The meeting was held via Zoom and a group safely gathered at LeBlond Rec Center and joined via Zoom with a projector. In total 74 attended the meeting with 67 residents/owners.
The meeting started at 7:03 PM
A motion was made to approve the November 2nd minutes and they were approved.
Jane Sites initiated and directed the voting process. She introduced the candidates:
President : Jane Sites & Craig Stanton
Vice President: Zac Davidson & Patrick Ormond
Treasurer: Jeff Stewart
Secretary: Mary Beth Wilker & Terri Davidson
NSP: Regina Moss
The candidates were given 20 seconds to introduce themselves and then field any questions from attendees.
Jane Sites then moved to direct the LeBlond attendees to cast their vote live at this time and for the Zoom attendees to cast their vote at the ballots available at LeBlond during the week up until 5:00 pm on Friday 12/11/20. Tim Hinde, Secretary, further explained the process of stopping by LeBlond to cast votes. Jane directed the people on Zoom to put their name and address in chat. There was some confusion on this point with the attendees and with the Secretary. Some of the attendees completed the chat and some did not. The Secretary completed an attendance sheet of the attendees present on Zoom. A separate attendance sheet was completed by the attendees at LeBlond.
Police Report: Captain Jones reported activity to be similar to the month prior with reduced criminal activity, particularly in the area of theft from auto(TFA) which had spiked several months prior. He did not have a lot to report which he stated was a good thing.
Officer Butler added the offenses that did occur: 3 TFA with 2 on Wilmer and 1 on Riverside, 2 thefts with 1 at the school and 1 on Gladstone. He also stated that 2 of the regular TFA offenders have been arrested and this has contributed to the improvement we are experiencing in this area.
A question was asked regarding hunting within city limits. Officer Butler responded that there are some designated areas on nature preserves where permits can be issued for bow hunting, but not gun hunting. The police should be called if any gun hunting is suspected.
School Report: Charlene Myers reported that all of the students from Pre-K – 7 will be receiving a Christmas gift this year from donations they have received from different organizations. They are going to have a Santa Parade that will follow the same route as the Graduation Parade on Mon 12/14 & Tues 12/15. As the students drive up there will be a box for letters to Santa, they will be handed a gift, and there will be carols and Christmas music. They are very pleased to be able to provide this to the students. They are still awaiting a decision from the State regarding requirements of Senior testing as they have postponed the vote.
Charlene also announced that she will be retiring from the Principal position on March 1, 2021. She mentioned it has been a difficult year and she has some health challenges and with her years of service she is eligible to retire. This has not been announced to the students yet.
Jason Dearwester, Assistant Principal, was introduced. Mr Dearwester stated that he would be applying for the Principal position and will be happy to work with the EEAC if so assigned.
Cristan Tye extended a thank you and great deal of appreciation to many individuals who have contributed donations over the course of the pandemic and for Christmas.
Patrick Ormond announced that Tim Jordan at Riverfront Live has offered to donate $1,000 for the kids to buy gifts through Amazon for their families. Patrick requested that later in the meeting we make a motion for the EEAC to match this donation by contributing an additional $1,000 to this effort.
LeBlond Rec Center: Oliver Wuensch reported that the CRC is promoting a toy drive and are looking for nominations of 2 children in each neighborhood who would be a good fit to be recipients. Oliver has more information and looking for nominations in the East End. CRC is offering mini-camps through the Holiday Season in other locations and Oliver is available for anyone who wants more information regarding these programs. Programming update: yoga classes have ended due to instructor is a student and is returning home for winter break. Spinning is available on Tuesdays and volleyball continues to grow on Wednesdays and Fridays with an advanced volleyball session starting on Mondays. The fitness room is available but please call ahead for availability as only 3 people are permitted in the room at any one time.
Treasury Report: Jeff Stewart reported that the current balance at the end of November is $13,203.00 A motion and 2nd was made and the report was accepted.
NSP Report: Regina Moss reported all forms for 2020 were submitted in a timely manner. There were $6,078 granted and $6,076.07 spent, leaving a balance of $1.93. These funds were used for the EE brochure, map & research, neighborhood beautification, neighborhood outreach, and PO Box.
The allotted funds for 2021 will be $7,987.00. It will need to be determined how the East End will use these funds and report back to the city. Regina made several suggestions of categories these funds could be allocated to.
A motion and 2nd was made to accept the 2020 report and was accepted.
