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Evergreen Historic District Association
Board Meeting, October 11, 2016
Midtown Crossing

Attending: Wain Rubenstein, Missy Williams, Sam Goff, Bill and Teresa Bullock, Chris Morton, Don Jones, Karen and Dan Dixon, Kyle Veazey, Misti Doose, Lanae Peterson, Gene Laurenzi, John Cameron, Louise-Ann Dawkins, Tom Lawrence.
Wain introduced Dan and Karen Dixon as potential representatives to the Overton Park Alliance. They had been recommended by Eric Gottlieb. It was approved by the board that they represent EHDA with OPA. Kyle let the board know that all the documents associated with the parking plan will be posted to a webpage, and that subscribers can get a message each time the page is updated.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.
Wain passed out the financial report submitted by Carrier Kerley. Total assets of $44,162.29.
Teresa and Chris agreed to take over responsibilities of web site that had been handled by Allison Graham, who is moving from the neighborhood.
It was noted the brewfest has been postponed. There was a discussion that we may try again in the spring. Other alcohol-tasting fundraising events were thrown out as potentials.
Chilton reported that next step for utilizing safety grant money is determining the uses. Possibilities include cameras and lights. Bill and John volunteered to serve on this committee.
Sam reported that Colonel Houston has a new liaison with neighborhoods to make sure the Cop Stop program works well. 12 officer showed up at most recent Cop Stop. Sam will send an announcement to go in the ENews.
201 Stonewall for sale. 1663 Lawrence has been turned in. 290 Stonewall – no update.
John reported that there was a program for pouring concrete sidewalks where City money is available for citizens that meet the criteria using age and/or income. John will write up some information for the ENews regarding this program.
There was discussion regarding how to go about getting the city to pursue the insurance company of the driver that hit the Overton Park gates. Gene will write a letter to the insurance company from EHDA regarding this.
The Marathon route will go through EHDA on Stonewall. Missy has been keeping the neighborhood informed.
Wain asked Bill to chair the nominating committee. Lanae will represent District 1. Kyle will represent district II. Now need one each from from IV and one V.
It was decided the January General Membership meeting will take place on January 19 pending availability of Trinity UMC. 6:30 pot luck, 7 p.m. meeting. Crosstown update would be a good idea. Wayne will reserve the church.
Sam reported that he met with Jim Turner at the Dairy. He noted that there are about 55 trailers parked on site. He reported that 16 docking bays were slated for the expansion. There is a meeting this Thursday at 5:30 at Circuit Playhouse. MMDC is involved. Tucker-Jefferson is the neighborhood involved.
Tom Lawrence reported the picnic is Oct. 23. Check in table in the middle portion of the plant. Livable Memphis, Central, Snowden and City of Memphis Stormwater division will be there. MemPops will be there as well. Evergreen Pres will organize a kids area. Tom will get boxes for trash and recycling. Snowden PTO will have games. Missy suggested that EHDA supplement the cost of MemPops. It was approved that EHDA fund $500 for MemPops.
Invitation to Snowden Community Breakfast Nov. 4. Sam noted that specific supplies like “string” backpacks are much appreciated.
Next board meeting is Monday, Nov. 7.

Evergreen Historic District
Board Meeting
September 13, 2016, Midtown Crossing
Attending: Wain Rubenstein, Sam Goff, Missy Williams, Bill & Teresa Bullock, Don Jones, Gene Laurenzi, Neely Bagwell, Carrie Kerley, Louise Ann Dawkins, Lanae Peterson, Gretchen Stroud,
Minutes of the last meeting were approved.
Williamson Park – Wain reported that Robyn Mace has moved to Nashville. She will submit a maintenance plan for the Rain Garden.
Financial Report – Total Assets = $43,659.04. Two payments to Brian White for watering of trees in Williamson Park. Carrie reported a nice thank you note from Levitt Shell. Sam suggested moving some of the money to an interest bearing instrument. Carrie suggested a survey to our membership to see interest regarding how EHDA should spend money.
Fundraising – Brewfest has been cancelled for October.
Cop Stop – It was noted that some of the Cop Stops were not well attended. Sam recommended that EHDA remind the precinct on the day of each Cop Stop to remind the officers that it was underway.
Fall Picnic – October 23. Tom Lawrence is in charge. Mempops will be there. Snowden and Central invited. Buddy Fey and several neighbors of Tom are helping.
201-203 Stonewall – Wain reported he received a call from someone interested in purchasing the property. He recommended they talk with David Ray. David reported that there are two offers on the house and Judge Potter has ruled that he must approve any sale. Listed at $201,000.
1663 Lawrence – no update. 290 Stonewall – no changes noted. Intersection of Peach and Garland. It was noted a great place for a Sky Cop.
Downtown Pilots – Wain received a phone message from Terrence Patterson but has not yet spoken to him. It is EHDA’s wish that DMC treat Midtown no less favorably than downtown.
Overton Park Gates – Gene and Carrie noted we have the police report from the damage from the auto accident. The city has not taken an interest in pursuing the at fault driver’s insurance (Geico). EHDA may weigh in if allowed by City.
Marathon Route (Dec. 3) – Significant changes involving Evergreen. Route will go down Stonewall. Most impacted area is the west side of Evergreen. Starting times will stagger by 3 minutes. Gretchen suggested door to door communication for the folks on the west side of the neighborhood that will be affected by the marathon.
Sam reported that Turner Dairies was issued a courtesy citation for being out of compliance with code for parking trucks where they should not be parked. To his knowledge, Turner has done nothing. Sam spoke with Jim Turner, and a meeting is scheduled for next week. Turner did receive a pilot from EDGE.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

