East Torresdale Civic Association




ETCA - September 10, 2018


The General Meeting of the ETCA for September 10, 2018 was called to order by Vice President Bill Kennedy followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance”.  Vice President Kennedy announced that President Halas would not be attending the meeting and is absent and excused.

Vice President Kennedy introduced Police Officer Patricia Rosati from the 8th Police District.  

Officer Rosati announced she is filling in for the community officer at this time.  Officer Rosati spoke about criminal activity in the area especially the theft of items from cars. She advised residents to keep their car doors locked and remove valuables from their vehicles.  She addressed concerns centering around the park and the locking of the gates. She recommended members to call 911 if you have a complaint. Complaints can be announced for three days at roll call.  She will take any complaints or requests to the Captain of the 8th District. The Captain and Officer Rosati are also available at the Captain’s meeting held on the last Thursday of every month. She also discussed town watches, town watch training and how to form a town watch if interested.

Vice –President Kennedy announced that Stewart Graham from Councilman’s Oh’s office is in attendance.

Reading of the previous minutes – Linda Hogan, secretary read the previous meeting minutes of August 13th 2018.  A motion was made to accept the minutes as read by Vice President Kennedy and seconded by Joe Drioli .  The minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.

Treasurer’s Report – Justine Bolkus  - No report absent and excused

Legislative - Frank Bell - absent and excused – no report

By-Laws – Ed Rice – no report.- will be late

Health and Welfare – Adge Martin,  Adge provided information on upcoming community events including October 9th is the deadline for Absentee Ballots.  Other events include Community Fishing days at Pleasant Hill Park, a Doo Wop Festival FOP fund raiser,  Aids for Friends Carnival, Recycling at Lincoln HS, Holy Family workshops, Fire alarms for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, and a Meet the Candidate’s Night at Delaire Landing Recreation Center.

Membership and Publicity – Pat Weir – absent and excused

Parks and Recreation – Sophia Pryszlak from the Friends of Pleasant Hill Park spoke about the  Deptartment of Agriculture issued alert for the Spotted Lanternfly. Handouts were provided. Anyone interested in starting a walking group please see the provided flyer for information.

Streets – Mark Morrison – no report yet on the truck signs. V.P. Kennedy said he has been unsuccessful in contacting someone in regards to the truck signs.

Zoning – President Halas and Vice-President Kennedy – ETCA will file an appeal for Maggie’s zoning decision at 9242 Delaware Avenue. Next month there will be a zoning presentation for 4503 Arendell Ave.  A discussion took place about current status of the new twinkle construction on Linden Avenue. V.P. Kennedy is going to contact Commission Perry.

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – 50-50 to be collected at the break.

Glen Foerd – Bernadette Lindell gave a report on upcoming Glen Foerd events including Tai Chi, a book club and leather workshop.  Check the website for further details

Old Business – none

Break

5050 – Joe Carson announced the total collected is $24.00. The winner, Mr. Iochum received $12.00.

Maggies – Kevin Goodchild – no report

New Business

A complaint was made about a shipping container in the rear of the property located on the 4000 block of  Pearson Street behind 9345 and 9343 Frankford Avenue. Vice President will follow up with Licenses and Inspections.

A motion was made to adjourn by Mark Morrison and seconded by Joe Carson , passed by unanimous consent.  The meeting adjourned at 7:50 P.M





ETCA - August 13, 2018

The General Meeting of the ETCA for August 13, 2018 was called to order by President Lew
Halas followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”.
President Halas had a few announcements. Meg Walton and Bernadette Liddell would not be
attending the meeting to give a Glen Foerd update. Stewart Graham from Councilman’s Oh’s
office is in attendance. There is no speaker scheduled for the meeting. There is a zoning
presentation for 9411 Frankford Avenue regarding lot size width and side yard requirements.
For the side yards 10 feet is required but 8 feet is proposed. The width is required to be 50 feet
but 37.5 is proposed.
Tom Ricci was introduced by President Halas for a presentation for the construction of two
single family houses at 9411 Frankford Avenue. Mr. Ricci bought property last year before the
zoning changed from RSA3 to RSD 3. The new zoning changed the lot sizes requirements. Mr.
Ricci spoke about the lot sizes requirements, dimensions of the planned home and answered
questions in regards to the new construction and other possible concerns.
Mark Morrison made a motion to accept the proposal, seconded by Mike Thompson. All in
favor is 15, opposed is 9 and one abstention. A motion to support the proposal carries. The
zoning hearing is August 29, 2018.
Reading of the previous minutes – Linda Hogan, secretary read the previous meeting minutes
of July 9, 2018. A motion was made to accept the minutes as read by Al Babnew and seconded
by Pat Weir. The minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.
Treasurer’s Report – Justine Bolkus – A motion was made to accept the treasurer’s report as
read by Mark Morrison and seconded by Tom Honeyford. The treasurer’s report was accepted
by unanimous consent. President Halas discussed the upcoming cost of insurance coverage for
ETCA.
Legislative - Frank Bell - absent and excused – no report
By-Laws – Ed Rice – no report.
Health and Welfare – Adge Martin, absent and excused, no report
Membership and Publicity – Pat Weir – cards went out and see her at break or after the
meeting for membership payments and questions.
Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew announced Parks on Tap will start on Wednesday,
September 5 th , through Sunday. Al discussed a recent park clean and other upcoming events and
activities.                                                                                                                                                                          Streets – Mark Morrison – no report. An attendee inquired about the request for no parking signs
on the 9300 block of Germania Street. Mark will call again but he did speak to the person in
charge of this area.
Zoning – President Halas and Vice-President Kennedy – no report. President Halas announced
that as an RCO, ETCA is entitled to and is in the process of acquiring a copy of the transcript for
the zoning decisions at 9242 Delaware Avenue. ETCA is filing an appeal regarding the zoning
decisions for 9242 Delaware Avenue.
Fund Raising – Joe Carson – absent – no report
Break – no break
Old Business – none
New Business
Mike Thompson requested signage in the area between Arendell and Linden for no trucks except
local deliveries. In addition, President Halas suggested signage for every cross street as well. A
member remarked that the signs should be enforced. Mark Morrison will contact the Streets
department.
Vice President Kennedy said ETCA received a note about an unlicensed neon blinking sign, a
food hot dog cart, and unlicensed outdoor seating at Dagwood’s on 9200 Torresdale Avenue.
Vice President Kennedy will contact L&I in regards to this complaint.
Maggies – Kevin Goodchild – no report
A motion was made to adjourn by Vice President Kennedy and seconded by Al Babnew, passed
by unanimous consent.  The meeting adjourned at 7:50 PM.

 

ETCA - June 11, 2018 

The General Meeting of the ETCA for June 11, 2018 was called to order by President Lew Halas
followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”.
President Halas announced that Stewart from Councilman’s Oh’s office was in attendance and
Ryan and Cortney from Councilman Henon’s office .
President Halas announced that Meg Sharp Walton would not be present at the meeting but
would attend July’s meeting to give an update on the dock plans at Glen Foerd.
A motion was made by Vice President Kennedy to dispense of the normal business of the
meeting due to several presentations. Motion was seconded by Pat Weir. The motion was passed
by unanimous consent.
Vice President Kennedy introduced Bernadette Liddell representing Glen Foerd providing an
update on upcoming activities including free concerts at Glen Foerd.
Vice President Kennedy introduced Courtney Voss, Councilman Henon’s Chief of Staff to
present proposed zoning changes affecting two areas within the East Torresdale Civic
Association area. First is a proposal to change the zoning for the park to park area from the
current industrial zoning.
The second remapping proposal is for the Morrissey property to be rezoned from residential to
ICMX and CA-2. Plans to build a WaWa at the corner of Frankford and Academy is one of the
areas proposed to have the zoning changed. The rest of the property is proposed to be change in
accordance with its current use. Ms. Voss said that Morrissey has no plans to go anywhere and
the zoning change would match what Morrissey is currently doing on the property. A discussion
took place about the concerns of the neighborhood if the area is remapped. Michael Cooley from
the Provco Group gave a presentation on the proposed WaWa. Mr. Cooley spoke about the plan
to close the current WaWa at Frankford and Linden and the additional features of the new
proposed WaWa.
A motion was made and seconded from the floor against the remapping of the Morrissey
property. Vice President Kennedy stated that the vote is a consensus of the meeting, not the
consensus of ETCA. Votes counted were 37 against the remapping, 6 for proposed remapping
and one abstention.
Vice President Kennedy introduced Tom Ricci contractor and owner of 9306-08 Van Dyke
Street. The zoning refusal is for the proposed building of two singles houses on the property.
Mr. Ricci discussed the zoning refusal in regards to the previous zoning requirements and the
current zoning requirements. The new zoning permits only one single house to be built. The
proposal does not meet the side yard requirements as well as other set back and area requirements according to the new re-zoning. A motion was made by Sophia Pryszlak to oppose the proposal, and was seconded from the floor. Members opposed 33, members for the proposal 9, and one abstention. A vote was taken for non-members to oppose to the proposal 5, non- members for the support of proposal 2.
Vice President Kennedy introduced Shawn Ward attorney representing Maggie’s Waterfront
Café for a presentation regarding several zoning variances. Mr. Ward explained the plan and the
refusals for 9242 N. Delaware Avenue and the lot on 5216 Arendell Avenue. The zoning
proposal is for a one story walk in box, 2 story rear addition, , legalize a shed, a permit for
outdoor seating and an employee parking lot which is for the 5216 Arendell Avenue property.
Frank Bell read an opinion letter from Mester and Schwartz, P.C. regarding the zoning variance
granted to Maggie’s Waterfront Café on August 20, 2014. Mr. Bell requested the letter to be
included in the minutes of the meeting. (see attached).
A vote on paper ballot was taken for ETCA members to include both applications as one vote.
The vote was 31 opposed the proposals, 12 votes to support the proposals, no abstentions. Vice
President Kennedy called for a vote by non-members. The vote for non- members is 1 opposed, 8
to support, no abstentions.

Vice President Kennedy made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Pat Weir. The meeting was
adjourned by unanimous consent at 9:10 P.M.


ETCA - May 14, 2018

 

The General Meeting of the ETCA for May 14, 2018 was called to order by President Lew Halas followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”.  

President Halas announced that Stewart from Councilman’s Oh’s office was in attendance.

President Halas received an email from Shawn Ward today and he is still hoping to get a Community Benefits Agreement and requested wait till next meeting.

President Halas introduced John Graff to give a presentation for the expansion of Originals at 9456 State Road.  Mr. Graff explained  his intended expansion of the property including an outside dining area in the rear of  the property, additional  banquet room area and other renovations  Seating outside is for breakfast, lunch, and  dinner.  President Halas announced that the property is currently zoned limited industrial and a variance is required since it is not zoned commercial.  Mr. Graff answered questions in regards to the outside area seating and hours of operation.   A motion was made to support the variance for 9456 State Road by Mark Morrison and seconded by Pat Weir.  A vote of the members was taken and the results were 36 to support, 0 opposed, 0 abstention. President Halas asked if there were any non- members who opposed this zoning variance and no one opposed. 

Reading of the previous minutes – Linda Hogan, secretary read the previous meeting minutes of April 9, 2018.  A motion was made to accept the minutes as read by Bill Kennedy and seconded by Adge Martin.  The minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.

Vice President Kennedy made a comment about RCO’s and the voting process.

Treasurer’s Report  - Justine Bolkus -  absent  – no report.

Legislative – Frank Bell -  – no report

By- Laws – Ed Rice – no report

Education and Welfare - Adge Martin, - Information on various events presented by Adge Martin.  Information is on the front table

Publicity and  Membership – Pat Weir – Mailings went out.  See Pat if you want to pay dues or sign up.  Pat explained  the expiration date for membership on the cards.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew -  present – no report.  Sophia from the Friends of Pleasant Hill Park gave an update on the park clean up and other issues including the locking of the gates at the park.

Streets, - Mark Morrison – no report –  No report on Streets. Mark gave a report on a city budget meeting he attended.

Zoning – Bill Kennedy and Lew Halas –  Next month there will be a presentation for  9306 Van Dyke Street.  ETCA received a notice for a proposal to rezone the area near Frankford Avenue and Academy Road (Morrissey property).    A presentation regarding the proposed rezoning will be next month.   President Halas asked Kevin Goodchild if Maggie’s vote will be next month and he said he thought there was going to be a special meeting.  President Halas received an email from Shawn Ward and said that Mr. Ward was going to try and get the zoning date pushed back.  Kevin said that he was not aware of any of that.  A discussion took place between Kevin Goodchild and President Halas about Maggie’s and a special meeting and possible community benefits agreement. President Halas explained the requirements for a special meeting according to the by-laws.  President Halas asked Kevin Goodchild what parts of Maggie’s presentation were going to be voted on.   Mr. Goodchild explained what parts of the presentation were to be voted upon. 

Glen Foerd – Bernadette Liddell  and Meg Walton Sharp– absent – no report – President Halas announced that they will be giving a report on the dock at next month’s meeting.

Fund Raising – Joe Carson-  no report.  There will be a 50-50 at the break.

Break

The 50-50 totaled $46.00 – the winner was Doris Bell $23.00.

Old Business –  A question was raised about the Grant Avenue and State Road area.  Vice President Kennedy said he has no recent information.  An update on the construction on Primrose Lane was given by a near neighbor.

New Business – none

There will be a presentation for the remapping and rezoning of the area around Frankford Avenue and Academy Road and most likely Maggie’s will be back at the next meeting June 11, 2018. 

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Vice President Kennedy. The motion was seconded by Mark Morrison.  Motion was passed by unanimous consent.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 P.M. by unanimous consent.


ETCA - April 9, 2018

The General Meeting of the ETCA for April 9, 2018 was called to order by President Lew Halas
followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”.
President Halas announced that there would be a presentation for Maggies Waterfront Café and a
guest speaker, City Commissioner, Lisa Deeley.
Reading of the previous minutes – Linda Hogan, secretary read the previous meeting minutes
of March 12, 2018. A motion was made to accept the minutes as read by Bill Kennedy and
seconded by Adge Martin. The minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.
President Halas introduced guest speaker, City Commissioner Lisa Deeley. The Commissioner
reminded everyone that the Primary election is on May 15 th and to come out and vote. She
brought voter registration forms for anyone who needs to register. The deadline to register is in a
week.
President Halas also announced that Stewart from Councilman Oh’s office is in attendance.
Treasurer’s Report - Justine Bolkus - running late – no report.
Legislative – Frank Bell - absent and excused – no report
By- Laws – Ed Rice – no report
Education and Welfare - Adge Martin, - – Information on senior programs are on the front
table. There will be a Meet the Candiate’s night on Thursday, April 19th from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30
P.M . at Delaire Landing. The Boy Scouts at are having a flea market at All Saints Church on
Frankford Avenue. Check the NE Times for details.
Publicity and Membership – Pat Weir – Mailings went out. See Pat if you want to pay dues or
sign up.
Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew - present – no report. Sophia from the Friends of Pleasant
Hill Park announced various upcoming events at Pleasant Hill Park. Visit the website
http://friendsofpleasanthillpark.org for further information. Meetings are held at the parks
building every fourth Thursday of the month at 7 P.M. Dues are $7.00 per person or $10.00 per
family.
Streets, - Mark Morrison – no report – There was an inquiry about no parking signs on
Germania Street. Mark will investigate and look into the parking code.
Zoning – Bill Kennedy and Lew Halas – There will be a presentation next month for 9456
State Road.

Glen Foerd – Bernadette Liddell announced that volunteers are needed for an upcoming park
clean up on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. till 1.P.M. There will 2 upcoming herbal workshops and
a lecture at HFU on April 26th. . Community Garden will he started again.
Fund Raising – Joe Carson- no report. There will be a 50-50 at the break.
Break
Old Business – none
New Business - none
Maggies’ Presentation –President Halas announced that Shawn Ward is running late and that Kevin
Goodchild will start the Maggie’s presentation. Mr. Goodchild explained the proposal for the
expansion onto the kitchen of 1400 -1600 sq ft. , squaring off the back of the building, a storage shed
to house 2 ice machines, with a beer cooler on top of that , and the proposed clean-up
misunderstanding of the use of the beer garden. Mr. Goodchild said the beer garden would have 44
chairs for eating and consuming alcohol. Goodchild has kept the front café closed and if they cannot
use the side he will put the tables again in the front. Goodchild mentioned that the front side walk is
legal right now. He said the expansion of parking lot is not going to make this refusal. President Halas
asked if the parking lots were part of the application and Mr. Goodchild said no. He did explain the plan
for the gated employee parking lot and deliveries.
President Halas made reference to the misunderstanding from 2014. ETCA received a memo from
Shawn Ward in regards to everything that was agreed to in 2014. Vice President Kennedy read the
memo. A discussion took place between attendees, President Halas and Kevin Goodchild. As part of the 2014 presentation everything was to be taken indoors.
Shawn Ward arrived and took over presentation. Ward explained the consolidation plan of everythingthey want to do. They will make application for angle parking fot at least 70 spaces, using the existing parking lot and additional lots Kevin owns. Ward just got refusal today for the employee parking lot which can hold 28 parking spots and will also house the trash dumpsters. The plan is for a total of 98parking spaces. Also part of the application is the addition to the second floor, squaring off the top the building with no additional seating just storage and prep area.
What is pending right now is for the addition, shed and walk in beer box and the reimplementation of
the beer garden only. In an agreement with Councilman Henon they would rescind the sidewalk café .
There would be no speakers or music outside, just dining.
President Halas addressed the previous memo and proviso agreement.  Ryan from Councilman Henon’s office said that near neighbors met yesterday with Henon and
Representative Driscoll and there was a discussion about a possible community benefits agreement
(CBA).
President Halas asked Ryan should there be a benefits agreement and should it be broken will Henon
back up the community. Ryan said Henon would help get a lawyer.
This type of agreement, is binding but we would have to argued in court if broken.
A discussion took place about near neighbors within 200 feet and voting from membership not directly living in the area. The discussion included East Torresdale and its role as a Register Community Organization (RCO).
When asked about seating, Mr. Ward said that the is seating for 365 at a maximum which includes the outside patio.
Mr. Ward asked if there was going to be a continued discussion about a (CBA). Ward said the hearing
date is set but he can reschedule. Ward mentioned that ETCA is a RCO and explained under the zoning code ETCA is the RCO for purposes of reviewing zoning applications as such and they are required to hold a public meeting for application review The public meeting is not necessarily held under the ETCA by-laws. Anybody in community is allowed to vote in a public meeting. You don’t have to be a member.
Vice President Kennedy asked if near neighbors would want to pursue a community benefits agreement.
A suggestion was made not vote on this issue and continue to meet with neighbors.
Ward said he will not go to zoning board if there is going to be meetings for a CBA. A suggestion was
made for a special scheduled meeting.
A motion to postpone the vote pending meeting with near neighbors was made by Vice-President
Kennedy. Motion was seconded by Mark Morrison. Motion was passed by unanimous consent.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM by unanimous consent.

 




 


ETCA - March 12, 2018
The General Meeting of the ETCA for March 12, 2018 was called to order by President Lew Halas followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”.  

Announcements – President Halas announced that Councilman Henon is having neighborhood office hours, 2 nights, Monday March 26 and April 30, from 4 P.M.  to 7 P. M. at the National Association of Letter Carriers located at 9607 James Street . The scheduled speaker for tonight, City Commissioner, Lisa Deeley will not be present but will attend next month’s meeting.

President Halas introduced Mike Rosenello, contractor for 9325 Marsden Street.  Mr. Rosenello explained that that residents at the mentioned address are going to make the interior garage a family room area, build a second story addition and use the existing driveway as off street parking.  The refusal is for the use of the driveway as parking since the official setback is 25 feet.  Signatures from immediate neighbors for approval have been attained.  President Halas explained that that there is no difference in side and rear yards, only the use of the driveway as off street parking.

A motion was made to accept the parking as presented by Al Babnew, seconded by Mark Morrison.  

All in favor – 18, no opposition, no abstentions.

Reading of the previous minutes – Linda Hogan, secretary read the previous meeting minutes of February 11, 2018.  A motion was made to accept the minutes as read by Al Babnew and seconded by Mark Morrison.  The minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.

Treasurer’s Report  - Justine Bolkus -  absent and excused – no report.

Legislative  – Frank Bell -  absent and excused – no report

By- Laws – Ed Rice – absent and excused – no report

Education and Welfare - Adge Martin, - Holy Family workshops are starting on April 5th.    On April 13th there will be a HoeDown at Canstatters from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. sponsored by Councilman Bobby Henon.  Call Paul Ragan 215-686-3444 to reserve a space.  Limited seating. The tax filing deadline this year is April 17th.   Adge also gave information on the earned income credit amount.  Information for announcements is on the table for review.

Publicity and  Membership – Pat Weir – absent and excused – no report

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew -  Patti-Pat Kozlowki resigned.  The Friends of Pleasant Hill Park changed their  meeting to Wednesday.  A discussion took place about a new Parks and Rec representative.  Vice – President Kennedy will sent letter to Parks and Recreation in regards to a new replacement representative.   

Streets, - Mark Morrison - call 311 for pot holes, and get reference number.

Zoning – Bill Kennedy and Lew Halas – Vice – President Kennedy mention a property at 9240 Van Dyke street that was recently referenced as being sub divided into two 30 foot wide  lots.  Since this does not meet current zoning regulations, ETCA is asking Ryan at Councilman Henon’s office to see how it could have been subdivided.

Glen Foerd – Bernadette Liddell mentioned that she will be officially on the Glen Foerd board next Monday night.

Fund Raising – Joe Carson-  absent and excused – no 50-50 tonight.

No Break

Old Business –  Mr. Price, a resident of the Linden and Hegerman Street area is circulating a petition and asking for signatures to close Britton Industries due to the odor and dirt in the neighborhood.  He mentioned that the city is taking Britton Industries to court on April 10, 2018. 

Mr. Price also mention that neighbors are also trying to get a sound barrier extended from the existing Eden Hall barrier and is asking the civic to get involved.

New Business

Maggies – Kevin Goodchild had a conference call with Henon, Driscoll, and Courtney and went over a few things. Mr. Goodchild thinks Henon and Driscoll might want to have another discussion with ETCA. He is hoping to have presentation.  His lawyer will do the presentation.  Upon further discussion Mr. Goodchild said there will be a presentation at next month’s and he expects a vote.  Vice President Kennedy said Commissioner Deeley’s office called to apologize for tonight but she will attend the meeting next month.

A motion was made by Al Babnew to adjourn the meeting and seconded by Mark Morrison.

Meeting was adjourn at 7:30 P.M. by unanimous consent.



ETCA - February 11, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

The General Meeting of the ETCA for February 11, 2018 was called to order by Vice-President William Kennedy followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”.  President Lew Halas was absent and excused.

Announcements – Vice President Kennedy announced that there would be a zoning presentation for a single family dwelling at 9231 Hegerman Street. Tom Citro made the presentation on behalf of owners Michael and Tina Graham. Mr. Citro explained the refusal for the side yard.  The property is required to have 25feet, but only has 8 feet on each side.  The set back from the front is required to have 25 feet, but the property only has 22 feet.  Mr. Citro said that 22 feet is consistent with other houses on the street.  Mr Citro also noted that the neighbors on both sides are agreeable and that the owners obtained signatures behind the property on Edmund Street in addition to other neighbors’ signatures.   Plans were in place before recent zoning changes.   Zoning Board hearing is February 21st, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.

A motion was made by Mark Morrison to support the zoning request for 9231 Hegerman Street. The motion was seconded by Ed Rice.  All in favor to support is 15.  Not to support is 1, no abstentions.

Meg Walton Sharp, the Director of Glen Foerd announced that she is reaching out through ETCA membership to see if anyone may be interested in becoming an ex exficio board member for Glen Foerd.  The position is a voting position for a year.  Interested ETCA members can contact Meg at  megsharpwalton@glenfoerd.org.   Ms.Sharp explained that there are 10 board meetings a year on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 P.M.  Also a Glen Foerd membership is required and a personal contribution.  Meg gave an update on the dock boating program and explained that currently a permit is being processed.   Meg will keep ETCA updated with any developments.  Upcoming programing includes Tai Chi, on March 5th at 5:30 P.M., an Easter Egg Hunt from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. on March 24th.  There is also a leather crafting workshop planned for March 31st at 1 PM.  The Jazz on the Delaware event is August 4th.  Glen Foerd received the Bright Future Award and was nominated by Spin for the award.

Vice President Kennedy introduced Councilman Henon.  Henon announced that he will be holding extended office hours and most recently held extended hours at the Letter Carriers office.  There will be extended hours on 3 more occasions..  Henon will circulate the information to ETCA.  Henon met with Parks and Recreation to put together a master plan for Pleasant Hill Park for what it can be in the future and how it conforms with the neighborhood.  After the summer programs, the Torresdale playground will go under renovations including lighting, security and the tennis and basketball court improvements.  Councilman Henon also discussed the recent Slapp Lawsuit hearing and feels the hearing went well. The Slapp lawsuit hearing is to find a solution so frivolous lawsuits do not affect community groups.    In reference to the Grant Avenue walk ways and transit vitalization, Henon had a meeting with immediate neighbors and will have another meeting to answer questions on both sides of the street on Grant Avenue.  At the next meeting, Henon will have additional agency representatives to answer question..  Henon also announces that he and Representative Driscoll are putting together a meeting with the ETCA board, Kevin Goodchild and his attorney and staff to discuss past, current and future happenings with Maggies. 

Justine Bolkus mentioned to Councilman Henon about the plans to have sidewalks on both sides of Grant Avenue and also asked about  the possibility of having 3 to 4 foot sidewalks instead of 8 foot sidewalks.    Councilman Henon spoke about the twingle building collapse on Christmas day and possible correction measures to deal with twingles.

A motion was made to dispense of the reading of the minutes and treasurer’s report was made by Mark Morrison, seconded by Pat Weir. The motion was passed by unanimous consent.

Vice – President Kennedy asked if there were any board members who wanted to report.

Streets – Mark Morrison -  A member asked about the survey for speed bumps and parking meters on Delaware Avenue.  VP Kennedy will see if there has been any updates. Mark Morrison commented on the Slapp meeting that he attended and explained how lawsuits could affect community organizations.

Education and Welfare - Adge Martin, - May 5, 2018 is election day.  Meet the candidates’ night is at Delaire Landing on April 19, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.  On April 13th there will be a Ho Down at Canstatters from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. sponsored by Councilman Bobby Henon.  Call Paul Ragan 215-686-3444 to reserve a space.  Residents can call 311 to report issues such as graffiti, illegal dumping, building violations, abandon cars and fallen trees. 

Break – 50-50 to be collected.

50-50, $18.00 was collected.  The winner was Mrs. Pepe for $9.00.  Mrs. Pepe donated winnings back to ETCA.

Old Business

Mrs. Pepe asked if there had been any updated information for the construction on

Primrose Lane. 

New Business

Questions were raised about the upcoming meeting with Maggies, Henon and Driscoll.  Vice President Kennedy said that no votes will be taking place at the meeting.

Vice- President Kennedy announced that Lisa Deeley from Commissioner’s Office will be the speaker at the next meeting in March.    

A motion was made by Al Babnew to adjourn the meeting and seconded by Joe Carson.

Meeting was adjourn at 8:10 P.M. by unanimous consent.




ETCA - January 8, 2018

 No meeting due to weather conditions

 

 

ETCA - December 11, 2017

The General Meeting of the ETCA for December 11, 2017 was called to order by President Lew
Halas followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”
Announcements – President Halas announced that the NE Coalition of Civic Associations
were meeting tonight and the topic is in reference to getting insurance for the NE Civic
Associations. President Halas discussed several possibilities as to how the civics maybe able to
acquire liability insurance. There are no scheduled speakers for this meeting and no speakers are
scheduled for January.
Reading of the previous meeting. – The minutes of the previous minutes were read by Linda
Hogan. A motion was made to accept the minutes as read by Mark Morrison and seconded by
Al Babnew. The motion was accepted by unanimous consent.
Treasurers Report – Justine Bolkus read the treasurer’s report. A motion was made by Al
Babnew and seconded by Ed Rice to accept the treasurer’s report as read. The treasurer’s report
was accepted by unanimous consent.
Committee Reports
Legislative – Frank Bell –– absent - no report
By-Laws – Ed Rice –- no report
Health, Education and Welfare –.
Adge reminder everyone that should have a power of attorney and an advanced directive
especially if you live alone. Adge also mentioned that members should call their phone
providers to see if they have the technology to block robo calls.
Any church or organization is welcome to give Adge a flyer and she will she announce the
event. -
April 19 th 2018 will be the meet the candidates night at Delaire Landing recreation center.

Membership and Publicity – Pat Weir – Please see Pat with membership dues and let her know if there are any mailing notification problems.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – No report.  As a note, Al announced that the Post Office Café in Bridesburg caught file damaging the  property next door and the family had to be relocated.  Any donations for the family will be accepted by Al.  

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison –absent and excused - no report.

Zoning -  Lew Halas and Bill Kennedy –  No report.  Still waiting to hear from Maggies and about possible digital roof-top signs at 9310 Keystone Street .  Questions were asked if ETCA had any updates in regards to the construction on Primrose Road.  Rick Paul said that he has been following hearing schedules. President Halas said that unless something comes from zoning to ETCA he will not know of any updates.  Rick Paul will follow up in regards to hearings with the Board of Building  Standards and/or Zoning Board of Adjustments.  

Glen Foerd -  Ed Rice reported Christmas event was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Maggies –  Kevin Goodchild present –Mr. Goodchild reported that his lawyer is trying to combine everything with the refusals. President Halas has not seen any correspondence from Maggies’ lawyer, Shawn Ward.  Mr. Goodchild suggested that ETCA invite Councilman Henon and Representative Mike Driscoll to attend an ETCA meeting and give their take on what is going on at Maggies.  President Halas said ETCA does not know the extent of the refusals yet.  President Halas will send an email to Councilman Henon and Representative Driscoll.    

Fund Raising – Joe Carson –  50-50 at break

Old Business  -  Justine Bolkus asked how many neighbors were notified about the upcoming  meeting on  Wednesday with Councilman Henon about City planning proposals for the 4900 block of Grant Avenue.  Rick Paul asked if they had received his marked up versions of the presentation with comments.  Mr. Paul will resend it and ETCA will pass it on to city planning and neighbors on Grant Avenue.  Justine Bolkus reported that the large wire spool on State road is being currently removed.  

Break -  President Halas asked members if they wanted to continue meeting with no break and 50-50 drawing.  Members responded to continue meeting with no break or drawing.

New Business

No new business presented.

President Halas announced the 2018 election of the ETCA Board Members and asked if there were any other nominations.  No response.

Secretary Linda Hogan read the nominations for the 2018 ETCA Board Members as follows:

2018 Board Nominees

President – Lew Halas

1st Vice President – William Kennedy

2nd Vice President – Joseph Drioli

Secretary – Linda Hogan

Treasurer – Justine Bolkus

Legislative – Frank Bell

Sergeant-At-Arms - Hugh Davis

By-Laws – Edward Rice

Education/Health & Welfare – Adelaide Martin

Fund-Raising - Joseph Carson

Membership/Publicity – Pat Weir

Parks/Recreation – Allan Babnew

Streets/Traffic - Mark Morrison

Zoning – Lew Halas/William Kennedy   

President Halas asked if there were any additions or deletions to the nominations.  No response.

President Halas called for vote on whole slate since there were no contests.

With no additions, corrections, or further nominations from the floor, the 2018 slate was approved by unanimous vote as read. There were no oppositions or abstentions.

President Halas thanked members, attendees, and board members for their support during the year.  

