Jamaica Hills Association Meeting Minutes – November 8, 2017

Meeting called to order at 7:33 by President Andrea Howley.

Members present:

Bunny Cecchetto, Helen Connors, Dottie Farrell, Brad Fredericks, Andrea Howley, Ron Loukas, John Lovett, Virginia Marcotte, Maria Morelli, Pat Newman, John Pappas, Mary Poyner Reed, Polly Selkoe, Celeste Walker, Susan White
Members absent: Anne Barch, Joanne Bucilla, Don Haber, Kevin Leary, Mike McGuire, Peter Senopoulos

Approval of the October Meeting Minutes
Approval of the October minutes tabled to the December meeting.
In the future only approved minutes will be sent out in the JHA Newsletter.

Treasurer’s Report
On November 7, $1640 dues were collected and $1505 for holiday party tickets.

Balance as of October 31: $2173.17 Debits in October: ENC $50; $15 State Filing fee; 50% deposit for caterer for holiday party $1750.

Virginia Marcotte resigned as treasurer. Helen Connors was elected unanimously as the new Treasurer.

The Board thanked Ginnie for her service.

4. Committee Reports

A. Zoning
Update:
A successful fundraiser was held on Sunday, Nov. 5. Abutters have standing to go to forward with their lawsuit, as the court ruled against the City’s motion to dismiss the suit in September. Single family zoning is an important principle for the neighborhood. By right building would be four or five homes.
The developer offered some other proposals—
Original plan
Urban farm bordering the woodlands—with same number of units
“As of right”—7 units in house plus 5 or 6 individual house lots, which was pointed out, was not an as of right plan.

Motion made to donate $500 to the Allandale Coalition. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.
There was a special thank you to Polly and Dennis Selkoe for their hosting the Allandale Coalition fundraiser.

Westchester/Lila Rd. new house construction:
Presentation was postponed by the owners.
Polly Selkoe will inform the owner that the JHA zoning committee opposes building on an undersized lot. This does not mean that the entire Board will vote to oppose.

Additional Dwelling Unit experimental program.
Boston is initiating an 18-month experimental program that will allow the building of a second self-contained unit in a single family house in Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, and East Boston. The house must be owner-occupied, no zoning permission will be needed, there can be no change in the house footprint, no bump-outs, and no short-term rentals.

B.   Public Safety
Complaints about vermin at the dumpster at the Armenian Home were received—ISD came out and checked the topless dumpster and the dumpster was replaced with a covered dumpster. The Association will continue to monitor the situation.

Complaints were received about oversize vehicles traveling on Pond St. and Moss Hill Rd. Communicating about this with the E-13 Police Department.

New crosswalks and curb cuts on Centre between Allandale St. and Louders Lane are in the process of being constructed.

C.   Communication Committee
Updating email list from election sign-ups. Will consult with Street captains to get more email addresses.

D.   Institutional Liaison
No report.

E.   Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Overseers walked the Arborway to look at the Casey progress; Board is active in working to prevent the underground gas leaks on the Necklace and in the City.

5. Lewis-Dawson Farmhouse Update
Committee has met with the Boston Landmarks Commission and has submitted a draft proposal of an agreement to the Arboretum and Harvard University.
6.   Old Business
2017 Holiday Party Update/ Friday, Dec. 1, Loring-Greenough House. Volunteers needed for check-in and clean-up.

7.  New Business
A donation to the Spanish Immersion program in Jamaica Plain was proposed. A motion was made to donate $100. Motion was seconded and approved with one opposed and one abstention.

8. Announcements
Our next meeting will be December 13, 2017 at Springhouse, 44 Allandale Street, at 7:30

The meeting was adjourned at 8:54.

 

JAMAICA HILLS ASSOCIATION MINUTES – September 13, 2017

Board Members in Attendance:

Joanne Bucilla, Bunny Cecchetto, Helen Connors, Dottie Farrell, Don Haber, Andrea Howley, Ron Loukas, John Lovett, Liam Lydon, Pat Newman, John Pappas, Mary Reed, Polly Selkoe, Celeste Walker, Susan White (15)
Board Members not in Attendance: Anne Barrett, Brad Fredericks, Kevin Leary, Mike McGuire, Ginnie Marcotte, Maria Morelli, Peter Senopoulos

1.BOARD MEETING CONVENED
The Board meeting was convened by President Andrea Howell at 7:30 p.m..

2.APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Approval of minutes of June 14, 2017 was unanimous

3.TREASURER’S REPORT
Balance reported by Treasurer on August 31, 2017 is $3944.20.

