Arlington Council elects officers
For the first time in quite a few years, no guest speaker was lined up for the monthly Arlington Civic Council meeting.
Nevertheless, the ACC held its last regular business meeting of the 2006-07 season at the Henry Kaufmann Center on Salisbury Street as planned on May 7.
The organization did hold its election of officers for 2007. The election turned out to be uncontested for all positions on the board because only one person was nominated for each position.
The new slate of officers includes Teri Cataldo as president, Roxanne Beer as vice-president, Mary Ann Alex as treasurer, Frances Brooks as recording secretary and Jerry Alex as recording secretary.
Ms. Cataldo, this past season's vice-president, replaces Debby Lewis as president. Mary Ann Alex and Jerry Alex remain at the same officer positions they served in this past year. Ms. Beer has become the vice-president after serving as treasurer this year.
Ms. Brooks served as the organizations' ‘graphics' person this past year.
Other things that were discussed at the meeting included a report on the Mother's Day Luncheon and Card Party held by the ACC the day before their meeting. The luncheon is always held the Sunday before the actual national event because otherwise the attendance would be low because the intended honorees would all be spending time at home with or visiting at their relatives.
The upcoming annual Appreciation Dinner on June 4 (that is held at the Kaufmann Center on the first Monday evening of the month instead of the regular meeting) was also mentioned. The tickets for the event are $7 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting one of the current board members.
Michele Balcer, the ACC special projects manager, informed every one at the meeting that the local citizens' organization was able to get the Department of City Planning to “pull the re-zoning of Arlington” being done through the Map Pittsburgh process, until further notice.
When city planners Neha Gabhawala and Josette Fitzgibbons addressed a large crowd at the ACC's meeting in April, a great deal of confusion stemmed from their report to the local residents who fear the former Arlington Heights housing project may be zoned for and eventually converted back into subsidized housing.
The city planners noted that Arlington Heights (which has just a handful of apartment buildings) and the Arlington neighborhood were separate issues regarding the rezoning process of Map Pittsburgh. It was during the April meeting that the city planners noted that the Arlington Heights had been rezoned for multi-residential use.
Ms. Balcer said that is not the case and no decision has been made yet on the fate of Arlington Heights regarding the rezoning process.
Ms. Balcer and other neighborhood organizers want the planners to be deal with Arlington Heights and Arlington (including the Hollow section located below Josephine Street) together as one entity because it is too important an issue to keep them separated when it comes to rezoning and the neighborhoods are too closely connected to each other.
Anyone that has questions about this process may call 412-431-3698, according to the Arlington CC newsletter. The newsletter indicates ‘Please leave your name, number and phone number”.
Although there was no guest speaker at the civic council meeting, Zone 3 police officer Christine Luffy showed up at the Arlington Block Watch meeting that preceded it. Ms. Luffy reported that criminal activity in Arlington for the year to date is nothing out of the ordinary, but there are a handful of other neighborhoods in the large Zone 3 district that have flared up worse than usual.
Finally, a woman in the audience at the meeting took issue with a note in the ACC's monthly newsletter in May about eight abandoned cars on the property of 210 Flack Street. The item in the newsletter said that the owner of the property is allegedly using this address as an unauthorized junk/scrap yard business.
The woman who complained about the item in the newsletter corrected the ACC officers about this erroneous report. She said it is not the property owner responsible for the eight junked cars, but the tenant of the property. The woman said a relative of hers owns the property and that the situation has already been remedied through the city Bureau of Building Inspection (BBI).
Another item that was discussed by those at the meeting centered on the fate of the former dialysis center building that was constructed in the heart of Arlington Avenue's small business district less than five years ago.
The facility, with plenty of parking in a neighborhood where parking can be at a premium, has sat idle for more than three years which has the residents concerned. Apparently, the owner has an asking price for the building that far exceeds the average property value of the neighborhood.