Motion to adjourn by Al Babnew, seconded by Joe Carson.  Meeting adjourned at 7:46 P.M.


ETCA - November 13, 2017

 

The General Meeting of the ETCA for November, 2017 was called to order by Vice President
Bill Kennedy followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”
Announcements – Vice President Kennedy announced that President Halas was unavailable and
that he would be conducting the meeting in the President’s absence.
Vice President Kennedy introduced Linda Colwell-Smith, Vice President of the Holme Circle
Civic Association and President of Friends of the Torresdale Free Library.
Ms. Colwell-Smith presented information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF)
“In Memory” program. The program honors veterans who have died of diseases related to their
service in Vietnam but not eligible for their name to be inscribed on the memorial wall. Ms.
Colwell-Smith spoke about the history of the program, how to make application as well as the
ceremony that takes place each year. The deadline for applications into the program for next
year is March 9, 2018. Please visit
www.VVMF.org/InMemory-Apply. The link is posted on
ETCA’s website.
Reading of the previous meeting. – Mark Morrsion made a motion to dispense of the reading
of the previous minutes. The motion was seconded by Al Babnew. The motion was accepted by
unanimous consent.
Treasurers Report – Justine Bolkus read the treasurer’s report. A motion was made by Mark
Morrison and seconded by Al Babnew to accept the treasurer’s report as read. The treasurer’s
report was accepted by unanimous consent.
Committee Reports
Legislative – Frank Bell –– absent - no report
By-Laws – Ed Rice –- no report
Health, Education and Welfare – Adge Martin provided various announcements. Care
Builders assists veterans, spouses and surviving spouses. All Saint’s Christmas Bazaar is Friday,
Dec 1, 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. . and Saturday December 2, 9:00 AM to 4:00 P.M. The
Loudenslager American Legion Post located at 7976 Oxford Avenue is having a winter craft
show December 9, 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The Boy Scouts Troop #252 will be dedicating the
flag pole next Sunday at 3 P.M outside of All Saints Church. A new cub pack #252 will be
started for boys entering kindergarten. Contact
Stephaniegiel@yahoo.com for information.
Any church or organization is welcome to give Adge a flyer and she will she announce the
event.
Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – Reported on the clean-up last week at Pleasant Hill Park.
Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – no report
Zoning - Lew Halas and Bill Kennedy – ETCA is still waiting for the refusal to Maggie’s
application. In regards to billboard signage at 9310 Keystone Street, President Halas and Vice
President Kennedy met with the owner and his attorney. The owner is proposing to make the
billboard less obtrusive and install a temporary billboard to provide a representation for residents
to view how the billboard will appear. The owner is still interested in providing a community
benefits agreement. President Halas and Vice President Kennedy did not agree or disagree with
any of the proposals.
Glen Foerd - no report. A Question was asked about the parking lot proposal at Glen Foerd.
Vice President Kennedy said there is no activity at this moment and encourage any suggestions
or objections to the last month’s presentation made by city to ETCA should be emailed to ETCA.
Maggies – Kevin Goodchild present –Mr. Goodchild is still waiting to hear from his attorney
about the refusal.
Fund Raising – Joe Carson – 50-50 at break.
Old Business - Vice President announced that nominations are open for the board election next
month. Please see the nomination committee if anyone is interested in making a nomination for
a position on the board. Nominations can still be made at next month’s meeting. The election of
board members will take place at next month’s meeting.
Break
50-50 – A total of $40.00 was collected. The winner was Joe Carson $20.00. Winnings were
donated to ETCA.
Vice President Kennedy introduced Officer Hansbury from the 8 th District. Officer Hansbury
addressed the meeting and answered questions from attendees. Officer Hansbury can be reached
at 215-686- 3080.
New Business
Ryan Keller from Councilman Henon’s office addressed the meeting. Mr. Keller announced the
drive to provide Thanksgiving baskets to needy families in the area and to call 215-686- 3444 if
you want to provide the name of a family in need. Ryan Keller also reminded members about the
upcoming Mayfair / Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade and events on November 19 th .

Vice President Kennedy announced that there will be no speakers for the December Meeting.
Motion to adjourn by Al Babnew, seconded by Debbie McMullen. Meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM

 

ETCA - October 9, 2017

The General Meeting of the ETCA for October 9, 2017 was called to order by President Lew Halas followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”

Announcements – Lew Halas, President announced that the scheduled speakers had a short delay due to a technical difficulty with the projector.   

Reading of the previous meeting. –  The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Linda Hogan.   Adge Martin made a motion to accepted the minutes as read.  Motion was seconded by Ed Rice.  The readings of the previous minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.

Treasurers Report – Justine Bolkus absent and excused

Committee Reports

Legislative – Frank Bell –– absent - no report

By-Laws – Ed Rice –- no report

Health, Education and Welfare – Adge Martin., Holy Family University is offering free family workshops. There will be a meet the candidates’ night, Thursday, October 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at Delaire Landing Recreation Center 9355 State Road. 
Any church or organization is welcome to give Adge a flyer and she will announce the event.  All Saints Church will have a soup dinner and tour. Tour is available at 3:30.  Each is $5.00 or both for $8.00.
A Radio City trip is  planned on  November 16th and  will leave from All Saint’s Church.  Cost is $150.00.

Membership and Publicity – Pat Weir –If anyone wants to join or pay dues see Pat at the break. Let Pat know if there are any problems with the mailings.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew –    A Pleasant Hill park clean-up is scheduled for November 4th, not October 14th.  Starts at 9:00 AM.

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – The tree reported on the  9300 Torresdale Avenue is listed to be removed by the City.  Mark will investigate orange and red  markings on Grant Avenue   per request by  Justine Bolkus.. 

Zoning -  Lew Halas and Bill Kennedy –  Received a RCO notification regarding Maggie’s  application  for the erection of  2 story addition and one story walk in box, erection of shed on same lot with 25 parking spaces and use extension of existing bar.  Received email from Shawn Ward to hold off on meeting.  Mr. Ward found an error in the refusal and is waiting to hear from L&I. He will be asking about the error in the refusal and will request a continuance from zoning if necessary.

Glen Foerd -  Meg Sharp Walton, Executive Director announced a Bug Crawl and nature walk.on October 14th 10 AM to 1 PM.

Maggies –  Kevin Goodchild present – no report

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – absent – no report

Old Business  -

Adge Martin asked about the fire plug lying on ground on Linden Avenue. Mark called Water Department and they are going to look into the issue. 

Member asked about the notification coverage in regards to Maggie’s application to residents.  Councilman Henon told members that there is a 300 feet radius around the property and City planning will provide the addresses. 

Presentation – Councilman Henon announced the presentation by  Larissa Kelvan would be a plan of connecting communities with transit mobile stations and with Glen Foerd, eliminate  traffic in the neighborhood, and connect the train station with walkable paths.   Councilman Henon also commented in regards to parking around Delaware Avenue and the gate around the boat ramp.  

Councilman Henon introduced Larissa Klevan planning supervisor, Chris Creelman, Parks and Recreation,  Kasim Ali,  Streets Department Engineer, and  Ryan Keller from his office.

Ms. Klevan announced that she will send the presentation to President Halas and Vice President Kennedy.  This is just a discussion and not a definite plan. 

The first area Ms. Klevan addressed was the underpass on Grant Avenue at the train station.  The proposal is to make safer the area whether you are driving, walking or biking.  Nothing will touch the underpass,  only the installation of a drainage system.  Lighting will also be a consideration. Ms. Klevan said that this is a planning document, not an engineering and traffic document.   

Engineers have preliminary looked and said it was a good plan but before more in-depth time and money is to be put in plan,  community feedback is first before moving forward with an in depth plan.

Ms. Klevan also mentioned that bicycles will share he road under the underpass and there will be markings in the roadway.

An attendee asked if there was a plan for  speed bumps.  Councilman Henon noted that speeding is a problem and will be addressed.

A mention was made about the cars that line up on the north side of Grant Avenue to pick up children at Nazareth grade school in the afternoon and appears to be a dangerous situation.    Ms. Klevan will take this issue into account. 

Ms. Klevan moved on to the area on Grant Avenue below the underpass to State Road.  Ms. Klevan spoke about the idea of sidewalks giving people a designated area to walk.  .  Travel lanes in this area are narrower but the medium is 4 feet in the middle.  Ms. Klevan explained the difference between the right of way and the cartway area between 2 sidewalks.  The cartway includes parking lanes and two travel lanes curb line to curb line but that the  right of way is the  area of land preserved for traffic and transportation use.  Curb to curb is smaller than the right of way that exists.  Parking in front of houses was mentioned and feedback is needed.  Ms. Klevan said the curb to curb existing is 40 feet but the right of way is 70 feet wide.  The proposal takes the medium and makes it a little narrower, the  travel lane  gets wider with sidewalks on both sides.  Parking on one side remains and there will be bike lanes on both sides.  The cartway becomes 58 feet.  When asked about sidewalks, Ms. Klevan mentioned that the area between the curb to the property line would be 8 feet and ADA compliant. Councilman Henon said there will be a separate meeting with the immediate neighbors in this area.

Vice President Kennedy questioned why the need bike lanes.  West of state road is not part of the connection streets to the trail.  Councilman Henon explained the plan of connector streets to the greenway.   Concerns were made about bike lanes going into the underpass.  Streets Engineer, Kasim Ali said they want to find out what the community is thinking and get a consensus to what the community wants and then do the plan by state and federal guidelines.  Councilman Henon said this is a presentation and is not done yet.  Members said that parking issues exist now because of   commuters, taking away parking President Halas reiterated that this is just a plan. 

The third area of discussion is the intersection of Grant and State Road and the possible access to Glen Foerd from State Road and parking in Glen Foerd.  Chris Creelman, Parks and Recreations spoke about the plan. Chris Creelman said plans are preliminary for Glen Foerd.  PennDot oversees State road.  Nothing will happen with the  parking lot without community input. 
The plan is to look at the intersection and opportunities to get an entrance into Glen Foerd to eliminate traffic in neighborhood.  The Parks and Recreation Commission wants an entrance from State Road but has not talked to PennDot yet.  Meg Walton said Glen Foerd wants an entrance off State road.  

Vice President Kennedy will post the plan on ETCA website. 

Councilman Henon announced that he had to leave the meeting but that there will be a separate meeting for residents in immediate area  from James Street to State road. 

Ms. Klevan will send the presentation to President Halas and Vice President Kennedy.   Comments should be sent ETCA and Vice President Kennedy will forward comments to Ms. Klevan. 

Break

New Business

President Halas announced that next month will ETCA will accept nominations for the board and the nominating committee members are Board Members, Vice President Bill Kennedy , Joe Drioli, and members Nancy Delavella, Judy Kennedy and Tom  Honeyford.  Anyone interested in being nominated please see the committee. At next month’s meetings nominations will be accepted and election is in December. Nominations can also be accepted in December.

President Halas announced that a couple of weeks ago Maggie’s had an affair that was outside and neighbors sent photos to ETCA.  President Halas reached out to L&I Commissioner to see if there is still a cease order and the Commissioner said yes and recommended sending a certificated letter to Kevin Goodchild and copy others.   President Halas said that if anyone sees outside activity to call 911.  Al Babnew made a motion to send an certified letter in accordance with the  L&I Commissioner’s recommendations. The motion was  seconded by Mark Morrison.  Motion was accepted by unanimous consent. 

Vice President Kennedy announced that there are no speakers next month. Vice President Kennedy said he contacted  the Parking Authority but had  found out that Streets Department deals with metered parking.  President Halas mentioned that there is a feasibility study  being done to explore the idea of meter parking or permit parking along Delaware Avenue riverside and exploring gate closures at the river by 10 P.M.  Al Babnew said he had previously mentioned to Councilman Henon that there is no lighting in the park.  Al Babnew also mentioned to Streets Engineer Ali about the parking issues in the area. Neighbors should call 311 with neighborhood parking issues. 

Motion to adjourn by Al Babnew, seconded by Mark Morrison.  Meeting adjourned at 9:00 P.M.

 ETCA - September 11, 2017

 

The General Meeting of the ETCA for September 11, 2017 was called to order by President Lew Halas followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”

Announcements – Lew Halas, President announced that the scheduled speakers, to discuss a path from train station to Glen Foerd and work inside Glen Foerd could not attend the meeting.  Members expressed concern that attendance was cancelled with little notice.

Reading of the previous meeting. – Secretary Linda Hogan read the meeting minutes of August 14, 2017. Mark Morrison made a motion to accept the minutes as read.  Seconded by Al Babnew.  The reading of the previous minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.

Treasurers Report – Justine Bolkus read the Treasurers Report.  Mark Morrison made motion to accept treasurer’s report as read.  Seconded by Pat Weir.  The motion was approved by unanimous consent.

Committee Reports

Legislative – Frank Bell –– absent - no report

By-Laws – Ed Rice –- no report

Health, Education and Welfare – Adge Martin. – Nazareth Hospital is offering Smoking and Tobacco Cessation classes on Wednesday, starting September  13th to Oct 25th and November 1st to December 13th from 6-7:30 P.M. Call 215-333-7727.  Give your tattered American flags to Adge and she will see that they are properly disposed. Lincoln H.S. has a group that meets once a year to socialize with former team mates who played sports.  If you shop on Amazon you can make a charitable donation to “All Saint’s Church”. Call 215-637-8787  if you have any questions.  There will be a Health Fair on Wednesday, September 20th at the YMCA, 11088 Knights Road from 10: A.M. – 1 P.M for active older adults.  The “King’s Highway” will air on PBS on September 15, at 9:00 P.M. There will be a meet the candidates’ night, Thursday, October 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at Delaire Landing Recreation Center 9355 State Road.  All Saint’s Church is having an event on October 21st from 3:30 to 5 P.M. called “Unfortunate Circumstances” stories from the grave. Tour can be combined with an all you can eat soup dinner. Tour is $5.00, Dinner is $5.00.   Seniors can get a discount on DRPA bridges if you have an E-Z pass. The form 135-1 is available at Representative Driscoll’s office. Flyers for announcements are on the table.

Membership and Publicity – Pat Weir –If anyone wants to join or pay dues see Pat at the break. The Pitney Bowes machine is now working and mail went out.  Please let Pat know if you want to sign up or pay dues.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew –  Fishing on Saturdays for children is ending soon.  A Pleasant Hill park clean-up is scheduled for October 14th

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – Mark was unable to find anything in the traffic code in regards to complaints of cars getting tickets on the 9300 block of Germania Street.  If anyone has information in this regard, please contact Mark.  

Zoning -  Lew Halas and Bill Kennedy – no report

Glen Foerd -  Ed Rice – Honey Fest was last week.  Go to the website for any further events and other information relating to Glen Foerd.

Maggies – Keivin Goodchild – no report

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – There will be a 50-50 at break.

President Halas announced that Stewart from Councilman Oh’s office is in attendance.  President Halas expressed well wishes from ETCA to the Councilman after the May 31st stabbing incident in front of his home.  Stewart reports that the Councilman is back and everything is ok.

Break –50-50 collection – Collected $58.00 . Winner is Chris Maguire  for $29.00. Donated back to ETCA.

Old Business  - 4414-16 Primrose Street. Member thanked ETCA for a letter to the L&I.  A  stop work order on the house was issued. President Halas explained that if a stop work order is issued that neighbors should call 911 if it appears that work is being done during this period. 

New Business

Tim O’Malley of 9328 Torresdale reported a problem with a Honey Locust tree located at 9332 Torresdale Avenue.  Mr. O’Malley contacted the city but was told tree would be placed on a list and is asking for ETCA to assist with matter.  President Halas asked Mark Morrison to reach out to the Street tree division.  Vice President Kennedy recommended calling CLIP.

Justine Bolkus reported a giant cable spool on the vacant lot at Grant and State road.  A discussion took place as to who is responsible for removal.  The spool has been there since June.  ETCA will contact Streets Department.

Pat Weir reported on a traffic situation on Grant Avenue near train station.  Vehicles are lined up to pick up students from Nazareth Grade School under the train bridge and 95 causing a traffic hazardous.  Vice President Kennedy will contact the school. 

Mrs. Pepe asked if ETCA can get an idea from L&I about what’s going to happen at 9625 Frankford Avenue a former doctor’s office.  President Halas reviewed the approved use of the property.  President Halas recommended calling 311 if there is any work taking place on the property.  No additions or constructions are part of the use permit.

A member expressed concerned about outside maintenance at a property located at 9625 Frankford Avenue.  President Halas recommended to call 311.

Mrs. Pepe also inquired about the construction by Holy Family University at Frankford and Grant.  President Halas explained that HFU has a permit for construction of business and professional offices.  No variances are required and HFU did not have to come to ETCA.

Vice President Kennedy announced that at next month’s meeting the speakers scheduled for this evenings meeting will attend next month’s meeting to discuss the plans for a path from the train station to Glen Foerd.  Vice-President Kennedy also mentioned that the Philadelphia Parking Authority is invited for November or January’s meeting.

A motion to adjourn was made by Al Babnew, seconded by Pat Weir.  The meeting adjourned at 8:05 P.M. by unanimous consent. 

 

 


ETCA - August 14, 2017

 

The General Meeting of the ETCA for August 14, 2017 was called to order by President Lew Halas followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”

Announcements – Lew Halas, President announced that there is no speaker but that he has old business to bring up.  President Halas announced that Beverly from Councilman's Henon’s office and Stewart from Councilman’s Oh’s office are in attendance.

Reading of the previous meeting. – Mark Morrison made a motion to dispense of the reading of the previous meeting minutes and the treasurer’s report.  Seconded  by Al Babnew.  Motion passed by unanimous consent.

Committee Reports

Legislative – Frank Bell –– no report

By-Laws – Ed Rice –- absent at this time -  no report

Health, Education and Welfare – Adge Martin –  Reported on various items.

Membership and Publicity – Pat Weir –Unable to get mailing cards out due to a Pitney Bowes issue.  She is working on getting the problem resolved before the next mailing.   Please let Pat know if you want to sign up or pay dues.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew –  No report. 

Glen Foerd -  No report

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – No turn on red sign at Fitler at State sign will not be put back up. A traffic study found that no sign is required. A complaint was made that on the 9300 block of Germania cars are receiving parking tickets but there are no ”no parking” signs posted.  The member reporting the concern does not object to the placement of “no parking” signs but feels signs should be posted if tickets are to be issued.  Mark Morrison will look into the matter. 

Zoning -  Lew Halas and Bill Kennedy – no report

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – There will be a 50-50 at break.

Maggies – No representation

President Halas announced he received an email from Councilman Henon’s office regarding a First Responders brunch at Father Judge High School, 3301 Solly Avenue on Thursday, August 17th  from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. 
President Halas announced that at the next meeting representatives from Parks and Recreation, Streets Department, City Planning  and Councilman Henon’s  office will attend to discuss the proposed access from the train station to Glen Foerd and items within Glen Foerd, which were part of the 2035 plan, and as mentioned at a previous meeting when the Councilman was in attendance. The purpose of the meeting is to get community input and feedback. 

Break –50-50 collection – Collected $50.00 . Winner is Joe Carson for $25.00. Donated back to ETCA

Old Business – President Halas announced he had a response from L&I concerning Maggie’s outdoor seating.  President Halas read correspondence from Commissioner Perri.  L&I will reinspect the property on August 30th.  If they are still in non-compliance after August 30th,  L&I will issue  a cease operations order on Sept 9th..  President Halas thanked Stewart from Councilman Oh’s office for his support with this issue.

President Halas spoke about 9310 Keystone Street and the possible rooftop signage. President Halas explained the history of the request for signage as to date.  The attorney representing ETCA, Sam Stretton was informed that the owners are preparing a new application and are reaching out to ETCA and neighbors to see if we would be open to an agreement.  ETCA sent emails to some residents who may be interested in this signage issue.  If the owners reapply they may get a refusal at which point they will have to come back to ETCA. 

Mike Thompson addressed the meeting about speed tables.  Mr. Thompson did not get a response from Streets department so he did not get signatures.  President Halas asked the membership if Mike Thompson should get signatures before or after Streets Department comes out  to discuss matter.  Mike Thompson did manage to get a “hold” placed on the Linden Avenue installment until we get signatures.  Mike will go out and get signatures.   President Halas spoke with Streets Department Deputy Commissioner Richard Montanez who said he will be happy to come out and speak with the association.  ETCA will have the Streets Department come to a meeting and discuss speed tables after signatures are obtained.

New Business

Joe Apice mentioned the graffiti on the retaining wall facing the Delaware river from Delaire Landing to Pleasant Hill Beach.  President Halas said ETCA will look into the matter.

A complaint was made about a possible zoning issue at 4016 Primrose Road.  The attendee mentioned that it appears that a proposed single family dwelling looks as if it is being constructed as a two family dwelling.   The member has contacted  Henon’s office and Commissioner Perri’s office but have not received a response.  President Halas announced that ETCA is not an enforcement agency but if a variance is needed, L&I and the Zoning Board of Adjustments would send them to ETCA.  President Halas urged members to keep calling 311. The ETCA typically does not appeal permits obtained as a matter of right, but because it appears that the construction is different than the approved plans and permit, ETCA will reach out and write a letter to Commissioner Perri requesting his office to look into it.

 A member asked if there was any news about the lot at Milnor and Grant.  President Halas reported there is no other news. 

A motion to adjourn was made by Al Babnew, seconded by Pat Weir.  The meeting adjourned at 8:17 P.M. by unanimous consent. 






ETCA - July 10, 2017

The General Meeting of the ETCA for July 10, 2017 was called to order by President Lew Halas followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”

Announcements – Lew Halas, President

President Lew Halas announced that Mike Thompson, was going to address the members about his requests to the Streets Department in regards to installing speed bumps on Linden, Delaware and Arendell Avenues.  Mr. Thompson said that when he contacted the Streets Department he found out the Linden Avenue had already been designated for speed tables, a survey was completed for Linden Avenue and the work is ready to be done.  Mr. Thompson found out that the survey and installation plans moved forward after  the Streets Commissioner attended an ETCA  meeting 2 ½ years ago and was asked about the possibility of speed bumps.  President Halas said ETCA did not officially request speed cushions. At the time of his request, Mr. Thompson also found out that Arendell and Delaware Avenues are not part of the original survey by the Streets Department.  One resident of Linden Avenue complained that he has no problem with speed bumps but had a problem with how it is marked out and lined up with his driveway.  Another concern was raised that the bumps would interfere with low hanging wires which have already been a problem in the area.  Mr. Thompson and others feel that if Linden Avenue has speed cushions installed, that the motorist will start to use Arendell Avenue instead.  Since Linden Avenue is already on the list, residents would like to have Arendell done following Linden Avenue.  President Halas offered to host other discussions at meetings if residents are in agreement and can get a commitment from Streets department to attend a meeting to address the residents concerns.  Although Linden Ave is ready to go, the ETCA recommended  that the required signatures be obtained prior to moving forward.  Mike Thompson has a signature sheet for residents who want to sign.

Treasurers Report - Justine Bolkus – read the Treasurers report.  Mark Morrison made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report.  Motion was seconded by Debbie McMullen.  The motion was approved by unanimous consent.

Reading of the previous meeting.  Secretary Linda Hogan read the meeting minutes of June 12, 2017. After  the reading of minutes a  member asked for the explanation of reclassification.  President Halas explained how the area will be reclassified to have less dense zoning classification.   Mark Morrison made a motion to accept the minutes as read.  Seconded by Al Babnew.  The reading of the previous minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.

Committee Reports

Legislative – Frank Bell – absent – no report

By-Laws – Ed Rice –-  no report

Health, Education and Welfare – Adge Martin –  Seniors can obtain a 50% discount for Easy pass. Go to www.drpa.org/travel/senior discount. Reminder that Purple Heart recipients can obtain a free lifetime membership in the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  Contact Karl Sharples 570-579-3262. Ms. Martin reminded members to encourage people to register to vote.   President Halas mentioned that ETCA is a non-partisan group and just generally encourages members to vote. A  Kings Highway meet and greet is scheduled on Wednesday July 26th from 7 to 9 at All Saint’s Church.  Free concert information is available on the table. 

Membership and Publicity – Pat Weir –Mailings went out.  Please let Pat know if there are problems with mailings.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – Movie night on July 19th, starts at Sundown. “Finding Dory” is the movie.  The raindate will be July 20th.  Fishing for children is taking place every Saturday at the hatcheries and the city supplies rods and bait. 

Glen Foerd – Ed Rice – Jazz Age on the Delaware, will take place on July 29th.   Tickets are available.  

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – The light was replaced at  Fitler and State.  Mr. Morrison is looking into a "no turn on red" sign at Fitler and State and a "no enter" sign on Grant below State Road. 

Zoning -  Lew Halas and Bill Kennedy – no report

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – There will be a 50-50 at break.

Maggies – Kevin Goodchild – Mr. Goodchild reported that he is finishing work on what was approved with the parking lot and  planters.  The shed has electric and water and now it requires permits and he is working on that.  Mr. Goodchild is also working on a kitchen expansion and food cooler and is waiting for zoning refusals.  Mr. Goodchild also spoke about a fence around the property at Arendell and Germania and that this is still to be worked out with the city.  A discussion between Mr. Goodchild and a resident took place in regards to the proposed fenced area.  Also, members discussed  the possibility of getting  parking meters on the street since the public are at times unable to park.   People who want to use the park can’t because there is no where to park. 

Old Business – No old business

Break –50-50 collection – Collected 36.00 . Winner is Linda Hogan for 18.00. Donated back to ETCA

New Business

A suggestion to have less or no meetings during the summer or the possibly of not having August and December meetings was made by Judy Kennedy.  President Halas stated that historically ECTA has met every month and needs to hear zoning requests within 45 days.  ETCA would need to hold a special meeting to accommodate zoning presentations.  President Halas said that changing the meeting schedules would be a member approved decision.

Stewart Graham from Councilman Oh’s office is in attendance and told members that he contacted  the Streets Department on behalf of ETCA in regards to the speed bumps.  Stewart also announced First  Responder’s Day is August 17th.  He has flyers available.  

Bill Kenny from the Northeast Times mentioned that the foot bridge connecting Little city and the Band shell is due for completetion the week of July 17th, 2017

Vice President Kennedy announced that there is no speaker for next month.

A member asked  if there was a response from L&I in regards to the Beer Garden.  President Halas said that there has been no response yet to ETCA's letter to  L&I and that he will follow up on the issue.   

A motion to adjourn was made by Mark Morrison, seconded by Al Babnew.  The meeting adjourned at 8:35 P.M. by unanimous consent. 





ETCA - June 12, 2017

The General Meeting of the ETCA for June 12, 2017 was called to order by President Lew Halas followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”

Announcements – Lew Halas, President

President Lew Halas announced that the guest speaker for the meeting is Lisa Deeley, City Commissioner and that Stewart from Councilman’s Oh office and Beverly from Councilman Henon’s office were present at the meeting.

City Commissioner Deeley encouraged members to contact her office with any questions or request.   Commissioner Deeley also talked about entry into the PA Hall of Fame for voters who have voted in 50 consecutive general elections.  If residents are interested they can contact the City Commissioner’s office who will verify the applicant’s voting record for entry into the Pa Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members will receive a citation from the Governor. Commissioner Deeley encouraged ETCA members and Northeast Philadelphia residents to come out and vote in every election. 

Reading of the previous meeting.  Secretary Linda Hogan read the meeting Minutes of May 8th, 2017.  Mark Morrison made a motion to accept the minutes as read.  Seconded by Al Babnew.  The reading of the previous minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.

Treasurers Report - Justine Bolkus absent - excused – no report

Committee Reports

Legislative – Frank Bell – absent – no report

By-Laws – Ed Rice – absent excused -  no report

Health, Education and Welfare – Adge Martin – Household batteries are able to be thrown away and are not considered hazardous.  House Bill #685 is still in Committee.  The bill would prohibit unsolicited newspaper deliveries.  All Saints History Committee is presenting 200 years of the Duffield Family.  Anyone who has a Purple Heart and lives in Pennsylvania is entitled to free lifetime membership in the Military Order of the Purple heart.  Contact Karl Sharples 570-579-3262. Delaire Pharmacy Hours is M-F 9 AM to 7 PM and Saturday 10 AM to 2PM. PGW is warning of new employment scams.  See flyer in your gas bill. 

Membership and Publicity – Pat Weir – Absent - Excused.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – Sophia Pryszlak from the Friends of Pleasant Hill Park announced the Parks on Tap on June 22nd from 5 to 9 PM.  Community fishing days started and are on Saturdays from 10 to 1, City provides rods and bait.  Movie night will be on July 19th.   See Friends of Pleasant Hill Park’s website for listing of all movies in the park.

Zoning -  Lew Halas and Bill Kennedy – Councilman Henon did introduce the legislation into City Council for less dense zoning classifications in the ETCA area.

Glen Foerd – No Report

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – No Report

Maggies – no one present.

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – absent -excused

Old Business – No old business

Break – no break, no 50-50 collection

New Business

Beverly from Councilman Henon’s office reached out to President Halas in regards to speed cushions to be installed along Linden Avenues.  A discussion took place about speed cushions and traffic in the area.  President Halas said ETCA was not taking a stand either way and did not request the cushions.  President Halas would like to know that the installation request went through the proper protocols and that residents are on board with getting the speed bumps. President Halas requested Beverly to try and find out any information including any traffic studies that may have been completed on how it was determined to install the speed cushions.   

Al Babnew asked Beverly that if Councilman Henon is planning to have a community party this year and asked if he does that the trash be removed. 

A members asked about the legality of Maggies new shed.  President Halas explained the zoning requirements for sheds. 

An attendee asked if signage for a business placed on a property on Lorry Place is legal in a residential area.   President Halas explained that the member should contact 311 and L&I. 

Another member asked advice  about what to do if  a neighbor’s patio is pushing into her fence.  President Halas encourage the  member to contact 311. 

If members do not receive satisfaction from the City 311, President Halas and ETCA would try to provide support.

Vice – President Kennedy announced that there are no speakers scheduled for next month’s meeting.

A motion to adjourn was made by Adge Martin, seconded by Al Babnew.  The meeting adjourned at 8:05 P.M. by unanimous consent. 

ETCA  - May 8, 2017

 

The General Meeting of the ETCA for May 8, 2017 was called to order by President Lew Halas followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”

Announcements – Lew Halas, President

President Lew Halas announced that there would be a guest speaker from 311, 2 zoning presentations and a discussion about proposed zoning classification.  

Vice – President Kennedy introduced Daniel Ramos, Community Engagement Coordinator from 311.  Mr. Ramos explained various methods to contact 311 and how to submit service request  via social media apps, the 311 mobile application and the walk-in office. Mr. Ramos also explained the Neighborhood Liaison program.  

Vice President Kennedy introduced Councilman Henon.  Councilman Henon addressed  attendees about a comprehensive plan dealing with different agencies to secure funding to benefit the community.  Councilman Henon said the community will be involved with the planning for improvements.    

Councilman Henon announced that he is partnering with Delaware River City Corp (DRCC)  to have summer movie nights and family activities before the movies. Flyers will be available at the next  meeting.  Councilman Henon is focusing on cleaning up the hatchery areas.  Councilman Henon also announced that if ETCA approves the proposed zoning changes he will  introduce changes this week in Council. Councilman Henon answered other questions and responded to a complaint about the condition of the fencing along State Road.  

Vice-President announced a zoning presentation for a proposed group fitness class center at 9656 State Road in the Delaire Shopping Center.  The presentation was made by Attorney Steve Pollock. Also present was Michele Warhurst from Dan Campo Fitness. The refusal is for operating a commercial activity within an area zoned industrial (I2). The fitness center would operate Monday through Saturday.  The owner of Delaire Shopping Center, John Graff  answered questions from attendees and spoke about changes and improvements to the center.  The zoning hearing is May 23, 2017 at 9:00 A.M.  A petition signed for support was submitted to President Halas.  

