Updated: Nov 10
The meeting was called to order at 7:05PM. Location was at Mobtown Brewing Company.
The following membership stats were shared:
31 new signups this year with 3 in October.
Total member count is 104, 8 more than last year.
The next dumpster day will be November 19. A reminder will be emailed to members the day before. The dumpster arrives usually between 8:00-8:15AM (sometimes earlier). On dumpster day, just ahead on over and it will be there. Please ensure anything placed in the dumpster is fully inside and not sticking out to prevent injuries. Any glass should be laid up against the side. Location will be at the corner of Dillon and Grundy Streets or as close as possible depending on spot availability.
Saturday, December 3 will be the return of Breakfast with Santa. This was first started in the Before Times and it will not return. Location will be at Mobtown Brewing Company. More details will be shared soon on time and cost.
Saturday, December 10 will the annual Holiday House Decorating Tour. Look for a registration link to signup your house to be on the tour map. The event will kick off on the 600 block of Grundy Street. More details will be shared in the coming weeks.
Once again, Brewers Hill Neighbors will be adopting families at Graceland Park Elementary School and Brewers Hill will be donating Christmas presents from the families' wish list. Wish lists will likely be an Amazon Wish List to make ordering options easier. We hope to bring back the happy hour event at Knotty Pine where residents can drop off items, purchase some raffle tickets, and enjoy in some fellowship. There will be drop-off boxes at neighborhood businesses. Once all items have been collected, there is a wrapping event at Push511 to wrap up all the gifts. More details will be shared once the families are identified to Brewers Hill Neighbors.
The first meeting for 2023 will be January 10, 2023.
Ethan Hasiuk from Councilperson Zeke Cohen's Office Ethan attended the meeting and introduced himself. He joined Councilperson Cohen's office recently and is working on better constituent services as well as working with DOT to address traffic and other transportation issues with communities. Contact info: 410-929-5479, Ethan.Hasiuk@baltimorecity.gov
Emily Socolinksy from Five x3 Training
Emily shared information about a self defensive seminar to be held at the Five x3 gym in January or February next year. Steve Wakefoose will conduct the seminar. The first part of the seminar focuses on situation awareness and how to avoid situations. The second part focuses on self defense. Cost of the class if $75 per person. Once a date has been set, information will be shared.
Here is a short video of a prior seminar: https://youtu.be/9nGLked4gqg
Kevin Koeing, The Exchange Club of Highlandtown and Canton Kevin shared information about the The Exchange Club and its mission. Its main focus in helping children in SE Baltimore (mainly 21224 but some other zip codes are included). There is a scholarship program for students living in SE Baltimore, they are helping with the feeding program at Breath of God Lutheran church, and also partner with Canton Community Association for a toy drive event in December. Those toys are delivered to the SE BPD who distributes them to children.
The Exchange Club meets twice a month. One the first Wednesday of the month, they have a business lunch at Claddagh Pub in Canton at 12PM. On the third Wednesday of the month, they have a happy hour that has been at various locations. Anyone who is interested in attending a lunch or happy hour to learn more is welcome.
Obrecht Commercial Real Estate Wells Obrecht and Ryan Scully from Avalon Bay shared slides and details about a new apartment building to be built int he Brewers Hill PUD. Avalon Bay will be the developers of the building. Ryan shared that their focus in building and investing in the community. They will be developing the building and also will be managing the apartments. Avalon Bay looks to operate their buildings in communities long term.
The location of this building will be in the parking lot area in front of Toone Street (where the Porter building and DiPasquale's are). It will be a 7 story, 400 unit apartment building. The parking garage will be inside the building surrounded by residential units. The ground floor units along Toone Street will be built with a stoop so that it looks like a Baltimore home.
In additions to the building, the parking lot area where the Panera Bread is located will be redesigned to be more efficient, be easier to navigate, and have more parking spaces. Dean Street will also be extended from Toone to Boston for a right turn only onto Boston. There will also be a right turn on Dean from Boston. There will be more entry and exit points than the current location at Conkling.
The redesigned parking lot will be first starting around May and will take about 5 months to start. The apartment building work will start around November 2023 and will take about 3 years to complete.
The following PDF contains the slides of images shared at the meeting.
ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS
Nominees were introduced and each nominee gave a brief introduction. Ballots were given to all registered members for voting. Votes were counted by Phil a'Becket and Kate McCarthy during the final guest speaker's presentation.
Results were as follows:
At-Large Members: Donna Beitler, Alison Magagnosc, and Melissa Vincent
Treasurer: Andy Flacks (unoppsoed)
President: Brant Fisher (unopposed)
New members start their term on January 1, 2023. President and Treasurer serve for two years. At-Large Members serve for one year.
As stated at the September meeting, Joe DiSeta, is stepping down from the board in 2023 as at At-Large Member in the Immediate Past President role. His decision to do so was to allow for residents who were interested in being on the board the opportunity to do so.
The engineer on the DPW water main replacement project has changed. The new contact is Shujaat Khan. Contact info is 443-653-5191. If there are any issues with pipes or water service, Shujaat should be contacted immediately by phone or text. Do not contact 311 as they will not be able to assist.
Thanks were provided to Kate and Brant for their work in planning the Porch and Patio Crawl which was a success after a two year hiatus; and also to Jacklyn and others who helped plan the Halloween Costume Parade. Jacklyn had the idea and planned the first Halloween event in 2020 during the pandemic and it's been a family favorite ever since! Thanks was given to Mobtown for opening up on Tuesday and letting us hold our meeting there.
Finally, joining the board is really a fun experience and a great way to get more involved in the community, both in Brewers Hill and around Baltimore. Elections are held each year and its encouraged to think about joining and getting involved - even as President (it's an easy job)!
Meeting was adjourned at 8:30PM. The next and first meeting of 2023 will be January 10, 2023.