1. 7:03 PM Call to Order.
2. 7:05 PM President’s Welcome & Message. Newly elected President, Ted Savage, introduced himself and all the Newly Elected Board members. He explained all the work and effort that the past and present Board and Committee members put into laying the Foundation for DSWCA .Ted’s primary goal for this year is to increase our Civics Membership. Ted noted that many residents do not have Internet and/or e-mail access. He wants to establish Block Captain’s (CITY) and Block Contacts (OUR CIVIC) on every block in our civic boundaries. These volunteers would deliver Fliers and Newsletters (a future project) door to door in our civic. Also, During next year’s Spring Clean-Up, Ted would like to request from our City numerous amounts of Brooms, gloves, bags etc. so that we can use these materials for multiple Neighborhood Clean-Ups that we hope to coordinate during the Spring and Summer. Ted added two new features to our Membership meetings. The first is referred to as Correspondence whereas members who have issues and can not attend a meeting would now be able to drop the Board a letter at our P.O. Box and we will try to answer or resolve the issue. Secondly, once the new bylaws are approved and we are a Membership Organization, any member can make a motion at the END of our meetings and we will discuss.
3. 7:10 PM Roll Call. Introduction of Officers and Directors.
4. 7:10 PM Approval of Minutes. Approval of October 15, Board minutes. Motion to approve was made; seconded; and all Board members approved.
5. 7:10 PM Reports.
B. Treasurer. $1,444.44 is the balance in the account with no outstanding obligations.
C. Finance Committee. No announcements.
D. Green & Clean Committee. The President explained that Tree Philly will be sending out letters from the City and our Civic in near future. May need volunteers to see if letters arrived. Hopefully, Tree planting along 5th Street will begin in Spring 2014.
E. Outreach Committee. No announcements.
F. Safety Committee. Gina Caruso handed out Monthly Crime Report and introduced Karen a neighbor who spoke about personal BULLYING issues involving her son. She hopes that our Civic and it’s members understand the seriousness of this problem. she wants this issue to be a part of our Safety and Youth committees. Someone also spoke about Safe Corridor Program where members can volunteer time to watch children going to school and make sure everyone one is safe.
H. Zoning Committee. It was announced that at least 3 applications would be heard at the October 22nd meeting.
6. 7:30 PM Old Business. The Board agreed to continue to use the South Philly Review and our current Banking establishment. The President explained the current Vacancies at both the Director and Treasury Positions and the necessary Paperwork to apply. He and Vice-President Anne Armistead explained the By-law issues still pending and that the Bylaws will be reviewed by an Attorney in the near future. There was a motion to approve Monies allowed to pay Attorney, seconded and Approved by Board.
7. 7:40 PM New Business. Vice-President Anne Armistead let the Membership know that she had literature available on the Affordable Health Care Act and the future Reduction in Food Stamp distribution.
8. 8.10 PM Announcements & Events.
Community Board Meeting, Tuesday, Nov.19, 7pm @ Mt. Moriah
9. 8:15 PM Adjournment.
DSWCA Zoning Committee
Tuesday, September 24th
Parsons Bldg (4th & Morris) in Dickinson Square
One application is scheduled: 1333 S. 5th Street.
Proposed is a driveway to be accessed through front on 5th Street, where single-family homes in the RSA-5 district prohibit off-street parking unless the parking is accessed by a rear street, rear shared driveway, or rear alley.
DSWCA Upcoming Board Elections
Friday, September 20th
2pm – 8pm
Parsons Building (4th & Morris) in Dickinson Square Park
Please bring photo ID with proof of current address to vote! (per our existing bylaws)
Board of Directors (5 Positions Available):
A sample ballot can be found here:
September General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
7pm – 8pm
Mount Moriah Church (410 Wharton Street)
Catch up with what we’ve been doing with our 2012-13 Annual Report
Below are minutes from the June General Membership Meeting:
BOARD COMMUNITY MEETING
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Mt. Moriah Church (410 Wharton)
1. 7:20 PM Call to Order.
