Forest Park Civic Association Meeting Minutes: June 13, 2023

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting

Date: 13 June 2023

Location: Epworth United Methodist Church

Meeting called to order @7:01PM by Ed Vanasdale 

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Attendance was taken via role call.


President Ed Vanasdale

There is a new format for the FPCA meetings see article in this month’s Forester.

  • 6:00-6:30 Block Watch Meeting/Supplemental Security Report (CPD Liaison Officer Dan Yandrich and our Sup. Sec. chairpersons will be in attendance to answer your questions). Police issues will NOT be discussed at the regular FPCA  meeting.
  • 6:30-7:00 Code Enforcement Issues Discussion/NCC Development Report – If you have any questions regarding code issues, i.e. semi-trucks or cars parked on street, neighbor’s grass is uncut, etc., this will be the time to come and talk with the FPCA President and officers concerning those issues. Code issues will NOT be discussed at the regular FPCA meeting.
  • 7:00-8:00 FPCA Meeting The monthly meeting will take place as usual, but the above two items will not be discussed, leaving time for guest speakers and other committee reports, AND ending the meeting at 8:00 pm.

Guest Speaker: Nicole Sochacki

  1. Nicole (Youth Services manager). Keith (head manager) has moved to Canal Winchester branch. He was here for about 10 years.
  2. Summer Reading Challenge has begun. Read and get rewarded. Sign up in person or online. Rewards for adults and for kids.
  3. Music, arts, science, and lots of animals to visit over the summer for the kids.
  4. The New Culture Pass Program. Come and visit the library and get tickets for lots of museums and attractions in the area like the Zoo, Veterans Museum, and Art Museum.
  5. 150th Year Anniversary: Come to the library and get a passport of activities to do – complete the activities for lots of prizes.
  6. There are lots of classes being offered at the library:
  7. If you are interested in mentoring and volunteering, please come and stop by the branch. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer helping people of all ages from kindergarten on up!!

Vice President Trevor Secord

National Night out will be at the North YMCA on August 1st (the first Tues.), more information will be presented at the July meeting and through social media sources.

Secretary Lou Bernard –

  1. Attendance:
  • Officers/Committee Chairs Present: EV, TS, LB, CL, MS, DVM, MB, SL, SB, AP, KG, DP
  • Officers/Committee Chairs Absent: RW, AR, ER, KVM 
  • Area Reps in Attendance: 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 12
  • Area Reps Absent: 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 (Area 14 remain vacant )
  • Total meeting attendance: 28
  1. Reviewed minutes from May, no changes or corrections needed, minutes have been approved and were entered into the official records.
  2. Attendance Sheet thru June:

Treasurer Cheryl Lutman –

  1. We have received 54 household memberships through PayPal with about 3/4 of those paying that way also covering their fees – thank you!! The biggest chunk has been in the mail. We’ve received 160 through the post office, and have a stack of about 25 to process, with more coming in, though they have definitely slowed down.
  2. The biggest expense was the purchase of the mulch ($3700, we had a profit of $1200), followed by the funds on our bulk mail permit.
  3. Advertising revenue this month almost completely covered the cost to print the Forester, so thank you to our advertisers – and to Lowell and Rita for making all the changes to the ads as they’ve happened!
  4. Total income last month:$13,020.17; expenses last month: $6863.98; Net gain: $6156.19
  5. See the financial breakdown spreadsheet in the Forester.

Public Relations Mary Sguerra –

  1. Nice turnout for bowling. Another bowling event will be on: Sept.17th, Sunday
  2. The next community garage sale will be: Sept. 16th, Saturday
  3. We are looking for someone to take over the 4th of July float for the FPCA. She will help, but needs someone to take the lead. Please contact Mary.
  4. The last Thursday of each month, come meet us “Gather at Gabby’s” on Tamarack Circle; 6:30-8:30 pm.

Forester Editor Rita Woeste –

Needs articles by Friday, June 16th.

Supplemental Security Daryl Van Mercetta –

Katie Van Mercetta – kvanmercetta@gmail.comAbsent

Dan Yandrich (CPD Liaison Officer) – 614.645.1418

See report in the Forester.

Business Representative Marty Biggs –  Sheridan Landon –  Alan Ray –  – Absent

Business members have been updated in the Forester. If you see any mistakes, please contact Marty.


Welcome Committee Chair Ellin Ray – eclaire1226@gmail.comAbsent

This committee has been temporarily put on hold in order to study the best way to fulfill this need.

Volunteer Coordinator Scott Biggs –

  1. Welcomed new neighbors and members from Sharon Woods Civic Association to our meeting.
  2. Scott will make sure to get the word out about our new meeting format on social media and the website.
  3. Scott purchased “Slow Down” yard signs for your yard. If you are interested, contact him directly.
  4. Still looking for a volunteer to head up the Bikes-n-Trikes.
  5. People from outside FP wanting to join. There is an Associate Membership level: 
  • In the Constitution: Article III: Section B: Associate Member. Subsequent to full payment of dues in accordance with Article VI, any resident of Forest Park or, at the discretion of the Board, any resident of the Community may become an Associate Member of the FPCA upon agreeing to be bound by its Constitution and Bylaws. Associate Members shall be entitled to all rights of membership in the FPCA, except the right to vote or to become elected or appointed to the Board. 
  • At this time, Associate Members do not get the Forester delivered to them.

Social Activities Andrea Philipsen

  1. July 10th (Monday): 5-8pm: Dirty Franks Hotdog Food Truck – coming to the North YMCA parking lot. Please come hang out and meet your neighbors.
  2. July 14th (Friday) 4-6pm: Shaved Ice Food Truck at the YMCA
  3. Aug 11th (Friday) 8pm: Karaoke at Sequoia Bowl
  4. Aug. 21st (Monday) 5-8 pm: Tortilla Mexican Street Food Truck at the YMCA 
  5. Aug. 26th (Saturday) 7-8:30 pm: Concert on the Driveway at the Dove Household (5785 Lindenwood Rd). For more info, see “The Forest Park Gardener’s” article in this month’s Forester.
  6. Aug. 28th (Monday) 8-10 am: Bushel and Bean Coffee Truck at the YMCA

NCC Representative Ken Gilbert – Trevor Secord –

See column in this month’s Forester.

NCC Development Representative Ed Vanasdale –

Presented by Dave Paul. The city is now having open house discussions about the rest of the Route 161 Roundabout program: they are planning more roundabouts around the 161 access roads. The Open House date is June 29th (Thursday) Karl Library 11-1 and 4:30-6:30. The city website says the completion date for the Maple Canyon portion to be Fall ‘23.

Link to the official letter (online link):

Link to the Comment Form (online link):

Website Administrator Scott Biggs – Dave Paul –  

Our website is always – always being updated with new and upcoming info! Please check it out!!




Lots of questions about speeding/speed bumps and street lights. Those neighbors were invited to come and discuss the issue, but none showed up. If it is important to you, you need to come an make your voice/opinion known.

Meeting adjourned at 8:13 PM

Meeting minutes submitted by Lou Bernard, Secretary, FPCA