General Meeting Minutes
Thursday February 12th, 2015 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Central Memorial Recreation Centre
SCA Values: Collaboration, Engagement, Respect, Trust, Inclusiveness, Transparency
Present: Ralph Meiers, Joanna Millions, Erika Morton, Katherine Dymkowski, Bruce & Linda Matthews, Joachim Brouwer, Dave Michal, Art Dyck, Mike Montreul, Dawn & Lee McIlmoyle, Alex Balch, Connie Stefanson, Dave Cherkewski, Lyna Saad, Christina B, Ben B, Scott Thorn, Drew Strohschein
Guests: Steve Mahler (Hamilton Police), Suzanne Brown (City of Hamilton), Jason Farr (Ward 2 Councilor)
1. Welcome and Introductions, Values, Vision, Mission
• Ralph opening, welcome and introductions, values and Mission Statement
2. Agenda review and additions; Minutes review and accept
• Jay Farr and Suzanne Brown had further updates and information to provide after discussed updates.
• Minutes Mike motion to pass minutes with minor correction to some name spellings, Dawn seconded. Motion passed.
3. SCA Executive Committee Updates – Treasurer’s Report
• No activity in the SCA Account.
• Grant cheque was cashed but not deposited in the SCA account.
4. SCA Executive Committee Updates – Conflict Resolution
• Training was completed with positive reviews.
• Projects can now move forward with support from City.
5. SCA Executive Committee Updates – CD Update
• Lyna Saad is the new SPRC Community Developer for Stinson and Crown Point.
• She has previous experience in New York City
• Started February 02, 2015
• Her primary focus is to get to know the neighborhood, with this in mind she would like to arrange a neighborhood walk-through with some residents so she can learn the area.
6. New Crime Manager Report – Officer Steve Mahler Crime Prevention Officer
• Sargent Mary Sullivan is the new Stinson Crime Manager.
• She will most likely not attend SCA meetings but will send a representative.
• Stinson Stats Dec1-Jan1
• 2 robberies – one street, one break-in – Investigation ongoing
• 11 residential break & enters
• 2 stolen autos – 1 gas scooter and 1 delivery van
• 7 theft from autos
• What actions can you take to protect yourself?
• Hamilton has over 2000 residential and commercial break-ins per year.
• Hamilton Police offer residential security audits for free (pamphlet) Electronic copies to follow.
• For cars, ensure nothing in car. No change in center console, leave glove box open.
• Talk to and get to know your immediate neighbors.
• Hamilton Police, about a month ago, put out a crime map. http://www.hamiltonpolice.on.ca/HPS/Crime+Prevention/CrimeMapp ing/
7. SCA Committee Updates – Communication Committee
• Dave offered to assist in re-activating the Stinson Communication Committee
• Members interested in joining would contact Joanna (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will send out e-introduction emails.
• Oversee social media (facebook & twitter) and the website.
• Flyering and advertising events.
• Look for twitter #GOSTINSON
8. SCA Committee Updates – StinZine
• StinZine is looking for more members.
• Zineteam – Ralph, Erika, Katherine, Lee, Maggie, Dawn, Melissa, Natasha
• The cost to produce the Zine is about $900 per issue, currently have enough in the Zine account for one more issue.
• Zine is not yet self-sustaining.
• They recently had a meeting, Ralph stepping down as editor and chief and ad sales person. There is an opening for this position.
9. SCA Committee Updates – Events – Easter Egg Hunt
• Effort Trust has donated $300 for the Egg Hunt
• Y-on-Wheels will attend this year
• Bouncy Castle from the Boys and Girls Club
• Special thanks to Dave for his Indegogo fundraiser which has currently raised $440 +$20 cash.
10.SCA Committee Updates – Events – Ice Rink
• Ice rink has been very successful and is popular with the kids.
• Neither Corktown nor Durand have been able to set up an ice rink this year.
• The rink is listed on the Hamilton Website.
• Members requested signage for the rink be added to the fence as it cannot be seen from the street. 11.2015
Update from Jason Farr
• Victoria Overpass re-build
• Staff – Gary Moore x2382
• Work has gone out to tender, update to follow.
• NEW – a PIC has been arranged for March 23 at 6:30pm at the Central Memorial Rec Centre with Gary Moore the Project Manger. Flyers to follow.
• Victoria Rail Trail Access Ramp (PB2013)
• Upon further review by city staff this project would cost over $500k. Therefore the funds provided by PB would be insufficient to complete the project.
• Stinson has 2.5 years to re-allocate the $100k to other projects within Stinson.
