Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

May 2010

             Rain Barrel Workshop with Audrey Webb and Jack Kennedy at this Month's Meeting

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, May 10, 2010, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, May 17, 2010, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the June issue is Friday, May 21, 2010.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Rain Barrel Workshop with Audrey Webb and Jack Kennedy - Knitting Mill Creek Bulkhead update by Jeff Stark - Nominations Committee Report.

A Message from the Civic League President
Sheila Janes, Civic League President, 469-3531,

Greetings neighbors! This past weekend we had some friends from out of town visit us who used to live in CPRV. They sat on the porch taking in the beauty of the neighborhood and reminding me of all the wonderful things that I take for granted. The one they mentioned over and over again was the kids. The sound of children of all ages playing was such music to their ears. There aren't many children in their neighborhood, and being that we live on one of the feeder streets to the Children's Park and Dog Park, the sidewalk was steady with kids who had their moms and dads in tow, not to mention the steady stream of kids in and out of my house.

They talked about the sidewalks, because in their neighborhood people are sharing space with cars in the street. The beautifully designed street lights that encouraged an evening time stroll down to the boardwalk walking path were tops on their list, as well as the beautiful flowering trees that were bursting with color all over the place. When Friday evening came, neighbors were walking around, chatting with friends on porches, and opening up their backyards for BBQs while laughter created a soft buzz of excitement through CPRV.

Saturday brought some duck watching and we even spotted a turtle sunning himself on a rock in the water along Haven Creek. The boat ramp was buzzing with boaters who were applying sunscreen and passing up picnic baskets for a beautiful day on the water. We chatted with a couple who were walking their kids up to the zoo to enjoy the Earth Day celebrations with the giraffes. When the Ice Cream Truck started singing its song several blocks away, some kids recognized the jingle as belonging to the one that sells ice cream sandwiches for fifty cents and went running to find its location.

All weekend long my friends talked of how wonderful it was living in CPRV and how they truly want to relocate back to this beautiful community. I sat on my porch when they pulled away--listening to the sound of a happy dog barking (who was pulling his owner to the dog park), to the sound of five-year-olds chasing bubbles in their front yard, and to the sound of a train off in the distance, and I felt the true feeling of living the good old-fashioned American Dream.

Knitting Mill Creek Bulkhead Update
Jeff Stark

More than 10 years ago when the Civic League first talked to the City about repairing the bulkhead along New Hampshire west of Gosnold and continuing to the terminus of Virginia Avenue, we were told that the project would take about eight years to complete based on yearly funds availability. The first few portions of the work would mimic the bulkhead design in place at the 500 and 600 blocks of Mayflower, and then transition to an articulated mat shoreline around Connecticut Avenue. After construction had commenced, the Army Corps of Engineers determined that the articulated mat design would interfere with maintaining the 80' channel in Knitting Mill Creek. The City then decided to continue the vertical sheet pile bulkhead design to its current termination point near New York Avenue. Then all work stopped on the project. That was 2 years ago.

I contacted the Public Works office last year to see what, if anything was being done to complete the bulkhead. I was told that an engineering firm was hired to conduct an assessment of shoreline stabilization options and the City would review those recommendations.

I finally heard back from the City this past month. The report came back with 3 options: continue with the existing sheet pile design at a cost of about $1.4 million, construct a living shoreline for $569,000, or place a stone revetment for $539,000. The living shoreline model would be similar to a project completed at 46th and Colley avenues. It would also include a concrete "toe" in the water to help alleviate erosion from wave action. The stone revetment would look similar to the shoreline on North Shore Road in Glencove Estates (on the way to the Hermitage). The City is leaning towards a living shoreline which helps filter storm water runoff entering the creek as well as stabilize and beautify the now eroding shoreline. If approved by the Civic League, the City would start design efforts this year and request funds from Storm Management for construction to be awarded in fiscal year 2012 (beginning July 2011). The City is looking for guidance from the Civic League as to which option is the preferred bulkhead design. This will be discussed at May's meeting and the league may want to take a position then, so don't miss your chance to be there.

