parking Area on Willow Street.

 

South Portland Historical Society – Anne Ridge reported their Kite Festival was very successful and generated some income for the organization.  Also, there will be an online auction from May 30 through June 6 to benefit the Historical Society.  That auction may be accessed by visiting the South Portland Historical Society website.  See the “Summer in Maine Auction” link at their webpage: www.SPHistory.org

They have a grand opening event planned for July 4th with the dedication of their new building scheduled.  Among the attractions will be an impersonation of Benjamin Franklin reading the Declaration of Independence.  Finally, attention is directed to the archives of all Kathryn DiPhilippo’s articles that have appeared in the South Portland Sentry newspaper as “A Window on the Past.”  Those articles can be located by going to the menu for them at the same webpage, “South Portland’s Online Museum.” 

 

The discussion turned to the need for a liaison to South Portland City Council.  It may be helpful for someone to facilitate community awareness of City Council agenda items that may be relevant to members.  WNA may seek to recruit a volunteer for this task.

 

SMCC Liaison - Sharon Newman sent a report that a new softball field will be constructed on the Parade Grounds.  Work on that is scheduled to commence before the end of May.  SMCC also intends to replace the deteriorated field fencing. She said they will survey the property line and consult with neighbors to make sure the new fence is correctly placed.

 

Questions arose concerning the concession stand on Willard Beach.  John Ridge volunteered to learn from the City who has gained permission to manage it. Steve Gray wondered if any graffiti has been noticed on the concession buildings, but Wayne Ross said he had not seen any.  However there was egg on the escalade.  Steve asked that anyone noticing graffiti contact him so he may quickly and effectively cover it.

 

With reference to social events, the WNA potluck for residents of Betsy Ross House was a big success.  Many more residents attended than in previous years.  They enjoyed an ample buffet, plus games with prizes.       Mrs. Fish (Deb Sandler) conducted a sing-a-long that was enthusiastically appreciated by everyone.  The resident Activity Director, Bob Bennett expressed a warm welcome to us and suggested we conduct the activity in the dining room area next year in order to accommodate all the attendees.  He said the tables could be rearranged to utilize the space.   

 

The discussion turned to a proposed festival at Bug Light Park, initiated by Ed Rowe.  Wayne Ross referred to Jay Reny, head of maintenance at SMCC, who assisted greatly in the past for Spring Point Festival.  Wayne also referred us to Steve Lupein who now works at UNUM, but who had helped to provide the electrical power for the Festival.  [For those new to this vicinity, Spring Point Festival was held for twenty-five years, while Wayne Ross was President of SMCC.] 

 

The plans for the August 19 Potluck and BBQ were next discussed.  Wayne & Betsy Ross will host the event once again this year.  However they expressed the need for additional people to help with the grill, and an additional grill is needed too.  Brian Durham agreed to assist with the grilling.  Anne Ridge offered to help at the membership table.  Betsy may have a pre-BBQ meeting to confirm all the help and needed goods are available. 

 

Betty Smith mentioned there have been rabid fox discovered in the neighborhood.  She alerts the community to be aware, particularly for the sake of pet cats.  Additionally, she stated there had been an assault on the Greenbelt Walkway around 5:30pm one evening, near the American Legion building. 

 

The meeting having gained a quorum at 7:28pm, a motion was then made for approval of the minutes from March.  That motion was given a second and the minutes were approved.  Likewise, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted upon a motion duly seconded and passed.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:06pm.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

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THURSDAY,APRIL 15 2010

 

in lieu of our regular business meeting

WNA hosted a special 

POTLUCK SUPPER

for residents of Betsy Ross House

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010

 

 

 

PRESIDING:  Steve Gray

ATTENDANCE:   13

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

 

Brian Durham, a trustee of Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse Trust and a docent there, brought a presentation about that historic local landmark.  After using a short dvd which illustrated many features of the lighthouse and contained some significant tales about it, Brian added a wealth of personal commentary.  A valuable discussion ensued with Brian answering many questions as he wrapped-up his talk. The Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse Trust is comprised of about twelve trustees who work together with the U.S. Coast Guard to maintain the structure.  As a 501(c)3 Trust, they do not seek memberships.  However, memberships can be held through their adjunct organization, Friends of Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse.  Interested people should visit the website for more information – www.SpringPointLight.org. 

 

The business meeting portion of the evening commenced after a brief time for refreshments and socializing.

 

Minutes of the February 2010 meeting were reviewed and accepted after a motion, duly seconded and passed.  The Treasurer’s Report was presented and it too was accepted upon a motion, which was seconded and passed.    Several members accepted letters of renewal which had been returned by the Postal Service as undeliverable.  They will try to deliver the letters, themselves.  The Beach Committee report was offered by Steve Gray who said that recent storms blew flotsam and seaweed onto the shore.  He suggested that gardeners who want it for their own use might collect it, rinse the sand off, and apply it to their garden beds.  Steve also mentioned the intent to plant more dune grass sometime in April.  He said perhaps 100 plants would be placed “to the left of Beach Street.”  Plants have already been placed to the right of the Beach Street entrance.  These plants are still necessary to replace some of the damage from the Patriots Day Storm (200x), which had removed a lot of what was there.  Steve also mentioned that one Saturday in April, the Fort Preble Preservation Committee plans to clean the remaining sumac from Fort Preble.  Additional volunteers are needed for that work. 

 

Willard Neighborhood Association is continuing its effort to create a network of contact persons.  WNA Delegates should be located in blocks around the community to make it easier for residents to connect with WNA.  Betsy Ross will try to move this idea forward during the coming weeks. 

 

WNA will invite residents of Betsy Ross House to a potluck event scheduled for April 15, in lieu of our regular meeting.  President Steve Gray suggested that people willing to participate should sign-up so we know how many will attend and how we should conduct the activity. 

 

Executive Director of the South Portland Historical Society, Kathy DiPhillippo will be our guest speaker in May, bringing a presentation about Willard Neighborhood history.  Linda Darling suggested that a minister from Peoples Methodist Church might bring a discussion about a recent visit to Haiti, where earthquake relief assistance was provided.  A motion to adjourn was agreed upon and the meeting ended at 8:23pm.  The next regular meeting of WNA will be on May 20.

 

Respectfully submitted,  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010

 

PRESIDING:  Brian Durham

ATTENDANCE:   17

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:02pm

 

Our guest speaker was Tex Haeuser, Planning Director for the City of South Portland.  He spoke on several issues, including the recently considered FEMA regulations for redistricting floodplains in our vicinity, accompanied by an excellent slideshow to illustrate the discussion.  Because the new regulations have significant impact on property owners, developers, and economics in the area, they were opposed by local officials.  Tex reported that FEMA would consider only a very technical and professional challenge to their decisions, so the cities of South Portland and Portland joined together to commission a review by Robert Gerber, one of the best hydro-geologists in the Country.  The formal decisions are pending in this matter. 

 

Tex went on to provide an update concerning the Lisa Foster/Mark Foley property, which has ongoing plans for development.  With the property located strategically on the corner of Preble & Willow Streets, the owners have pursued several options over the course of the past few years, seeking approval from the City for their various plans.  Tex told the gathering that the art center ideas have been abandoned for now, but a three-story / two-family structure is now intended.  When design features became questions, the Planning Director suggested a group get together with a Loveitt’s Field group who express similar concerns.  He said, “I’d be happy to meet with you.”  Currently, site development plans undergo a “peer review,” wherein a city architect reviews the proposed designs. 

 

Finally, Tex brought forward information about the new Transit TIF District recently adopted by the City Council.  This funding would provide for improvements to the City bus system.  A lively discussion of public transportation ensued. 

 

City Council member, Maxine Beecher was present and added a brief report that the City’s Comprehensive Plan Committee has organized with around twenty-two members undertaking the task of envisioning the next ten-to-twenty years for South Portland.  Their meetings will be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.  The meetings are open to the public. 

 

After a short break with refreshments, the business meeting portion of the meeting began.  Approval of the minutes was postponed, but the Treasurer’s Report was presented.  A motion to pay WNA’s insurance premium of $506 was offered, seconded, and passed unanimously.   The March meeting will bring Brian Durham to speak about the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse Trust.  Sally Smith suggested a local church minister be included in our lineup of speakers.  A motion to adjourn was agreed upon and the meeting ended at 9:00pm.  The next meeting of WNA will be on March 18.

 

Respectfully submitted,  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010

   

PRESIDING:  Brian Durham

ATTENDANCE:   no quorum

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

  

With no quorum present, a general discussion of neighborhood concerns ensued, including bike lanes to the Maine Mall and across the Bridge, oil trucks on Broadway and Route One, railroads and railroad easements.

Ideas for increasing membership participation and proposals concerning block representatives were then considered.  Finally, the group turned their attention to filling the calendar for the coming year, with suggestions for speakers from various fields brought forward.  Tex Haeuser, City Planning Director, will be asked to speak at the February meeting.  The now-annual potluck activity when WNA plays host to residents of Betsy Ross House was planned for April, in addition to scheduling the Annual Potluck/BBQ which Wayne & Betsy Ross have once again graciously offered to host on August 19. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:40pm.  The next meeting of WNA will be on February 18.  

Respectfully submitted,  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

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No activity of Willard Neighborhood Association

was scheduled for December 2009

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2009

  

PRESIDING:  Steve Gray

ATTENDANCE:   11

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00m

 

Minutes of the October meeting were reviewed, and were accepted upon a motion seconded and passed.  With no significant changes since the September Treasurer’s Report report, that item was also accepted by the quorum present at this meeting, after a motion duly seconded and passed.

 

Steve Gray brought a Beach Committee report, stating that some one is cutting the ropes around the dune grass.  He asked that residents let him know if they notice any damaged ropes. Steve also stated the Beach Committee will try to plant additional dune grass in the Spring, approximately 200 plants where the 2007 Patriots Day Storm had removed it.  Steve also reported that the plantings from a couple years ago are doing well.  Additional comments were made concerning the sumac removed from the Shore Walkway areas: SMCC President Ortiz assisted dragging sumac with other volunteers.  Several members present offered their willingness to join the efforts, if they could be informed about the next session. Further discussion centered on a call for the return of the previous proprietor who managed the concession stand located on Willard Beach. 

 

Nominations were considered for WNA officers.  With no contested positions, Betsy Ross made a motion that the slate of nominees be elected.  Kathy Durham seconded the motion.  It was voted upon and duly passed.  Steve Gray was elected President, with Brian Durham as Vice President.  Devon Gray was elected Secretary-Treasurer. 

 

Elections were followed by general discussion and adjournment at 7:30pm, with desserts and additional  conversations rounding out the evening. 

 

No December activity is scheduled.  The next meeting of WNA will be January 21, 2010. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009

 

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray (Secretary)

ATTENDANCE:   9

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:03pm

  

The October  meeting commenced with distribution for review of the minutes from September.  Letters from Tex Haeuser and Lisa Foster were read to the group, as requested by the authors.  The letters (received via   e-mail) were specifically about the Art Studio project that Lisa and her husband have tried to bring into existence for about the past five years.  (Letters linked on website)   Discussion of concerns regarding changes to local zoning culminated in a motion by Dave Bourke that a diplomatic response be made to Lisa, noting that WNA does not normally make a stand on matters of this nature.  The wording was tweaked by those present to read somewhat as follows:

“We understand your predicament.  However, it’s not appropriate for Willard Neighborhood Association to take a position on issues of this nature.”  

The motion for this response was seconded and carried. 

 

An invitation had been tendered to Steve Puleo, Assistant Planning Director for South Portland, to bring a presentation forward concerning the new FEMA regulations for shorefront properties.  Tex Haueser, the Planning Director, declined our venue and deferred that their office intends to make a community-wide presentation at a later date.

 

Addressing the upcoming election of officers for WNA, no nominations were offered for President, Vice President, or Treasurer positions.  Brian Durham nominated Devon Gray to serve once again as Secretary.  Dave Bourke suggested an e-mail request be made for officer nominations. 

 

With a quorum present, a motion was made to accept the September  minutes as presented.  That motion  was seconded and passed. 

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:29pm. 