EHDA Board Meeting
July 11, 2016
Midtown Crossing

Attending: Bill and Teresa Bullock, Robyn Mace, Sam Goff, Louise Anne Dawkins, Vince Higgins, Chris Morton, Jay Adkins, Missy Williams, Neely Bagwell, Chilton Simmons, John Cameron.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

Robyn reported we received $500 grant from Memphis City Beautiful for trees at Williamson Park, which are looking healthy. Two 6th and 7th grade football teams have been practicing there several days per week. Hope is that they can keep parking to paved areas, including potentially parking behind the Livable Memphis Building. A reminder about trash to the coach would be helpful.

Get barricades in from of Sam Goff’s house. Check with Sam on Turner thing.

Membership – Chris reported record numbers of members and dollars – about 90 members over last year. 424 members as of today.

Robyn reported funds will be available from IOBY soon for rain garden. Mulching will take place soon along with ongoing volunteer neighborhood maintenance of lot.

Fundraising – Brewfest October 16 will be next fundraiser.

Greensward Action Committee – Jay recommends to stay aware and involved, but it appears things headed in good direction. Sam reported the Zoo took media people through the old Forest on trams. State is looking at violations. OPA feels that the plan as the Mayor submitted, even though not perfect, should be supported.

The board agreed to support the plan put forth by the mayor on July 1. Corresponding secretary will put out notification to City Council and Mayor’s office.

Safety. Chilton will report back to determine how many and what kind of cameras we can purchase with the grant received. Will let neighborhood know we want input on where to put cameras, and potentially use data from Cyperwatch/Blue Crush.

Jay showed a trail camera that he just purchased for $150 to shoot video and pictures. He will set it up to record activity in his alley, where there have been several crimes lately. These cameras are not connectable wirelessly to anything, and must be accessed to download the pics. It is motion activated. It was approved for the Safety committee to review and evaluate different camera systems and determine protocol for neighborhood to implement them.

Sam reported that cop stop has slowed down. Sam recommended more board members participate. A number of neighbors have done it once; only a couple have done it more than one occasion.

Sam Goff reported about Turner Dairies request for a PILOT in an expansion to their plant on Madison. It was approved that a variance in code be opposed by EHDA. Jay and Vince abstained.

August membership meeting – August 18. Program. Possible participants: John Zeanah. School principals. Crosstown Concourse. Paul Young. Cheryl Forbes Crosstown CDC. John Michels of Midsouth Greenprint. It was approved to invite contiguous neighborhood associations and CDC’s to our August general membership meeting.

Fall Picnic, October 23. Tom Lawrence is leading.

National Night Out will be August 2. John and Elizabeth Cameron leading. Working on block captain list.

There was discussion regarding status of several problem properties including 201-203 Stonewall, 1663 Lawrence, 290 Stonewall, house just west of Galloway and Evergreen, 1430-1436 Poplar, 1414 Peach, 337 Garland. 95 N. Willet and 1754 Peach have been added to the list, as well as a house on Autumn.

Robyn announced she has accepted a job in Nashville.

Tuesday Sept. 13 is next board meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

EHDA meeting
June 14, 2016
Midtown Crossing

7:10, meeting called to order
In Attendance: Gene Laurenzi, Don Jones, Chris Morton, Missy Williams, Chilton Simmons, Kim Lloyd, Carrie Kerley, Wain Rubenstein, Jay Adkins, Rob Clark, Louise Anne Dawkins
Kim Lloyd taking notes on behalf of Bill Bullock.

May 2016 meeting minutes were approved.

Financial report – Carrie reporting. A recent large withdrawal is for tree planting and maintenance in Williamson Park. Recurring charges explained. 2015 financial summary included in response to financial questions asked. 2016 reporting is on target to have same financial outlook as 2015. Donations, administrative, events, etc… are similar. Next meeting Carrie will do year to date for 2016 using same format. Net 2015, $6,000.00. We have historically been in the red but are in the black now because of the Gala and Brew Fest. Categorizing Paypal payments discussed.

Question about approaching brewers discussed for October Brew Fest to begin batch brews.

Beautification – Gene suggests CUPUFU could be in conjunction with the Williamson Park maintenance and revitalization. Robyn was absent. More will be discussed at the next meeting.

Membership – Chris reports we have largest membership at over 400 members.

Planning – Wain reports in Robyn’s absence. Williamson Park, Trees planted. Looks Great. Rain Garden being maintained.

Fundraising – County Commission funds available for potential crime prevention cameras. EHDA Crime and Neglect committee discussed. Formalities discussed to begin committee meetings.

Cop Stop – Successful though slowed down. Missy says we have one coming up. Not a lot of new sign ups.

201-203 Stonewall – Ongoing discussion, Judge potter fined property owner for court no-show. Letter sent to the owner by Nancy Jane Baker of Landmarks suggesting we were happy with the work. EHDA responded saying we were not happy with the work and want the statement retracted. EHDA will send a followup letter to Judge Potter. Litigation will continue.