2. 7:20 PM President’s Welcome & Message. While members were having their required identification items were being reviewed by several Directors, the President announced that the main item on the Agenda is the Amendment to our Articles of Incorporation. He then briefly explained the proposed changes and that the vote would be by a show of hands.
3. 7:25 PM Roll Call. Present were:
President Wiesner Secretary Savage
Director Armistead Director Lavini
Director Leonardo Director Winkel
5. 7:25 PM Adoption by the Board of the Resolution to Submit the Proposed Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation to the Members for Approval. The Secretary moved the motion (attached hereto and made a part hereof); Director Leonardo, seconded; and all Board members present approved.
6. 7:27 PM Adoption by the Members, eligible to vote and present, of the Resolution to Amend and Restate the Articles of Incorporation. The President asked, if anyone present had any questions about the issues. The President then read the Resolution of the Members (attached hereto and made a part hereof). Members, eligible to vote and present, approved said resolution unanimously.
7. 7:35 PM Minutes Adoption. The President asked for a motion to approve the Minutes of the May 21, 2013, Board Meeting. Director Lavini so moved; Director Leonardo seconded; and all present approved.
8. 7:40 PM Reports of Officers, Directors & Standing Committees.
A. Finance Committee. In the absence of the Treasurer, Director Armistead reported the balance in the civic account is $6,233.83. The Secretary reminded all that the Treasurer has requested that all requests for reimbursement must be submitted to her by June 30th. The President asked that anyone interested in participating on the Finance Committee should email email@example.com.
B. Green & Clean Committee. The Secretary reported that several members completed an inventory of properties from Reed to Snyder, which could have trees, has been completed and that 133 properties have been identified as candidates for trees. Erica Smith, TreePhilly has sent notices to “owner” at the addresses identified. Unfortunately, time constraints prevented her office from specifically naming the owners. We have agreed to let this issue “slide” for the Fall, 2013, planting, but we are working, using the OPA site to gather the actual names of the property owners, and that list will be submitted to Erica’s office for use in the Spring, 2014, planting, the letters for which will be mailed in October or November. The President noted the graffiti on the new home being constructed at the corner of 5th and Greenwich, and asked all to use the 311 app to identify problems in the neighborhood. Director Leonardo asked, if this wall would be appropriate for a mural, and the Secretary responded that it might be, since the adjoining lot is owned by the City, but we would have to wait, until the house is sold, in order to approach the new owner.
C. Outreach Committee. Director Leonardo reported that the welcome packet design is progressing and the President and several members discussed suggestion for its use and the inclusion of “promotions” for businesses. He also reminded all present that next Wednesday will be our second Neighbors’ Night at Industry, Moyamensing and Reed, 7 PM. Everyone is welcomed.
D. Safety Committee. Gina Caruso updated the residents on National Night Out, specifically, the Kickoff Event, which will be held at Sacks Park on Monday, August 5th. The President updated all on the status of 1512 South 5th, which has been condemned by L&I, and which has been burglarized twice. Channel 10 News will be doing a piece on the issue, and the Secretary thanked the President for finding on Angie’s List a structural engineer, who, in turn, recommended an attorney, who is moving forward with litigation. The President also reported on a number of auto accidents at the corner of Greenwich and 4th and that he has reached out to Pennsport to try to work out a preventive measures and that the coffee shop is considering ideas.
E. Youth Committee. The President reported some details about a Karate school on 7th and Oregon, and they have offered to give our civic a deal, if we can match donors with children. He asked that, if anyone has ideas for similar programs to occupy the children for the summer months to contact him The Secretary speculated that several members are waiting for the turnover from Vare to Washington Schools occurs before initiating new programs.
F. Zoning Committee. Director Armistead reported that the next meeting of the Committee will be on the 25th, Parsons Building, 6:30 PM. 505-09 Dickinson and 540 Watkins variance requests will be on the agenda.