Respectfully submitted,

  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009

  

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray (Secretary)

ATTENDANCE:  15

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

 

As the meeting was brought to order, Michael Eastman, who had passed away earlier in the week, was remembered for his service to the South Portland community.  A sympathy card was circulated for signatures. 

 

Tex Haeuser, Planning Director for City of South Portland, brought an overview of zoning for Willard Square and perspective for Paul Leddy’s proposed development there.  He affirmed that the zoning was changed to Village Commercial in 2006, which provides for mixed use and higher commercial density.  He stated that parking considerations, particularly for the proposed art center on Preble Street generated this round of adjustments for zoning regulations.  A public forum will be offered October 1 at City Hall to review the changes.  The draft of those will be available at the Planning Department website.  After some discussion, questions and answers, Paul Leddy spoke about his property on Willard Square.  His photographs and architectural concepts were greeted with general enthusiasm by the group.  He said these pictures will be publicly available at his place of business during the coming weeks. 

 

A brief business meeting of WNA followed the presentation.  Minutes of the July 16 meeting and the September Treasurer’s Report were accepted.  The group was advised that the brick commemorating Willard Neighborhood Association had been ordered in the $100 size (4x6”).  Next, the upcoming calendar was addressed.  A suggested business forum was postponed until next year.  A suggestion was made that new FEMA regulations for shoreland zones might be discussed at the October meeting, in addition to a presentation by Brian Durham about Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse Trust.  Election of Association officers will be held in November.  In addition, a potluck seasonal supper is proposed for that time.  There will be no meeting in December.

 

The meeting ended at 8:35pm upon a motion to adjourn.

 

Respectfully submitted,

  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

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Our Annual WNA Potluck BBQ

was graciously hosted by 

Wayne & Betsy Ross 

at their home on Franklin Terrace

August 20, 2009

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009

 

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray (Secretary)

ATTENDANCE:  19

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

  

Our guest speaker was Lt. JG Ed Herbst. He presented a slideshow and discussion about the sailing vessel US Coast Guard EAGLE, which was scheduled to visit Portland at the end of July.  Brian (last name unknown) recorded the talk for SP Cable TV.   

 

Refreshments and a regular business meeting of WNA followed Lt. Herbst’s appearance.  With a quorum present, minutes of previous meetings and the Treasurer’s report were duly approved. 

 

Steve Gray brought a report for the Beach Committee.  He said heavy weather had left a lot of debris on the beach.  Also, views from Memorial Benches are obscured by uncontrolled plant growth.  The City said there have been too few complaints to warrant maintenance, so Steve urged telephone calls be made to Erik Carson, assistant City Manager.  Steve added that the dune grass currently growing is doing well.  He mentioned that the Dawn Redwood (planted near Spring Point Breakwater) continues to do well, too. 

 

South Portland Historical Society is selling commemorative bricks as part of their fundraising. A poll created at the WNA Group page (online) demonstrated support of the membership for purchasing a $100 size brick.  Brian Durham moved that WNA purchase a $100 brick; that motion was seconded and passed unanimously.  Those present solidly agreed that the brick show simply “WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION”  on its face. 

 

Looking to the upcoming Calendar, with the annual BBQ planned for August 20, Kathy Durham made a motion for up to $500 be approved to cover BBQ expenses.  That motion was seconded and carried. 

Brian Durham suggested scheduling a speaker for the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse Trust, perhaps for September. 

 

A motion to adjourn at 8:03pm brought the meeting to an end. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2009

 

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray (Secretary)

ATTENDANCE:  7

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

 

With less than a quorum present, we held an informal meeting for WNA business.  Minutes of recent meetings were read, the Treasurer’s report and budget were reviewed, and the upcoming schedule was evaluated.  Because weather forced our Christmas arrangements to be cancelled for two years, this group decided that no Christmas get-together would be scheduled.  Instead, a seasonal potluck in conjunction with election of new officers will be planned for November.

Steve Gray reported that the City didn’t give permission for planning dune grass until it was too late for this year.  He talked with John Switzer at the Parks Department, informing him that weeds were not being controlled along the Greenbelt Walkway / viewing areas.  For safety purposes as well as public enjoyment, Steve agreed to pursue the matter with President Ortiz of SMCC, hoping to “get a system in place for ongoing maintenance.”  Steve also suggested people contact their local representative to the City Council to let them know when they can’t pass (eg: bicyclists near arboretum) or can’t see the ocean from the memorial benches that line the Walkway. 

As the meeting turned to New Business, Cookie Kalloch wondered about the park at Davis and Pillsbury streets, whether it is finished or why it hasn’t been more completed. 

Turning to consideration of South Portland Historical Society, our group considered whether or not Willard Neighborhood Association would like to purchase a memorial brick to be placed there. We decided to create an online poll, so members of the organization could vote on the idea.

Wayne & Betsy Ross have offered to host the WNA BBQ scheduled for August 20.  Additionally, Betsy suggested expanded representation throughout the Neighborhood boundaries to improve community involvement and connectivity.  She also thought we might create a directory to make it easier for residents to find those representatives.  This idea was greeted with enthusiasm and will be pursued. 

Sally Smith mentioned Abbie Burgess who kept the light alive for two weeks at a historical lighthouse; her story is told in a book, We Were There Too – Teens in History.

 

Our calendar for the next few months is:

July 16 – speakers from USCG will bring personal stories about the Sailing Ship Eagle, which is expected to visit Portland from July 31 to August 3.

August 20 – Annual BBQ will be held at Wayne & Betsy Ross’ home, #1 Franklin Terrace (799-5604 to reply)

September 17 –  a regular business meeting

October 15 – tentative plans for a forum allowing businesses located in the community to introduce themselves

November 19 – election of officers plus a friendly potluck dinner

 

Mark your calendars and plan to participate in these Willard Neighborhood Association meetings.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30pm. 

Respectfully submitted,

  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009

 

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray

ATTENDANCE:  16

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

Guest Speaker Laura Turner of Wild Birds Unlimited in South Portland brought a special presentation to this meeting.  Her slideshow and expertise were welcomed and enjoyed, increasing the understanding and knowledge of all who attended.  Her store, located at 50 Maine Mall Road across from Burlington / Staples plaza offers the freshest wild-bird food and accessories plus the expertise of Laura and co-owner Tom Rossetter. Visit their website http://southportland.wbu.com/ for lots of interesting information and the schedule of their in-store seminars A lively discussion followed Laura’s talk with an array of refreshments concluding her visit. 

 

Then, a brief business meeting reviewed recent activity of WNA, including the well-attended April potluck dinner for residents of Betsy Ross House.  Special mention was made of highlights of that event, especially Deb Sandler (aka Mrs Fish) who conducted an animated sing-along, plus drawings for a gloxinia plant and for roses which were brought by Aileen LaBrie.  This Potluck seems to be a very worthwhile effort.  

 

A reminder was mentioned that Sharon Newman, our SMCC Liaison, had sent an email in March stating that the SMCC Advisory Group is meeting only infrequently.  Also that she urged residents to let her know if there are any issues to be addressed.  She’ll be “happy to communicate with the college” about it. 

 

Our upcoming calendar provides a regular business meeting on June 18, for July 16 speakers from the USCG are scheduled to bring a program about the Sailing Ship Eagle, and our annual BBQ Potluck is being planned for August 20. 

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:43pm. 

Respectfully submitted,

  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

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In lieu of the regular WNA meeting for April, 

we hosted residents of Betsy Ross House for an

appreciation Potluck supper

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009

 

 PRESIDING:  Steve Gray

ATTENDANCE:  8

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

No quorum gathered for the March meeting, so the members attending held informal discussion of the activities and concerns of the Association. 

Steve Gray, on behalf of the Beach Committee, suggested planting dune grass this to replace some that was destroyed during the Patriots Day storm of 2008.  He said the sand needs to be moist so the task must be accomplished in early Spring.  Brian Durham offered to help.  Steve also reported that after local citizens had called to report a problem, the Parks Department had removed a large log that had washed in.   The log was approximately 60’ long.  Steve added that John Switzer is a good contact to requests assistance about these matters. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:25pm followed by a time of refreshments and socializing. 

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,  Devon Gray, Secretary

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Willard Neighborhood Association

February 19, 2009 Minutes

Brian Durham called the meeting to order.  Due to illness, Steve and Devon Gray could not attend.  Hearing no objection, the business meeting was deferred in favor of the three speakers for the evening.

·          Willard Square Project – Tex Hauser

·         Concept plan for property on corner of Pillsbury and Preble – Paul Leddy

·         Final plans for Art Center – Lisa Foster

1.       Tex Hauser updated members on the Willard Square Project and answered questions from the audience.  The current plan is to use city workers for sidewalks which is less costly than contracting.  Asphalt sidewalks with granite curbs are being considered.  Volunteers might be used for landscaping, though there might be liability issues.  $86,000 remains in the “kitty” for this project.  Willard Square is zoned: Village Commercial Willard zoning.  Permitted uses include local retail (hours 6 am to midnight), personal services, office space, multi-family, restaurant, and artist studios.

2.      Paul Leddy shared his ideas for the property he owns on the corner of Pillsbury and Preble streets (adjacent to fire station).  Redevelopment of the entire corner would include small retail (perhaps an ice cream shop) on the main level and condominiums on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  A variance may be needed for six condos (from four per zoning) in order to make the project work with smaller, more affordable units.  Hedges will be removed and 19 parking spaces can be created on the lot.  Planning is still in early stages, but can be accelerated if other projects are proceeding.

 

3.      Lisa Foster updated members on her current plans for the Art Center to be located on the property at the corner of Preble and Willow streets.  At this time, no new structures are planned and a loan from Norway Savings has been obtained to rehabilitate the existing structure.

Lisa introduced Jeanelle Demers (
jeanelledemers@gmail.com), who will be the resident manager of the center.  The art center will be member based with studio space and classes offered to the public as well as members. 

Lisa also introduced Tim Cronin, who will run the café to be located in the center.  The café will be an indoor food cart with
12 seats inside and 4 picnic benches outside.  Tim will serve simple fresh food, sort of cafeteria style.  An 8 pm closing is planned. 

Parking off Willow Street remains a concern to residents since people will have to back onto a narrow street.  According to Tex Haeuser this parking was previously approved, and the proposed use meets the zoning requirements.

                                                                                                                                        Minutes provided by Kathy Durham

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009

 

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray

ATTENDANCE:  10

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:00pm

 

With a quorum present the minutes of the October 2008 meeting, a Treasurer’s Report and Budget for 2009 were presented.  These were approved upon motions duly seconded and passed. 

 

Consideration of the WNA insurance coverage produced mixed opinions concerning renewal.  Linda Sanborn offered to discuss options with her insurance agent.  Some members stipulated they definitely prefer to have the organization legitimately covered.  One suggestion was that WNA coverage be handled under an umbrella of organizations, such as City of South Portland or other neighborhood associations. 

 

While discussing scheduled activities, Linda Sanborn said that Lisa Foster had asked her to represent the Foster development interests to the WNA. However, in February Jeanelle Demers will bring information about progress on their art studio project.  Concerning developments in the community, Wayne Ross mentioned that a new 3-story construction is underway at Fisherman’s Lane.  

 

The group continued to talk about activities for the calendar year, with some speakers and social events scheduled.  At present we have Tex Haeuser, SP City Planning Director, coming to speak in February (in addition to Jeanelle and another speaker), a potluck supper especially for the residents of Betsy Ross House in April, and the annual BBQ planned for August. Linda Sanborn suggested that local representatives be brought in soon to allow direct dialogue with the community.  She also expressed concerns about noise and pollution from low-flying aircraft, in addition to worries about neighboring woodstove use.  Cookie Kalloch added that military practices caused some of the black smoke.  The February agenda prompted conversation about Willard Square, deteriorated sidewalks there, a family (with a child in a wheelchair) who were observed having difficulties, and actual injuries suffered by Cookie Kalloch because of the uneven pavement.  A reminder was expressed of the decision by the organization that WNA takes no official position on divisive issues.  When the community is in general agreement about a subject, WNA will publicly represent that opinion.

 

With an updated computer system expected soon and refreshed efforts for our website, the Secretary suggested the addition of a webpage reflecting Willard Neighborhood businesses who support our organization.  This was roundly approved by all present. 

