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VPNA meeting minutes – April 4, 2017

2017 April 12
by Melissa

In attendance:

Melissa Bowman, Chair | Anka Brozic, Secretary | Anna Maste, Newsletter Editor |  Cathy Lumb, Communications Coordinator | Patrick Gilbride, DNA Liaison | Erin Toner, Member-at-large | Frank Etherington, Councillor | Agnes Das, Neighbourhood Liaison




7:00 Welcome Anka
7:05 Guest: Steve Vrentzos, City of Kitchener by law office

Steve Vrentzos is a Supervisor with the City of Kitchener’s By Law Enforcement Office.  The City of Kitchener’s By Law Division is in the process of reviewing and re-writing our Property Standards By Law.  They are reaching out to Neighborhood Associations and attending meetings to gather some feedback on current bylaw, proposed bylaw and any other comments we may have.  They are also interested in hearing from residents regarding “proactive” enforcement and what that means/looks like to citizens. The process is currently complaint based and there has been some interest over the last few years in having the bylaw division look at taking a more proactive approach. Steve shared a handout of bylaws that will be changing.

Currently there are 6 bylaw officers for the city of Kitchener. A proactive approach is not possible with given number of staff. The last bylaw review was in 2002. Steve will follow up with information about a general meeting for anyone to attend if they want to provide feedback. Our group felt that a proactive approach would be good. General questions were asked about property maintenance and the process and follow up to complaints. Bylaw offers free mediation services for neighbours. Bylaw focuses on the education of residents and try to remain positive (i.e. Thank you for not doing such and such). Perhaps we want to highlight things on our Facebook page about by law regulations to help educate as well. It was suggested that neighbourhoods could have ‘beautification’ volunteers – people willing to help neighbours clean up their lawns, etc to stay in line with bylaw expectations.

8:00 City updates:

DCC – Easter Weekend DCC is closed April 14th and 17th

May 12 – Volunteer appreciation event – Apollo Cinema. Need to RSVP for self and 1 guest. Event fills up quickly.

Volunteer Senior of the year award – deadline for nominations April 12





Earth day clean up – April 22 10 am start – Lead Cathy and Erin – garbage bags and gloves will be provided

Plant swap- Charlotte is happy to lead this event but would like a co-lead;

Sign off on event leaders – Melissa shared the list and leaders and co-leaders for upcoming events signed off.

Momentum meeting- Melissa will send notes regarding this meeting to VPNA members


Neighbourhood Strategy: Neighborhood Action Plan (NAP) pilot for 2017

-neighbors get together to improve or change something in their neighborhood

– VPNA members are interested in initiating this process. A committee was struck and will meet soon to begin discussion on what our projects might be. One idea is traffic slowing on certain streets. There are resources available and once we have completed the NAP we will present to council likely by the end of 2017.

Committee members are – Melissa, Agnes, Patrick, Anna

Rolling out the “love my hood” project




8:50 Publicity: newsletters; social media plan – deferred to next meeting Melissa
8:55 Information for future meetings: boundary changes; pre-teen autism group; Victoria Place/Revera; RIENS Melissa
9:00 Adjournment (next meeting: May 2/17) Melissa


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