Jamaica Hills Association Annual Meeting – May 10, 2017

The Annual Meeting of the Jamaica Hills Association was called to order at 7:12 p.m., by President Andrea Howley.  She introduced the Jamaica Hills Association Board members present and asked attendees to please register using the sign-in sheet (retained with the master copy of the minutes).

The first order of business was the approval of the 2016 Annual Meeting minutes. Upon review of the draft as presented, it was noted that the minutes did not include a record of the approved amendments that were made to the JHA bylaws, nor the record of the election of the Board members.  The Secretary indicated that the 2016 minutes would be corrected to include the additional items. The minutes, as corrected, were approved without objection.

President Andrea Howley then thanked Board member Helen Connors for her work on the Food Drive.  Steve Moskowitz was recognized for his work on the Neighborhood Crime Watch. Mention was made of the successful renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. The Treasurer reported an increase in membership and dues, reporting a balance of $4152.85.

Committee reports followed. Each committee briefly summarized the activity in the past year. Celeste Walker, chairman of the Communications Committee, reported on the continual progress in consolidating a neighborhood email list, for communicating monthly updates of the JHA. She also answers emails sent to the Advocate.  Polly Selkoe, representing the Zoning Committee, presented a detailed report on developments in the project planned for constructing 18 units by the Wonder Group at 64 Allandale Street. She described neighborhood opposition to the project, which would require over 50 zoning variances.  She included a handout listing other properties for sale in the neighborhood, which might raise similar zoning concerns.  Our representative to the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Susan White, gave an update. Dottie Farrell, chairman of Traffic and Public Safety Committee, summarized progress on the Casey Overpass, and described planned increased in issuing tickets. She provided a report from Boston Police Department District E-13.

Following the committee updates, there were guest speakers. Representative Jeffrey Sanchez and City Councilor Matt O’Malley reported on local concerns, and encouraged reaching a new level of engagement on civic issues.  Guest speaker was Karen Mauney-Brodek, President of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

Don Haber made a motion, seconded by Celeste Walker, to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 p.m.

Approval vote was unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Bucilla

Secretary

 Jamaica Hills Association minutes- March 13th, 2019

1. The meeting was called to order at 7:35. Board members present:  Joanne Bucilla, Helen Connors, Dottie Farrell, Andrea Howley, Ron Loukas, Ginnie Marcotte, Mary Poyner Reed, Polly Selkoe, Celeste Walker, Susan White. Board members absent:  Anne Barrett, Bunny Cecchetto, Brad Fredericks, Don Haber, Kevin Leary, John Lovett, Liam Lydon, Mike McGuire, Maria Morelli, Pat Newman, John Pappas, Peter Senopoulos

2. The February Meeting Minutes were approved with one abstention.

3. Treasurer’s Report: Balance in the treasury is $6106.13. The accountant is working on our taxes.

4. Committee Updates

A. Public Safety:  Dottie Farrell reported on the Feb. 27 pedestrian safety meeting in West Roxbury. The City will consider changes to reduce speed and make pedestrian crossings safer, and return with a plan in June.  There will be an upcoming meeting in Jamaica Plain, date to be announced. She also reported on her efforts to ask for solutions to the speeding problems at the monthly E-13 safety meeting.

B.   Communication: Celeste Walker

We hover between 480 to 485 addresses.

C.  Institutional: No report

D.  Zoning: Polly Selkoe

960 Centre St. The owner has submitted an application to ISD to sub-divide the lot and build a two-family home on the new lot.  It is in a conservation protection sub-district (CPS) area, which requires one acre to develop 3 units.  The JHA is not supportive of dividing undersized lots normally.  The 960 lot size is just under .4 acre.

The Office of Neighborhood Services will call an abutters meeting.  The JHA will consider the issue after the abutters meeting.

1 Rockwood Terrace.  Will also need zoning relief for an adjacent empty lot. The JHA zoning committee has not yet received any plans.

