Minutes 03-02-2017

 

 

      Minutes

Fair Haven Management Meeting

295 Blatchley Ave. New Haven, CT 06513

March 2, 2017

 

 

Call to order: 6:03pm

 

Present: LeAnne Brewer, Diane Ecton, Dave Steinhardt, Sally Esposito 

 

Present City, State, and Federal Officials: Robert Roberts, Jose Crespo, Kenneth Reriez, Mark Firla

 

Welcome and Introductions                                                               5 Minutes

 

All new attendees introduced themselves

 

Ernie Santiago asked to be excused from the meeting

 

Alderman Greenberg is absent Alderman Jose Crespo speaking on his behalf

 

 

 

Review/Approval of Meeting Minutes                                         

Moved and seconded to approve the minutes voted and passed

5 Minutes

  Police Report –  Sergeant Rene’e Dominguez                               

No report for sake of time

10 Minutes

LCI Neighborhood Specialist – Laurie Lopez Johnson                

10 Minutes

 

 

The neighborhood did a decent job this year with snow removal

 

Still working on tire removal 

 

The crew has dimished in size so projects are taking longer than expected

 

They will be done just time more time

 

On the corner of Saltonstall and Ferry habitat from humanity will be building a home

 

By Grand Ave and East St. – a new company bought a large propery 

 

Started demolition today 

 

Will be taking down all of the buildings on that property

 

Will be working with processed stone and asfault 

 

At the deadend of River and Poplar

 

There are 2 very large buildings that were forclosed on 

 

There are 2 shantys that were built in that area and the buildings were open 

 

Without Curtis around the people are using that area for negative activities 

 

The fence in the back parking lot is gone so it needs to be secured

 

The police will be paying more attention to this area going forward

 

C-Town/Fairhaven School area

 

Lot of trash in that area

 

Supposed to do the light the night in that area but it was never completed 

 

Also a lot of people participating in negative activites in that area 

 

The police will include a walking beat in that area going forward 

 

Old Business                                                                                                    5 Minutes

 

Bylaws Review 

 

Last revision was in 2008

 

Robert Rules of Order was agreed to be used in the bylaws

 

Need to take a look at the 501c3 status prior to revising the bylaws

 

Motion made by Sally E. that a bylaws subcommittee consisting of the vice chair and two other members be created.  The bylaws subcommittee shall be chaired by the vice chair and shall be advisory and shall be recommendations to the full

 

membership no later than the 2017 annual meeting

 

Discussion – proposed that we open the subcommittee to any voting members who want to participate

 

The committee would only be making recommendations and would bring it back to the meeting to be voted on by members

 

Voted on and passed

 

Moved and seconded to open nominations for the committee – Jose Crespo

 

Darlene

 

Kenneth Rivera

 

LeAnne Brewer

 

Moved to admend original motion to consist of 4 people instead of 3

 

Moved to admend motion to consist of 5 people instead of 4

 

Voted on and the nominations were accepted

 

 

New Business                                                                                                   10 Minutes

 

Greenspace Program - Chris Ozyck

 

From the Urban Resource Initiative

 

Creates green projects

 

If you have people in the neighborhood that want to work in parks/vacant lots/curb strips/front yard there are applications available to begin this project

 

If you would like a free tree there are “request a free tree” cards available through the initiative

 

New Haven Bike Month – Caroline Smith

 

Month long celebration of biking culture in May

 

Make sure everyone feels safe and excited to participate in bike culture

 

Fair Haven pop-up festival

 

Shut down blachley st last year and did bike safety work with the local students

 

Some of the students received free bikes

 

This year the festival is in June

 

What would we like to see in a may bike month event in fair haven

 

Take advantage of the space in Chriscola Park

 

Thinking about wheelie competitions to embrace how members of this community participate in bike culture

 

www.newhavenbikemonth.com

 

Leeway Community Living Model – Melissa Cox

 

Located off of State Street

 

Supports individuals with multiple chronic conditions to remain living in their homes in the community Mental and physical conditions

 

No age requirements

 

Involves long term wrap around services and support

 

Referrals come from the hospital

 

Looking for a local community liason that can communicate what is needed in this community specifically

 

Only servicing New Haven

 

Also interestedin the informal community supports

 

Emergency Shelter Management Services

 

Jose Crespo read a letter from Alderman Greenberg in regards to the board of zoning and appeals

 

Opposes the new zoning request made by ESMS

 

Supports the shelter but does not think the proposed move is appropriate

 

Does not think they have made the appropriate steps to comply with the regulations

 

Other opposing opinions include

 

The shelter doesn’t come to the neighbors to speak with them about the issues they face

 

Moving the building isolates the shelter clients further from the community

 

Transient population causes businesses not to want to move into the area

 

Keeping the shelter residents safe from being near the railroad tracks

 

The shelter does not forsee this being a safety issue

 

The shelter is proposing to move into a building that is already standing on East

 

St.

 

The housing authority wants to buy their current building to move Farnum

 

Court Housing Complex into that area

 

No concret timeline for when the move will happen

 

LCI is in support of the move and gave a list of locations that they could move into

 

This building fits all of their needs

 

On the main bus line

 

Next to the methadone clinic

 

Not in any residential areas

 

Right size and right price

 

This agency does a lot of work to support the men and help guide them into permanent and stable hosuing

 

Even if they get housed they can come back for up to 6 months for case management services

 

Largest men’s shelter in the state

 

Capacity of 75 with 85 on extremely cold nights

 

In 26 months about 36 police reports were made

 

There were more for Columbus House and even more for local grocery stores and Walmart

 

In the 2015-2016 year they had an unduplicated number of over 1,000 clients

 

The city planning department indicated that they very rear of the lot has a .02% chance of being effected by a 100 year flood

 

The city plan didn’t specify if the rear of the building was in that flood area or the rear of the lot

 

the shelter has commissioned an expert to study the potential flood issues

 

the location has ample parking and space in the parking lot for the clients to line up instead of being on the street

 

the building will be fitted with cameras to keep the space and clients secure

 

Motion is made to write a letter to support Alsermans Greenberg’s request to write a letter not supporing ESMS

 

voted and the management team is not in support of Aldermans Greenberg’s request

 

ESMS will be added to the agenda of the April meeting to request support

 

Moved to write a letter of support for ESMS requesting a variance

 

Discussion – we should be able to come to a consensus before writing this letter

 

Suggested to be added to next months agenda so documentation can be presented

 

Made a point that this could potentially change procedures of the management team

 

Voted 5 to 5 to write a letter of support and to wait until next month’s meeting

 

Voted again and passed to not write the letter at this moment and to invite them to next month’s meeting

 

Might be powerful to attend the BZA meeting on 3/14 to support them individually § 6:30pm 200 Orange st. in the hearing room

 

 

Announcements                                                                                   5 Minutes

 

Big Brother – Guillermo Serrano

 

Support Big Brother/Big Sister of Southwestern CT by donating at Savers

 

Will pick up furniture

 

Looking for all donations

 

Has raised over $1 million

 

Project Longevity

 

Hosting a community talk on 3/16/17 from 4:30 – 6:30pm

 

Adjournment

 

 

Upcoming Meetings

 

April 6, 2017

 

May 4, 2017

 

June 1, 2017

 

August 3, 2017

 

September – Picnic

 

October 5, 2017

November – Thanksgiving volunteer event Ø December 7, 2017 – Holiday Party