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:25pm followed by a time of refreshments and socializing. 

Respectfully submitted,

  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

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No activity in December 2008

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY,  OCTOBER 16, 2008

With NOVEMBER addendum

 

 

PRESIDING:  Steve Gray, Acting President

ATTENDANCE:  12

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:05pm

 

Susan Davis, Executive Director of Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, visited to bring attention to the railroad museum and some of its upcoming activities.  Sue gave a summary of narrow gauge railroads in Maine mentioning some other existing representatives of them, including the Boothbay Railway Village, Wiscasset-Waterville & Farmington in Alna, and the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad. During her discussion about the MNGRR and the Grand Trunk Railway, she noted that President Ronald Reagan had put legislation in place which allowed States to purchase rights of way that were abandoned by railroads.  The “Rails to Trails” movement retained those rights for future needs while allowing public enjoyment of a scenic trail system.  She said Maine had just recently purchased some of the very last rights. After a good deal of intriguing information about the railroad and its effects upon society, Susan concluded with information about the upcoming Holiday special events surrounding the MNGRR’s plan to host “The Polar Express.”  Licensed directly from Warner Brothers, the MNGRR will have a Santa’s Village in addition to an exciting ride there and back, which will include hot chocolate and cookies for all passengers.  Dates for this event will occur from November 28 to December 23.  While purchasing tickets directly from them will save about $5 per person, tickets are also available at PortTix.com.  For more information telephone     828-0814, or visit their websites www.MNGRR.org and www.PolarExpressRide.com..  

 

After an interval allowing for refreshments and informal conversation, the regular meeting of WNA commenced. 

 

Minutes of the September meeting and Treasurer Report were presented by Devon Gray, which were approved upon motions duly seconded and passed. 

 

Beach Committee:  Steve Gray asked that if logs are noticed along the Beach, people telephone Public Works to remove them.

 

Community Developments:  It was noticed that a new home is being built on the corner of Beach and Myrtle Streets.  Cookie Kalloch commented that she learned too much damage had been sustained by the existing dwelling making it unsafe, so the old house was torn down.

 

Portland Harbor Museum:  Cathy Durham mentioned that viewing is now open on weekends only.  She also reported a correction to the sales event for local museums, which will be held at the Thomas Room xxx Broadway in SP.  It is now scheduled for November 22, hours and additional information is pending.

 

SMCC Community Advisory Committee: scheduled their meeting for the same time as this WNA meeting was being held, so reports from that activity will be brought to a later meeting.

 

Calendar:  The November meeting will provide for election of new officers for Willard Neighborhood Association.  We may also invite new community representatives to come and meet the group, offering their perspectives for South Portland and the Willard Neighborhood.

A caroling and potluck are intended for December 18, details are pending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acting President Steve Gray commented that he misses Barry Wilson and several others agreed.  Betty Smith said, “He was a good guy.”

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:28pm. 

 

ADDENDUM:  With minimal attendance at the November meeting, no elections could be held.  By consensus, the current team will maintain their responsibilities until the next regularly scheduled election of officers.  The December Christmas activity was abandoned.  A regularly scheduled meeting of Willard Neighborhood Association will be held on January 15, 2009.  

Respectfully submitted,

  Devon Gray, Secretary

 

 

 

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September 18, 2008 (minutes  pending)

 

 

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Annual Potluck BBQ 

graciously hosted by

Wayne & Betsy Ross 

at their home on Franklin Terrace 

August 18, 2008

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July 2008  (minutes pending)

 

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June 19, 2008 (minutes pending)

 

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 May 2008

 

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In April 2008

a potluck dinner was held for residents of Betsy Ross House 

instead of a regular meeting

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2008

 

 

ATTENDANCE:  12

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:05pm

 

Dolores Broberg and Helen Slocum together made a presentation about gardening the esplanade,  or narrow area between the street curb and the sidewalk.  An attentive audience heard the importance of soil conditions and suggestions about plants suitable for the space.  It was noted that the South Portland Land Trust will hold its annual plant sale on May 17.  Helen Slocum said she would respond to anyone's offer of plants or bulbs for the sale, "Call me; I'll come dig 'em up for you!"  Helen may be contacted at her e-mail address HFSlocum@maine.rr.com.  She also mentioned that the Knightville community hopes to have a tour of their local gardens sometime this summer.

 

A brief meeting of WNA followed a lively discussion with the speaker.

 

Minutes of the February meeting were offered, but no Treasurer's Report was available.

 

Beach Committee:  Steve Gray brought a report that a recent storm had caused a lot of erosion.  Additional roping is preventing loose animals from running through the dune grasses.  Additional dune grass plants are on order and will be placed by volunteers.

 

Tree Committee:  Dolores Broberg told the group that a State Conservation team has designated two heirloom trees in our City:  a Hornbeam tree near Thomas Street in the center of the school turnaround and an Camperdown Elm located at Hobbs Funeral Home on Cottage Road.  Everyone is invited to notice these beautiful community assets as you walk or drive by. 

 

Devon Gray brought attention to South Portland Historical Society's efforts to raise funds for the purchase of historic Cushing House.  This building would provide a permanent location for South Portland's important relics, collections, and historical resources. 

 

A potluck dinner is planned for WNA's next regularly scheduled meeting, April 17.  Residents of Betsy Ross House will be notified of the potluck, plus a program of music with perhaps other entertainment is anticipated.

Respectfully submitted,

 Devon Gray, Secretary WNA

 

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2008

 

 

ATTENDANCE:  12

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:05pm

 

The meeting commenced with guest speaker Tex Haeuser providing an update on development activities in South Portland.  Tex Haeuser has been South Portland's Planning Director for 18 years, overseeing zoning changes, road and traffic issues, citizen efforts for improvements, and the development of our community from the Maine Mall to Spring Point.  His jam-packed and interesting talk included reports of developments along Broadway, Gannett Drive, Millcove Landing, and SMCC, plus many condo and house plans.  He told us that the Willard Call Station is considering a redesign for its site.  In addition to zoning and environmental matters, Tex discussed trends in metropolitan living, including urban agriculture, transportation matters, and renewable energy considerations.  Tex's presentation was integrated with lively discussion and questions from those attending.

 

An informal meeting of WNA followed the guest speaker's presentation.

 

The Treasurer's Report and Minutes of the January meeting were offered. 

 

Beach Committee Report:  Announcement of the meeting scheduled for February 24 at 4:00pm

 

SMCC Liaison:  Sharon Newman reported that no meeting has been held recently and none is scheduled, to her knowledge. 

 

The South Portland Sentry will publish their Community Guide soon.  WNA will have a listing there as an insertion for the Community Guide was generally approved by all.  It is similar to the one we sent for 2007. 

 

After a review of the WNA Calendar for March and April, the meeting was adjourned.  

                                                                  Respectfully submitted,  Devon Gray, Secretary WNA

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2008

 

PRESIDING:  Barry Wilson

ATTENDANCE:   7

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:05pm

 

With no quorum, an informal meeting of WNA proceeded to set goals and a calendar for 2008.  The sense of the attendees is that monthly meetings should be re-established, with speakers and social activities scheduled to promote member and community participation.  Dolores Broberg suggested inviting Mary Lou Fathke, SP City Horticulturist, to bring information about plants for the street-side esplanade / sidewalk strip.  She will seek to engage Mary Lou to speak at one of WNA meetings. 

 

A sample of the membership renewal postcard was evaluated and approved by those present.  Membership renewal will be mailed in the near future.

 

The minutes of the November meeting were reviewed.  Merle Broberg made a comment about the bushes mentioned at the end of Paragraph 4.  With no one designated to follow thru on the idea of telephoning SP Public Works, Merle volunteered to telephone them about pruning the bushes.  The minutes were then accepted as presented.  Additionally, concerning topics generated by the minutes, Barry Wilson said that the Go-Go restaurant is gone – zoning would not allow the owner, Lynn Perry, to pursue her endeavor in the way she considered essential for her venture.  Future plans for that location are undecided, according to Barry.

 

The Treasurer's report was presented with payments recorded for Association insurance costs and printing expenses for membership renewals.  The President read a letter from the South Portland Historical Society, thanking us for our donation to their capital funds effort. 

 

BEACH COMMITTEE:  Steve Gray mentioned that a lot of flotsam had been left on the beach by recent storms and 15-20 yards of debris had been accumulated.  The City has promised to remove the collection. Posts for roping off the dune grass have been placed at the entrance near the end of Beach Street, however the drilled holes are too small for the intended rope.  When advised of this, Public Works declined to re-drill and enlarge the holes.  The holes also need to be positioned differently, to restrain dog traffic from the dunes.  Steve and Merle agreed to work together on this project.

 

SMCC:  With the new dormitory open, students from the college's Surfsite dorm have been moved into the new one.  The Surfsite location will be remodeled, Barry said. 

 

OF NOTE:  City Councilman, Tom Blake, stepped in to invite members and residents of South Portland to attend community workshops / public forums being held by the South Portland City Council.  These forums are to allow citizens to express comments and concerns about budgetary items for the 2009 Municipal Budget.  The schedule for these meetings is on the home page of the City website, http://SouthPortland.org/

 

NEW BUSINESS:  Merle Broberg advised WNA might plan to show appreciation to businesses in the district.  He suggested an advertisement thanking the businesses, organizations, and professionals who make our neighborhood such a great place to live.  This suggestion was well received and was taken into consideration, to be revisited at a future meeting. 

Respectfully submitted,

 Devon Gray, Secretary WNA

 

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

 WILL BE HELD AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

  THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2008 AT 7:00 pm

 

NOTE:

WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK SCHEDULED FOR DEC 20

WAS CANCELLED DUE TO A SNOWSTORM

 

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In lieu of a regular business meeting, Willard Neighborhood Association will hold its annual Christmas Get-together on Thursday, December 20 6:00-8:30pm in the Community Room of Betsy Ross House, 99 Preble Street, SP.  Barry Wilson will bring his harp and we'll sing Christmas songs. 

 Residents and Friends of WNA are invited – bring a Potluck Food to share.  

 

The Christmas Get-together scheduled for Thursday, December 20

6:00-8:30pm was cancelled due to a snowstorm

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2007

 

PRESIDING:  Steven Gray, Vice-President

ATTENDANCE:  9

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:05pm

 

With several items on the agenda including the election of Association officers, the meeting commenced on time before a quorum was achieved.  A report on President Barry Wilson's health condition was interrupted by his arrival at the meeting, evoking glad reactions from all in attendance.  A quorum was gained at 7:15pm.

 

Minutes & Treasurer's Report:  Minutes from the August meeting were offered and a brief  recap of the events from the September (Potluck Supper) and October (Superintendent of Schools Suzanne Godin presented)  WNA meetings.  The minutes from the March 2007 meeting had not previously been officially accepted.  With a quorum present, a motion was made, seconded and the minutes were duly approved.  In the absence of the Treasurer, Theresa Wiper, the Secretary presented a financial report.  A motion to accept that report was seconded and passed. 

 

South Portland Historical Society:  Merle Broberg made a motion that WNA give $100 to the SP Historical Society toward their purchase of the Cushing House.  Discussion was held that a larger donation was desirable.  The motion was changed to bring WNA into membership with SP Historical Society at a Supporter level, and to donate additional sums bringing the total to a $250 donation.  That motion was seconded and passed with no further discussion.

 

Beach Committee:  Steve Gray reported that posts for fencing around the dune grass had been placed by City workers.  However the holes for the rope fencing need to be re-drilled because they are too small.  John Murphy said fencing is also needed on the other end of the beach to protect the dunes.  In answer to a question from John, it was stated that although small dogs may run under the rope fencing, larger dogs will be deterred from running into the dune grass.  John expressed concerns about the depth of the sand on the beach, considering that the dunes were taking sand from the lower levels.  But Steve responded that the direction of storms, size and direction of waves, affects the depth of the sands, with mention of many studies conducted demonstrating that the sand migrates. 

Steve asked people to telephone him to report graffiti on stop signs, so he might remove it.  Speaking of stop signs prompted Sally Smith to request that bushes and trees be cut back from stop signs, so they may be more visible.  Of note were burning bushes on Market Street and near the Maine Mall, which are obstructing views and need trimming.  It was suggested that telephone calls to SP Public Works would probably bring results in this matter.