E. Emerald Necklace Conservancy: Celeste Walker (for Susan White)

The ENC is involved in the planning for the Shattuck Hospital site.  Ideally the space would be returned to Franklin Park as parkland. The State plans for the site have not been presented yet. The ENC is working on providing alternatives to overbuilding on the site.

The ENC Access Committee made a site visit to the new Parkman/Perkins intersection, which is not yet complete.  They considered comments of regular users regarding the timing of the signals, especially those at the Cabot Estates.

5. Update on Proposed development at 98 Rockwood: Polly Selkoe

Initial plans have 12 units in 6 buildings.  Architect Mike McKay will be presenting final plans in the future and the BPDA wants the developer to go to the JHA before filing with the BPDA.  There are some neighborhood issues regarding access to the property, whether it be from Avon St. or Rockwood St.

Also an issue is the right of way bordering the property which is both in Boston and Brookline.  The JHA zoning committee asked for a traffic study, which will be done.

6. Lewis-Dawson Farmhouse no update

7. Update from Friends of Allandale Woods

The residents’ lawsuit against WonderGroup, developer of 64 Allandale, is pending; the hearing in Superior Court was in early January. The decision could be anytime and could go either way.

The Springhouse lawsuit on 64 is being settled. They have a Board meeting on March 19 and a court date of May 23 to report progress.  Among their demands is a hydrology study and assurances on vehicle access,

The Allandale Coalition sent an offer letter to the developer, asking for14 units (instead of 16), and a conservation easement on the land bordering Allandale Woods, and payment of legal costs.

The Coalition felt confident doing this as it seems 90 Allandale has been sold to an individual and thus a 64 settlement would not be an immediate precedent for a developer on 90.

WonderGroup has not responded to the offer.

8. Existing Business

Andrea Howley will draft letter to the Manning School principal concerning speeding on the side streets and idling buses.

Discussion of the Parkman/Perkins intersection and a motion was approved for Polly Selkoe to draft a letter to DCR on timing of both traffic signals.  The Board will discuss the letter at our next meeting.

9. New Business

The Annual Meeting speaker will be Chris Osgood, Boston’s Chief of Streets, Transportation, and Sanitation. The meeting will be on May 8.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:55.

Jamaica Hills Association minutes– February 13, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 by Vice-President Don Haber.

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

1. Introductions of Board and audience

2. The minutes of the January Board Meeting were approved unanimously after a motion by Helen Connors, seconded by Ron Loukas.

3. Treasurer’s Report. Balance as of 1/31/2019, $6181 was reported by Ron Loukas.

We will talk about increasing membership at the special Board meeting.

4. Committee Updates

A.    Public Safety

Dottie Farrell reported that traffic safety was also a topic at the Jamaica Pond Association meeting, focusing on Bynner Street.  Everyone is concerned about traffic safety, both in Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, and West Roxbury.  There will be a Traffic Safety Meeting in West Roxbury, Feb. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Boston Elks Lodge.

B.  Communication. The mailing list stays steady at around 485 email addresses.

C.  Institutional. No report

D.  Zoning. No zoning issues

E.  Emerald Necklace Conservancy.  Susan White, the JHA representative on the Board of Overseers reported that the Access Committee will be meeting tomorrow, Feb. 14.

5. Updates on Proposed development at 98 Rockwood

The JHA zoning committee met with Armando Petruzziello of Northern Lights Development, Mike McKay, development architect, and John Pulgini, lawyer for the developer.  They had preliminary designs for 12 units in 6 buildings.  The area is in a Conservation Protection Subdistrict, which will require BPDA site review.  The plans are subject to change, and issues such as access and water management have yet to be addressed.

6. Lewis-Dawson Farmhouse

Celeste Walker reported that the Farmhouse committee continues to work with the Arboretum on the restoration.

7. Update from Friends of Allandale Woods

Celeste Walker reported that the Allandale Coalition has not yet received a decision from the court from the Jan. 9 hearing on 64 Allandale St. The Coalition has encouraged the Board of Springhouse in their negotiations with the Wonder Group, developers of 64 Allandale, to have the provisions in writing and enforceable.   The Coalition has also been working with Councilors Michelle Wu and Matt O’Malley, who introduced “A Local Wetlands Ordinance for the City of Boston” and with State Representative Nika Elugardo, who introduced an amendment (House Docket No. 3642) to “An Act Enabling Conservation Commissions to Consider Climate Change Within Their Conservation Plans.”  Boston is one of only three coastal cities or towns in Massachusetts without a wetlands ordinance.