Neighborhood USA Conference – Went well. Nancy Jane sent a thank you letter. Jay received a standing ovation for his work as tour guide. 20 people showed up (expected 50). Left over food was donated to Narcotics Anonymous meeting.

Fall picnic – Food trucks? Probably not enough people to warrant food trucks. Maybe MemPops. Date set: October 9.

Overton Park Alliance – meets every Sunday. letter sent to mayor stating position, June 30th mediation going well/going poorly. Still too soon to tell which way it will fall. Mayor engaged in mediation. Gene says there are two issues – maintenance area, proposal been made to buy the property close to the zoo to move zoo maintenance – which has become equally important to parking. Gene has heard positive things. Strickland is meeting with council individually. He’s engaged in helping the issue. Zoo has offered to move zoo maintenance. Parkway striping is not being used. Jay makes suggestions. Signs say “Bus Parking Only” Alliance came up with ideas for up to 600 spaces for additional parking. Alliance is counting the cars each day on the Greensward. Hard work is being done. It looks hopeful. We need to continue to encourage Strickland to be engaged. Alliance made a request to be a part of the mediation. Central gardens has joined the Alliance. Now Chickasaw Gardens has asked to join – so the effort is getting support further east.

Crosstown Community Development – Cheryl Forbes to get federal funds for housing and redevelopment – buy blighted properties, fix them and sell them – mostly housing. Boundaries extend from Poplar to jackson and cleveland to 240. Chilton suggests we invite CCD to EHDA board meetings as non voting meeting.

Neglected properties and heavy crime areas – Kim suggests we set up bullet point procedures for crime and neglect reporting on the EHDA website to send neighbors to; and also reports ongoing concerns from four of the neighbors in regard to the Peach/Garland Apartments. Chris is concerned that police are not being called to report crime. Property at Watkins and Poplar, work on lot is being done. 1430-1436 Poplar building with boarded windows – demolition discussed.

August membership meeting – Date set: August 18th.
Possible speakers include: Bike and pedestrian developer discussed for meeting & Tina Sullivan from Overton Park Conservancy. Also someone from the Harahan Bridge Project, or the principals of Snowden Middle School and Central High School.

National Night Out – Dates: August 2 or October 4. John Cameron has volunteered to organize the event. The date will be determined based on his schedule.

New Business – nice thank you letter from OPC for our help with Day of Merrymaking.

Island at Evergreen by Drakes – discussion about maintenance – can we get someone to water the island? Michael Wayt – lawn maintenance and watering person. Chris suggests we call him. Wain will talk with Robyn about this.

Roger Plankenhorn passed away. A $100 donation will be made to a charity listed in Roger’s obituary. Chilton suggests a placard could be placed on one of the Williamson Park trees. Chris suggests something in the eNews. Board approved.

Gene asked for bullet points for crime and neglect areas. He will dig up past letters explaining procedures. Kim suggests we include information for concerned neighbors to start Neighborhood Watch Programs in their areas.
Next board meeting will be Monday, July 11.

8:22 meeting adjourned

EHDA Board Meeting
May 10, 2016
Midtown Crossing

Attending: Wain Rubenstein, Bill and Teresa Bullock, Robyn Mace, Gene Laurenzi, Sam Goff, Louise Anne Dawkins, Allison Graham, Chris Morton, Don Jones, Lanae Peterson, Chilton Simmons, Andy Kitsinger, Cheryl Forbes.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

It was discussed that CuPuFu would likely involve cleaning up at Williamson Park and potentially moved to the fall.

The Board agreed that our paver at the Levitt Shell shall read, “Evergreen Historic District Association.”

Membership. Chris reported that we are at our highest number since 2008 at 355. And being early in the year, expectations are that we will surpass that number – 377. Returned dues cards included volunteers on several topics, including legal services.

Robyn reported that trees have now been planted in Williamson Park. The low bid came in from Landscape Works, owned by Michael Wayt of EHDA, who has also been the planter of trees in EHDA’s other efforts. There is a contract with Brian White to keep these trees watered for the first year. Robyn reported that the total amount raised through IOBY, grants and other donations was $10,650.

Robyn reported the Raingarden will be planted soon.

Louise Ann discussed a soccer goal at Williamson Park for neighborhood kids. Neighbor GlennBruce Campbell has constructed one mobile goal for neighborhood kids to use. It was agreed that it makes great sense for Evergreeners to make good use of this neighborhood park, and that use of this mobile goal was very appropriate.

Cheryl Forbes, resident on North Parkway for 20 years, and community service professional decided to form a CDC in the Crosstown area. Cheryl has been involved community development with Whitehaven CDC and currently works in the district attorney’s office. She and Andy Kitsinger wanted EHDA to be aware of their plan and get input and buy-in from EHDA on their goals, boundaries, etc.

It was discussed that there are 50-60 CDC’s in Memphis with varying goals such as education or housing. Cheryl felt a key goal of the Crosstown CDC would be to act as a neighborhood association. When asked about funding sources, she noted that would likely be in the form of dues from business and residences inside the footprint, with the hope of additional funding from other sources.