• Further discussion necessary with membership as to how these funds can be used.
• Poster Kiosk Message Board for by Central Memorial Rec Centre (PB2013)
• Staff – Peter Bobschall x4819
• (Information provided by Jason Farr) – This section is responsible for the PBW2 kiosk initiative in addition to the Information Kiosk Expansion Program. The PBW2 budget is $20k and the expansion program has been funded through Urban Renewal (Glen Norton’s group) at the level of $200K. We have combined the two initiatives to realize efficiencies in resources and to provide improved value to each program. We expect this approach to provide improved pricing on the manufacturing and installation of the units as we will be ordering higher quantities. We are hopeful that this approach will also provide some maintenance efficiencies also. We began engaging the BIAs in November 2014 and are currently working with them to determine their level of interest in terms of desired number and location of units. The BIA information kiosks and poster sleeves will apply to the expansion program budget. Our next step is to speak to Ward 2 stakeholders and gauge their level of support also; these units will be applied to the W2PB funding. After we have determined the total desired number of units to install, and an associated maintenance strategy, we will put together a plan to manufacture and install them. We expect to have stakeholder engagement completed by the end of Q2 2015 and the units to be installed, including in Ward 2, by Q4 2015.
• FURTHER – there is currently monies allocated for an Electronic Sign for Central Memorial Rec Center. A study is being done on adding South Facing Windows on the Rec Center.
• Rail Trail Reconstruction (PB2014)
• Staff – Kara Bunn 905-546-2424 x2738
• A walk-a-bout will be done in the spring to see key areas of improvement
• Cutting back already accommodated 2 times a year in operating budget
• Asphalt work to 86k in the key areas.
• Pedestrian Safe Crossing for Wentworth & Charlton (PB2014)
• Staff – Dave Ferguson x 2433
• Crosswalk or Pedestrian crossing here is against Ontario Codes and Laws due to road incline.
• Further resident involvement required.
• Recommend Dave invited to future SCA meeting to discuss options.
• Neighborhood Signage (PB2014)
• Staff Kara Bunn x 2738 or Kim Wylie x5473 (street signs)
• Neighborhood should provide needs. What they want and where.
• Alanson and feeder streets road work
• Staff – John Cowperthwaite, Project Manager x4114
• Phase 2 – spring 2015 completed
• NEW – a PIC has been arranged for March 23 at 6:30pm at the Central Memorial Rec Centre with John Cowperthwaite, the Project Manger. Flyers to follow.
• Wentworth 2-way conversion
• Councilor Farr (Ward 2) and Councilor Green (Ward 3) will be meeting with staff (David Ferguson, Alan Kirkpatrick, Lorissa Skrypniak) for an update on February 23 @ City Hall. Details to follow.
• NEW ITEM
• Carter Park Mural
• Staff – Ken Coit, Cultural Division x6281
• Currently being painted 10x70ft, should be in place following Claremont Construction.
• Can be installed in an alternate location until Claremont Construction completed.
• NEW ITEM
• The Free Rec Centre Kid’s Summer Camp is returning, details to follow
• NEW ITEM
• Stinson Bike Lanes being re-painted in the spring. 12.2015 Update from Suzanne Brown
• Carter Park Phase 1
• Staff Le Ann Seely, Manager PW x2347
• Award has been met. Contractor: Alpine Green.
• Work Commences April 5 with a completion, approximately, July 1.
• Playground and Splash Pad will remain functioning while basketball court and trail work happens.
• Carter Park Phase 2
• Staff Suzanne Brown – Program Manager x4711
• Suzanne will be meeting soon with the Executive on this.
• FURTHER – New Neighborhood Committee required, original Committee dissolved when Phase 1 plan was completed.
• NEW ITEM
• Building Momentum 2015 will be carnival style, open to everyone.
• SCA will receive 10 free tickets to give to members.
• NEW ITEM
• TAMRAK holding a 3 day conference June 8-10, details to follow.
• NEW ITEM
• New Grant Program – All Things PAN AM
• <$2000 grants available for PanAm related events.
• NEW ITEM
• Paul Johnson has moved on to a new roll and is no longer leading the Neighborhood Action Strategy.
• NEW ITEM
• Neighborhood Action Strategy going to council in April for a new grant process. Suzanne to follow up with details.
• NEW ITEM
• Stinson’s Neighborhood Action Plan is several years old.
• Suzanne willing to help facilitate a review and update of the existing plan. SCA to follow up.
13.Next Meeting – March 12, 2015