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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Oct 7 2013 EEAC Mtg Minutes

EEAC MINUTES – Monday, October 7, 2013 Call to Order Jackie Weist called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm at the LeBlond Rec Center. There were 26 people in attendance (only 16 signed), including 11 residents. Contact: Secretary’s Report – Barb Rider Copies of the Sept 9, 2013 minutes were circulated. No edits were suggested, so the minutes were filed as written. Contact: Treasurer’s Report – Jeff Stewart (absent) Financial reports for September were made available. Total liabilities & equity are $23,054.16. Three disbursements were made: 2$63.90 to Wimberg Landscaping for mowing; $639 for the East End sign at Delta (NSP funds) and $75.51 to reimburse Jackie for paying for 3 Riverview East Academy students’ school supplies. Contact: Police Report - Officer Germaine Love • Captain Butler was intending to come to the meeting, but could not make it. • There were 11 reported offenses in the East End from Sept 7-Oct 3, including 2 thefts from auto, 1 theft of a motorcycle on Setchell St, 1 theft of a license plate, 2 thefts from Inner Circle – diamond rings & a bicycle, 1 theft from Riverview East Academy (teacher’s cell phone), shoplifting from UDF, a UPS package taken from a Walworth porch (worth several $K – an arrest was made for trespassing). Officer Love suggested that packages NOT be delivered to your home, if you’re not going to be there to receive delivery. • Jackie asked what we can do to get rid of crack houses. Officer Love said the BCS group deals with 14 neighborhoods, and they are aware of problems here and probably know who the players are. She is not aware when arrests will come to fruition. This is a problem in every neighborhood, and resources are spread thin. Jackie asked to go with her to show her the suspected sites. • Barbara Grace asked if there was any new information on 2 young women panhandling (i.e. during St. Rose’s mass and at LeBlonde). If anyone sees them, call the police for a trespassing charge. Contact: Officer Germaine Love 979-4480 or LeBlond Recreation Center – Katie Lear • The multisports court surface was poured today. LeBlonde will be closed Oct 21-22 for work by the Hometown Huddle with about 30 Bengal players building a new playground. The expanded parking lot is being finished now. • There are updated fall schedules (fitness & activities). Contact: Riverview East Academy – Charlene Myers, principal Dr. Pat White and her daughter, Dr. Suzie White, spoke about the “Leadership Scholars” program. Jrs and Srs teach non-cognitive skills (i.e. meditation, gratitude, college planning) to students in Gr. 7-8. Dr. White is also leading an 8-week program for 300 REA families, that will include childcare, dinner, and a graduation ceremony to be held at Xavier University. Charlene said that students and parents are excited about the programs. Brochures were distributed. Charlene showed the new planner given to students and parents to keep them organized. Guest Speaker – Paul Burch, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Paul, the library circulation services manager, spoke in support of Issue 1 on the November 5 ballot (10 yr renewal…revenues will account for 1/3 of the library budget). Library patrons can stream movies, download books on Kindle, get resume help, download music, etc. Our library has the #3 geneology dept, and is the 7th busiest library (based on circulation) in the US. 88% of Hamilton County households have a library card. Monfort Hghts, Sharonville and North Central branches are now open on Sundays, along with the downtown branch. If the renewal fails, there will be a $17million shortfall, causing staff layoffs, branch closings, and cutback on hours. Sally O’Callaghan, CPS School Bd. candidate Sally taught for 10 years in CPS; previously in Cleveland, before staying home with her 4 children. She is running for election because of concern for neighborhood schools. She supports universal pre-school, adding transitional classrooms to address mobility (“churn”), expanding community learning centers in schools, ending camping out to sign-up for popular alternative schools, and raising expectations. Cameron Ross, City Planning Commission, absent Was to bring maps defining the borders of East End, CT, and Linwood NSP Report - Melisse May Expenses using last year’s NSP funds have been submitted: the Delta/Kellogg EE sign and support, and a stipend for the DAAP intern who put together options for the future of the Garden District. The options were available on large boards for all to review. Melisse pointed out that having a vision and options for the future helps the community. Councilmember Quinlivan’s aide said that there will be an announcement tomorrow that all 52 neighborhoods will get $5000 in NSP funds this year. Contacts: Community Relations Report - Sandy