NBN6 April 13 2015 Meeting Notes

NBN Sector 6 Meeting

Monday, April 13, 2015

Announcement: Next NBN6 meeting will be May 18 (Note it is off schedule from our usual 2nd Monday)

1. Rochester Police Department Report Officer Michelle Velez (welcome back!) gave the area crime report for the last month. Significant crime incidents included a knife assault on South Ave. (suspect identified but not arrested) and a commercial robbery on Mt. Hope Ave.

Lieutenant Rob Wilson from the new Central Section introduced himself. The new Central section will go into effect with the re-organization and will service the downtown area plus the South Wedge, Alexander St, Upper East End & Wadsworth Square. It will be a 24/7 operation (unlike the Downtown Detail, which was only a daytime operation). Contact him at rw1080@cityofrochester.gov or 428-8830.

The re-organization is expected to go into effect on April 20. The City will be putting out a new communication piece that will include contact info for all the new RPD section offices and NSC quadrant offices, and hopefully it will get out to all residents with their water bill.

2. Lilac Festival Update – Larry Staub & Jeff Springett

The festival will continue with the some new security measures implemented last year that were largely effective, most notably, fencing in the entire festival site with a limited number of entry points.

The Arts & Craft show is being moved to Reservoir Ave to help ease congestion down at the main festival site and encourage people to experience the Conservatory and the main part of the Park. Artists will be set up on the curbs and the Reservoir Ave will be blocked off for pedestrians use only. The “South Avenue Green” (where the Arts & Crafts show was) will be used for the wine & chocolate tasting events on Mon, Tues & Wed, the Lilac Brew Festival on Thurs & Fri, and the Lilac Home & Garden Show will be held there on Sat & Sun.

New this year will be a trolley bus will be used to shuttle people to different areas of the festival. 64 bands will play on the Main Stage over the 10 days of the festival The Lilac Festival Parade will be held as usual, as well as the Lilac 5K and 10K runs. More info at http://www.rochesterlilacfestival.com.

Q: Will Reservoir Ave. be closed throughout the festival? A: No, just during the Arts & Craft show; it will be open one way the rest of the time

Q: Will there be a no pet policy again? A: Yes. There’s been a huge positive response to this change, and a number of other large festivals in the area have also followed suit.

Q: Will pets be allowed in the rest of the Park (outside the festival site)? A: Yes, if they’re on a leash.

3. NeighborWorks – Lynette Robinson

NeighborWorks offers lending services and grants to help people address roof and home repairs, like the damage that many experienced as a result of ice damming over the winter (e.g. water damage, mold). NeighborWorks also has a first-time homeowner program that offers education, lending opportunities and down payment assistance. Energy audits for all homeowners is another service offered. Please help spread the word that NeighborWorks resources for homeowners! More info at http://www.nwrochester.org

4. S. Clinton St. Improvement Project – Rich Koss

The project is made up of two major components: 1) Preventative Maintenance and 2) Enhancement

1) Preventative Maintenance component ($1,887,000):

-Covers S. Goodman St from Broadway to East Ave., and S. Clinton Ave from Byron St. to the (south) City line

-Milling and resurfacing of existing pavement

-Poor/failing curbing and sidewalk replaced as needed

-Traffic signs replaced as needed

-Adjustments to water valves, receiving basins frame and grates & manhole frames

-80% Federally funded with 20% local match

2) S. Clinton Avenue Enhancement component ($750,000):

-S. Goodman St. to (south) City line

-Granite curb bump-outs

-Enhanced crosswalks

-Enhanced street lighting

-100% State funded

Project timeline:

Design phase completed by late summer

2015 Construction will begin spring 2016

Completion in summer 2016

Questions and comments can be directed to Rich Koss, 428-6862, rkoss@cityofrochester.gov

Q: Will there be bike lanes added? A: There’s generally not enough width to accommodate bike lanes in this area, but in the few places we can, we are adding bike lanes

Comment: Bump outs can be hazardous to bikers, especially in the winter when they cannot be seen clearly

Q: Will the “Enhanced crosswalks” will they involve crosslight signals? A: We’re open to considering those for heavy traffic crossings; if we’re alerted to it, we can begin studying them and assessing whether that option makes sense

