Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, June 13, 2011, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.
NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, June 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm.
DEADLINE for the July issue is Friday, June 17, 2011.
THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Proposed Colonial Place traffic improvements - Proposed oyster reef in Riverview - Proposed improvement plan for the Colonial Place Greenway - Annual budget approval - Annual CPRV elections - Proposed use for the former Enrico's Restaurant.
CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING REMINDER
PLENTY OF IMPORTANT PROPOSED CHANGES ON ALL SIDES OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
- Listen to the proposals to improve traffic in Colonial Place. THESE PROPOSED CHANGES WILL EFFECT
YOUR DRIVING THROUGH COLONIAL PLACE!!! You should attend and hear what is proposed and voice
- Joe Rieger from the Elizabeth River Project will talk about the proposal to build an oyster reef in the Lafayette
River on the Riverview side. Joe will also present an exciting proposal for the Colonial Place Greenway, which
will improve the water quality of the Lafayette River and significantly beautify the stretch of land between Delaware
and 38th Street.
- A representative interested in buying the closed Enrico’s Restaurant will discuss plans for that property.
CPRV Elections at the June 2011 Annual Meeting
The following persons were nominated for Civic League offices at the May 2011 meeting.
President: David McDonald (Incumbent)
Both Colonial Place and Riverview are represented by this slate of nominees. Therefore, a nominee for the
office of Neighborhood Representative is not required.
Vice President: Angel Endicott
Secretary: James Gregg (Incumbent)
Treasurer: David Spriggs (Incumbent)
There were no nominations from the floor. A motion to close the nominations was carried.
While the above nominees are running unopposed, we must nevertheless conduct a vote or pass a motion to
elect them by acclamation. Each of these options requires a quorum of 20 League Members, including at least
two officers. So, please make your plans to attend this meeting.
In accordance with the By-Laws of the Civic League, those officers elected at the June meeting will begin
their one year terms upon conclusion of that meeting.
Fiscal Year 2011/12 Budget Approved By Board of Directors
David A. Spriggs, Treasurer
In accordance with the Civic League By-Laws, Article VI, Section 1, a proposed budget for FY 2011/12 was
presented by the Treasurer to the Board of Directors at its monthly meeting on May 16. The proposed budget
was discussed, modified, and approved by unanimous vote.
At the June regular meeting, which is also the “Annual Meeting” of the Civic League, the approved budget
will be presented to the attendees. Sufficient copies will be made available for retention by each attendee. The
Treasurer will address any questions. Proposed modifications to the approved budget may be submitted in the
form of a motion, which will require a second, discussion, and a vote.
CPRV Civic League May 2011 General Meeting Summary
James Gregg, Secretary
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting ended at 8:50 p.m.
- Pace Officer Report:
- Officer Paschal reported that crime for the month was minimal, but there needs to be more vigilance paid toward the securing of sheds and garages at this time of year. In the spring there are more cases of lawn care equipment thefts.
- Chuck Joyner gave an update on the bulkheads around Colonial Place. He mentioned that progress is being made on the living shore line at Haven Creek along with the board walk there. The big rock berm might need to be raised in the future, due to boat wake action. He also mentioned the constraints to putting a living shore line along Knitting Mill Creek. Since the creek is designated as a waterway by the Army Corp of Engineers, there isn’t enough space to put a living shoreline. Thus an expensive bulkhead like the one further north on Mayflower Road or just some rip rap are the current options. The city won’t pay for a bulkhead and wetland rules now prohibit it. There is at least 1200 feet of shoreline that needs protecting in some fashion. If the channel could be established as a pleasure boat channel then the living shore line would be workable.
- Councilmembers Winn and Whibley came to listen to us and to answer questions about issues in the city.
The issue of public access to property along the bulkhead was discussed. The councilmembers thought that there should be some
agreement reached to where the homeowner could repair the bulkhead at their property and still protect the right of the public to walk along the bulkhead.
- The disposal of Stuart School has not been dealt with yet, due to the work on the budget by the new city manager.
- There are bike clubs in Norfolk that are joining with the city to have sanctioned bike rides in various neighborhoods this year.
- The question of how do we maintain our schools when the property taxes aren’t raised to supply more funds was asked. Mr. Winn answered that before the city raises the real estate tax rate, it needs to show clearly that every dollar that is collected now is spent wisely.
- Rick Bentley, Norfolk Superintendent of Schools happened to stop by at our meeting and was happy to answer questions. He also promised to be back at another meeting to have more time to talk with us. He came from El Paso, TX and has hit the ground running. His focus is:
He also is very eager to encourage good teachers while helping others become good teachers through mentoring and coaching.
- On time graduation…Getting parents and teachers to make sure the students are learning and can graduate on time.
- Have all schools be accredited as soon as possible.
- Have more community volunteers in the school helping with the kids who need one on one attention, so they don’t fall behind.
- Last fall he visited all 54 schools in Norfolk and noted what they needed to come up to standard for environment and learning.
- Civic League President Dave McDonald took time to thank all the people who made the RiverFEST such a good event. The mood
mirrored the enthusiasm of our neighborhood. There was a lot of preparation to make everything come off so well. Marjorie Mayfield brought a cake to our meeting and shared it with everyone.
- The pizza, that was donated for the meeting, was from Mama Jo’s Pizza, on Colley Avenue. near Virginia Avenue.
- On June 3 there will be a little celebration at the learning barge to send it off to its next destination, Portsmouth.
- Treasurer’s Report:
- Dave Spriggs reported a beginning balance of $3,059.33 in the checking account; deposits of $384.90; expenses of $498.46; and an ending balance of $2,945.77. The amount of the CD account is $5,143.60.
- Nominating Committee reported that the current president, secretary and treasurer have agreed to serve a second year. Angel Endicott, who lives on the north side of 38th Street in Colonial Place, was nominated for the vice president post. Now we have a full slate nominated and will be voted on at the June meeting. A motion was made to close the nominations, seconded and voted on.
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David A. Spriggs, Treasurer and Riverview Representative
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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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