Hoover, chair There will be another Meet & Greet at Swampwater Grill (3742 Kellogg Ave) on Tuesday, Oct 15, beginning at 6:00PM, this time hosted by Linwood. Contact: 3East Report - Nick Motz (absent, no report) Budget – Jackie called for ideas; there were none. Nominating Comm If interested in running for an EEAC office for 2014-15, contact Barbara Grace. She is working with Jane Sites and Ruth Coon to create a slate of nominees to be announced at the November meeting. Contact: Barbara Grace 321-2099 Old Business - Jackie • Gail Silver reported that the gathering last week to highlight Michael’s ‘green’ house and support mayoral candidate Roxanne Qualls was very successful. She provided historical information on the house and Capt Strader (this will also go in the EEAC newsletter). • Pendleton is available for rent. • Don’t forget to use the Ohio River app: Recr8OhioRiver for info on river conditions, weather, etc. New Business - Jackie • Michelle & Kevin Perkins are moving to KY. They have been active members of the EEAC, and we wish them well. • There will be an East End clean up on “Make a Difference Day” – Saturday, Oct 26. Volunteers should meet at 9AM at REA; Charlene will provide student volunteers. • Patrick Ormond spoke in support of David Mann, candidate for City Council. David spoke – he was previously on City Council for 18 yrs, served as mayor for 3 terms, and in Congress for 2 years. He has practiced law with his son for the past 19 years; all 9 children and grandchildren live in City. David is concerned about drug use; infant mortality rates; poverty, bond rating (because of pension funding), streetcars, and sale of the parking system. • Councilmember Quinlivan’s aide reported that she is working on UC fire safety. A website is now available with landlords’ and fire inspection status. It will be expanded into other neighborhoods and for all renters. • Bob Little suggested that the EE sign should have the message: “Shop & dine locally” • Gail suggested that people attend the City Council and mayoral debates. • Carol Grasha spoke about mercury-contaminated equipment removed in June from the MSD facility at Wilmer & Kellogg and taken to Rumpke via Riverside Dr, as reported in a Sept 28 Enquirer article. Her concern is if the mercury spilled onto EE streets. Adjournment The meeting was adjourned at 8:02 pm. Next Meeting: Monday Nov 5, 2013 at 7 pm NOTE: You can read EEAC minutes and sign up to have monthly newsletters emailed to you at

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sept 7, 2013 EEAC Mtg Minutes

EEAC MINUTES – Monday, September 9, 2013 Call to Order Jackie Weist called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm at the LeBlond Rec Center. There were 19 people in attendance, including 11 residents. Contact: Secretary’s Report – Barb Rider Copies of the Aug 5, 2013 minutes were circulated. No edits were suggested, so the minutes were filed as written. Contact: Treasurer’s Report – Jeff Stewart Three disbursements were made: $63.90 to Wimberg Landscaping for mowing; $700 (last year’s NSP funds) to Joe Sandman, DAAP for consulting on neighborhood planning; and $804.56 to Riverview East Academy for their garden. Jackie will be reimbursed for school supplies she purchased for a REA family, at the request of the principal. Contact: Police Report - Detectives McBeth & Stephanie Belleman • We have the same problems as other places in the city (e.g. the year-to-date larceny rate is up 14%). Det. McBeth is impressed that our year-to-date burglarly and B&Es are down 66%; this is rare, and a statistic other neighborhoods would love to have. • During the last 28 days there have been 13 total crimes, including 6 thefts from auto. • A family conflict at a Strader home during the BBQ resulted in a felonious assault arrest. • Alayne reported that batteries & radiators have been taken from construction vehicles parked at LeBlond. Det. McBeth said she has seen children playing on vehicles, and wishes the construction company would do more to secure their property. There has been vandalism, where many outside areas (including rose bushes) were sprayed with pink paint. Alayne asked for increased police patrol at LeBlond. • Sandy said there were police officers in her back yard in the 1800 block of Riverside with guns drawn on a recent Tuesday night. Det. McBeth will check it out. • Gail Silver requested extra police patrols during an Oct 2 fundraiser on Strader. • Tad Schroeder thanked Det. McBeth for the new “no engine brake” signs. • Jane Sites called about water spouts coming from the sewers during heavy rain in the lot at Collins & Riverside. Det. McBeth will ask why the lot is not blocked off to traffic. Call the city hotline at 591-6000 with complaints of any kind. Contact: Officer Germaine Love 979-4480 or Riverview East Academy – Charlene Myers, principal Charlene Meyers reported that the enrollment of the school has increased from 