Neighborhood Meeting Minutes – September 15, 2010, 7:00 p.m. – Susan Bailis Center
SBNA hosted a follow up meeting on Wednesday 15th September with officials from Boston Water & Sewer in regards to the original flooding, which occurred on July 10th. Since our meeting on July 29th, there were two more incidents of flooding on August 5th and 25th. Given three such '100 year' events in such proximity, residents were skeptical of the explanation that this was a freak occurrence. However, again, evidence provided by BW&S indicates that the entire sewer system was overwhelmed in the sudden downfall that brought up to 2" of rain in 35 minutes on the 10th and 1" in 15 minutes on the 5th. (The 25th is still being researched.) Why the city is suddenly experiencing such record breaking rains in such a brief window is not clear. It is also not confirmed that the existing system is operating correctly and free of blockages or other defects which requires further analysis and review by the operational department of BW&S.
Neighborhood Meeting Minutes – March 18, 2009, 7:15 p.m. – Susan Bailis Center
President Dan Munson opened the meeting by introducing Community Relations Officer,
Sargent Kevin Powers, from District 4, Boston Police Department.
Sargent Powers explained the role of his Community Service Office: to follow-up prolonged situations, monitor quality of life, record gang violence patterns, help residents to navigate the system. He reports that crime prevention in the city has been going “fairly well,” though it is hard to say what will happen in the warmer weather, further into the recession and unemployment. At times like this, there can be an increase in drug related activities, too.
Neighborhood Meeting Minutes – January 28, 2009, 7:15 p.m. – Susan Bailis Center
About 16 people attended this snowy, wintery, wet-weather evening meeting, despite winter storm warnings, A second e-blast was sent just before the meeting to alert people that the meeting was still on. The meeting was held in the general lounge area, not the meeting room, so that chairs had to be set up as people arrived. The meeting room is no longer available, only the lounge.President Dan Munson introduced the Guest Speaker, Emily Wolf, Preservation Planner and representative from the Landmarks District Commission,
Neighborhood Meeting Minutes 2008 – November 13, 2008, 7:15 p.m. – Susan Bailis Center
The Neighborhood meeting was held at The Susan Bailis Center, Mass Avenue and St. Botolph Street. About 20 people were in attendance.President Dan Munson called the meeting to order at 7:45 mentioning the following topics to be covered:
Neighborhood Updates, including development plans for Prudential and Copley Place.
An overview of various citizen-watch committees such as PruPac and CAC
Improved website information, where residents can read our mission: to inform about local activities and a sense of history including the success getting involved in the long-contested 116 Huntington Avenue project that ultimately resulted in improved neighborhood awareness and resolution of zoning, height, parking, traffic and other issues.
September 24, 2008, 7:15 p.m. – Susan Bailis Center
About 25 members gathered at 7:00 to visit and collect neighborhood information.
Newly elected president, Dan Munson opened the meeting at 7:15 by thanking retiring Vice President Chris Coffin. He introduced himself as the new President of the SBNA, Tara Wilstein as the new Vice President, Gary Dwyer, ongoing Treasurer, Helen Powell, continuing Clerk/Secretary and Clair Dargan, Membership Chair.
The neighborhood’s first Welcome Brochure was printed and distributed to each building early September. The goal of the brochure is to give residents, old and new, basic information about the Botolph area and names of helpful agencies, websites and city services. Dan called attention to Landmark’s restrictions to our handsome, desirable and historic neighborhood, particularly: paint colors, windows and doors, masonry, decks, and roof additions. These are the areas that neighbors and Landmarks observe to be sure that improvements conform to neighborhood standards in this historic district.
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