8. Existing Business.  None

9. New Business

Speed and safety on the side streets focusing on the streets surrounding the Manning School. After a discussion, a motion was made by Susan White, seconded by Helen Connors to write a letter to the Manning School principal asking him to communicate to parents, teachers, and staff, to be mindful of driving too fast for the conditions on the neighborhood streets. In addition, to talk to bus drivers who wait to pick up students with buses idling on Westchester, Whitcomb, and Lila in front of homes.

The motion passed unanimously.

There was a discussion of ways to slow vehicles down, including speed tables on some streets.  It was agreed to invite the E-13 community officer to give brief updates at the beginning of some of our monthly meetings.

Discussion for a speaker at the Annual Meeting.

It was agreed to invite Chris Osgood, Chief of the Streets, Transportation & Sanitation, to be our speaker, along with someone from DCR or the State Police. We will also invite Councilor O’Malley and Rep. Elugardo to speak about their agendas.

8. Announcements

Former State Representative, Jeffrey Sanchez, current Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, with be giving an online talk Jan. 15, at noon.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Celeste Walker (for the recording secretary)

Jamaica Hills Association minutes– January 9, 2019

1. Board members present: Dottie Farrell, Andrea Howley, Ron Loukas, Ginnie Marcotte, Mary Reed, Celeste Walker, Susan White.  Board members absent: Anne Barrett, Joanne Bucilla, Bunny Cecchetto, Helen Connors, Don Haber, Brad Fredericks, Kevin Leary, John Lovett, Liam Lydon, Mike McGuire, Maria Morelli, Pat Newman, John Pappas, Polly Selkoe, Peter Senopoulos

2. The December Meeting Minutes were approved as amended, motion made by Dottie Farrell and seconded by Ginnie Marcotte.

3. Treasurer’s Report

Ron Loukas reported that the Treasury had $5931.13, as of the end of December.  He reminded the Board that payments for taxes and for the tax preparer would be coming soon.

Holiday Party tickets and revenue were $3,795.  Expenses were $2,244.86.

There are currently 110 paid memberships for 2019.

The treasurer recommended that the board meet to discuss a new approaches to reach out to the neighborhood.

Celeste Walker made a motion to have Andrea Howley call a special board meeting to discuss the future of the JHA. Susan White seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

4. Committee Updates

A. Public Safety

Dottie Farrell had a list from the State Police of accidents on the Arborway in 2017 and part of 2018.  She will send it to the Board.

Others expressed various concerns.  The ongoing water run-off problem on Parkside Drive.  Cars blocking the intersection at Washington and Arborway, and other traffic issues on almost every street, including vehicles and bicycles running red lights.

City Councilor Matt O’Malley suggested that we ask Chris Osgood from BTD to come and speak to us about traffic calming and enforcement.  It was agreed that Andrea Howley would contact him.

Reminder that the E-13 public safety meeting is on the first Thursday of the month.  Next meeting is February 7, Curtis Hall, 6:30.

B. Communication

JHA email list has 485 addresses

 C. Institutional

no report

D. Zoning

The zoning committee is trying to arrange a meeting with the developer, lawyer, and architect, of 98 Rockwood:

E. Emerald Necklace Conservancy

The second public meeting on the future of the Shattuck Hospital site will be Jan. 16 at 6:30 at the Franklin Park clubhouse.

5. Lewis-Dawson Farmhouse

The Farmhouse committee continues to discuss with the Arboretum

7. Update from Friends of Allandale Woods

64 Allandale lawsuit hearing was held Jan. 9, where the developer’s lawyer argued that the plaintiffs had no standing to sue.  No date was given for the judge’s decision.

