CHCA Meeting Minutes: April 2008

The meeting of the Crow Hill Community Association, Inc. was held on April 15, 2008 at the Haitian/American Daycare, Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

PRESIDENT’S OPENING:

The meeting was called to order at 7:40 p.m. by Eve Porter.

Ms. Porter opened the meeting with a prayer.

MINUTES:

Copies of the March 18, 2008 meeting were not available.

GO GREEN/GREEN BRIDGE:

Stacey reported on the new Botanical Gardens Green Bridge program. Stacey said that she was told that they do not donate any plants. They are offering window kits at $20 per kit. Ms. Susan Fields said that we can be part of the Green Blocks Window Kits and enter into a contest with the Botanical Garden but we would have to get the residents and merchants involved. The deadline for the window box kit is April 25, 2008.

GO GREEN/GO CLEAN:

Ms. Porter reported that she has not heard anything on that. We are still waiting to hear if we were chosen.

JOB FAIR – SUMMER SOLUTION:

Nina mentioned the Crown Heights Unites Coalition’s Summer Solutions Job & Resource Fair on April 26th:

  • Job Preparedness.Training
  • Job Opportunities including re-entry programs for ex-offenders
  • Summer Resources for Youth

77TH PRECINCT MEETINGS:

Ms. Porter advised everyone to attend the 77th Precinct meetings which are held on the second Monday of each month. The meetings are very informative and are attended by representatives from various offices. The meetings are held at various locations. The location is posted on CHCA’s website each month. The first and last meetings are held at the Precinct, which is located at 127 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn (between Dean and Bergen Streets). The next meeting is scheduled for May 12, 2008 at CNR located at the corner of Park Place and Classon Avenue.

MERCHANTS OUTREACH:

Godfrey suggested Adopt-A-Block – Give out flyers and blocks chosen

Nicole will create a survey to give to the merchants regarding their needs. May’s meeting is about the merchants. With more participation, their name and business could be mentioned on the website.

Mr. Mazon would try to be at the May’s meeting and give an update on what is going on with his building.

NEWSLETTER:

Anna suggested a newsletter for those who do not have access to the website.

Ms. Porter replied that we are hoping to have one done soon. She will talk to the person and try to have it done in color.

DORMITORY AUTHORITY:

Ms. Porter reported that she spoke to Dormitory Authority about the $250,000. She was told that they are still working on finding out if it is still our money. The city will loan the money once we know we are guaranteed the $250,000 from Dormitory Authority.

SAFETY:

With complaints regarding the lighting on Franklin Avenue as being insufficient, it was suggested that the bulb wattage be increased. The lights were not meant to illuminate the side walk; they are to illuminate the street. It is the responsibility of the homeowners to install lights on their property which work by gas or electricity, but they can get very expensive.

FINANCIAL REPORT:

No dues were collected.

OTHER:

Ms. Porter stressed the need for more men to participate. We need help from the men.

Nina volunteered to make flyers for up and coming third Tuesday meetings.

Anna suggested a flyer to welcome people into the neighborhood and letting them know what we do.

Godfrey talked about ideas and said that he would like to see a little more done.

Daisy stressed the need for the merchants to do more to keep their store fronts clear of idlers.

Godfrey said that the merchants need to attend the meetings. We are trying to help them. They need to participate more. A plan for the May meeting flyer distribution to the merchants was created.

ADJOURNMENT/PRAYER:

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

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