Board members were enthusiastic about the benefit of a CDC in the areas not currently served by a neighborhood association (i.e. Crosstown, Speedway Terrace, Washington Bottoms), and suggested that EHDA help support this worthwhile endeavor. Cheryl said they are now meeting bi-weekly, and suggested an EHDA representative be at the table as well.

It was later discussed that an appropriate eastern boundary north of Poplar may be Watkins. Wain will give feedback to Cheryl and Andy so that they can proceed with filing application for tax exempt status.

County Commission Grant Funds are in.

Cop Stop – 2 in May, 91 Clark Place and 322 N. Avalon (3rd) event. Sam encouraged more board members to participate.

201-203 Stonewall – Judge Potter came, with 25 or so people in attendance, including law school students as well as the owner’s representative. He just came to see the property with no determinations to be made at the site. Nancy Jane Baker of Landmarks was there, as well as other neighbors. Another hearing is set for June 2.

The condition of the stone wall was discussed by the board, though that topic did not come up with Judge Potter. $80,000 was the last estimate. Gene Laurenzi will get us contact info for Fortner, who has worked on Overton Park Gates and Stonewall Lodge.

Attorney Mike Neal was there. The board discussed how much work Mike has done on this and other neighborhood blight issues and is considering appropriate ways to recognize these significant efforts.

Neighborhood USA Conference. May 27th, Fellowship Hall of Trinity is reserved 3-6. Jay and Wain need to get together and ride the route, and then report to Nancy Jane on a turn by turn map. Wain has had second thoughts on Pot Luck, and the board agreed that we should get it catered by a local business. Jay is looking for more historical anecdotes to liven up the tour.

Picnic to be October 23, 2-5 at Williamson Park.

Homebrew October 16 at Ecco.

Still unconfirmed reports that McDonalds wants a potential relocation across the street to Poplar and Garland.

EHDA received thanks from Snowden for helping raise all money needed for band uniforms. Also received thanks from VECA for our support of the VECA Art Walk.

Wain and some other members of the Overton Park Alliance met with Mayor Strickland. They report he is committed to mediation process and consider the meeting worthwhile and constructive.

Sam attended Frayser Exchange Club meeting. They are working with an issue of a potential truck stop/motel to be constructed on Hollywood north of the interstate. This is a PUD requiring approval by Council. The neighborhood is against it, and after discussion, the EHDA Board agreed EHDA should lend its support to our fellow neighborhood. Wain will reach out to Councilman Berlin Boyd to find out how we can assist. Sam will also do this in his capacity of MMDC and EHDA at the next Exchange Club meeting.

The board agreed it was appropriate to send thank you notes to Mayor Strickland for bike lanes on North Parkway.

1663 Lawrence – Gene spoke with the complainant regarding code infractions at this property.

Crosswalks – Louise Ann asked who is responsible for the crosswalk on Morrie Moss. She will call Tina Sullivan of OPC. Also concerned about crossing McLean at Overton Park and Galloway. Chris reported that during his term as president, the City conducted a traffic study and determined there was not enough pedestrian traffic to warrant crosswalks.

290 Stonewall – Jungle. City will send someone out to mow it. Behind in mortgage but mortgage company is still paying taxes. No one living in the house.

There was a question on reporting neglected property. There is something currently on the web page (311), but we may put a more detailed description of the process that residents can go through on reporting.

It was discussed after many years of neglect, the Overton Manor Apartments have been purchased by an entity that is rehabbing them and bringing them back to the market. EHDA played a significant role in preventing Walgreens from purchasing this and other residential property near the site and erecting a drug store. While a long time coming, this was the result that EHDA and other neighborhood associations hoped for.

June 14 will be the next EHDA Board Meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

EHDA Board Meeting
April 12, 2016
Midtown Crossing

Attending: Wain Rubenstein, Bill and Teresa Bullock, Robyn Mace, Gene Laurenzi, Sam Goff, Kyle Veazey, Carrie Kerley, Louise Anne Dawkins, Vince Higgins. Rob Clark, Allison Graham, Chris Morton, Don Jones, Jay Adkins.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

Carrie reported about $8,700 in deposits that was mostly gala income and some dues payments. We have about $49,000 in total assets compared to about $34,000 same time last year. About $7,000 is committed to the Williamson Park project and includes grant money.

Gene reported we were awarded a Memphis City Beautiful $500 grant in conjunction with the Williamson Park project.

Chris reported the main dues card mailing went out recently. We are at 270 memberships and over $8,400 in dues. Checks are coming in fairly fast. More than half of members used PayPal. We are ahead in membership of where we were this time last year.

Robyn reported that things are ready to go for improvements at Williamson Park. It is fully funded, but the scheduling of tree planting needs to be worked out. We had hoped to get trees in during the previous dormant season. It was discussed that planting in conjunction with the Fall Picnic may be appropriate.

CuPuFu is coming up first weekend in May. Fence line on east edge of Williamson Park and alleys are likely areas of focus.

Robyn reported the rain garden improvements are funded. Planting in later April or early May is anticipated.

Safety – EHDA will receive $5,000 in funding from Shelby County.

Sam reported Cop Stop is going well. One event this morning, three coming up. Anna Rich will host this week, with two more coming up after that. We had three events in March, four scheduled in April. We will re-run in E News to encourage more involvement.