8. Existing Business

None

9. New Business: donations will be sent in memory of Joe Ryan and Louis Spagnola.

8. Announcements

All are welcome and encouraged to attend our next meeting on February  13, 2019, at Springhouse, 44 Allandale St.

3. Showa Friendship Circle, Spring Sign-up

The Showa Friendship Circle (SFC) matches pairs or triads of Showa students with community volunteers (Circle Volunteers) for intercultural exchange, conversational exchange, and recreational activities. Read more here.

4. Construction Update, Jamaica Pond Park

Jamaica Pond Paths construction update from Lauren Bryant, Project Manager, Boston Parks and Recreation:

Phase 1 [Pinebank Area]:
As the email of Dec. 12 stated, we shut down the project for the winter.  Once the weather is a little warmer, the contractor will be back on site to finish the top course of asphalt and to loam and seed the path edges.   Once I have more information on when that work will start back up, I will let you know.  Phase 1 work will likely re-start early to mid April.
Phase 2:
We bid the second phase of this project over the winter.  We had a favorable bid climate and are able to do all of the work we showed in the community meetings.  We will be paving not only the loop path but also the multi-use path.  We will be replacing exercise equipment and improving entrances.
The contractor for Phase 2 (different contractor than Phase 1) has a notice to proceed of March 1.  Their initial work will be tree pruning around the pond and demolition work in the boat house plaza area.  This work is not as temperature sensitive as the paving and seeding in Phase 1, which is why this contractor can start earlier in the season than the Phase 1 contractor.
As was discussed in the community meetings, the work around the pond will be phased so that not all of the pathways will be closed at the same time, except for a few day stretch when all areas will get the top course of asphalt at the same time.

Jamaica Hills Association minutes– December 12, 2018

1. Attendance: Board Members present – Helen Connors, Dottie Farrell, Don Haber, Andrea Howley, Kevin Leary, Ron Loukas, Mary Reed, Polly Selkoe, Peter Senopoulos, Celeste Walker, Susan White

Board Members absent – Anne Barrett, Joanne Bucilla, Bunny Cecchetto, Brad Fredericks, John Lovett, Liam Lydon, Ginnie Marcotte, Mike McGuire, Maria Morelli, Pat Newman, John Pappas

2. Minutes: Motion by Dottie Farrell, 2ndby Celeste Walker: To approve the November 2018 minutes. Vote: approved unanimously.

3. Treasurer’s Report: Ron Loukas reported that 86 tickets were sold for the holiday party. After expenses, the party netted $1,585.14. As of November 31, the JHA had a balance of $5,590.16. For more details see the Treasurer’s report attached.

Motion by Celeste Walker, 2ndby Peter Senopoulos: To prepare a letter thanking Bunny Cecchetto and Ron Loukas for their work on the holiday party. Vote: approved unanimously.

4. Committee Updates

A. Public Safety – no update

B. Communication – 485 addresses now on the JHA mailing list

C. Institutional – no report

D. Zoning

31 Malcom Road – NDOD. Request to add two dormers to front of house in attic space. Motion by Polly Selkoe, 2ndby Celeste Walker: To not submit any comments to BPDA and to send a letter to JPNC that the JHA board does not object to the design. Vote: approved unanimously.

74 Westchester – Variances requested. Front and side yards are insufficient. The project would extend current nonconformances. Motion by Polly Selkoe, 2ndby Celeste Walker: To send a letter to the ZBA stating that the JHA board has no objections to the project. Vote: approved unanimously.

E. Emerald Necklace Conservancy Update

Susan White reported there will be an ENC meeting December 13, 2018.

5. Proposed development at 98 Rockwood

The property was recently sold to developer Northern Lights (Armando Petruzziello). BPDA has assigned Aisling Kerr as project manager. JHA abutters, as well as Brookline abutters, are concerned about development density and traffic patterns. No proposals have been submitted by the developer.

6. Lewis-Dawson Farmhouse

Meetings are being held between the Arboretum and the Farmhouse Committee.

7. Friends of Allandale Wood

64 Allandale update. A hearing on the developer’s motion for summary judgment in the resident abutter lawsuit is scheduled for January 9, 2019. The hearing on the lawsuit brought by Springhouse has ben rescheduled to March 25, 2019.

