Minutes – June 15th, 2016

 

The association met at 7:00pm at Childreach.

Present:

 

Blake Jeffrey
Bursch Laurie
Doroshenko Dan
Doroshenko Gayle
Edwards Jamie
Graham Gord
Hamm Nancy
Lukach Angela
Reeves Nadine
Webster Ariel
McNaughton Andrea
Ghosh Dhira
Armistead Robin
Carr Shelley

 

    • Angela called the meeting to order at 7:05
    • MOTION:  Jeff made a motion to approve the previous minutes, seconded by Deb, the motion passed.
    • Andrea McNaughton and Dhira Ghosh from the City joined us to speak about the simcoe monument.
      • Embarking on a community consultation process regarding the simcoe school war monument (currently located on Simcoe street in front of Simcoe Gardens).  Hoping to restore it and potentially relocate it.
      • There is no rush, will do due diligence
      • Property of the City of London – the City is responsible for maintenance
      • Some students from the Simcoe school went to war during WW1 and died.  This monument was in memory of them.
      • Jamie offered the assistance of the association in gathering information regarding public sentiment regarding the monument.
      • Potential locations include one of the parks in the neighbourhood or at the Goodwill across the road.
      • Angela requested a progress report in September
    • Although we were originally going to elect a vice president during this meeting, nobody was there to have their name stand.

 

  • MOTION:  Nancy made a motion to postpone the election of VP, seconded by Gord.  The motion passed.

 

    • Angela raised the issue of us not being able to continue using the Roundhouse for our meetings.
      • Childreach on Maitland have offered to host us.  They have ample space and their building is fully accessible.
      • The executive will make arrangements and announce the location and time once it is finalized.

 

  • MOTION:  Jamie made a motion to write a thank you letter to the roundhouse.  Seconded by Deb.  The motion passed.

 

    • Angela brought up the question of whether or not we should partner with Villager publications
      • It will help to get the word out to people, even if most people don’t read it
      • All of the advertisers would be local businesses (from the neighbourhood)
      • It would be called the “SoHo Villager”
      • It would cost us nothing, paid for by advertising.  We can submit articles and photos for free.

 

  • MOTION:  Nancy made a motion to approach villager publications, seconded by Deb.  The motion passed.

 

  • Angela has a plan for a membership drive, and it will revolve around the announcement of the plans for the hospital lands.
  • Market Update
    • Gord suggested cooperating with local businesses
    • Shelley gave an update on the market
      • She assisted last year and is also the market manager for the Southdale Market.
      • She is cross marketing between the two markets.
      • She will contact Heemans about getting strawberries
      • Looking towards starting up June 28th.  We have 4 vendors, aiming for 10.
      • First market week is free.
      • Vegetable vendors are needed.
      • Had an interview with the Free Press, they are mostly focused on licensing issues and delays.
  • Laurie asked when the “Block Party” dance party would be happening
    • Angela said she would find out more information
  • Laurie announced that the city has changed garbage collection to 3 bags (from four).
  • Jamie gave an update on our Libro Prosperity Fund grant
    • We have made it through the first round and will be presenting to Libro tomorrow night
    • The funds would go towards the 2017 market as they are not released until the fall.
    • The aim is to make it self sustaining.  This is a one-time grant, but they are looking for the project to fund itself after the first year.
    • Majority of the costs are marketing, insurance,and capital expenditures.
  • The movie night is this weekend.  Movie will not be able to begin until sunset, so activities have been arranged to entertain people until the movie starts.
  • Jeff announced that a commemorative plaque for the naming of “Richmond Row”
  • MOTION:  At 8:12pm, Shelley made a motion to adjourn, Gord seconded, the motion passed.

 

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