It was suggested a motion be made to determine how the 2021 funds will be allocated. Much open conversation happened at LeBlond that was not audible on Zoom. Ultimately a motion and 2nd was made to form a committee to decide how the 2021 NSP funds will be used. Anyone interested in joining the committee were direct to contact Regina Moss: firstname.lastname@example.org
, or Jane Sites: email@example.com
Eden Subdivision Presentation: Terry Inman presented that Phase 1 of the Eden Development has 4 lots that has been well received with only 1 remaining available. In collaboration with Jeff Stewart he is asking for the community’s support in subdividing an additional 5 lots. Several questions were addressed and clarification was made that no variances are necessary. A motion and a 2nd was made to approve the 5 lots and they were approved.
Help for students of Riverview Academy:
Melisse May requested special funds for the staff at Riverview East Academy as their has been a shortage of staff with staff members infected and navigating the challenges of offline/online learning. In addition to educating the staff provides emotional support to the students. There are 75 staff members. The request is for the EEAC to contribute $500 that could be used for spirit wear and other apparel with the school logo. These items could worn while teaching and supporting the school culture.
Patrick Ormond then re-visited the program he explained earlier in the meeting and asked for a motion for the EEAC to approve a total of $1,500 to support these two separate programs. A motion and 2nd was made and the funding was approved.
Announcement: Oliver Wuensch announced from a Zoom message that if anyone would like to call Craig Stanton, candidate for President, with any questions, he can be reached at 443-613-1856.
Nick Motz asked for an opportunity to make a statement and this was granted. He stated that as a member he wanted this to be of record and included in the minutes. Mr Motz introduced himself and began his statement regarding a letter that was requested by the President to be read at the September EEAC meeting. When he got to the part that his letter was not read, Jane Sites stopped his statement stating this is out of order and suggested there is a process for ethical complaints and directed ethical concerns to City Councilman Greg Landsman. Mr Motz stated again that he wanted to put this on record for the minutes of this meeting. Jane stated this was out of order. An attendee on Zoom asked that Mr Motz not be interrupted. A series of statements back and forth ensued with several people speaking at once. Zoom attendees stated they wanted to hear what he has to say. Jane Sites stated this meeting is adjorned at 8:05 pm without a motion or a 2nd and no formal adjournment and ended the meeting at LeBlond. The Zoom meeting was left on by the host, Secretary Tim Hinde. Many Zoom attendees stayed on the meeting. Mr Motz was given the opportunity to make his statement. He started from the beginning and the following is the statement he made:
I’m Nick Motz
I am the current president of the 3East CDC.
I am a voting member of EEAC – property & business owner in the East End.
I am a 20+ year licensed real estate broker in OH and agnet in KY.
@ SEPT MEETING
• EEAC President asked me to send letter from (3 East CDC) to your secretary to read to THIS body at the meeting – updating you on the Garden & Parking Project progress
• I delivered the letter to your secretary.
• Just before the meeting your secretary was instructed by your President: “Give me the letter. You will not be reading this tonite. I’ll take care of it.”
• The letter IN FACT, WAS NOT read by your President.
• And the minutes and recorded video of the Sept meeting show the President paraphrased the letter’s contents incorrectly
• the minutes also show the President’s personal interpretation of the Garden District Plan and outright false facts that were given at the meeting,
@ NOV MEETING
• President created the “Garden District Committee.” The minutes state specifically:
The goal of this community garden committee will be to assure inclusion and membership of residents, owners and City Departments
A SPECIAL MEETING WAS CALLED THE FOLLOWING WEEK FOR THE NEW COMMITTEE
• Meeting was advertised as a meeting to “accept volunteers”
• No volunteer request was made at the meeting
• It was also very apparent the committee was already running in some capacity in the background WITHOUT VOLUNTEERS
• REMINDER the committee was established INCLUSIVE of OWNERS.
• I am an owner and stakeholder. MANY OF YOU ARE OWNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS
• I have now made over 4 requests to the President
• I know of at least 3 other owners/stakeholders that have experienced the same silence, and been shut out to date.
• All have fallen on deaf ears
I’D LIKE TO OFFER A QUICK REMINDER OF A COUNCIL PRESIDENT’S DUTY TO HIS BODY:
• impartial, unbiased, fair representation of the ENTIRE COMMUNITY
• A president CANNOT take sides
• AND a president MUST let all sides be fairly represented
Mr Motz stated this concludes what he wanted to say.
Elizabeth Corcoran stated that she and her husband Joe were not aware of the forming of a Garden District Committee and her husband Joe Corcoran started the gardens over 20 years ago. She went on to say that he has not abandoned them but has fallen ill and needs help.
No one else had anything to add and the Zoom meeting was ended approximately 6 to 7 minutes after the LeBlond portion.