The meeting took place at 241 Cabrini Blvd. (the offices of Simone Song Properties) and got under way at 7:25 p.m. In attendance were the following individuals: Michael Augenblick, Caroline Brown, Marcella Calabi, Marshall Douglas, Geri and Tom Hopkins, William J. McBurney, Jr., Tina Molinari, Sarah Morgridge, Rosa Naparstek, Perry Payne, James Renner, Elizabeth Lorris Ritter, James Saftich, Simone Song, Jerry Weinstock, and Mike Zamm. The following member buildings had residents present: 66 Overlook Terrace Corp., 255 Cabrini Condominium, 371 Fort Washington Owners Corporation, 720-730 Fort Washington Avenue Owners Corp., 804 Equities Corp., Castle Village Owners Corporation, Chittenden House Inc., Fort Tryon Corp., Hudson View Gardens, Overlook Towers. The following non-member buildings had residents present: 395 Ft. Washington and 550 Ft. Washington Avenue. The following Community Associate Members (CAMs) and other neighborhood groups were represented: Artists Unite, Beth Am The People's Temple, Friends of Fort Tryon Park, Hudson Cliffs Theatre Arts Program, Northern Manhattan Neighbors for Peace and Justice, Quality of Life Committee, Simone Song Properties, Stein-Perry Real Estate, William B. May. The following elected official had a representative present: Councilman Robert Jackson.
The meeting summary from October was agreed to.
Roundtable topics included: Some buildings are assessing fees of $125-$250 for lead paint inspections, Mike A. will pursue further info. Sarah reported that there is a new bill before the City Council intended to remedy defects in the original legislation concerning disclosure of the presence of lead paint. There was discussion/questions about: the limits of a co-op’s liability/responsibility for sidewalks upheaved by the roots of City-owned trees; different buildings’ policies with respect to storage space; hiring new managing agents.
Announcements: concerts at PS/IS 187 11/25, by Gay Gotham Choir 12/7, and by Cornerstone Chorale 12/8; Cornerstone Chorale thanked HHOC for donation; "La Noche Buena", an event at Mother Cabrini High School on 12/14 needs donations from merchants of tangible goods for gift baskets.
Following HHOC’s request, DOT has improved signage with respect to the intersection of 187th and Cabrini; also a parking space has been eliminated to improve visibility for cars turning right at the corner.
Marcella reported that neighborhood residents led by Olga Tello have gathered 1000+ signatures petitioning to expand M98 bus service. Mike Z. will investigate why there are unequal uptown and downtown buses.
Rosa reported (1) the new 184th St. A elevator will have posters, (2) the community poster is in the works, and (3) she has no information about why the old posters recently disappeared and then reappeared.
The Bennett Park lawn temporarily was closed for aeration, a regular and necessary maintenance process. Special pelletized fertilizer will be put on the lawn, also limiting access only temporarily. Dead trees and limbs are being cut down. Action will be taken to improve the slope on the Ft. Washington side of the park.
Elizabeth provided a brief update on the actions of the Henry Hudson Parkway Task Force, which is working with all four Community Boards (Manhattan 7, 9 & 12, and Bronx 10) and a broad range of neighborhood groups to achieve "Scenic Byway" designation for the Parkway. This will result in a comprehensive corridor management plan, as well as funding and improvements to the entire roadway.
There was a long discussion about how to manage the enclosed bulletin board on 187th Street: who has keys, what should be eligible to be posted and who should decide questionable cases, and how to help keep the staff at Hilltop Pharmacy (who are helping out as a community service) from being badgered by people who want their things posted pronto. A proposal was developed to be presented to Bill Ryder of Hilltop. Marcella apologized for failing to invite him to this meeting in time. [Since then the policy has been enacted as follows: Six neighborhood associations have keys. Keyholders will check in with the pharmacy and post whatever is waiting. A sign has been posted with information about how it works and providing contact information.]
There was a brief discussion about strategies to pursue for capital funding for a skateboarding park.
On Julia’s behalf, Elizabeth reported on progress towards HHOC’s meet-and-greet in the New Year for co-op/condo Directors and activists in the neighborhood. She pointed out that it will also be HHOC’s tenth "birthday" and the event could double as a celebration. There was discussion about the format of the event.
Sarah reported on behalf of Senator Schneider’s representative Lillian Perez that she apologized for not being present herself and that the Housing Forum mentioned earlier was successful and well-attended.
The meeting ended at about 9:15 p.m. The next meeting will be held after the holidays, watch for announcements.