JAMAICA PLAIN ASSOCIATION MINUTES – April 11, 2018

Board Members in Attendance: Joanne Bucilla, Helen Connors, Dottie Farrell, Brad Fredericks, Andrea Howley, Kevin Leary, Ron Loukas, Ginnie Marcotte, Pat Newman, Polly Selkoe, Celeste Walker, Susan White (12)

Board Members not in Attendance: Anne Barrett, Bunny Cecchetto, Don Haber, John Lovett, Liam Lydon, Mike McGuire, Maria Morelli, John Pappas, Mary Reed, Peter Senopolous

1.BOARD MEETING CONVENED

The Board meeting was convened by President Andrea Howley at 7:32 p.m.

2.APPROVAL OF MINUTES

After review of minutes of 03/14/18, a motion was made by Celeste Walker, seconded by Ginnie Marcotte, to approve.  Approval vote was unanimous.

3.TREASURER’S REPORT

Balance reported by Treasurer 3/31/18 was $1989.02. As this report is the last for Ginnie Marcotte, the Board thanked her for her service.

4.COMMITTEE REPORTS

A. ZONING

1.233 POND ST. Owner Charles Brown reviewed a proposal to construct a front entryway which was similar to a proposal approved four years ago.  Abutters were  contacted as requested.  A motion was made by Polly Selkoe, seconded by Joanne Bucilla, to write a letter not to oppose the project.  Approval vote unanimous.

2. 64 ALLANDALE

Polly Selkoe updated the Board on Coalition activities regarding opposition to the project.  Project currently in discovery phase with attorneys, with no new information. Also, mention was made of 90 Allandale, the abutting property, being offered for sale.

B.PUBLIC SAFETY

Dottie Farrell reported on recent concerns of speeding on Centre St., and concerns of residents regarding safety in crosswalks, particularly at light at Centre and Louder’s Lane. Increase in ticketing for parking violations citywide projected for July.  Police have been requested to send a representative to the Annual Meeting in May.

C.COMMUNICATIONS

No new information from Celeste Walker.

D.INSTITUTIONS

Chairperson John Pappas was absent.

E.ENC

Susan White reported no new information, as ENC meeting is tomorrow.

4.OLD BUSINESS

A.LEWIS DAWSON FARMHOUSE

Celeste Walker reported on the committee’s recent meeting, which reviewed process for application for funds.

B.ANNUAL MEETING

There was a review of speakers for the Annual Meeting of the Jamaica Hills Association in May. Presenters will include John Linehan, President of Zoo New England, representatives of the Boston Police Department, and updates from Representative Jeffrey Sanchez and City Councilor Matt O’Malley. Introduction and election of the Board of Directors of the Jamaica Hills Association will be included on the agenda.

5.NEW BUSINESS

Olmsted’s 195 Birthday Celebration April 26 requests JHA sponsorship.

6.ADJOURNMENT

After a motion by Celeste Walker, seconded by Helen Connors, the meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m..

Respectfully submitted, Joanne Bucilla, Secretary
JAMAICA HILLS ASSOCIATION MINUTES – March 14, 2018

Board Members in Attendance – Joanne Bucilla, Helen Connors, Andrea Howley, Ginnie Marcotte, Pat Newman, Polly Selkoe, Peter Senopoulos, Celeste Walker, Susan White (9)

Board Members not in Attendance – Anne Barrett, Bunny Cecchetto, Dottie Farrell, Brad Fredericks, Don Haber, Kevin Leary, Ron Loukas, John Lovett, Liam Lydon, Mike McGuire, Maria Morelli, John Pappas, Mary Reed (13)

1.BOARD MEETING CONVENED
The Board meeting was convened by President Andrea Howley at 7:35 p.m.

2.APPROVAL OF MINUTES
After review of minutes of 02/14/18, a motion was made by Celeste Walker, seconded by Susan White, to approve. Approval vote was unanimous.

3.TREASURER’S REPORT
Balance reported by Treasurer 2/28/18 is $2016.08.

4.COMMITTEE REPORTS

A.ZONING
1.64 ALLANDALE
The Board was updated by Polly Selkoe on developments concerning the Wonder Group planned development of 18 units on Allandale St. Depositions are currently being collected from abutters. The Allandale Coalition is awaiting a response from developer to a request to put in writing a revised plan for the project. Also, the Board was informed of a plan to sell the adjacent property on Allandale to build 19 units. Nearby at 1225 Centre St. six units are also proposed on less than .3 acres in a Conservation Protection Sub-district bordering the Allandale Woodlands.. A motion was made by Polly Selkoe, seconded by Joanne Bucilla, to send an update on 64 Allandale St. to our email list, and also send out details on an upcoming fundraiser for the Allandale Coalition. Approval vote Unanimous.

B.PUBLIC SAFETY
There were no new developments to report.