456 to 596. She turned over money from selling EEAC bumper stickers. Graduation will be at Inner Circle. CPS schools will be open on Saturday, Sept 28 for the community to use. The REA resource coordinator hasn’t been replaced yet; the YWCA will be hiring. Guest Speaker – Clarence Taylor, Walnut Hills Community Council president Speaking on behalf of Neighborhood Health Care (which provides services in several different communities), Clarence said that the East End Health Center at 4020 Eastern is now open on Tues (8:30-noon) & Thurs (1-5:30pm) for OB/GYN services only. Possibly there could be an urgent care in the future. There is a need to advertise more & work through schools; REA is working to get health services (they recently added an RN). NHC is talking to an organization in KY to fully staff the centers here; they are challenged by a lack of available doctors. Michael asked about the impact of ObamaCare (the Affordable Care Act); Clarence said that is unknown at this point. There is a sliding fee scale based on income; they take insurance and cash. Patients can live anywhere. Contact: 559-5549 (NHC call center) LeBlond Recreation Center – Alayne Kazin • Alayne showed a plan for the outside renovation now in progress. 150 PNC volunteers renovated the ballfield recently; Jeff represented EEAC in a ribbon cutting. The multiple sports court has been asphalted. On Oct 22nd, the Hometown Huddle with 300 volun-teers will build a new playground, pathways & landscaping. Next year, the Dept. of Transportation will provide a bike trail; a .6 mile walking trail will join up to it. • Fall programming includes senior stretch, strength training, and spinning. Membership is $10 for those over 50; $25 for younger adults. Contact: NSP + DAAP + KCB Report - Melisse May (absent); Michael Bolan, VP • Jackie reported that we do not yet know if we’ll get NSP funds in the future. • Michael Bolan said that $700 from a LISC grant was used to get concepts of a study area (REA to river to the RR to ball fields). The plans proposed by a team from UC’s DAAP program were revealed on Aug 22; 15 people attended to provide comments. The DAAP team is now refining those comments, and will present revised plans in the future. Michael suggests that 4 areas should be targeted first: parking (signage, etc), Babb Alley improvements, lighting, and river amenities (seating, vegetative clearing). Jackie added that we all know there is lots of potential in the East End. • KCB - Michael will help apply for an EPA grant for pickup and disposal of old tires – that will be main thrust of spring cleanup. George Mullis reported that a daybed needs to be picked up at Redmond & Strader. There will be no official fall cleanup, but it would be appreciated if everyone could clean up the area near where they live. Contacts: and Community Relations Report - Sandy Hoover, chair There will be a Meet & Greet at Swampwater Grill (3742 Kellogg Ave) on Sept 17, beginning at 6:30PM. Pay as you go for the food & drink you want (there was a Groupon offering for Swampwater Grill today). Contact: 3East Report - Nick Motz (absent, no report) Old Business • Patrick Ormond was asked to give an update on a fundraiser for the EEAC. He talked about very preliminary plans for a possible East End reunion in the spring (400-500 people with 2-3 bands). Bryan Phillips said there’s a reunion every year (“East End Day”) the day before Father’s Day at Schmidt Field. Another reunion in Newtown (used to be at Lunken) is held annually and is well attended. • Nominating Committee – Jane Sites, Barbara Grace, Ruth Coon - provided a box for comments on how to pull the neighborhood together or to give nominations for EEAC bd. members. The slate will be announced Nov. 4; they are focusing on diversity, adding long-time residents and Pendleton Bd. members. Ruth also hopes to have a historian. • Jackie announced that the Walworth home remodeling request was approved. New Business • Gail Silver discussed a fundraiser for Roxanne Qualls on Wed, Oct 2 5:30-7:00 at Michael Bolan’s “green” home on Strader. It is being hosted by Jackie, Melisse & Gail (as individuals, not as EEAC members). Reservations and to help: Gail, 475-0002. • Ruth Coon said the traffic was “the worst she’s ever seen” on Riverfest Night; traffic was backed up until 2:30AM, the center lane near the Rookwood overpass was used as a high speed lane, and drivers parked in the bike lane. • Jackie said budget suggestions are needed next month. EEAC, city and KCB priorities include safe communities. • Jackie reported on a recent KCB meeting she attended Thursday, Sept 5. • The web-based communication device,, is supported by police. Clarence said the first 10 people in a neighborhood to sign up are the administrators. • Diedre Bullock is representing the garden area, on behalf of Joe Corcoran, who will not be attending meetings. The temporary orange fence and no trespassing signs were put up to address drinking, litter from Eli’s, in addition to any liability issues. Better fencing will be installed. The fence will be taken down for special events. Eli has not responded to email from Joe or Diedre, who want to bridge differences. Turkeys will be sold again this year. • Brochures on Hamilton County Property Improvement Program are available. Adjournment The meeting was adjourned at 8:09 pm. Next Meeting: Monday Oct 7, 2013 at 7 pm NOTE: You can read EEAC minutes and sign up to have monthly newsletters emailed to you at

