Suburban Acres Civic League
Minutes for General Meeting Held on: April 8, 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
- Officer Old read a crime alert from the Department regarding a string of burglaries in vacant houses throughout Norfolk. Most occured during overnight hours with a variety of methods of entry.
- Neighbors and members are encouraged to keep an eye on houses for sale and report suspicious activity directly to the Norfolk PD.
- There have been a rash of car break-ins on Kenmore. Norfolk PD is still investigating
- Local precinct for Norfolk PD is behind WalMart on Tidewater. This is one of the reasons neighbors may see patrol cars using Thole as a through street more often.
Welcome to Special Guests:
Nate Kinnison - Larchmont Civic League President
Dan Tubbs - Principal, Norfolk Christian School
Ted Drake - Representative for Robert Bloxom
Special Guest Speaker - Courtney Doyle, Norfolk City Council
City Council member, Courtney Doyle, ran the members through her thoughts and plans in a variety of areas. She began by giving a shout out to Norfolk PD and her recent experience doing a ride-along.
Other topics discussed:
- Renovation and refurbishment of the Granby Street Bridge
- $6.9 million federally funded project
- Project is getting rescoped for late summer/early fall
- There will always be one lane open and always one sidewalk open. Bike lanes will be closed.
- Countdown pedestrian signals will be installed at the intersection of Granby and Delaware in our community.
- Ms. Doyle indicated that there may be an interested buyer for the old theatre in the Riverview area.
- The storm drain issues near 7530 Yorktown is related to grading issues around the railroad tracks. Ms. Doyle will interface with Norfolk Southern to brainstorm fixes for the issue.
- Ms. Doyle presented two potential locations for the dynamic speed sign in our area on Thole St. The civic league will request input from members and neighbors on the best option.
- School budget notes:
- City is implementing a school funding formula
- 3rd year of pay and compensation study funded
- 3% increase in teacher pay
- City is looking into realigning buildings for maximum utilization.
- City will continue to fund school buses with +15 million in maintenance capital
- City manages arrangements with telecommunications vendors on the right of ways, but does not dictate which providers will be used. 5G is definitely an interest to the City Council.
- Ms Doyle discussed the lack of Verizon FIOS in the City. She noted that Verizon has been less than truthful to request from users seeking FIOS in the City. She planned a follow up with Freda Berns who is the City representative for internet services in Norfolk. Courtney noted that the City has sought the FIOS services, is open to the contract and contrary to rumor Verizon is welcome to bring FIOS to Norfolk, but fails to offer the service.
- Bike lane meetings are on hold until funding issues sorted out
- Check out the Lafayette Park Paint the Park event, May 3rd. Artists will paint trash cans in the park to see if people are more willing to put trash in a painted can.
- St. Pauls project is moving forward. City of Norfolk is trying to get a grant for the Choice Neighborhood Initiative. 4 cities still being considered. Last year’s grants were 8 weeks delayed so Norfolk is still in the mix.
- Neighbors inquired about changes in recycling and recyclables drop offs at new locations.
- Norfolk will continue with recycling services for next year at a cost of $2 extra to citizens through their water bill.
- Sea level rise resiliency
- Greenie’s location plans.
Membership: 3 new neighbors, 39 total memberships, 64 total voting members.
Wards Corner Task Force:
Karen Mayne distributed a synopsis of the recently published Wards Corner Draft Plan and Vision put out by the city. Synopsis will be published on SACL website. The SACL Board plans on submitting a letter to the city to get our position on the record. The draft plan will be open for discussion at the next SACL general meeting in May.
- Next board meeting is may 13. Guest speaker will be from Eggleston Garden Center with a special appearance from Robert Bloxom
- Wards Corner Business Association meeting Wednesday, April 10 at Guad’s.
- Honda of Norfolk helps neighbors dispose of Electronics including all Computer Electronics recyclables.
- Still need committee volunteers for various committees including 4th of July parade.
- Still need volunteers to provide refreshments for general meetings from July to the end of the year.
- Norfolk Bike Month is in May.
A motion to approve the minutes from the March General meeting passed unanimously..
Old Business: None
New Business None
MEETING ADJOURNED, 7:45 pm