April 28, 2011 Meeting Minutes

Greater Gladstone Civic Association (GGCA) Meeting Minutes


Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011 7:00 PM

Location: Lansdowne Borough Hall

Attendance: 10



Welcome by the President (Melissa Englund)


Review of Minutes by the Secretary (Michelle Hiscott)

Copies of the March 24, 2011 meeting minutes were distributed. The minutes were approved.


Review of Finances by the Treasurer (Kathy Kauffman)

Copies of checking account activity from March 23, 2011 to April 27, 2011 were distributed.

The checking account contains $3,620.34. The treasurer’s update was approved.


One donation was made during the previous month.


The treasurer will track PECO expenses for the year based on the decision to leave the power on (as opposed to shutting off power until November.) The previous two PECO bills have been $21.21 and $21.06.


Business Updates and Reports


Street Lights Update

The removal process has begun with the lights on the Island Parklette, Gladstone and Walsh Road, and Eldon Avenue.  Footers have been installed for new lights. Lansdowne Borough is storing the old lights.


Work must be complete by the May 15, 2011 grant-imposed deadline.


The next newsletter will include an article on the removal of the light, including information on the lottery (including a slip for participation) and the necessary/useful information on installing a light (height, weight, requirements for installation and electrical connection.)


Island Parklette Improvements Update

A summary of the project was presented:

Planned work includes the installation of electricity under the street as well as a new box (located at a lower level and with a lock); removal of the current electrical pole and box; installation of a wheelchair cutout; removal of the pebble path and installation of a paved path; installation of a hardscaped plaza; and installation of pavers around the flower beds. Funding for the project comes from the Pennsylvania via the office of State Representative Nick Micozzie.


According to Lansdowne Borough Manager Craig Totaro the project has been sent out for bid. There may be an issue with work being complete by July 4, 2011, thus affecting the GGCA Fourth of July picnic. Totaro has reassured the Borough will work with the GGCA to ensure the picnic will not be affected and can be held at the Island.


Egg Hunt Report

Due to poor weather, the annual egg hunt was attended by four children. Donations of leftover toddler food were made to a local food bank (via Covenant United Methodist Nursery School in Springfield) and leftover goody bags were donated to the Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten classes at Holy Child Academy in Drexel Hill. The decision has been made not to have a rain date as it has (with the exception of the tree lighting) not been successful in the past.


2011 GGCA Officer Elections

Bob Bartmann, Betty Bartmann, and Nancy Jordan will serve as the nominating committee for the 2011 GGCA officer elections.


Newsletter Update

Current Newsletter: In Production

The current newsletter is in awaiting return from volunteer graphic designer Dina S. The scheduled deadline had been for Dina to return the newsletter by April 27, but she has promised it shortly and it should be ready for early May delivery.


Next Newsletter:

The next newsletter is planned for distribution to residents in early July 2011. The deadline for submission to Dina is Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Planned topics and contributors (when assigned) include:


Special Topics

July 4th Summary (Michelle Hiscott)

Vacation Safety (Joanne Kammerer)

Nominations for Fall 2011 GGCA Officer Elections


Standard Topics

Calendar: Meetings, Events, Elections (Melissa Englund)

Flashbacks (Kathy Kauffman)

Meeting Summaries: Include May, June (Michelle Hiscott)

On the Manor (Pete Engel)

Where are They Now (Julia Hartnett)


Possible Topics

Resident Profiles

Environmental News

Manor Manners

Community News (possibly Bottom Dollar)


Next Meeting: Thursday, May 26, 2011


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