Mark Morrison made a motion to support the zoning application and seconded by Joe Apice.  A vote was taken and the result was 20 to support, 1 not to support, and 1 abstention.  

Vice President Kennedy introduced Janine Ehsani, Esq representing the estate of her father Dr. Dlutowski.  Ms. Ehsani explained the zoning application for 9625 Frankford Avenue.  Previously Dr. Dlutowski had obtained a variance to continue to live in his house and rent the office to another physician.  However, the permit was never picked up.  In order to sell the property, Ms. Ehsani is proposing to have the  variance reinstated.  Ms. Ehsani presented a petition signed by the neighbors .  Ms. Eshani is looking to reinstate the use and there will be no demolition or construction on the  property.

Al Babnew made a motion to vote to support the application as is and seconded by Adge Martin.  The result of the vote is 19 to support,  0 opposed, 1 abstention.    President Halas mentioned to Ms. Ehsani that during the discussion to approve the application some attendees addressed concerns that the property could become a rental property.

President Halas announced that there was going to be a break and encourage attendees to take a look at the maps with the proposed zoning changes located in the front of the room.  

Break

President Halas opened the discussion on the proposed Zoning classification changes.  President Halas asked for comments or questions on the proposed zoning changes.  No response.

Mark Morrison made a motion to accept the proposed zoning classification seconded by Al Babnew.  Motion was accepted with no opposition and 1 abstention.  President Halas will contact city planning with results.

Vice President Kennedy made a motion to dispense of all regular business due to the lateness of the meeting.  No further motions.  Regular business commenced.

Mark Morrison made a motion to dispense of the reading of the previous minutes and the treasury report.  Motioned seconded by Pat Weir.  Motion passed by unanimous consent.

Committee Reports

Legislative – Frank Bell – absent – no report

By-Laws – Ed Rice – no report

Health, Education and Welfare – Adge Martin – Primary Election is Tuesday, May 16th, 2017.

Representative Mike Driscoll is having an E- waste event on May 20th from 9-11:30 AM at Delaware Ave and the Boat Ramp area.

Membership and Publicity – Pat Weir – Pat Weir apologized for cards going out late there was a problem with the Pitney-Bowes machine. If anyone needs a membership or wants to pay dues see Pat.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – Saturday, May 13th,there will be a park clean up from 9 to 1.  Trail at Lardner Point will be opening on Monday May 15th.  On  June 22nd from 5 to 9 PM will be a Beer Fest in Pleasant Hill Park.  At this time, no date has been set for movie at the park

Zoning -  Lew Halas and Bill Kennedy – No report.

Glen Foerd – Meg Walton Sharp responded to a question about the furniture at Glen Foerd. The tour is now different and it talks about the people at Glen Foerd.  On May 25th Meg offered to take anyone interested on a tour. Please contact the office.  There will be a concert celebrating Mother’s Day on May 13th.  Tree is down and is to be removed by City.  

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – No Report

Maggies – Tracey Schmidheiser, executive assistant to owner.  Steven Goodchild, general manager and nephew to owner.  Ms. Schmidheiser spoke about how Maggie’s is addressing zoning issues around parking.  

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – absent

Old Business

President Halas announced that Stewart from Councilman’s Ohs is in audience.  Also, President Halas announced upcoming history event at Holy Family University on May 20th.  

New Business

Member addressed recent newspaper report of an aggravated assault at 9200 Delaware Avenue. .  Member asked when is area going to get more police coverage..  

A motion to adjourn was made by Vice President Kennedy, seconded by Mark Morrison.  The meeting adjourned at 8:45 P.M. by unanimous consent.  









ETCA - April 10, 2017

The General Meeting of the ETCA for April 10, 2017 was called to order by President Lew Halas followed by The “Pledge of Allegiance”

Announcements – Lew Halas, President

President Lew Halas announced that representatives from Councilman Henon and Councilman Oh’s office were in the audience. President Halas requested the reading of the previous meeting.

Secretary Linda Hogan read the previous meetings notes of March 13, 2017. President Halas made a motion that the meetings notes be accepted as read.  Seconded by Mark Morrison. Passed by unanimous consent.

President Halas requested the reading of the treasurer’s report.  Justine Bolkus read the report.  . Al Babnew made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Seconded by Mark Morrison. Passed by unanimous consent.

Committee Reports

Legislative – Frank Bell – absent – no report

By-Laws – Ed Rice – no report

Health, Education and Welfare – Adge Martin – Deadline for voting registrations is Monday April 17, 2017. Primary Election is Tuesday, May 16th, 2017.  Saturday April 22nd from 5 to 8 PM, “Empty Plate Dinner” benefit at St. Dominics Hall.    Sunday, April 23rd 1 PM free tickets to the Cinema at “Emmanuel Resurrection Church.    Sunday May 7, 1 PM Movie “Joseph and the Amazing Coat at 8210 Frankford Ave.  Saturday, April 29th Flea Market 9-3 PM, All Saints Church.   Wednesday, May 3rd, “ The Illustrated Delaware River” history of a great American River by Hal Taylor at Holy Family University.  Thursday, May 4th 6:30 to 8:30 PM  Delaire Landing Complex, 9355 State Road, Meet the candidates night”.    Saturday May 20th 10-3PM. History Fair at Holy Family University.  Reminder of the Yellow Dot program especially for those who drive alone.

Membership and Publicity – Pat Weir – If anyone needs a membership or wants to pay dues see Pat at the bread.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – If  ETCA is  interested in running an event such as a flea market at the park you will need to obtain a permit from Parks and Recreation.  The Friends of Pleasant Hill Park are planning a clean-up and other summer events.

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – Mark has noticed that small pot holes are now being filled in.

Zoning -  Lew Halas and Bill Kennedy – There will be two upcoming zoning presentations for ETCA.  One is for a Doctor’s office on the 9600 block of Frankford Avenue.  The other is for an exercise gym in the Delaire Shopping Center on State Road.    

Glen Foerd –  Meg Sharp Walton reported that she spoke with Councilman Henon’s office and  there is still no date set for the neighbor meeting.  The tennis courts are clear and this is where the dock will be located.  Glen Foerd wants to get feedback about the possibility of having boaters storing their kayaks or canoes (no motored boats) on Glen Foerd’s property. This is something to consider and GF will see if there is an interest.  Upcoming programs include the sunrise service Easter morning, Tai Chi classes, a Bee Keeping series. Also, there will be a Mothers’ Day concert on May 13th at 1 PM.  An artist in resident will have an opening on May 21st.  Available Community Garden plots are 5’x10’ in size and the cost is $45.00.  There will be a Star party on the last Friday of April.

Maggies – Kevin Goodchild - no report

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – no report but there will be a 50-50 at break.

Break

50-50 drawing collected during break.  Total of $28.00 was collected.  Winner was Mark Morrison. Mark donated the winnings of $14.00 back to ETCA.

Old Business

 President Halas spoke about the final oral arguments for 9310 Keystone.   

President Halas attended a meeting with City Officials in regards to Sanctuary Cities.  President Halas explained what happens when an illegal immigrant is arrested in a Sanctuary City. 

A question was raised about the proposed zoning changes in East Torresdale, the possible sub division of a property for sale on Wissinoming Street and the subdivision and construction on Primrose Lane. 

New Business

A suggestion was made to not have ETCA general meetings during Holiday weeks.  Vice-President Kennedy spoke in regards to ETCA scheduled meetings.  President Halas also mentioned that ETCA needs to have regular meetings due to requirements for zoning presentations. 

President Halas announced again that there will be two zoning presentations at next month’s meeting.  One is for a refusal at 9625 Frankford Avenue and another refusal for a personal training gym at 9456 State Road. 

A representative from the 311 call center is scheduled to speak at the next general meeting.

Haneef Maye spoke to the meeting on behalf of Vikki Kristiansson who is running for Common Pleas Judge in the Democratic primary on May 16, 2017.

 

 

A motion to adjourn was made by Mark Morrison.  The meeting adjourned at 8:10 P.M. by unanimous consent. 


 

ETCA - March , 2017

 

The General Meeting of the ETCA for March 13, 2017 was called to order by President Lew Halas followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance”.

Announcements – Lew Halas, President

President Lew Halas had no announcements and noted that there are no speakers scheduled for the meeting.

President Halas requested the reading of the previous meeting.

Secretary Linda Hogan read the previous meetings notes of February 13, 2017. President Halas made a motion that the meetings notes be accepted as read.  Seconded by Mark Morrison. Pass by unanimous consent.

Committee Reports

Legislative – Frank Bell – absent – no report

Health, Education and Welfare – Adge Martin – Deadline for voting registrations is Monday April 17, 2017. Primary Election is Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

FOP Lodge 5 is having craft vendor event on Saturday, March 25th from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. Adge Martin inquired about the Wetland Project which was supposed to plant 160 trees, 6800 shrubs and 25,000 herbaceous plants.

Adge Martin made a motion for ETCA to send a letter to Councilman Henon thanking him for the Philadelphia Activity check received at the last meeting.  Motioned seconded by Ed Rice.

Membership and Publicity – Pat Weir – absent – no report

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – no report

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – the stop sign on the off ramp at 95 and Linden Avenue has been replaced. Vice President Kennedy added that a second no turn on red sign is now posted at Linden and State Road.  A request was made for a X Box near the park at Torresdale and Linden.  Previous request was made a year or so ago but President Halas will make another request.

Zoning – President Halas announced that although ETCA sent a letter to the zoning board, the application for 9521 – 23 Frankford Avenue has been pulled.

9310 Keystone Street – President Halas announced that there will be an oral argument hearing on March 15th at City Hall court room 426.  President Halas made request for  members to show up at the hearing.  There would be no presentation or testimony taking place.

Glen Foerd – no report

Maggies – Kevin Goodchild - no report

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – will collect 50-50 at break.

Old Business

Vice President Kennedy announced that he has sent an email to Meg Sharp Walton, Executive Director of Glen Foerd informing her that he would not be contact between Glen Foerd and near neighbors.   President Halas said that he would send a letter to Glen Foerd supporting Vice President Kennedy’s request.

A member inquired if a meeting between Glen Foerd and near neighbors has been rescheduled.    President Halas said that no date has been set as of yet.  

50-50 drawing collected during break.  

 

The 50-50 was collected for a total of $20.00.  Winner is Al Babnew who returned winnings to ETCA.

New Business

Vice President Kennedy requested ETCA membership to take a half page ad for $50.00 to support the Officer of the Year event for the 8th Police District.  The motion was made by Al Babnew and seconded by Ed Rice.

Officer Hansbury was present and invited membership to attend the event on March 26th from 1 to 4 P.M. at the Union League at Frankford and and Grant Avenues.

Mark Morrison made mentioned to Officer Hansbury that the utility body truck on State Road is no longer there.  Officer Hansbury explained how he had followed up on ETCA’s complaint about the vehicle.

Vice President Kennedy said that he has requested a speaker from 311.  Vice President Kennedy has been in contact with Graham Quinn and Carlos Ramos from 311.     VP Kennedy is waiting for a response from Mr. Ramos and is hoping to have a speaker from 311 at the April or May membership meeting.     

President Halas said that he would be reaching out to Larissa Klevan from City Planning for any updates in regards to zoning classification changes.

 

 

A motion to adjourn was made by Al Babnew and seconded by Ed Rice.  The meeting adjourned at 7:40 P.M. by unanimous consent.  


 

 

 

 



ETCA - February 13, 2017

The General Meeting of the ETCA for February 13, 2017 was called to order by President Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by  general announcements from President Halas.

Announcements – Lew Halas, President

President Lew Halas announced, Officer Hansbury, 8th Police District as a speaker, there would be a zoning presentation in regards to zoning classification changes within the ETCA boundaries and a zoning presentation for the dentist office at 9521-23 Frankford Avenue. 

Officer Hansberry addressed the group about illegal parking complaints on State Road.  A complaint was made about a cargo body truck parked near Dunkin Donuts on State Road.  There was also a complaint about speeding in the area of Ditman and Fitler Streets.  Officer Hansberry announced that PDAC meets the first Wednesday of every month and invited people to join PDAC.   He also announced that on March 26 there would be an Officer of the Year event at the Union League between 1 and 5 P.M.  Officer Hansberry announced that the last Thursday of each month the Captain holds a town hall meeting from 6 P.M. till finished at the 8th police district. Officer Hansberry will provide his phone number and email address to members.

Second speaker Larissa Klevan from City Planning addressed proposed zoning classification changes for the ETCA area.   The recommended zoning classification changes were a result of the public meetings held for the North Delaware District Plan as part of Plan 2035, as well as requests from residents who are concerned with overdevelopment.  Ms. Klevan explained that Zoning Classification changes come through City Council and need City Council approval.    The changes are to have a less dense RSD-1 zoning classification within the ETCA boundaries.  Ms. Klevan also spoke about the train station area and its current zoning and zoning changes to make the area more neighborhood focused but she is open to other options.  Other Questions were about the property near Ditman and Primrose Streets.  Ms. Klevan will make a new map with some additional changes and provide it to President Halas for review by the ETCA members.  If there are any other questions, please contact Larissa.

Third speaker was Paul Lazar of Beacon Construction in regards to proposed work at 9521-23 Frankford Ave.  Work includes a large addition to be built on the back of property as well as 3 parking spaces in the rear yard and handicap parking and signage on the front of the property.  In the rear of the property a shed will be removed to make room for the addition and parking.  The site plan was shown.  New construction will blend into what is there now.  Dr. Sotelo spoke to attendees about his existing practice and his proposed expansion.  Dr. Sotelo also spoke about the digital signage and proposed another alternative to ETCA members.  Immediate neighbors were concerned about storm water runoff after the construction, the handicap parking and sign on the front yard of the property, and visitors using the rear parking having visibility to their rear yards and properties.  Mr. Lazar would be working with a civil engineer to try to handle the stormwater within the site.  The goal is to slow down the run off.  The property would be graded for runoff to go away from neighbor’s property, spread it out and slow it down.  Vice-President Kennedy read the items of refusals for this proposed construction.  March 21st is the date of the hearing.  Another concern was that we just had City Planning's presentation to try to stop overdevelopment.

Vice President Bill Kennedy made a motion to oppose the application for 9521-23 Frankford Avenue .  The motion was seconded by Mark Morrison.  The vote was In favor of opposing the application in its entirety.  The vote count was as follows:  Oppose – 20 , support the proposal – 4, abstain – 1. 

President Halas announced the oral arguments for the roof-top sign at 9310 Keystone Street will take place on March 15, 2017 at 10 A.M.

President Halas spoke about Holy Family University (HFU) and construction around Marion Hall.  Previously, HFU had met with neighbors around Marion Hall.  Since then, the scope of project changed and on February 8th  HFU held another meeting with neighbors.  President Halas also attended the meeting.  Current construction does not require any variances.  HFU has downsized the scope of project. HFU is keeping the original building and adding a 2 story addition.  HFU is also removing 3, one-story structures and creating 20 parking spaces. Storm water will be managed onsite.  Questions from attendees referred to how the word of the meeting was communicated to neighbors.  President Halas believed that one of the neighbors was an acting liaison to spread the word out about the meeting.  ETCA had no role in getting the word out.  President Halas reached out to HFU when he saw fencing going up. 

President Halas announced that John Graf may be coming back to ETCA to speak about a gym facility in 2 store fronts in the Delaire shopping center.
Glen Foerd (GF) is holding a community meeting for near neighbors on Tuesday, February 21st at  8 PM. GF reached out to ETCA to get word to near neighbors.  Attendees voiced that if GF is hosting a meeting it is GF responsibility to get the word out to neighbors with written notification because not every neighbor are members of ETCA.  President Halas explained that GF and ETCA agreed to keep the lines of communication open and that ETCA would assist in notifying the community, but will notify GF of the concerns in regards to communication with immediate neighbors.

Vice President Kennedy made motion to dispense of all other business except old and new business.  Motion seconded by Mark Morrison.  All were in favor.

50-50 drawing collected during break

The 50-50 was collected for a total of $44.00.  Winner is Karl Iochum for $23.00.

Old Business – A request was made from the members of the Glen Foerd fence committee to have Bernadette join the committee since her application for board membership is currently under consideration.  President Halas referred to the formation of the committee by Councilman Henon, and that he is a representative from ETCA.  President Halas’ role is only as an observer to report back to ETCA.  A request was made to have President Halas make the recommendation to Councilman Henon.  After a brief discussion the members of the fence committee will reach out to Councilman Henon with their request to add Bernadette Liddel to the committee.  A suggestion was to make Councilman Henon aware that the ETCA membership was not generally opposed to the request.

New Business – A complaint was made in reference to the weekend parking on the vacant lot at Arendell Avenue and Germania Streets.  Calls have been made to the city by residents and President Halas  recommended to continue to call 311.

A motion to adjourn was made by Al Babnew and seconded by Adge Martin.  The meeting adjourned at 9:08 P.M. by unanimous consent. 

ETCA Minutes - January 9, 2017


The General Meeting of the ETCA for January 9, 2017 was called to order by President Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by  general announcements from President Halas.

Announcements – Lew Halas, President

President Lew Halas announced two guest speakers, Meg Sharp Walton, Executive Director of Glen Foerd and Officer Kareem Davis from the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.  President Halas also announced that Councilman Henon is scheduled to attend this evening. President Halas mentioned that the Far NE Public Planning meeting will take place on January 31st , 6:30 PM at Community College of Philadelphia, 12910 Townsend Road, Northeast Campus. This is the third and final public meeting to be held.

 

Meg Walton Sharp, Executive Director of Glen Foerd (GF) addressed the Civic about a $500,000 William Penn Foundation grant awarded to Glen Foerd and other new programming planned for this year.  The two year William Penn Foundation grant will support environment programming and an environmental programmer will be hired.  The grant will be able to provide a boat access point on the Poquessing Creek behind the water tower.  However, this floating dock is not for public launch.  Environmental programming will be run by an environmental educator who will take participates out onto the river from the access point.  The goal is to create advocates and interest to protect the environment and provide the history of the Delaware River.  There also will be community based programming that partners with Student Boat Builders.  Pilot programs working with different organizations including Spin will be taking place this summer.  Glen Foerd will also be clearing the tennis courts area to be used for programing. By clearing the area GF hopes that the area could also be used for picnicking.  New programs for the coming year will include indoor piano concerts. The executive director also mentioned that there are plans to develop programing around the area of the carriage house.  GF would like to have this area accessible to the public during weddings.  Glen Foerd will also be developing gardening programs. A part time gardener has been hired.  There will be programing based around bee hives and honey making.  Glen Foerd also hopes to have a community garden in the orchard area.  There will be workshops for people interested in community gardens and composting. The temporary play space near garden house is coming down.   A new play space will be located near carriage house and developed with natural materials. The summer concerts series will take place with hopes of a having a movie following one of concerts.  GF is also hoping to have a market selling produce and other items.  GF is also trying to get Philadelphia Orchestra for a community concert.  Meg Sharp Walton distributed sheets to meeting attendees for community feedback to provide ideas for programing at Glen Foerd.  The Executive Director answered questions regarding GF from meeting attendees.  A question was asked about the survey markers on the GF grounds about 15 or 20 feet in around the area just pass the entrance gates off of Grant Avenue.  The executive Director said that she does not know why or who placed the markers.   President Halas offered to stop and take a look at the markers.

President Halas announced the second speaker Councilman Henon.  Councilman Henon presented a check for $1200.00 from the Philadelphia Activities Grant to President Halas in absence of Treasurer Justine Bolkus.  Councilman Henon addressed several topics pertaining to the area including the working committee formed in regards to the Glen Foerd fence issue.  Councilman Henon announced that there has been only one meeting but that there will be a meeting scheduled for next month concerning issues and concerns pertaining to Glen Foerd.  Councilman Henon spoke about the challenges in regards to development and zoning in the East Torresdale residential area.  Councilman Henon also provided an update on the development of the Liddonfield area as well as an update on activities concerning the Saints and Sinners location. Councilman Henon has not seen any activity at this time and he keeps updated on the issues pertaining to the Saints and Sinners location. 

The next speaker introduced by President Halas was Officer Kareem Davis of the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.  Officer Davis spoke to attendees about the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement and their duties.  Officer Davis answered questions from attendees and provided information regarding differences between types of licenses and how to contact the bureau with complaints.  Officer Davis also handed out pamphlets from the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.

Break

50-50 drawing collected

The 50-50 was collected for a total of $36.00.  Winner is Joe Feeney for $18.00.

A motion was made to dispense of the reading of the minutes and treasury report by Mark Morrison seconded by Pat Weir.

Committee Reports

Legislative Committee – Frank Bell Absent

By Laws – Ed Rice – - Absent excused

Education / Health and Welfare Report – Adge Martin – Working on getting a Meet the candidate’s night at Delaire Landing.

Membership / Pat Weir –Please see Pat after the meeting with any problems with receiving meeting notice cards or membership payments. Accepting memberships tonight.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew –  Absent – excused

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – No report

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – Absent but ETCA will collect for 50-50.

Zoning – Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy – There will be a presentation next meeting for Dentist Office at 9531 Frankford Office. The office is planning building addition, parking and signage. 

There will also be a City Planning presentation on zoning classification changes next meeting.

President Halas spoke about ETCA Attorney recommendations in regards to 9310 Keystone Signage issue.  President Halas also discussed the attorney fee for representing the Civic in regards to signage issue.  Debbie McMullin made a motion to accept and pay attorney bill.  Mark Morrison seconded the motion.  Motion passed by unanimous consent.

Glen Foerd –.Meg Walton present and gave Glen Foerd update.

Fund Raising – Joe Carson absent but ETCA still collected 50-50.

Maggies – No representative

Old Business – None

New Business –None

Next meeting –  President Halas mentioned upcoming presentations during the zoning report.

Motion to adjourn made by Mark Morrison and by unanimous consent.  Meeting adjourned at 9:25  P.M..











ETCA Minutes - December 12, 2016

The General Meeting of the ETCA for December 12, 2016 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by  general announcements from President Halas.

Announcements – Lew Halas, President 
President Lew Halas made three announcements. There will be a presentation this evening for 9430 State Road. President Halas will be giving an update on 9210 Keystone Street.  Captain Freeman of the 8th District will have a town hall meeting Tuesday December 29th from 6 to 8 P.M.

A presentation was made for ETCA support of a zoning variance by Karj Sandhu owner of property at 9430 State Road.  Mr. Sandhu wants to open a CDL training classroom in an office area on the property.  Mr. Sandhu explained that the class would consist of 5 to 6 students, totaling 140 hours over a 4 week period from 9 AM to 5 PM.  Student parking on the premise would not be an issue and there would be no practical training on the property.  Currently on the property is a gas station, car wash, self storage, and express lube.  Mr. Sandhu also commented on his property at 8501 Hegerman Street.  This property is used for practical training and he has a tractor trailer on the property.  Mr. Sandhu explained that he needs to seek a state school license for the classroom to become accredited. Mr. Sandhu said there is no building at 8501 Hergerman that he can use for the classroom.   Mr. Sandhu answered questions from attendees in regards to the possibility of tractor trailer training at 9430 State Road, driving on local streets, and questions in regards to training at 8501 Hegerman Street.  Mr. Sandhu said there will be professional trainers, no noise, parking for students behind the car wash and that he only has one tractor trailer at this time.  No tractor trailer for training purposes will be at this location.
  A motion was made by President Halas to support the proposed classroom at 9340 State Road with the following provisos.  1. The number of students is limited to six with one instructor.  2. No tractor trailer, commercial type vehicle or training on the premises. 3. Dedicated parking for 7 cars (6 students and 1 instructor).  4. This use will be temporary for 5 years.  Motion seconded by Ed Rice.  A vote was taken resulting in 18 yes votes, 1 against and 0 abstain.

A motion was made to dispense of the reading of the minutes by Vice President Kennedy seconded by Al Babnew. 

Treasurers Report read by Justine Bolkus.  Beginning balance $38,643.30,  expenses $545.00. deposits, $326.00.  Ending balance $38,424.30.  Treasurers report accepted unanimously.  

Legislative Committee – Frank Bell Absent

By Laws – Ed Rice – - No Report

Education / Health and Welfare Report – Adge Martin – Beware of scans especially when asking for cash back on debit cards. PA Yellow dot program. Place yellow dot in car window. Fill out identification card and place in glove department in case of a crash. Yellow dot indicates that your information is in glove compartment.  New store is opening in former Food Basics store. 

Membership / Pat Weir –Please see Pat after the meeting with any problems with receiving meeting notice cards or membership payments.

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – No report – Attendee requesting repaving of street in the area of WaWa on State Road where pipes were repaired.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew –  No Report.  Attendees complaining about recycling center. Urge residents to all Air Control with any complaints.

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – 50-50 to be collected at break.

Zoning – Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy – President Halas gave update on 9310 Keystone signage.  Zoning board had approved a static sign not a digital sign. 

Glen Foerd –.No report.  Meg Walton is scheduled as a presenter at January meeting.

Maggies – Kevin Goodchild addressed the meeting that he plans to expand Maggies to include a catering facility.  The addition will be able to seat 300.  Plan also includes additional parking.

Old Business – None

Break

50-50 drawing.  $32.00 collected  $16.00 to winner Al Babnew.  Winner donated winnings back to ETCA

New Business - None

Next Meeting: Vice President Kennedy announced that there will be 3 presenters, Officer from State Police, Meg Walton From Glen Foerd, and Councilman Henon to present check to ETCA.

Elections:

President Halas announced last call for nominations for board positions before election.  No nominations were made.

Secretary Linda Hogan read nominations.

2017 Board Nominees

President – Lew Halas
1st Vice President – William Kennedy

2nd Vice President – Joseph Drioli

Secretary – Linda Hogan
Treasurer – Justine Bolkus
Legislative – Frank Bell
Sergeant-At-Arms - Hugh Davis
By-Laws – Edward Rice
Education/Health & Welfare – Adelaide Martin
Fund-Raising - Joseph Carson
Membership/Publicity – Pat Weir
Parks/Recreation – Allan Babnew
Streets/Traffic - Mark Morrison
Zoning – Lew Halas/William Kennedy  

Motion  made by Mark Morrison and seconded by Debbie McMullin to accept 2017 slate.

With no additions, corrections, or further nominations from the floor, the 2017 slate was approved by unanimous vote as read. 

Motion to adjourn made by Mark Morrison and by unanimous consent.  Meeting adjourned at 8:30 P.M..


ETCA Minutes - November 14, 2016

The General Meeting of the ETCA for November 14, 2016 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by general announcements from President Halas.

President Halas’ Announcements:     

9430 State Rd zoning application for a CDL classroom.  There will be no trucks at this location, just students in a classroom.  It was noted that the owner’s property on Hegerman St has not received permission for a school or for students driving trucks. 

Taggarts Bar at 9961 Frankford Ave. received its’ variance and approval from the Zoning Board of Adjustments.                      

The Far Northeast District public meeting is Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Anne Frank School, 2000 Bowler Ave.  Part of ETCA’s area (near Leon St & Grant Ave) is in the Far Northeast district.                                                                                                                                                               TThe Northeast District (our area) has some areas that are proposed to be rezoned to a more restrictive classification (e.g., Frankford & Grant Aves.) to prevent subdividing a single lot into multiple lots for development.

Beverly Beck from Councilman Henon’s office was in attendance at the meeting.

The Minutes from the previous month were not read because the Secretary was absent (excused).

Committee Reports:

Treasurer’s Report – Justine Bolkus – The treasurer’s report was read by Treasurer Justine Bolkus. A Motion was made to accept treasurer’s report. Finding no additions or corrections the report was approved as read by unanimous vote.  

Discussion of Treasurer’s report:  It was discussed that Somerton Civic Association’s President had taken funds from their bank account.  It was noted that ETCA’s President, 1st VP and Treasurer can access the account online for oversight purposes.   Mark Morrison said that ETCA writes checks only for normal business expenses.  Any other expenditure is voted on at public meetings.  A motion was made by Joe Carson to have hard copies of the Treasurer’s Report at meetings on a quarterly basis.  The vote was 2 for, 12 against and 2 abstaining.  That motion did not pass.

Legislative – Frank Bell Absent

 By –Laws – Ed Rice – No report

Education – Adge Martin – State Rep. Mike Driscoll is having a Senior Fair on Friday, November 18 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Torresdale Boys Club.  Delaire Landing is having a Home & Craft Fair at their Rec Center (9355 State Rd) on Sunday, December 4th from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Membership – Pat Weir – Accepting memberships and collecting dues at break.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – There was a cleanup and tree planting at Pleasant Hill Park on November 12.  The day was a success.  Sophia Pryszlak, President of The Friends of Pleasant Hill Park, said that the fence near State Rd and Linden Ave needs repair, that the park needs more lighting and seating.  She said that the Northeast Philadelphia Irish Rugby team plays nearly every Saturday and Sunday at the field.

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – No report.
Discussions:  Illegal parking on the east side of Torresdale Ave south of Linden near the I-95 exit ramp is causing difficulty for those exiting I-95.  The ‘No Turn on Red’ signs at southbound State Rd at Linden Ave were added and are set too high and not visible.

Zoning – Bill Kennedy/Lew Halas – 9430 State Rd zoning application for a CDL classroom will be presented for a vote at our December 12th meeting.

Glen Foerd – (Linda Hogan) – No report

Julie Apice noted that the Glen Foerd Committee formed last Spring has not met in many months.  President Halas said that there still isn’t a fence at Glen Foerd.  ‘No Trespassing after Dusk’ signs have been posted at Glen Foerd.  These signs are a legal necessity which will allow prosecution of any violators. 

Fund Raising – (Joe Carson) 50/50 will be collected at break.

Maggie’s – Kevin Goodchild – No report 

Old Business

Discussion re: Proposed Digital signs at 9310 Keystone Street:

President Halas detailed the proposal made by Joe Burns, an owner of JB Richards Construction Company located at 9310 Keystone St.  ETCA’s Zoning Committee (President Halas and Vice President Kennedy) met with Mr. Burns on November 1st at 9310 Keystone St.  Mr. Burns made the following offer: 

  1. Reduce the rooftop signs from 18’x40’ to about 16’x40’,
  2. Give ETCA a number (to be determined later) of public service messages on the digital signs, and
  3. Donate to ETCA $1,500 per month for 3 years,

This offer was made if ETCA drops its Court of Common Pleas appeal of the Zoning Board’s decision to permit the signs. 

It was noted that ETCA had voted unanimously against the signs at the June, 2016 meeting.  The proposal is called a Community Benefits Agreement, and is a legal practice.  The timeline for ETCA’s appeal is that our briefs are due 1/3/17, JB Richards’ is due in February and oral arguments begin in March.  Mr. Burns does not have the permit yet but has said that he will have one soon.  He has submitted a revised application.  The Zoning Board may accept the revision or it may require another hearing due to significant changes in the application. 

There was a prolonged discussion of the proposal.  Vice President Kennedy said that he is skeptical of the deal, that the amount of money offered is so much that there must be something that we’re not aware of, that deals in the past have failed.  It is very hard to regulate the messages on a digital sign.  President Halas said that he believed the Fillmore Sign was supposed to be accessory but that it runs all sorts of commercial messages.    A neighbor on the west side of I-95 said that the current static sign is very visible from her home.  Neighbors in that area are concerned about the ever changing glaring light from a digital sign.  The question was asked if the owner could be made to plant trees that would block the light pollution.

Vice President Kennedy made a motion that a Special meeting be held on Monday, November 28 at 7 PM in order to discuss and vote on the proposal.  The motion passed 20 to 0.  There were no abstentions.


