December 6th Meeting Minutes

Union Hill Civic Association Meeting
December 6, 2017


The Union Hill Civic Association met on December 6, 2017 at the Tricycle Garden Headquarters. The Officers and 22 members were present. John Gerner opened the meeting at 6:30 with a welcome to the members and guests.


Introductions included:
Adam Zimerli, the new Manager of the 25th Street Library, who introduced himself and encouraged folks to become engaged in the activities at the Library.

John Johnson also briefed the group on the upcoming Church Hill Association Holiday Festival which consists of the “Candlelight Walk” and the “Annual Historic House Tour” on the weekend of December 9-11.

Bill Conkle, President of the Friends of Jefferson Park (FOJP), was unable to stay for the meeting but shared his intent to be in contact with the Sector’s new police officer, Lt. Roane, in regards to the issues at Jefferson Park.  He also indicated that FOJP are continuing to work with Park and Recreation Department to address ongoing park maintenance needs.  

Mary Field told the group about current efforts, led by Jenifer Reed, to offer support to the Principal and teachers of the Bellevue Elementary School, the school to which youngsters in Union Hill are assigned.  This group hopes to ensure the Bellevue’s continued improvement by supporting school projects and educational efforts.  Please contact Jennifer at jvlowry@gmail.com.  

It was also announced that Challenge Discovery Projects under the leadership of Mr. Dan Stembridge
will be the new occupants of the Community Resource Center on Jefferson Ave.  Mr. Stembridge is anxious to engage with the neighborhood and plans to attend the next UHCA meeting.  Information about this program can be found at www.challengediscoveryprojects.org

Nancy Lambert reminded the group January 7th is “World” clean-up day.   Nancy Lampert and Ann Wortham have supported the effort in the past.  Nancy and Ann also have, for the last five years, provided treats to the police officers working on New Year’s Eve.  Anyone interested in supporting these two service projects are asked to contact Nancy at maarn95@comcast.net.

Representatives of the Greater Richmond Transit Authority briefed the group on the new Pulse rapid transit system city.  Detailed information can be found at www.ridegrtc.com.  A “Travel Buddy Program” will be instituted to assist bus riders in learning how to use the new system.   A phone number will be published at which riders can schedule a total of three trips to learn the new routes, timing and electronic payment system.  


New Association Officers were elected.  John Gerner will continue as President, Rachel Patter is the new Vice-President, Michelle Beaves the Secretary, Amanda Payne the Treasurer, Liz Opalak the Communications Officer.  Meg Lessard, the outgoing Communications officer will remain in the informal leadership group.  John Gerner invited anyone interested to join the “informal leadership group.”

The Jefferson Avenue Task Force presented an overview of its recent activities directed towards ensuring a safer, healthier, and vibrant commercial street and requested a formal statement of  support from UHCA for these effort.  The vote for supporting the Task Force was unanimous.

State Senator Rosalyn Dance and State Delegate Jeffery Bourne have been briefed about this effort and indicated their support for the project. The group has identified potential funding sources and has a meeting scheduled with Councilwoman Newbille after Christmas.  

Mayor Stoney’s Senior Policy Adviser, Jonathan Baliles will be meeting with the Task Force on December 14 at the Alamo at 7:30 am.  The intent is to allow him to observe the traffic safety concern of the neighborhood and to gain his support for the community’s efforts.  Everyone who is concerned about Jefferson Ave. is asked to participate in this meeting.  It is anticipated that folks will come and go during the walk as their schedule allows. At the conclusion of the walk, a short briefing will be held at Sub Rosa’s.

The new Police representative is Lt Roane who was present at the meeting. His phone is 804-646-0574. He is a native of the city, went to City schools, and the University of Richmond.  He urged the attendees to be especially careful during the Christmas Season with presents being delivered daily to homes. From January 1 to October 23 of this year there were 116 calls concerning Jefferson Park.  A noted above, he will be coordinating with Bill Conkle, FOJP President, concerning police coverage of the park.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15pm. 

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