MISTLETOE HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
2/18/2014 at 7-830pm
Facilitator and Meeting Called By: Kyle Jenson
Note Taker and Time Keeper: Valerie Ewing
Host: Sue and Bill Parrish at 2329 Mistletoe Drive
Special Guests: Michael Bennett and Randy Westerman
7:05p: Meeting Called to Order by Kyle Jenson
Guest #1: Mr. Michael Bennett is an Architect and CEO of Bennett Benner Pettit Architects. Mr. Bennett discussed the WestBend shopping center plans in some detail. The area will include retail shops, restaurants and a small grocery store. The design is “Urban Streetscape” with narrower streets and landscaping/trees. He was not able to tell us the names of retailers or restaurants except one Grimaldis Pizzeria. Many restaurants will face the river. They worked with the FW Water District and were able to eliminate the fire lane that is along the river side thus opening up 20 more feet of space. Timeline: construction will start this June with completion date in 18 months. At some time in the future, there will be a pedestrian bridge crossing Trinity River further to the north and half of Vickery Street bridge will be for pedestrian use. Both sides of the river will have trails. As for pedestrians attempting to cross from WestBend to University Park, there will be another street light on University near Staples.
Aaron Shutt - Gas well report: They will only issue a check if it gets to $100. At this time resident monetary benefits are averaging about $3 to $4 per month. Unless you have a large piece of land, you will likely not see any money soon.
Andrew Clogg - Sidewalks on Jerome report: The goal is to have continuous sidewalks, on both sides of the street, along Jerome for the safety of the people and especially children who walk to Lily B Elementary. The Principal of Lily B has agreed to sign off on a letter for this. If everyone could send out emails it would be a big help in getting this accomplished. Right now Mistletoe Heights is “at the top of the list” but we have been at the top of the list for years. In order to make it happen, we will need to be more active in our approach. Please join us in making this happen.
Jeri Jo Blackmon - Treasury report: Overall we have seen an increase in donations. So far 133 of 500 residents have donated. Every little bit helps, even if you can only send in $20. We still need more residents to donate. The money helps pay for projects that benefit and/or beautify our neighborhood, i.e., welcome baskets, landscaping the Berm, new sign for Mistletoe Heights to replace the outdated one, signs to advertise the neighborhood garage sale (similar to Berkeley). The net income: ~$7700, Expenses ~4700 so the newsletter is making money. To donate either send a check to Jeri Jo Blackmon or you can also donate online. Annual donation drive is May through November, a 6 month period.
Still need volunteers! Ad Rep and Yard of the Month Judge
· Zoo expansion, Baylor development, and WestBend construction shows that the economy is improving.
· The Cowtown Marathon cheer station is this Sunday February 23rd at Park Place and Forest Park Blvd with runners coming by from 8-10am. Kyle will be at the station by 7am. Please help out and cheer on the runners!
· Neighborhood garage sale is March 29 (Saturday) – get your permit online, which is free. The zoo run is that morning too so we could potentially see a lot of traffic.
· Motions: $200 for more signs advertising our garage sale – passed. $300 for movie night – passed. Movie night is this May.
Meeting adjourned 8:31