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VPNA meeting minutes – January 9, 2018

2018 January 15
by Melissa




7:00 Welcome – Zac J. working with neighborhood development office came to take pictures of the meeting and doing a story on the neighborhood action plan.

The board did introductions as new members attended.

7:15 Councilor updates:  great turnout at the Christmas light turn on – best ever. Finishing a newsletter on the 1.2 Billion dollar new development happening in our area. We will be having some meetings with developers coming up. Jan 24, 6-8pm  in the Conestoga rm at City Hall. There will be a meeting. Feb 1  meetings – Auburn developers at Cameron Heights 7-8 pm. Drewlo Building at bottom of Cedar hills Feb 6th also at Conestoga room.

Lights are on during the day on Jubilee and on Joseph St. Frank has mentioned this to the appropriate people.

Crossing on Jubilee Dr is still not complete. Was due to be done by August. Likely won’t be done until Spring 2018 now.

The question of sidewalk plowing came up. The cost is between $26-50 per taxpayer. There is all kind of infrastructure for bicycles, why not for pedestrians? Frank encouraged people to send emails to local politicians if they are concerned about this issue.

7:25 Presentation re: Placemaking Challenge in VP area –winners of placemaking grantwas updated about the plan for this group. Details to be released publicly in February 2018.
7:40 City updates: Henry Sturm community garden plots & Iron Horse trail improvements. There will be 20 plots upcoming by Spring/Summer 2018. Queens Greens has a waiting list of 20+ people. Anyone interested in helping with this is to speak to Agnes. Melissa received a City Builder award 2018. Family day Feb 15 weekend we should share plans with Agnes asap. Salsa Saturdays at DCC 2-4 pm on Saturdays for 55+ registration is required.
7:55 Finance: Update provided to the board.
8:00 Newsletters: To Agnes by Jan 22nd; Ideas and contributions? Rose will take a look and will create the newsletter. It will include upcoming events; interesting stories etc. Mario will help.
8:10 Programming: Update (no update)
8:15 DNA: Heritage team- Patrick sits on this board as well as Melissa – looking to put together a team. Cathy, Anka, and Mario would be interested. Melissa will bring this forward to the DNA group. We are interested in participating in promoting positive ‘friendly’ development.
8:20 VPWG: Update of last meeting- discussed the little library. Library was to go near food forest along with a bench. City does not feel that that area is best location. City has 4 or 5 location areas. We are in agreement to wait to see if the gym goes in the food forest area.
8:30 NAP: Placemaking grant; presentation to Council – Feb 26-  we will be presenting this to Council. We did not win the Placemaking Grant. We are doing a grant for the neighborhood matching grant and presenting to council Feb 26.
8:40 Food Forest: Some items planted, more to be added in the Spring
8:45 Events: Potential ideas: event lead sign up sheet; Feb 19 -Family Day event 2-4 pm; Earth Day April 21 (Saturday); Plant swap at food forest May; Neighbours day June; Summer event; Pumpkinpalooza Nov 1; AGM – Nov; Jane’s Walk May 4th , Clothing swap; Food Forest event.
8:50 Miscellaneous: Mailchimp subscribers; media guidelines; sign off on AODA documents

Fire drill info was shared. Mario inquired about why parts of the ‘Innovation District’ overlap with the Heritage Conservation District.

8:55 Information for future meetings: Long term goals for Food Forest; Adopt a storm drain project; Accessible neighbourhood; tree giveaway; Clarify goals/zoning of Innovation District

Social Media – guidelines – we need to define the audience. Objectives are too many. Voice = tone. What is our purpose for social media? Information or influence. Our Facebook page  starts with photos.

9:00 Adjournment (next meeting: Feb 6th, 2018 7pm)
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