OGCA Monthly Meeting Notes - October 2014
Location: Lovely Lane Church
Called to order: 7:05pm
Baltimore Tree Trust:
Tree inventory is complete, just needs to be analyzed
We'll be the only neighborhood in Baltimore to have a complete tree inventory and game plan to move forward!
Next planting: Easter Island Head 9am Saturday Nov 8th
We have 250 existing new trees that will need pruning in next 1-2 years and 300-350 planting opportunities, so upwards of 600 trees that'll need some love from us over the next several years
Baltimore Tree Trust will water our trees
Need 25 OG residents certified as "Tree Pruning Experts" and a tree committee
Next course is Dec. 6th at Locust Point
Go to www.baltimoretreetrust.org to sign up!
New large planters around the neighborhood came from a $4000 grant. 20 massive planters. Will be painted with OG logo. OGBA will be adopting some trees and planters.
In kind donation from Robert Harrington giving us a $6000 watering truck!
Can get free mulch in January from Christmas trees
Clinic Saturation Issues:
Task Force has drafted a position paper
Met with Del Washington's aide
Meeting soon with Sen. Pugh
Will have steps soon to gain support from around the state for our legislation
Legislation is asking that clinics show a need before moving into a community, similar to a hospital
Delegate Washington helping us navigate the legislative process and find the best way to get it through quickly. No guarantees it'll pass this year. Complex issue, new cycle with new delegates and a new governor. So it goes.
Could be worth trying to connect this issue to the Baltimore City Drug Task Force Study
Update re: Benefits District
No one here from CVCBD to give proper update
Survey on what services we'd like to see from the Benefits District is coming
We need better pedestrian lighting in Old Goucher
We could have some money left over from the Edge Park funds. Could leverage some of it towards pedestrian lighting
Charles St could be covered by Charles St Development Corp
[Sidenote: OG now has permanent seat on board of Charles St Development Corp]
St Paul still needs lots of work
Goucher College had beautiful old-style lighting fixtures. Could be great to replicate them on several blocks of St Paul (for starters) to set the tone for the rest of the neighborhood
HCPI could provide grants to spread it out further in the neighborhood soon
Churches on St Paul would be grateful for improved pedestrian lighting
Update on 25th Street Station
City has reached out requesting litigants against 25th St to drop lawsuit
Kelly wants assurances in writing first from Seawall that they have abandoned the PUD. Haven't connected yet.
Need to keep in mind that our Safeway could be closed if Cerberus decides it's not worth keeping open.
Gotta start thinking of other uses (included possibly a different grocery) for that massive lot
One-Way to Two-Way Streets:
City is looking to turn several one-way streets that run through OG into two-way streets
OGCA may be starting a committee to explore this issue
Anyone interested in joining should email Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Damien (email@example.com)
Part 1 crime (homicide, rape, aggravated assault) down 10%
Commercial Robberies down 17%
Property Crimes down 11%
Street Robberies up slightly
Next Month, November 24th
All positions are up for election:
If you'd like to run, email Damien (firstname.lastname@example.org)
New Lovely Lane custodian - Ivan Reyes
RFP will be out by end of Oct for Parole & Probations to move out of the building on Guilford (yay!)
Meeting Adjourned 8:10pm