 

Tree Committee:  A report submitted by Dolores Broberg was read by the Secretary.  The full report is attached to the minutes.  Dana Anderson informed the Tree Committee that a total of $1127 has been donated to the Tree Replacement Fund, with approximately $700 used from that amount.  The SP Parks web page includes information about the program, and the Director encourages people to give memorial trees. 

 

SMCC Liaison:  Due to the pending sale of his home and their move to California, Dave Bourke has stepped down from this (and all community) activity.  Sharon Newman has agreed to provide her perceptions from the Community Advisory meetings when she attends them, and the minutes of those meetings as she obtains them

Sharon had sent a report dated October 17, which said the first meeting of the school year had been held October 11.  She reported the new dorm will be ready for occupancy in January 2008 and the school intends to move approximately 100 students into it.  Greg Andrews has been hired as a Resident Director.  He will live in the new dorm.  Security oversight continues to be considered and has not been established; however SMCC intends to hire a private security company to do the job.

 

Willard Park:  Scott Akerman had forwarded a message updating the neighborhood about the continued developments of Pillsbury Street Park. He spoke with Dana Anderson about progress of the work.  Scott learned that the bus stop cannot be relocated, however benches and trash receptacles will be set in the area.  Additional plantings will include some trees and grass, after a sprinkler system is installed.  The gist of Scott's report states the work will continue into Spring and perhaps Summer before it's completed.  Those present at the meeting reiterated the need for lights to deter unwanted activities during dusk / darkness.

 

Election of Officers:  After discussion of nominations and duties, there were no contested positions for WNA offices.  An executive slate was offered to a vote with Barry Wilson as President, Steven Gray as Vice-President, and Devon Gray as Secretary-Treasurer.  A motion to vote the slate in was seconded and passed unanimously. 

 

Go-Go Restaurant: Elizabeth Isele questioned whether anyone has knowledge concerning the status of the Go-Go Restaurant.  No one did, but Steve Gray said he will check into it.

 

Christmas Celebration:  With several requests that WNA host a caroling and social activity, it was decided that we would meet in December on our regular date of the third Thursday of the month for a get-together.  The December 20 date will bring us quite close to Christmas.  Suggestions included notices being spread in the Betsy Ross House to invite residents to join us.  Assistance will be requested to bring members together for a good event with music and food to share. 

 

Calendar:  There followed discussion of our meetings schedule.  WNA by-laws state that meetings should be held the third Thursday of the month.  We've attempted to achieve greater participation by reducing the number of meetings to quarterly dates.  However, that has seemed to have the opposite effect.  We have returned to a monthly schedule since the Summer months, and expect to continue that in the coming months.  It was strongly suggested the membership be polled for input.  Therefore, members are urged to vote in the online poll at our Group Message Board to see what we have for consensus. [note: you must be enrolled with the Group to register your vote] Meanwhile, the next regular meeting of WNA will be January 17, after the December 20 Christmas Celebration. 

 

Membership renewals will be mailed out in the near future.  Members of WNA are urged to use the Group Message Board if there are any items of general interest to be brought to everyone's attention.  Members may also access the WNA calendar at www.WillardNeighborhood.org to see dates of upcoming meetings and/or activities.  All residents of the Willard Neighborhood area are encouraged to attend our meetings of Willard Neighborhood Association. 

 

Upon a motion to adjourn, the meeting ended at 8:00pm

 

Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray

            Secretary WNA

 

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

 WILL BE HELD AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

  THURSDAY DECEMBER 20, 2007 AT 6:00 pm

Please bring a favorite foodstuff to share

for a Potluck Dinner and Social Time  

 

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OCTOBER 18, 2007 MEETING

GUEST SPEAKER SUZANNE GODIN, S.P. SUPT. OF SCHOOLS

NO BUSINESS MEETING; NO MINUTES REQUIRED

 

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2007 MEETING 

WAS A POTLUCK SOCIAL

NO MINUTES REQUIRED

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2007

 

PRESIDING:  Barry Wilson, President

ATTENDANCE:  6

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:05pm

 

With no quorum in attendance, an informal meeting of WNA discussed issues and the upcoming calendar.

The minutes of the June meeting were offered, and a Treasurer’s report.  They were accepted as offered, with no official approval due to the lack of quorum.

 

Armory Report:  Betsy Ross reported (in absentia) that the Armory Committee had submitted its findings to the City and had ceased meetings.  Its consensus will be submitted by acting City Manager Jim Gailey to the City Council.  Betsy said suggestions for the Armory include use as our City Hall or Library.  The Committee had a strong inclination toward multi-uses for the building.  The Armory Committee will reconvene if needed. 

 

Beach Committee:  Steve Gray said he hasn’t seen the officer assigned to SMCC / Willard Beach.  He said tthat dogs continue to be a problem.  Dolores agreed that they had cleaned up a lot of dog droppings on the beach.  She said the Dog Owners Group is very upset when other owners do not clean up after their dogs.  Steve Gray added that cigarette debris is being allowed to pass with runoff water by the floating filter.  He also stated that graffiti has been removed on the Concession stand, the playground, and other places.  He advised that Napa carburetor cleaner and “Goof Off” work well to remove graffiti from stop signs and other impermeable surfaces. 

Parenthetically, Steve mentioned that the Liberty Ship John Brown is in Portland and is open for visits by the public.

 

Calendar:  The Annual BBQ/Social Event planned for this date was postponed to September 20.  A Potluck Supper will be held, probably at Betsy Ross House from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.  Please contact Devon Gray (767-2374) for details.  President Barry Wilson remarked that entry to the facility has been uncertain and should be re-determined.  The Secretary agreed to make phone calls and confirm access.

 

WNA will meet on October 18 to host the new SP Superintendent of Schools, Suzanne T. Godin, as our speaker.  She is eager to hear expectations and perceptions of our schools from the Community.  Be sure to invite the neighbors to this opportunity for personal interaction with the Superintendent. October will also bring nominations of the WNA officers for the new year.

 

At our November 15 meeting, elections for the executive board of Willard Neighborhood Association will be held.  The speaker for that meeting is to be decided.  We will have re-consideration of the quarterly meeting schedule after the election of officers in November.

           

Willard Square Park:  Merle Broberg read an e-mail he received from Angela Griffiths reporting that the landscape design for the Park is in its final draft and they expect installation in the Fall.  She also   remarked the equipment is already being used by families and there has been a tremendous amount of positive feedback.  Installation of fencing is also imminent.  Steve Gray asked if lights are planned as part of the Park, commenting that they are a critical safety factor.

 

SMCC/SP Community Advisory Committee:  Dave Bourke said that there have been no recent meetings of the Committee, but he expects the next meeting will be September 6.  He is willing to represent WNA on the Board, but states he welcomes any other persons who might want to attend instead.  He said he would gladly instruct anyone on the procedures involved.    Dave also informed the group that the new dormitory is scheduled to open in the Spring, not this Fall as many have expected. 

 

Tree Committee:  Steve Gray said he’s pruning and experimenting with trees (eg: Paw-Paw) and Chinese Persimmon, which he reports children freeze and enjoy like ice cream. 

Dolores Broberg said she has not heard from anyone in the City regarding the Tree Replacement activity.  She said it is probably due to continued cleanup efforts from the Patriots Day storm, last April.

Dolores additionally reported that a Douglas Fir volunteer in her yard and was about thirty inches high when she and Merle donated it to the Cemetery on Cottage Road (Meeting House Hill).  She said the groundskeeper was happy with the donation of a tree and that they’re “always ready” to receive a new specimen. 

Dolores also reported she had noticed many folks have planted the esplanade with flower gardens instead of trees, and these make beautiful additions to the community.

Steve Gray stated there are ten times as many trees in the State as a hundred years ago.  As witness, on might notice all the stone walls that remain in the woods – those walls were not built among trees, but one open fields.

Dave Bourke reported that at the City Council Meeting of August 13, the Sierra Club made a presentation about their “Cool Cities” project.  They asked South Portland to join others in reducing CO2 and other pollution to 1990 levels by the year 2020.   He stated that Saco was the first city to commit to the project with a focus on just one thing – no idling of City vehicles.  Dave thinks South Portland will probably participate.  More information may be found at the City’s website under the link for the City Council August 13 Workshop Agenda. There will be a public discussion of the Project at SP City Council meeting, September 5. 

SP Historical Society: Devon Gray brought an update on the fundraising for the opportunity to purchase a permanent building from Portland Pipeline.  Linda Eastman stated the response has been “slow and steady” with close to $100,000 contributed to date, $20,000 donated by SP citizens, SPHS members and supporters.  Dave Bourke suggested a fund-raising function at the building.

 

Upon sounds of thunder and lightening, Merle Broberg proposed the meeting adjourn, which it did at 8:20pm. 

Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray

 

 THE NEXT MEETING OF THE WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

WILL BE HELD AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 6:00 pm

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2007

 

PRESIDING:  Barry Wilson, President

ATTENDANCE:  9

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:18 pm 

 

While awaiting attendance to achieve quorum status, the meeting commenced at 7:00pm with discussion of plans intended for Willard Park.  A suggestion from Merle Broberg was readily received that WNA make a monetary contribution toward costs incurred by park improvements, including costs for landscape design.  Dave Bourke stated he had suggested to Angela Griffith that contributions might be generated from businesses located in South Portland – Wright Express, for instance.  It was additionally reported that Angela Griffith is pleased with ideas from teens in the area and she intends to continue to work with them.  (Note:  Willard Park has been previously referred to in the minutes as "Pillsbury Park") 

 

BEACH COMMITTEE REPORT:   Steve Gray told us a meeting will be gathered on June 20 to discuss fencing posts and dune grass to surround the area for seaweed and dune grass.  The City is paying for wood posts and to auger the holes with Beach Committee members providing labor to set the posts.  Explanation was offered that dune grass provides a safety margin for homes / property right near the shoreline.  Steve also stated that the Beach is quite clean and is being maintained.

 

A Beaches Seminar will be held at SMCC on June 22 with Theresa Wiper speaking at 10:30am. 

7:18pm  Quorum attendance was achieved and the meeting was officially called to order for authorized business. 

So the group returned to discussion about Willard School Park.  Merle Broberg offered a motion that WNA contribute $50 toward the costs of the Willard School Park project.  Choosing to amend that motion, Dave Bourke offered the motion to donate $100 toward landscaping design for the Willard Park project.  That motion was seconded and passed unanimously. 

Betty Smith interjected that Bert Jewett has had surgery and is recovering at Piper Shores.  She suggested that cards of thought would b e appropriate.  

MINUTES & TREASURER'S REPORT:  The minutes of the previous meeting (March 2007) having been reviewed, a motion was made to accept them as offered.  That motion was seconded and passed.  No Treasurer's Report was made for this meeting. 

SMCC:  Dave Bourke said the Community Advisory Committee hasn't met in the past couple months and probably won't meet again until after Labor Day.  He also said the new dorm building should be done by the Fall Semester. 

Dave further informed the group that  a police officer has been assigned to SMCC year round.  During the summer months the officer is at the service of the community.  He went on to say that Chief Googins intends to assign an officer to monitor the Beach and community.  Dave had contacted the Chief regarding parking issues on Willow Street and was told that additional "No Parking" signs will be installed there.  He inquired about the possibility of a Neighborhood Crime Watch or Community Policing.  Whereupon, Steve Gray said perhaps there could be a place to post [eg. digital] images of suspects so police might immediately identify them. 

Parking continues to be a problematic issue, with greater concerns as more students are expected to return to SMCC this fall.

There has been no progress on developments / improvements at Willard Square. 

SP TIME BANK:  Sally Smith brought the Time Bank program to the attention of the gathering.  She said there are orientations given twice monthly, plus picture identification cards.  Merle Broberg asked how does the Time Bank check on the reliability of participants, as SMAA requires two letters of recommendation and a police check.  Elizabeth Isele said she recalls that the Time Bank is very careful in their screening.  More information can be obtained by telephoning the Portland Time Bank at 874-9868, visiting them at their Elm Street (Portland) office, or viewing their website – www.PortlandTimeBank.org 

TREE COMMITTEE:   Steve Gray said an evaluation of City use of the Tree Replacement Fund will occur in the Autumn.   The Dawn Redwood planted on Spring Point appears to be doing well.  There are hopes for future plantings with consideration being given to foliage colors, leftover trees, free plantings, and Arbor Day.  Cookie Kalloch said she has a personal tree nursery from her Arbor Foundation dues.  She will discuss those possibilities with Steve Gray when the opportunity arises again.