The members were asked if anyone would like to be nominated for office positions for ETCA for the upcoming year.  Nominations may also occur at our December 12th meeting.  Voting will be done at that meeting.

A motion was made to adjourn.  Passed unanimously.  












ETCA Minutes - October 10, 2016

The General Meeting of the ETCA for October 10, 2016 was called to order by Vice President, William Kennedy.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a general announcement from the Vice- President.

Announcements – Bill Kennedy, Vice President

Vice-President Kennedy announced that President Lew Halas was absent for the meeting and that he would be presiding over the meeting.  Vice President Kennedy introduced Sean Taggart to the meeting.  Mr. Taggart gave a zoning presentation for Taggart’s Bar located at 9961 Frankford Avenue.  Taggart’s Bar is being required by the City to obtain an assembly license through the zoning board since his occupancy has increased.  Mr. Taggart said that he has no objections or complaints from neighbors and they are not doing anything else to the property. 

Al Babnew made a motion to accept the zoning request for Taggart’s Bar, seconded by Mark Morrison.  A vote for support was taken, 19 yes, 0 no, and 0 abstention. 

Committee Reports

Legislative Committee – Frank Bell Absent

By Laws – Ed Rice – - No Report- Arrived late

Education / Health and Welfare Report – Adge Martin – Grocery stored planned for the Old Food Basics Store. PJP hopes to open by late November (Penn Jersey Paper).  www.phila.gov/dhed Click on Take our Survey to let the city know what you think.  Saturday, October 15th between 3 and 6:30 P.M. All Saints’ Church will have homemade soups and desserts for 5.00.  For you entertainment there will be a tour of the Graveyard for $5.00 “Tragedies in the Graveyard”  tour will take place at 3:30 and at 5:00 PM.  For dinner and a tour price is $8.00.  ETCA members are invited to “Meet the Candidates Night” at Delaire Landing Complex Recreation Center on Thursday, October 20th between 6 and 8 P.M.  Art lecture on “Rembrandt” is October 20th 1-2:30 PM.  R.S.V.P. required.  Call John at 215-622-9303.  Wesley Enhanced Living 8401 Roosevelt Boulevard.  Cannstatter’s will have Oktoberfest on Saturday, Nov 5th 9130 Acdemy Rod.  Doors open at 6 P.M.  Music is from 7-11 P.M.  Donation $10.00 Call Hedy 484-497-6593.   Various flyers are on table for all.  

Membership  Pat Weir – Meeting cards went out.  Please see Pat after the meeting with any problems with receiving meeting notice cards or membership payments.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – There will be a Park Clean up on November 12 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Pleasant Hill Park.  Meet at the restrooms.

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – No report.  Adge Martin complained about bump on Linden Avenue where street was just paved. 

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – no report

Glen Foerd – no report

Maggies – No representative

Zoning – Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy – Lew Halas – absent, Vice President Bill Kennedy reported that the will probably be a zoning presentation next meeting in regards to CDL classes at the location of the gas station next to the WaWa on State Road. 

Old Business –  

Al Babnew made a motion to dispense with the reading of the Previous Meeting.  Motion seconded by Mark Morrison.  Passed by unanimous consent.

Treasurers Report – Justine Bolkus absent, no report

New Business

Vice –President announced the nominating committee for the upcoming board elections as Adge Martin and Joe Driscoll (2 board members).  Tom Honeyford, Nancy Dellavela and Judy Kennedy (3) ETCA members.

Complaints were voiced about a Haunted Bus Ride trolley out of Maggies from 6 P.M. to 2 A.M.  Neighbors are complaining that they are being woke up during the night.  Vice-President Kennedy will attempt to contact the 8th Police District Captain.

Next Meeting:

Speaker for the next meeting is Officer Davies from the State Police.

Motion to adjourn made by Joe Carson and approved by unanimous consent.  Meeting adjourned at 7:45 P.M.




 

ETCA Minutes - September 12, 2016

The General Meeting of the ETCA for September 12, 2016 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a general announcement from the Vice- President.

Announcements – Vice-President Kennedy announced the State Representative Driscoll was in attendance and then  introduced the guest speaker, Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. 

Commissioner Ott Lovell introduced herself to members and provided general information about the parks and programing including Love your Park day, movie nights  and fishing days at Pleasant Hill Park.  Commissioner Ott Lovell also spoke about work that has taken place at Pleasant Hill Park and her recent tour of Glen Foerd.  The Commissioner spoke about the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s neighbor park stewardship program and introduced Emma Shad as the Pleasant Hill Park neighborhood liaison. 

Commissioner Ott Lovell listened to concerns and responded to questions from attendees about Pleasant Hill Park and Glen Foerd.   In regards to the water flow in the ponds at the fish hatcheries, Commissioner explained that a second water line was added in hopes os resolving the issue. In regards to Glen Foerd, the Commissioner addressed tree complaints on the property,  in particular a large leaning tree on Grant Avenue which is under primary electrical wires.  The Commissioner will have Parks contact PECO about the matter and reminded members to call 311 with any street tree issues. Members also pointed out the problem of vines growing on trees at Glen Foerd. The Commissioner mentioned that this is a chronic problem throughout the Philadelphia Parks system. 

 Attendees expressed concerns about the recent by-law changes made by the Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation .  In the past, members of the GFCC board consisted of two thirds neighbors, but with recent by-law changes the number is reduced to at least 20 percent.  The Commissioner responded that she would review the lease agreement.   Vice-President Kennedy said that he had requested a copy of the by-laws but has not received a copy.  Meg Sharp Walton, Executive Director of Glen Foerd responded to the members that the Glen Foerd by-laws were reviewed by a law firm and approved by board members.  President Halas reported that the newly formed committee regarding the proposed fence and security issues at Glen Foerd had a meeting at Glen Foerd, which was productive and proposals are moving forward.  President Halas suggested that this committee may also address other Glen Foerd issues in the future.  Commissioner Ott Lovell supports the meetings and offered her assistance by providing a Fairmount Park representative at the meetings to provide city input. 

The Commissioner also answered questions about the weeds and trees blocking the view of the River at Pleasant Hill Park and a request to have it mowed seasonally.  Other complaints were made by members in regards to parking inside Pleasant Hill Park, along the fence, and parking problems that develop when there are events in the area. 

Nancy Kerns of the Friends of Pennypack requested feedback about Rhawn street park area, bridge, parking lot and band shell. 

Vice President Bill Kennedy made a motion to dispense of the reading of the previous meeting minutes and treasury report.  Seconded by Joe Drioli and passed.

Break

Break followed by a 50-50 drawing by Joe Carson.  $36.00 collected, winner Joe Carson ($18.00) donated back to ETCA

Legislative Committee – Frank Bell Absent

By Laws – Ed Rice – - No Report

Education / Health and Welfare Report – Adge Martin – Fall Vendor Fair at All Saints Church, September 18th and grave yard tour.   Meet the Candidates Night at Delaire Landing  is October 20th from 6 to 8 P.M.

 Membership / Pat Weir – Meeting cards went out.  Please see Pat after the meeting with any problems with receiving meeting notice cards or membership payments.

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – Street Lining work almost finished on 4900 Linden Avenue.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew –  The Friends of Pleasant Hill Park hold their meetings on the last Thursday of the month in the park.

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – no report

Zoning – Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy – ETCA filed an appeal of the Zoning Board decision for the erection of the roof-top digital signs at 9310 Keystone Street and ETCA has retained Sam Stretton, ESQ.  President Halas has received the transcript of the zoning board hearing and is waiting for the Court of Common Pleas to schedule the appeal.  President Halas asked that a motion be made to ratify the Board’s decision to file the appeal of the Zoning Board Decision.  That motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously.  A letter was distributed to the 23 residents living across I-95 from the proposed signs and who signed the Petition in Opposition, asking for their support and input in this matter.     Representative Driscoll is in opposition to the sign and offered his support in the matter.                      

There will probably be a presentation at the next meeting from Taggert’s, 9961 Frankford Avenue in regards to a refusal for an entertainment license.

Glen Foerd – Ed Rice – Halloween Celebration on October 22nd from 10 AM to 1 PM.  President Halas reported that the first Committee meeting for the proposed fence took place and Councilman Henon’s office is doing some work and research on the matter.  Julie Apice expressed that she would still like to see the by-laws.

Maggies – no representative

Old Business –  Mr. Gonzalez spoke about Maggie’s and remarked on his opposition of the dumpsters possibly being moved to the lot that Maggie’s supposedly just purchased at 5216 Arendell Ave, and other related concerns with Maggie’s.  Mr. & Mrs. Gonzalez made a contribution to the ETCA legal fund.  Questions from attendees included the beer garden/outdoor service, and the breaching of the proviso between ETCA and Maggie’s.  President Halas stated that a letter was sent to Maggie’s attorney of record, Shawn Ward, Esq. regarding the proviso, and copied to the L&I Commissioner, the L&I East District, and the Councilman’s Office.  We have not received a response yet.  Members also complained that they were not invited to the Community Day event at Maggie’s and that the event created a problem with trash and parking.  Representative Driscoll said that in the future he will provide assistance with trash removal. 

New Business

John from Senator Sabatina’s office announced the Senior Expo will be held on October 7th from 10 AM to 1PM at the PA Armory. 

Next Meeting: Speakers will be Senator Sabatina and Ross Feinberg.

Motion to adjourn made by Al Babnew and approved by unanimous consent.  Meeting adjourned at 8:50 P.M..

 

 

ETCA Minutes - August 8, 2016

The General Meeting of the ETCA for August 8, 2016 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a general announcement from the President.

President Halas announced that there would be no speaker at the meeting.

Minutes of previous general meeting were read by Secretary, Linda Hogan.  Mark Morrison made a motion to accept the minutes as read, seconded by Al Babnew.  The minutes were accepted by unanimous consent.  

Justine Bolkus is absent and the Treasurer’s Report will not be read at this time.  

President Halas announced that there is no Legislative Committee report due to vacancy and that the seat is still open.  President Halas asked if any member is interested in the position please let him know. The Legislative position entails reporting on City Council or State Bills that may affect East Torresdale residents.  Attending PDAC meetings is also a responsibility of the position.

By Laws – Ed Rice – Absent at this time - No Report

Education / Health and Welfare Report – Adge Martin -Free Bible School at All Saints Church August 15th to 19th from 6 – 8:30 P.M., Meet the Candidates Night at Delaire Landing  is October 20th from 6 to 8 P.M.  Fall Fair at All Saints Church is on September 18th. The movie “Zootopia “will be shown on Thursday August 18th , 8 P.M. at Pennypack on the Delaware Park.  The Devon theatre will show the movie “Big Fat Greek Wedding on August 19th, sponsored by Councilman Henon.

Membership / Pat Weir – Meeting cards went out.  Please see Pat after the meeting with any problems with receiving meeting notice cards or membership payments.

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – Paving work has started on 4900 Linden Avenue and when finished there will be a dedicated (L) left turn.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew –  Two hundred people attended movie at Pleasant Hill Park Monday July 18th and there are plans to have another movie event next year. 

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – absent no 50-50  will be collected at this meeting.

Zoning – Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy –  President Halas reported on the Zoning Board hearing for the erection of a digital sign at 9310 Keystone Street.  President Halas expressed disappointment of the approval for the signage by the Zoning Board despite a letter of opposition from ETCA as well as 23 signatures from residents on the opposite side of I-95.   Chis Creelman from Councilman’s Henon’s office in attendance said that Councilman did not support the signage.  One attendee suggested that ETCA contact the Department of Transportation or the State Police since they may require a permit for the signage.  ETCA will reach out to the Department of Transportation.  

Glen Foerd – Ed Rice –Upcoming concert on August 18th from 7 to 8 P.M.  Banjo Society will perform.

Maggies/Kevin Goodchild –  Mr Goodchild reports that he has relayed to Shawn Ward ETCA board questions.  Mr. Goodchild also spoke about getting fence permits, the placement of dumpsters on his property and the lot at 5216 Arendell Avenue.

Old Business – No old Business

New   Business -   A complaint was made about the sewer lateral lines causing street problems on the 9200 block of Milnor Street.  The attendee feels that the problem started after Anderson use of heavy equipment on the street. 

President Halas appointed member Frank Bell as the Legislative Committee representative for ETCA. 

Next Meeting – September 12, 2016  at 7 P.M.  Vice- President announced that Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott-Lovell will be the speaker.

Motion to adjourn made by Al Babnew and approved by unanimous consent.  Meeting adjourned at 8:10 P.M..


 





ETCA Minutes - July 11, 2016

The General Meeting of the ETCA for July 11, 2016 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a general announcement from the President.

Announcements – Lew Halas,  President

President Halas announced that there would be no speaker at the meeting.

Minutes of previous general meeting were read by Secretary, Linda Hogan.  Mark Morrison made a motion to accept the minutes as read, seconded by Al Babnew.  Accepted by unanimous consent.  

Justine Bolkus read the Treasurer’s Report.  A  Motion made by Mark Morrison to accept the Treasurer’s report, and seconded by Pet Weir.  The Report was  Accepted by unanimous consent.  

President Halas announced that there is no Legislative Committee report due to vacancy.  President Halas asked if any member is interested in position please let him know.

By Laws – Ed Rice – No Report

Education / Health and Welfare Report – Adge Martin

Free Bible School at All Saints Church August 15th to 19th from 6 – 8:30 P.M., Discount tickets for family and singles (see Adge). Staples Coupons for scholarships, Teen Tuesday at Holmesburg Library, July 19th and 26th and August 2nd. , Do not put trash out before 7P.M., Vetereans of Korean War can receive a Peace Medal if they reside in the 173rd legislative district. Contact the office of Representative Mike Driscoll at 215-281-3414 for more information., Cranberry juice in combination with the medication Coumadin may cause increased bleeding., Free movies in Philadelphia Parks schedule(see Adge). 

Membership / Pat Weir – Please see Pat after the meeting with any problems with receiving meeting notice cards or membership payments.

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – No report

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – Movie at Pleasant Hill Park Monday July 18th.  Volunteers needed to clean park.  See Al if you are interested in volunteering.  There is Community Fishing  every Saturday from 10 A.M till 1. P.M. at Pleasant Hill Park.  Pop Up beer garden in the city schedule available on front table.

Fund Raising – Joe Carson - A 50-50 will be collected at the break.

Zoning – Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy – Vice- President Kennedy read letter to zoning board for the support of a gym at 4926 Pearson Street.

Glen Foerd – Linda Hogan – Jazz event will take place on July 30th.  Contact Glen Foerd for tickets and information.  Upcoming concerts are July 14th and August 18th from 7 to 8 P.M. 

Maggies/Kevin Goodchild – Mr. Goodchild discussed the settlement of a lot adjacent to Maggie's and the possibility of another resident selling his house.  President Halas told Mr. Goodchild that the tables and chairs on the side of Maggie's are unacceptable and not permitted per the ETCA Proviso letter to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which Proviso Letter is part of Maggie's Zoning & Use Permit for the latest additions.  President Halas also read Item #3 of a Memo from Shawn Ward, Esq., to ETCA, which memo is consistent with the ETCA Proviso Letter.   President Halas recommended that Mr. Goodchild speak with his Attorney, Shawn Ward, Esq., with regards to the ETCA Proviso letter and Mr. Ward's Memo to ETCA. Mr. Goodchild said that he will get in touch with his attorney, Shawn Ward, Esq.

Break – 50-50 collected $58.00 with $26.00 to winner, Al Babnew. Al donated winnings back to ETCA

Old Business

President Halas announced that he has not heard from Councilman Henon to date in regards to a committee meeting for the proposed fence at Glen Foerd.  President Halas read correspondence from Meg Walton, dated June 21st.   President Halas reiterated that his understanding is that the purpose of the committee is for the erection of a fence around Glen Foerd only.  The purpose of the committee was discussed.  Some members are under the impression that the formation of the committee was not only for the construction of a fence but also for improved communication with Glen Foerd and immediate neighbors.  Julie Apice is going to read her email again from Meg Walton regarding the committee and purpose.  Attendees also discussed their concerns about the construction of a temporary and possible permanent play space next to the Garden House.  Concerns raised include the stability of the ground since there are old access tunnels in the area of the garden house.  The safety of children and the close proximity of the play area to the rose garden is also a concern.  Members feel that other problem areas of the grounds should be addressed first before the considering the construction of a play area.  

Members also discussed a lot for sale on Milnor Street at Grant Avenue.  Members said that although the lot is maintained by the owner, there has been an increase in unwanted activity in the area.

President Halas will draft a letter of members concerns to Glen Foerd’s Executive Director and Board President expressing members concerns.

New Business

There is no speaker scheduled for the next meeting.  Vice-President Kennedy will contact the New Parks and Recreation Director to speak at the September meeting.

 Next Meeting – August 8, 2016  at 7 P.M.

Motion to adjourn made by Bill Kennedy and approved by unanimous consent.  Meeting adjourned at 8:30.






ETCA Minutes - June 13, 2016

The General Meeting of the ETCA for June 13, 2016 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a general announcement from the President.

Announcements – Lew Halas,  President

President Halas announced that there would be three presentations during the meeting, a proposed accessory roof top sign at 9310 Keystone Street, a personal training gym at 4926 Pearson Street and a garage addition at 9314 Ditman Street. 

First Presentation: A presentation for an accessory roof top sign at 9310 Keystone Street was made by zoning consultant, Tom Citro on behalf of J.B. Richard Construction. The double faced digital led sign would measure 18’x40’ and face north and south on interstate 95.  An accessory sign can only advertise the business occupied in the building.  Several businesses of JB Richards are registered at the address and would advertise on the roof top signs.  Union Roofing rents one unit within the building and would be permitted to also use the rooftop signage.  Attendees asked questions pertaining to the signage and expressed concerns in regards to the sign becoming a distraction to drivers and the advertisement use of the sign. A discussion occurred in regards to the legality of roof top signs in the city.  Also discussed was the size of the sign faces and the fact that they would be digital.  The signs exceed the allowable area for this property, and appear to be located within 300’ of residential dwellings on the other side of I-95, which also is not permitted by zoning regulations.  A motion was made to oppose the application by Al Babnew and seconded by Pat Weir.  A vote was taken.  The results were 18 opposed, 0 supporting the signage, 0 abstained.  Official vote opposed the signage.

Second Presentation: A presentation was made by Steve Pollock, Esq, on behalf of a Personal Training gym within an industrial area located at 4926 Pearson Street.   The owner of 4926 Pearson, John Graff was present along with Dan Campos, owner of the personal training business.  The gym will operate Monday through Friday, 5:00 A.M. till 9:00 P.M., Saturdays, 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and Sunday 8:00 A.M. till 1:00 P.M.  Class size is from 25 to 30 people and consists of cardo and weight training with sufficient off-street parking.   No showers or floor equipment are located on the facility.  Two neighboring businesses provided their support during the presentation and stated that Mr. Graff cleaned up that area, and that since then, unwanted loitering and suspicious activity has decreased.  Justin Bolkus made a motion to vote supporting the application, seconded by Bill Kennedy.  A vote was taken.  The results were 21 approved, 0 opposed, 0 abstentions.  Office vote supported the application for the Personal Training Center.

Third Presentation: A presentation was made for a garage addition at 9314 Ditman Street.  The proposal was refused for the side yard.  The plans indicate there will be a 3 foot side yard as opposed to the required 8 foot setback.  The presentation was made by John and Lou Ann Finizio.  Mr. Finizio presented documentation showing support from neighbors, especially the neighbor adjacent to the addition.  Also, the addition’s setback is greater than what currently exists at the existing garage/shed in the rear of the property.  A motion was made to vote supporting the proposed garage addition by Al Babnew, seconded by Pat Weir. A vote was taken resulting with 19 votes to support, 0 opposed and 0 abstained.  Official vote supports the addition.

A motion was made by Bill Kennedy to dispense of all normal business and committee reports. The motion was unanimously accepted.

Al Babnew did report that there will be a movie night on July 18th, 2016 at Pleasant Hill Park. 

A break was followed by the 50/50 drawing.  A total of $30.00 was collected and $15.00 to the winner, Joe Carson. Joe donated his winnings of $15.00 back to ETCA.

Old Business

No one from the selected committee to work with Glen Foerd has been contacted in regards to any meeting dates.  President Halas announced that Councilman Henon said the meetings would take place over the summer.  President Halas also stated that the committee meetings are for the fence only.   President Halas will reach out to Councilman Henon in regards to when the meetings will take place.

New Business

Vice President Bill Kennedy announced the obituary for well-known Torresdale resident, Lillian Posernia.

Next Meeting – July 11, 2016  at 7 P.M.

Motion to adjourn was made by Al Babnew,  unanimously accepted by members at 8:50 P.M.




ETCA Minutes - May 9, 2016

The General Meeting of the ETCA for May 9, 2016 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a few general announcements from the President.

Announcements – Lew Halas,  President

President Halas announced that a Boy Scout named Christian was in attendance and was working on a merit badge for Citizenship and Community.  He will be noting an issue and developing a plan to resolve the problem.

President Halas addressed the fact that most attendees at this meeting were concerned about the recent opposition to the erection of a fence around Glen Foerd.

President Halas announced that Meg Sharp Walton, Executive Director of Glen Foerd is unable to attend this meeting. 

President Halas spoke with Councilman Henon and he assured President Halas that no shovel will go in the ground at Glen Foerd for the erection of a fence.  Councilman Henon would like to form a committee consisting of Glen Foerd Board members, ETCA members, members from the community and City agencies.  The committee would meet 4 or 5 times during the summer.  No fence will go up until a consensus is made by the committee.

Attendees voiced their concerns about the lack of transparency between the community and Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation Board (GFCC).  Members are concerned that the first time they heard about the fence around Glen Foerd was in a Northeast Times article and not from GFCG.  Another concern is the change in the GFCC By-Laws as it relates to the number of Board Members from the immediate neighbors.  Attendees are concerned that neighbors will not have adequate representation on the board.  An attendee addressed the concern since she was told that she would have to wait until the new year to become a board member when a Torresdale vacancy opens.  A suggestion was made to have a near neighbor attend board meetings. 

A break was followed by the 50/50 drawing.  A total of $68.00 was collected and the winner, Len from Delaire Pharmacy on State Road.  Len donated his winnings of $34.00 back to ETCA.

Len representing Delaire Pharmacy spoke to the meeting attendees about the Pharmacy and its offerings to the community. 

State Representative Mike Driscoll addressed the meeting and spoke about Glen Foerd and the need for more transparency between GFCC and its immediate neighbors.

Julie Apice stated that she received an email from Meg Sharp Walton, Executive Director of GFCC asking her to be on the new committee suggested by Councilman Henon.   Julie Apice, Rosanne Duzinski, and Tish Edwards agreed to represent the neighbors on the committee. A motion was made to accept the committee members and was accepted unanimously by the attending members.    A motion was also made to have Bernadette Liddell represent the neighbors by attending GFCC board meetings.  The motion was seconded by Mark Morrison and by unanimous consent of the attending membership.

The motion was made by Bill Kennedy and seconded by Mark Morrison. A motion was made to have Lew Halas represent ETCA on the committee, seconded by Debbie McMullen. 

A motion was made by Bill Kennedy, seconded by Mark Morrison  to dispense of the reading of the previous meeting notes and the Treasurer’s report.   

Committee Reports:

Legislative - Jackie Wolf resigned –No Report

By –Laws – Ed Rice – absent- no report

Education – Adge Martin – No Report

Membership – Pat Weir – absent

Streets – Mark Morrison –  no report.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – At Pleasant Hill Park there was a Love your Park day on May 7th, 9 A.M. and there will also be a movie night on July 18th.  The movie to be shown will be Aladdin.

Zoning – Bill Kennedy/ Lew Halas –  There will be a presentation at the June 13th meeting for a roof top sign at 9310 Keystone Street.  There will possibly be presentations for 9314 Ditman Street for a garage addition and at 4926 Pearson for a personal training gym.

Glen Foerd – No report

Fund Raising – (Joe Carson) 50/50    $68.00 collected at break with $34.00 to the winner.

Maggies – No representative  

Old Business – None

New Business

A complaint was made by Robert Levins about open and blatant drug use on his street at the intersection of Arendell and 9200 Wissinoming Sts.  Mr. Levins asked ETCA for help with this problem.

Next Meeting – May 13th, 2016  at 7 P.M.

Motion to adjourn was made by Mark Morrison, second by Mark Morrision and  consent of members at 8:17 P.M.




ETCA Minutes - April 11, 2016

The General Meeting of the ETCA for April 11, 2016 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a few general announcements from the President.

Announcements – Lew Halas,  President

ETCA received approximately 20 emails regarding the Saints and Sinners Swingers Club.  President Halas read his response to attendees.There is a meeting tomorrow night April 12, 2016 , 7 P.M. at Glen Foerd in regards to a proposed fence around the perimeter of the property.

Speakers
Congressman Brendan F. Boyle spoke on behalf of his brother, Democrat candidate Representative Kevin Boyle who is running for State Senator.  Congressman Boyle addressed the meeting and answered questions from attendees.
State Senator John Sabatina, Democrat candidate for State Senator addressed the meeting regarding his candidacy and answered questions from attendees.

BREAK

A break was followed by the 50/50 drawing.  A total of $48.00 was collect and the winner, Lew Halas donated his winnings of $23.00 back to ETCA.

A motion was made by Joe Carson, seconded by Al Babnew  to dispense of the reading of the previous meeting notes and the Treasurer’s report.  

Speaker

Robin Greenburg announced the opening of a new Thrift Boutique located at Shelly Plaza, 8948 Frankford Avenue. Ms. Greenburg explained that the thrift store is run by the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia and welcome donations as well as volunteers. 

President Halas announced that Stewart from Councilman Oh’s office was present at the meeting as well as Chris Creelman from Councilman Henon’s office.

Mr. Creelman announced that there will be a discussion at the Upper Holmesburg Civic Meeting on April 21st, 7 P.M. Marian Hall, St. Dominic’s regarding the Saints and Sinners Swingers club.  Representatives from the Police department and Health department will be in attendance at the meeting.

Mr. Creelman also spoke about Britton Industries and violations for the odor coming from the property.  Britton Industries has till mid- April to respond.  Mr. Creelman will provide an update next month.  Continue to call Air Management and Councilman Henon’s office with complaints. 

Committee Reports:

Legislative - Jackie Wolf resigned –No Report

By –Laws – Ed Rice -  no report

Education – Adge Martin –The General Primary is April 26, 2016.  Meet the candidates’ night at Delarie Landing April 19th at 6:30 to 8:30.  Thursday, April 21st at 7 P.M., the Upper Holmesburg Civic Association will hold a meeting at St. Dominic’s Marian Hall.  Friday, April 22nd, there will be a Spring Fling at Glen Foerd R.S.V.P. Call 215-686-3444. This is a complimentary brunch with live music by Irish Mist. Event is sponsored by Councilmen Bobby Henon and Allen Domb.  State Representative Mike Driscoll will hold a  paper shredding event on May 14th from 9 A.M. to Noon. At the Linden Avenue boat ramp. 

Membership – Pat Weir – Accepting memberships and collecting dues at meeting.

Zoning – Bill Kennedy/ Lew Halas –  No report

Glen Foerd – Love your Park day at May 14th.

Fund Raising – (Joe Carson) 50/50    $48.00 collected at break with $23.00 to the winner.

Maggies – No representative 

Streets – Mark Morrison – excused – no report.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – At Pleasant Hill Park there will be a Love your Park day on May 7th, 9 A.M. and there will also be a movie night on June 20th .  Donations welcomed. 

Old Business – Questions from attendees regarding tables outside of Maggie’s again.

New Business

Nancy Kerns – Friends of Poquessing Creek was introduced to attendees.

Senator Sabatina sponsored free photos for senior bus passes at the Armory on April 22nd

Next Meeting – May 9, 2016  at 7 P.M.

Motion to adjourn was made by unanimous consent of members at 8:25 P.M.


ETCA Minutes - March 14, 2016

The General Meeting of the ETCA for March 14, 2016 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a few general announcements from the President.

Announcements – Lew Halas,  President

Treasurer Justine Bolkus is excused.  Jackie Wolf, Legislative Chair moved out of the area and is now resigned.

Speakers

Meg Sharp Walton, Executive Director of Glen Foerd Conservation Group spoke to attendees with regards to activities and proposed plans for Glen Foerd.  Plans include an entrance into Glen Foerd from State Road which would decrease traffic in the neighborhood surrounding the mansion.  Executive Director Walton also mentioned that there are plans to erect an 8 foot security fence around the property.  The fence will be decorative similar to the fence surrounding the Union League property at Grant and Frankford Avenues.  The carriage house is now being used by a non-profit boat kit builder as well as a tenant building a tiny house.  Ms. Walton said that she has been in discussions with the William Penn Foundation in regards to funding environmental programs to take place at Glen Foerd.  The New Parks Commissioner is planning to visit Glen Foerd and the goal is to hopefully provide more funding from the City.  Two artists in residents will create temporary art installations inside and outside. The Laylight restoration project continues and should be finished in May.  Another goal is to receive funding and  create programming around the Garden House which formerly was used as a potting shed and later a children’s play area for the Forderer children.  Signage is planned for the site providing historic facts about the property.

Upcoming events on the estate include an Easter Egg Hunt on March 19th  and a sunrise service on Easter morning, March 27th.  Tai Chi resumes April 4th for a new session.  A ground cleanup is schedule for May 14th.  The summer concert series will continue this year and a Jazz Event is planned for July 30th.    

Scheduled speaker, Patty-Pat Kozlowski was not in attendance.

A break was followed by the 50/50 drawing.  A total of $38.00 was collect and the winner, Binu Paul received $19.00. 

A motion was made by Mark Morrison, seconded by Pat Weir  to dispense of the reading of the previous meeting notes and the Treasurer’s report.  

Committee Reports:
Legislative
- Jackie Wolf resigned –No Report
By –Laws
– Ed Rice -  no report
Education
– Adge Martin –The General Primary is April 26, 2016.  Meet the candidates’ night at Delarie Landing April 19th at 6:30 to 8:30.  The Friends of Pennypack Park will be providing guided tours of the park.  Holy Family University is holding a living fully series in April through May. 
Membership
– Pat Weir – Reported that the post cards were mailed and she is accepting memberships and collecting dues at this meeting.
Zoning – Bill Kennedy/ Lew Halas –  Mayor Kenney has recently appointed a new chair to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Mr. James Moylan to replace Ms. Julia Chapman.
  
In response to residents’ concerns of overdevelopment, where one home is being demolished in place of two or three new homes, Councilman Henon's office has started drafting an Ordinance/Bill to change the zoning classification in the area bounded by Grant Avenue, Leon Street, Eden Street and Fluehr Park, to a lower density residential district. 
Glen Foerd
– (Linda Hogan) – No report
Fund Raising
– (Joe Carson) 50/50    $38.00 collected at break with $19.00 to the winner.
Maggies – No representative 

Old Business - None

New Business - Michael Thompson, ETCA member, and representative for State Rep. Mike Driscoll's office, submitted a letter to ETCA stating that he was a member of NET Advisory Board (The Drug Treatment Center on State Road) representing Mike Driscoll. Any questions, comments, or concerns regarding Net may be addressed to him.

Candidates State Senator John P. Sabatina Jr. and Kevin Boyle are scheduled to address the members at the next meeting.

Next Meeting – April 11, 2016  at 7 P.M.

Motion to adjourn was made by unanimous consent of members at 8:15 P.M.

 

 

 

 

ETCA Minutes - February 8, 2016

The General Meeting of the ETCA for February 8, 2016 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a few general announcements from the President.

Announcements – Lew Halas,  President

Mike Fagan from Senator Sabatina's office is in attendance.  Chris Creelman from Councilman Henon’s office is unable to attend.  Captain Freeman from the 8th District is unable to attend but has sent Public Relation Officer Hansbury in his absence.