Aug 5, 2013 EEAC Mtg Minutes

EEAC MINUTES – Monday, August 5, 2013 Call to Order Jackie Weist called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm at the LeBlond Rec Center. Contact: Secretary’s Report Copies of the July 2013 minutes were circulated. No edits were suggested, so the minutes were filed as written. Barb was unable to attend the meeting; Jackie appointed Michael Bolan to take the August meeting minutes in Barb’s absence. Contact: Police Report - Officer Love • 21 incidences of crime were reported in the East End in July. The offenses included 7 property crimes from autos, 3 from UDF (2 gas pump drive-offs), and 3 breaking and entry. • The EEAC bank account was compromised and funds were fraudulently transferred from the EEAC account. A fraud investigation is under way; however, the bank is in the process of returning the illegally transferred funds to a new EEAC bank account. Just before the occurrence of the bank fraud, an uncashed check drawn on the EEAC account, along with cash, was stolen from the home of Joe Corcoran on Strader Ave. Officer Love recommended that a crime report be filed on this matter. • Another breach to the vacant Site Gas Station was reported, as well as its overgrown vegetation. Contact: Officer Germaine Love 979-4480 President’s report – Jackie Weist • An additional $250 was received for the efforts of the Flying Pig volunteers. • Jackie noted the EE participation in this year’s National Night Out at the Owl’s Nest Park in O’Bryonville. • A request to organize a Nominating Committee for the 2014 EEAC Board was made. Both Ruth Coon and Barbara Grace indicated their interest. (Update: Jane Sites later agreed to serve) Treasurer’s Report – Jeff Stewart Jeff reported on disbursements totaling $1650 to Wimberg for grass cutting, to Rumpke for port-o-lets, and to ABC for the sign at Delta. Contact: Leblond Recreation Center – Alayne Kazin Alayne noted the progress of the renovation which will double the parking spaces, add a new swing, provide raised beds for gardening, and improve views of the river. Eighty volunteers from PNC bank are expected to lend their hand to renovate the ball field. Contact: Riverview East Academy – Charlene Myers, principal Charlene Meyers reported that the enrollment of the school will increase from 456 last year to 556 this coming year. Math scores remain weak but adjustments have been made to improve student skills. There is an effort underway for a health care clinic at the school to foster a health care curriculum for students interested in pursuing a career in the field of health. The school is looking for a larger place in the East End area to house 750+ attendees for its 2014 graduation exercises and is open to suggestions. Contact: City Liaison Report – Laurie Keleher, chair • Laurie took comments and questions regarding the bike facility along Riverside Drive. She asked for volunteers to count bicycle riders along Riverside for an ongoing study of Cincinnati bicycle ridership. • Attention was drawn to the broken sidewalk at the Pendleton that experienced heavy truck traffic during the Duke gas line project and the Riverside Drive resurfacing. • At this point of the meeting, a report was received that the noted American Queen riverboat was passing by the East End! • It was again reported that the abandoned Site gas station on Riverside Drive continues to be non-compliant with the city’s weed ordinance. Contact: Community Relations Report – Melisse May, chair. The University of Cincinnati DAAP students have prepared a vision for a study area bounded by the school, the river, the RR tracks and the Schmidt ball fields. Their study was partially funded by LISP, but mainly from the generosity of UC and its students. Consideration by neighborhood residents is sought prior to developing a plan. Concept drawings will be posted for public viewing along with an explanation of their ideas. This community feedback is scheduled for Wednesday August 21 at Riverview East Academy at 7PM, within easy walking distance of the study area. The concept to be presented includes parking options, a river view amenity, lighting/walkway improvements, and a rehab of Babb Ally. Contact: Adjournment The meeting was adjourned at 8:09 pm. Next Meeting: Monday Sept 9, 2013 7 pm NOTE: You can read EEAC minutes and sign up to have monthly newsletters emailed to you at

July 1, 2013 EEAC Mtg Minutes

