Meeting Minutes January 20, 2016 Amos Bull House Board Attendance: R. Zaleski, M. Moriarty, C. Sicbaldi, M. DiBella, M. Gottesdiener, A.Ambrose Community Attendance: S. Steinle, K. Czlapinski, K. McKernan, H. Oakes, S. Hack, H. Roggi, L. McCarthy, P. Gallahue, M. Robbins, E. Henrichon, R. Morris, J. Howard, J. Cabral, D. Peabody, HPD CPO A. Demaine, HPD Dep. Chief N. Brooks, HPD Lt. M. Cacioli, Central District Commander Meeting came to order at 6:14 pm with introductions around the room. Minutes: A quorum was not present, so the minutes were not voted on. Police Report: • • • • •
In Part 1 Crimes, there was a purse snatching and a burglary at 75 Pratt St. On 01/17 there was an attempted break in at 39 Front Street. A Reminder to keep your doors locked. There were 7 car breaks last month and 2 cars stolen at the Convention Center. There were 3 arrests at 55 Trumbull in a sting for drug activity. Winterfest ends this month and there have been no incidents.
Election of new members: • Paige Abrams left her post at the Bushnell and as such has resigned her board position. Most likely will be filled by someone at the Bushnell as hers is a non-profit seat. • Jodi Palerma is likely resigning. • Although there are two parties interested in the open Board seats, a vote could not be taken as there was no quorum. Guest Speaker: Sharon Steinle of Harriet Beecher Stowe Center • Discussed the home and Stowe’s work and philosophies • Free guided tours for Hartford residents • They are looking for volunteers for their annual 24-hour reading of her book Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Each reading slot is 10 minutes.
Also discussed social change programs offered at the Center, the Stowe Prize (open to HS and college students)
Development of property at SW corner of Buckingham and Hudson by Noble Gas: • A handout from Noble Gas was provided, which included architectural drawings. Threestory structure with retail, apartments, gas pumps. • Brief history of the property by R. Zaleski • Noble and the property owner are looking for a letter of support from SoDo to share with permitting agencies, zoning, etc. • Extensive discussion ensued; a list of caveats was drafted. Further discussion and perhaps a field trip to the location are warranted. Progressive Dinner Update: • This year’s dinner will be Saturday, 02/20. Hosts are still needed. • Money raised goes to restoration of Buckingham Square Park. Other news: • The MDC construction on Capitol Ave. is temporarily halted until the insurance company meets with area residents to ascertain potential damage done to foundations. • There will be a fundraiser for the St. Patrick’s parade on 01/31 from 2 – 6 pm at the Polish National Home. • There will be a presentation on dual-language teaching on 02/04 at 11:40 am at 210 Capitol Ave. Meeting adjourned 7:46pm Submitted by R. Zaleski from notes taken by M. DiBella
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Minutes from the January 2016 SoDo NRZ meeting, Downtown Hartford, CT