May 2015 Meeting Minutes

July 20, 2015 in Meeting Minutes by brian

Shipoke Neighborhood Association
Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting
May 4, 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, Joanne Kaldy, Betty MacLaughlin, Kathy Marley-Dunbar, Rod Kautz, Shirley Marks and Brian Moore. Neighborhood resident Eileen Villardi was present as an invited guest.

Minutes: The minutes from the April 6, 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: $7339.36
Income: 95.00
Expenses 173.32
Ending Balance as of 4/30/15: $7261.04

Committee Reports


  • Joanne noted she has been posting on Facebook and Twitter and has included upcoming events such as Art in the Park and the Glow Run. She thanked everyone for their contributions and encouraged them to continue postings on our social media accounts.
  • She will prepare the monthly email newsletter next week. Suggestions for the newsletter included Art in the Park (including neighborhood cleanup for this event), a request for volunteers for the Shipoke Flea Market, our social media, the Glow Run, and picking up after dogs.


  • A theft was reported at 589 S. Front Street in late April. The landlord will repair or replace the damaged front door.


  • Approximately 20 people participated in the neighborhood cleanup on Friday, April 17. It was noted that Nate Godfrey brought nine girls from the Milton Hershey School to help with the cleanup.
  • Mulch day was also well attended on Saturday, April 24. Betty Wolf won a drawing for a massage donated by resident Gina King.
  • Mary Beth reported an email was received from James Spatz, Urban Planner/Zoning Officer for the City of Harrisburg, regarding a city-wide plan for trash cleanup. Joanne will give him the information he requested regarding Shipoke boundaries. Shirley will be Joanne’s backup for this initiative.


  • Kathy provided an update for the Art in the Park event scheduled for Sunday, June 14 from 10:00 to 4:00. Twenty Shipoke residents have received an 18-inch pot and they will design their plantings with a theme of their choice. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own plants and soil and will receive special discounts and planting advice from Highland Gardens. Local Master Gardeners will judge the pots and be on hand to answer gardening questions. Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative, Most Colorful and Best Execution of Theme. Two resident artists and four local artists will be painting in Riverfront Park.
  • After discussion, it was agreed to purchase a 1/8 page ad in The Burg. We will receive a 25% discount and Joanne will design the ad.
  • It was decided to host a reception after the event at Kathy’s home for the artists, master gardeners and pot decorating participants. Members of the board will provide refreshments.
  • Shipoke Night at the Senators will tentatively be held in August.
  • The River Party/Picnic will tentatively be held on a Saturday night in September. Joanne and Mary Beth will gather more information for this event.


  • Regarding the Flea Market to be held on July 11, Ellie obtained the special event insurance and submitted the permit forms to the City.
  • It was agreed to have a Shipoke Sale Table to benefit the SNA. Mary Beth will chair this project.
  • Committees will formed and begin their planning work shortly.


  • Property Maintenance Complaints were sent to the Bureau of Codes to report JR’s Auto Repair and 552 Race Street.
  • Shirley reported she contacted Ann Montgomery at the Bureau of Codes to follow up on complaints that have been filed over the past several months. Ann will review the complaints within the next several weeks and contact Shirley with an update.

Old Business

  • Mary Beth noted that not all the potholes she reported to the City have been filled. She will follow up with the City and request a time frame for completion.
  • After discussion, it was agreed that several board members will visit the new restaurant after it opens and welcome them to the neighborhood. Shirley and Rod will also present them with a planted pot in connection with the Art in the Park event.

New Business

  • Mary Beth reported that the Harrisburg City Council will hold a public hearing on May 11 at 5:30 regarding a request for Zoning Code Amendments and Zoning Map Amendments to allow for structures up to 99 feet in height to be permitted within the (proposed) Riverfront zone south of Interstate 83. Shirley and Joanne will attend to see how this change could affect Shipoke.
  • Joanne and Mary Beth reported they attended the Council of Communities Meeting in April. Areas of discussion at the meeting were crime, blight/litter and best practices for community organizations. Both felt it was very worthwhile to attend and we will continue attendance at future meetings.
  • It was agreed to have Bill Sutton, with Bike Share Harrisburg, speak at our August 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. Betsy will invite Bill to the meeting.
  • 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, June 1 at the home of Betty MacLaughlin

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Shirley Marks, Secretary