General Meeting Minutes – July 1, 2014

Our latest general meeting was held at St. Anthony’s auditorium on July 1.  Here are the minutes from our latest monthly meeting

Meeting was called to order by James at 6:42PM

Crime Report:

Officer Jason Deary gave the Crime Report.  He provided his contact number for call back within 24 hours.  It is 727-551-3182.  There were 2 burglaries, 1 aggravated assault and a mugging (listed as unarmed robbery).  Residents expressed thanks for efforts to close down the drug house behind 539 6th Ave in the alley.  It was the last of the major known drug houses in the HUNA area.  Officer Deary shared how they were able to successfully access the house and why it can takes months to gain that access.

727 7th Ave is still having some issues with tenants drinking on the porch and the police are continuing to work with the owner.  The drugs and prostitutes are gone.

Their efforts are focused on working a possible new drug house in the neighborhood near 5th Avenue and 6th Street.

Residents raised a question regarding an unsecured, abandoned house at 801 8th Street N.  The property is being broken into regularly and transients have gained entry.  The home was scheduled for demolition according to codes.  Residents also advised that one of the three ‘kids on bikes’ associated with the drug house on 6th Ave is back and working 7th Ave driving to and from the Snack Shack.  Officer Deary will look into both issues.

Greenlight Pinellas:

Chris, the Senior Planner presented.  He walked residents through the process including the development of a detailed plan and feasibility study as to where the transit line is needed.  He also touched upon land use.  The key is improvement of the PSTA bus system.  An increase of 65% in bus services is expected, bringing residents to their jobs.  16 proposed light rail stations with surrounding mixed usage development will be needed.  All details can be seen at www.greenlightpinellas.com

The cost will be between 1.6 and 1.7 billion dollars over 25 years.  A light rail operation is approximately 1/3 the cost of running buses.  Bike and pedestrian improvements are also anticipated.  Funding will be via the 1% sales tax increase.  This amounts to roughly $13/household annually.  Williams Park buses will no longer be in service.  PSTA revenue is expected to increase from 30 million dollars to 130 million.  Jobs are expected to be created as part of the initiative, too.

Guest Speaker (Gazebo Update) – Susan Ajoc:

Susan Ajoc, Community Services Director, led a discussion about the new Gazebo.   After much discussion, a vote by meeting attendees was taken.  The following was agreed to by majority vote:

  • Build a new gazebo
  • Build it in the same location as the current gazebo
  • Build it with a 16 foot diameter
  • Roof color needs to be a dark green comparable to the green in our HUNA logo.

With this vote, Susan will be able to go back to city contractors and provide detailed costs at our next meeting along with a few additional questions for consideration (such as what type of flooring is desired, i.e.: concrete, hexagonal blocks, pavers, etc.)

New Business

No new business was discussed.

Miscellaneous

Meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.