90 Allandale update.  The Coalition has been engaging with some developers regarding possible development of the property.

1225 Centre update. Sophia Snow House will be proceeding to take title to the property before the end of the year.

8. Existing Business – none

9. New Business – none

10. Announcements

Tribute to Jeffrey Sanchez at the Footlight Club on December 13, 2018.

Respectfully submitted,

Don Haber  (for the recording secretary)

Jamaica Hills Association minutes– November 14, 2018

Board Members present– Anne Barrett, Bunny Cecchetto, Dottie Farrell, Brad Fredericks, Don Haber, Ron Loukas, Ginnie Marcotte, Polly Selkoe, Celeste Walker, Susan White

Board Members absent- Joanne Bucilla, Helen Connors, Andrea Howley, Kevin Leary, John Lovett, Liam Lydon, Mike McGuire, Maria Morelli, Pat Newman, John Pappas, Mary Reed, Peter Senopoulos

The approval of the October 2018 minutes was deferred to December.

Treasurer’s Report.  Ron Loukas reported that of November 1, the JHA had $2815.  Election day brought in $330 in 2018 dues and $945 in 2019 dues. He will send a reminder to JHA Board members to pay their 2019 dues.

  1. Committee Updates
  2. Public Safety—no update
  3. Communication–485 addresses now on the JHA mailing list
  4. Institutional–no report
  5. Zoning

no variance requests

71 Avon St. water runoff. Ann Barrett walked the site with Brookline personnel and no one knows if the water is coming from the Brookline or the Jamaica Plain side. No permits issued yet for the 71 Avon site, which is in Brookline.  The site has been cleared of trees causing water runoff into the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

6.Emerald Necklace Conservancy Update

Susan White reported on an Arborway walk to look at sidewalk maintenance issues and the current placement of crosswalks.

The project of installing signals and crosswalks at the intersection of Parkman Perkins is approaching completion.

The Muddy River Phase II project is moving forward and could possibly begin in one year.  The river will be dredged on both sides of the Muddy River Phase I at Landmark Center to complete the project to restore the river and prevent major flooding.

7. Proposed development at 98 Rockwood

3.6 acres are under agreement to be sold.  The closing is on Nov. 29.  No plans have been shown to the abutters yet.

8.Lewis-Dawson Farmhouse

Meetings are beginning again between the Arboretum and the Farmhouse Committee.

9.Friends of Allandale Wood

Letter to the Springhouse Board was sent, encouraging the Board to consult with their independent living residents in considering any settlement of their lawsuit with the developer of 64 Allandale.

The resident abutter suit is scheduled for January 9 to consider the developer’s motion for summary judgment.

90 Allandale update.  The Boston Conservation Commission’s decision that there is a jurisdictional stream on the 90 property may limit development opportunities

10.Existing Business

Holiday Party update.  Ron Loukas and Bunny Cecchetto are managing the arrangements.  They suggested sending an evite to our mailing list.

10. New Business

The Board voted to send a $200 donation to the Arnold Arboretum in appreciation for their hosting our monthly meetings

11.Announcements

Library book sale, Dec. 1

Tree lighting, Monument at 2:00

Tribute to Jeffrey Sanchez, Dec. 13

Curtis Hall, 150th anniversary celebration, Dec. 1

Respectfully submitted,

Celeste Walker  (for the recording secretary)

 Board Members present– Anne Barrett, Bunny Cecchetto, Dottie Farrell, Brad Fredericks, Don Haber, Ron Loukas, Ginnie Marcotte, Polly Selkoe, Celeste Walker, Susan White

Board Members absent- Joanne Bucilla, Helen Connors, Andrea Howley, Kevin Leary, John Lovett, Liam Lydon, Mike McGuire, Maria Morelli, Pat Newman, John Pappas, Mary Reed, Peter Senopoulos

The approval of the October 2018 minutes was deferred to December.

