December 2014 Minutes

Michigan Park Citizens Association
Monthly Meeting and Holiday Potluck Dinner
The Gribbins’ Home
December 2, 2014

President Paul Wood called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm. Minutes from the November meeting were approved without objection. Paul will publish the minutes on the MPCA website. Treasurer Beulah Sutherland presented her report and noted that the bank is has begun charging $2.00 each month for a paper statement.

Paul reported that he has contacted several plumbers regarding the installation of a spigot at the triangle park at 12th and Michigan, but has not received an estimate from any of them. One of them did go to the park and inspect water source but never contacted Paul with an estimate. David Conrad volunteered to contact other plumbers.

In the first or second week of January, Terri Sallay will send out a postcard to 250-300 new families in Michigan Park, inviting them to attend the February meeting and giving the website address.

Ralph Bucksell announced that from now on all meetings will be held at the Howard University School of Divinity. We will meet in the chapel in February and March, but may meet in a different room the rest of the year.

Ralph reported that in addition to its Community Tree Planting Program, Casey Trees is also planting trees on residential properties. Through the RiverSmart Homes Shade Tree Program, homeowners can have shade trees planted on their property by Casey Trees for $50 per tree. If 10 or more neighbors order trees, the trees will be free. Tom volunteered to invite Casey Trees address members at the regularly scheduled March meeting.

Members voted unanimously to authorize $300 from the Christmas fund to be used for Christmas gifts for a needy family at the Bunker Hill school. Roxanne Carter will ask the principal to suggest a family.

Paul announced that the Brookland Middle School ribbon cutting will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 and will include guided tours for the public. The school will open in September 2015.

Ralph expressed concern about the dangerous intersection of Perry Street and Michigan Avenue, on the northeast side of the Charles Drew Bridge, where commuters come down the bridge at high speeds. Children use the intersection daily, going to and from school. Paul plans to invite a DOT representative to address MPCA concerning traffic management and safety planning for the neighborhood.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm, at which time the potluck dinner began.

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