Suburban Acres Civic League
Minutes for General Meeting Held on: May 13, 2019
Prepared by: Peter Beznoska
Meeting called to order by Louis Gabriel, President, at 6:30 PM, followed by Pledge of Allegiance.
Community Resource Officer Report: Given by Officer William Old, Norfolk PD
- Reports of shoplifting and concealments at HT
- Larceny from auto on the 200 block of Granby Park. $200 in cash and IDs stolen mid-day
- Officer Old noted that there is a trend of decreasing larcenies from autos in our neighborhood.
- Neighbor concerns raised included accident in front of Sue Lane near Norfolk Christian, speeding on Virginian and Suburban parkway, and concerns about articles in the Pilot regarding the individual whose body was found in Lafayette River in Talbot Park
Special Guest Speaker - Delegate Rob Bloxom, State Delegate for District 100
Delegate Bloxom spoke to the membership for 15-20 minutes and covered the following topics:
- Statewide Tax Compromise
- At-risk students
- Committee process
- Delegate Bloxom relies on the judgments of the committees on various bills to guide his voting and says he has to do this because it’s impossible to be an expert on all the bills that come out since they are part-time legislators.
- Delegate Bloxom described the Virginia process as a panel of 4 Republicans and 4 Democrats charged with putting together a redistricting plan. The panel gets two shots at coming up with an approved plan before it goes to the Virginia Supreme Court
- Delegate Bloxom has no doubt that gambling is coming.
- Likely areas for gambling include near the TN border, Petersburg area, and the Norfolk/Peninsula area.
- Delegate Bloxom stressed that the Amazon deal in suburban Washington is incentive based. Amazon has to bring the jobs to get the tax cuts.
- Payday Lenders
- Dominion Energy
- Sea-level rise and public funding
Main Guest Speaker - Denise Gruccio - Master Gardener & Retail Ops Manager, Eggleston Garden Center
- Ms. Gruccio presented a variety of plants that neighbors can utilize in various environments around their properties. She brought in 3 wagons full of real plans to illustrate to members the types of native plants that do well in three categories: shade, wet, and sun-loving.
- Ms. Gruccio stressed the importance of many of these plants in improving flooding and runoff in the area as well as overall shoreline restoration.
- She highlighted the area around Eggleston in Riverview as great examples of how plants can aid shoreline restoration.
- She reminded members of the Urban Farm on the corner of Granby and Church Streets and the volunteering opportunities there.
Membership: No new members
Neighborhood Watch: No Updates
Wards Corner Task Force: Fire station at end of Thole Street will be rebuilt and renovated over the next few years. The project is still in design phase and the civic league will reach out to the Fire Chief to see if an update can be provided at future meetings.
March 2019 Meeting Minutes - The minutes of the general meeting on March 11, 2019 were approved unanimously.
Location of Thole Street Speed Sign - The members passed a motion to approve the 536/544 Thole Street location for the westbound speed sign. There were 2 dissenting votes and reasons included a lack of overall need for such a sign and the negative impacts to nearby houses (ie. blinking at night)
- Thank you to Joan & Wes Wilson for providing the pizzas for the meeting
- Still need volunteers to provide refreshments for future meetings
- 4th of July Parade coming up. Still need committee volunteers.
- Greek fest - it is suggested that neighbors in the area walk to Greek Fest to avoid parking issues
- May 18th - Adopt-a-spot clean up, 9AM Saturday, May 18th.
- Yard of the Month will be coming back, but Flora is not our of rehabilitation yet.
- June 15th - Eggleston 5k run @ Virginia Wesleyan
- Towne Bank has agreed to partner with and support the SACL. More to come on details and specific initiatives.
Old Business: None
New Business None
MEETING ADJOURNED, 7:40 pm