Making a Rain Barrel...101
Artemis Stoll, CPRV VP

For CPRV residents who have considered buying a rain barrel but find the price a bit daunting, believe it or not, it's really quite simple to make your own rain barrel with easy-to-find hardware store parts. And you can do it for a fraction of the regular retail price.

As our topic for May's Civic League meeting, board members Audrey Webb (Beautification Committee) and Jack Kennedy (Riverview Representative) will share information they learned at a rain barrel workshop presented at the Ernie Morgan Center.

Audrey and Jack, both Riverview residents, have simplified the process and designed a presentation that is sure to be informative and entertaining. Topics will include: where to buy supplies, a supply list, cost specifics, and benefits of rainwater collection.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 10th at Knox Presbyterian Church, located at 37th Street and Colonial Avenue. As always the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

CPRV Business Spotlight Night
Artemis Stoll, CPRV VP

"Shop the Neighborhood First." Surely, you have heard the slogan in reference to the Riverview Village and Colley Avenue businesses that border our neighborhoods. I know I have. And throughout my two-year term as CPRV Civic League Vice President, I have often thought, "Wouldn't it be wonderful to put the spotlight on some of our CPRV resident-owned businesses as well?" That's what I proposed to the board as the topic for the June general meeting, scheduled for the 14th of the month. Now, I'm charged with planning the event. So, I ask the following questions of you, our residents:

For the first 30 business owners to contact me, who have answered "yes" to the above, I will send you more detailed information and your name will be listed as one of the event's participants in the June newsletter. I can be reached at

Street Sweeping Signs: Installation Schedule
John Stewart

The Storm Water Management Division has been installing regulatory and advisory signs relating to street-sweeping in our two neighborhoods over the past several months. The estimated completion date for the installation is Saturday, May 15.

The signs at the entrances to Riverview are advisory in nature. The signs in Colonial Place, however, carry some weight of regulation. In order for residents to accommodate themselves to the new enforcement environment, there will be a 60 day period of grace. Between May 15 and July 15, warning notices may be placed on automobiles parked on the street when the streets are being swept. These notices will not result in fines--their purpose will be to inform and to invite changes in on-street parking patterns.

After July 15, however, enforcement of the on-street parking restrictions during periods of street-sweeping will be enforced--violation of the regulation will cost $35. Let's all help one another remember to keep our cars off the street on street-sweeping days.

Street sweeping in Colonial Plce will occur on the second Tuesday (even side) and Wednesday (odd side) of each month. Streets will be swept between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. In Riverview, both sides of the street will be swept on the third Wednesday of each month. Streets in Riverview will be swept between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Please refer any questions about the regulations of street-sweeping in our neighborhoods to John Stewart (, 623-8172).

Serve the Civic League
Sheila Janes, President of the CPRV Civic League, named Rosemary Thornton (, Robert Baxter ( and David Block ( to the nominating committee for officers for the next fiscal year. If you would like to serve as an officer, please contact one of the committee members. Duties of the positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Riverview or Colonial Place Representative) are delinated in the by-laws, which are available on the CPRV website ( or from one of the committee members.

The nominating committee has nominated the following CPRV residents:
President - Dave McDonald
Vice President - Sharon McGlone
Secretary - James Gregg
Treasurer - Dave Spriggs

Article VIII. Elections
Section 1. A nominating committee shall be named at the April League meeting. This committee will be composed of three members. At least one member of the nominating committee shall have been a resident for seven years or longer and at least one member of the nominating committee shall have been a resident for less than seven years.
Section 2. The nominating committee shall nominate a slate of officers of one or more names for each elective office at the May meeting. Nominations for elective offices may also be made from the floor. All nominations made at the May meeting shall be published in the next newsletter.
Section 3. The election of officers shall take place at the League annual meeting in June.
Section 4. No officer shall serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office. For the purposes of this Section 4, any period of six months or less shall not constitute a term.
Section 5. Each officer's term shall commence upon the conclusion of the meeting at which such officer was elected.
Section 6. If any position is not filled at the annual meeting, then it shall be treated as an interim vacancy, as provided in Article IV, Section 7.

Thank You!
to Knox Presbyterian Church
From the Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League and residents, for their generosity in allowing us to meet there for our monthly meetings.

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