June 2015 Meeting Minutes

July 20, 2015 in Meeting Minutes by brian

Shipoke Neighborhood Association
Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting
June 8, 2015 7:00 P.M.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Co-President Mary Beth Follett at 7:00 p.m.

Members Present: Betsy Dorbian, Mary Beth Follett, Gene Gangwish, Marie Iaria, Joanne Kaldy, Betty MacLaughlin, Kathy Marley-Dunbar, Shirley Marks, Ellie Martindale, Melanie Mulkey and Dave Witwer . Neighborhood resident Mike O’Donnell was present as an invited guest.

Minutes: The minutes from the May 4, 2015 meeting were approved. A copy of the approved minutes will be sent to Dave Botero, Community Police Liaison with the City of Harrisburg.

Treasurer’s Report: Written and verbal reports were approved.

Beginning Balance as of 3/31/15: $7261.04
Income: 30.00
Expenses 939.02
Ending Balance as of 4/30/15: $6352.02

Committee Reports


  • Joanne reported that we’re doing well on Facebook and receiving 25 to 100 hits per posting. She has been posting on Facebook and Twitter and has included upcoming events such as Art in the Park. She thanked everyone for their contributions and encouraged them to continue posting on our social media accounts.
  • Mary Beth noted that the City is using the social media Next Door to report crime activity, flood information, classified ads, meeting notices, etc. and encouraged members to sign up.
  • Ellie will prepare the monthly email newsletter and include information on Art in the Park, the Shipoke Flea Market, the City’s new recycling program, and an invitation for residents to attend SNA board meetings.


  • Melanie reported a window broken at Los Tres Cubanos. Two days later the owners received money to replace the window and an apology note.


  • Mary Beth will stay in touch with the City Parks & Recreation Department regarding grant money for replacing the fence around the Conoy Street Playground.
  • She also noted that the playground equipment is rusting and needs to be repainted.
  • An email was received from James Spatz, Urban Planner/Zoning Officer for the City of Harrisburg, regarding a city-wide plan for trash cleanup. Shirley provided him with the information he requested regarding Shipoke boundaries.
  • There was discussion about the removal of a large blue spruce in Hanna Street Park and perhaps donating it to Central Pennsylvania Hospice for their Tree of Life at Christmas. Mary Beth will contact the City arborist for his opinion of the tree.


  • Kathy provided an update for the Art in the Park event scheduled for Sunday, June 14 from 10:00 to 4:00. She noted that all plans are in place. Joanne will continue with PR on Facebook and Twitter and added that she delivered a plant and announcement to the Mayor’s Office. Each board member was asked to provide food or a cash donation for the reception at the Dunbar home after the event. She noted this reception has been developed as a way to thank the Master Gardeners, artists, pot decorating participants and event volunteers.
  • Shipoke Night at the Senators will tentatively be held in August and Melanie will recommend dates at the next meeting. After discussion, it was agreed that attendees would purchase tickets and buy their own food.
  • Joanne will recommend dates and develop ideas for the River Party/Picnic.


  • Ellie updated the members on plans for the Shipoke Flea Market to be held on July 11 from 7:00 to 2:00. A meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:00 to continue the planning process. It was agreed to have a Shipoke Sale Table to benefit the SNA.


  • After discussion, it was agreed that any Property Maintenance Complaints filed with the Bureau of Codes should be cleared through the Board. As a courtesy, the resident should be approached about the problem before submitting the complaint form.

Old Business

  • Mary Beth noted that potholes are being repaired by the City.
  • It was reported that the new restaurant, Los Tres Cubanos, is planning a soft opening for Shipoke residents. A date has not been announced.
  • Regarding the City’s Recycling Program, Mary Beth reported that residents will receive a large recycle bin in addition to a large trash bin. Current trash containers will be picked up by the City. Dates have not been announced. This program has been developed to promote recycling and protect the environment.

New Business

  • Kathy reported Glen Dunbar is planning walking tours of Shipoke. The cost will be $5 per person with a maximum of 20 people per walk. Funds will be donated to the Shipoke Neighborhood Association.
  • Shirley reported on the meeting held by the Joint Building and Housing Committee and the Community and Economic Development Committee on May 11 regarding rezoning the area beyond the Route 81 Bridge. She noted under consideration are plots of land being rezoned from Industrial to Riverfront Zone which would permit hotel/motel and extended stay hotels up to 99 feet. It is felt the change would make the land marketable and attract a developer. Shipoke should not be affected by this development.
  • A meeting of Harrisburg Thriving Together will be held on June 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Members were encouraged to attend.
  • Betsy will contact Bill Sutton, with Bike Share Harrisburg, speak at a fall board meeting. This is an initiative to bring a bike share program to the City of Harrisburg so that residents, visitors and workers can travel in an easy and convenient manner. .
  • Jean Cutler will be invited to present a program on rain barrels at our General Membership Meeting in September. Jean recently received a grant for this program and has been meeting with community organizations to educate interested residents on this issue.

Next Meeting: Monday, July 6 at the home of Betty MacLaughlin,
: The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Shirley Marks, Secretary