C.COMMUNICATIONS
Celeste Walker reported additions of Ginnie Marcotte, Mary Reed, and one other to her committee. There was a discussion on exploring methods to send out meeting agenda, meeting minutes, and newsletter.

D.INSTITUTIONS
There were no new developments to report.

E, ENC
Celeste Walker reported on Overseers meeting, which discussed removal and replacement of dead trees on the Jamaicaway.

F.LEWIS DAWSON Farmhouse
Celeste Walker reported that they are awaiting a decision from the Arboretum on the non-profit role. In the interim, they are keeping in touch with the City’s CPA process, especially the preservation component.

G.ELECTION COMMITTEE
Report delayed until April Meeting.

5.OLD BUSINESS

A.ELECTION OF JHA TREASURER
A motion was made by Celeste Walker, seconded by Susan White, to accept, with appreciation for service, the resignation of Ginnie Marcotte as Treasurer, Approval vote Unanimous. A motion was made by Andrea Howley, seconded by Celeste Walker, to appoint Ron Loukas in the position of new Treasurer. Approval vote Unanimous.

B.ANNUAL MEETING
Speakers were discussed, and will be contacted as to availability.

6.NEW BUSINESS
A.H4041-Act to Protect Massachusetts Pollinators
A request was made for Board support. A motion was made by Polly Selkoe, seconded by Susan White, to sign letter of support. Approval vote Unanimous.

B.PARKSIDE DRIVE
Residents described inconvenience of power outages, oil spill, and impassable street following storm. A motion was made by Celeste Walker, seconded by Ginnie Marcotte, to send to DPW, NEMA, and Governor a chronology (provided by residents) of storm damage and response issues on Parkside Drive. Approval vote Unanimous.

C.MEMORIAL DONATIONS
The Board was informed of three recent losses among Board member families. A motion was made by Helen Connors, seconded by Peter Senopoulos, to set donations in the amount of $75.00 to charity of choice, or by default to the Jamaica Plain Food Pantry. Approval vote in favor, with 2 abstentions.

7. ADJOURNMENT
President Andrea Howley adjourned the meeting at 8:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Joanne Bucilla, Secretary

JAMAICA HILLS ASSOCIATION MINUTES  February 14, 2018

Board Members in Attendance – Joanne Bucilla, Helen Connors, Dottie Farrell, Brad Fredericks, Don Haber, Andrea Howley, Ron Loukas, John Lovett, Ginnie Marcotte, John Pappas, Polly Selkoe, Celeste Walker, Susan White (13)

Board Members not in Attendance – Anne Barrett, Bunny Cecchetto, Kevin Leary, Liam Lydon, Mike McGuire, Maria Morelli, Pat Newman, Peter Senopoulos

1.BOARD MEETING CONVENED

The Board Meeting was convened by President Andrea Howley at 7:35 p.m..

2.APPROVAL OF MINUTES

After review of minutes of 01/10/18, a motion was made by Celeste Walker, seconded by Ginnie Marcotte, to approve.  Approval vote was unanimous.

3.TREASURER’S REPORT

Balance reported by Treasurer 1/31/18 is $3007.08.

4.COMMITTEE REPORTS

A.ZONING

1. 64 ALLANDALE

The Board was updated on developments on the Wonder Group project, including adjustments already made to reduce height of buildings and provide a buffer zone.  A wetlands study has been requested.  Abutters are waiting for a response from developer.

2. ROCKWOOD ST.

Susan White reported that there were no new developments.

3. 233 POND ST.

The owners are requesting permission to construct a front vestibule.  The project already received a letter not to oppose from the JHA in 2014, but did not complete the project at that time. The Board will ask them to have a meeting of abutters.

B.PUBLIC SAFETY

There were no new developments reported by committee chairperson.

C.COMMUNICATIONS

There were no new developments reported by the committee.

D.INSTITUTIONS

There was discussion of the damaged wall on Bronson Terrace.  A suggestion was made to contact the Faulkner Hospital for possible assistance in the repair.

E.ENC

Susan White reported on discussions of path pavement materials such as crushed stone or pavement.

F.LEWIS-DAWSON FARMHOUSE

Celeste Walker reported on meetings with several other local entities such as Footlight Club, Eliot School, and Loring Greenough House to discuss common strategies to identify funding sources.

5.NEW BUSINESS

A.ADDITIONAL DWELLING UNIT PILOT PROGRAM

Omar Khoshafa informed board on ADU program in Boston.

B.ELECTION COMMITTEE

John Lovett described nomination process.

C.ANNUAL MEETING

Several possible speakers were discussed.

D.JHA TREASURER

President Andrea Howley announced the appointment of Ron Loukas as JHA Treasurer.

