Meeting Minutes - June 15th 2018

Park Road Association

May 2018 - Agenda

  • CO-Presidents - Welcome / Urgent Business – Tracy

    • Thanks to Johnny & Effie’s for the CELEBRITY BREAKFAST: raised $2700 for the Park Road Parade!

    • We are planning a few other events leading up to the 20th Anniversary Park Road Parade

    • We are kicking off our first membership drive in years!

      • We have spent the last few years giving value to our membership so that businesses and neighbors will want to be members of the PRA. Memberships help pay for expenses beyond the parade

  • Elected Officials  (attendance varies)

  • Marketing/Development - Chelsea O’Donnell

    • Email Newsletter

      • We have a new way of keeping everyone up to date with what's happening on Park Road. We will be sending two emails monthly with event details, updates, and meeting minutes to ensure that you won't miss anything. We have a sheet here that you can use to input your details or you can sign up on the website at parkroadct.com. Members will also have the opportunity to list their events and news through the email newsletter which is a great additional benefit of our membership. Keep an eye out for a recap of today's meeting which will be sent on Monday and feel free to share with other Park Road Neighborhood residents and businesses.

    • Directory Updates

      • We have built a new system which will let businesses submit updates for their business listing on our website. You can either add, delete or change a listing simply by filling out a short form on parkroadct.com. You'll find it in the Directory section of the site. If you know of a business that's new, has closed, or has moved, we would love to hear from you. Directory updates will be made every two weeks. 

    • Upcoming Workshops

      • Our workshops are going to take a break for the summer but we have had a bunch of requests to do a marketing workshop in September to help local businesses make the most of the parade and take advantage of the patrons who come to watch the action. If you're interested in this workshop, you can preregister in the events section of our website under "Upcoming Events".

  • Beautification Club - Steve Dewey

    • Planters

      • We have met our goal of 14 planters along Park Road! The order will go in today or early next week for hopefully a quick turnaround—keep an eye

    • Next campaign is decorative banners on the light poles

      • Looking into working with the Smith School to see if they want to design the banners

    • We are doing research about the smaller light poles which may be significant to the town so that we can showcase them

    • There are some businesses on the street who have their own planters that we are going to work with them to put plantings in their planters

    • Seed Swap is coming up!

    • Next Meeting is July 12 at 4:30pm at 127 Park Road!

  • Park Road Parade - Tony Landino

    • Meeting every other week leading into the parade

    • Information on our website if you’re interested in sponsoring the parade: parkroadct.com

  • Town Reports:

    • Police - Dan Coppinger, Kevin McCarthy, Sarah Nagle, Cheif Vernon Riddick

      • Chief Riddick: Thank you for the warm welcome, it’s very refreshing to come to such a warm place

        • There were 20 neighborhood associations where he came from in Waterbury, so he is glad to see that we have active associations as well!

      • Sarah Nagle: Bicycle unit on Park Road, bikes up and down the road and stops into businesses and is having a lot of fun stopping into businesses!

        • She is around if you need anything

        • Park Road has been quiet so far this summer in terms of crimes

        • No home burglaries on the street, only two off the street, no business burglaries, only a very few thefts: car tires, patio umbrellas

        • Kennedy Park has had two fights involving juveniles who were both issued summonses

        • Robberies that had been occurring at banks and gas stations nearby: one was apprehended and arrested and the other is outstanding/ they are working on that actively

      • Status of CIT: the four-officer team supervised by a Sargent.

        • This year we have two officers on bikes between Park Road and Elmwood with teamwork between the district car and the bike officers.

        • There will be a walking beat cop on Park Road

        • We talked about the history of the CIT in the neighborhood

      • “Do More With Less”

        • If you go back to before uber was popular, there were a ton of problems with the bars in the center. Instead of hiring a bunch more officers, they redistributed the existing officers to having a “Center District Car” that overlaps the other districts. During shift change when the center is the busiest, they are staging at Farmington and South. In the past few years, the bad bar behavior has significantly declined due to this change which is great

          • There has also been a huge decrease in DUIs, also due to uber

      • Who is the best person to talk to?  If it can wait, talk to Sarah.