Officer Hansbury answered questions from attendees about recent reports of home burglaries in the area as well as parking issues on State Road.  Officer Hansbury will be able to have a contact get in touch with anyone interested in starting a Town Watch for the area.

Mike Fagan from Senator Sabatina office announced that on Friday, March 4th, 10 AM there will be  a Breast Cancer Screening event at their Academy Road Office. .  Mr. Fagan also announced that the Senator is supporting legislation that would give half of unclaimed lottery ticket winnings for education.

President Halas reminded attendees that the thirty day period for public comments on the North Delaware District Plan 2035 is ending on February 19th.  President Halas introduced Larissa Klevan, Project Manager for the North Delaware District Plan.  Ms. Klevan addressed the meeting and spoke about the plan highlighting several proposals for the area.   Ms. Klevan answered questions and recommended attendees to download and the entire plan from the Philadelphia 2035 website.

President Halas read a letter from newly elected City Commissioner Lisa M. Deeley thanking everyone for their civic commitment and offering her support to the community.  

Vice-President Kennedy made a motion to send a letter of support to Commissioner Deeley in her new position.  Motion passed by unanimous consent.

Scheduled speaker, Patty-Pat Kozlowski was not in attendance.

A break was followed by the 50/50 drawing.

The 50/50 total collected was $56.00, with $28.00 to the winner.  The winner was Connie Arko.

A motion was made by Mark Morrison, seconded by Justine Bolkus  to dispense of the reading of the previous meeting notes and the Treasurer’s report.  

Committee Reports:

Legislative - Jackie Wolf –No Report

By –Laws – Ed Rice -  no report

Education – Adge Martin –The General Primary is April 26, 2016.  Meet the candidates’ night at Delarie Landing April 19th at 6:30 to 8:30.  Income based free pre-school available at St. Anslems. 

Membership – Pat Weir – Accepting memberships and collecting dues at break.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – absent .  Sophia Pryszlak reminded group that the Friends of Pleasant Hill Park will hold their first meeting February 25th at 7:00 P.M.

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – To report a pothole, call 311 and give operator the location.  Make sure to get a report number from operator.  If not filled within a week, call back with the report number.

Zoning – Bill Kennedy/ Lew Halas – No Report

Glen Foerd – (Linda Hogan) – No report

Fund Raising – (Joe Carson) 50/50    $56.00 collected at break with $28.00 to the winner.

Maggies – Kevin Goodchild – was in attendance but had to leave. 

Old Business

New Business

No speaker scheduled for March meeting as of yet.  Vice-President Kennedy will reach out to Police Captain Freeman and Meg Sharp from Glen Foerd.

Next Meeting – March 14, 2016  at 7 P.M.

Motion to adjourn was made by unanimous consent of members at 8:30 P.M.

 





ETCA Minutes - January 11, 2016

 


The General Meeting of the ETCA for January 11, 2016 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a few general announcements from the President.

Announcements – Lew Halas,  President

A draft of North Delaware District Plan 2035 will be presented to the Planning Commission on January 19th.  There will be a thirty day period for public comments.  Information will be posted on ETCA website.

State Senator Mike Driscoll is unable to attend the meeting but has sent representatives Tom Forkin, Terry Devlin and Mike Thompson.

Chris Creelman from Councilman Henon’s office is in attendance.

Senator Sabatina was also in attendance and spoke to attendees.

Attendees asked questions about rumors that a proposed WAWA at State Road and Linden Avenue was denied.  President Halas said it is a rumor and to his knowledge no application has been submitted or denied. 

Reading of Previous Meeting Minutes (Linda Hogan) Finding no additions or corrections the report was approved as read by unanimous vote.

Committee Reports:

Treasurer’s Report – Justine Bolkus – The treasurer’s report was read by Treasurer Justine Bolkus. Motion made by Mark Morrison to accept treasurer’s report. Finding no additions or corrections the report was approved as read by unanimous vote.  

Legislative - Jackie Wolf – PA House is back in session.  City Council is also back in session January 19th.  

By –Laws – Ed Rice – No report

Education – Adge Martin –The General Primary is April 26, 2016.  Meet the candidates’ night at Delarie Landing April 19th at 6:30 to 8:30.

Membership – Pat Weir – Accepting memberships and collecting dues at break.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – No report

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – No report.

Zoning – Bill Kennedy/Lew Halas – No Report

Glen Foerd – (Linda Hogan) – No report

Fund Raising – (Joe Carson) 50/50 will be collected at break.

Maggie’s – Kevin Goodchild – No report 

Old Business

Terry Devlin from State Senator Driscoll’s office commented on previous complaints of foul smells in the area.  Mr. Devlin reported that Britton Industries, a construction and landscaping materials yard located at Torresdale Avenue & Tolbut Street received citations from the PA Department of Environmental Protection for the above mentioned complaints.

Break

50/50 Raffle collected a total of $116.00.   Winner Justine Bolkus $58.00.  Winnings donated to ETCA.  Ten ($10) off certificates donated by Three Monkeys were also raffled off.

New Business

President Halas reminded members to keep car doors locked as there have been a few thefts reported in the area.  Several attendees expressed concerns about home break-ins in the area.  President Halas requested that all residents be vigilant and keep an eye out for their neighbors and the community. Vice-President Kennedy will try to have the 8th Police District Captain attend the next meeting.

Next Meeting – February 8th, 2016 at 7 P.M.

Motion to adjourn was made and approved by unanimous consent of members at 8:00 P.M.

 













ETCA Minutes - December 14, 2015

The General Meeting of the ETCA for December 14, 2015 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a few general announcements from the President.

Announcements – Lew Halas,  President

Michael Fagan from Senator Sabatina’s office is in attendance.  Chris Creelman from Councilman Henon’s office is unable to attend.  Bill Kenny from the Northeast Times is also unable to attend.

At the last City Planning Steering Committee Meeting for the North Delaware District Plan, zoning classifications changes were proposed to certain parcels of land. President Halas, representing ETCA, Justine Bolkus, ETCA Board member & representing the Commerce Dept., and representatives from the Upper Holmesburg Civic Association voiced their opposition to these changes. Later, President Halas received phone calls from the City Planning Commission, as well as the Councilman's office, who said that the proposed zoning classification changes were removed from the Plan.  During the Steering Committee meeting there was also a recommendation for "Safe Pedestrian Access" from the Torresdale Train Station to Glen Foerd.  How they will achieve this access is unknown.  

President Halas urged all members to attend the third and final City Planning Public meeting, review the plans of the area, and voice their opinions. 

Committee Reports:

Treasurer’s Report – Justine Bolkus – The treasurer’s report was read by Treasurer Justine Bolkus.  Finding no additions or corrections the report was approved as read.  

Legislative - Jackie Wolf – State budget still has not been passed.

By –Laws
– Linda Hogan no report

Education – Adge Martin – Anyone wanting to donate luggage for youth foster care can drop off donations to Spikes Trophies on Grant Avenue.  The General Primary is April 26, 2016. 

Membership – Pat Weir – Accepting memberships and collecting dues at break.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – No report

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – Nick Cinciruk from Street department reported to Mark that Linden Avenue will be paved in 2016.  A No turn on Red sign has been installed at State and Linden Avenue.

Zoning – Bill Kennedy/ Lew Halas – No Report

Glen Foerd – (Ed Rice) – The mansion will be closed January, February and March.  At this time, several members expressed concerns about rumors that Glen Foerd had changed its by-laws and no long require the same number of neighborhood residents on the board as the original Court approved by-laws stated.

 Fund Raising – (Joe Carson) Absent

Maggies
– Kevin Goodchild – Mr. Goodchild reports he has agreements of sale on 4 parcels on Delaware Avenue on which he plans to extend the parking lot. 

Old Business – No old business

No Break

New Business

Several attendees complained about bad odors in the area of Arendell Avenue, Frankford and Linden, and 95 and Linden Avenue.  Members urged to call Air Management 215.685.7580.

Complaint was made about foul smelling inlets in the area.  President Halas asked attendee to give him an exact location so that he can forward the information to the appropriate City department.

Another complaint was made about clothing drop box at Walker and Linden Avenue.Michael Fagan from Senator Sabatina’s office announced that a Boy Scout project is collecting old flags for proper disposal. Flags can be dropped off at Sabatina’s office or bring to next ETCA meeting.

Next Meeting – January 11th at 7 P.M. State Representative Mike Driscoll will be the speaker.

2016 Election

President Halas announced that Debbie McMullin no longer would be running for the Sargent at Arms position and that the nominating committee approved Member Hugh Davis for the position.  The list of nominees was read by Linda Hogan.  The following is the list of 2016 Board Nominees.

2016 Board Nominees

President – Lew Halas

1st Vice President – William Kennedy

2nd Vice President – Joseph Drioli

Secretary – Linda Hogan

Treasurer – Justine Bolkus

Legislative – Jackie Wolf

Sergeant-At-Arms Hugh Davis

By-Laws – Edward Rice

Education/Health & Welfare – Adelaide Martin

Fund-Raising - Joseph Carson

Membership/Publicity – Pat Weir

Parks/Recreation – Allan Babnew

Streets/Traffic - Mark Morrison

Zoning – Lew Halas/William Kennedy  

With no additions, corrections, or further nominations from the floor, the 2016 slate was approved by unanimous vote as read.

Motion to adjourn was made by unanimous consent of members at 7:55 P.M.







ETCA Minutes - November 9, 2015

The General Meeting of the ETCA for November 9, 2015 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a few general announcements from the President.

Announcements – Lew Halas,  President

There will be a hearing between City Council and Comcast on Thursday, November 12th at  1 P.M. Room. 400, City Hall.

Speakers

Lou Girola – Superintendent of Prisons – Mr. Giroula spoke to attendees about the recent visit of Pope Francis to the prison, efforts to reduce overcrowding and the possibility of new facilities to house inmates.  Attendees asked questions and voiced their opinions to Mr. Giroula in regards to new facilities and the impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.

Melonie McCottry  - PGW  Public Affairs Representative spoke to ETCA attendees in regards to the replacement of PGW lines in the Torresdale area.  She explained the process and answered questions in regards to residential notifications clean-up and repairs. She encouraged residents to contact the office of Public Affairs at 215-684-6880 or at feedback@PGWorks.com with any issues or questions.

Jason Sherman – Spoke to ETCA in regards to the filming of a documentary about the Kings Highway. Further information and support of the documentary can be obtained at KingsHighwayFilm.com.

There was an introduction to newly appointed Captain Freeman of the 8th Police district.

Senator Sabatina was in attendance as well as his assistant, Michael Fagan. Also in attendance was Chris Creelman from Councilman Henon’s Office.

A short beak was followed by the 50-50 drawing. Amounted collected was $46.00.   Joe Carson won the drawing and donated the winning amount ($23.00) to ETCA. 

 

A motion was made by Mark Morrison to dispense of the reading of the previous meeting minutes and Treasurer’s report.  Seconded by Justine Graham Bolkus.

 

 

Committee Reports:

Legislative - Jackie Wolf (absent/excused) Her husband, Earl reported on her behalf that PDAC honored two Police Officers, Joe Fox and Rose Hutchinson. PDAC holiday party is December 5th.

By –Laws – Linda Hogan no report

Education – Adge Martin

Trash can be placed out for pick up between 5 and 7 PM on the night before regular pick up between October 1st and March 31st.

The Churches of the Far Northeast will sponsor a veteran’s event at St. Anselms for Veterans on November 11th at 7P.M.

Membership – Pat Weir – absent

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – absent  

Pleasant Hill Park President Sofia Pryszlak  reported.  There will be a park clean-up and crafts on November 14th, 2015 from 9A.M. till 1 P.M.  

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – No report

Zoning – Bill Kennedy/ Lew Halas – In regards to the 9310 Keystone rooftop signage and scheduled zoning board hearing, as previously reported the applicant stated that he will not go forward until he has all the information ready.

Glen Foerd – (Ed Rice) –On December 12, 2015 the White Pines Production Company will have a Murder Mystery event at the mansion.  Go to www.glenfoerd.org for further information.

 Fund Raising – (Joe Carson) 50-50 total collected was $46.00 Winning amount of 23.00 to Joe Carson. Winnings donated back to ETCA by Mr. Carson. 

Maggies – Kevin Goodchild –was present but had to leave at break. 

Old Business – No old business

New Business

Susan Del Casale addressed the meeting in regards to parking at 4412 Convent Lane. Ms. Del Casale said that at the location there is a driveway for approximately 6 vehicles.  However the owner created another parking area which is zoned for one vehicle.  She said that the owners are parking multiple vehicles on this area including a pick-up trucks and a racing vehicle on a towing trailer.  She has contacted L&I and was informed by Inspector Mehaffey that the permit for the parking area is for one vehicle and that the owners are pursuing a zoning permit to park two vehicles on the new lot.  She asked ETCA for support and advice.  President Halas explained the role of ETCA in this manner and that when a Zoning Variance application is filed it will then come before ETCA.

 

 

2016 Board Nominees

In accordance with ETCA By-Laws, a nominating committee was appointed to nominate officers for 2016.  This committee consists of two board members and three members for the general membership.  The committee is as follows Linda Hogan, Mark Morrison, Nancy Delavella, Ed Rice, and Earl Wolfe.

The committee and ETCA board met and made the following recommendations for the 2016 Board members.  Any other recommendations for positions on the board can be forwarded to the Committee before the December General Membership meeting and any further nominations will be taken from the floor before the election is held.  Election will be held in December.  The nominations were read as follows:

President – Lew Halas

1st Vice President – William Kennedy

2nd Vice President – Joseph Drioli

Secretary – Linda Hogan

Treasurer – Justine Bolkus

Legislative – Jackie Wolf

Sergeant-At-Arms Debbie McMullin

By-Laws – Edward Rice

Education/Health & Welfare – Adelaide Martin

Fund-Raising - Joseph Carson

Membership/Publicity – Pat Weir

Parks/Recreation – Allan Babnew

Streets/Traffic - Mark Morrison

Zoning – Lew Halas/William Kennedy  

Next Meeting: No Speaker.

Motion to adjourn was made by unanimous consent of members at 8:30 P.M. 

 



ETCA Minutes - October 12, 2015

The General Meeting of the ETCA for October 12, 2015 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a few general announcements from the President.

Announcements – Lew Halas

Representative Driscoll will hold Senior Forum at the Torresdale Boys Club, October 23, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

The City Planning Commission 2015 will hold its second North Delaware District Plan on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Lincoln HS at 7 PM.

Torresdale  Boys Club still is accepting registrations for a free Basketball clinic.

PGW – sent an email about working in the area.Pleasant Hill Signage has been sent to NE historian for accuracy.  ETCA is still waiting for response.

Speaker – Al  Taubenberger – Candidate for At – Large City Council seat. Mr Taubenberger presented himself to members and accepted questions in regards to his run for City Council.

A motion was made by Mark Morrison to dispense of the reading of the previous meeting minutes and Treasurer’s report.  Seconded by Justine Graham.

Committee Reports:

Legislative - Jackie Wolf reports still no state budget passed and the replacement for the US Speaker of the House has not been selected as to date.

By –Laws – Linda Hogan no report

Education – Adge Martin   Candidates’ night – October 22nd, 2015 from 6 to 8 P.M. at Delaire Landing.

Trash can be placed out for pick up between 5 and 7 PM on the night before regular pick up between October 1st and March 31st.

The Friends of the Northeast History will hold a history fair to at Holy Family University on November 7th, 2015 from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. 

Membership – Pat Weir – No report

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew – absent

Pleasant Hill Park President Sofia Pryszlak  reported on solar lighting and tree replacement in the area.  There will be a park clean-up on November 14th, 2015 from 9A.M. till 1 P.M.

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison – Traffic light at Grant and State road not working properly.  Lew questioned about turning light at Linden and State.  Members commented about bumpy road coming east on Linden towards State.  Mr. Morrison to investigate.

Zoning – Bill Kennedy/ Lew Halas – In regards to 9310 Keystone and rooftop signage and scheduled zoning board hearing,  Lew sent letter to  the Zoning Board of Adjustment City Planning,  Councilman Henon’s office and the Applicant that no presentation was made to ETCA and  requested that no hearing be held until the community has had the opportunity to see the presentation and vote on it.  The applicant stated that he will not go forward until he has all the information ready.

Glen Foerd – (Ed Rice) – reported on Halloween Hayride event at Glen Foerd on October 17 from 10:30 A.M to 1:30 P.M.  Parking and admission to be held at Three Monkeys.

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – No report, 50-50 to be collected at break.

Maggies – Kevin Goodchild – present –Mr. Goodchild reports that the tables are coming down tomorrow and final inspection for CO approval is schedule to be done on Thursday. 

Old Business – No old business

A short beak was followed by the 50-50 drawing. Amounted collected was $44.00.   Mark Morrison won the drawing and donated the winning amount ($22.00) to ETCA. 


New Business   Mr and Mrs. Gonzalez of 5217 Arendell expressed their concerns in regards to Maggie’s and the increased traffic, trash, public urination, and lewd behavior they have witnessed.  Mrs. Gonzalez expressed her concerns that a lot located at Germania and Arendell is being prepared by Mr. Goodchild for parking and will further impact the neighborhood.  Kevin Goodchild responded that the lot is not going to be a parking lot and he does not own the property.  A heated discussion among attendees present and Kevin Goodchild took place.

Members raised issues with the neighbor work being carried out by PGW.  Residents feel that PGW needs to communicate more with the neighborhood as there are problems with parking and large pipes being dropped off in the streets.  Bill Kenny from the NE Times addressed the members with detailed information that he has attained in regards to PGW’s work in the area.

In accordance with ETCA By-Laws, a nominating committee was appointed to nominate officers for 2016.  This committee consists of two board members and three members for the general membership.  The committee is as follows Linda Hogan, Mark Morrison, Nancy Delavella, Ed Rice, and Earl Wolfe.

The committee’s recommendations will be read at the November general meeting and any further nominations will be taken from the floor before the election is held.  Election will be held in December.  

Next Meeting: Speaker is Lou Giorla – Superintendent of Prisons

Motion to adjourn was made by unanimous consent of members at 8:30 P.M.





ETCA Minutes - September 14, 2015

The General Meeting of the ETCA for September 14, 2015 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a few general announcements from the President.

Announcements – Lew Halas

Chris Creelman from Councilman Henon’s office could not attend the meeting but wanted to announce that there will be a community meeting on Thursday, September 17th at the Torresdale Playground, 9550 Frankford Avenue at 6:00 P.M.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the upgrade of the Park and playground area.

9101 Frankford Avenue the site of the proposed Philadelphia Credit Union will no longer be pursued by the Credit Union since they have decided to move to the former Bank of America building on Knights Road.

Signage for the Pleasant Hill Park is currently being reviewed by ETCA for historical accuracy. 

Information regarding the newly established Friends of Pleasant Hill Park is available on ETCA website and ETCA member, Al Babnew will be the liaison between the groups.

Through the assistance of Councilman Henon’s office, ETCA is applying for an Activity Grant.  Board members, Justine Grahm, Adge Martin and Bill Kennedy are currently working on the application.

There was no presentation at the August Board Meeting for Signage at 9310 Keystone Street.

Speakers

Michael Fagan, Legislative Assistant for State Senator John Sabatini  announced that there will be a Shredding Event taking place on Saturday  from 9AM to 1PM at the Parkwood Shopping Center.  There will also be a Senior Event at the National Armory on October 9, 2015 .

All Saints Church representatives announced that the will be a vendor fair at the church, and also a shredder event on Sunday, September 20, from 12 to 4 PM.

Mark Morrison made a motion to dispense of the reading of the previous meeting notes and treasurer report.  Second by Bill Kennedy.

 

Committee Reports:

Legislative - Jackie Wolf Absence – Excused – Silent no report.

By –Laws – Linda Hogan no report

Education – Adge Martin

Craft fair form March of Dimes on October 2nd, 2015

Candidates’ night – October 2nd, from 6 to 8 P.M. at Delaire Landing

Friends of Poquessing Park will have walks on September, 20th, Oct, 18th and November 22nd.

Adge had Voter registration forms available

Membership – Pat Weir – See Pat for membership cards and payment. Cards went out.

Parks and Recreation – Al Babnew –

Cameras are now working at Pleasant Hill Park. There was a small turnout for the Saturday morning fishing event. Friends of Pleasant Hill Park have a website and dues are $7.00 per member. Al also announced that the Bridesburg Food bank will be having a flea market and shredding event on October 3rd.

Streets and Traffic – Mark Morrison

No parking on Linden Ave signs across from Fish Hatcheries installed. New traffic light problem at Grant and State Road has been corrected. 

Zoning – Bill Kennedy, Lew Halas – No Report

Glen Foerd – No report

Fund Raising – Joe Carson – No report, no 50-50

Maggies – Kevin Goodchild – present

Old Business

Bill Kennedy reminded members that at last meeting Jeff Rousset from Mediamobilizing.org asked for support from ETCA members in regards to the upcoming agreements between the City and Comcast.  Rousset is asking that the City and Comcast agree to provide more benefits to the City and its residents.

Bill Kennedy made a motion for ETCA to write letters to Councilman Henon and the Mayor for a better deal for city residents.  Adge Martin seconded the motion.

New Business

Doris Bell is going to run a Flea Market for the Delaware Valley Veterans Home on October 3r, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The flea market will take place at 9230 N. Delaware Avenue (Maggies).  Kevin Goodchild gave group the permission to use his lot.  Doris checked with appropriate city agencies and no permit is required for this event. 

Next Month

Speaker – Al  Taubenberger – candidate for At – Large City Council seat.

Motion to adjourn by Mark Morrison at 7:35 P.M. Seconded by Debbie McMullin








ETCA MINUTES - August 10, 2015

The General Meeting of the ETCA for August 10, 2015 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a few general announcements from the President.

Announcements

The Friends of Pleasant Hill Park is moving along and will be working with Patti Pat Kozlowski/PPR and will come to the next general meeting.

Reminder that the City Planning Commission 2035 will hold its 1st  Public  neighborhood meeting for the North Delaware District plan on  August 13th at the Holmesburg Recreation Center at Rhawn and Ditman 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

The first speaker was State Senator of the 5th Senatorial District, John P. Sabatina, Jr.  Mr. Sabatina introduced himself to the Civic Association as well as handing out brochures with the locations of his two area offices located at 12361 Academy Road and 8016 Bustleton Avenue. He encouraged the audience to contact his office with any concerns or issues. The Vice President, Bill Kennedy asked the Senator to have one of his staff attend the Civic meetings on a regular basis with which the Senator agreed.

The next speaker was Jeff Rousset from the Media Mobilizing Project (MMP) expressing concerns about the upcoming franchising agreements between Comcast and the city. MMP is trying to raise public awareness and support as they hope that the city will better negotiate the agreements and provide greater benefits for the city and its residents.  Bill Kennedy, Vice President suggested that ETCA discuss whether or not to support MMP at the next meeting.

A presentation was made by Michael Lambert, Esq. and applicant Victoria Puketza-Johnson for support of a Day Care Facility and signage at 9456 State Road.   The facility will operate between the hours of 6 A.M.  to 9 P.M. Monday through Friday.  The facility will accommodate approximately 30 to 40 children between with ages ranging from infant to 12 years old.  ETCA attendees asked questions in regards to parking, dropping off and picking up children and the proximity of other types of stores to the daycare facility.  Other questions concerning staffing, qualifications and any state or city requirements for operating a Day Care facility were raised by attendees and answered by the presenters.

After a discussion by members, a motion was made by Bill Kennedy to support or deny the zoning and was seconded by Adge Martin.     The members voted to support the zoning approval for a Day Care facility at the above location. The vote was 7 – Support, 5 – Oppose, and no abstentions.  The President will forward a letter of recommendation by the Civic to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, City Planning and Councilman Henon’s Office. 

Due to the late hour a motion was made by Bill Kennedy and seconded by Mark Morrison to not read the previous minutes or treasury report.

Legislative – no report

By Laws – no report

Treasury – No Report

Membership – no report

Park and Recreation – Al Babnew absent

Fundraising – no report

Streets – (Mark Morrison) a Left turn signal is going to be installed at Grant and State Road

Zoning – 9310 State Road Roof Top signage presentation possible at next meeting. No new information in regards to Credit Union at Academy Rd and Frankford Avenue.

Glen Foerd – no report

Maggies – no representation, no report

Old Business – none

New Business

Pat Weir recommended that residents keep their cars locked as a few thefts have been reported in the area.

Complaints were made about a dumpster on a vacant property at Germania Street and Arendell Avenue.

Complaints made about Maggie’s and outside tables.  Lew Halas will follow up with this complaint. 

Next Meeting

No Speaker

Discussion to support or not support MMP.

Possible Zoning Presentation for signage at 9310 State Road.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 P.M.



ETCA MINUTES - July 20, 2015

The General Meeting of the ETCA for July 20, 2015 was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by speaker, Philadelphia Streets Commissioner, David Perri, P.E.In attendance with the Commissioner was some of his staff including Richard J. Montanez, P.E. - Chief Street Lighting & Traffic Engineer and Nicholas Cinciruk - District Traffic Engineer.  The Commissioner discussed the operations of the Streets Department which includes street maintenance as well as trash collection and recycling.  Questions were raised as to the legality of no parking signs posted at Maggie’s on Delaware Avenue, parking signs along Linden Avenue and the installation of speed bumps on Linden Avenue.  Members also expressed concerns about traffic along State Road from Linden to Grant Avenue and left turn lanes onto State from Linden Avenue as well as Grant Avenue.   Another issue presented by a member is the parking of Septa Riders near private driveways along Grant Avenue below State Road. 

A brief presentation was made by Sofia Pryszlak regarding the formation of a new Friends group, the “Friends of Pleasant Hill Park”.  Anyone interested in joining can contact Sofia.  Some of the issues the group will address are the ponds, cutting shrubbery along the river and walkways.

Patty-Pat Kozlowski of PPR was in attendance and will assist the group.  Patty also presented the board photos of the new signage for Pleasant Hill Park.

A zoning presentation was made by Thomas Chapman of Blank Rome, and William Shoppe of PATH for the expansion of an adult daycare located at 9317 Keystone St from 50 adults to 108 adults. Increased traffic by Para Transit dropping off and picking up clients to Path was a concern raised by a local business in the area.   ETCA voted to support the proposal with a proviso that Path will dedicate an employee to coordinate, guide and/or direct the drop-off and pick-up of clients.  Path will also provide a contact name and number to adjacent businesses should issues arise. The vote for support was 21, opposed 2 and abstain 0. 

The minutes for the previous meeting were not read.  The financial report by Justine Graham was postponed until next meeting.

Committee Reports

By-Laws (Linda Hogan) No report

Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) No Report

Education (Adge Martin) No report

Legislative Report (Jackie Wolf) excused.  Report read by  Lew Halas.

 Nothing legal to report other than the on-going budget battle in Harrisburg. 

Please announce Bakers Bay is looking for certified life guards to keep the pool open in September of anyone knows of possible applicants.” They can contact Jackie Wolf and she will forward info to the tenant committee. PDAC  is  concentrating on the National Night  Out”.

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) No Report

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) No Report

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) No report

Zoning (Bill Kennedy/Lew Halas) See Next Meeting Note

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) Jazz Event August 1st, 11 AM to 5 PM.

Maggie’s – Not present

Old Business – No Report

New Business

The City Planning Commission 2035 will hold its 1st  Public  neighborhood meeting for the North Delaware District plan on  August 13th at the Holmesburg Recreation Center at Rhawn and Ditman 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

Next meeting ; Presentation for signage at 9310 Keystone Street and presentation for Day Care facility at 9456 State Road.

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM by unanimous consent of members present.






ETCA MINUTES - May 11, 2015 


The General Meeting of the ETCA for May 11, 2015 was called to order by First Vice President, Bill Kennedy.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by our speaker for this evening, Betsy Wahl, Candidate for the Court of Common Pleas.  Ms. Wahl told us of her current position in helping problem teenagers in the court system and how being a judge would put her in a position to do more.

We also had a presentation from Ted Sotirakis, who was representing his father, the owner of 9900 Lorry Place.   The property has two apartments, but was converted to be used as a doctor’s office.   In order to keep this from happening, it was zoned as a one family dwelling.  Therefore, in order to have two apartments, a zoning variance will be required.  As the other residences in the area are all two family dwellings, a motion was made by Justine Graham/seconded, Allan Babnew to support the request for a variance.  The vote was 19 to support; 2 against.  Therefore a letter will be sent to the Zoning Board of Adjustments, supporting this variance.

The minutes were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections a motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded Allan Babnew to accept the minutes as read.  The treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, the treasurer’s report was approved as read.

Committee Reports:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) No reportEducation/Health & Welfare (Adge Martin) Candidates night will be held at the Delaire Landing Recreation Center on Thursday Evening.

Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) Absent

Legislative (Jackie Wolf) Jackie reminded us that the Primary Election is Tuesday, May 19th.  She also told us to research the candidates for Judge and know who and what they represent.  There also will be 4 questions on the ballot.

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Absent

Parks/Recreation  (Allan Babnew) Park cleanup on Saturday, May 16th.

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) No report

Zoning (Bill Kennedy) No report

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) No report

Old Business:

                Jackie reminded us that PDAK is selling blue light bulbs in support for the police.  They are also having a Flea Market on June 7th at Arch Bishop Ryan.

New Business:

                Justine informed us of a homeless camp behind Holy Family College.  The necessary persons will be notified of same.

                Meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM. By unanimous consent of members present.





ETCA MINUTES  -  APRIL 13, 2015

 

 

The General Meeting of the East Torresdale Civic Association was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:04 PM.   We had a number of speakers tonight and after the “Pledge of Allegiance”, Bill Kennedy introduced them.  Our first speaker was Matt Stern from PGW.  Mr. Stern described in detail the Gas Company’s program for home inspection.  This is a program designed to help a homeowner to conserve energy costs.  Our next speaker was Chris McCabe, who is running for Judge.  We also had John Katrina, who represented Terry Tracey, a candidate for Council-at-large; and Matt Wolfe, who is also running for Council-at-large.  These speakers presented their slates and reasons they feel they can do the best job.  We also had present our current Council-at-large councilman, David Oh, who said a few words.

These speakers were followed by a ten minute break, which was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount:  $23.00.  Winner:  Lew Halas.  Lew donated the monies back to ETCA.

Due to the late hour, a motion was made by Bill Kennedy, seconded Mark Morrison to dispense with the reading of the minutes and treasurer’s report.  Passed unanimously. 

Committee Reports:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

Education/Health & Welfare (Adge Martin) Absent

Legislative (Jackie Wolfe) Absent

Membership/Publicity  (Pat Weir) Absent

Parks and Recreation (Allan Babnew) No report

Streets and Traffic (Mark Morrison) City turned down putting in left-turn light at Grant Avenue and State Road.

Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) Letter sent to zoning board on opposition to bank.  Matter is being continued to a later date.  Possible presentation on 9900 Lorry Place at May meeting.

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) No report

New Business:

                Patty Pat Koswolski will be the speaker in May.

                Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM by unanimous consent of members present.


ETCA MINUTES -   MARCH 9. 2015

The General Meeting of the ETCA for March was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  Following the “Pledge of Allegiance”, President Halas made the announcement that the possible re-presentation for 9101 Frankford Avenue would not be made as there was nothing new to present.  A traffic study will be made before presentation to Holmesburg Civic Association.
                Foxchase will be having a mayoral forum on April 10th, to which anyone interested is invited.

                The minutes of the February meeting were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, the minutes were approved as read.  The treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, the treasurer’s report was approved as read.