AUGUST SOCIAL EVENT:  WNA is pleased that Wayne and Betsy Ross will host the annual BBQ and Potluck on August 16 at their home.  It is tentatively scheduled for 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  More information will follow. 

NEW BUSINESS: South Portland Historical Society is seeking to raise funds for a Capital / Endowment Campaign.  With an opportunity to purchase a historic building from Portland Pipeline Corporation, there is an exciting and critical need for supporters.  See the link for S.P. Historical Society at www.SouthPortland.org for more information.  Willard Neighborhood Association will consider at a later meeting what contribution might be sent to support the S. P. Historical Society with this effort.

Music in the Park will provide evening entertainment during the Summer months.  Visit www.SouthPortland.org > Parks & Recreation department to see a schedule.  Additionally, Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Ernest" will be performed at SMCC, with free admission.  Details to be added.  "Bring lots of bug spray," advised one member of WNA.

ADDENDUM:  Recalling the Social Event scheduled for August 16, Dave Bourke made a motion to provide an amount equal to or less than $300 to Wayne and Betsy Ross to cover costs of supplies for the annual BBQ.  That motion was seconded and passed. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:26pm                Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray

 

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

 WILL BE HELD AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

  THURSDAY AUGUST 16, 7:00 pm  

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2007

 

PRESIDING:  Barry Wilson, President

ATTENDANCE:  14

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:01 pm

 

No guest speaker was scheduled for this meeting.  The minutes from the last meeting November 2006 were presented and reviewed.  The minutes were accepted upon a motion that was duly seconded and passed.  A Treasurer’s report was also accepted as presented upon a motion made, seconded and passed.   

 

BEACH COMMITTEE REPORT:   A meeting is scheduled for March 18.  An agenda for the Beach Conference planned for June 22 is available.  Steve Gray added suggestions that folks pick up even a small amount of debris when they walk on the beach, as that will help to keep the beach clean.

 

SMCC:  Dave Bourke provided minutes from the Community Advisory Committee.   He affirmed that he is "very impressed with the effectiveness" of the Community Advisory Board and he named some of the participants.    Dave also stated that the meeting between SMCC and the City of South Portland to consider the Parade Ground had not yet taken place.  Dave then mentioned that the new dormitory is rising on the campus site. 

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTS:  The proposed developments for Willard Square do not seem to be materializing, according to Dave Bourke.  Additionally, a four-story business building is being proposed for the lot on Waterman Drive where Beale's BBQ now sits.  It is expected to house professional offices of doctors, lawyers, or financial consultants.  Steve Gray expressed the need for architectural standards to preserve the character of coastal Maine, as Falmouth and Cape Cod have done.  Barry Wilson stated that a development at a gasoline station on Cottage Road had heeded neighborhood input.  It was noted that the signs are down on the Foster Property on Preble Street.  Speculation and questions of interest followed this comment.  Chris Lynch suggested there should be a crosswalk at the intersection of Preble Street and Angell Street.  Barry said Chris should let the Police Department know and they will review the request.  Steve Gray said Tex Haeuser might be the one to contact, while Dave Bourke suggested that stop signs might be more helpful.  Barry proposed a project for WNA of "How to Do It" – a booklet to guide community members thru the process of proposing suggestions to the City government.  Dave remarked a "book of departments" might be helpful, whereupon the City of South Portland website was referenced with its links to City departments on the sidebar menu. 

Parenthetically, Barry mentioned that the Automobile Show scheduled for October appears to be moving ahead.

 

TREE COMMITTEE:   With greetings from Dolores Broberg and in her absence, Merle Broberg read a report for the Tree Committee.  He provided Tree Replacement Fund brochures for distribution in the community. 

 

AUGUST SOCIAL EVENT:  The get-together will be planned as in past years.  More information will be forthcoming.

 

NEW BUSINESS:    A motion was made to accept a free listing in the South Portland Sentry Community Guide.  That was seconded and passed. 

Regarding the Willard Neighborhood Message Board which appears on the internet, a motion was made that we not accept commercial or classified postings.  That was seconded and passed.  The Message Board provides a means for members to communicate items of local interest and relevant to the Willard Neighborhood Association. 

 

ARMORY COMMITTEE:  Betsy Ross said a group meets on the second Thursday of the month with a mission to brainstorm what to do with the Armory.  They are seeking a consensus to present to the City Council.   As one of only two Art Deco buildings in South Portland, the committee seeks to preserve the unique character of the building as it is renovated for City uses.  Betsy said we may visit the South Portland website for more information at City Council Agenda  > bullet points > armory info. 

 

PILLSBURY PARK:  Next, there was some discussion regarding the changes and hopes for the grounds at the corner of Pillsbury Street and Cottage Road.  Historically it has been a school, a children's park, and an adult park receiving vandalism.  Barry suggested a bus pull-off would be useful.  It was commented that it has been ill-timed as the dirt leaves a muddy mess and is inconvenient for pedestrians.  Youngsters ages 10-12 years now congregate at the bus shelter, with no outlet such as a basketball hoop to spend their energies.

Contact City Councilor and Mayor Claude Morgan for additional information.

 

PARKING ISSUES:  Conversation ensued concerning some illegal parking at the corner of Broadway and Preble Streets.  It was remarked that 60 parking spaces were lost to the new dorm.  There are college students and staff difficulties. 

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOND ISSUE:  There were many concerns about plans to renovate the South Portland High School at a cost of $56 Million.  The City Council has to make a decision whether or not to put the bond on the ballot before the voters.  Such a bond issue would greatly increase the debt currently owed by the City.  It is feared that average property taxes would increase $400-500 / year.

 

Upon a motion, seconded and passed, the meeting adjourned at 8:58 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray

 

 

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

 WILL BE HELD AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

  THURSDAY JUNE 21, 7:00 pm

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 WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2006

 

PRESIDING:  Barry Wilson, President

ATTENDANCE:  9

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:20pm

 

The meeting commenced with MeShell Jonka providing a review of plans in process for a Spring Point / SMCC Automobile Show to be held in October 2007.  The vision for the activity imagines approximately 300 vehicles in multiple categories to be displayed, so the idea of an "Art of Transportation" exposition evolved.  It is expected to be a family event held at Bug Light Park.  A meeting with Dana Anderson is scheduled for November 29 from 11:30-1:00.   Anyone interested in participating with the development team should contact MeShell Jonka at 409-0167.

 

MeShell Jonka also told the group about the launch of SoPo Time Bank Center from 2:00-4:00pm at SMCC on November 17.  This date will incorporate several scheduled activities including personal massage, recognition of members of Portland Time Bank, and a potluck meal from 3:00-4:00pm.  Again, MeShell may be contacted for more information (even if the event date is past) 409-0167.

 

With a quorum attending, we discussed the facts concerning minimal participation in WNA monthly meetings.  Recognizing that our important committees hold their own meetings and that they have ongoing activities, suggestions for fewer WNA meetings were entertained.  Barry Wilson read a suggestion from Dave Bourke (who was not in attendance) for tri-level meetings: officers, general membership, and social gatherings.  These were suggested to take place on a rotating quarterly basis.  After the President read WNA by-laws regarding our meetings, a motion for quarterly meetings to be held in 2007 was offered.  Voted upon by the members attending, the motion passed and will be implemented for the coming months, with the reservation that additional meetings will be scheduled as needed.  Therefore, meetings of Willard Neighborhood Association will be held on the third Thursday of March, June, August and November.   Members of WNA are urged to use the group message board if there are any items of general interest to be brought to everyone's attention.  Members may also access the WNA Calendar at www.WillardNeighborhood.org   to see dates of upcoming meetings and/or activities. It was asked that mention of the quarterly meetings and reference to our website be included on the membership renewal postcards expected to be mailed in the near future.  It is sincerely hoped that fewer WNA meetings will result in greater attendance by the membership.    

 

 

SMCC LIAISON:  In our SMCC Liaison Dave Bourke's absence, Sharon Newman informed the group that the minutes of the SMCC Neighborhood Advisory Group are posted on the WNA message board.  Sharon also related that concerns about planned use of the Parade Field continue.  Noise levels are one particularly worrisome issue. 

 

 

DECEMBER CAROLING:  Sally & Betty Smith will try to organize a social gathering for December 21.  It will be at the usual WNA meeting area and time, Betsy Ross House.  Refer to the Calendar or call them for specific time and details. They would greatly appreciate any assistance from interested members.  Sally or Betty Smith: 799-6560

 

NOMINATIONS:  Nominations for WNA officers had included Barry Wilson for President, Steve Gray for Vice-President, MeShell Jonka for Treasurer, and Devon Gray for Secretary.  Steve Gray additionally nominated Theresa Wiper for Treasurer, and that was duly seconded.  The slate of unopposed candidates was elected.  Ballots were passed for the election between MeShell and Theresa, with Theresa winning the vote when the ballots were counted.   We expressed appreciation for MeShell's willingness to serve as Treasurer, and he graciously commended Theresa's readiness to accept the position.

 

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded, and passed at 8:22pm.

 

Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray

 

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

 WILL BE HELD AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

  THURSDAY MARCH 15, 2007 at  7:00 pm  

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2006

  

PRESIDING:  Barry Wilson, President

ATTENDANCE:  10

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:17pm

 

With no quorum present, an informal meeting commenced at 7:03pm.  MeShell Jonka said he had attended the Open House Day at SMCC on October 14, viewing the ground-breaking ceremonies for the new dorm building and some soccer games, although he missed the banquet due to its tickets having been sold out.  He said the attendance had been good.  Barry Wilson stated he believes Bert Jewett was recognized, as he is the sole living representative of the original college faculty from sixty years ago when SMVTI was started.  (SMVTI: Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute)

Dave Bourke stated that he has posted the full report  by Maine Healthy Beaches to the Willard Neighborhood Group message board.

 

A quorum was achieved as more members of WNA arrived, and the meeting was officially called to order at 7:17pm.

 

The minutes from September were reviewed and a correction for Sally Groupp's name was noted.  A motion to accept the corrected minutes was seconded, voted on and passed.  No Treasurer's Report was provided.  WNA Treasurer, Jeanie Bourke, has received a promotion at her job and will be unable to continue her duties for WNA.  Dave will discuss the Treasurer responsibilities with her, and he and the WNA Secretary will cover those temporarily.

 

BEACH REPORT:  In her absence, President Barry Wilson read the report submitted by Theresa Wiper.

Merle Broberg was at the meeting of Beach Committee.  He told us that Doug Uraneck had suggested a possibility that the fishing shacks be replaced by a "virtual" representation like the one for the Liberty Ship at Bug Light Park.  This is imagined to help prevent unapproved use of the shacks and/or vandalism.  The topic was discussed, with Barry adding that criminal behavior and graffiti tags seem to be increasing in our vicinity. 

 

SMCC LAISON:  Dave Bourke told us that he had invited Officer Linda Barker (SPPD designated College Resource Officer at SMCC) to come to our meetings, as had been discussed by WNA during September.  She said she would have to discuss the idea with her administrative supervisors. 

Dave also said that he had suggested the College develop a system to recognize and monitor locations where students are housed in the neighborhood, in an effort to preclude riotous parties and unsuitable community activity.

 

NOMINATIONS:  Nominations were considered for WNA officers.  Barry Wilson is nominated as President once again, and Steve Gray is nominated as Vice-President.  Devon Gray is willing to continue as Secretary.  This slate was nominated and seconded.  With only recent news that Jeanie Bourke would no longer be our Treasurer, there had been little time for a search to fill that position.  MeShell Jonka offered to take on that job, whereupon Cookie Kalloch nominated him and Sally Smith seconded the nomination.  The Officers will be elected at the November meeting, when additional nominations may be accepted from the floor.  If you are interested in participating as an officer of WNA, please contact Betsy Ross 799-5604 or Devon Gray 767-2374. 