        • Call the non-emergency number 860 523 5203 – if she is working then they will pass it right to her and if she is not you can leave a voicemail for her

        • or email snagle@westhartfordct.gov

    • Fire - Mike Sinsigalli, John Kupernick

    • Public Works - John Phillips

      • Mobile 311 system: if you see something structural / maintenance in nature, go onto the town website where there is a portal that you can put a work order in for

        • Goes out to the guys on the field so they can address it as it comes up

      • cross walk update - Todd Dumais

    • Health Department - Chris Hansen

      • Steve is here since Chris is on a well deserved vacation

      • Last month they were at the walk on Park Road, overall everything is in great shape and quiet other than usual seasonal problems that occur (high grass, etc.)

      • They are into the second year of the salon ordinance that is going seemingly well

        • Always open to feedback if you have anything

      • Rats: they moved out of the center and into the Los Imperios/ West Hartford Inn area! This will be addressed.

    • Housing Authority - Tim Mable

    • Economic Development Kristen Gorsky/ Connolly

      • The book store next to J Rene has moved out, but a lease is out for signatures and hopefully a new one will be announced soon

      • Essential Health is going to the former Value Office Furniture space

        • Directly next to them will be “Health is Wealth”

      • 252 that has been on the market for 5 years has a new property owner: AJ Masthay who owns Masthay studios is moving in, formerly of Hartford

    • Community Services Mark McGovern

      • Very busy with construction in town! Park Road 84 project is about 20% done which means that there is about a year to go

        • The best plan is to avoid the area and use the other exits

      • Boulevard between Trout Brook and S. Quaker has been repaved with a bike lane added. Signs are not up yet but will be going up soon

      • Ringgold Estates have begun development, one building at a time

      • One development application pending with the council for the corner of New Britain Avenue / Berkshire Road: 26 apartments

      • Two development-related ordinances going to town council:

        • Last year a food truck ordinance was approved, in industrial areas only or private property; makes the permit process more efficient

        • Entertainment ordinance: requires restaurants who have live or amplified music to have a license; need to have sufficient parking or be near municipal parking

  • Special Guest - Town Manager Matt Hart

    • Thanks for the excellent work that the Association does—business associations are so important to the town

    • Pleased with the partnership that the town staff has developed with the business associations

      • We are working together collaboratively to solve community problems

    • If you have particular concerns, Matt is happy to meet with Tracy and John for the Association at any point

    • Welcome to new police Chief VERNON RIDDICK!

  • CNG - Replacement of Gas Line on Park Road Rick Dion/Jay Fletcher

    • Communication is key!

    • They’ll make their way to the crosswalk today and next week they’ll cross the crosswalk

    • Soon mains will be tied in to side streets

    • The one down by Effie’s has been taking a while, hopefully next week they’ll get past Effie’s

    • Late summer early fall is the expected to the actual tie in to the new main line

      • There is equipment for businesses who need consistent gas flow when the change over happens

    • On the other end of Park Road there was environmental remediation that was happening that is just about done

      • The gas pipes down there are about 100 years old, and in the 1950s they changed over to true natural gas. Some of the old product that was in the main leftover from before the 50s that was contaminated

  • Chamber of Commerce - Barbara Lerner

    • We have a couple of events:

      • 4th Annual Health West Hartford at Eliz. Park during Rose Weekend

        • the Chamber will have 30 members in tents on the big field between the Pond House and Rose Garden… it will be 85 and sunny! A beautiful day for this

      • Monday is the Annual Meeting at the Pond House: Welcome new board members, saying goodbye to board members moving off, etc.

      • Golf Tournament September 24 at Tumblebrook Country Club

      • This meeting conflicts with the AM Connections meeting: 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at the Noah Webster Library in the center

      • All this information is on the WH Chamber of Commerce website

  • Updates:  

    • Joe Angelico, Sisters of St Joseph

      • No updates

    • Ringgold Estates, Lovely Development

      • No updates from Chuck

  • Associations

    • Elmwood

    • Parkville

    • Others: WH Center, Blue Back, Bishop’s Corner, other

  • Community Updates

    • WH Community TV: It’s graduation season! Channel 96 will have Conard and Channel 95 will have Hall. They will also be re-running and on the website

    • Park to Park Walk: starting at 7:30am at Fernridge Park by the pool house, they will be at Kennedy in our neighborhood at 10-10:45

    • CTRail opens today! They are stopping in Hartford at noon today

    • In the Heights runs at Playhouse on Park through July 29 and we are selling out FAST! So get your tickets!

    • Share Events, Activity, Exciting News About Your Businesses!

 

Next Meeting - July 20th - 8am to 9am (3rd Friday - always)