Q: Are you planning on LED/efficiency lighting? A: Yes, that’s all we do for new projects in the City now

Q: How does this correspond with the Monroe Ave bridge project, which will shift traffic and it needs to go somewhere A: This should be done by the end of 2016 well in advance of the Monroe Ave bridge project

Q: Are you doing a design charrette for this? A: This plan is followup to work done years ago by the ESCAPE committee, which was a design charrette process that engaged neighborhood stakeholders

Q: A gateway sign would be great somewhere on S. Clinton as a gateway to the City A: It could not be funded by state funds, but we can take a look at whether the City funds could cover it

Q: When will they be doing Mt. Hope Ave.? A: The project has not begun yet and will likely be 2018 at this point

Comments: Please don’t use raised crosswalks, which are not effective and break in pieces

5. Highland Market – Developer Danny Stephanou

The property has been taking a long time to build because of the winter conditions, but things are moving along now. A lot of money is being invested into the facade to blend in to the neighborhood. There will be soft lighting. The service will be excellent and the prices will be affordable to people in the neighborhood. The plan is to hire 15-18 people from the neighborhood. The bakery will make fresh goods. “We want the neighborhood to be satisfied with our presence.”

Danny Stephanou can be reached 355-2920 and can be contacted directly with concerns, or you can stop by to see him at the construction site.

Q: Have the plans changed as far as the exterior (e.g. awnings)? Will you follow the plans exactly? A: Yes.

Q: Will you use that back building for storage? A: Yes, and I plan to paint it so it looks nicer.

Q: What’s the expected timeline? A: Completion is expected in about 2 months. It’s been delayed because of winter, and there’s also a hold-up with RG&E.

Q (for Nancy J-P): A lot of the construction is happening on the weekend. Is there a different noise ordinance for the weekend?  A: It’s the same as weekday: 7am – 10pm. Complaints can be directed to me (Nancy).

Comment: I’m appalled at the dangerous construction site conditions, especially the lack of fencing; I’ve have been taking pictures and reporting it to the City (Peter Siegrist); this developer should be cited for it. Also appalled at the poor structure of the building.

In response, Nancy Johns-Price reported that the safety issues have all been reported to OSHA and they have been to the site 4 times with a few recommendations to improve safety conditions, specifically with the scaffolding.

6. Clean Sweep – Nancy Johns-Price

Clean Sweep will be on Saturday, May 2nd. All 22 southeast projects have been finalized. We only have 45 volunteers signed up. Please call 3-1-1 to sign up yourself and volunteers. It will help us plan for t-shirts, game tickets, etc. More info at http://www.cityofrochester.gov/cleansweep.

Remember, anything that doesn’t get taken care of on May 2, the NSC office is happy to help coordinate a “mini-sweep” anytime during the year.

Comment: Please give us more advance notice next year, more than a 2 week window to turn in projects and recruit volunteers

7. Highland Hospital – Lisa Thompson

Lisa introduced herself as new community relations officer at Highland Hospital (replacing Barb Ficcara). A ground breaking is coming up in June for the expansion project. She will serve as the single point of contact for communication with the community during the project.

Mike Thompson explained that there are 3 committees working actively with the Hospital: 1) Expansion Project 2) Landscaping Improvements 3) Neighborhood committee to address day-to-day, quality of life

8. Community Sharing

A Swillburg community garden lot was sold by the City unbeknownst to the neighborhood; apparently, the neighborhood did not submit a garden permit in 2014 so it got lost in the system and the neighborhood was not notified when the City was made an offer on the property by an adjacent neighbor, so it was sold. The new private owner will be contacted to see if the garden can be planted as the neighbors planned this year. Just a warning that if you’ve got a lot used for community garden, make sure you submit for a permit to verify its use every single year!

South Wedge Planning Committee reports that the Thursday evening South Wedge Farmers Market will be moving to a green space on Mt. Hope Avenue near the river.

This Thurs 4/16 @ 3pm there will be a special dinosaur program at the Highland Branch library, and on Thurs 4/30 there will be a knitting class.

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