201-203 Stonewall – Judge Potter will do a site visit on May 6. Wain will attend, but a big turnout is not warranted.

Greensward – EHDA as part of the Overton Park Alliance has been taking a measured approach. The Overton Park Alliance was formed in the last couple of months. Its membership is a broad representation of many citizens concerned over the issue. It was noted that the likely best result at present will be achieved by EHDA continuing to encourage EHDA residents and park-users to peacefully and non-confrontationally encourage zoo patrons not to park on the grass.

EHDA Lawsuit regarding the Greensward – Gene reported Chancellor Newsom ruled against EHDA intervening in the Zoo/OPC lawsuit. The City and the Zoo opposed our intervention. There was discussion regarding whether EHDA wants to file our own suit, or let the mediation take its course. The board decided to take no action at this time, anticipating progress through the mediation process.

A number of residents on Galloway have contacted EHDA regarding parking in the middle of Galloway. An unscientific poll in combination with the feedback the board has received shows no Evergreeners in favor of this, a few have not ruled it out completely, and many who strongly oppose. The board voted to oppose any efforts to use the middle of Galloway for parking, with Veazy and Jones abstaining.

The possible Prentiss Place parking deck was discussed. One proposal would move Prentiss south to nearer the back property line of the residents on Autumn. There was much board discussion on this issue. Of major importance is the traffic at McLean and Prentiss, and the safety of vehicles and pedestrians at this area. It was noted a previous opinion from the City Engineer indicated that McLean cannot support the traffic that would be generated with significant additional parking in that area.

The board voted to oppose efforts to construct a parking structure at the Prentiss/McLean lot, with Veazy and Jones abstaining.

It was discussed that since last board meeting, Shelby County Code Enforcement issued several citations to residents/businesses displaying “Save the Greensward” banners. This enforcement effort now appears to have been stopped.

It was suggested EHDA should include a map of paved parking areas in EHDA on our website that can be used by Zoo patrons.

Neighborhood USA conference, May 27. Wain needs help in organizing pot luck at Trinity to feed 50 people. Jay Adkins will be the EHDA “tour guide.” Tony Pellicciotti will join to give an architectural perspective to the tour. Sue Williams will assist in speaking on the I-40 issue. Jay is looking for interesting facts about places and events in EHDA to add more color to his tour.

There is a potential state grant for $5,000 that EHDA was made aware of by State Representative Larry Miller. Wain submitted the necessary form.

Rob suggested a safe cycling item for E News.

Don requested a list of EHDA funded projects. Carrie will attempt to find a list of projects. While seeing a good reconciliation of expenses and income, Don also asked if EHDA has or should have a budget.

The board agreed to fund Community Day at Snowden with $500. This event is April 30.

Central High School is giving EHDA a ½ page in in the yearbook in thanks for our previous support.

The board agreed to fund $500 for the Day of Merrymaking event at Overton Park.

Tom Lawrence will head up the Fall Picnic. We are looking at dates in October.

There is a rumor of McDonalds moving east a block or two and to the North side of Poplar. Several board members will investigate.

Next meeting May 10.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

EHDA Board Meeting
March 8, 2016
Midtown Crossing

Attending: Wain Rubenstein, Bill and Teresa Bullock, Robyn Mace, Jay Adkins, Gene Laurenzi, Sam Goff, Carrie Kerley, Chilton Simmons, Gretchen Stroud, Louise Anne Dawkins, Kim Lloyd, Don Jones, Allison Graham, Gretchen Stroud, Misti Doose, Lanae Peterson.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as amended.

Carrie reported $42,000 in assets, including 7,000 in recently deposited ioby money. Upcoming expenditures will be matching money for Snowden band uniforms, and just under $2,000 for the EHDA Paver at the Levitt Shell. Gretchen reported that EHDA’s matching commitment caused an additional $670 in donations to Snowden Foundation for which EHDA will match up to $500 in addition to the initial $500 donation. It was noted that matching is a great way not only for EHDA to support worthy causes, but it is a great incentive to get others to give.

There was significant discussion of the recent disappointing decision by Memphis City Council regarding the Overton Park Greensward. All lawsuits are still pending. The first mediation took place earlier in the day, but no details had been reported. Far from settling any part of the issue, the board discussed that the Council decision regarding Overton Park may actually be solidifying further efforts to stop the practice of parking cars on the Greensward.

As a result of Council action, the Overton Park Alliance has been formed. It is compiled of many groups interested in the stability of Overton Park. Several Evergreeners participated in the formational meetings of this group. Wain reported that the group is evaluating all facets of the issues regarding the greensward parking issue. Those facets certainly include the environmental effects of parking on the grass and identifying the users of the park. A number of photographs have been taken documenting activity and damage to the park.

It was noted that EHDA is not a one issue organization. We are doing a number of things to fight crime and blight, and our position on the greensward is part of a balanced approach of our overall commitment to the viability and security of the neighborhood.

Planning – Robyn reported we have received $2,400 from TN Agricultural Enhancement program for tree planting in Williamson Park. We are also pursuing ioby matching funding for additional beds at the rain garden at Peach and Evergreen. More information will go out in Evergreen News and social media postings.

Cop Stop – Trinity had first event this week. Next event will be at Sam Goff’s home. Looking for other locations within Evergreen. Interested folks can sign up using Signup Genius.