EEAC MINUTES – Monday July 1, 2013 Call to Order – Jackie Weist, EEAC President Jackie called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm at the LeBlond Rec Center. There were 24 in attendance (including 15 residents). Contact: “Special Bow” to Joe Corcoran – Joe has received an award from the Garden Club of America for his work over the last 13-20 years on the Veteran Gardens on Strader. He received thanks and a round of applause, and showed the award. He introduced Deidre Bullock as a “new face in the garden”, and explained that she would be coordinating activities (in the past, she has helped with turkey frying during holidays, etc). There will be a focus on family-friendliness (e.g. movies on Friday nites). The BBQ is Sat., Aug 10, with some new vendors. Jackie reminded Deidra that July 15 is the deadline for the next EEAC newsletter. Contact: Secretary Report – Barb Rider The June 3, 2013 minutes were distributed. Betty Burns pointed out 2 mistakes regarding the bike facility/parking concerns, which were corrected for the record. Contact: Treasurer’s Report – Jeff Stewart (absent) There was no treasurer’s report. Jackie said that she was reimbursed for granola bars, water, plants, and dirt used on Keep Cincinnati Beautiful day. Contact: Police Report –Officer Germaine Love • There are 14 reported offenses for June. Included were 6 thefts from autos (jewelry, purses, etc), 3 petty thefts from UDF, theft from Stone Brothers ($4000), theft on 4340 Kellogg, and a B&E at DeeJay’s (formerly Adonis; they are applying for a liquor and dance hall license, and have held some events without permission; police are objecting to their requests). • National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug 6 6-9pm at Owl’s Nest Park in O’Bryonville. Ruth Coon & Vergie Mullis brought prizes; Ruth has another 1000 at home. Jackie reported that Jeff also has donations. Officer Love will provide the approximate number of expected participants. • Jane Sites asked about the progress on “No Engine Braking” signs to be installed on Riverside near Collins. Officer Love has contacted John Childress of the city, who will provide the signs despite the fact that the pilot program is over. • Jackie reported that KCB has installed a camera on Hoff to prevent dumping/littering. • Jane asked about reported development on Hoff. • Ruth reported that someone may be staying in the abandoned building at 1542 Riverside by Kemper. Officer Love will check on it. The City owns the building. Contact: 979-4480. Guest: Ann Herzner, Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan’s aide – Ann has deep in-law roots with the East End. She has been on Councilwoman Quinlivan’s staff for 4 months. She reviewed Quinlivan’s main initiatives: • A mobile food vendor ordinance has been passed, and there was a media event in the EE Garden District about this a few weeks ago. It is not difficult for a neighborhood to get a dedicated zone for food trucks. They can be used to sell locally grown produce. • City council election in November is the first to elect council members to four (not two) year terms. • After a Jan 1 fire killed 2 UC students, Quinlivan worked to get tougher fire laws. Landlords now can volunteer to have a fire inspection, and then get a certificate/ stamp/sticker if passed. Unsafe housing can be reported to the city; an inspector will come out for $35. There will be a press conference tomorrow about this. • Pat Ormond asked about the streetcar. Ann said that a recent city council vote to continue the project passed 5-4. Pat suggested that property owners adjacent to the streetcar route, not all city residents, support streetcar maintenance. He made a motion (seconded) that the EEAC supports having property owners along the streetcar route pay a fee, and that a letter to this effect be sent to all 9 council members and the mayor. A hand vote was taken: 7 yes. 0 no. 7 abstain. Jackie will write the letter. LeBlond Report - Alayne Kazin, Director • It’s busy at LeBlond - there are 40 campers & 40 staff members in & out on a daily basis. • Aug 23 is PNC Volunteer Day, and 65 to 75 employees will be landscaping LeBlond, painting interior spaces, and renovating the ballfield (which will not be moved, as originally hoped, because the former school property could not be procured by the city) • On Mon, Aug 26, work on expanding the parking lot will begin. • A Park Board arborist inspected the large sycamore tree on the LeBlond property, and concluded it is rotten inside and needs to come down for safety reasons. Jane and Michael Bolan objected (“an icon”…”children play near it”, etc). A suggestion was made to procure another opinion. Contact: Riverview East Academy – Charlene Myers, principal (absent) No report. Contact: NSP Budget and DAAP East End Study – Melisse May We have received approval for our funding ($2500), and are spending it: letters & lighting for neighborhood