- Board Members
- Joan McEnery
- Henry Conde
- Paige Rose
- Irene Blake
- Ted Warren
- Harry Worley
- Brian Douglas Smith
- Barbara Murphy
- Jon Hanbury
- Mike Spencer
- Susanne Williams
Ofﬁcer Gilda Klein reported 19 incidents in the Ghent area, two that where reported at EVMS when the victim was brought in for treatment. There were 6 larcenies to autos, most items taken were electronics. There was an increase in larceny of auto parts, stereo equipment being the most common and a electronic door window control unit. Three autos were stolen and each recovered. Ofﬁcer Klein noted that in one instance the car was left running and another had a spare key under the bumper. There was one attempted robbery to an individual. There was a commercial burglary were an apartment building had money from its cash box stolen. Cash was also stolen from the petty cash box at the Children’s Hospital of Kings Daughters. In response to a member inquiry about the status of the hate crime that the local synagogs experienced and as well as city and private property, Ofﬁcer Klein reported that the Crime Intelligence Unit is handling this and they do have a strong lead on an individual. Regarding issues residents have experienced at the local bus stop with the shelter it was suggested to continue to call the police and to ask HRT to remove the shelter. There was a speed tracking trailer last month along Colonial Ave. at the request of several residents. They found that the average speed was 23 MPH and the max was 39 MPH. The data was gathered from May 26 thru the 28th and had a estimate of 4500 cars.
- Ghent Task Force
- Meet in July
- Ghent Business Association
- Heart of Ghent on June 20th
- Sector Representatives
Elizabeth River Crossing
The panel discussed that reducing a projected $2-$3 toll for cars remains the top priority for a panel that’s vetting a private proposal to add and additional 2 lane tunnel to the current Mid-town tunnel. Other concerns were accommodating light rail, collecting tolls before the tunnel is open and funding maintenance. The panel was restrained in its recommendations to state highway ofﬁcials and was careful not to add to the project costs, which could drive up tolls. Jeff Florin, VA Port Authority deputy director, urged the group to focus on the bottom line warning that saying costs grow so much they become unaffordable. The panel recommended that VDOT enter into and interim agreement with ERC so the scope and funding can be fully developed, including detailed analysis of toll rates. Skanska representatives acknowledged the target toll to hit is $1-$1.50. The panel debated the whether to have VDOT explore adding light rail to the new tunnel. It was pointed out the tube as proposed could accommodate trains but approaches and ventilation would have to be altered, adding costs and time. Skanska pointed out that to keep in the projected toll range adding light rail would put this in jeopardy. HRT representative added that his agency has not determined if the Midtown route would make the most sense for extending light rail to the Portsmouth side. The result after the meeting was that the IRC decided to allow the project to move forward to the next phase where ERC and VDOT can come to a interim agreement.
The HAPC will be submitting its report to council soon. The report will focus on the HAPC ﬁrst priorities which include streamlining the COA process and its recommendation Norfolk pursue certiﬁed local government status. The GNL has requested a copy of the report as so as publicly available.
Pending Requests/Issues Reported to City
- Yarmouth Street
- Trash cans have been moved to the back along the parking lot until a solution is resolved.
- Yellow House
- The pavers on the west side of the house have been removed and the owners have told the city that they will be growing grass to prevent residents from driving in this area. Also said the shed and wood that is on the side would be removed soon.
- Action: Continue to watch and make sure they are being followed-up on removing shed, eliminating the west side driveway and removing the wood for the side of the shed.
- 1207 Colonial Avenue
- Working on getting a response form the city to see if they can continue with church services and now concerts. A resident from across the street said the noise is loud and parking is very difﬁcult. It was noted that they are parking in the businesses lot next door and in their yard.
- Action: Follow-up with city about code issues and if they are able to continue with services and concerts. A representative from the city said he would arrange for someone address the issue at the July 20, 2009 GNL meeting.
- Colonial Avenue Bus Shelters
- Bus shelter near Princess Anne and Colonial Ave are providing a regular place for the homeless to hand out during the day and night. Residents are not comfortable using the stop and feel harassed. It was recommended to ask HRT to remove the weather shelter in hopes to deter the homeless from taking up residence.
