Membership Meeting Minutes-June 8, 2016

  • Call to order, 7:12
  • Agenda Items
    • Revitalize MVCS Playground, Susan Harris
    • Land Use Committee Report, Barry Nolan
    • Alexandria Police, Capt. Dennis Andreas
    • Land Use Committee Report (cont’d), Rod Kuckro
    • Meet the DRCA Presidential Candidates, Rod Kuckro & Julie Jakopic
    • Candidate Q&A
    • Elections
    • Bylaws Committee, Seán Crumley
    • Elections Results
    • Announcements
  • Adjournment, 9:15

  • Call to order: Welcome!
  • Revitalize MVCS Playground, Susan Harris
    • Goals and status of project
    • Design phase complete and turned over to ACPS Facilities
    • Design includes classroom space, solar system, kinder area, learning gardens, soccer field
    • Budget $713K, funding to date $385
    • Timeline
    • Preliminary projects 2 months
    • Assemble funding TBD
    • Next steps 4-6 months
    • Facebook Revitalize MVCS Playground, Twitter, Web, Email
    • Motion: $7K to $5K already budgeted, base don: 14K from Del Ray House and Garden Tour
    • Motion carried
  • Land Use Committee Report, Barry Nolan
    • Revisit Sicilian Pizza proposal
    • Business used to be in the Calvert. Parking sufficient for 4 tables 8 chairs. Overlay zone a few issues (business wants to use backlit sign from previous location)
    • Applicant:  Not a chain but a local business. Workers suffering from loss of business. Never hit a person with delivery. Working with Walgreens for parking their vans.
    • LUC voted 6-1 against SUP: Business out of character for neighborhood. Concerns for safetly and need for future customer parking. Rooftop equipment an eyesore.
    • Amendment by Amy Slack to put conditions (business hours , screening rooftop equipment ):
      • Should Planning Commission recommend supporting SUP, we ask for midnight operating hours,  screening equipment, apply for 15-minute parking spots
      • Amendment carries unanimously
    • Motion from committee: Approve LUC refusal to support SUP
      • Original motion:  Pro 9, against 18, 5 abstentions.
      • Marlin moves to support SUP with the Slack amendment (conditions)
    • Motion carries: 26, 5, 0
  • Alexandria Police, Capt. Dennis Andreas
    • Homicide downtown today, active investigation – Patrick and Montgomery
    • Overall crime creeping up probably on account of warmer weather
    • Don’t use Call-Click-Connect service to report crime, call 911!
  • Land Use Committee Report (cont’d), Rod Kuckro
    • Motion from committee: LUC opposes Custis Ave. subdivision because of loss of contributing structure in the Town of Potomac Historic District. But if approved, recommend single, side-by-side, tandem parking and build in character with neighborhood
    • Motion carries unanimously
  • Presidential candidate introductions
    • Julie Jakopic
      • Helps organizations to succeed
    • Rod Kuckro
      • Wants to safeguard Del Ray’s historical character
      • Wants to spearhead an alley-naming project
    • Candidate Q&A
      • How does Del Ray move forward and keep historical structure, add historic structures to Historic District?
      • How to promote pedestrian safety?
      • How to boost membership
      • Would candidate serve as Vice President if not elected?
      • Why run from President when other vacancies on slate?
      • How should DRCA spend money?
      • How do you define DRCA success?
    • Elections
      • Vote by acclamation for uncontested positions:
        • Seán Crumley – Secretary
        • Bea Robinson – Treasurer
        • Lisa Quandt – Sergeant at Arms
      • Balloting for President
    • Bylaws Committee, Seán Crumley
      • Presented new draft of proposed bylaws, discussed at may meet. Changes made based on member feedback
        • 1) Move expenditure authority from standing rule back into bylaws
        • 2) Add constraint on Board’s authoioryt to spend up to $500
        • 3) Remove standing rule on changing standing rules. (unnecessary based on Roberts
      • Motion from committee carries: 28, 2
    • Elections Results
      • Equal number of votes for each candidate. In accordance with bylaws rule, election decided by flip of coin with Rod Kuckro
    • Announcements
      • Appreciation for outgoing DRCA President Jay Nestlerode, 2015-2016 DRCA Board, Tim Herbert, Nominations & Elections Committee Chair
      • National Night Out
      • Del Ray Artisans
        • In the gallery: Respect: Unsung heroes
        • At the Vola Lawson shelter: Streets Meet Glass
        • In July: Art Camp (for kids), Grown-up Art Camp (for adults)
      • Del Ray Business Association
        • Paint Del Ray
        • Taste of Del Ray
        • July First Thursday: Red, White and Blue
        • Cinema Del Ray (“Peanuts”)
      • Del Ray Music Festival
        • Closing street for beer garden
      • Openings on DRCA board: Seeking more volunteer!
    • Adjournment: 9:15

 

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