September Meeting Notes
Ellendale Neighborhood Association Meeting Notes
September 10, 2018
· Approval of August Minutes deferred until November to give members additional opportunity to review
· Community Reports
Alderman Scott Ogilvie (24th Ward)
The board officially thanked Ogilvie for his efforts in getting the new striping and resurfacing on McCausland.
A question was asked regarding why St. Louis City Police do not write more speeding tickets in particularly on Ellendale and Wabash where the current speed limit is 25mph. Ogilvie responded by saying that street design is proven to do more to slow down traffic than writing tickets.
The Gathering Church officially opened and they have offered to allow ENA and others in the community meeting space.
New trash trucks have been ordered and will soon be delivered which will remedy the recent problems associated with refuse collection.
Ogilvie has been working to improve maintenance along the new greenway trail. He recently met with forestry officials to clearly lay guidelines and expectations regarding responsible upkeep.
o KaJauna Thomas (NSO, 24th Ward)
No report. Not present at meeting.
o Officer Don Veile (2nd District)
Not present at meeting
Abandoned car at 7101Ellendale Place was towed. Special thanks to Captain Mike Deeba for helping making this happen.
· Resident concerned about grass not being cut at 7101 Ellendale Place as well. Matt said his calls have not been returned regarding maintenance of the property. Group will continue to follow-up with City for updates & resolution.
Resident that lives on Hermitage has noticed what she believes to be increased drug activity particularly between SUV’s that have been stopping for short periods of time and making exchanges with people on foot. Matt Sisul took down information which he will share it with the police. From Capt. Deeba, SLMPD: Residents are encouraged to call 911 or 241-COPS hotline to report drug activity.
Resident also concerned with increased activity at Slay Park that also appears to be drug related. Ogilvie noted concerns and will also share with police.
Update on shooting at 12:30 AM on August 3rd at McCausland and Southwest Ave.
· None of the individuals were residents of neighborhood. Incident started outside of neighborhood and carried over to the intersection
· Injured person would not cooperate with police at hospital
· The investigation is ongoing, but does not appear to be a random act of violence
· Board Report
Treasurer’s Report (Joe Nea)
· July 9th balance was $ 335.46
· Membership dues received; $6/month maintenance fee charged by bank (ENA executive board will research alternatives and propose something formal to members for consideration at an upcoming meeting)
· September 10th balance is $359.46
Housing Committee Report (Lesley Wilson)
· Not present
· Matt reminded everyone that this is an open committee, meaning that committee members are not elected, and so residents are encouraged to participate.
· National Neighborhood Night Out (Jacqi Kamp)
o Canceled for this year due to bad weather
· Annual Officer Elections (President, Vice President, Secretary)
All current officers were re-elected by unanimous voice vote to serve another term.
· New Business (Matt Sisul)
o Resident concerned about increased traffic down the multiple dead end streets off of Emilie where cars have to turn around. She is wondering if signage visibility could be improved. Ald. Ogilvie promised to research but is open to suggestions
o 2018 Dues
o Volunteers needed for ENA pollinator garden
o Request for Block Captains
o River des Peres Trash Bash
Saturday, October 20th 8am to 2pm
Various location including Wilmore Park
o Suggestion was made that ENA canvas the neighborhood promoting the organization and upcoming meetings. It was decided that ENA will distribute door-to-door flyer reminders for November meeting. We may also do this in spring/early summer if there are enough volunteers to help.
· Motion to adjourn by Charlie White, seconded by Mary Scanlon. Meeting adjourned at 7:52.