October 07, 2019 (A week early due to the Columbus Day Holiday)
Olmsted Lodge, 171 Reservoir AVE, Rochester NY
Refreshments: Rev. Judy Hay
Introductions: Lisa Reagan
Note: The next NBN6 meeting will be on Monday, November 4, 2019 due to the Veterans’ Day Holiday.
I Crime Prevention Reports – Community Affairs Officer
- Genesee Section – No major crimes.
- Larcenies – Packages taken by doors, Track on-line purchases. Keep cars locked. Nine golf carts stolen in three days from Genesee Valley park. Police recovered all of them at various locations around the city.
- Injured Police Officer – Neighbors asked about the officer severely injured responding to a domestic abuse call. The officer is a 23 year veteran, serving in the same area. Currently, two officers can respond to an incident but come from different directions in patrol cars. In this case, the officer tried to coax the suspect out from under a bed. The suspect then attacked the officer with a knife. The office called for help and good Samaritan helpers entered the room to help break up the attack. Other officers then arrived and subdued the suspect using stun-guns. The officer is in a hospital and the suspect has been arrested, as noted by news reports after the meeting.
- Call 911 for any immediate problems or suspicious activity. Police can make use of all reports of suspected criminal activity to help find suspects.
- Neighbors offered comments concerning packages taken from steps. Lockers are available at the 7-11 Store on South Clinton Avenue at Elmwood Avenue to receive packages. The store sends you an e-mail code and holds packages for three days for pickup. Delta Sonic on East Main Street and Michaels in Pittsford Plaza have similar arrangements for package delivery.
- A neighbor thanked officers for checking on her house by driving by it when she was away.
II Changes to Entertainment Licensing and Zoning Code Definitions – Zina Lagonegro
- The Police Department and Zoning officials are concerned due to the several devastating nightclub disasters that have happened around the country. They want to be sure the proper rule and regulations are in place to prevent such incidents in the city.
- The definitions for entertainment of Chapter 29, Amusement, used by the Police Licensing Unit and those in Chapter 120, The Zoning Code do not agree. The definitions are too broad, giving the appearance of a process that is not fair for all. The proposed change will add new definitions for Entertainment to clarify the laws.
- Entertainment (Background) Pre-recorded music played as a matter of routine and completely secondary to the principal use of a nonresidential establishment, which is not audible beyond the property line of the establishment premises between the hours of 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM, and not audible at a distance of 50 feet beyond such property line between the hours of 8:00 AM and 10:00 PM.
- Entertainment (Limited) Any live or recorded entertainment/music, other than background music, that is completely secondary to the principal use and where there is no dedicated stage or dance area that will be provided, nor will any permanent or temporary change to the approved floor plan be made to accommodate the use. For purposes of this section, “approved floor plan” is defined as the floor plan, seating plan, or other drawings in information that served as the basis for the establishment’s most recent building permit and maximum occupancy determinations issued pursuant to Chapter 39 Building Code of the Municipal Code.
- Entertainment (Public) Any theatrical or musical performance, concert, athletic contest or game, exhibition, or show, including a disk jockey or a dedicated dance floor, which is offered, operated, presented or exhibited to the public. This definition does not include municipal or school auditoriums, athletic fields, playgrounds, or public parks, limited entertainment/music, or background entertainment.
- Concerns – Talk to your neighborhood service center. If a location is not keeping to the required hours, call police. Music should remain inside an enclosed building.
- Zina provided a handout explaining the proposed change in detail.
III Genesee River Alliance – Helen Dumas
- The Genesee Land Trust hired Helen in July of 2019.
- Genesee River Alliance meets once a month. It builds partnerships with ROC the River, formerly River Romance, has a newsletter and Twitter account. The goal is to keep the community involved, organize events to enjoy the river. Helen meets with service centers, the Commissioner of Parks, and Youth Services. The Alliance worked with RIT students on a cleanup project.
- A neighbor was pleased with a recent walk along the river arranged by Helen Dumas. Helen worked with Rochester Gas & Electric so people had access at the river level downtown. Four or five RG&E people shepherded the group of over 40 people.
IV Terrance Building Security Issues Report – James H. Demps, III
- Abandoned multistory building on Elmwood Avenue, across from the Azalea Neighborhood.
- After the recent fire, with people on top of the building needing rescue assistance by the Fire Department, neighbors are concerned. Units from both the City and Brighton responded to the fire call. Police also responded to help control the situation.
- James spoke with Ralph DiTucci, the building’s owner. Security people are monitoring the building. First floor entrances to the building were reinforced with sheets of corrugated steel and stronger padlocks.
- Broken windows on 2nd and 3rd floors possibly due to rocks thrown. There also is graffiti on the building in various places.
- Call Mr. DiTucci, 911 or the Southwest Neighborhood Service Center, 585-428-7630 to report concerns.
- Neighbors were concerned that people were spotted again at the top of the building but not recently.
V Neighborhood Service Centers – Nancy Johns-Price and James H. Demps, III
- The city is concerned about the many smoking goods establishments appearing in neighborhoods that are not required to have any licensing other than paying sales tax. The city wants to be able to swiftly contact the owner and/or operator of these business to deal with neighborhood concerns. An example of this type of business is The Little Apothecary on South Avenue near Highland Avenue.
- The city is proposing changes to the Business Permit Categories to include tobacco products as defined below.
Smoking Goods Establishment: A premises where tobacco products, hookah products, vaping products, or related accessories are sold for on or off-premises use. Such products include but are not limited to cigarettes, cigars, herbal cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, dissolvable tobacco, bidis, gutka, shisha, roll-your-own/loose tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaping devices, electronic nicotine delivery systems, hookahs and related products, rolling papers, cartridges for electronic cigarette and vapor devices regardless of nicotine or tobacco content, and any other smoked or smokeless tobacco or nicotine-containing product. This definition does not include smoking cessation medication expressly approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use in smoking cessation programs.
- The Neighborhood Service Centers created a survey sheet to gather neighbors input on the proposed changes. They also scheduled six community meetings to discuss them. They will report to City Council in November 2019.
VI Southwest Quarterly – Rose O’Keefe
Nancy Daley is retiring and new people have stepped in to help. There are high standards for the publication. Advertising is important as 10,000 copies cost $8,000.00. Hart’s Grocery used to distribute 5,000 copies but has now gone out of business. They now pay for distribution, racks at Wegmans. The publication comes out on a quarterly basis, with a Holiday Issue. It helps sales at stores in the area.
VII Neighborhood Events
- Swillburg – German House, November 7, 2019
- The November NBN6 meeting is on the 4th, one week earlier due to the Veterans’ Day Holiday