The Alta Vista Neighborhood Association will hold a formal meeting to introduce new officers and provide updates on events/information for our community on Thursday, November 1st.
Please join us! Doors to the church will be open at 5:00, meeting starts at 5:30 and we will conclude promptly at 6:30 pm.
(If you wish to speak or present at this meeting, please contact Dorothy Dowe in advance so you can be included on the agenda (email@example.com or 864-884-4444)).
Minutes from November 1st Meeting:
November 1, 2018
· Meeting called to order at 5:30 by Curt Hall, outgoing President of AVNA. Introduced new officers of the Association, Dorothy Dowe as President and Gareth Crain as Vice President. Discussed role of AVNA.
· Dorothy Dowe introduced herself to attendees and new officers including Gareth Crain (Vice President), Trey Gardner (Secretary/Treasurer) and Pat Rawlins (Social Chair).
· Gareth Crain presented Treasurer’s Report in lieu of Trey Gardner who was not able to be present.
· Jeff Waters of the City of Greenville staff discussed the Cleveland Park Master Plan along with an illustrative map. The Master Plan and information on this project can be accessed at the following website: https://www.greenvillesc.gov/1474/Cleveland-Park-Master-Plan
· Councilman Wil Brasington and City Traffic Engineer, Allen Reid discussed the McDaniel Ave traffic calming project. $100,000 has been approved by the City of Greenville and will cover work to be done on McDaniel between Augusta Rd and Crescent Ave. Work will add curb space (bump outs), reduce traffic lanes to 11 feet, add a painted median and chevron painting to indicate bike traffic (there is not a dedicated bike lane). Work/design is approved by State DOT as a traffic calming design. Work is expected to begin in 2 weeks and will take place between 9 am and 4 pm. The project duration is approximately 60 days. It was also discussed that McDaniel Ave, Jones Ave, and Cleveland St in Alta Vista are owned by the state of South Carolina. George Fletcher confirmed that discussions are underway regarding that ownership. Questions were raised regarding the plan for the other end of McDaniel between Cleveland Street and Woodland Way and Councilman Brasington confirmed that those discussions continue between the City and the McDaniel Avenue Traffic Calming Committee. Members of this committee are Elizabeth Baucom, Ginger Cebe, Chip Price, Lynn Yeargin, Murray McKissick and Dorothy Dowe.
· Councilman Brasington discussed the proposed subdivision at the 808 McDaniel Ave location. The property was recently sold and consists of approximately 1.8 acres zoned R9 (9000 sq. ft. per lot) which complies with Alta Vista zoning. An application for the property to be divided into 7 lots was withdrawn from the October Planning Commission agenda by the developer and is expected to be presented at the December meeting. Councilman Brasington said that the large magnolia tree on this property has been designated as a “heritage tree”, which carries with it certain stipulations pertaining to its treatment per city law.
· The sidewalk construction on Cleveland Street (North side) between McDaniel avenue and Southland Boulevard is scheduled for early 2019
· Chief Kovalcik of the Greenville Fire Department presented the plans for the new fire station which will replace the one currently located at Augusta and Faris Rd. The new building is currently undergoing design work with the architect and will be located directly behind the current building facing Faris Rd. Two houses on Faris Road behind the existing fire department will be removed to provide the location for the new building. All property work is expected to close by the second week of November and construction is expected to take 18 months with a budget of $5.2M.
· Officer Tom Sanford of the Greenville Police Department presented a comparison of crime data for the period May-October 2018 vs. the same period in 2017. That data showed a 37% reduction in crime for the 2018 period with 2 violent crimes in Alta Vista in the past six months. He emphasized that this time of year typically has an increase in automobile break ins and stressed the importance of locking vehicles and removing valuable property from those vehicles.
· Dorothy Dowe discussed AVNA communications going forward will be via “Next Door” and direct email contact, and asked that residents add their email addresses to the sign in sheet or contact her directly if they wished to be included on the direct emails. She also communicated that 2019 meetings will be held quarterly on the following dates (first Thursday of the quarter, altered in July for the July 4thholiday): January 3, April 4, July 11, and October 3. The next social event will be held on April 28. She also presented the dates for the Greenville Master Plan Design Studio meetings.
· Meeting adjourned at 6:35 and follow-up question and answer opportunity was provided with city representatives.
Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Dowe and Gareth Crain