Civic League Membership Meeting Minutes, January 2015

LAKE SHORES CIVIC LEAGUE GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

Date of Meeting: January 27, 2015, 7:00 p.m. (social), 7:30 p.m. (meeting) Meeting Room 6 of the Bayside Recreation Center. Twenty-nine people were in attendance.

Date of next General Meeting: March 24, 2015

Our Purpose:

The purpose of this organization shall be to bring together for mutual benefit, those persons who are interested in civic betterment of any kind. It shall be operated along democratic lines, having no political affiliation, and being non-sectarian in the matter of religion.

Opening

Frank Pogue led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Awards

Kellie called forward Ryan, the young man who volunteers to maintain the yard of our neighbor, Mrs. Brown. Ryan was awarded a check for $25.00 from our Treasury in appreciation for his service.

Christmas Light Contest

The Castellanos won a $15.00 gift card from Lowe’s in the Whimsical a category.

A family on School Road won for Traditional.

A family on Lake Shores Road won for Extravaganza.

Audit of the Treasury

President Kellie Zach thanked Mary Brinkman and Anna Eidson for auditing the Treasury.

Board Members

Kellie Zach resigned as President, invited Vice President Craig Corey to conduct the meeting.  Craig Corey then conducted the meeting, first introducing our first speaker, Virginia Beach Police MPO David J. Nieves.

First Guest Speaker: MPO Nieves

  • Since last year, the Third Precinct received 47 calls for service.
  • Eight aggravated assaults: Three on Shenstone, one personal issue, four shooting toward porch on Jack Frost.
  • One runaway.
  • Destruction of property, one damage of front lawn by car, one destruction of property with car sprayed.
  • One burglary with destruction of door.
  • Three motor vehicle thefts – one moped parked beside a home, one car may or may not have been stolen, one car was unlocked with keys on the dashboard.
  • Call Police to report U-Haul trucks in the neighborhood at night.
  • Three sexual batteries at the same address on separate occasions, a family situation,
  • Simple assault – a boy-and-girlfriend fight.
  • One domestic assault.
  • One burglary – through window.
  • One door kicked in – the pet sitter found.
  • One hit and run.
  • Two Larcenies – garage door left open.
    • Definitions: A burglary if the building is attached to the home, larceny if the building is separate.
  • One indecent exposure – neighbor exposed backside to a neighbor’s security camera.
  • One cruelty to animals – shooting of a squirrel.
  • Reported – two larcenies from vehicles in Lake Shores in one year and one month. We are doing a good job of locking car doors.
  • Check the crime report on e-pro. Home addresses are not given. Reports will read, for example “in the 5200 block.”
  • The Virginia Beach Beacon obtains crime reports through the Public Record.
  • A neighbor reported a day care with four-to-five cars parking halfway on neighbors’ lawns. As this is not a police issue, we should contact a city department. This is not a crime, rather a zoning or licensing issue.

Second Guest Speaker: Dempsey Bruton, Virginia Beach Public Works Traffic Engineering

The proposal to paint lines on Jack Frost was part of the cut-through study.  Brian Proctor and Mike Shahsiah of Virginia Beach Traffic Engineering do not recommend painting double yellow lines in the center of Jack Frost, rather would recommend yellow skip lines. A small sample group gives a 5 to 10 percent reduction in speed based on weather conditions with a two MPH drop in speed.

The negatives:

  • Drivers tend to drive in the center of the road. Lanes are now ten feet wide.
  • Lines were painted on Greenwell, Indian Hill, and Lookout Roads. The lines on Indian Hill were taken out at the request of the neighborhood.
  • Drivers staying within the lines are closer to walkers, cyclists, and trees.
  • Walkers and cyclists are in the same zone as vehicles.
  • Drivers get the sense of the road as a throughway on roads with the lines.
  • The exhaust pipes on some vehicles hit the speed bumps causing noise in front of homes.
  • Twenty percent of the speeders are residents of the neighborhood.
  • Older Drivers focusing on staying within the lines could drive too near the ditches.

According to Mr. Bruton, mini roundabouts require a great deal of right of way to accommodate pedestrians and drainage. Mini roundabouts affect trees.

 

Treasurer’s Report

  • On January 19, 2015, Mary and Jim Brinkman, and Anna Eidson, met with Paul Berryman, the civic league treasurer, to audit the Treasury. The auditors provided a Financial Review of Lake Shores Civic League. One correction was noted on page two: The account with Bank of America was closed. An account with BB&T was opened as bank services are free.
  • According to the report, the financial records of the Lake Shores Civic League were accurately and well maintained by Paul Berryman, Treasurer. Paul and Jeanne Marie have copies of the Financial Review.
  • Our balance is $641.38, not including dues collected from new members who joined during this meeting. We have 32 paid homeowners.
  • A check for $25.00 was presented to Ryan at the January meeting.
  • A check for $25.00 was paid as annual dues to the Virginia Beach Council of Civic Organizations. No vote is required to pay dues to the VBCCO. We pay automatically each year.
  • A motion was made to accept the auditors’ report. All were in favor.

Adopt-a-Street

Jack Beck, Adopt-a-Street coordinator, announced our next street cleaning will be on Saturday, January 31, at 9:00 a.m. We will meet at the Pump House on Jack Frost Road. As Jack is unavailable, Jeanne Marie will bring the supplies and sign-in sheet.

 

New Business

  • Craig Corey moved to delay nominations for Board Members until our General Meeting on March 24then vote and install in May. All were in favor. The Castellanos are the nominating committee.
  • Neighbors on Regina report the storm water drainage work on Regina Lane causes flooding and pooling. Neighbors filled in the ditches to level their lawns. The Project Manager has not been responsive.
  • Richard Gresons shared with us the passing of our neighbor, Richard Dorton.
  • Craig thanked us for being there. We appreciate you. The Board Members look for your support.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeanne Marie Macdonald