sign; DAAP students’ project; sign landscaping. Contacts: City Liaison - Laurie Keleher Paving of Riverside, following installation of the new gaslines, will begin within a month. Contact: Community Relations – Sandy Hoover (absent) Jackie reported that the next Meet N Greet is at the Sandbar (4 Seasons Marina) on Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30; Linwood and Columbia Tusculum will join us. Contact: 3E Business Committee– Nick Motz (absent) No report. Old Business - Jackie • There was a great letter to the Enquirer written by Barbara Lichtenstein, EEAC business owner, reacting to a letter from a Blue Ash resident recommending the closure of Alms Park to save money for the city of Cincinnati. • Barbara also sent a letter to the EEAC objecting to the new development on Brown St. Jackie reported that we don’t have a coordinated report yet; there was discussion on when/how a coordinated report is received. Laurie will check the status of all the coordinated reports that we have not received. • Patrick, 10 yr former EEAC president “with a lifetime membership” (per Jackie), reported on his history with the East End in the 1970s and 80s (including dealing with benzene railcars on Wilmer Ave; recruiting over 300 people to protest at City Hall, and having 100 people at the next EEAC meeting). Jack Feistel (?) gave him advice. Pat said it worked well to have fun events at which problems and the EEAC could be introduced (e.g. Monte Carlo Nights at Carnegie Center, a festival at Schmidt Field with hot air balloons). This invigorated the organization, which welcomed new residents (e.g. Betty Burns) to become involved. There was a focus on youth involvement; racial incidents were addressed. EEAC = representing businesses and residents. Pat suggested having a written mission statement (note: the EEAC has one); not taking on problems alone (involve the whole board and community); if handing out brochures, include an EE business coupon. Other ideas were to have a Riverfest party, and to go door-to-door to every house (pay a college student) with a questionnaire, saying: “Hello neighbor, we’d like to re-introduce ourselves.” Time spent on the EEAC were the best and worst years of his life. He served on the city-sponsored Community Business Development Council for years and helped create Community-Oriented Policing (350 students went to a Reds game with police officers). Pat recommended getting a reporter on our side. Ruth said that we need absentee landlords to take responsibility; Patrick said that council presidents have lots of power, and could change situations like this. New Business - Jackie • KCB - Jackie attended a meeting for District 2 neighborhoods. She reported issues with overgrown properties to the litter patrol; since then, the old school property has been mowed. She also reported the uncut grass along the new bike facility. Betty said that the west sidewalk of Collins is so overgrown that pedestrians must use the street; Jackie will call about this. Bryan asked about dumping on the far eastern area of Hoff. Jackie asked him to call her about where a 2nd camera could go. Vergie reported tall grass on Kellogg just past Delta near the ballfields. Barbara Grace reported that when a large tree fell near Brown St, all the little pieces were left behind. She also would like bus stops cleaned up. Jackie reported that Alicia Kravitz of KCB suggested that we identify 3-5 spots for clean-up this fall. KCB will supply heavy equipment. Jackie would like input on the worst areas. • Christian Babani (BrewRiver GastroPub) and Jason Gipson (Fuel) have written the EEAC about loss of parking due to the upcoming bike facility. The EEAC Board supports them getting them parking, while maintaining support for the bike facility. Betty reiterated that the small EE group of property & business owners that met with Vice-Mayor Roxanne Qualls is not against the bike facility. Michael Moore of the city transportation department didn’t respond to requests from Betty, so she, Christian, a Verdin Bell rep, and Rev. Henson (Cornerstone Pentecostal Church) met with Qualls to present possible parking solutions. Ruth said businesses should not come into the EE and change pre-existing neighborhood plans. Christian explained his business plan and importance to the neighborhood. Betty said that despite the city adding some pocket parking, there are still 49 parking places not recovered near BrewRiver. Laurie explained that her letter to Qualls said the EEAC remains in support of the bike facility. Christian explained that the group would like any city-owned property in the EE to be designated for parking. Barbara Grace said she’s made adjustments whenever EE parking regulations changed in the more than 60 years she’s lived here. Adjournment The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM. NOTE: You can read EEAC minutes and sign up to have monthly newsletters emailed to you at