NBN6 Meeting Minutes June 8, 2015
Introduction of participants
Rochester Police Department
Genesee Captain McMullen was introduced. His philosophy is “Let’s keep it simple”, to reduce crime, and to intercede where police can such as barking dogs to improve quality of life. The Genesee Section now includes the University of Rochester and Mt. Hope Avenue. The Mt. Hope car beat number is 263.
- A question was raised concerning traffic enforcement on Mt. Hope Avenue. A meeting was held with neighbors at City Hall regarding North bound traffic on Mt. Hope. The police agreed to a weekly two-hour dedicated traffic control. In peek times lots of University of Rochester staff and students were stopped for going over the speed limit. Police reached out to the University which made an effort through electronic media and news items to educate students and staff regarding the speed limit on Mt. Hope.
- Are you responsible for enforcing crosswalks, for example Rockingham and Goodman St where cars do not stop for pedestrians? The Captain answered that is an enforceable issue, yet is a low priority unless several complaints have been heard. Officer Velez reported that the sign on Goodman has been knocked over by school buses. Other crosswalks have been violated such as the one across from Mt. Hope Cemetery. A sign appeared two weeks during the Lilac Festival but was taken down after the festival. The Captain indicated that the Neighborhood Service Centers are the place to lodge complaints since it involved different departments that need to be coordinated. It is a labor-intensive issue but they are now on notice.
Crime Prevention South East – Officers Garth Mitchell aand Michelle Velez
- The Chief of Police had his car keyed twice.
- Burglary at 915 South Avenue, copper stolen, no arrests.
- Incidents on the Genesee Greenway Trail need to be reported to 911 with the nearest available landmark, for instance—behind Time Warner 71 Mt. Hope, or to use cell phone coordinates.
- The Southeast NSC is working to address the issue of public urination on South Clinton Avenue.
Crime Prevention Downtown Section Officer Vincent Agnone 585-428-6880
- The beat covers South to Linden and Mt. Hope
- 300 Gregory St. larceny in vehicle, arrest made
- 500 South Avenue harassment-arrest made
- 200-300 Mt. Hope GPS devices stolen
- 300 South Avenue bike stolen
- Gregory Street house break-in-$20 stolen
Neighborhood and Business Development- Baye Muhammad
- Commissioner Muhammad introduced himself. The last four years he served as head to Parks and Recreation in Syracuse, NY
- Views his position as a partnership between public service and the community. He’s been here two months on the job. It’s an exciting time to be in Rochester for the Rochester citizens are engaged and active in their communities.
- From your two months on the job what do you see as the major challenges for the neighborhoods? Parts of the city have strong, engaged citizens which contributes to strong neighborhoods. In other parts of the city people have no education, or jobs that has made investment by the citizens more difficult. The city needs a balance and a way to educate citizens on how to effect change in their community. His contact information: BayeMuhammad@cityofrochester.gov 585-428-8801
South West Community Service Center David Hawkes
- Has worked for the city for 30 years. Prior to that served in the Navy.
- He’s enthusiastic about the role of government and ways to educate people how to become involved to make change on issues such as zoning, or how to move a project forward, or to navigate city government
- Can you explain since crime prevention, police and code enforcement are within NSC office how they will cooperate to address quality of life issues such as disruptive students in residential neighborhoods? If you have disruptive students on your block call 911 and they will assign an officer. If the issue persists and you don’t want an officer to come to your door, call 911 and ask to speak to a supervisor. If the issue is persistent police ask you to sign a deposition after which a file may be levied on the students or owner of the property. Make sure to call the NSC Office the next day to ensure that they know of the issue and can coordinate with the police department.
Lisa Thompson, the new Public Relations staff for Highland introduced herself. The new modernization project has not started. A ceremonial ground breaking for staff was help on June 1st for employees. Throughout, the construction staff will work to minimize disruption for patients and neighbors, as well as staff. Presently, three neighborhood groups are working with Highland on various aspects of the present project, day to day issues and long term planning.
- The last Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. neighborhood resident Mike Thompson chairs a neighborhood group that meets with Highland staff to address issues such as parking, smoking off campus, garbage or quality of life issues that impact neighbors, past issues that still need resolution. It is a respectful engagement among neighbors and Highland staff that takes education by both partners. Mike Zanghi shared the impact Mike Thompson’s group has had in the partnership process by addressing the cooling towers and the need to reduce noise levels. Ruts near South Avenue caused by rain will be addressed by Highland. Highland has spent several thousand dollars on Mt. Vernon and Rockingham on the same issue. They will continue to South Avenue.
- The Highland Hospital Steering Committee is comprised of neighbors, NBN6 leaders, Highland staff, U of R staff and LeChase Construction. The primary role has been in addressing issues with the proposed modernization plan including design, traffic, and parking. The group will address in the construction phase. Highland is in the process of developing a website so any community person can see the schedule, seek information, view schematics and lodge concerns. The community pressed Highland for exact phone numbers to call when a problem in the construction process happens that effects quality of life. For now, questions can about the Highland Hospital construction project may be directed to Mike Zanghi, Director of Facilities – 260-5243 or Mike_Zanghi@urmc.rochester. edu As soon as the project “goes” live, the calls should be directed to the LeChase Project Manager Kevin Hoffman. We will provide Kevin’s cell phone number then. Highland will continue to address that concern and communicate with the neighborhood.