6.ADJOURNMENT

President Andrea Howley adjourned the Board meeting at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Joanne Bucilla, Secretary

 

Jamaica Hills Association minutes – January 10, 2018

Board Members in Attendance- Joanne Bucilla, Helen Connors, Dottie Farrell, Don Haber, Andrea Howley, John Lovett, Ginnie Marcotte, Maria Morelli, Mary Reed, Celeste Walker, Susan White (11)

Board Members not in Attendance-Anne Barrett, Bunny Cecchetto, Brad Fredericks, Kevin Leary, Ron Loukas, Liam Lydon, Mike McGuire, Pat Newman, John Pappas, Polly Selkoe, Peter Senopoulos

1.BOARD MEETING CONVENED

The Board meeting was convened by President Andrea Howley at 7:35 p.m.

2.APPROVAL OF MINUTES

After review of minutes, a motion was made by Celeste Walker, seconded by Don Haber, to approve.  Approval vote was unanimous.

3.TREASURER’S REPORT

Balance reported by Treasurer 12/31/18 is $3,247.08.

4.COMMITTEE REPORTS

A.ZONING

1.ARBORETUM PROJECT (LANA)

The presentation which had been scheduled to describe the project was cancelled. Representatives of LANA, Longfellow Area Neighborhood Association, updated Board on recent and anticipated developments of the solar panel project,  A motion was made by Celeste Walker, seconded by John Lovett, to write a letter in support of LANA encouraging the Arboretum to work with LANA and other neighbors to find mutually agreeable solution to development of land with a restrictive deed.  Copied to Mayor’s Office and Harvard University. Councilor Matt O’Malley was in attendance.

B.PUBLIC SAFETY

A reminder from Matt O’Malley for residents to clear hydrants and sidewalks adjacent to their property.

C.COMMUNICATIONS

Celeste Walker reported current newsletter list included 460 households.

D.INSTITUTIONS

John Pappas, institutional liaison, was absent.

E.ENC

Susan White reported on activities of Emerald Necklace Conservancy, including upcoming events.  Board letter sent in support of naming Boathouse in honor of Christine Cooper was acknowledged.

F.LEWIS-DAWSON FARMHOUSE

Celeste Walker updated Board on recent activity, including identifying funding sources for coming year.

5.OLD BUSINESS

6.NEW BUSINESS

Speaker Abigail Norman, Director of the Eliot School, gave a presentation to the Board of a strategic plan for the school to address issues of outdated facility and insufficient space for current programs. Particular issues include handicapped access and updating facility to conform to current building code.  Use of off-site spaces for some programs was included in the discussion, as possible options are explored.

7.ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by President Andrea Howley at 8:35 p.m..

Respectfully submitted.

Joanne Bucilla, Secretary

Jamaica Hills Association meeting minutes December 13, 2017

Board members in attendance-Joanne Bucilla, Don Haber, Andrea Howley, Ron Loukas, John Lovett, Ginnie Marcotte, Maria Morelli, Pat Newman, John Pappas, Polly Selkoe, Celeste Walker, Susan White(12)

Board members not in attendace-Anne Barrett, Bunny Cecchetto, Helen Connors, Dottie Farrell, Brad Fredericks, Kevin Leary, Liam Lydon, Mike McGuire, Mary Reed, Peter Senopoulos

1.Board meeting convened

The Board meeting was convened by President Andrea Howley at 7:35 p.m..

2.Approval of minutes

JHA October and JHA November minutes were approved unanimously.

3.Treasurer report

Balance reported by Treasurer November 30, 2017 is $5103.17.

4.Committee reports

A.Zonng

1.Rockwood St -Susan White updated the Board on recent activity of Rockwood properties.

2.64 Allendale-Polly Selkoe updated the Board on recent activity of opposing coalition.

3.Larz Anderson/Brookline School search

Polly Selkoe reported on Brookline school site search which continues to explore existing school buildings, and Pine Manor College.

B.Traffic and public saftey

Summary given of suggestions for improved safety measures on Centre St. at Whitcomb, Westchester, and Rambler intersection, with flashing lights, repainted crosswalks, and ramps.

C.Communications

Committee reports on updating mailings.

D.Institutions

John Pappas presented recent activities of neighborhood institutions, including Arboretum guided walks, schedule available on website.

E. ENC

Susan White announced ENC meeting December 14.

5. Old business

A. Lewis-Dawson farmhouse update

Celeste Walker updated the Board on recent activity concerning the property.

B.JHA Treasurer still an unfilled position, temporarily held by Ginnie Marcotte.

6. New business

A. Weld Hill -Julia O’Brien, Board member of LANA, Longwood Area Neighborhood Association, described the opposition to a proposed development on the “meadow” on the Weld Hill site. After discussion, a motion was made by Susan White, seconded by Joanne Bucilla, to write a letter to Ned Friedman, Director of the Arboretum, to invite him to present the project to the JHA, to encourage him to work with LANA, and postpone application for building permits. Approval unanimous.

7.Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned by President Andrea Howley, at 8:50.

Respectfully submitted, Joanne Bucilla, Secretary

 

 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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