Happy New Year to you all and I trust and hope you all had a good holiday season.
For our first meeting in 2017, interestingly as in January 2016 and 2015, our featured presenter will be Brian Dougherty of SDOT who this year will provide a spreadsheet of all the various sidewalk and crosswalk projects that are “in the que” for the Meadowbrook area (~ four sidewalks and six crosswalks) along with their various stages of completion. We have had a pretty successful year in getting commitments from SDOT and 2017 is the time to see actual design, construction and completion for most of these projects. A lot of that success, I believe, is attributable to our Sidewalk Committee and the Sidewalk Report we produced and presented to SDOT last May, plus a measured dose of being the ”squeaky wheel.”
The Sidewalk Committee in 2017 will largely be tasked with monitoring and holding SDOT to their commitments, as well as, pursuing the next set of new sidewalks and crosswalks.
In addition to sidewalks, we will be supporting a budding “emergency hub” project headed up by Anne Girvin. Anne will give an update at our Jan. 10th meeting.
Now that District Councils will no longer be supported by the Dept of Neighborhoods and are being bypassed for a new “top down” approach by the Mayor and City Council called the “Community Involvement Commission,” community councils are going to have to figure out how to work with in this new structure, especially when competing for city grants from the Neighborhood Park and Street and Neighborhood Sidewalk funds.
Last, but definitely not least, I, along with Charlene Murray, our Treasurer since 1998, have decided to make 2017 our last year in office, if elected of course! I will have served five years plus one as vice president where I might as well have been president. It’s time to give someone else the opportunity. I will, nonetheless, remain involved.
The election will be held in March, as in past years, but according to our bylaws that we updated last year, in order to vote in March, one must have been current with their dues at the prior meeting or January in this case. So, if you want to vote in March, you need to pay on or before the Jan 10th meeting.
Mark your calendars– Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Dan Keefe, President