Wain discussed formation of a public safety committee. Wain reported Kyle Veazey is interested. Gretchen gave two names of neighbors who may be interested as well.

Misti reported that the Evergreen Ball was a great success. Thanks to Gene and Diane Laurenzi for use of the terrific Stonewall Lodge. We made over $6,000 dollars for EHDA from a combination of ticket sales and auction items..

County Commission Grant – Wain reported that EHDA is applying for $6,000 of grant money to address security issues. Robyn is completing the grant. Potential ideas of lights and/or cameras would be in alleys, with identification of areas driven by crime statistics. If cameras do go up, then it may be worthwhile to have signs made and posted noting that EHDA uses video surveillance to deter crime and assist in apprehending offenders.

April 1, Cocktails for the Cause at Kathy Fish’s house on Peabody. 5-7 p.m.

Neighborhood USA conference in late May. EHDA has been asked to provide a tour guide on Friday, May 27th, at 3:30. There should be a busload of about 50 people to tour the neighborhood for about 4 hours, with some refreshments or meal provided. Jay Adkins volunteered if his schedule allows.

Sam reported that the second annual MOJO Awards will be held March 30, 6 p.m., at Circuit Playhouse. Sponsored by MMDC, tickets are $35 in adance.

VECA art walk will be April 23.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

EHDA Board Meeting
February 9, 2016
Midtown Crossing

Attending: Wain Rubenstein, Bill and Teresa Bullock, Robyn Mace, Jay Adkins, Gene Laurenzi, Sam Goff, Lanae Peterson,  Kyle Veazey, Carrie Kerley, John Cameron, Misti Doose, Chilton Simmons, Gretchen Stroud, Missy Williams, Neely Bagwell, Louise Anne Dawkins, Kim Lloyd, Don Jones,Vince Higgins, and City Councilman Worth Morgan.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

Carrie reported we had $36,268.22 in total assets. Liability insurance coverage of $2,152 was paid in the previous period. The next largest expense for the period was reimbursement of the Christmas dinner expense for the Crump Station police officers. Had deposits from memberships during the period totalling $4,314.

Worth Morgan addressed the board and reported that he has received more emails about Overton Park than anything else since the beginning of his term. He will chair the public safety committee for council this year. He discussed the work underway to improve performance in the 911 call center. He reported the goal was to get to 95 percent of the calls in 20 seconds. He reported they are now averaging only 65 percent.

He reported that the State legislature is addressing prison reform guidelines this year. He says his goal is to hold on to repeat offenders of crimes, but ease up on sentencing of first time felons in situation like convictions involving marijuana, and release earlier those first time crimes involving pot etc.  The goal is they want to make sure Memphis is heard in Nashville.

Regarding greensward, his goal is to have agreement between the parties in the long term. Short term, he thinks parking will continue on the greensward. Hope is that mediation and parking study will lead to long term solution. He wants the Zoo to participate and invest in the process.

When asked how our voice can best be heard, he noted we should continue to take the high road and keep comments in a positive light with solutions as the primary goal. He also said he has yet to see an organized plan from the opponents of parking on the Greensward that includes a fact sheet as well as plan of solutions that we feel will be appropriate.

Several board members pointed out some of the background that has caused many on the board to be frustrated with the position of Zoo regarding finding solutions to the parking problem.

Board members brought up the issue not only with 911 but with the police non emergency number. Councilman Morgan reported there are people being trained right now as 911 callers.

The board enlightened Councilman Morgan on Cop Stop. Sam reported that Cop Stop has been approved by the City. The first one scheduled so far will be March 13 at Sam Goff’s house. Use Signup Genius to volunteer. There may be a way to contribute food to a neighbor’s house who is hosting. We are on the learning curve on this program, which gives officers an opportunity to stop in homes in the neighborhood they serve and get a home cooked meal.

Want an organized plan from OPC or EHDA regarding what you want. He has not seen that. A fact sheet.

Alleys, safety, blight were brought up to him as other issues of concern for the neighborhood.

Wain introduced the new board members to the group.

Gene reported we submitted grant application for City Beautiful grant.

Robyn reported on the improvements at Williamson Park. They have a number of estimates for tree planting. No forestry class for the spring, but possible for the fall.

Robyn explained to Worth Morgan our plans for Williamson Park, and the neighborhood’s involvement and fundraising for the park.

Vince reported that Feb. 2 had meetings with planners OPC has hired. They are asking the right questions. They are a third party, with objectivity and credibility.

Safety – Gretchen reported on the apartments at Peach and Garland. Issues ongoing include renting by the week, a lot of transient residents and several registered sex offenders living there. There has been a lot of crime right around those apartments, but not easy to tie to the apartments. Arrest locations are “at the corner of” as opposed to at the complex itself. EHDA will write a letter to the owner.

EHDA’s biggest fundraiser, The Evergreen Ball, is Feb. 20 at the Stonewall Lodge. There will be specialty drinks with beer donated by local breweries. There will also be a Taste of Evergreen, with donations of small bites from our neighborhood restaurants. Also, a silent Auction of both experiences and items.

Sam reported he met yesterday with Melvin Burgess. He suggested we submit a safety grant request. It could be patrols, lights, cameras, whatever we deem appropriate. Cooper Young recently received a grant which included lighting at corners. It was assigned by Wain to the planning committee to complete the task.