Committee Reports: 

By-laws(Linda Hogan) No report

Education/Health & Welfare(Adge Martin) “ Meet the Candidates” nights will be held at Baker’s Bay on Thursday, April 16th from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, and at Delaire Landing Complex on Tuesday,  May 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  Home Occupations will now require a zoning variance.  Councilperson-at-large O’Neil had this amendment added to the city’s new zoning code recently passed by council and signed by the mayor.  Jeannes is hosting a free joint replacement seminar on Tuesday, March 10 from 11:00 AM to noon; and March 24th from 6-7 PM.  To register, call 215-728-3944.  L’il Angels (NE Phila) Consignment Event at Parkwood Youth Organization, 330l Mechanicsville Road, April 18th from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM; and April 19th from 8-12.  Many items half off and a $15.00 a bag sale.  Mayor’s forum at Foxchase Elementary School on Friday April 10th from 7:30 to 9:00.  Contact George Bezanis, Vice President Foxchase Homeowners Assoc.  Amy’s Fund Walk on Sunday, April 26th at 9:00 AM from the Holy Family University Ball Field. River’s Edge Nursing Home on State Road is in need of new and used donations.  Craft Home and Gift Show at the Delaire Landing Recreation Center on Saturday, April 18th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Proceeds go to the March of Dimes.  Contact: JAFineberg @ yahoo.com for table info, etc.  Free Holy Family Workshops:  Parenting Workshops – March 18th and April 22nd, 7-9 PM; Happy Days Retirement and Beyond Party March 19th and April 23rd.

Fundraising(Joe Carson) Absent

Legislative (Jackie Wolf) We are getting cameras on the boat ramp area.  PDAK is selling blue lights in support of the police department.  Bill Finkle is stepping down as president of PDAK.

Membership/Publicity(Pat Weir) Absent

Parks/Recreation (Al Babnew) Absent

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Absent

Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) No report

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 28th.  See website for details.

Maggie’s – No report

New Business:

                Beacon Point Apartments has billboard sized sign on building.

                We have three speakers scheduled for April:  Bobby Henon, Councilman; Christopher McCabe, Candidate for Judge; and Brandon Cornwell, PGW Energy.

                Meeting was adjourned by unanimous consent of members present at 7:45 PM.

 

ETCA MINUTES - FEBRUARY 9, 2015

The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas.  Following the “Pledge of Allegiance”, Bill Kennedy announced that the speaker for this evening, Amy Kurland,  Inspector General for the City of Philadelphia, could not make it and would be rescheduling.

                As the secretary was absent, Bill Kennedy read the minutes of the January meeting.  Finding no additions or corrections, the minutes were approved as read.  The treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, the treasurer’s report was approved as read.

Committee Reports:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report.  Lew thanked Linda for doing a great job of updating our by-laws.

Education/Health and Welfare (Adge Martin) Excused absence

Fundraising (Joe Carson) Joe will have the 50-50 drawing at break.

Legislative (Jackie Wolf) Jackie commented on the soon to be passed sick leave bill by the city council and the fact that the mayor is expected to sign it.  PDAK will participate in a fundraising event at the Art Museum on Mother’s Day to benefit cancer research.

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Anyone wanting to join or not getting their newsletter, see Pat at break.

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) No report.  Lew commented on rumor he heard that cameras are to be installed along the river and in the fish hatchery and park area.

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Mark commented on ongoing problem with trucks parking along State Road in “No Parking” area.  

Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) Lew informed us that the sign to be erected at Rivers Edge and the adjoining apartments was scaled down from 13 feet to 8 feet, 3 inches.  This was approved by the zoning board.  Steve Pollock has asked for a continuance on the zoning hearing for 9101 Frankford Avenue until April 1st.  They are going to conduct a traffic study.  Bill commented on the problem of trying to exit onto Frankford Avenue.  There were many other comments and questions from the floor on this matter.  Since it appears that Mr. Pollock wishes to talk further with the neighbors involved, an email will be sent inviting him to come to the Executive Board Meeting on February 23rd  if he so desires.

Glen Foerd No Report

Maggie’s  No report

                The 50-50 drawing was held.  Amount:  $29.00.  Winner:  Michael Posnan

Meeting was adjourned by unanimous consent of members present.

 

 

 

ETCA MINUTES - JANUARY 12, 2015

                The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a special presentation by Steve Pollack who represented the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union.  They want to build a branch office at the corner of Academy Rd.  and Frankford Avenue, next to the on-ramp to I-95.  This property is part of a 3 tract parcel which includes the Morrissey Company facilities.  The zoning variance they are requesting would include the other two tracts as well.  This is a concern to area residents,  if these tracts are approved for other commercial uses, if Morrissey would close, other businesses could build here.  Other issues included the increase in traffic and the feasibility of a business so close to the on-ramp.  

                After a heated discussion between neighboring residents and the representatives of the credit union, Bill Kennedy made a motion to vote to oppose the issue.  Adge Martin seconded.  Vote was unanimous to oppose this construction.

                A regularly scheduled speaker this evening was Mary Bell from Catholic Community Services.  Ms. Bell passed out a folder detailing the services of this agency.  These include adoption, case management, community outreach, foster care, mental health referrals, parent cafes, transportation, and visitation.  Catholic Community Services is located at 10125 Verree Road, Suite 200.

                Because of the late hour, Bill Kennedy made a motion to waive the regular business meeting; seconded, Adge Martin.  Passed unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS:

                Problem with trucks parking in “No Parking” zone on State Road.  Mark Morrison will look into it.

                Motion to adjourn at 8:40 PM.  Seconded by unanimous consent of members present.






 

ETCA MINUTES - December 8, 2014

                The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM. The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by President Halas wishing everyone present a Happy Holiday season and a Happy New Year.

                At the President’s request, Al Babnew made a motion to waive the reading of the minutes.  Seconded, Joe Drioli.  Passed unanimously.
                As Treasurer, Justine Graham, was absent, there was no treasurer’s report.

Committee Reports:
                By-laws (Linda Hogan) The new by-laws are on the table.
                Education/Health & Welfare (Adge Martin) Adge informed us of the new antics the different
Electric companies are trying to get people to sign up with them instead of PECO.
                Fundraising (Joe Carson) Absent
 
               Legislative (Al Babnew) No report
                Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Newsletters went out on time.  Anyone wanting to join see 
Pat.
                Parks/Recreation (Al Babnew) No report
                Streets & Traffic (Mark Morrison) Absent
               Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) Discussion on result of the zoning hearing for the new sign at 
9501 State Road. 
               Zoning Board rejected proposal.
               PDAK (Jackie Wolf)  Police intend to be more visible to community activities.

Old Business:
                The list of nominees for the Executive Board for 2015 was read by the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee     

                 President – Lew Halas                                                    By-laws – Linda Hogan

                1st Vice President – William Kennedy                      Education/Health & Welfare – Adge Martin

                2nd Vice President – Joe Drioli                                     Fundraising – Joe Carson

                Secretary – Connie Siffel                                              Membership/Publicity – Pat Weir

                Treasurer – Justine Graham                                        Parks/Recreation – Allan Babnew

                Legislative – Jackie Wolf                                              Streets & Traffic – Mark Morrison

                Sargent-at-arms  - Debbie McMullin                        Zoning – Lew Halas/William Kennedy

                Allan Babnew made motion to vote on the nominations as read.  Seconded, Joe Drioli.  Passed unanimously. 

                Allan made motion to adjourn at 7:30 PM.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.

               








ETCA Minutes - November 10, 2014

The General Meeting of the ETCA for October was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by our speakers for this evening.  While we had one speaker and one presentation scheduled for this evening, we had five individuals who wanted to speak to the general membership.  Our first speaker was Officer Natalie Crone, our contact officer with the 8th district.  Officer Crone informed us that we now have a new Captain in the  8th district.  Adam Friedman has been appointed at this time.  She also took questions and comments from the floor on issues in the area.  Our second speaker was Rodney Moore, Streets Department.  Mr. Moore informed us of the route the recycling truck would be taking for collection of leaves.  He also told us that the leaves could be put in plastic bags for regular trash pickup.  Plastic bags are not recyclable.  Third, was Patty Pat Koslowski  from the Recreation Department.  She told us of the cleanup of the boat ramp and showed us pictures of before and after.  

                Our scheduled speaker, Joanne Dahme, from the Water Department informed us of a study taken to determine who in the affected area was hooked to public and private sewers.  There was much discussion on the need for a new public sewer.  As this will be a major cost to homeowners, nothing will be done until the homeowners agree it is needed.

                We also had a presentation by Ronald Patterson, who represented the owners at 9501 State Road who wish to erect a larger sign at the entrance of their property.  The sign they proposed was 13 foot with an LED panel.  After some discussion, Bob Bolkus made a motion to accept the sign without the LED panel and added landscaping.  Seconded, Marjorie Pappas.  Passed unanimously.

                Mark Morrison made motion to waive the minutes and treasurer’s report.  Seconded, Joe Drioli.

                A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount:  $20.00.  Winner:  Julie Apice

Old Business:

                As the amendments to the By-Laws were read at the past two general meetings, a motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded Debbie McMullin to accept the amendments as read.  Passed  unanimously.

 New Business:

                The list of nominees for the Executive Board for 2015 were read by the Secretary.  Vote will be taken in December.

                Motion to adjourn was made at 8:55.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.    

 

    
 




ETCA Minutes - October 13, 2014

                The General Meeting of the ETCA for October was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by our speakers for this evening, Mariann Dempsey and Tom Branigan from DRCC.  Mr. Branigan gave a short synopsis on the route of the trail and the current progress of same.  There will be a ground breaking ceremony at Linden Avenue on October 14th at 11:00 AM for our part of this trail.  The DRCC is also sponsoring a 5K Walk-Run on October 19th.  Flyers on this were handed out.  Anyone is welcome to participate.

                Present also, were both candidates for State Representative, Mike Tomlinson, Republican; and Mike Driscoll, Democrat.  Both gave 5 minute talks on their platforms.

                A motion was made by Adge Martin/seconded, Mark Morrison to waive the minutes.  Passed unanimously.  As Justine Graham was absent, there was no Treasury Report.

Committee Reports:

                By-laws (Linda Hogan) See Old Business

                Education/Health & Welfare (Adge Martin) Adge introduced Donna Carrick and Debbie Klak 
                From All Saints Episcopal Church.  They are having a Halloween Party for children from 5:30 to
                7:30 on October 31st.  She also informed us of a craft fair being held on October 18th from 11:00-
                3:00  at the Recreation Center at Delaire Landing; a Dinner Theater at the American Legion Post
                #366, 7976 Oxford Avenue on October 19th.  Cost will be $29.00/person; a roast pork dinner at 
                All Saints Church on October 18th.  Cost $10.00 for adults; $5.00 for children under 10; All Saints 
                Is having a Christmas Bazaar on December 5th and 6th with a Roast Beef Dinner on the 5th.  Also,
                Candidates’ night at Delaire Landing will be held on October 30th.

                Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) Absent

                Legislative ( Allan Babnew) No report

                Membership/Publicity  (Pat Weir) Anyone wishing to join, see Pat at break.  Newsletter went out 
                on time.

                Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) Patty Pat was supposed to be here tonight.  She obviously was 
                a no-show.

                Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) No report

                Zoning (Lew Halas) No report      

                Maggie’s (Kevin Goodchild) Work progressing on side patio as per plans.

Old Business:

                Linda Hogan gave presentation and the second reading of the amendments to the by-laws.
Final reading and vote will be taken at November’s meeting.

New
Business:

                Lew appointed the following persons to the nominating committee for 2015:
                                Connie Siffel, Chairperson
                                Al Babnew
                                Mark Morrison
                                Nancy Della Vella
                                Ed Rice

                Speakers for November will be Joanne Dahme, Water Department; and Ron Patterson.

                Meeting was adjourned by unanimous consent of members present at 8:30 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

               

 









ETCA MINUTES -SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

The General meeting of the ETCA for September 8, 2014, was called to order by President, Lew Halas at 7:10 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by the reading of the minutes of the August meeting.  There was one correction to the minutes.  It was pointed out by Jackie Wolf that the “no” votes on the last vote taken on Maggie’s were not counted.  Since the persons conducting the vote knew how many persons there were eligible to vote, the yeses were subtracted from the total eligible to vote.  A motion was made by Al Babnew/seconded, Debbie McMullin to approve the minutes as amended. 

The Treasurer’s Report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, the Treasurer’s report was approved as read. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) See New Business

Education/Health & Welfare (Adge Martin) On September 18th at 7:00 PM there will be a presentation on the new redevelopment proposal for the former Liddonfield property at St. Dominic’s Marian Hall, 8532 Frankford Avenue.  Will be presented by the Holmesburg Civic Assoc.  Also, on AAA.com, senior’s can obtain driving quizzes and unique brain fitness exercises.
On Friday, September 29th, from 10 Am to 1 PM, Mike Stack’s “Senior Expo” at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Road (corner of Southampton Road and the Roosevelt Boulevard).  Saturday, September 27th , 11 AM to 3 PM., Bobby Henon’s “Fall Fest”, 6700 Block of Torresdale Avenue.  Mike Stack is also having a Shredding Event on October 11th, from 9-11:30.

Fund-raising (Joe Carson) 50-50 was $37.00 last month

Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report
Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Anyone needing to renew or join, see Pat at break.  Had a problem with Pitney-Bowes mailer running out of ink.  Should be okay for next m
onth. 

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) Spoke to Patty Pat Koslowski about having a park clean
-up.  She would like to attend next month’s meeting to speak to the membership

Streets/traffic (Mark Morrison) No report

Zoning (Lew Halas) Maggie’s was granted variance as per the restrictions in our letter.

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) Will be holding their annual GALA on October 5th.  See website for details.

PDAK (Jackie Wolf) As of Wednesday, the 8th district has no captain.  Talk of possible expansion on 8th district into the now 15th district.

OLD BUSINESS:

            Bill Kennedy informed us that Joanne Daehm will have a report shortly on the proposed sewer construction between Grant and Fitler, east of State Road.

            Questions on why Maggie’s can start construction before 7:00 and whether they are having a fund-raiser affair on October 4th.

            Short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount:  $21.00.  Winner:  Joe Driola.

Joe donated monies back to ETCA, giving a total of $42.00.

NEW BUSINESS:

            Linda Hogan read the proposed amendments to the by-laws.  There were several comments and suggestions.  Corrections will be made and re-read in October and November. 

            Meeting adjourned at 8:30 by unanimous consent of members present.




ETCA MINUTES    GENERAL MEETING  AUGUST 11, 2014

The General Meeting of the ETCA for August 11, 2014, was called to order by President, Lew Halas at 7:20 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by President Halas informing the attending assemble of the rules for voting as stated in our by-laws.

               Shawn Ward, attorney for Maggie’s presented the requirements for zoning variances needed by the restaurant.  These were as follows:     

  • A 15 foot setback on the second floor
  • Need of 30 parking spaces
  • Legalization of storage shed

               The need for more parking spaces will be eliminated with the expansion on the current parking lot.  Mr. Ward also proposed enclosing the side patio with a sliding front door to eliminate any noise from the use as outside dining.  

               For the next hour, heated arguments ensued.  One issue being the use of the front tables.   According to the original plan, there were to be four 48” round tables; instead, there are four picnic tables, seating twice as many people as should be allowed.  Several motions were made for voting, but no one could agree on what should be voted on.  Finally, the president called for a short break.  Following the break, Mr. Ward proposed eliminating the tables in front as well as enclosing the patio.

A motion was made by Bill Kennedy to vote on the original proposal.  A paper ballot vote was taken.

The count was, Yes – 15; No – 29.  A second motion was made to support the variances as amended with the elimination of the tables in front and the enclosure of the patio.  The vote was.  Yes -29; No-15.

A letter will be sent to the zoning board supporting the variances with the above stipulations.

               The 50-50 drawing held during the break, yielded $37.00.  Winner:  Ed Rice.

               Due to the late hour, there were no minutes, treasurer’s report, or committee reports.

               Meeting was adjourned at 9:15 by unanimous consent of member present.

 




ETCA MINUTES                                    GENERAL MEETING                                 JULY 21, 2014

                The General meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:09 PM.

The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a zoning presentation by Shawn Ward, representing Maggie’s Restaurant.  Kevin Goodchild wants to expand the second floor dining room to be flush with the first floor.  He also wants to erect a canopy over the patio at 9350 State Road to use as outdoor dining.  Since the increase in seating will necessitate more parking space, he is proposing increasing the existing parking lot as well.

                Zoning proposals from Maggie’s always generate neighborhood interest.  Heated discussions followed the presentation with many questions and comments from the membership.  These included a suggestion for a neighborhood meeting to discuss the proposal, and a plea from a distraught daughter whose father was killed by an inebriated patron of Maggie’s to close the restaurant completely.

                Bill Kennedy made a motion to not vote on the proposal until the August 11 meeting, since several of the neighbors who were supposedly sent letters about it, did not receive them.  Seconded, Debbie McMullin.  Passed with 4 opposed.

                A short break was followed by the 50/50 drawing.  Winner:  Joe Carson; Amount:  $21.00.  Joe donated monies back to ETCA giving us a total of $42.00.

                Mark Morrison made a motion to waive the reading of the minutes.  Seconded, Debbie McMullin.  Passed unanimously. 
                Mark also made a motion to suspend the reading of the Treasurer’s Report.  Seconded, Al Babnew.  Passed unanimously.

Committee Reports:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) Changes to by-laws will be presented to General Membership in August and September.

Education/Health & Welfare (Adge Martin) Swimming is illegal in all Philadelphia rivers, creeks, and streams.  All veterans who served in the Armed Forces from August 2, 1990 – 1991 are eligible for service bonuses.  Summer safety week is August 3-9.  August 4th is City Night Out.  And, August 12th is Delaware Movie Night.

Funding Rasing (Joe Carson) No report

Legislative
(Al Babnew) No report

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir)  Anyone wanting to join, see Pat.

Parks/Recreation (Al Babnew) No report

Streets (Mark Morrison) Delaire Landing is permitted to put up “towing” signs on the gate at Wissinoming Street.

Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) No report

Glen Foerd (Ed Rice/Linda Hogan) Concert on August 21st.

PDAK (Jackie Wolf) Three new officers will be added in the 8th district.  The current captain is retiring in August.

New Business:

                Question on the expansion of business on State Road.  Since there are no zoning issues, it is not necessary for a presentation to the ETCA.

                David Gonzalez of Arendell Avenue has volunteered to be 311 liason for the ETCA.

                Motion to adjourn made by Mark Morrison at 8:35 PM.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.

 


ETCA MINUTES                          GENERAL MEETING                    JUNE 9, 2014

          The General Meeting of the ETCA for June 2014 was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:09 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by an announcement of changes in meeting dates by President Halas.   As there is a conflict with activities at the church in July, our General Meeting will be held on July 21st.

Our first speaker this evening was  Chris Pienkowski, from councilman, David Oh’s office.  Mr. Pienkowski spoke on the bills Mr. Oh is presenting to council.  These include a bill for the reduction of the City Wage Tax, and a bill to stabilize the City Pension Fund.  Questions and comments from the membership, followed the conclusion of his presentation.

                Our second speaker this evening was Rodney Moore from the City Streets Department.  Mr. Moore gave a brief rundown on the City’s Recycling Program, and presented brochures about same.    He also informed us of a new “Mattress Disposal” program.  All mattresses and box springs must be wrapped in plastic.

                The minutes of the May meeting were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Allan Babnew/seconded Mark Morrison to accept the minutes as read.  Passed unanimously.  Treasurer, Justine Graham was absent.

Committee Reports:

                By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

                Education/Health & Welfare (Adge Martin) Absent

Fund-raising (Joe Carson) Since Joe wasn’t here last month, he expects double donations this month.

Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Newsletter went out on time.  Anyone wanting to join, see Pat at break.

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) Had sister stop at Patti Pat’s home to ask her to call about the fountains in the park.  Has not heard anything.

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) No report

Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) Presentation for Maggies’ will be at next month’s meeting on July 21st.

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) The annual regatta will be held on June 17th.  The first concert of the summer will be on June 26th.

PDAK (Jackie Wolfe) National Night Out will be held on August 5th.

Old Business:

                None

New Business:

                A short break was followed by the 50/50 drawing.  Amount:  $19.00; Winner:  Joe Drioli.  Joe donated monies back to ETCA, giving us a total of $38.00.

                Member informed us of the intended expansion of the auto repair business on State Road.

                Motion was made and seconded to adjourn at 7:50 PM.  Passed unanimously by members present.





ETCA MINUTES                          GENERAL MEETING                    MAY 12, 2014

 

                The General Meeting of the ETCA for May 2014 was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:09 PM.  President Halas turned to meeting over to First Vice President, Bill Kennedy, who introduced our speakers this evening, both candidates for Mike McGeehan’s seat as a state representative.  They were Mike Tomlinson (republican running unopposed), and Mike Driscoll (democrat with two opponents).  Both candidates presented their views on relevant issues in the state.

 

                At the conclusion of these presentations, a motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded, Debbie McMullin to waive the reading of the previous minutes and treasurer’s report.

 

Committee Reports:

 

By-laws (Linda Hogan) Still working on by-laws.  Met with Lew and Bill and presented draft to the Executive Board.  When completed, will be presented to membership for approval.

 

Education/Health & Welfare (Adge Martin) On May 16th, Bobby Henon will present Movie Night at Comstadter’s.  The library has various activities scheduled over the next several months.  See etca website for details.

 

Fundraising (Joe Carson) Absent

 

                Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

 

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Absent

 

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) Trying to get in touch with Jackie from Parks.  Not being very successful.

 

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Working on solving problem of cars parking along Delaire Landing gate on Wissanoming Street.

 

Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) No report

 

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) Wine and Yoga event.  Details can be gotten on the Glen Foerd Website (www.glenfoerd.org).

 

Old Business:

 

                None

 

New Business:

 

                Community Yard Sale to be held on May 17th and June 1st.  For more details, contact Bernice Crawford or see notices in stores.

 

 

                Speaker for June will be posted on easttorresdalecivic.com.

 

                Motion to adjourn at 8:15 PM.  Seconded, unanimously by members present.





Minutes - April, 2014

                The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by First Vice President, Bill Kennedy, at 7:05 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by our first speaker this evening, Officer Crone from the 8th district.  Officer Crone answered question from the membership.  Among topics being discussed, were the continued illegal parking along the emergency exit gate for Delaire Landing Apartments on Wissanoming Street.  Officer Crone advised membership to call 911.  Also discussed was the ignoring of the “no parking” signs along Linden Avenue.  People are parking along the south side of the street and blocking traffic.  Again, we were told to call 911.

                Our second speaker was Thomas Branigan from the DRCC.  Mr. Branigan updated us on the progress of the walking trail that is being constructed along the Delaware River.  He informed us of the park that was opened at the Tacony Bridge in 2012, and the cleanup and planting scheduled for Lardner’s Point Park on May 10th.  The DRCC is holding a fundraising event on May 15th from 5:30 to 7:30.  Neighbor’s price will be $25.00.  Mr.Branigan also answered questions and comments from the membership.

                A motion was made by Justine Graham to waive the reading of the minutes.  Seconded, Mark Morrison.  Passed unanimously.

                The treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, the treasurer’s report was approved as read.

Committee Reports:

                By-laws (Linda Hogan) Absent               

                Education/Health & Welfare (Adge Martin) Bobby Henon is sponsoring a paper shredding on    

                April 26th.  A movie night is scheduled at Comstaters.

                Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) No report

                Legislative ( Al Babnew) Absent

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Newsletter went out on time.  Anyone wanting to join, see Pat at break.

Parks/Recreation (Al Babnew) Absent

Streets & Traffic (Mark Morrison) Working on parking issues.

Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) No report

A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount:  $14.00; Winner:  Joe Carson.

Joe donated the monies back to ETCA giving us a total of $28.00

Old Business:

                Discussion ensued on Maggie’s use of the extra lot for parking and the use of tables on the side patio.  Will be looked into.

New Business:

                Joe Drioli made motion to donate $100.00 to the Walk Against Hunger.  Seconded, Mark Morrison.  Passed unanimously.

                Motion to adjourn at 7:55 PM.  Seconded by unanimous consent of members present.



Minutes - March, 2014

The General Meeting of the ETCA for February was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by our speaker for this evening, Meg Walton, Director of Glen Foerd.

                Ms. Walton presented members with a list of the coming activities at Glen Foerd during the upcoming year.  These include public tours beginning in April, Summer Concerts, and various holiday activities.  Specifics on these activities can be obtained at the Glen Foerd website, www.glenfoerd.org.

Ms. Walton also told us of the plans to join in a food cooperative that would deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to Glen Foerd for members all summer long.  Costs and other pertinent information can also be obtained on the above website.

                The minutes were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded, Al Babnew to approve the minutes as read.  Passed unanimously.

                The treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding to additions or corrections, a motion was made by Al Babnew/seconded Linda Hogan to approve the treasurer’s report as read.  Passed unanimously.

Committee Reports:

                By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

               

                Education/Health & Welfare (Adge Martin) Had information from Senator Stack’s office on

                Preparing a “Personal Affairs Record” for next of kin in case of an emergency.

                Funding Raising (Joe Carson) No report

                Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

                Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Absent

                Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) Saw Jackie Olsen about need for lighting around playground

                Equipment.  She is to get back to me on same.

                Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Trucks illegally parked on State Road are gone.

                Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) No report

                PDAK (Jackie Wolf) Jackie did not get to the meeting.

                A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount:  $30.00.  Winner:  Jackie Wolf.  Jackie donated monies back to ETCA, giving us a total of $60.00.

                Mark made motion/seconded Lew to set up a Challenge Trust Fund for Glen Foerd to for National Historical Preservation.  Passed unanimously.

                Discussion on possible changes in the by-laws.  Motion to adjourn made by Allan Babnew at 8:30.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.











Minutes - February, 2014

 

                The General Meeting of the ETCA for February 2014 was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:10 PM.  Following the “Pledge of Allegiance,” President Halas made several announcements.  First, we have finally received our notification of “Tax Exempt” status from the IRS.  Second, the RCO status must be filed by March.  President Halas made a motion to give him the authority to amend the preamble for RCO status.  Mark Morrison seconded.  Passed unanimously.

                We had two presentations tonight.  The first was for 9503 State Road.  The Harbor View Apartments located there wants to expand their parking lot and needs a variance to do so.  After some discussion on the effect this parking lot will have on residents of Baker’s Bay, it was suggested that a 6’ privacy fence be erected along the property line by Baker’s Bay along with shrubbery being planted there.  A motion was made and seconded to support this variance with the above provision.  Passed unanimously.

                The seconded presentation was for the legalization of an existing roof over an existing patio on the Taggart Bar at 9961 Frankford Avenue.  The patio was legally built but the roof had been added without zoning approval.  Allan Babnew made a motion to support this variance.  Jackie Wolf seconded.  Passed unanimously.

                A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount:  $17.00.  Winner:  Joe Carson.  Joe donated monies back to ETCA, giving us a total of $34.00.

                The minutes were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Allan Babnew/seconded, Debbie McMullin to approve the minutes as read.  Passed unanimously.

                The treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded Pat Weir to accept the treasurer’s report as read.  Passed unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) Linda informed us that since we now have our “Tax Exempt” status, revisions to the By-laws will be forthcoming.

Education (Adge Martin) Applications for “Summer in the City” jobs must be in by April 25th.

Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) No report

Health and Welfare (Adge Martin) No report

Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Newsletters went out on time.  Anyone wanting to join or renew, see Pat.

Committee Reports (Continued):

                Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) No Report

                Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Streets Department is doing a good job of filling

                potholes.

                Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) No report

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) Irish Event being held on March 9th.  See information on getting tickets on the Glen Foerd Website.

Kevin Goodchild informed us that work is progressing on the Parking Lot as per plans.

PDAK meeting was canceled for February.

New Business:

                Request for lights in the playground area of the park to prevent further vandalism.  Allan Babnew will contact Recreation Department.

                Motion to adjourn at 7:40.  Passed unanimously by members present.








Minutes - January, 2014

The General Meeting of the ETCA for January 2014 was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:04 PM.  The first of our two speakers followed the “Pledge of Allegiance.”               

Our first speaker was Klarissa Klevan from the City Planning Board.  She and Ian Litwin presented a slide show on the future plans for growth in the city between now and 2035.  They took questions and comments from the membership. 

Our second speaker was Joanne Dahme from the Water Department.  The residents of homes between Fitler and Grant, east of State Road have been having problems with water on their property and in basements.  Ms. Daehme addressed this issue and presented a slide show and brochure to illustrate said problem and what could be done to correct it.  The storm sewer that would have to be installed would cost the residents over $12,000 dollars to attach to it.  There was a lengthy discussion and many questions for Ms. Dahme after her presentation.

                A motion was made and seconded to dispense with the minutes, treasurer’s report, and committee reports because of the lateness of the hour.

                There will be two zoning presentations in February.  They will be:  9961 Frankford Avenue – Taggart Bar and Grill (Legalization of existing outside dining area and grill); and 9503 State Road (expansion of parking lot).

                A motion was made and seconded to adjourn at 8:40 PM.

 





Minutes - December, 2013

         
The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:09 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a few words from Christopher Pienkowski from David Oh’s office.  We also had a group of boy scouts working on a merit badge in civics attending the meeting.

            The minutes of the November meeting were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded Justine Graham to accept the minutes as read.  Passed unanimously.

            The treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded, Ed Rice to approve the treasurer’s report as read.  Passed unanimously.

Committee Reports:

            By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

Education (Adge Martin) Adge told us of several AARP discounts.  She also reminded us to prepare our homes for the winter.  She informed us of the Exhibit at the Franklin Institute on Pompeii, and the fact that the Delaire Pharmacy makes deliveries.

 

Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) Absent

Health & Welfare (Kim Weir) Absent

 

Legislative (Allan Babnew) Absent

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Newsletter went out on time.  Anyone wanting to join, see Pat at break.

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) Absent

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) No report

Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) Bill informed us of a presentation to be made to the Executive Board in January, and to the General Membership in February.

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) The tree lighting will be held on December 15th at 5:00 PM.

PDAK (Jackie Wolf) Bill Finkle was elected president.  There will be 10 new officers in the 8th district.  And, a night of Coach Bingo will be held on December 16th.

            The list of nominees for the Executive Board for 2014 were read by Connie Siffel.  Finding no additions, a motion was made by Ed Rice/seconded Jackie Wolf to elect the officers as read.  Passed unanimously.

            Bill informed us that we will have two speakers in January.  They will be Klarissa Klevan, City Planning and Joanne Dahme, Water Department.

            A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 PM.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.






MINUTES   -    NOVEMBER , 2013 

     The General Meeting of the ETCA for November, 2013 was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by our speaker for the evening, Hannah DeKeijzer from Phillyplay.

                Ms. DeKeijzer told us that Phillyplay is a program designed to get people to seek out ways of exercising.  There is a website (phillyplay.org) on which you can seek out hiking trails, bike paths, and other facilities in the city designed for exercise and play.  Questions and comments were taken from the floor.  Among suggestions from the membership were requests for a dog park in the Northeast, and the possible organizing of a Kite building and flying activity.

                Next, we had a presentation from Mr. & Mrs. Price at 9232 Hegerman Street.  Part of their home was destroyed in Hurricane Irene.  In order to replace what was destroyed, they will need a zoning variance for the back clearance since there is only 3.25 feet and the zoning code now requires 15 feet.
A motion was made by Bill Kennedy/seconded, Ruth Horowitz to support the variance.  Passed unanimously.

                The minutes of the October meeting were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, the minutes were approved as read.

                As the treasurer was absent, there was no treasurer’s report.