Treasurer’s Report.  Ron Loukas reported that of November 1, the JHA had $2815.  Election day brought in $330 in 2018 dues and $945 in 2019 dues. He will send a reminder to JHA Board members to pay their 2019 dues.

  1. Committee Updates
  2. Public Safety—no update
  3. Communication–485 addresses now on the JHA mailing list
  4. Institutional–no report
  5. Zoning

no variance requests

71 Avon St. water runoff. Ann Barrett walked the site with Brookline personnel and no one knows if the water is          coming from the Brookline or the Jamaica Plain side. No permits issued yet for the 71 Avon site, which is in                  Brookline.  The site has been cleared of trees causing water runoff into the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

  1. Emerald Necklace Conservancy Update   Susan White reported on an Arborway walk to look at sidewalk maintenance issues and the current placement of         crosswalks.

The project of installing signals and crosswalks at the intersection of Parkman Perkins is approaching      completion.

The Muddy River Phase II project is moving forward and could possibly begin in one year.  The river will be           dredged on both sides of the Muddy River Phase I at Landmark Center to complete the project to restore the river and prevent major flooding.

  1. Proposed development at 98 Rockwood

3.6 acres are under agreement to be sold.  The closing is on Nov. 29.  No plans have been shown to the abutters yet.

  1. Lewis-Dawson Farmhouse

Meetings are beginning again between the Arboretum and the Farmhouse Committee.

  1. Friends of Allandale Wood

Letter to the Springhouse Board was sent, encouraging the Board to consult with their independent living residents in considering any settlement of their lawsuit with the developer of 64 Allandale.

The resident abutter suit is scheduled for January 9 to consider the developer’s motion for summary judgment.

90 Allandale update.  The Boston Conservation Commission’s decision that there is a jurisdictional stream on the 90 property may limit development opportunities.

  1. Existing Business

Holiday Party update.  Ron Loukas and Bunny Cecchetto are managing the arrangements.  They suggested sending an evite to our mailing list.

  1. New Business

The Board voted to send a $200 donation to the Arnold Arboretum in appreciation for their hosting our monthly meetings.

  1. Announcements

Library book sale, Dec. 1

Tree lighting, Monument at 2:00

Tribute to Jeffrey Sanchez, Dec. 13

Curtis Hall, 150th anniversary celebration, Dec. 1

Respectfully submitted,

Celeste Walker  (for the recording secretary)

Jamaica Hills Association minutes– September 12, 2018

Board Members in Attendance- Joanne Bucilla, Bunny Cecchetto, Helen Connors, Dottie Farrell, Don Haber, Andrea Howley, Kevin Leary, Ron Loukas, Liam Lydon, Ginnie Marcotte, Mary Reed, Celeste Walker, Susan White (13)

Board Members not in Attendance- Anne Barrett, Brad Fredericks, John Lovett, Mike McGuire, Maria Morelli, Pat Newman, John Pappas, Polly Selkoe, Peter Senopoulos (9)

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 6/13/18, a motion was made by Dottie Farrell, seconded by Ginnie Marcotte, to approve the minutes.  Motion approved with one abstention.

3.TREASURER’S REPORT

Balances reported by Treasurer Ron Loukas are June 30, 2018, Balance of 2119.93; July 31, 2018, Balance of 1729.13; and August 31, 2018, Balance of 1729.13.

4.COMMITTEE REPORTS

A.ZONING

1.94 LOUDERS LANE

After description of a proposed project widening a porch and adding a deck to a residence requiring zoning variance for insufficient side yard setback, a motion was made by Celeste Walker, seconded by Susan White, to write a letter not to oppose the construction according to plans. Approval vote unanimous.

2.35-37 POND CIRCLE

Presentation by Kevin Leary, (note recused from Board proceedings) on behalf of owners of property, who seek zoning variance to build a house on a sufficient sized lot, leaving the existing property with insufficient frontage on Pond Circle.  A motion was made by Susan White, seconded by Celeste Walker, not to oppose the project.  Proviso included in approval that construction is limited to a single house on the property.  Approval vote unanimous.

B.PUBLIC SAFETY

Dottie Farrell updated the Board on safety adaptions on neighborhood streets, including a crosswalk on Slocum Road.