- The Certificate of Need has been filed and once it is approved, hopefully mid June, with construction by July 1st.
- Highland’s Flood Mitigation Project impacts Mt. Vernon Traffic
Starting 6/8, contractors working for Highland will be excavating and installing a new drain line on Mt. Vernon. The work is expected to last about 2 weeks. The new drain line will be installed near the Radiation Oncology Entrance across from 360 Mt. Vernon. The excavation will extend past the centerline of the street. Traffic will be limited to one way during the day and returned to 2-way by end of the day shift. There will be several days were the 1 way traffic restricted. There will be flagmen to direct traffic for the duration of the project. There will be ‘local traffic only’ signs at the major intersections to reduce traffic flow during this work. All driveways will be accessible during the project. Further questions can be directed to Mike Zanghi, Director of Facilities – 260-5243 or Mike_Zanghi@urmc.rochester. edu
Inside the complex storm water and sewer will be separated to mitigate further overflow flooding. Where will the rainwater go? Rainwater still goes through the Monroe County Sewer System combines both storm water and sewer. A suggestion was made to have rain barrels to catch water.
- The Highland Hospital Neighborhood Steering Committee is presently working with the Hospital on a new Planned Development for zoning—what will the Hospital look like in the next 30-50 years? Highland will seek neighborhood in-put into the final PD before it goes to the Planning Commission and City Council for approval. Mr. Zanghi indicated that their plan was to bring the Plan to the City in the Fall. Mr. Zanghi was asked when the plan would be brought to the neighbors through NBN6. He said September would be reasonable. Kerry Reagan, Mike Thompson and other members of the Steering Committee have been collecting neighbors’ responses.
- A subgroup of the Steering Committee plus residents, Holt Architects, Monroe County Parks Department Mark Quinn, U of R’s Dan Schied and Highland staff are working on a long term landscaping plan. Several issues are being addressed: border by Bellevue to keep the mature trees and to find suitable plantings to augment the border, landscape treatment by the oncology entrance, and Rockingham border. Kim Michaels is a landscape architect working with the subgroup who helped develop the Highland Park Master Plan after the ice storm. She has significant knowledge regarding Olmstead Parks and is thinking of ways to tie Highland Hospital and the Park into the landscape designs.
- Kevin Hoffman from LeChase Construction was introduced as the Construction manager for the modernization project.
Terry Lattimore did not attend the meeting, so nothing could be resolved. Nancy Johns-Price agreed to set up a meeting with interested neighbors and RGE staff on the substation. Trash has built up around the property and has come onto adjacent homeowners properties.
South East Neighborhood Service Center—Nancy Johns-Price
- Nancy meets weekly with David Hawkes and the two other NSC administrators to address issues. And they meet bi-weekly with Commissioner Muhammad.
- She had free Rhino tickets for anyone for June 13, 2015.
- The speed monitors on Mt. Hope have a battery life of 2 weeks which has been an issue they are addressing.
- The South Wedge Farmers Market is to open Thursday June 11th with over 30 vendors, but the City has not approved the site by Erie Harbor for that purpose. Time Warner will not give access through their property nor for parking. The Commissioner will try to resolve the issue as soon as possible. There is a curb cut that could be used by trucks onto the property.
- The library lists a host of activities for the summer so check them out at your local library or online.
- Mt. Hope Cemetery is doing a Master Plan. Thursday June 11th at 5:30 is an open community meeting at the Mt. Hope Gate House
- HPNA thanked everyone for their support in the major yard sales. On June 18th HNPA will hold a meeting at the South Wedge Mission on Caroline Street
- The group thanked Joan Lindberg and Sue O’Neil for writing the Neighborhood Good Grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, which granted NBN6 monies to purchase a new sound system and refreshments. And thanked Vern Lindberg for setting up the speaker system for the night.
- Swillburg held a community gathering and potluck with music that drew 40-50 people.
In response to the changes due to the Police Reorganization the following information is listed regarding who now serves NBN6:
Southeast Neighborhood Center
320 N. Goodman Street, suite 209
Administrator : Nancy Johns-Price 428-7640
RPD Goodman Section 5
Captain Lloyd Cuyler 428-9805
Lieutenant Frank Alberti 428-7640
Crime Prevention Officers
Officer Anthony Belliard 428-7244
Officer Brian Cannon 428-7657
Officer Garth Mitchell 428-6572
Officer Michelle Velez 428-7668
Mt. Hope, College Town
RPD Section 9
Captain David Smith 428-9809
Lieutenant Rob Wilson 428 9809
Crime Prevention Officers
Officer Vinnie Agnone 428-6880
Officer Kristin Runyon 428-7635
Officer Manuel Ortiz 428-3676
The NBN6 group is planning to take a break for the Summer months, depending whether issues crop up. Neighborhoods leaders are requested to notify the group is something comes up that needs addressing during the Summer. Otherwise, the next NBN6 Meeting will be in September.