SUMMARY OF HHOC MEETING NOVEMBER 20, 2000
The meeting took place at 110 Cabrini Blvd. and was called to order at 7:25 p.m. In attendance were the following individuals: Michael Augenblick, Marcella Calabi, Martha Ellington, Geri Hopkins, Gus Perry, Louise Pulice, Sonia Reynoso, Elizabeth Lorris Ritter, Peter Simoes, Van Stone and Mike Zamm. The following member buildings had residents present: 66 Overlook Terrace Corp., 350 Cabrini Owners Corp., 720-730 Fort Washington Avenue Owners Corp., 255 Cabrini Condominium, Castle Village Owners Corp., Hudson View Gardens, and Overlook Towers Corp. The following Community Associate Members (CAMs) were represented: Friends of Fort Tryon Park, William B. May Real Estate. Also represented were: 640-660 Ft. Washington Ave., 447 Ft. Washington Ave., and the 187th Street Frieze Project.
The meeting summary from October was reviewed.
- There was a discussion about the delay in the reopening of the Inwood branch of the public library. HHOC will send a letter.
- Authorization was given to Elizabeth Ritter to donate up to $200 to the Bennett Park Art on the Edge project should the need arise over the holiday hiatus; up to $100 was pre-authorized should the merchants of 187th Street request it for the holiday tree.
- Marcella reported that Lauren Zarambo was working on a modification of the frieze design for possible use either on the HHOC letterhead or elsewhere in the neighborhood. We look forward to seeing it.
- It was agreed to ask Tom Navin to reconsider 187th St. bulletin board placement when designing the next phase of decoration of that area; some people think they're low.
Announcements were made of upcoming neighborhood events.
Mike Zamm reported that the 190th St. subway station will be painted.
Van reported that there has been a major cleanup around the gazebo in Ft. Tryon Park, and that there was a good turnout of folks interested in supporting the dog run idea, north of the volleyball courts. That location has the advantage (among others) that much of it is already fenced.
Elizabeth reported that HHOC had been a participant in getting public attention paid to the proposed co-ed halfway house for nonviolent federal offenders on 182nd Street. Thanks to that process there will be more, and more effective, public hearings as part of the process of obtaining (or failing to obtain) approval for that plan.
The Security Task Force reported on that project and brainstormed about next steps, agreeing to meet again separately.
Marcella agreed to write a letter congratulating Pleasant Cleaners on its new awning.
There was discussion of the changes on 181st St. and brainstorming about the best possible uses for the vacancy at 181st and Cabrini.
The rest of the meeting was devoted to discussion of the future of HHOC's role in the neighborhood, as a continuation of previous months' brainstorming. This discussion focused on networking among neighborhood groups as a way to boost the efficiency of all. Using email chains among key organizers has the potential to be the most efficient.
A reminder: the Friends of Ft. Tryon Park greeting cards can be purchased at several local stores. Check the 187th St. bulletin board for info.
The next meeting will be held on Monday January 22nd at 7:15pm, in the Castle Village Community Room. The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.