1663 Lawrence – Being worked on and moving through the channels to resolve.

VECA Art Walk – We agreed to contribute $250 for the event. Looking for volunteers for booth.

Gretchen reported on the award winning Snowden band uniforms are 30 years old. EHDA agreed to donate $500, with a potential additional $500 in matching donations from the neighborhood. Gretchen agreed to have the band come and march down Overton Park Avenue.

There is a variance request for 1703 Carruthers. Don Jones will look into it.

Wain reported that he was approached by Mary Wilder with the request that we all speak as one voice on the Greensward situation. Gene reported that whatever happens in court needs to be a solution. If we want to do file a friend of the court brief, we can down the line. OPC will answer the existing brief. The judge will need to hear options for solutions.

It was unanimously approved with Kyle Veazey abstaining that the EHDA statement be forwarded to Mary Wilder and the coalition as a beginning for a unified position statement.

Wain and Eric met with Melanie Dorsey, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator. She noted we can form as many groups as we want, with EHDA as overall coordinator. It seems to make sense to break it down in the existing 5 district boundaries of EHDA.

Gene reported that DJ Naylor is selling the building next to Stonewall Lodge.

John Cameron reported that the City is moving towards some enforcement of the sidewalk ordinance. He reported significant economies of scale in replacing large areas of sidewalk for many residents than doing it one house at a time.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

EHDA Board Meeting
January 12, 2016
Midtown Crossing

Attending: Wain Rubenstein, Bill and Teresa Bullock, Robyn Mace, Jay Adkins, Gene Laurenzi, Sam Goff, Chris Morton, Lanae Peterson, Allison Graham, Kyle Veazey, Eric Gottlieb, Carrie Kerley, John Cameron, Misti Doose, and Chilton Simmsons.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

Gene and Robyn noted we will apply again for City Beautification Grant. CuPuFu is early May. Focus will likely be Williamson Park fence line cleaning.

Allison reported the web page is back up and running after the hack. A lot of Facebook activity, with a lot of that focus on crime.

Eric Gottlieb addressed the board regarding the significant amount of social media reports on crime, particularly home invasion. Kenilworth, Buena Vista and part of McLean have formed a Neighborhood Watch. He reported that at a meeting at his home, they decided to apply for and received a crime fighting grant of $2,500. He suggested EHDA have a security committee. He had questions of what Neighborhood Watch groups exist in EHDA, and which ones are functioning efficiently.

He noted reports from police are not that useful. He suggested an EHDA led effort to track crime and perhaps identify trends. Melanie Dorsey is the contact at MPD regarding Neighborhood Watch. Wain suggested that Eric may chair and/or serve on a security committee. Wain and Eric will discuss offline.

Chris reported the 2016 dues mailer will go out by email soon to about 800 households. After a month, non-payers will get a reminder card in the mail.

Williamson Park – Robyn reported that total funding received has hit $10,075, ahead of the goal. The plan is to plant at least 22 trees and make other improvements. Andy Kitsinger and Ritchie Smith are significantly involved in the plan. They suggest EHDA request Memphis Tree Board for a letter of support. Included in the funding is $2,325 of matching funds from TEAP – Tennessee Environmental Agricultural Program. Robyn suggested using any additional funds for an urban forestry class to train volunteers to care for trees. Sarah Newstok is requesting the neighborhood to assist in cleaning up the fence line at Williamson Park. The board agreed that we should approach the Tree Board for the support letter.

Greensward –  Gene reported that after review of the agreement with OPC, he believes it is pretty clear that OPC has charge. He reported that Sam Blair wants the groups to get together and push for resolution. It was noted that if there was no solution agreed to by July 1, Mayor Strickland will find one. Kyle reported mediation may be one avenue. Eric believes that OPC has a process ongoing to attempt to get an expert opinion, similar to the resolution of the Lick Creek storm water issues previously resolved.

Potential participants in mediation would be OPC, CPOP, Park Friends, EHDA, VECA.  Wain will call Sam Blair with OPC to get his ideas.

Apartments at Peach and Garland. Wain is ready to write a letter but is waiting on some additional facts from Gretchen.

Cop Stop – Sam has spoken with Colonel Houston regarding this program to provide dinner for policemen in the neighborhood. He hopes to have a meeting soon. Five interested parties in Evergreen so far. He reported that it might tie in well with Neighborhood Watch.

No movement on the repair of the Overton Park gates.

Wain reported that St. Jude is working on a solution to the Marathon Course so that the majority of the neighborhood will have a way out. It is not finalized. There were over 21,000 people and raised over $8 million.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Crump Station went well.

A neighbor reported a potential issue with a backhouse renovation on Stonewall. They were encouraged to check with Landmarks and Codes to ensure all permissions and permits were received.

Worth Morgan and Sarah Newstok will speak at the general membership meeting. Nominating Committee will have a slate of officers and board members prior to the meeting.

Crime Commission is watching the EHDA closed Facebook page regarding crime.

Misti reported planning is underway for the Evergreen Ball. They plan to have a Taste of Evergreen and hope to have several EHDA restaurants participate. Will have Silent Auction. Date is February 20.