                In Adge Martin’s report last month, she mentioned a discount for EZ Pass for senior citizens.   Upon closer investigation, it was discovered that in order to get this discount, you had to have purchased your EZ Pass from New Jersey and it applied only to the bridges between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Committee Reports:
    By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

   Education (Adge Martin)  Adge inquired about a “No Parking Sign” on the emergency egress gate for Delaire Landing at                    Wissinoming Street.  There was some discussion as to whether this sign was from the city or the apartments.  She also reminded everyone to check their smoke alarms to make sure the batteries are working.

   Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) 50/50 will be held at break.

   Health & Welfare (Kim Weir) Absent

   Legislative (Allan Babnew) Absent

   Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Newsletter was sent out on time.  Anyone wanting to join or renew membership, see Pat at break.

   Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) Absent

   Streets & Traffic (Mark Morrison) Pot hole on Linden has been fixed.  Will check out situation at Delaire Landing.

Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) There will be a presentation at the Executive Board meeting in January and at the General Meeting in February concerning Taggart's Bar in the 9900 block of Frankford Avenue.. 

                A short break was followed by the 50/50 drawing.  Amount:  $18.00. Winner: Joe Carson.  Joe donated monies back to ETCA, giving us a total of $36.00.

New Business:

                Ruth Horowitz informed us that Congressman Brady is going to be at the Baker’s Bay Recreation Center on December 19th.  This will be open to the public.  She also told us that the “New Year’s Eve” celebration at the Recreation Center would also be open to the public.

                Mark Morrison made a motion to adjourn at 8:15 PM.  Seconded, Ed Rice.  Passed unanimously by members present.

 

Minutes - October, 2013

The General Meeting of the ETCA for October 14, 2013, was called to order by First Vice President, Bill Kennedy, at 7:00 PM. The "Pledge of Allegiance" was followed by our speaker for this evening, Sabre Townsend from "NextdoorPhilly."    

Ms. Townsend explained that "Nextdoor" is a social website designed for specific neighborhoods. Only persons in that neighborhood belong and can share what they want with their neighbors. She informed us how to get our neighborhood on the website, and how to join individually. There were questions and comments from the membership.

A motion was made by Allan Babnew, seconded Ed Rice to suspend the reading of the minutes and treasurer’s report. Passed unanimously.

Because of the late hour, Mr. Kennedy asked if there were any committee reports. The only report was on Education.  

Education (Adge Martin) Adge attended Mike Stack’s Senior Forum and had several pamphlets from there. These included information on a senior discount for Ez-pass users and a brochure on obtaining a photo ID. As the General Election is coming in November, there will be a candidate’s night at Delaire Landing on October 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) Glen Foerd will have its Annual Gala on Thursday, October 24th. Cost: $125/person 

Old Business:  None

A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing. Amount: $15.00; winner: Connie Arke

New Business:

Linda Hogan made a motion to send a check to support the Annual Gala in the amount of $50.00. Seconded, Adge Martin. Passed unanimously.

A nominating committee was appointed to ascertain the nominations for the Executive Board for 2014. They are as follows:  Connie Siffel, Chairperson,  Bill Kennedy ,  Marjorie Pappas,  Ed Rice,  Nancy Della Vella 

 

Allan Babnew made a motion to adjourn at 7:59 PM; seconded, Linda Hogan. Passed unanimously

 

 


Minutes - September 2013

General Meeting of the ETCA for September was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:09 PM.  As we had a presentation tonight, a motion was made by Justine Graham, seconded, Al Babnew, to waive the minutes of the August meeting.  Passed unanimously.
            The treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, the treasurer’s report was approve as read.

            Builder, Jim Tamborini gave a presentation on the house to be built on 4825 Aubrey Avenue.  He needs a zoning variance for a 5’ frontage.  The lot is only 45’ instead of 50’.  This is because of an existing driveway on the neighboring property.

            A motion was made by Mark Morrison/second Al Babnew to support the variance.  A written vote was taken.  The count was Yes – 22; No – 2.  A letter will be faxed to Mr. Tamborini to take to the zoning board.

            Matt McGuire from the Police Academy informed us that their race will be held on September 28th.  Festivities will be held at the FOP hall on Caroline Road.  State Road will be closed from 10:00 to 11:00.

            Lisa Deeley from Bobby Henon’s office informed us of a Fall Festival being held by  Play Philly on September 28th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Committee Reports:

            By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

            Education (Adge Martin) Mia’s Benefit will be held at Maggie’s on Sept. 28th from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.

            Fund-raising (Joe Carson) 50-50 will be held at break

            Health & Welfare (Kim Weir)  Kim told us about Temple clinic on the boulevard.

            Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

            Membership/Publicity  (Pat Weir) Newsletter went out on time.  Anyone wanting to join or renew,see Pat at break.

            Parks/Recreation (Al Babnew) No report

            Streets & Traffic (Mark Morrison) No report

            Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) No report

            A short break was followed by the 50/50 drawing.  Winner: Suzanne Harkins.  Amount: $27.00.

Old Business:

            None

New Business:

            Speaker for October will be Sabre Townsend from NextDoor Philadelphia.

            Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM by unanimous consent of members present.





Minutes - August 2013
 

            The General meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by an announcement by President Halas on the method of voting to be used for future zoning issues.  We will now conduct the vote by ballot, as this is a much more accurate way of determining the vote.

            The minutes of the July meeting were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Allan Babnew/seconded Mark Morrison to accept the minutes as read.  Passed unanimously.

            The treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Allan Babnew/seconded Mark Morrison to approve the treasurer’s report as read.  Passed unanimously.

Committee Reports:

            By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

            Education (Adge Martin) Adge informed us that her grandson was one of the boys 
            who drowned in Bensalem.  She also told us of a phone scheme involving using
            government agencies as a rouse to get personal information.  Also, there are several
            bookstores that carry old books on different areas of Philadelphia.  These include the

            Port Richmond Books.

            Fund-raising (Joe Carson) No report

            Health & Welfare (Kim Weir) Absent

            Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

            Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Got problem resolved with the newsletter.
            Anyone wanting to join, see Pat at break.

            Parks (Allan Babnew) Water leak from the park bathrooms is the Water Department’s 
            problem, not Parks.

            Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Another “No Stopping Anytime” sign has been 
            added on Linden Avenue.  However, the police still do not enforce said signs.

            Zoning (Lew Halas) 4825 Aubrey did not get their zoning refusals in time for
            the Executive Board Meeting.  Therefore, they will have to attend the August 26th
            meeting and give their presentation.   The presentation to the general membership 
            will take place in September, followed by the vote.

            Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) Concert will be held on Tuesday, August 20th. This concert 
            will be a Jazz Ensemble.

            Bill Kennedy had a petition from the Firemen’s Local for a Charter Change to be put on the ballot.  They want the Charter to state that “Any Decision made by the arbitrator cannot be challenged by the mayor.”  This in the aftermath of Mayor Nutter challenging past decisions.

            A short break was followed by the 50/50 drawing.  Amount:  $18.00.  Winner:  Mark Morrison.  Mark donated monies back to ETCA, giving us a total of $36.00

Old Business:

            Bill Kennedy informed us the revisions to the by-laws has been put on hold, pending our acceptance for non-profit status by the IRS.  Nothing can be done, until this status is renewed.

New Business:

            Justine Graham informed us of a conference at the convention center on Wednesday, August 21st.  Anyone interested can get more information at Philly.gov.

            Lew Halas asked Kevin Goodchild about some ballasts and poles that have been erected at the Restaurant.  Kevin informed us that he is doing only what the street department advised and is not putting on a roof.  Also, working on the parking lot

            Mark Morrison informed us that the shrubbery along State Road that we have complained about in the past, was being sprayed with weed killer.

            Doris Bell had question on new property being erected on Arendell.  As she was not here when this was voted on, she was concerned that other zoning issues that had be denied could be a problem.  She was informed that each zoning presentation is an entity in itself.

            Motion made by Mark Morrison/second Allan Babnew to adjourn the meeting at 7:55.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.

 

 

Minutes - July, 2013

The General Meeting of the ETCA for July 8, 2013 was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  Following the “Pledge of Allegiance”, was our speaker for this evening, Dana Perella from the Philadelphia Health Department.

            Ms. Perella gave a presentation on the causes and preventions for West Nile Virus (Mosquito bites) and Lime Disease (Deer Tick Bites).  She gave everyone there a flyer she had made on the symptoms, causes, and preventive measures that can be taken to prevent these problems.  She also answered  questions and comments from the membership.

            A motion was made by Allan Babnew, seconded Mark Morrison to suspend the reading of the minutes.  Passed unanimously.  Treasurer, Justine Graham was absent.

Committee Reports:           

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Anyone wanting to join, see Pat.  Had problem with Pitney Bowes with newsletter.  Got it resolved, so next month should go out fine.

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) On July 13th, LL Bean will be having a day in the park.  Called both Barbara and Jackie about the problem with the fish ponds.

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Will check on signs.  There is one truck that seems to be immuned to the “No Parking” signs on State Road.  Will be checking with police on making sure he is ticketed.

Zoning (Lew Halas) Builder and owners for 4825 Aubrey Avenue are supposed to be at the Board Meeting next week.  Presentation and vote will be taken at August meeting.

Glen Foerd (Bill Kennedy) Concert on Tuesday, July 16th.  Cost for non-members – 
$3.00 if you want to be inside tent.  This concert will be “The Sounds of Swing.

Jackie Wolf informed us of the 8th District’s “National Night Out” which will be held on August 6th, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. 

Old Business:

            Stanley Allen gave talk on his opinions of some ETCA decisions on constructions in the neighborhood and the “Park Improvement” project.

New Business:

            Kevin Goodchild elaborated more on the fund-raiser that is to be held at his restaurant.

            There was a question on the development of the Lindenfeld tract.  Question was answered.

 

            Motion to adjourn meeting at 8:20 PM.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.

 

 

 






Minutes - June, 2013

            The General meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by the first of our speakers for this evening, May Chung of the Delaire Pharmacy.  Ms. Chung and Barry Jacobs, her associate and fellow pharmacist, spoke to us of the need for a neighborhood pharmacy and the advantages of the same.  The pharmacy accepts all insurances and is open everyday but Sunday.  Mr. Jacobs extended an invitation to everyone to come in and go over their medications.  They took questions and comments from the membership.

            Our next speaker was Suzanne Garber from the American Red Cross.  Ms. Garber informed us of several APPs that are available from the Red Cross on first-aid information that can be downloaded unto cell phones.  She also outlined her job as a volunteer and informed us of the Red Cross House, which is used to give victims of fires a temporary place to live.  She also took questions and comments from the floor.

            The minutes were read by Secretary, Connie Siffel  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Allan Babnew/seconded Mark Morrison to approve the minutes as read.  Passed unanimously.

            The treasurer’s report was read by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Allan Babnew/seconded Mark Morrison to approve the treasurer’s report.  Passed unanimously.

Committee Reports: 

            By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

            Education (Adge Martin) Adge had copies of the application for the Homestead rebate.

            She also had information on computer classes being offered at the library.

            Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) 50-50 drawing at break

            Health & Welfare (Kim Weir) Absent

            Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

            Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Anyone wanting to join or renew membership, see Pat

            at break.

            Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) The clean-up along the river netted 45 bags of trash.

            Streets & Traffic (Mark Morrison) Still waiting on the “No Truck Parking” signs that

            were promised along east side of State Road.   

           Zoning (Lew Halas) Preliminary presentation on 4825 Aubrey Avenue will take place at the next Executive
 
Board  meeting with final presentation at the next General meeting.

            Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) The Annual Regatta will be held on June 18th, and the first

            concert of the season will be a String Quartet on June 25th.

            A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Winner: Allan Babnew.  Amount: $18.00.  Allan donated monies back to ETCA giving us a total of $36.00. 

Old Business:

            A letter will be sent to Kevin Goodchild asking him if he has permits for additions he had done recently to the property.  Could possibly be breach of his agreement with us. 

New Business:

            Cars are parked along south side of Linden Avenue are in a “No Stopping Anytime” zone.  When the police come by, they ignore them.  Calls to 9ll are also ignored. 

            Speaker for next month will be Amanda Driese from the Department of Health.  She will be talking about Lime Disease and West Nile Virus. 

            Meeting was adjourned by unanimous consent of members present at 8:10 PM.

 





Minutes - May, 2013

 

The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:10 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by the first of three speakers here tonight.

            Our first speaker was Natalie Crone, our community relations officer with the 8th district.  Ms. Crone gave us an overall view of her position.  She also gave us a phone number for her office (215-685-9377), and her e-mail address: 
natalie.crone@phila.gov.  Our next speaker was Chelsea from Mike Stack’s office.  She just reminded us that anyone needing any assistance from Mr. Stack could contact her at his office.  And our last speaker was Linda Caldwell-Smith from the Friends of Torresdale Library on Holmes Avenue.  She and Ann Hornbach, the branch manager presented printouts of activities for children to be held at the library over the next several months.

            A motion was made by Allen Babnew/seconded Mark Morrison to pass on the minutes.  Passed unanimously.  The treasurer’s report was presented by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded Allen Babnew to pass the treasurer’s report as read.  Passed unanimously.

Committee Reports: 

            By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

            Education (Adge Martin) Adge reminded us that Primary Election Day is May 21st.  She also had flyers from the Walnut Street Theater and local libraries.  In addition, she  encouraged everyone to fill out the Homestead form for city taxes.

            Health and Welfare (Kim Weir) Absent   

            Legislative (Allen Babnew) No report

            Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Absent

            Parks/Recreation (Allen Babnew) Kevin Goodchild has been putting up the tent at Maggie’s on  Saturdays and taking it down Mondays.  If seen, report to Streets Department as this is in violation of his ordinance and subsequent agreement.

            Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Signs for “no truck parking” have still not been replaced on State Road.  Upon contact with Henon’s office, was informed it would be done with 2 weeks.

            Zoning (Lew Halas) Possible presentation at next meeting on 4825 Aubrey Avenue.

            Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) June 1st – Container gardening; June 18th-Annual Regatta; June 25th-First summer concert.

                  

New Business:           

            There will a candidates night at bakers Bay on May 16.

             A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount: $15.00. Winner:  Allen Babnew.  Allen donated monies back to ETCA giving us a total of  $30.00.

             Adge Martin made a motion to send a letter to the Mayor requesting more police be sent to the 8th district.  Seconded Mark Morrison.  Passed unanimously.  Letter will be copied to:  All Council and the Police Commissioner.

                       Motion to adjourn at 8:00 by unanimous consent of members present.










Minutes - April, 2013

The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:04 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by our two speakers.  The first speaker was Councilman-at-large, James Kenney.  Councilman Kenny elaborated on the AVI bill and what it means to homeowners.  Some assessments are not accurate.  If you feel your assessment is too high, get an assessment from a realtor.  If the realtor’s assessment is higher than the tax assessment, you should be okay.  Anyone wanting to appeal to the Board of Division of Taxes before October 7th, should contact Councilman Kenny’s office at 215-686-3450 to get the proper forms to do this.  Ask for Rich Lazer.  The rate of taxation is another subject for debate.  Councilman Kenny is trying to get a bill passed to set the rate at 1%.  Mayor Nutter wants 1.32%.  Questions and comments were taken from the membership.

            Our second speaker was Patty-Pat Kozlowski from the Department of Recreation.  Ms. Kozlowski informed us of “Love your park” week that will be held from May 11th – 18th.  On Tuesday, May 14th there will be a Grand Celebration at Pleasant Hill Park to dedicate the new park and fish hatchery.  This will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  Everyone is invited.  Also, on Saturday, July 13th, L.L. Bean will host Outdoor Discovery Day featuring the 13-foot high L.L. Bean Bootmobile.  This will be an all day event.   Ms. Kozlowski also took questions and comments from the membership.

            Following a short break, the 50-50 drawing was held.  Winner:  Ed Rice. Amount: $18.00.  Mr. Rice donated monies back to ETCA giving a grand total of $36.00.

            Al Babnew made motion to dispense with the minutes and treasurer’s report.  Seconded, Debbie McMullin.  Passed unanimously.

Committee Reports: 

By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report  

Education (Adge Martin) Adge reminded us that the Primary Election is coming up in May.  She ask that everyone please read the list of candidates before voting.

Fundraising (Joe Carson) No report

Health and Welfare (Kim Weir) Excused absence

Legislative (Al Babnew) While Al did not have any report, he did thank everyone for their donations to the Food Pantry.

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Anyone wanting to renew membership or join ETCA, see Pat at break.

Parks/Recreation (Al Babnew) No report

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) “No Truck Parking Signs” will be replaced on State Road.  Lines have been painted on Linden Avenue. And the pot-hole on Grant Avenue has been fixed.  Anyone knowing of potholes, call 311.

Zoning (Lew Halas) Letters were sent to Zoning Board on 5217 Arendell, 5225 Linden, and Maggie’s.

Police (Jackie Wolf) It was reported at the meeting that a light blue pickup truck was patrolling the area, stealing tires.

A motion was made and seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 PM.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.






Minutes - March, 2013

The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM. As our speaker for this evening did not come, the “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by the reading of the minutes of the February meeting.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Al Babnew/seconded Debbie McMullin to accept the minutes as read.  Passed unanimously.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Al Babnew, seconded Jackie Wolfe to accept the treasurer’s report as read. A motion was made by Al Babnew, seconded Jackie Wolfe to accept the treasurer’s report as read.

Committee Reports:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

Education (Adge Martin) PECO sponsoring “Free First Sunday of the Month at Barnes Foundation.”  Starts at 12:30 PM.  Tickets are limited.  First come – first served. Two adults and two children per transaction.  “Homestead” applications must be filed by July 31, 2013.  For info, call 215-686-9200 or visit www.phila.gov/op2.  If approved by council, $30,000 will be subtracted from assessed value before property taxes are computed.  Seniors can get water bill discounts with total household income below $28,900 and 65 years old.  Call 215-685-0432 between 9 am and 5 pm.  Councilman O’Neill’s office for applications.  Seniors call apply for “Senior Freeze” by October 14, 2013 with a single senior income of $23,500 or married couples with income of less than $31,500.  Call 215-686-6442 or e-mail revenue@phila.gov to apply.

Fund-raising (Joe Carson) 50-50 drawing will be held at break.

Health & Welfare (Kim Weir) Excused absence

Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Newsletter went out on time.  Anyone wanting to join or renew, see Pat at break.

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) No report

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Excused absence

Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) No report

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) Lunch with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 23rd from 11:00 – 2:00.  Number to call for more information is posted on website and on sign in front of Glen Foerd

Old Business:

Lisa Deeley from Bobby Henon’s office was present and spoke on the AVI tax assessment issue.  She informed us the at rate of tax will vary, depending on whether you have received the “Homestead Allotment.” If you have received said allotment, your tax rate will be 1.32%, if not, it will be 1.25%.

New Business:

A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount: $13.00.  Winner:  Earl Wolf.  Mr. Wolf donated the monies back to ETCA giving us a total of $26.00

President Halas read the letter that was sent to the zoning board on behalf of Maggie’s.  He summarized the stipulations that were put in place for the support and approval of their variance.

Motion was made and seconded to donate $100.00 to the Hunger Walkathon.  Passed unanimously.

There will be a “Hail the Chefs” fundraiser at Holy Family for the Chamber of Commerce on April 29th.  And a Chamber of Commerce Expo in May

            Councilman Kenny has been invited to speak in either April or May.

            Meeting was adjourned by unanimous consent at 8:00 PM.

 



Minutes - February, 2013


The General Meeting of the East Torresdale Civic Association was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:00 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by our speaker this evening, David Oh, Councilman-at-large.

            Mr. Oh gave an overall account of the use of our tax dollars and the need to attract new and better industry to the city.  With all costs going up, more revenue is needed to keep up with those costs.  He also took questions and comments from the membership.

            A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Winner:  Bob Biedrzycki; amount, $24.00.  Bob donated monies back to ETCA giving us a total of $48.00.

            Due to the late hour, Bill Kennedy made a motion to waive the minutes, treasurer’s report, and committee reports.  Seconded, and passed unanimously.

            We had three zoning variance presentations tonight.  The first was for a single family dwelling to be erected at 5217 Arendell Avenue.  Presentation was made by David and Maria Gonzalez, who wish to build the house.  Support for this variance was passed with 3 no’s and 2 abstentions.

            The second presentation was for a garage that has been built at 5225 Linden Avenue.  Presentation was made by Chad Comley, who represented the owner, Thomas Kolenkiewicz.

Support for this variance was also passed with 3 no’s and 2 abstentions.

            The third presentation was made by Shawn Ward for the parking lot at 9228 Delaware Avenue (Maggie’s Restaurant).  Support for this presentation was passed with 16 yes, 4 no, and 1 abstention.  This was passed with the following restrictions:

  1. No use or building on the lot at 9250 Delaware Avenue.
  2. All entertainment will be inside
  3. The only outside cafe will be the one permitted by variance.
  4. No construction vehicles in parking lot.
  5. All proposed lighting will not go into surrounding properties.

 

Bill Kennedy made motion to adjourn at 9:30 PM.  Seconded, Justine Graham.

Passed by unanimous consent of members present








Minutes - January, 2013

 

The General Meeting of the ETCA for January 2013 was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:09 PM.           Officer Rudolph Mueller, our liaison officer with the 8th district, was present.  He informed us that the police are conducting talks with the various schools in the area to prepare them how to respond to possible shootings in the wake of the Newtown Connecticut tragedy.  There was also a discussion on the resumption of drag racing on State Road.  He informed membership to call 911 and report activity and times. 

            The minutes of the December meeting were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Mark Morrison/second Allan Babnew to approve the minutes as read.
            The treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, the treasurer’s report was approved as read.

            Our speaker for this evening was Councilman Bobby Henon.  Councilman Henon gave us an update on his first year in office.  He elaborated on his clean-up of problem properties and the advisory committee he has set up to work on same.  He took questions and problems from the floor concerning everything from removal of trees along the Delaware River to the new tax code and the impact on our area.

Committee Reports:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

Education (Adge Martin) Anyone who has a computer can vote on favorite Pennsylvania Waterways.  Winner will receive $10,000.  There is a book swap store at 3037 Richmond Avenue in Port Richmond.  And, not everything reported to be true by Snopes is necessarily so.

Fund Raising  (Joe Carson) We have $36.00 this month.

Health & Welfare (Kim Weir) No report

Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) We’ve had several new and renewals tonight.  The newsletter went out on time.  Anyone wanting to join, see Pat at break.

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) Jackie from the Recreation Department will be here in March.  Hopefully, before the dedication of the Fish Hatcheries.

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Was able to contact Steve Lorenz.  Told him about the “No Night Truck Parking” signs that were removed before the construction on State Road.  He will look into having them replaced.  Also talked about the repainting    of lines on Linden Avenue and the possibility of speed bumps being installed between State Road and the river on Linden Avenue.

Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) There will be three zoning variance presentations at the next meeting, 5217 Arendell (demolition and construction), 5225 Linden (construction of garage), and 9228-40 Germania (Maggie’s parking lot).

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) See website for activities. (glenfoerd.com).

PDAC (Jackie Wolf) The PDAC served a dinner to the officers of the 8th district in December.  While it is obvious that changes are coming to the police department, the question is what those changes will be.

At the request of the president, a motion was made by Bill Kennedy/seconded Mark Morrison to send a letter requesting a continuance for the zoning hearing on the garage at 5225 Linden, or we will not support the variance.  Passed unanimously.

Old Business:

            A question was asked on whether anything had been done to the fence along the river.  John Nagale told us of someone falling over the fence and other illegal activities taking place overnight along the river.  Also question was raised on the locking of the gate at the boat ramp.

            There was also a discussion on the LCB decision on Maggies.

New Business:

            None

            Speaker for February will be David Oh, Councilman-at-large.

            Allan Babnew made motion to adjourn at 8:35 PM.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.






Minutes - December, 2012

The General Meeting of the ETCA for December 2012 was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:11 PM.The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by the reading of the minutes of the November meeting.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded Wayne Hassis to approve the minutes as read.The Treasury Report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, the Treasury Report was approved as read.

Committee Reports:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) Excused absence

Education (Adge Martin) Recommended article in the newspaper concerning upcoming special events in the area.  Also informed us that Rotary Scholarships are available is anyone is interested.

Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) Absent

Health & Welfare (Kim Weir) No report

Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Got newsletters out. Will be updating mailings for the new year.

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) Fish Hatcheries in park will be dedicated in the Spring.  Will be notified of actual date later

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) The traffic light at Fitler and State is pointed in the wrong direction.  If you are going the wrong way on Fitler, you have the light.

Zoning
(Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy)  No report

Glen Foerd (Bill Kennedy) The tree lighting and festival will be held on Wednesday, December 12th, starting at 4:00 PM.  Cost for festival is $5.00.

Maggie’s
(John Nagale) Trying to find out what is going on with the agreement between Maggie’s and ETCA.  Can’t get any answers from lawyers.

Old Business:

            None

New Business:

The nominations for the Executive Board for 2013 were read by the President, Lew Halas, as follows:
           
President – Lew Halas
             1st Vice
President – William Kennedy
       
2nd Vice President – Joe Drioli
        
Recording Secretary – Connie Siffel
        
Treasurer – Justine Graham
         Legislative Representative – Allan Babnew

             Sergeant-At-Arms – Debbie McMullin
         By-laws – Linda Hogan

              EducationAdge Martin

               Fund-Raising – Joe Carson

               Health & Welfare – Kim Weir

              Membership/Publicity – Pat Weir

              Parks/Recreation – Allan Babnew

              Streets/Traffic – Mark Morrison

              Zoning – Lew Halas/William Kennedy

            As there were no new candidates, the nominations were closed.  A motion was made by Allan Babnew/seconded Mark Morrison to accept the nominations as read.  Passed unanimously.

            Motion to adjourn at 7:25.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.






Minutes - November, 2012

            The General Meeting of the ETCA for November 2012 was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by our speaker for this evening, Alan Butkovitz, City Controller. Mr. Butkovitz discussed the upcoming property tax assessments and their impact on our taxes for the next year.  Questions and comments were taken from the membership.  Mr. Butkovitz left a rate scale table with us that will be published on our website, (easttorresdalecivic.com).

            The minutes of the October meeting were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, the minutes were approved as read.  Treasurer, Justine Graham, had an excused absence.  There was no treasurer’s report.

Committee Reports:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

Education (Adge Martin) Mentioned phone calls from electric companies soliciting our business.  Delaire Landing is sponsoring bus trips.  There will be one to Atlantic City on December 13th if you are interested in going.

Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) Will have 50-50 drawing at half-time.

Health & Welfare (Kim Weir) Excused absence

Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Had several new and renewed memberships.  Had a problem getting the newsletter out.  It was a little late.

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) No report

Streets & Traffic (Mark Morrison) Still working on getting information on last month’s issues.

Zoning (Lew Halas/Bill Kennedy) No report

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) Two lectures at Glen Foerd.  One on November 13th and one on December 7th.  Details on website (glenfoerd.com).

Maggie’s (John Nagale) Question on how agreement was coming along.  Some discussion with Lew on same. 

Old Business:

            None

New Business: 

            A short break was followed by the 50/50 drawing.  Amount:  $38.00.  Winner:  Jackie Wolf.  Jackie donated monies back to ETCA.

            Two members of ETCA were recommended as appointments to the Glen Foerd Board. hey are: Latitia  Edwards and Angela Della Vella.  A motion was made and seconded to accept these nominations.  Passed unanimously.

            A nominating committee was named to nominate the Executive Board for 2013.  They are:  Nancy Della Vella, Earl and Jackie Wolf, Connie Siffel, and Adge Martin.  As everyone on the current board is staying another year, the slate was read by President, Lew Halas.  There will be a second reading and any nominations from the floor in December before electing same.

            Bob Biedrzycki and Doris Bell had information on a Pedophile living in the Pleasant Hill area.  Will be investigated further.  Someone will attend town meeting and police will be invited to attend our meeting to discuss matter with residents.

            Also, there was a discussion on a possible methadone clinic being opened on State Road.

Motion was made and seconded to support the Holmesburg and Tacony Civic Associations, should they oppose said clinic.  Passed with one abstention. 

            Motion to adjourn at 8:15.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.








Minutes - October, 2012

            The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by First Vice President, Bill Kennedy, at 7:02 PM.  President, Lew Halas, was unavailable.  Following the “Pledge of Allegiance,” the minutes of the September meeting were read.  Finding no additions or corrections, the minutes were approved as read.  The treasury report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, the treasury report was approved as read.

Committee Reports:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

Education (Adge Martin) October 9th is the deadline to register to vote in the General Election in November.  The Philadelphia Board of Elections at 520 N. Delaware Avenue, 5th floor, will be open until 12:00 midnight.  There will be a “Meet the Candidates” night at Delaire Landing on Thursday, October 18th, starting at 6:30 PM. Senator Stack will speak at 6:30.  Also attending, State Rep. Michael McGeehan, Councilman Bobby Henon, and City Controller, Alan Butkovitz.  Waiting for a reply from U.S. Senator, Robert Casey, and U.S. Congressman, Bob Brady.  Republican Committeeperson, Mike Goldi has invited Republican candidates.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Had newspaper listings of lectures, moving, and theater shows.  “Dead Sea Scrolls” will be closing on October 14th.  The “Music Man” is coming on November 6th

Fund-raising (Joe Carson) Had $46.00 last month in the 50/50.  This month’s 50/50 will be held at break.

Health and Welfare
(Kim Weir) Excused absence

Legislative
(Allan Babnew) No report

Membership/Publicity
(Pat Weir) Have had several renewals and new memberships.  Newsletters went out on time.

Parks/Recreation
(Allan Babnew) Twenty-two new trees were planted along Delaware Avenue.

Streets/Traffic
(Mark Morrison) Tried to contact Steve Lorenz, Streets Department about the “No Truck Parking” signs along State Road, the legality of “Speed Bumps” on city streets, and the painting of left turn lines on Linden Avenue, but offices were closed for the holiday.  Will try again.

Zoning
(Lew Halas)  Excused absence.

Glen Foerd
(Linda Hogan) There will be a “Pumpkin Decorating Activity” on October 20th for children.  Cost:  $10/child.  Adults are free.  More details on website:  www.glenfoerd.com.

Maggie’s
(John Nagale) John asked about possible agreement between Maggie’s and ETCA.  Also invited membership to tour the restaurant.  There was a question from the floor on the possibility of Maggie’s putting in a parking lot at Germania and Arendell. John informed us that Maggie’s does not own that lot.

New Business:

            A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount: $20.00.  Winner:  Mark Morrison.  Mark donated monies back to ETCA making a total of $40.00.

            Mark Morrison made motion to have lawyer draw up an agreement with Maggie’s to present to the judge, as outlined at the Board Meeting on September 27th.  Seconded, Debbie McMullin.  Passed unanimously.

            Motion to adjourn by unanimous consent of members present at 7:30 PM. 

 


          

Minutes - September, 2012

 
The General Meeting of the East Torresdale Civic Association was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a presentation by Veronica Sypherd, FOP.  Ms. Sypherd informed us of a 5K run to benefit the Police Survivor’s Fund on October 20th.  She and her associate told us of what streets will be closed and at what times.  The community was also invited to a celebration at Maggie’s after the run.  Activities should be over before 5:00 PM.

           
We were also informed of a “Fire Muster” at the Fire Academy on October 21st.  This is also free to the public. 

            The minutes of the August meeting were read by the secretary.  Minutes were approved with one correction.  The lawyer was invited to speak in September not August.  The treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer, Justine Graham.  Finding no additions or corrections, the treasurer’s report was approved as read.

 

Committee Reports: 

            By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report 

            Education (Adge Martin) Had flyers and articles on the table.  There will be a baseball

            exhibition and fair on September 15th and 16th at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. 

            Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) Says since he wasn’t here last month, he expects double 
           donations this month. 

            Health and Welfare (Kim Weir) Excused absence 

            Legislative (Al Babnew) No report 

            Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Have gotten several renewals.  Anyone wanting to join

            or renew, see at break.  Newsletters went out on time. 

            Parks/Recreation (Al Babnew) No report 

            Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison)  Thanks to “Google”, we have proof of the existence of

            the “No Truck Parking” signs on State Road.”  Have to get in touch with the Street’s
            Dept. about having them reinstated. 

            Zoning (Lew Halas) Demolition notice on home at Germania and Arendell.  Discussion

            on the problems of rebuilding on that site. 

            Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan)  Several Events scheduled for the fall.  See website for further

            information (www.glenfoerd.com). 

            Maggie’s (John Nagale) Took questions and comments from members.  Informed us that 

            settlement has been made on 9226 Delaware Avenue.  There was a question on who are

            members of the Corporation that owns the properties on which Maggie’s is located.

 

Old Business:

 

            Discussion on having speed-bumps put on Linden Avenue.  Mark will look into the legalities with the Street’s Department.  Also a question on whether a fence will be erected at the fish ponds.  Al informed us that the construction is not yet complete. 

            Our lawyer cannot make a Monday night meeting as he is teaching at Temple University on Mondays.  Therefore a motion was requested and made by Hugh Davis, seconded Judy Kennedy to change the Executive Board Meeting to a night when our lawyer can attend.  Passed unanimously.

 

New Business: 

            A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount:  $23.00.  Winner:  Linda Hogan.  Linda donated monies back to ETCA making total:  $46.00. 

            Discussion on the police attendance at our meetings and the possibility of us attending the Town Hall meetings when we have an issue where the police captain is in attendance.

 

            Meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM by unanimous consent of members present.

 


 Minutes - August, 2012

 

 

            The General Meeting for August 13, 2012 was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  As there was no speaker tonight, the “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by the regular order of business.

            President, Lew Halas, announced that Connie Siffel, Joe Carson, and Pat Weir had excused absences.  He then read the minutes of the July meeting.  The minutes were approved with one correction; Holy Family College should be Holy Family University.   The Treasurer’s Report was given by acting treasurer, Bill Kennedy.  Finding no additions or corrections, the treasurer’s report was approved as read.

Committee Reports:

            By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

            Education (Adge Martin) No report

            Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) Absent

            Health & Welfare (Kim Weir) No report

            Legislative (Al Babnew) No report

            Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Absent

            Parks/Recreation (Al Babnew) No report

            Streets & Traffic (Mark Morrison) No report

            Zoning (Lew Halas) See Old Business

            Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) Concert this month will be a Jazz Concert.
            Anyone wanting to sit in the air-   conditioned tent can do so by paying a $3.00 charge.
            Otherwise, concerts are free

            No one was present from Maggies.

Old Business:

            In July, we made motion to contact our attorney on appeal to the zoning board’s decision on Maggies.  At the Executive Board Meeting, we discussed the possibility of having an agreement between ETCA and Maggies’ be in the form of a court order by a judge.  Our lawyer feels this would be a good idea.  The final date for filing a brief in this case is coming close.  Hopefully, we can get this settled with a judge before deadline.   Bill commented that he did not feel Kevin Goodchild would agree to this.   Short discussion followed on what properties on Delaware Avenue are actually owned by Kevin Goodchild.

            Bill Kennedy made a motion to invite our lawyer to our general meeting in August.  Seconded, and passed unanimously.

New Business:

            Question on who got the contract for the Liddonfield tract.  Answer:  Holy Family College.

            As our treasurer resigned, a new treasurer has to be appointed.  Justine Graham has volunteered for the position.  A motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded, Adge Martin to appoint Justine.  Passed unanimously.

            A short discussion on the Water Department Meeting at Holy Family College.  This included the fact that water rates are going to be raised and the fact that there are many outstanding water bills that the city needs to collect.

            Meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM by unanimous consent of members present.

 






Minutes - July, 2012

 

 

            The General Meeting of the ETCA for July 9, 2012 was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:06 PM.       Following the “Pledge of Allegiance,” the minutes of the June meeting were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Al Babnew, seconded, Pat Weir to approve the minutes as read.  Passed unanimously.

Committee Reports:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

Education (Adge Martin) Adge reminded membership to get your Homestead Application into the city before July 31, 2012.

Fund-raising
(Joe Carson) Nothing new

Health and Welfare (Kim Weir) Kim arrived after committee reports.

Legislative (Al Babnew) No report

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Newsletters were sent out on time.  Anyone wanting to join or renew, see Pat at break.

Parks/Recreation (Al Babnew) Still working on getting trees removed.

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) No report

Zoning (Lew Halas) No report

Glen Foerd (Bill Kennedy) July 17th concert.

Maggies’ (Joe Goodchild) No report 

Old Business:            None 

            At this point, our speaker Joe Parsons, BSI Construction, arrived.  He presented a slide show on their plans with Holy Family College to develop the Liddonfield Tract.  While his plans have been presented to the PHA, the deadline for bids is June 10th.  After that, a decision will be made on the development of this tract.   

A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount:  $16.00.  Winner:  Joe Carson.  Joe donated monies back to ETCA making the total $32.00.

New Business:

            Harold Yaskin informed us of a meeting the Water Department is holding at Holy Family College on raising of water and sewerage rates. This meeting will be held on July 12th from 6-8 PM in the Campus Center, Room 115.

            Another meeting with the Water Department will be held on July 10th on the Storm Water Management Plan at the same times and same place.

            Meeting adjourned at 8:45 by unanimous consent of members present.

 Minutes - June, 2012 

            The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by our speaker this evening, Thomas Branigan, DRCC.  Mr. Branigan presented a slide show of the past and future construction connected with the expansion of the Delaware Trail through our area.  He also took questions and comments from the floor on what has been done.

            A motion was made by Bill Kennedy, seconded Allan Babnew to waive the minutes.  Motion was passed with 13 Ayes; 4 Nays.
            Bill also informed us that Alice Urbanski has resigned as Treasurer.  This will necessitate finding a new treasurer.

Committee Reports:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) Excused

Education ( Adge Martin)   Adge informed the membership of the “Homestead Exemption Tax Relief Form that must be filed with the city by July 31st by persons owning their homes in order to get a break on possible new tax assessments

Fund-raising (Joe Carson) We had 50-50 drawing monies from last month.

Health/Welfare (Kim Weir) Kim is contacting hospitals to get information sent to her.

Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Newsletter went out. Pat will be available at break for anyone wanting to join or renew.

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) Still trying to get Mrs. Olsen to remove trees and get fence finished.

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) No report

Zoning (Lew Halas) No roport

Glen Foerd (Bill Kennedy) Annual Regatta – June 19th; Canning Class – June 25th; and  1st Summer Concert – June 26th.

            John Nagale from Maggie’s talked about the Nally benefit to be held on June 23rd.  He also informed us that Alice Urbanski has sold her house to Kevin Goodchild.

            Lew read a letter from the LCB that was sent to the residents of East Torresdale. about the hearing on Maggie’s.

            A short break was followed by to 50-50 drawing.  Amount:  $20.00. Winner:  Earl Wolf. Monies were donated back to ETCA.

            A motion was made by Bill Kennedy/seconded Mark Morrison to have our lawyer contact the lawyer from LCB to see if it is necessary for him to attend hearing.  Passed unanimously.

            Discussion on sending a letter to L & I, Zoning Board, and other related departments regarding ongoing issues with Maggie’s.  (Wrong tables in front of building; building violations; tables on the side patio that were ordered off by L&I).

            Mark made motion/seconded Lew Halas to get all papers in order to be sent on June 24-25.  Passed with 3 abstentions.

New Business:

            Question on ETCA boundaries.

            Speakers for July will be John Parsons and Charles Calvanese, BSI Construction (Holy Family Project from Lindenfield).

            Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM. by unanimous consent of members present.

 

 

 

 


Minutes- May, 2012

            The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:10 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by our first speaker, Tony Dello Russo.  Mr. Dello Russo represented the fire department who are going to hold a benefit for injured firefighter, Patrick Nally, on June 23rd.   Mr. Dello Russo outlined the plans for said benefit.  These included the use of portable toilets, and alternate parking with shuttle service.  A motion was made by Allan Babnew, seconded Pat Weir to support the benefit.  Passed unanamously.

            Our second presentation tonight was Rachel Falco, from the Interfaith Hospitality Network.  This organization sets up temporary homeless shelters in local churches.  They solicit volunteers from the community to help run these shelters.  The organization is looking for a property to open an office in the northeast.  A member of ETCA stated that he had a property that might be suitable for their purposes.

            A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount:  $16.00.  Winner:  Nancy Dellavella.  Nancy donated monies back to ETCA.

Committee Reports:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report 
     
Education (Adge Martin) Special Earnings for Military Service 1957-1967 Active Duty need DD 214.  You have to request it to have it credited to your account.  January 2002 public law 107-117 “Defense Appropriations Act” stopped the special extra earning that have been credited to military service personnel.  Go to http://www.ssa.gov/retire 2 military.htm. Senior handbook from state representative Michael McGeehan, 7201 Frankford Avenue, (215-333-9760).  Important to fill out and keep next to phone.  Especially of you live alone.  Also has a “consumer reference guide for seniors.”    I have voter registration forms if you know anyone that has recently moved. Tinicum Wildlife Refuge- Has ten miles of trails, canoe/kayak launch, center houses displays, classrooms and bookstore.  Call 215-365-3118.  http://www/fws.gov/northeast/heinz/   City council holding Veterans Fair on May 21st from 10-1 PM at the Inquire Building, 400 N. Broad Street.  215-686-3256    Delaware River Day – May 19th.  Lots of free fun.  Army ship McFarland will be open for tours as well as 27 Navy training ships.  Sailing ship “NORTHWIND” will offer free cruises.  Also on May 19th, a car show at Torresdale Boys Club, 4500 Linden Avenue, 9-3 PM.  Raindate: June 2nd

Fundraising
(Joe Carson) We received $32.00 from the 50-50 drawing.

Health/Welfare (Kim Weir) No report

Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) We received 17 new and renewals.  The newsletter  went out on time.

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew)  There were many volunteers for the “Cleanup in the Park in April.

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Paving is completed on State Road.

 
Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) The regatta will be held on June 19th.  Cost:  $25.00 for members; $30.00 for non-members.

New Business:

Motion was made by Bill Kennedy to waive the minutes, due to the late hour.  Seconded Mark Morrison.  Passed unanimously.

A motion was made and seconded to appoint Jackie Wolf as representative of ETCA to PDAC.  Passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded Allan Babnew to donate $100.00 to the Patrick Nally fund.  Passed unanimously.

            Motion to adjourn at 8:30.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.

 


Minutes April 2012

            The General Meeting of the ETCA for April 9, 2012 was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:04 PM.      The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by the first of our speaker for this evening.

Officer Rudolph Muller informed us of the 8th district’s goal of including representatives of all civic groups in the area in the PDAC (Police District Advisory Council).  A representative of ETCA will attend this meeting every month.  He also provided a phone # where anyone with a problem can call. (215-685-9377). He then introduced our new captain, Len Ditchkofsky.   Captain Ditchkofsky informed us that he is putting more marked police patrols on in the area.  He has also been promised more new officers from the graduating class at the Police Academy in June.  Captain Ditchkofsky took comments and questions from the membership.  Many of them concerned the boat ramp and park area as well as illegal parking and drag racing on State Road.

A flyer was passed out with social media information on how to contact the police via twitter, facebook, youtube, and e-mail.

            Our next speaker was Edward Vasallo, Emergency Management.  Mr. Vasallo provided us with a check sheet of what is necessary in case of an emergency.  He also provided a map of designated evacuation routes in the area if such should be needed.

            The minutes of the March meeting were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded Wayne Hassis to approve the minutes as read.  Passed unanimously.

            The Treasurer’s Report was given by Treasurer, Alice Urbanski.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Jackie Wolfe, seconded Wayne Hassis to approve as read.  Passed unanimously.

Committee Reports:

            By-laws (Linda Hogan) Will be working on revisions as soon as possible.

Education (Adge Martin) April 24th is Election Day.  Delaire Landing is having a dinner dance.  Pennypack Friends are having a recycling event.  And, there is library information on the back table.

Health and Welfare (Kim Weir) No report

Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Absent

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) Park Cleanup on April 28th 9:00-12:00.

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Hope to be able to get in touch with someone in regards to parking along Convent Avenue near Soccer Field.

            Zoning (Lew Halas) Three Monkeys was granted variance for addition.

            Glen Foerd ( Linda Hogan) Glen Foerd is holding “Titanic” A night to remember gala on  April 14th.

            A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Winner:  Joe Drioli; amount:  $24.00.
 Joe donated monies back to ETCA.

Old Business:

            Lew informed the membership that our attorney has asked the Executive Board to review our feelings on the zoning board’s decision on Maggie’s.

New Business:

            Jackie Wolfe presented a check to ETCA from Baker’s Bay Beacon staff in the amount of $500.00 to help with attorney fees.

            Motion was made by Allan Babnew/seconded Mark Morrison to adjourn at 8:15 PM.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.








 MINUTES - MARCH 2012 

            The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:03 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by the reading of the minutes from February.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Mark Morrison to accept the minutes as read; seconded, Jack Kenny.  Passed unanimously.

            The Treasurer’s Report was given by Treasurer, Alice Urbanski.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Mark Morrison, seconded Earl Wolf to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read; passed unanimously. 

Committee Reports: 

            By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report 

            Education (Adge Martin) Had various brochures on table in rear of room.       Advised against accepting phone call from Area Code “809.” It’s a scam.

            Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) We received the total amount of the 50-50 last month, as winner donated funds back to ETCA.

            Health & Welfare (Kim Weir) No report 

            Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

            Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Anyone wanting to join, see her at break.

            Park/Recreation (Allan Babnew) Notified that city will be starting to plant trees.  Anyone wanting to volunteer, see Allan.  Also there will be a citywide cleanup of parks on April 28th.  Anyone wishing to participate, be at the Linden Avenue Park at 9:00 AM on that date.

            Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) With the break in the weather, will try again to resolve parking problems at the soccer field on Convent Lane.

            Zoning (Lew Halas) Zoning issues will be addressed with presentations later in meeting.

            Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan/Bill Kennedy) “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” will be held. Consult website for exact day and time.  A lecture will be held at Holy Family University on March 26th at 7:00 PM. Subject:  War of 1812. 

        Our speaker this evening was Councilman, Bobby Henon.  Councilman Henon outlined his “Good Neighbor Initiative.”   He also gave us information on how to reach him via phone/email.  Subjects for discussion from the membership included a problem property on Linden Avenue, School Gyms being used by Recreation Dept., and Holy Family University’s plans for Liddonfield. 

A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount:  $32.00.  Winner:  Ed McDonald.  Mr. McDonald donated monies back to ETCA. 

Presentation was made by “Three Monkey’s” on their proposed expansion.  The zoning board refusal was because they would need two additional parking places for the total occupancy.  Allan Babnew made motion to send a letter of support to the zoning board/ seconded, Mark Morrison.  Passed unanimously. 

Motion to adjourn at 8:40 PM. by unanimous consent of members present.

 

 

                


Minutes - February 2012

 

 

The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by First Vice President, Bill Kennedy, at 7:05 PM.  President, Lew Halas, arrived at 7:45 PM.

            Following the “Pledge of Allegiance” the minutes of the January meeting were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded, Allan Babnew to approve the minutes as read.  Passed unanimously.

            The Treasurer’s Report was given by Treasurer, Alice Urbanski.  Finding no additions or corrections, the Treasurer’s Report was approved as read.

Correspondence Received and Sent: 

1.From Bobby Henon, Councilman.  Acceptance as speaker for March.

2.To:  Office of Emergency Management.  Request for speaker in April.

3.To Captain Kelly, 8th district.  Re:  Cars running red light at Linden and State Rds.

Committee Reports       : 

  By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report

Education (Adge Martin)  Anyone wishing to update “do not call list” can call 1-880-382-1222.  
   Parks and Recreation are giving out free trees again this year.

Fund-Raising (Joe Carson) No report
 

Health and Welfare (Kim Weir) No report
 

Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report 

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Anyone wanting to join, see Pat at break. 

Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) No report 

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) No report
 
Zoning ( Lew Halas) No report

 

            Our speaker for the evening was Alan Butkovitz, City Controller.  Mr. Butkovitz pointed out the many discrepancies in the management of the city’s school system, the ‘311’ calling system, and the sheriff’s department.  Also discussed with the membership was the dredging to the Delaware River, and the need to stress our assets and build jobs for our city workers.

 

A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount: $26.00; Winner:  Mark Morrison. Mark donated monies back to ETCA.

 

            As the Zoning Board of Adjustments reversed some of it’s ruling on Maggie’s restaurant, John Nagale, General Manager, gave a presentation.  Mr. Nagale informed us that the granting of dining was made for the 2nd floor addition only.  The overhang would allow access from the kitchen to the dining area, and the consolation of Lots A, D, and E was done only to allow for an egress from the 2nd floor and the movement of the dumpsters from the back fence.  He assured us that in no way will there be outside dining on the patio.

 

            Joe Carson made a motion to file appeal on this zoning with the stipulation that if an written agreement can be reached with Maggie’s, the appeal will be dropped. Seconded, Allan Babnew.  Passed unanimously.

 

    Motion was made to adjourn at 9:10 PM.  Passed by unanimous consent of members present.

 



Minutes  January 2012

            The General meeting of the ETCA for January 2012 was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by our speakers for this evening, Joanne Daehme, and Michael Quinn, Water Department; and Steve Lorenz, Streets Department.

            Ms. Daehme informed us that the construction on State Road is done.  Re-paving will be done in the spring in the area from Fitler Street to Grant.  All three took questions and comments from the membership and tried to answer concerns.

            The minutes of the December meeting were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, the minutes were approved as read.  Treasurer, Alice Urbanski, gave a 3-month treasurer’s report.  Finding no additions or corrections, the treasurer’s report was approved as read.

Correspondence Received and Sent:

1)      To Alan Butkovitz, Controller.  Re: Being speaker at February meeting.

2)      From Mike Maener, L & I.  Re:  Lights in parking lot at Maggie’s.

3)      To Colleen Manning

Lisa Deeley from Bobby Henon’s office was present to introduce herself to the membership.  She will be representing the councilman at the ETCA meetings.

Committee Reports:

          By-laws (Linda Hogan) Will be discussed at next board meeting.

            Education (Adge Martin) Had water report from the Water Department on drinking water 
            and the use of rain barrels.  Also had “Milestones” paper for seniors.  Had information on 
            having feral cats neutered or spayed from both the SPCA and PAWS (Philadelphia 
            Animal Welfare Society).  Adge had information on computer lab classes at Northeast
            Regional Library and other library services.

            Fund Raising ( Joe Carson) No report

            Health and Welfare (Kim Weir) No report

            Legislative (Allan Babnew) No report

            Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Wished everyone a Happy New Year. We’ve had several
            new members and renewals tonight.  Anyone wanting to join, see me at break.

            Parks/Recreation (Allan Babnew) No report

            Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Excused absence

            Zoning (Lew Halas) Discussed Zoning Board’s decision on Maggie’s.
            Also, possible appeal by Maggie’s on LCB issue.

            Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) Tours will be held on Wednesdays from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Cost:  $8.00

            After a short discussion with Kevin Goodchild, Joe Drioli made a motion to have Kevin
            bring his current proposals back to the Executive Board for discussion.  Seconded, and passed
            unanimously.  Mr. Goodchild will attend the Executive Board Meeting on Monday, January 23, 2012.          

            Joe Drioli also made a motion to ratify a letter sent in support of Holmesburg Civic’s
            proposal for the Lindenfield Project.  Seconded, Jackie Wolf.  Passed unanimously.

            Bill informed membership of problems getting onto website and that minutes from
            December had not been put on.

            Meeting was adjourned at 8:35 PM by unanimous consent of members present.

 

 





Minutes - December, 2011

The General Meeting of the ETCA for December was called to order by President Lew Halas at 7:06 PM.  The "Pledge of Alligiance" was followed by the reading of the minutes from November.  Finding no additions or corrections, the minutes we approved as read.

 The Treasurer was absent again this month.  The Treasurer's report for the past quarter of 2011 will be given in its entirety in January.

Committee Reports:
By -laws   Linda Hogan   No report

Education 
(Adge Martin)  Rotary Scholarships are available.  Went on trip to Hershey School for children with special financil needs.  Staff there would like to see more persons from the Philadelphia area come there to tour.  Extensions on applying for the tax exemptions are now available.  Persons must meet financial limitations.  

Fund Raising 
(Joe Carson)  50-50 drawing tonight will be for chances to Glen Foerd's Evening of Elegance.  

Health and Welfare (Kim Weir)  No report.

Legislative (Justine Graham)  Excused absence.  

Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) No report

Parks/Recreation ( Justine Graham)  excused absence

Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison)  "No Turn on Red" sign at Arendell and State Road must have letter sent requesting same with signatures of concened neighbors.  Still working on problems with parking on Convent Lane during soccer season. 
 
Zoning (Bob Biedrzycki) absent

Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan)  "Evening of Elegance" will be chanced off on Wednesday December 14th.  

Discussion on possible problems resulting fron new traffice configurations on State Road

A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Proceeds tonight we $36.00, $20 goes to Glen Foerd for the chances,  $16 goes to ETCA.  Five chances to GF were awarded to the winners.  

New Business:

Debbie McMullin informed us of an ongoing problem with a home on Linden Ave. that is being used for drugs and prostitution.  She has tried to report this to the proper authorities but nothing has been doen.  She was advised to contact " Nusiance Task Force" online.

Old Business

     The following nominations were made for the Executive Board for 2012:

President -- Lew Halas
First Vice President  --William Kennedy
Second Vice President  -- Joseph Drioli
Recording Secretary  -- Connie Siffel
Treasurer  --  Alice Urbanski 
Legislative Representative  --  Allan Babnew
Sergeant at Arms  -- Debbie McMullin
By-Laws  --  Linda Hogan
Education --  Adelaide Martin
Fund Raising  --  Joe Carson
Health and Welfare  --  Kim Weir
Membership/Publicity  -- Pat Weir
Parks and Recreation  --  Allan Babnew
Streets/Traffic  --  Mark Morrison
Zoning  -- Lew Halas

     Motion was made by Ed Rice and seconded by Mark Morrison to accept and vote on the nominations as read.  This passed unanimously.  

Motion to adjourn at 7:45,  passed by unanimous consent of members present . 



 

Minutes – November, 2011

    

      

The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:10 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by the reading of the minutes by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, the minutes were approved as read.  Treasurer, Alice Urbanski, was absent.

 

Correspondence Received and Sent:

 

1)      E-mail to Commissioner Burns, L & I.  Re:  Lights at Maggies.

2)      Letter from PLCB.  Re:  Refusal of extension of Liquor License at Maggies.

3)      Copy of Letter from Shawn Ward to Zoning Board.  Re:  ETCA vote on zoning variances applied for by Kevin Goodchild.

4)      Copy of letter sent by Joseph Beller to zoning board.  Response of ETCA to above

letter. Both letters were read in their entirety.

 

Committee Reports:

 

 By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report. 

 Education (Adge Martin)  Adge had brochures of courses and activities being offered by

 the library.  Brochures were put on back table. 

 Fund-raising (Joe Carson) Joe arrived after reports were given 

 Health & Welfare (Kim Weir) No report 

 Legislative (Justine Graham) Excused absence 

 Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Absent 

 Parks/Recreation (Justine Graham) Excused Absence 

 Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) PennDot are owners of property on State Road in need

 of maintenance. 

 Zoning (Bob Biedrzycki) No report 

 Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan)  Activities listed on website (glenfoerd.org).

 

A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Winner:  Bill Kennedy.

Bill donated monies back to ETCA.  There was a total of $30.00.

 

Old Business:

 

None
 

New Business:

 

Trailer parked on lot on James Street near Arendell has been moved.           

Three properties on Arendell are encroaching on street with new driveways.

This will be investigated by Streets Chairperson. 

 Nominations for the Executive Board for 2012 were read by the Nominating Committee Chairperson, Connie Siffel, as follows:

 

            President:  Lew Halas

            First Vice President: Bill Kennedy

            Second Vice President:  Joe Drioli

            Recording Secretary:  Connie Siffel

            Treasurer:  Alice Urbanski

            Legislative Representative:  Allan Babnew

            Sergeant-at-arms:  Debbie McMullin

            By-laws:  Linda Hogan

            Education:  Adelaide Martin

            Fund-raising:  Joe Carson

            Health & Welfare:  Kim Weir

            Membership/Publicity:  Pat Weir

            Parks/Recreation:  Allan Babnew

            Streets/Traffic:  Mark Morrison

            Zoning:  Lew Halas

 

Motion to adjourn was made at 8:30 by Mark Morrison/seconded Allan Babnew.

Passed by unanimous consent of members present.




 

Minutes – October, 2011

  The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:05 PM.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a representative from Nazareth Hospital who had brochures on the services being offered by the hospital.  We also had present David Oh, a candidate for council-at-large in the November election. The minutes of the September meeting were read by the secretary.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded, Joe Drioli to approve the minutes as read.  Passed unanimously.  As the treasurer was absent, Lew Halas read the treasurer’s report.  Finding no additions or corrections, a motion was made by Mark Morrison/seconded Al Babnew to approve the treasurer’s report as read.  Passed unanimously. Bill Kennedy asked the membership if anyone had any persons who could be a speaker, to let him know.  A short break was followed by the 50-50 drawing.  Amount:  $20.00.  Winner:  Monica Lange.  Ms. Lange donated the monies back to ETCA.  

 Committee Reports:

By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report  
Education (Adge Martin) October 11th is the last day to register to vote in the General Election.  November 1st is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot.  The University of Pennsylvania is conducting a “Quit Smoking” class at the Bustleton Library.  There will be a candidate’s night at the Recreation Center at Delaire Landing on October 25th from 7:00-9:00 PM
 Fund-raising (Joe Carson)  We have $40.00 more dollars from the 50/50 drawing.
Health and Welfare (Kim Weir) No report  Legislative (Justine Graham) absent (excused) 
Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Newsletters went out on time.  Reminder that Membership expiration date is on the address label of your newsletter.
Parks/Recreation (Justine Graham) absent (excused) 
Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) Barrels have been moved on State Road to prevent driving on construction.  When the parking lane has been used to drive, parking has been permitted on finished surface of work zone. 
Zoning (Bob Biedrzycki) Absent 
Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan) There will be a lecture on researching family history on October 11th at 7:00 PM; and on October 15th, a lecture on Decorative Arts at 6:30 PM. 

Although Bob was absent, Lew introduced Ken Novak, who reported on the demolitionof a property at 9314 Hegerman Street in anticipation of construction of a single home.  This construction is being done by the same contractor who built the homes on Aubrey and Torresdale that were encroaching on the street.  Mr. Novak will keep an eye on this construction, and report any discrepancies to us. There was also an inquiry on etcaonline as to whether the 5200 block of Linden was within our boundaries.  They were informed that it was, but no further information was forth coming.

Old Business: 

Kevin Goodchild informed us that he has had the property surveyed and gotten permits in anticipation of erecting a fence along the north side.  He has also installed lights along the building for security purposes. Lew informed us that our attorney has sent a letter to the Zoning Board instructing them on the results of the vote on the zoning issues with Maggie’s. 

New Business: 

The nominating committee to select the Officers for 2012 are as follows:  Connie Siffel (Chairperson), Linda Hogan,  Jackie Wolfe, Al Babnew and Debbie McMullen 

A motion was made to adjourn at 8:30 PM by Al Babnew/seconded Joe Drioli.  Passed unanimously by members present. 



 
Minutes – September, 2011

The General Meeting of the ETCA was called to order by President, Lew Halas, at 7:07 PM. The“Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by the reading of the minutes by the secretary.Finding no additions or corrections the minutes were approved as read.  Treasurer, Alice Urbanski, was absent. First Vice President, Bill Kennedy, made an inquiry into whether anyone had sent in checks for membership that had not been cashed, since we have received only two pieces of mail in the last six weeks. President Halas informed us of the hiring of Joe Beller as our attorney in negotiations with Maggie’s.

Committee Reports
:  
By-laws (Linda Hogan) No report           
Education (Adge Martin)  Penndot working on state highways and curb ramps.  9.6 million dollar project financed 100% with state funds.  Police will notify you when crime is happening near your home or work place.  Notices are sent out between 6-10 PM.  Go to www.readynotifypa.org.  Alerts will be sent to your e-mail account, cell phone, or pager.  Free safety course for Pa. Motorcycle riders through October.  Call 1-800-845-9533,  It’s a 15 hour course (5 hours of in-class instruction and 10 hours of riding).  Seniors offered free home repair and modifications.  Gross income guidelines for “SHARP” are $1,361 per month for one person; and $1,839 for two.  Call PCA helpline at 215-765-9040 (senior housing assistance repair program.)  If you know of a child that receives free lunches – that family can apply for “Internet Essentials” from Comcast.  Call 1-855-846-8376.  Restrictions apply and this service is not available in all areas.  Would like to know if Northeast is included.  September 13th-Lecture on Railroads at Glen Foerd.  Fee:  $6.00.  September 13th, 20th, and 27th – Free concerts at Mummers Museum, 2nd Street and Washington Ave.  Call 215-336 3050 for further information.September 14th – Pennypack concert at the band shell at Rhawn and Cresco Ave. at 7:00 PM.  Tina Turner Tribute Act.  September 17th – Document shredding from 11-3 at the Republic Bank, Frankford and Cottman Aves.  Rep. Kevin Boyle is sponsoring.  There will be activities for children.  September 20th – Free skin cancer screening from Nazareth Hospital.  Screenings will be held at 1407 Rhawn Street (Nazareth Medical and Wellness Center) from 9-11 AM.  Advanced Registration required.  Call 1-866- NAZARETH for same.  September 23rd – Mike Stack’s Senior Exposition at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Road from 10 AM to 1 PM.  Further information call 215-695-1020.  September 30th – Deadline for applying for help to avert foreclosure for unemployed borrowers.  Administered in PA by the State Housing Finance Agency.  Call NFHA at 1-888-995-HOPE.  October 8th – Katharine Drexel Library will be open on Saturdays.  Will start fall schedule and will probably close on Fridays.  October 4th – “Story time for Tots” Tuesdays at 1:PM from 10/4 to 12/6.  September – June – After school program for Grades 1-12.  Mon-Wed: 3-5 PM; Tues-Thurs.:  3-6 PM (Katherine Drexel Branch).  Also Computer lab classes at the NE Regional Library. 
Fund-raising (Joe Carson)  We raised $26.00 on last month’s 50-50 as the winner (Joe Drioli) donated winnings back to ETCA.  We will have drawing at break. 
Health and Welfare (Kim Weir)  No report 
Legislative  (Justine Graham) Absent 
Membership/Publicity (Pat Weir) Came in after reports. 
Parks/Recreation (Justine Graham) Absent 
Streets/Traffic (Mark Morrison) There have been some traffic issues on State Road with persons driving around barriers.  Have been trying to get in touch with traffic engineer about parking issues on Convent Lane. 
Zoning (Bob Biedrzycki) No report 
Glen Foerd (Linda Hogan)  Linda had list of events over next several months. 
information can be accessed on
www.glenfoerd.org.
  
Old Business: 

Question on problem with grass on State Road. A short break was followed by the 50/50 drawing.  Amount:  $23.00Winner:  Joe Drioli.  Joe, again, donated monies back to ETCA. 

New Business: 

Question on why fence at the Water Department along Linden Avenue is being moved back.  Will contact Water Department to have speaker to answer this and any other questions.


 




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