 

MHHA:  Meeting House Hill Association sent an e-mail asking cooperation for their upcoming appearance at a City Council meeting on October 25.  The message may be read at the Willard Neighborhood Group page. 

 

CANDIDATES' FORUM:  The South Portland Coalition (SoPoCo) has arranged Candidates' Forums which are being televised on Channel 2 of SPTV.  Therefore, no action has been taken by WNA in regard to hosting candidates.  Voting for the State and Local elections will occur on November 7.

 

Hearings before the SP City Council concerning the Spring Point Tavern were mentioned.  There are reports of loud noise and even belligerent struggles occurring in the vicinity.  The South Portland Police and the City Council will monitor the situation, with the Tavern's licensing in jeopardy.

 

Merle Broberg requested an update about the Foley's properties.  Dave reported the Foley's are seeking interest from individuals who they might work with for development of the properties. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:  December Caroling – with interest expressed by some members who participated in Christmas caroling last year, the event is tentatively being scheduled again this year.  Be sure to contact Barry Wilson if you want this event to be worked on.  It will probably be held December 21 in lieu of a normal WNA meeting.

 

November WNA Meeting – MeShell Jonka mentioned several projects in the works that he would like to tell the WNA about.  A Spring Point Auto Show is being considered, The SoPo Time Bank will soon be initiated, and a Driving Awareness program.  MeShell will give updates on these items at the November meeting.  

 

Merle Broberg told us a Rummage Sale will be held at First Congregational Church on Cottage Road from 9:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, October 21.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:24pm upon a motion, seconded and passed.

Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray

 

 

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

 WILL BE HELD AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

  THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16, 7:00 pm  

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

  

PRESIDING:  Barry Wilson, President

ATTENDANCE:  16

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:07pm

 

There was no guest speaker invited for this meeting.  After review, and upon a motion duly seconded and voted, the minutes from the July meeting were approved.  Jeanie Bourke offered the Treasurer's Report and it was accepted after a motion, seconded and passed.  Jeanie read a letter of appreciation from South Portland Historical Society, which was sent because of the WNA donation made in the memory of Rosella Loveitt.  Jeanie added that seven new memberships were added from the "Barbeque" social event held in August. 

 

BEACH REPORT: President Barry Wilson reminded the group that volunteers will meet on Saturday, September 23rd at the bath house on Willard Beach to help with the annual Beach cleanup.  The activity will be from 9:00am until about noon.  Gloves and bags will be provided.

 

Dave Bourke also informed the group that a meeting will be held at the Community Center for a report on Willard Beach.  He said, "It's not good," due to stormwater run-off.  The report will be presented by Maine Healthy Beaches.

 

SMCC LAISON:  Dave Bourke stated that a report on the Community Advisory Board is posted at the Willard Neighborhood message board.  He said that some abutting neighbors to the athletic field / picnic grounds are concerned about noise levels.  Also, vendors are entering the field using a Beach Street passage.  Dave referred the issues to Tiffanie Bently, who is Director of Student Life at SMCC and the contact person for the Neighborhood.  Concerning the noise levels, Jeanie Bourke and Sharon Newman will work together to discover real information and possible solutions.  Due to a dissonant bus near the fields recently, one idea suggested was that SMCC (and perhaps South Portland, in general !) post signs for "No Idling" zones.  This was affirmed for reasons of noise, in addition to environmental concerns.

 

In commemoration of the College's 60th Anniversary, an invitation to an SMCC

Open House was announced.  It will be on Saturday, October 14 from noon until 4:00pm and will include a ground-breaking ceremony for the new residence hall, several sporting events, plus an Athletic Hall of Fame banquet.  Governor Baldacci is expected.  There will also be "duck tours" available. 

 

Additional discussion concerning SMCC included the suggestion we invite the SPPD representative Officer Linda Barker to visit some WNA meetings.  Officer Barker is the designated College Resource Officer.   

 

ZONING:  Dave Bourke represented the Project Plan team and named those who have participated, including Jeanie Bourke, Jean Heath, Sally Grupp, Joan Uraneck, Merle Broberg, Wayne Ross, and Barry Wilson.  He added that Tex Haeuser, the City Planning Director, has helpfully assisted the team.  Dave read suggestions for zoning revisions from them and a lively discussion developed.  He then made a motion that we go forward with the recommendations of the Project Plan team.  The motion was seconded and carried with no further discussion.  On behalf of everyone, Linda Sanborn expressed thanks to the Project Plan team for all their hard work.

 

NOMINATIONS:  Nominations are being considered for WNA officers.  There is in particular a search for Vice President, as Dave Bourke has stated he will not continue in that position.  Officers will be elected at the November meeting and nominations may be accepted from the floor.  If you are interested in participating as an officer of WNA, please contact Betsy Ross 799-5604 or Devon Gray 767-2374. 

 

CANDIDATES' FORUM:  A presentation for South Portland candidates in the State and Local election was considered.  Dave Bourke said that Councilor Claude Morgan appears to be working on that event.  If no forum is developed by WNA October meeting, we may invite some local candidates to introduce themselves there.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  MeShell Jonka introduced his ideas about the New England Time Bank, where he said he's participated for about nine years.  MeShell expressed interest in establishing a local time bank.  He said it allows us to "use time as an exchange,"  and  he passed out pages that outline steps to start the process.

 

Upon a motion, seconded and passed, the meeting adjourned near 9:00pm.

Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray

 

 

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

 WILL BE HELD AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

  THURSDAY OCTOBER 19, 7:00 pm  

 

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August Social Event 

was held at 

Wayne & Betsy Ross's Home

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2006

 

PRESIDING:  Dave Bourke, Vice President

ATTENDANCE:  8

CALLED TO ORDER:  7:13pm

 

With no guest speaker scheduled for this meeting, Dave Bourke called the meeting to order and commenced with the business at hand.  The minutes from April, which had not been officially accepted by the membership, were reviewed and approved upon motion, seconded and passed.  There had been no meeting of WNA in May.  The unofficial minutes of the June meeting were also reviewed, but did not require a vote of approval because there had been no membership quorum at the June meeting.  The Treasurer, Jeanie Bourke, had submitted a financial update in writing, stating that one additional member had joined WNA, but there was no official Treasurer’s report for the July meeting. 

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S RAMBLINGS:  Dave Bourke commented on the activity earlier this day of the ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the new Pier at SMCC to the public.  In addition to members of the community, many officials from SMCC, the Cities of SP and Portland, and State legislators attended.  There was also a display by the Harbor Fire Boat.

Dave further told us about a project to bring a ¾ scale model of the Viet Nam War Memorial for public appreciation.  The model of the Memorial will be displayed at SMCC near the Spring Point breakwater from Friday, August 11 until August 13.  Volunteers' assistance is needed. For information, please contact Jeff Temple (SP Emergency Manager) at 799-3315 or JTemple@SouthPortland.org 

Dave also said there are plans underway for renovations to Willard Park (the space at the juncture of Cottage Road and Pillsbury Streets).  Steve Gray suggested that additional lights and trimming the shrubbery would be a good start.  The group present at the meeting agreed there’s a need to provide a nice place for well-mannered young people, yet eliminate rowdy and/or illegal behaviors.  MeShell Jonka said he'll pursue this matter.

 

A get-well card was circulated for Doug Uraneck.  Devon Gray, WNA Secretary, asked that she be contacted when members become aware of circumstances that warrant an expression of concern - for example illness, accident, or injury.  She may be reached at s1d2willard@yahoo.com or by telephone 767-2374. 

 

BEACH REPORT:  Concerning the Beach, Steve Gray said there are always things to do and that require cleanup. 

 

TREE COMMITTEE:  Dolores Broberg asked that folks visit the Dawn Redwood that has been planted near the Spring Point Breakwater, and take it a drink of water when conditions are dry.  She said that with all the rain we’ve had recently, it isn’t necessary, but it would be good as the rains diminish.  Dolores presented Steve Gray with a shirt to commemorate his part in the Tree Replacement program.  Steve may be contacted for advice on trees that could be obtained inexpensively and planted on private property.  He also said there are sometimes trees that could be removed and transplanted from private property that is scheduled for construction  Steve may be reached at 767-2374.

 

AUGUST SOCIAL EVENT:  All members of WNA are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Potluck and Social Event.  We’re also asked to invite neighbors in the Willard Neighborhood area so they have the opportunity to meet one another and join the Association.  The Get-Together will be hosted by Wayne & Betsy Ross at their home, #1 Franklin Terrace.  Please park in the Beach parking lot.  Bring a favorite dish to share; hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages will be provided.  Please telephone Linda Sanborn (799-0097) to let her know that you’ll attend, so we can have an estimate of the number of people to expect.  (RSVP 799-0097)

A motion was made to reimburse the Ross' for their expenses associated with the Get-Together.  It was seconded and passed unanimously.

 

SMCC:  A Community Advisory Board has been created by SMCC with numerous participants, including Dave Bourke representing the WNA and Jim Ortiz, President of SMCC.  The purpose of the Board is "excellent relations between the community and SMCC," to foster a cooperative habit, to inform, and to pass along questions or ideas.  Dave told us that the first meeting of this Board took place on Wednesday, July 19, and that he expects monthly meetings.  One item offered by SMCC is their plan to have full-time (24/7) campus security employing a South Portland Police officer.  This employment will be paid for by SMCC, according to Dave's report.  SMCC may post a page on their website for the Community Advisory Board – look for a "Community Link" in the future (www.SMCCME.edu).  Another item that may be considered is establishing guidelines for the use of the Parade Field.  Members in attendance at this meeting suggested the possibility of resurrecting the Spring Point Festival, and the need for graffiti on the Greenbelt Walkway to be covered / removed as soon as it is noticed.  When you have any issues or questions regarding SMCC, Dave asks to be contacted via e-mail or telephone (DaveMBourke@yahoo.com   or  799-9491)

 

TRAFFIC REPORT:  Dave Bourke informed us that a traffic study was commissioned by SMCC at the request of the SP Planning Board.  The report comprised the Broadway corridor and is applicable to more than SMCC's development plans (cf. Cacolidis developments).  The study resulted in some proposed changes to existing designated traffic patterns; no left turn allowed onto Cottage Road from westerly Broadway traffic, add other turning lanes and pedestrian crosswalks, no additional traffic lights recommended.

Steve Gray mentioned that the granite curbs along Broadway are hazardous to commercial vehicles (especially the tanker trucks) – and that the fuel transport was originally intended for rail traffic rather than trucks. 

 

WILLARD SQUARE:  The group was told by Dave Bourke that new Village Zoning is in place for Preble Street between just southerly of Willard Square to Willow Street and Day Street crossroads.  The new zoning does not apply on Pillsbury Street.  The proposed development of the Foster-Foley property on the corner of Willow and Preble Streets will fall under the new zoning and will allow increased density plus more liberal parking regulations.  However, their frontage along Willow Street must fall under Residential Zoning ordinances.  Concern was expressed about the parking problems that already exist in the area, especially during peak hours for One-Fifty-Ate Bakery. 

In addition to the zoning changes, Dave said the proposed renovations for Willard Square have been allocated funds for capital improvements, including parking, landscaping and general improvement of the appearance of the Square.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  In memoriam of the passing of Rosella Loveitt, the motion was made for a $50 contribution to SP Historical Society in her name.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. 

 

With the Summer Get-Together planned in lieu of the regular WNA meeting in August, the next meeting of WNA is scheduled for September 21.  Dave Bourke suggested sending WNA membership renewal letters early in October.  MeShell Jonka suggested an invitation to renew in the form of a postcard, which would be friendly and readily readable.  The Secretary will make an effort to that end. 

Steve Gray added that the ongoing problems with dogs on the Beach continue to plague many.  Dave mentioned that leash laws should be included when people renew their annual dog license with the City and that he has discussed that matter with the City Clerk's office. 