1663 Lawrence – Unoccupied for 5 years. $20,000 in unpaid taxes, squatter living there who claims he is a family member. Flipper cannot get contact for sale. Code said it is to be boarded up. John Cameron was surprised that the County had not set it for tax sale. He will check on the property.

1441 Poplar – There was a fire in December. Owned by Kroger. Backs up to Washington Bottoms.

Next  board meeting Feb. 9.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

EHDA Board Meeting
December 8, 2015
Midtown Crossing Grill
 
Attending: Kim Lloyd, Teresa Bullock, Gene Laurenzi, Gretchen Stroud, Missy Williams, Will Murray, Nick Hayes, John Cameron, Sam Goff, Robyn Mace, Chilton Simmons.
The minutes from the previous meeting were approved.
Gene and Robyn reported that the Memphis sidewalk ordinance is back in force. There is assistance available for the elderly. Citizen should call 311 to report bad sidewalks. It was noted that the City is liable if someone is hurt. There are only 5 employees and they are only addressing areas where significant complaints are made.

Allison is continuing to work on the EHDA web page.

Robyn reported that IOBY funding has exceeded the goal for raising money for trees in Williamson Park. We can now pay for 22 trees. Other potential improvements requested include water availability, increased lighting, increased law enforcement presence, and the playground moved to the other end of the park. Robyn will check on next meeting of the park planning committee and inform the board.

Cop Stop – Sam reported two responses for volunteers to feed policemen. This will start in January or February.

Greensward Action Committee – waiting for new administration.

Anti Neglect – Addressing the apartments at Peach and Garland where there is renting by the week. Questions regarding whether letter has gone to owner in Germantown.

$200 was approved for providing dinner for Crump precinct during the holidays. Gretchen will handle.

Overton Park Columns – Gene reported that based on his understanding, the city is taking responsibility for fixing the columns, and waiting on the new administration.

Marathon – It was reported that the water station was a success and well supported by the neighborhood. It was determined that Cleveland was the best way out of the neighborhood, but EHDA was unaware prior to the event.

Missy reported there will be a meeting on bike lanes on Evergreen at Trinity UMC on Thursday, Dec. 10. There are new plans that include parking.

The nominating committee will be Bill Bullock, Chris Morton, Carrie Kerley, Marjo Labonte and Lisa Sanchez.

Next board meeting Jan 12. Annual meeting January 21.

 

EHDA Board Meeting
November 10, 2015
Midtown Crossing

Attending: Wain Rubenstein, Bill and Teresa Bullock, Robyn Mace, Jay Adkins, Gene Laurenzi, Sam Goff, Chris Morton, Missy Williams, Toni Pelliciotti, Chris Morton, Misti Doose, Will Murray, Carrie Kerley, Rob Clark, John Cameron (arrived late).

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

Will reported that EHDA has been working with Ritchie Smith for improvements to Williamson Park. Have a plan, with significant part planting trees in the park. Funding is live on the IOBY site. Budget is approximately $7,500. Will handed out pledge forms to board members requesting responses by the end of the board meeting.

Wain reported that the web page was being put back together after the virus attack earlier. Allison is working on it.

Chris reported that we are down a little on members but fundraising is approximately the same.

Sabine Bachman of Ecco once again donated all food that was prepared at the Evergreen Homebrew Fest.

Misti reported that Feb. 20 is the date for the 2016 Evergreen Ball.

Toni will send Wain a copy of the RFP from the Overton Park Conservancy for a plan pertaining to the parking and traffic for Overton Park.

There was a hearing on 22nd of October regarding 201 Stonewall. Landmarks has also ruled. The results were unclear, but reports are neighbors are pleased with progress and there is activity at the house.

Elisa Marus on Peach has contacted Wain regarding the garage that burned. There have been complaints of rats.

Sam reported he called Code Enforcement regarding three properties on Galloway. Sam will follow up on the complaints with the City.

Sam reported an article will go in the newsletter this week looking for volunteers for Cop Stop.

Overton Park Columns – Carrie confirmed that the at-fault driver has Geico insurance. Carrie is concerned that EHDA may not have the authority to lodge the complaint. Gene will contact Roan Waring at the City Attorney’s Office.

Wain attended the Livable Memphis Parks Summit on behalf of EHDA and reported it was a good event.

Marathon Route – Wain recommended that Evergreeners should plan on spending the day in the neighborhood cheering on the runners; or if they need to leave the neighborhood by car, they should plan carefully. EHDA will be surrounded more this year than previous years, with us losing our unimpeded exit on Cleveland/Watkins.

Evergreen Bike Lanes – The plan will reflect the availability of on-street parking, which will likely limit traffic to one lane north and south with potential turn lanes.

Christmas Caroling – John reported he has a Santa that will fill in with costume. December 6 is the date. Will begin and end at Trinity United Methodist. Notice will go in Evergreen News of the date.

Sam reported there is an issue coming up regarding closing a street in Central Gardens. MMDC opposes the closing. We understand Central Gardens is split, and is not taking a position. OPD supports the closing. Meeting is this Thursday at City Council Chambers at 10 a.m.

Sam also reported that March 30, 2016 will be the date of the second annual MoJo of Midtown awards. Sam is soliciting nominations for folks worthy of being recognized.

Jay reported that the majority of the Trinity UMC playground has been completed.

Next meeting Dec. 8.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.