9. 8:05 PM Old Business.
Bylaws Revision. The President reported that the Board hopes to present to the membership for approval the proposed Bylaws at a special meeting in August, but before doing so, we need to file for non-profit status with the IRS and obtain Directors & Officers Insurance. Although the proposed Bylaws are nearly completed, anyone interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. 8:10 PM New Business.
Elections. The President announced that all Officer and Director positions are open for elections. Under the current Bylaws, the election would be at the end of September, but under the proposed Bylaws, the election would be in October. He encouraged anyone interested in serving should consider becoming a candidate. He then briefly summarized the requirements, all of which would posted on our website and perhaps sent by email. Director Armistead stated that our attorney would also have to review the proposed Bylaws. The Secretary emphasized, however, that the deadline for submission of Letters of Intent is August 31st. He said that, even if the new Bylaws are approved, we should zero in on the August 31st deadline. In that way, candidates would have the opportunity to speak at the September Board Community Meeting. At this time, the election will be on Friday, September 20th.
11. 8:20 PM Announcements.
Zoning Committee: Tuesday, June 25th, 6:30 PM, Parsons Building
Neighbors’ Night – Summer Edition: Wednesday, June 26th, 7 PM, Industry
National Night Out Kickoff: Monday, August 5th, Sacks Playground
537 Morris Street (ZBA Application #464087)
The above-referenced applicant presented the ZBA application at a Dickinson Square West Civic Association (DSWCA) Zoning Committee meeting on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. The Zoning Committee provided public notice to surrounding neighbors for that meeting (enclosed). At that time, the applicant presented plans to legalize the currently illegal use of the building as a triplex, where multiple dwellings in one structure are not allowed in an RSA-5 (formerly R10-A) zone.
The DSWCA Zoning Committee heard from a dozen neighbors who were unanimously opposed to the proposed use, as the site is subject to several of the effects of an absentee landlord, including trash, poor building maintenance deterioration and multiple occupants (interior photographs showed 4+ twin beds per bedroom). Neighbors also noted that the building had been operated illegally by the same owner even under the old zoning code. The Committee feels the use variance is not justified, impairs the intent of the zoning code, and conflicts with the civic association’s mission of neighborhood improvement. Therefore, the DSWCA Zoning Committee recommends the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment deny ZBA Application #464087 (537 Morris Street).
528 Titan Street (ZBA Application #481959)
The above-referenced applicant presented the ZBA application at a Dickinson Square West Civic Association (DSWCA) Zoning Committee meeting on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. The Zoning Committee provided public notice to surrounding neighbors for that meeting (enclosed). At that time, the applicant presented plans to build a three story dwelling to replace a one-story garage on the property. The applicant presented plans for that dwelling requesting a 23% open space variance, where a minimum 30% is required for interior lots in a RSA-5 (formerly R10-A) zone. The applicant’s plans showed slab on grade construction in order to accommodate her anticipated need for easy access and to accommodate a motorized scooter. The applicant explained that the additional space on the first floor was desired for a handicap accessible bathroom including shower that may be needed during her occupancy.
The DSWCA Zoning Committee heard from eight neighbors who were opposed to the variance because of their concern about disturbance and access during construction, a three story dwelling was out of scale with the street, and possible future illegal conversion to a multi-tenant rental. One neighbor supported the plan and request for variance. The Committee understands the stated reason for the requested variance, but was unable to determine if the open space variance was justified. Therefore, the DSWCA Zoning Committee takes no position and defers to the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment on ZBA Application #481959 (528 Titan Street).
DSWCA Zoning Committee
Tuesday, August 27th, 6:30pm, Parsons Building (in Dickinson Square Park)
The following applications will be heard:
537 Morris Street: To permit a three-dwelling unit structure, where multi-residential uses are prohibited in the RSA-5 zone.
