x – Meeting Minutes March 13, 2012

Meeting of the Board of Directors
March 13, 2012
Merion Cricket Club


Attending: Wayne Hunt, President; Tom Wilkinson, 1st Vice President; Andy Orr, 2nd Vice President, Lorraine Jones, Treasurer; Jane Carton, Secretary; Ged Boudreau, Linda Aversa-Caldwell, Tash Duff, Hala Imms, George McFarland, Ann Mezey, Chris Robinson, Karen Shapiro, Lee Tabas

Excused: Stephen Billings

No Response: Shelly Brietling, Andrew Bruckner, Kerstin Humann, Stephen Lee, Frank Leto, Cary McClain, Steven Mezrow, Carol Rando, Paul Simpson, Andrea Straub

Commissioners: Cheryl Gelber, Scott Zelov

Guests: Brian McBride, Bernard Panzak, representing The Haverford School; Sallie Greenough, Ginny Williams representing The Garden Workers; Al Boris, Representing Habitat for Humanity, Philadelphia

Wayne Hunt convened the meeting at 7:32 pm and welcomed the guests.

Approval of the February 21, 2012 Board of Directors’ Meeting – Wayne moved that the minutes be approved, seconded by George McFarland and approved.

Treasurer’s Report – Lorraine Jones distributed a financial recap showing that funds amount to $3,515.62. A request to HCA from the Police Pension Association asking for a donation was voted down. Several board members remarked that they participate in this annual fund raising campaign on their own after receiving the same request as a township resident.

Haverford School – Wayne introduced Brian McBride, Haverford School Associate Head of External Affairs, who presented an overview of the landscape plan for the Lancaster Avenue corridor, adjacent to the school’s soccer/baseball field. Landscape Architect, Bernard Panzack, in coordination with the Lower Merion Township botanist, identified and explained the reasons behind the choice of plants to be used in the streetscape, scheduled to get under way in June. Evergreens, shrubs, perennials and ground covers will be used in an attractive combination to obstruct the view of the existing netting which must remain intact to protect neighbors from any errant balls.

Sharpe Park – Sallie Greenough and Ginny Williams, representing The Garden Workers, explained their voluntary commitment to planting and maintaining the Elizabeth Sharpe Park and Bird Sanctuary. Sallie thanked HCA for our sponsorship of the annual fall and spring special events and the financial donations, which help in underwriting the cost of always needed plant materials. Ged Boudreau and Chris Robinson volunteered to visit the park to familiarize themselves with the interior and come up with a plan to further assist The Garden Workers. Scott Zelov, LM Twp. Parks and Recreation Commissioner, noted that the chain link fence located along Station Road is on a schedule to be replaced with split rails, such as exists on the Montgomery Avenue border.

Art in Sharpe Park – Jane Carton distributed the June 9th event committee signup sheets and thanked those who have volunteered to serve. Jane reported that there is still room for more artisans. Ginny announced that there is a cleanup day scheduled for April 25, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. At that time, Lower Merion High School students will be on hand for a community service outreach day.

Commissioner’s Report

Scott Zelov (Ward 10)

  • The Acme is scheduled to reopen in late spring.
  • Ludington Library is behind schedule and is scheduled for reopening in June.
  • The Pennswood Bridge design is finished and expected to go under repair in 2013.

Cheryl Gelber (Ward 5)

  • The Clover Market will expand with a total of 120 venders when it opens this spring.

New Business – Al Boris spoke on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and announced that HH has opened “ReStore”, located at 2930 Jasper Street in Philadelphia. For store hours and information, please visit www.habitatphiladelphia.org or call 215-739-9300.

Next Meeting Date – Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 7:30 p.m at the Merion Cricket Club 2nd Floor Board Room.

Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.

PLEASE NOTE- Lower Merion Police Department Superintendent Michael McGrath will address the HCA at the May 8, 2012 board meeting. All are welcome!

Respectfully submitted,

Jane Carton, Secretary
March 15, 2012

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