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
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.
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Joe Angelico, Sisters of St Joseph
Ringgold Estates, Lovely Development
No updates from Chuck
Others: WH Center, Blue Back, Bishop’s Corner, other
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)