UPCC Board Meeting Minutes September 2009

Board of Directors Meeting held September 8th, 2009 at 2100 S. Monroe Street.

In Attendance: Pat Cashen – President, Tom Gonnella – Vice President, David Seymour – Co-Treasurer, June Morgan – Co-Treasurer, Diana Helper – Parks & Open Space, Mary Myers – Sidewalks, Bill Winn – Advisory Committee, & Rosemary Stoffel – Historic Preservation.

August Meeting Minutes Approved with changes.

Committee Reports:

Treasurer – David updated the group on the purple pages payments and membership dues both being behind last year’s totals. While the exact numbers are not complete, it appears to be somewhat significant.

Parks & Open Space – Diana updated us on Observatory Park being zoned as “OS-A”, which is a category that doesn’t allow “university” use and feels we may need to resolve this in the near future.  There was also a donation from June Morgan of flower seeds to be planted in Prairie Park sometime in October.  DU wants to zone some properties for “university use” which in some cases could make 1 or 2 story building as tall as 5 stories. Diana will keep us updated.  November 10th is the next DU Good Neighbors Meeting for any those who want to attend. And finally, the INC also distributed Dictionaries and Thesauruses to all the 3rd graders at University Park School.

Advisory Committee – Bill has been in contact with Jane Queen the new Director of the Accelerated Schools at Fitzroy Place. Jane in very interested in becoming a better neighbor within University Park and has even offered to host social events for neighborhood functions. It appears that this change will be very healthy to the school.

Historic Preservation – Rosemary discussed a letter she had written to Peter Park Manager of Community Planning and Development about our concern with the demolition on August 10th, 2009 of the Hyde House located at 2102 S. Milwaukee. The main concern was the lack of review and documentation of the house/address which was owned and built by Professor Hyde that ultimately led to the destruction. Rosemary will also update us on any further communications with Peter.  There is also another house scheduled for demolition at 2180 S. Josephine. This house appears to have already started the process, and it may be too little too late to save it. Rosemary also laid out a very descriptive 2nd draft of the neighborhood zoning map from August 20th that she will be brining to the General Meeting in October.

Pat – The next meeting is scheduled for November 3rd. (After the General Meeting in October) December 6th is all set for the Holiday Festivities, and planning is very much underway.  Pat has also invited Phil Caplan to attend the General Meeting in October who will be discussing the University/Evans Project.

Written by, Traci Samaras (Interim Secretary)