4.NEW BUSINESS

A.ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Nominations as follows:
President, Andrea Howley, Susan White motion, Pat Newman, second; Vice President:Don Haber, John Lovett motion, Joanne Bucilla, second; Secretary, Joanne Bucilla, Pat Newman motion, Susan White second; Corresponding Secretary, Susan White, Celeste Walker motion, Joanne Bucilla, second, Treasurer, Ginnie Marcotte, John Lovett motion, Dottie Farrell, second.
Vote on election of officers was unanimous.

5. COMMITTEE REPORTS

A.ZONING
1.ROCKWOOD ST. DEVELOPMENT
Susan White updated Board on current status of Rockwood St. properties.
2.64 ALLANDALE
Polly Selkoe updated Board on hearing by the City on abutters’ appeal. Judge took under advisement whether all of Allandale St. residents are considered direct abutters. Also, there is an appeal by Spring House in future.

B.TRAFFIC AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Dottie Farrell, Chairperson, reported on safe needle disposal in the city. Traffic report included Parkman Drive and Perkins St. improvements, including ADA access, scheduled for spring.

C.COMMUNICATIONS
Celeste Walker reported status remained same during summer Board break.

D.ENC
Susan White presented report on activities of ENC. Susan moved, seconded by Joanne Bucilla, a donation of $50.00 for worker’s picnic. Approval vote unanimous, with one abstention. A motion was made by Don Haber, seconded by Helen Connors, to write letter to governor, state senator, copy to Sanchez, and Chang-Diaz, to restore cuts in funding for DCR projects. Approval vote unanimous. Report concluded with Olmstead Park, with tour of such improvements on Oct. 20, 10-12.

E.INSTITUTIONS
John Pappas updated the Board on repairs to garage at Faulker Hospital.

5.NEW BUSINESS

GUEST SPEAKER – Gerry Wright
Gerry Wright informed the Board of an intention to garner support to rename the Jamaica Pond Boathouse in honor of Christine Cooper, asking the Board to write a letter of support.Approval vote unanimous.

B.DAWSON FARMHOUSE
Celeste Walker reported on status of project to acquire grants for improvements to property for future uses.

C.BOSTON CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK
Following report on project, and after request for a letter of support, a decision was made to table vote until October meeting.

D.HOLIDAY PARTY
Party Chairperson Bunny Cecchetto proposed date on first weekend of December, at the Loring Greenough House.

6.ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Joanne Bucilla, Secretary

 

JAMAICA HILLS ASSOCIATION MINUTES – January 2017

BOARD MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Anne Barrett, Joanne Bucilla, Helen Connors, Dottie Farrell, Brad Fredericks, Don Haber,Andrea Howley, Ron Loukas, John Lovett, Ginnie Marcotte,Pat Newman,John Pappas,  Mary Reed,Celeste Walker, Susan White

BOARD MEMBERS NOT IN ATTENDANCE

Bunny Cecchetto, Julia Clarke, Steve Larsen, Kevin Leary, Liam Lydon, Mike McGuire, Maria Morelli, Polly Selkoe, Peter Senopoulos

1.BOARD MEETING CONVENED

President Andrea Howley convened the Board meeting at 7:35 p.m..

2.APPROVAL OF MINUTES

After review of minutes of 121416, a motion was made by Dottie Farrell, seconded by Helen Connors, to approve the minutes.  The motion was passed with one absention.

3.TREASURER’S REPORT

Balance reported as of December 31, 2016 is 5143. 85.

4.COMMITTEE REPORT

1.ZONING

ROCKWOOD ST.  At present, Purchase and Sale for parcel of proposed development has not been signed.  When signed, Merrill Diamond will be put on JHA agenda.

BROOKLINE SCHOOLS. As yet, no proposed site.  Residents have discouraged site near Heath Street.

64 ALLANDALE Frank OBrian reported opposition to approval in December of project, including over 50 variances.  Possible lawsuit may be filed by those in opposition.

b.TRAFFIC Dottie Farrell reported on “Neighborhood Advisory Council”  J.P. Egleston – BPD E 13.  Concerns were expressed regarding crosswalk at Faulkner, and jersey barriers on Bronson Terrace.  Car break-ins were of concern of Public Safety Committee.

c.ENC Larger meeting held on January 12.

5.OLD BUSINESS

Celeste and Ginnie offered suggestions for developing a comprehensive JHA email list, including requesting emails when tickets are sold for an event.

6.NEW BUSINESS

It is noted in minutes the recent passing of longtime neighborhood resident, friend, and former Secretary of the JHA Gertrude White.  A motion was made by John Lovett, seconded by Joanne Bucilla, to donate $100 in Gertrude’s memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Approval vote was unanimous.

7.ADJOURNMENT

The meeting of the JHA was adjourned at 8:55 p.m. by President Andrea Howley.

Respectfully submitted, Joanne Bucilla, Secretary

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