Radcliffeborough Neighborhood Association

March 27th Neighborhood Meeting Minutes

March 27th Minutes

President Robert Russell called the meeting to order and began by thanking our hosts, Ashley Hall School, for their continuing hospitality in hosting neighborhood meetings. Additionally, he gave special thanks to vice-president Jean Arnold for providing wine for the meeting.

There were three significant items on the agenda for the meeting: a follow up to a previous proposal to change the by-laws by streamlining and re-naming the committee structure, the narrating of various committee reports, and an update on the Ashley Hall School master plan.

With regard to amending the by laws to allow for the streamlining of the old committee structure, the president allowed that the proper preliminary procedures had been followed, and he called for a motion from the floor to amend the by laws as proposed. A motion was advanced and seconded and a show-of-hands vote was unanimous in approval, as the motion passed.

Reports from the three neighborhood committees followed, led by a report from the Design,
Development, and Preservation Committee’s chairman, Robert Ballard who spent considerable time
clarifying the various complexities involved in changing one way streets into two way, as this will continue to be a major defining goal for the neighborhood, aiming especially at Coming St. and Rutledge Ave. Robert pointed out that the committee was in the process of dividing responsibilities as to zoning, design, and preservation concerns. Livability Chair Bart Yancey reported that he was completing the organization of his committee and that they hoped to meet in the near future to organize into an efficient working committee. Planning and Programs chair Dan Lesesne reported that they had
taken significant steps to improve the efficiency of neighborhood communication. Committee member Jean Arnold had already streamlined the e-mail list of members and that he was actively exploring the
merits of our establishing our own website. Dan pointed out that a tentative date and venue for the neighborhood’s spring party had been established: April 26, at no. 64 Warren St., home of Brad and
Sunny Collins. Confirmation would follow and would include specific time other details. He urged all to spread the word.

President Russell next introduced Karen Phillips, chair of the Ashley Hall board of trustees, who
provided a detailed summary of Ashley Hall’s “master plan” for the future and where the school was in
the development process. Highlights included her confirming that A.H. is presently under contract to purchase the parcel located on the Northeast corner of Rutledge Ave. and Vanderhorst St., the site which had previously marked the effort of Sun Trust Bank to establish a branch. She pointed to a number of changes in original plans and expansion ideas, and she concluded her presentation by stressing the Ashley Hall was vitally interested in maintaining close and fruitful relations with the neighborhood in general and the neighborhood association in particular.

President Russell concluded the meeting by thanking everyone, reiterating thanks to Ashley Hall
and by announcing that the next regular meeting would take place on May 15 in the Ashley Hall recital
hall.

Posted by radcliffe on 04/15/2008
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