Upon a motion, seconded and passed, the meeting adjourned at 8:58 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray

 

 

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

 WILL BE HELD AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

  THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 7:00 pm

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY JUNE 15, 2006

 

PRESIDING:  Devon Gray, Secretary

ATTENDANCE:    8

 

Due to lack of a quorum, an informal meeting of the Willard Neighborhood Association was held for June.  President Barry Wilson and Vice-President Dave Bourke both had conflicting responsibilities, so the WNA Secretary, Devon Gray, presided.  The meeting commenced at 7:10pm with Roger Sabourin as the guest speaker.  Mr. Sabourin was the commander of the American Legion post on Broadway and is the commanding officer of the Naval Sea Cadets in South Portland.  He came to offer counsel on US Flag etiquette.  His first admonition was that citizens should salute the Flag as it passes before them.  He instructed we are to place our hand over our heart when the Flag approaches by three feet and maintain that salute until it is three feet past us.   Mr. Sabourin also stated that the blue field of stars should be to the left and up when the Flag is mounted on a wall or other surface.  Referring to political partisanship and in summation, Mr. Sabourin stated, "[The Flag] is not about who's in Office [President of the United States]; it's about the Country and should be given its due respect." 

During the question and answer period that followed his presentation, Mr. Sabourin said we may repair a slightly tattered edge of the flag and provide a clean hem for it, but badly tattered and faded flags should be given to the American Legion for ceremonial disposal during their official flag burning ritual. 

Additionally, in response to questions about the Sea Cadets, Mr. Sabourin told the group that young men and women age 11-17 or 18 years may join them to learn life skills, including CPR, First Aid, and other significant abilities. He said the achievement of the Basic Military Requirements would be equal to 4 college credits.  He also stated that rank acquired in the Sea Cadets is retained at the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and at the military academies.  For more information, visit www.USNSCCSP.org 

 

 

REPORTS:  Because there was no quorum, the normal reports were not offered. 

 

CONGENIALITY COMMITTEE:  Secretary Devon Gray requested that she be informed of any circumstances concerning members that should be brought to the attention of the WNA, for example when a member experiences an accident, illness, or hospital stay.  She may be notified via e-mail s1d2willard@yahoo.com  or by telephone 767-2374.

 

 

TREE COMMITTEE:  The tree planting to celebrate Arbor Day and act as a kick-off event for the Tree Replacement Fund did take place on May 23, as scheduled.  The specimen Dawn Redwood tree was planted at the area near the Spring Point breakwater.  The event was well-attended by City officials and was reported in the SP Sentry with a photograph and brief caption.  Photographs may be viewed by clicking on the "Photos" link when visiting the WNA Group website http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WillardNeighborhood/    

 

 

AUGUST SOCIAL EVENT:  Betsy Ross was in attendance to tell us that she and Linda Sanborn are coordinating our 2nd Annual Potluck and Get-together. It's being planned in lieu of a regular meeting of WNA on the third Thursday in August, August 17.  The Ross' have graciously offered to host the gathering at their home, as they did last year when so many enjoyed the opportunity. The planning will be discussed at our July 20 meeting.  Be sure to arrange your calendar to attend this special activity.

 

SMCC:  Dave Bourke had sent an e-mail stating SMCC is continuing to pursue zone change and approval for a dormitory to be located at the corner of Fort and Pickett streets. He reported that the matter will appear before the SP City Council at a workshop then a public meeting.  He also informed us that SMCC is establishing a community advisory board, on which he will serve in his capacity as liaison for WNA.  He encourages anyone who is interested in the matter to attend public meetings to voice their individual opinions.  Dave will also take any e-mail (davembourke@yahoo.com) or phone calls (799-9491) in this regard.  It was repeated that the WNA does not take a position on this matter because there is no clear consensus.
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Ralph Baxter, retired educator and principal of SPHS has won election to the SP City Council.  He served previously from 1994-2003, with terms as Mayor during 1996-1997 and 2002-2003. 

 

The next meeting of WNA is scheduled for July 20; we expect President Barry Wilson to preside.

 

With no further announcements or discussion, the meeting ended at 8:05 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray 

 

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THERE WAS NO MEETING OF

WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

DURING MAY 2006

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF  AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY APRIL 20, 2006

 

PRESIDING:  Dave Bourke, Vice-President

ATTENDANCE:   14

With President Barry Wilson absent, Dave Bourke presided and called the meeting to order at 7:05pm.  Jeff Temple, Emergency Planning Director for South Portland, was present to offer insight and suggestions for personal planning.  Steve Trockman is the Director of Southern Maine Regional Resource Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness ( www.SMRRC.org ) .  He also came to present relevant information for local residents.  Both men emphasized the necessity of personal preparedness for emergency situations, which include natural disasters, technical disasters (eg: travel or power interruptions), and health-related threats (eg: major flu outbreaks, bioterrorism).  A "Go Kit" of evacuation supplies was advised, in addition to maintaining a pantry of non-perishable foods and medical requirements.  Some helpful websites they suggested were

www.Ready.gov

www.CDC.gov/flu/

www.RedCross.org/preparedness/cdc_english/CDC.asp

www.PandemicFlu.gov

Mr. Temple informed the group that the different organizations involved in emergency management are performing practice exercises to assure ready responses and smooth interactions in the event of an actual emergency.  It was stated that implications for Maine from situations created by Hurricane Katrina defined the pledge among the different groups that they will talk and work together!  Nonetheless, it was reiterated and emphasized that people need to be self-reliant, able to provide for their own family's needs for a while … "we're on our own for the first 72 hours."

Mr. Temple added that in times of daily crises or need, people should dial 2-1-1 on their telephones for health or human services information.  (visit www.211Maine.org  for more details) 

REPORTS:  The minutes of the March meeting were circulated.  A motion to accept the minutes as presented was made, seconded and passed.  Treasurer Jeanie Bourke was not in attendance for this meeting, but offered a report, which was read by the Secretary.  The Treasurer's Report was accepted upon a motion, seconded and passed.   

There was brief discussion about the proposed rezoning of the Southern Maine Community College campus.  Willard Neighborhood Association purposely does not take a position about this matter, as there are divided views in the membership.  All members are encouraged to express their support or concerns at the appropriate venues. 

Earth Day will be observed on April 29 with activities to improve the Beach.  

TREE COMMITTEE:  The tree planting to celebrate Arbor Day and act as a kick-off event for the Tree Replacement Fund will take place on May 23, 8:30am.  It is planned to be held at the breakwater at Spring Point.  A specimen Dawn Redwood tree is expected to be available for planting there. 

A motion to extend the meeting was offered, seconded and passed.

Some general discussion continued regarding future speakers for WNA meetings.  It was also discussed that the Beacon Hill Project (see earlier minutes for details) will be postponed until at least next year.  Graffiti was mentioned and represented that any graffiti discovered should be reported to the SP Police and covered up as soon as reasonably practical. 

 A motion to adjourn ended the meeting at 9:06 pm

Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray  

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY MARCH 16, 2006

 

PRESIDING:  Dave Bourke, Vice-President

ATTENDANCE:   9

 

With President Barry Wilson absent, Dave Bourke presided and called the meeting to order at 7:04pm. 

 

REPORTS:  The minutes of the February Meeting were circulated, and it is suggested that minutes be distributed to the WNA membership via e-mail.  The Secretary also said minutes will be archived on the website for easy reference.  A motion to accept the February minutes as presented was made, seconded and passed.  Treasurer Jeanie Bourke was not in attendance for this meeting, but offered a report, which was read by the Secretary.  The Treasurer's Report was accepted upon a motion, seconded and passed. 

 

CONGENIALITY COMMITTEE:  President Barry Wilson is ailing and could use encouragement from members.  Vice-President Dave Bourke offered a motion to donate a gift to him, which was seconded and passed. The Treasurer will obtain a money order and get-well card to send on behalf of WNA. 

 

BEACH COMMITTEE:  Theresa Wiper said that Willard Beach would observe Earth Day on April 29 this year.  She stated the Beach cleanup would include touch-up painting (which will be postponed to May if temperatures dictate) and removal of invasive plants.  Theresa said they would wait until Autumn to stain the deck.  She also informed us that the City plans to renovate the bathrooms this Spring.  She's seeking quotes for reshingling the Fishermen's Shacks.  The City will probably replace the stairs near the end of Fishermen's Point, which had disappeared last year.  Regarding enforcing the rules about dogs on the beach, Theresa said that John Murphy had suggested asking SMCC Security to help. 

The Coastal Cleanup, which is a "counting pickup", will be held on the third Saturday in September.

Theresa will meet with the DEP, Jeff Jordan, and others on March 21 to discuss the beach entrances at Myrtle, Willard, and Beach Streets, in addition to other beach issues (wash outs, dune restoration, safety, aesthetics, etc.). 

 

TREE COMMITTEE:  from the Sentry newspaper of March 10, Dave Bourke read an article reporting on the inauguration of the Tree Replacement Fund at the SP City Council meeting on March 6.  He also distributed the brochures that are now available for the Tree Replacement Fund.  He specified that other Neighborhoods are encouraged to participate in their own areas.  The initial planting of a tree will be held on Tuesday, May 23; additional details to be announced.  

 

SMCC:  There continues to be meetings and concerns about the proposed zoning changes requested by the Community College.  President Ortiz will hold another public meeting at Howe Hall, 7:00pm March 31, 3rd Floor Conference Room. 

 

WILLARD SQUARE:  City Councilman Claude Morgan has announced a meeting will be held on Thursday, March 23, from 7:00pm–9:00pm to discuss final decisions for the changes proposed for Willard Square. 

 

BEACON HILL PROJECT:  Linda Sanborn and Merle Broberg are continuing to pursue the possibility of implementing a social network of support, as they introduced at February's meeting of WNA.  It models on one described in The AARP Bulletin December 2005. 

 

FOSTER-FOLEY PROJECT:   Lisa Foster and Mark Foley continue to pursue their development of the property on the corner of Willow and Preble Streets.  They are seeking a change to the new District Village zoning and hope to reduce parking requirements.

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS:  Linda Sanborn contacted FEMA and the American Red Cross, obtaining some copies of a Guide to Citizen Preparedness.  She had a few copies to give to attendees at the meeting, but suggested anyone who wanted one contact the American Red Cross at 874-1192 to obtain our own copies.  Linda will contact the South Portland Emergency Management official, Jeff Temple, to invite him to speak soon at a WNA meeting.

 

TRAFFIC REPORT:  Some discussion was had concerning the ongoing difficulties at the corner of Thompson and Pillsbury Streets.  Drivers often do not stop for the Stop sign on Pillsbury Street, turning quickly across the lane into Thompson Street.  Trying to turn from Thompson Street onto Pillsbury is a problem for residents, especially during the times when school children are being brought to or picked up from Small School.  Additionally, concerns were expressed about the encroachments being made on Willard Square by proposed changes and curbing. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Steve Gray asked that anyone noticing graffiti please telephone the Police to take pictures of it and prosecute the vandals.  He said that graffiti is a social problem and should continue to be battled and invalidated by the community and community leaders. 

 

The meeting ended at 8:52pm upon a motion to adjourn.

 

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

 WILL BE HELD AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

  THURSDAY APRIL 20, 2006 AT 7:00 pm

Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2006

 

PRESIDING:  Dave Bourke, Vice-President

ATTENDANCE:   10

 

In the absence of President Barry Wilson, Dave Bourke presided over the February meeting and called it to order at 7:05pm. 

 

Dave reported that on February 14 President Ortiz of SMCC held a follow-up public meeting about the Campus changes that were discussed during the WNA meeting in January.  Dave said drawings were displayed of the zone changes under consideration.  Another public meeting about this is scheduled for February 21.

 

After Dave reviewed some activities and committees that Willard Neighborhood Association has conducted, we had an inspirational session for ideas and thoughts from the group in attendance.  Membership and associate membership were discussed. 

 

Cookie Kalloch brought forward here concerns about the traffic problems in Willard Neighborhood, with speeding from Willard Square to Cottage and Preble Street mentioned in particular.  Dolores suggested that educating the students of SMCC might alleviate the problems.  Dave said he could discuss it with Don Ladd, Dean of Administration for SMCC.

 

Linda Sanborn stated there seemed to be single family homes being rented to multiple SMCC students and used like a "Frat House."  Loud and unseemly behavior is being imposed on the adjacent homeowners.  Additionally, the homes are not being maintained to the neighborhood standards.  Amid apprehension that this may be an increasing problem in the Willard Neighborhood, City Councilor Claude Morgan is addressing the situation.

