Park Road Association
Friday, July 19, 2019, 8:00am
Co-Presidents Welcome / Urgent Business Tracy Flater & John Paindiris
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Parade & Beautification Club are in full swing!
The Park Road walk through was a couple of weeks ago, thanks to Kristen for putting it together
Construction on Park Road: has slowed down in some areas, and ramped up by the highway
Beautification Club Steve Dewey
We got the 9 planters from Knox Foundation-- they look lovely!
Everyone is making an effort to clean up their properties
The church has redone their landscaping and it looks really nice
Black Diamond is doing a ton of work on their property
The Club will do certificates of recognition for those who are making a nice effort on their property
Two Second Tuesday clean up walks have happened-- they’ve been small, but they’re still happening!
They will be happening in August & September as well
6:15pm on the second Tuesday of the month
There were baby racoons in the dumpster at 127!!
Parade Update Tony Landino
We will officially start regular meetings for the parade very soon
We have started a solicitation for a Grand Marshall
Instead of looking for a highly visible person, we are looking for an Unsung Hero Grand Marshall: if you have a nominee
We will take nominations through August 15
LINK TO NOMINATE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R8S8NPH
We have completed our 2019 sponsorship packet to sponsor the parade
Always looking for new sponsors! Especially the title sponsor level
Also looking for Volunteer Coordinator replacement
Reminder to keep locking your car & business doors!!
There was one on Thomas Street just last night
Keep an eye out for graffiti, there has been some around Trout Brook and at the golf courses
Don’t be afraid to call
We had a shooting down in front of Zaytoon’s a while ago and they applied for a warrant for someone who had fled to Jordan, he came back to Canada and then back to Bradley Airport: he has been picked up for arrest
Another incident / a couple involving people in our community who suffer from mental illness
Overnight, found an individual wandering in the streets, he was brought to the hospital but that’s not usually the end of it, so social services were able to get involved.
The officers do a great job following up so that problems can be solved and not just repeated
#9pm is going on and working well: keep your cars locked!
Car break ins are down, a nationwide & CT trend, but the local message is helping
Bob McCue has retired, his position will be available to be filled at the end of the month
29 guns (all licensed) were recovered from a man who had mental illness, he cooperated and the situation was fine
Panhandlers can’t block traffic, block sidewalks, they get one warning and then they get tickets
Most of them have drug problems, usually heroin
They come from as far as Springfield, Bridgeport, they move around a lot
“Don’t feed the bears”
If you feel guilty, write a check to a homeless shelter
Economic Development Kristen Gorsky
S. Quaker & Park Road: Picture Perfect closed due to a retirement, next month an opening of Park Road Shoe Repair in that space
Mr. Chow Asian Fusion will likely open some point next month
Not sure if there will be any external changes
Black Diamond has expanded into the old Miller Heating & Cooling space since they own the building!
They will continue to improve the building
Pho 206 has closed due to a retirement
120 Park: Zero Degree Thai Ice Cream: requesting a 180 square foot addition to the building for a 45 seat restaurant, presumably a new restaurant will move in, not sure any kind of timeline we don’t have a lot of details
Owned by Blue Elephant Trail owner in the center, purchased from the church
I-84 project: most work should be wrapping up at the end of the summer, paving the north side of Park Road next week/ short term pave since they’ll completely repave at some point in August
Work will be shifted over to the South side and going through the same process there
If you can avoid it, please do avoid it
Some MDC work that is happening near Effie’s Ringgold
They’re doing some access on the One Park site
They were delayed in their work due to the rain, perhaps they are starting back up today
Park Road walk through was done last week, there were representatives from the town and the association, went very well
Every year that we do this, there are less and less that we see
Some inoperable vehicles noticed by zoning officer that will be moved
Some paver / side walk issues that will be addressed by the town engineer
No updates on CNG, we don’t think they’re finished
Ideanomics: They were supposed to have a press conference today that has been moved to Monday
Soon the community will be able to see their ideas and designs for the campus via a website
Chamber of Commerce Kate Kob
Events calendar: https://www.whchamber.com/events/calendar
Annual Golf Tournament is coming up and they are selling golf signs
B2B Round Table: The localization of social media, Chelsea O’Donnell is the presenter, July 24
Business After Hours at the Town & County Club, August 8
Chamber Night at the Yard Goats, August 14
WeHa Health & Wellness Fair, August 21 in Blueback Square
Chamber 101: a quarterly event
Members of the Chamber are allowed to use the community calendar!
Sisters of St. Joseph Joseph Angelico
Everything is still positive, the National Park Service has requested that the developer make some alterations to the design, and satisfied that request without changing the footprint
Just waiting for the formal approval
The Mayor’s Charity Ball
Had been postponed to September, keep an eye out and get your tickets!
The Scottsboro Boys
Runs at Playhouse through August 4