SRHA General Meeting Minutes - July, 29 2015

President Ani Ruiz Chang called the meeting to order at 7:34pm and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Special guests welcomed: New attendees, Vice-Mayor Freddy Fisikelli, Emily McCord, and CAHOA President, Bob Hartman.

Approval of Minutes of May 2015 General Meeting: no quorum, unable to approve.

Davie Police Department update: by Officer D. Graziadei

  • No major crime activity reported since last meeting

  • Reminded everyone to continue to be vigilant because nearby neighborhoods have experienced car and home burglaries;

  • Year to date: 1299 traffic citations written town wide, 397 incidents reported.

  • Residents reported mail being stolen from mailboxes in Country Estates and Mustang Trail in SR. Officer was not aware but will check and report back next month.

  • Reminder to be on the lookout for credit card skimming devices on gas station pumps.

Update on Town Events & Projects: by Councilman Gary Jablonski:

  • As requested, provided copies of the full TISDOR repaving project from 2016-2035;

Update on Park and Ride off of I-75 and Griffin: by Vice Mayor Fisikelli:

  • July 9th MPO meeting resulted in this project not likely included in the long-term I-75 plan. Efforts by Councilman Doug McKay resulting in this victory were recognized.

President’s Report: by Ani Ruiz Chang

  • Waggler increased from 16 to 20 pages: new features, new ads, spaced out and easier to read. Encouraged all members to be advocates in promoting the Waggler and seeking new advertisers and content.

  • Continuing to work on Adopt a Corner initiative, Safety Grant application, and upcoming community events. Volunteers needed for Beautification & Hospitality Committees.

  • Thanks to Chris Brownslow for new SRHA meeting signs. Volunteers needed for monthly placement and removal.

Treasurer’s Report: by Dennis Hugdahl.

  • Current bank balance $1,549.02

  • Checks to be deposited $0.00

Committee Reports:

Waggler: Saied and Ellen were unable to attend this month’s meeting, but reported: $1,200 in checks for advertising and 12 checks from membership fees; New classified ad section - $10 for non-members, free to members, so encourage interested people to become members. (Clarification to statement made by Ani at meeting: “Residents or non-residents could be members.” - This is accurate, but according to the SRHA bylaws, members have to be property owners.)

Membership (Judi Parker): Current membership 303 – 12 new applications received during July – better than usual for this time of year. 47 away from goal of 350.

Sunshine (Rachel Greene): Reported Susan Winn’s sister’s passing. Susan served as past SRHA President. Also related story of resident calling her (through Waggler) for assistance with baby geese stuck in an un-occupied neighbor’s yard. Rachel and Bill Green were able to help with release of trapped animals which were extremely dehydrated. Rachel also proudly reported that her nephew, Vinton Blount is advancing on TV program “America’s Got Talent”!

Drainage (Vince Falletta): Thanked Councilman Doug McKay for motion to increase the membership of the Drainage Advisory Committee from 7 to 9 members. The contract for the improvements to the Mustang and Hancock drainage project is pending approval by Town. Also, Central Broward Drainage District has had to remove truckloads of garbage from our canals for years. He reminded residents not to use the canals as a waste disposal area and to be on the lookout for people that do.

Hospitality (Rosina Marrapodi): Asked for feedback on what snacks/drinks members most like to have at our monthly meetings so that she can accommodate them.

Guest Speaker: Emily McCord – Town Grant Writer

  • Will be requesting approval from Town Council for $50K grant submittal to the State for the development of a passive ball field at the Country Estates Park on 190th and Griffin Rd. This will not require a match from the town. Also reported that the Town is seeking bids for the installation of guardrails along portions of Stirling Rd. in SR. Confirmed that contract for drainage project on Hancock and Mustang has been awarded by the Town.

Unfinished Business:

  • Meeting Reminder Signs: Thanks to Chris Brownslow for getting new signs made. Bob Parker made a motion for $100 donation as appreciation for Chris’ school Art program (for work on new signs). No quorum was present for motion’s approval. Ani will check into ways to secure a donation for the group.

  • Neighborhood Safety Grant: Application will be submitted for installation of rumble strips before STOP signs on Mustang and Luray Roads as a traffic calming solution.

  • Adopt a Corner initiative: Plan is to beautify the surrounding area of all SR existing signs. Looking for donations of plants and/or maintenance. An informational hand-out will be provided for use when approaching businesses/nurseries/residents for contributions.

New Business:

  • Guest Speakers: Please submit ideas for guest speakers for future meetings.

  • Historical Materials: Historical Society is working on display of historical material at Town Hall. Residents are encouraged to donate memorabilia to add to the display. Contact Juanita Romance at Town Hall for information/donations. Special thanks to Vince Falleta and Ruth Wolff for their efforts, additional volunteers would be welcomed to help sort & tag items.

  • Road Signs: Preparation of comprehensive plan of all road signs that are needed within SR (STOP signs, horse signs etc.) as well as to remove any damaged metal stakes that previously had signs attached. Town Councilman Doug McKay agreed to provide large area map to Ani to facilitate this.

Open Discussion:

  • A resident reported that a cover is missing from a fire hydrant on Mustang trail;

  • A resident asked if out of town guests can come to our meetings - Ani confirmed;

  • Aster Knight (AKF) reminded members about the Classic Car show fundraiser scheduled for November 14th at the Rolling Oaks Park. Funds will be used to supplement any grants received from the State for the addition of the passive ball field at Rolling Oaks Park.

  • Call to Action: Ani encouraged the members to do one of the following:

  • Volunteer on the SRHA Beautification or Event Committees;

  • Try to secure a new advertiser for the Waggler;

  • Invite someone to next month’s meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.

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