May 2014 Meeting Minutes

August 28, 2014 in Meeting Minutes by brian

Shipoke Neighborhood Associatio
Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting
May 8, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Ellie Martindale.

Members Present: Ellie Martindale, Bob Hostetter, Amanda Beaudoin, Glen Dunbar, Jen Poppy, Marie Iaria, Sue Fahey, Shirley Marks
Members Excused
: Kathy Marley-Dunbar, JoAnne Kaldy, Brian Moore, Gene Gangwish, Mary Beth Follett, Dave Witwer, Betty Wolfe, JoAnne Kaldy

Christopher Markley, Senior Vice President of Strategic Services and General Counsel for Pinnacle Health, and H. Edward Black gave a presentation about the property at 157 Paxton Street (the former day care center) with .3 acres owned by the City and the remaining 1.3 acres owned by Penn Dot. Pinnacle Health is negotiating a long term lease for the property to be used for parking (78 spaces). The plan is to remove the building, keep some of the remaining trees, and landscape the area with additional trees, shrubs, hedges and rain gardens. New lighting and screening will be installed. Shuttle service will be provided for employees. There was a short question and answer session about the project. A question was raised about maintenance of their fenced-in property along Second Street and Mr. Markley said he would check into the situation. The gentlemen were thanked for their time and excused.

Minutes: The minutes from the April 8, 2014 meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Written and verbal reports approved.

Beginning Balance as of 3/31/14: $6563.88
Income: 48.25
Expenses: 100.00
Ending Balance as of 3/31/14: $6512.13

Committee Reports

 Crime Watch:

  • Glen Dunbar reported the following incidents:
  • A Conoy Street home was broken into at a rear door – cash and an IPod was taken.
  • A package was taken from the front steps of a home on Front Street.
  • A basement door was broken into on Washington Street.

Again it was noted that residents should continue to be alert and keep areas around their homes lighted as a deterrent to crime. Glen stated the City has a new Crime Watch Community Liaison, David Botero, who contacted Glen and introduced himself.


  • Jen Poppy reported about 40 people attended the Easter Egg Hunt, the weather was beautiful and everyone had a great time. Jen suggested we allow more than $100 for expenses next year. She was thanked for her work on this annual event.


  • Ellie reported that Shipoke Cleanup Day went well. Nate & Kate Godfrey, Hershey Home house parents, brought girls from the Home who worked hard and appeared to have a great time.
  • Because a good bit of the ivy died over the past winter, work began on cutting it back for eventual permanent removal. It was noted the fence is old, needs repairs, and should be replaced as soon as possible.
  • Ellie has given out stakes to residents who volunteered to weed and take care of area plantings.
  • Mulch Day will be May 17 and signs will be posted for the event with the hope of getting more neighborhood volunteers.
  • Several residents made monetary donations to help with the cost of mulch.


  • Amanda stated that our Cleanup and Mulch Days were posted on Face Book and the web site.


  • Ellie reported she is working on preliminary plans for the Shipoke Flea Market to be held on Saturday, July 12 and will send out emails for volunteers. She stated this will be her last year to chair this event. Amanda volunteered to help Ellie in any way until the end of June when she will be leaving the Harrisburg area.

Old Business

  • There is one banner that needs to be repaired and Glen Dunbar will see that it is done.
  • Ellie reported that the pole and light at Vine and Front Streets has finally been replaced.
  • She noted that some lights are not working because of damage to underground wiring, mainly along Riverfront Park.
  • Ellie provided an inventory of pot holes and non-working street lights in the neighborhood to Aron Johnson, the new Director of Public Works.
  • A new light pole has been ordered and will be installed soon at the property at Race and Conoy Streets.

New Business

  • It was reported that Bob Mummert, a resident of Shipoke since 1972, recently passed away. Bob Hostetter suggested a gift card from the association from Highland Gardens for $50.00 be given to Bob’s wife, Chris. It was approved by the Board. Members also volunteered to help Chris as much as possible.
  • Beginning May 15, new Greenbelt signs will be installed to mark the trail more clearly.
  • Jen Poppy reported that the roof over the back patio collapsed as well as the spouting at 96 Tuscarora Street during the winter storms and nothing has been cleaned up. There is also a question if there has been flood cleanup inside the home.
  • On June 7 at 8:30 P.M. a 5K Glow Run is being planned to benefit Lighten Up Harrisburg.
  • Board Member, Amanda Beaudoin, announced she will be leaving the area at the end of June. She was wholeheartedly thanked for her work on the board.


Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7:00 P.M at the home of Ellie Martindale
: The meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.