C.COMMUNICATIONS

Celeste Walker reported total 475 people on email list.

D.ENC

Susan White reported on Overseers Meeting last Thursday, including Muddy River Project, and Fog Exhibit in the Emerald Necklace.

5.OLD BUSINESS

A.ROCKWOOD STREET

Resident Susan White reported on meetings with neighbors regarding discussions about use of parcels of land on the street.

B.LEWIS-DAWSON Farmhouse

Celeste Walker updated the Board on Arboretum solar project.

C.ALLANDALE WOODS

Developer of 64 Allandale requested summary judgement.  Walk through planned to assess wetlands on abutting  property on Allandale Rd.  On 1225 Centre St. property, developer’s plan to build 8 townhouses has been downsized.

6.NEW BUSINESS

A.ELECTION OF BOARD OFFICERS

The following officers were nominated:

President: Andrea Howley (Susan White motion, Helen Connors second)

Vice President: Don Haber (Susan White motion, Celeste Walker second)

Treasurer: Ron Loukas (Celeste Walker motion, Susan White second)

Secretary: Vote Delayed

Corresponding Secretary: Susan White (Andrea Howley motion, Celeste Walker second)

Director of Communications: Celeste Walker (Andrea Howley motion, Susan White second)

The Board extends a heartfelt thank you to Ginnie Marcotte for her service as Board Secretary. A motion was made by Celeste Walker, seconded by Andrea Howley, to draft a letter to Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, thanking him for 18 years of service.  Approval unanimous.

7.ADJOURNMENT

President Andrea Howley adjourned the Board meeting at 8:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Joanne Bucilla, Secretary

Jamaica Hills Association meeting minutes — June 13, 2018

Board Members in Attendance – Joanne Bucilla, Brad Fredericks, Don Haber, Andrea Howley, Kevin Leary, Ron Loukas, Ginnie Marcotte, Pat Newman, John Pappas, Polly Selkoe, Celeste Walker, Susan White(12)

Board Members not in Attendance – Anne Barrett, Bunny Cecchetto, Helen Connors, Dottie Farrell, John Lovett, Liam Lydon, Mike McGuire, Maria Morelli, Mary Reed, Peter Senopoulos(10)

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 April 11, 2018, a motion was made by Polly Selkoe, seconded by Celeste Walker to approve.  Approval vote was unanimous.

3.TREASURER’S REPORT

Balance reported by Treasurer Ron Loukas 5/31/2018 is $2034.93.

4.COMMITTEE REPORTS

A.ZONING

1.93 WESTCHESTER

Zoning relief requested for addition.  A motion was made by Polly Selkoe, seconded by Celeste Walker, to send a letter not objecting to the project.  Approval vote unanimous.

2.ROCKWOOD ST.

Susan White gave an update to the Board on discussions with prospective developers and residents.

3.64 ALLANDALE

After an update on the development, a motion was made by Polly Selkoe, seconded by Joanne Bucilla, to write a letter in support of Friends of Allandale Woods, to City Councilor Matt O’Malley.  Approval vote unanimous.

4.PARKSIDE DRIVE

Don Haber made mention of possible development of two lots on Parkside Drive.

B.PUBLIC SAFETY

Mention was made of improvements soon, such as repaving of Center St., and remediation of falling rocks on Center St.

C.COMMUNICATIONS

Celeste Walker is reviewing options for monthly notices.

D. INSTITUTIONS

John Pappas updated the Board on completion of Faulkner construction projects.

E.ENC

Susan White made a motion, seconded by Celeste Walker, that the Board donate $200 to the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.  After a discussion of the amount, and a promise of donations from Individual Board members, approval vote was unanimous.

5.OLD BUSINESS

A.LEWIS DAWSON FARMHOUSE

Celeste Walker had no new updates.

6.NEW BUSINESS

A.    BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Discussion of Police reports.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Joanne Bucilla, Secretary

 Jamaica Hills Association meeting 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 meeting 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 meeting 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 meeting 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 meeting 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 meeting 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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