- Action: GNL submit formal request letter to have shelter at bus stop removed after a vote results of 7 yes and 2 abstain.
- Graydon Avenue
- Home renovations that seem to be unapproved by city. It was also noted that some patches of the street/gutters and curbs are missing from when some utility work was done a couple months ago but they forgot to ﬁx the street/gutters and curbs.
- Action: Asked city representative to look into it.
- Also addressed issue of loud noise of Remote Controlled R/C car.
- Action: Ofﬁcer Klein said it might be best to ﬁrst address to person asking that they go someplace else such as a school, if this does not work to call the police.
- 832 Brandon Avenue – Glendale Apt.
- After a resident asked the ﬁre dept. to install a free smoke detector the department found that the apt had some ﬁre hazards and brought in the city inspectors who also found the building to be unsafe and as a whole a ﬁre hazard. The building’s management had the power turned off for this resident’s apt and half for the rest of the building. Some residents pressed charges against the management. The city was above and beyond helpful with the residents in assisting them to get the management to address these hazard-is issued. Court case is pending.
- Action: Ask residents for updates.
Speaker Susannah Winstead
Historic Preservation Ofﬁcer for the City of Norfolk
Norfolk’s Historic Preservation Ofﬁcer, Ms. Susannah Winstead came to speak to us about living in a historic neighborhood and provided insight into beneﬁts that homeowners can take advantage of.
Ms. Winstead is the Executive Secretary as well to the HAPC, which reviews and recommends what the city of Norfolk adopts as ordinances, policies, regulations and guidelines for the purpose to help promote the preservation of historic structures and properties in the city.
She also spoke on they different types of historical districts and what they bring to the community. One being the Local Registered Historical District, which has designated district guidelines that is governed by local zoning and a design review process. This provides the only legal protection for historic resources. It positively effects or stabilizes property values. A Certiﬁcate of Appropriateness is required.
The other type is the State and National Registered Historical Districts, which is governed by the US Department of the Interior and the State of Virginia to help promote federal funding initiatives. Homeowners might be eligible for up to a 25% tax credit for the cost of rehabilitating a home. This applies if the work done is in accordance with the designated interior’s standards. A home owner would have to have a consult prior to starting work. Studies show that this type of designation results in a rise in property values as well.
Elenna Berry of Hope House and Norma Dorey of Changes Spa asked the board for the GNL assistance in for promoting a Holiday Home Tour this season. Beneﬁts will go to the Hope House Foundation. Mrs Berry as Hope Houses Event Director will be taking upon almost all organizing and planning efforts. The event will be held the sunday after thanksgiving. In years past the event held a fashion show located in the parking lot of Changes Spa on 21st St. They also have had food from local restaurants and wine. This year they would also like to extend the event to a home tour of 5-7 homes in the Ghent area. Ticket holder will be give a map of the homes. For safety reasons they will have a ticket that will be marked in some fashion that will show they have toured this home already. GNL is being asked to help ﬁnd homes that wish to participate in this event.
Action: It was decided to discuss this at the board retreat and will notify Mrs. Berry and Mrs. Dorey of our decision.
- 2009/2010 Committee Chairs Reports
- No reports, it was decided that due to new appointment of chairs at the retreat to hold off on report till next month.
Approval of May Minutes
Approved: Asked that the middle name Douglas be placed in Brian Smiths name in the future due to his common name and being confused with other Brian Smith’s.
- Planning Commission Items
- Design Review Items
- Audit Committee
- Meeting soon
- Meeting site
- Decided to hold discussion for board retreat after discussion with member input.
- Ghent Dog Park Association
- Fence and columns will be put up soon. Expect to see progress over coming weeks.
- GNL Board Elections
- A board member inquired into why one board member on the election ballot received only a one year term. It pointed out that this was discussed and resolved at the May ’09 meeting without objection. It was reported that the by-laws state that three general board members are elected each year for two year terms. It was suggested that future board vacancies not be combined with annual general election ballots.
A member brought up the idea of Queens Day. Something they do in Europe, people in the community place their unwanted items onto he street on the same day and people take what they wish.
Action: Board said they would look into if the city would allow such a event.
Items for July Agenda
- Light Rail