October 05, 2020
Virtual Meeting on Zoom
Moderator: Judy Hay
Nancy Johns-Price Zoom Host
Minutes: Sandy Brewer & Bill Brewer
Welcome by Judy Hay
I Crime Prevention Reports –
A. Goodman Section – Officer Tony Belliard
1. Ten larcenies – 5 from motor vehicles
2. Three burglaries – Alpine ST, September 10 – Two houses next to each other had burglaries. One house had wicker chair stolen from it. The other house had candy taken from an open kitchen window. Rear windows broken using chair from back yard. September 11, Cayuga ST – Entry through door to back yard.
3. Motor vehicle theft – Gold St. Keys left in cars that were stolen. No arrests yet.
4. Stolen Car, Gold ST – Recovered car on Park AVE.
5. Lt. Rob Wilson has been assigned to the South East Neighborhood Service Center where retired Lt. Frank Alberti served. “ Happy to be here with Nancy Johns-Price. Looking forward to working with the Neighborhood Service Center”.
B. Genesee Section – Officer DeMaria
1. Burglary, September 01, 100-200 block of Rossiter RD.
2. Break-in, September 11 – Single family home.
3. Car larcenies – 505 Mt. Hope AVE – Cut catalytic converters from Episcopal Senior Living vans. Items stolen from inside cars – credit card, ripped up items.
4. Package theft, 400 Westfall RD – Package left out with return slip for Fed-Ex, suspect seen on camera.
5. Replacement – Jeff LaFave, new LT, new to Community Affairs, came from the Day Section at Genesee Section, will get him up to speed.
C. Central Section
1. No report.
II Highland Hospital Addition Update – Maureen Malone
A. Background – The hospital is busy due to the COVID-19. Private rooms are crucial to reach the goal of modernizing rooms to separate patients.
B. Brenda Michaud – Project update as of October 05
1. New tower construction design – 80,000 ft2 addition, four levels, construction deliveries to come from South AVE.
2. Micropiling will start at the end of October 2020. Micropiles are drilled piles, less disruptive to earth. There will be a concrete mixer operating on site from 7 AM to 3:30 PM. Tests cannot find a difference in vibrations when the micropiling work is done and when it stops. Recordings show negligible vibrations.
3. South Building – Demolish exterior in mid-January 2021.
4. Bulk of big truck traffic – Late 2020-2022, two-year time span.
5. Construction site logistics – Primary access from South AVE, Secondary access from Mount Vernon. Construction vehicles are not allowed to go south on Mount Vernon.
6. Communications – Use Highland Hospital web page and maps, construction timeline. Sign up for e-mail updates. Mike Thompson leads a meeting with neighbors in bi-monthly Zoom meeting with Highland. That group has tackled parking, smoking, vehicle traffic etc. It is open to other neighbors. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/highland/facilities
7. Three neighbors from Averill AVE, Linden ST, Hickory ST commented that construction dump trucks travel from Mount Hope Ave through residential streets to South Ave. is a concern. The hospital will communicate with truck drivers and foremen to prevent this. Contact the contacts on the webpage to let them know of concerns.
III Simeon Banister – Rochester Area Community Foundation
A. Background – The foundation offers Community Grants to strengthen and bring donors together with non-profit groups. RACF works within Monroe County, prioritizes area with two goals – Vitality and Equity. Grants for historical preservation, helping people age in place, reduce poverty, create racial understanding, addressing pernitious history of segregation. Information on how to access grant opportunities.
B. The RACF website reveals:
2. Homes as resource
3. Professional advisors – estate planning process
4. Scholarship program run by the RACF office – 2.5 million dollars for education, students encouraged to take advantage of it for college, mid-career shifts, for community scholarship, flexible, nurses needed.
5. Grant section on the website – RACF.org, newsletters, grant opportunities. Drop RACF a line, make sure many people see the opportunities, website eligibility. RACF is a 501(c)-3 corporation – they can receive funds to pass on to community groups, expenditure responsibilities.
6. Go to Grants – Grant Opportunity categories: Aging, Historic preservation, neighborhood/poverty, Education, African American Circle, Young Folks, Development for Persons with Disabilities, Early Childhood Development. Active grants are open and receiving applications. Some have rolling application openings, living donors, 1,300 things under the umbrella, unrestricted donors, donor advised funds and direct dollars. Special Regional Improvement Grants open February 2021.
7. Initiatives Portfolio – What have they started? Ex. summer program, early childhood, Quad A for Kids.
C. Race and Ethnicity Resources – ACT Rochester data collection to help community initiatives with data
1. Data about Rochester: Data about Real Estate, Community Vitality, Age demographics in Rochester
2. Data behind the charts: How are students doing in Grade 8?, Data from NY State Community of Education, Poverty – Hard facts update – Race and Economy in Rochester, take a look at Section 7.
3. How we can be successful together. Remember why we do this. Difficult times – pull together
a. Reflection – Sandy Brewer remembered seeing Simeon as a child with his mother, Iris, asking questions at a church community meeting of community speakers discussing the new Rochester City School District Values Policy in the 1990’s. He already understood the importance of asking questions
b. Judy Bennett – City Landmark needs? Ask for what you need: ex. invitation grant, response grant, application in June for invitation grant
D. Community Grant
1. Public Banking – Keeping public dollars in the community. This works in the city and stimulates the local economy.
2. Concerns – Rochester City School District cost of special education, assignment of children and conditions. Lead ingestion, special education, root of the problem, need to abate lead contamination. Direct connection with what we see and challenges to make systems more effective.
E. Aging in Place
1. Elderly persons remaining in their homes longer. Project Phoenix
2. Facing major repairs – Young people are trained to do home repairs so older people can stay in their homes – run by Elizabeth McDade
F. Rochester Energy Efficiency & Weatherization Partnership– RENEW
1. Invest funds to knit together programs from Neighborworks first time home buyer program, Pathstone program, Action for a Better Community – Leverage dollars for windows (ABC paid for windows), train young people to work on projects. Coordination rather than competition.
G. Neighborgood Grant -neighbors working together and building cohesion over 30 years. Resident led and resident engaged action.
H. Five Star Bank – Progress in Action – $10,000 for grants. Groups do not have to be 501(c)-3 corporations for neighborhood funds. Race, gender, equity are important factors.
I. New opportunities working with Monroe County – Aging Alliance
J. Currently, 82% of students doing on-line learning for RCSD.
P. Rochester area population – 65% under age 39. Partnership with City Department of Human Services (recently changed from Rec. and Youth Services)
Q. Support for Home Ownership and community stability
R. Simeon believes in using the Bully Pulpit
IV SE Neighborhood Service Center – Nancy Johns-Price
Working on rehab grants — Concern expressed about neighbor’s home. Talk to inspectors about vacant property, have neighbors write a letter.
V SW Neighborhood Service Center – James Demps, III was in another meeting
VI Other Reports: Councilperson Lupien – City Council working on change of newly renamed Dept. Human Services, FACIT team mobile crisis unit, 911 response, proposal to hire DC firm to review police for $250K; County rep. Joshua Barouth – expecting to get the budget soon, and difficult decisions will have to be made; for Assemblyperson Bronson – Bronson head of NYS Aging Committee and concerned with aging in place; co-sponsoring public banking law, Daniel’s Law — seeking input; Bruce Mellon – UMHNA South Ave./Elmwood Ave Improvement Project public Zoom meeting October 20th.
VII Future Meetings
A. Next NBN6 Meeting – 2nd Monday in November 2020, November 09, 2020, On Zoom at 5:30 PM