 

Jeanie Bourke and Dolores Broberg suggested we revisit the Willard Neighborhood Plan.

 

Steve Gray mentioned the Pillsbury Park/Willard Square Park situation, before he introduced an issue about the Beach Street entrance to the field where events are staged.  The fencing is deteriorated and damaged, and the drivers who remove some fencing when they drive through usually do not replace it when they leave.  It was suggested a better entrance to the area should be used, another matter that may be brought to the attention of Don Ladd.

 

Both Linda Sanborn and Merle Broberg brought up an idea for a Neighborhood Support Service.  They had both been considering ideas for meeting needs of residents in the area, particularly elderly, homebound, or crisis needs.  Some thoughts were entertained about extending the boundaries of such a service area to include the Loveitt's Field & Danforth Cove areas toward Cape Elizabeth and both sides of Cottage Road.  Merle said a recent issue of AARP magazine with Beacon Hill Village in Boston had an article that would serve as a model for the idea.  Dave Bourke added that the City TRIAD provides assistance presently.  Nonetheless, it was set forth that an umbrella or coordinating service might be practical and important, "enriching the lives of area residents and helping people stay in their homes."

 

Steve Gray brought up a suggestion for a park – a Liberty Ship park, with a ship at pier.  He mentioned that the Battleship Iowa was available.

 

Linda Sanborn mentioned she had been working on information about pandemic preparedness.  She may speak with the emergency management contact in South Portland for further consideration in this regard.

 

Linda also offered the idea of an Elder Hostel in conjunction with SMCC / McKernan Center – suggesting it might make sense for families or groups to have some activities there.

 

Matti Gurney suggested a group-to-group method for the Hostel idea or other projects.  The idea would be to have an SMCC Group and a WNA Group who could communicate/work together on the ideas.

Dolores Broberg picked up on the suggestion, applying it to the Pillsbury Park situation.  Merle said they used to be called, "youth workers."  Steve Gray repeated the idea that lights should be put up to dispel the "gang" scene that appeared to prevail at the park.  Additional discussion ensued surrounding the need and means to involve young people in the community and in neighborhood activities.

 

After a brief break, the meeting continued with reports, as follows:

 

REPORTS:  Minutes of the January meeting were circulated.  Dolores requested an amendment regarding the kick-off event/tree planting information that appeared under her Tree Committee report.  The change was made and a motion to accept the minutes as amended was made.  It was seconded and passed. 

Treasurer Jeanie Bourke offered her report, including expenses paid for the insurance premium and costs of the Christmas Caroling event.  Her report was also accepted upon a motion, seconded and passed.

 

TREE COMMITTEE:  Dolores Broberg gave us a preview of the brochure that will be available for the Tree Replacement Fund.  She will be collecting checks for the kick-off event March 6 at the City Council meeting between 7:00-7:30pm.  Tuesday May 23 is planned for the Arbor Day tree planting, which will probably take place around 8:30am.

 

BEACH COMMITTEE:  meeting was postponed to February 26 from 3:00-4:30pm at Theresa Wiper's home.  Contact Theresa Wiper for details if you want to attend:  twiper@gwi.net; 767-1160

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Cookie Kalloch said the South Portland Land Trust will hold its Plant Sale on May 20.  Anyone with garden plants, books, or gardening equipment to donate please contact her at 767-0850.

 

The meeting ended at 8:35pm upon a motion to adjourn.

 

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

 WILL BE HELD AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

  THURSDAY MARCH 16, 2006 AT 7:00 pm

 

Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT McKERNAN CENTER-SMCC

THURSDAY JANUARY 19, 2006

 

PRESIDING:  Barry Wilson, President

ATTENDANCE:   19

 

Dr. James Ortiz, President of Southern Maine Community College hosted the January meeting of Willard Neighborhood Association at McKernan House on SMCC Campus.  His purpose was to familiarize the group with plans for new residential buildings and other changes on the Campus.  Pres. Ortiz informed us that a bond passed in November 2003 provided funds for repairs and improvements that have been planned for many years, since the College was under its former President Wayne Ross. 

 

The plans include roof and windows repair, science labs' equipment brought up to date, new siding for the Marine Science building in addition to new buildings for student residences.  Additional plans include moving their cafeteria / rotunda area to the center of the Campus.  The present cafeteria building would most likely be converted to traditional classrooms.  In the distant future (20 years out), the President said there could possibly be a greenhouse associated with that building.  The ship pier has developed a group construction companies who are interested in renovating it.  Pres. Ortiz said the pier will need to be one-foot higher than originally, because the water level is higher than it was in 1850, when the pier was constructed. The pier will be useful to the College, but it will also allow the potential for open classroom use of K-12 and public access for fishing.  There will be no boat storage there, he said.

 

President Ortiz' vision is for the Campus to be "as green as possible," with additional green space included.  He offered the following Principles of the Master Plan:  1) The Campus will always look like The Fort – new buildings will be constructed to bring back the look, as McKernan House has.  2) SMCC will be a good neighbor, a friendly neighbor, continuing to provide a social/cultural area for the neighborhood and encouraging the neighborhood to come onto the Campus.  And 3) It will be a Green Campus, with trees planted and green space included in planning.  The so-called "buffer zones" around the Campus will not change.  The ball fields will "never change" and the walkway around the campus will continue. 

 

Within the Maine higher education system, only SMCC offers some important programs (eg. Fire Training, Radiology) and so serves northern Maine as well as southern and central Maine.  Student residents number approximately 260, with less than half housed on-Campus.  The need is great for additional housing for students; therefore a new residential building is proposed, to be located at the corner of Fort and Pickett streets.  It is designed to look like Preble Hall and Howe Hall and will house between 300-400 students.  Pres. Ortiz stated that no-one who lives within 30 miles of the Campus is considered for housing.  Part-time students are also not eligible for housing. The timeline for construction of this building would allow for completion by January 2008.

 

There was some general discussion with Pres. Ortiz about parking issues, pollution issues, bus ridership, and use of shuttle service, in addition to just where the residential building was to be located.

 

SMCC presently has zoning issues, with two areas of residential zoning and one area zoned industrial/residential.  The President would like to have a separate Campus zoning (educational zoning) for the entire area.  SMCC plans dictate that all future construction be within the boundaries of the existing Campus, rather than off-site as in the past. 

 

While maintaining a dialog with neighborhood representatives, including representatives of the Ferry Village Neighborhood, Pres. Ortiz said there will be additional open, public meetings about these considerations in the future. 

 

The Business portion of the Meeting commenced at 8:30pm.

 

REPORTS:  The minutes of the November meeting were accepted upon a motion, which was seconded and passed. 

Treasurer Jeanie Bourke offered her report, which was accepted upon the motion, seconded and passed.

 

PRESIDENT'S RAMBLINGS:  President Barry Wilson read an e-mail from Lisa Foster providing updates on their continued efforts to develop their property on the corner of Preble and Willow Streets, plus rezoning ideas.   Barry also read Theresa Wiper's Beach Report.

 

TREE COMMITTEE:  Delores Broberg said work continues on a draft for a brochure, which will be printed at the City's expense.  She said Dana Anderson suggested the Rotary or some other neighborhood associations might want copies for their membership.  A date for a "kick off event" is set for around Arbor Day, the third week in May, perhaps on Tuesday or Wednesday.  A tree planting will be central to the event.

 

MEMBERSHIP:  Dave Bourke said renewal notices will be sent out.  Any volunteers should contact Linda Sanborn to help with the hands-on work.  She may be reached at 799-0097 or Linda_Sanborn@hotmail.com

 

SMCC:  Dave Bourke agreed to act as liaison to SMCC when Barry asked for a volunteer.

 

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and passed. The meeting ended at 9:07pm.                             

Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray  

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NO MEETING DECEMBER 2005

CAROLING SOCIAL WAS HELD 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETING AT BETSY ROSS HOUSE

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2005

 

PRESIDING:  Barry Wilson, President

ATTENDANCE:  38

 

The Meeting began with a public forum providing an opportunity for Lisa Foster to present some ideas on developing her property, which is located at the corner of  Preble and Willow Streets  (see November 20, 2004 Minutes for background information on this subject).  SP City Planning Director Tex Haeuser had sent notices to neighborhood residents advising them of this meeting, and it was unusually well-attended.  Tex advised the group that Lisa and her husband are trying to come up with a plan that will work for the neighborhood.  Mrs. Foster exhibited several architectural drawings with options for residential or mixed-use residential/commercial buildings. She reiterated her fondness for the trees that grace the property and her desire to preserve them.  Interested discussion developed concerning the community, parking issues, and practicalities. After all the optimistic planning, decisions will ultimately be determined by practical and economic viability.  Lisa requests neighborhood support when she finally pursues the planning process in front of any Planning Boards or the City Council. A group of neighbors agreed to be involved as the planning continues.  Contact Linda Sanborn for information about that: 799-0097 or Linda_Sanborn@hotmail.com.   Concluding, almost everyone at the meeting expressed great appreciation for the Fosters' efforts and for their consideration of the residents' opinions.

 

The Business portion of the Meeting commenced at 8:40pm.

 

REPORTS:  The minutes of the October meeting were accepted upon a motion, which was seconded and passed.  Interim Treasurer Delores Broberg presented a Treasurer's Report.  That too was accepted upon a motion, seconded and passed.

 

ELECTION:  Nominations for WNA officers were offered with Jeanie Bourke as Treasurer, Devon Gray as Secretary, David Bourke as Vice-President, and Barry Wilson as President.  Additional nominations were requested, and with none offered a motion was made the nominations be closed.  That motion was seconded and passed.  It was then moved the slate be voted in by acclaim, which motion was also seconded and passed.

 

PRESIDENT'S RAMBLINGS:  Willard School Park -- President Barry Wilson informed the ggroup that neighbors along Pillsbury and Davis streets were meeting to discuss concerns about youngsters congregating at the small park located in their area.  Although this has been a gathering place for years, some people are expressing complaints that there is strong intimidation, with sometimes as many as 80 young people on the scene.  Discussion of the subject produced suggestions including possible CBD funds to rebuild and beautify the park, installing surveillance cameras, co-opting the young people to include them in improving the park thus providing some ownership of it. 

SMCC – President Ortiz is planning to build another dorm on the Campus.  There will be an informational meeting (and refreshments) with representatives from the neighborhoods to discuss his plans.  He proposed two dates for the meeting, December 1 and December 6.  Those present preferred the December 1 date, and President Barry will discuss that with President Ortiz. Barry will send out a notice via e-mail when the date and time are agreed upon.  It was mentioned that traffic on Broadway should considered in these plans. 

 

 

TREE COMMITTEE:  Delores Broberg reported that she and Steve Gray had met with Dana Anderson for further discussion of the Tree Replacement Fund.  Their conversation settled that since formal advisory committees are difficult to maintain, WNA should be an informal advisory committee to the Fund.  She offered a motion that WNA act as informal advisory committee to the Tree Fund and we may ask others interested in trees to join in.  The motion was seconded and passed.  An inauguration event of the Tree Replacement Fund will be planned.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP:  Linda Sanborn suggested caroling and refreshments in lieu of our December meeting.  Therefore a program will be provided for December 15 from 7:00 to 8:30pm at our regular meeting place, the community area of Betsy Ross House. Linda may be contacted at:   799-0097 or Linda_Sanborn@hotmail.com.  Linda particularly would like to encourage young families to attend and to become members of WNA.

 

 

BEACH COMMITTEE:  Concern was expressed that the Beach Cleanup Day had been postponed with no follow-up.  But Steve Gray said that Beach maintenance is an ongoing process and he continues to clear any large items that wash in.  He went on to say the parking lot at SMCC, particularly near the McKernan Building, appears to be a source for oil and pollution run-off.  Steve suggested any new parking lot have a catch basin for polluted water and/or oil. 

Steve additionally stated that graffiti is an ongoing problem and perhaps a reward may be offered for arrest / conviction of violators.  Steve asked people to telephone him when graffiti is seen:  767-2374.

President Barry Wilson commented that the bathrooms are being restored in the public beach house. 

 

A motion to adjourn was made.  Seconded and passed, the meeting ended at 9:10pm. 

   

Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray

 

                              

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