528 Titan Street: The applicant is proposing a single family dwelling with a variance for 23% open space, where a minimum of 30% is required for interior lots in the RSA-5 zone.
Join the DSWCA Board! See the 2013 Candidates Announcement
Dickinson Square West Civic Association is looking for a few good neighbors to serve on our Board of Directors! The Board is made up of up to nine elected members. The DSWCA is currently seeking new board members. Please consider joining us to highlight and engage in neighborhood efforts, issues and initiatives.
Why serve? To help improve our schools, deter crime, clean trash, green the streets, encourage proper building development, and improve the quality of life for our neighborhood.
How long is the term? Two years, with the option to run for election again.
What kind of time commitment? Serving on the board is a volunteer position, so it varies on how much you want to give; however a minimum two hours a month is requested for attending meetings.
How often do the Board members meet? Board members meet twice a month, once to plan the agenda for the General Membership Meeting and again at the General Membership Meeting. Both meetings are approximately an hour.
Do I get paid to serve? No, this is a volunteer position and there is no compensation except the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to improve the neighborhood.
What does the Board of Directors do? We do the basics of running the organization, such as keeping minutes, a budget and membership list; but also working with other Board members to organize clean ups, coordinate tree plantings, fundraise, collect donations for local schools and good causes, and more.
Who can serve on the Board? Any interested neighbor that resides within the Dickinson Square West neighborhood (between 4th & 6th Streets, Washington to Mifflin Streets).
How can I serve on the Board of Directors? Nominate yourself as a candidate in this fall’s election! Below are step-by-step instructions.
All candidate applications must be postmarked no later than Saturday, August 31, 2013!
Provide a letter of intent, signed by the candidate, with the candidate’s name, address of residence, telephone number, email address and verification of residency. The verification of residency includes ALL of the following, which must show the same residence within the boundaries of Dickinson Square West Civic Association:
- A copy of a current voter’s registration card (find it online at https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationStatus.aspx), and
- A copy of a current driver’s license or non-driver’s state-issued identification, and
- A copy of the face page of his or her redacted U.S. tax return for the year 2012, and
- current criminal background check*: https://epatch.state.pa.us/
*Please note, under our current bylaws, a person with a felony conviction is not be eligible to be a candidate for a DSWCA office.
Mail your letter of intent with residency verification documents to the DSWCA mailbox at the following address:
Dickinson Square West Civic Association – Election Committee
℅ Board Member Candidate
P.O. Box 63891
Philadelphia, PA 19147
According to current bylaws, all officers must have served a minimum of two years on the Board. Therefore, to be an officer, now is the time to join as a Board Member. Please make sure to get your full application in by the due date, as write-ins are not accounted for in the bylaws. Therefore, any resident that wants to run should submit an initial letter of intent and documents per the bylaws.
In early September, the Election Committee will publish the list of candidates on the webpage with a sample ballot. All candidates are encouraged to attend the September General Membership meeting for a ‘Meet the Candidates’ public forum with neighbors on Tuesday, September 17th at 7pm on the first floor of Mt. Moriah Church (410 Wharton St.).
Elections will be held on Friday, September 20th from 2pm to 8pm.
All applicants are subject to the current DSWCA bylaws that the existing board members were elected under, which are available at http://www.dickinsonsquarewest.org/bylaws/
Questions? Contact email@example.com
Zoning Committee Results from June 25, 2013:
RE: ZBA Application #470247 (505-09 Dickinson Street)
The above-referenced applicant presented the ZBA application at a Dickinson Square West Civic Association (DSWCA) Zoning Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. The Zoning Committee provided public notice to surrounding neighbors for that meeting (enclosed). At that time, the applicant presented plans (dated 4.24.13) to relocate lot lines to create two lots from three existing lots and construct two single-family homes with variances for lot size of 613 square feet, where a minimum of 1,440 feet is required in the RSA-5 zone.