Forest Park Civic Association Meeting Minutes: May 11, 2021

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting

11 May 2021 – Online Zoom Meeting

Meeting called to order and Pledge of Allegiance opened the meeting @ 7:08 PM by Scott Prigan

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report   Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

  1. Still awaiting 501c3 from our overloaded workers at the IRS
  2. Looking forward to Summer. Remember to keep safe. Hybrid meeting in June?
  3. Focus on Membership Outreach (formerly Outreach Day). Thank you to all those who have volunteered to help with the Outreach project.

Vice President’s Report  Ryan Finke ryan.finke@gmail.com

  1. Slowly but surely coming up to speed with the new position.
  2. Considering ideas of automated ways to notify Area Reps of their new neighbors to aid with welcoming them.
  3. Hoping to help with updating Forester design. Ryan and Rita are having a conversation about this.

Secretary’s Report Lou Bernard loubernard3@gmail.com

  1. Attendance will be taken via Zoom Participation List.
  • Officers/Committee Chairs Present: SP, RF, LB, CL, MS, RW, DVM, SL, MS, DP, EV, KG
  • Officers/Committee Chairs Absent: AR, ER (Social Activities Chair remains vacant)
  • Area Reps in Attendance: 4
  • Area Reps Absent: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (Areas 13 and 14 remain vacant )

Treasurer’s Report  Cheryl Lutman cllutman17@gmail.com

  1. Budget is out for May. We are showing a small surplus. Currently analyzing the budget to find trends. The budget is in the month’s Forester. Some money was moved within the budget/account for social events this summer.
  2. Asked committee chairs for a breakdown of money they will need in the future. Did not receive any requests, so committees received a similar amount as they did in the past.
  3. Using online bill pay with 5th/3rd will save money on postage.
  4. Will be working with Rita about changes to budget due to Forester delivery.

Public Relations Report Mary Sguerra Mary.Sguerra@HERrealtors.com

  1. Garage Sale: We are in the middle of getting things ready for the FP Garage Sale this weekend. We have 32 members signed up to participate. Rita and Mary will be at the islands to FP entrance passing out flyers with addresses on them at 9:00-10:30 AM this Saturday. Mary will get money collected from garage sale advertising to the Treasurer when all comes in.
  2. Island Signs: There was a request last year to get maintenance done on the island signs, contact has been made to get them fixed.

Forester Editor’s Report  Rita Woeste forester_ed@fpcivic.org

  1. Everything is needed for Forester printing by Thursday, May 13th. Delivery system needs to be worked out. David is supposed to be in charge. Does anyone know what is going on? High School students are no longer delivering for FPCA. M. Stone will check with DeSales staff. L. Bernard will contact Northland staff.
  2. Ryan F. checked on Facebook and noticed there are volunteers willing to help. Rita will check with David.

Supplemental Security Report  Daryl Van Mercetta dvanmercetta@gmail.com, Katie Van Mercetta kvanmercetta@gmail.com, Scott Clinger (CPD Liaison Officer) SClinger@columbuspolice.org

  1. House checks continue. But for the most part, things are pretty quiet.
  2. An assault rifle was found in a person’s front yard in FP. When this happens, the best thing to do is to call the police and they will secure the weapon.

Business Representative  Sheridan Landin – sheridanlandon@yahoo.com  Alan Ray – aray.bergahorn@gmail.com

  1. A list of business members was found, and will be delivered to the Treasurer and/or Forester editor.
  2. Sheridan is trying to drum up business memberships by broadcasting on the “Nextdoor” app.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Welcome Committee Chair  Ellin Ray – eclaire1226@gmail.comStill has

  1. Nothing new to report.  The same welcome folders from Areas 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12 and 13 still have not been picked up.  Still waiting for new folders to assemble more welcome packets. 
  2. Cheryl (Treasurer) has not heard back from anyone concerning the advertising in the Welcome Folder. Joel is incharge of advertising. Rita will contact him.

Volunteer Coordinator Mike Stone msto0103@yahoo.com

  1. We need to contact Area Reps. in order to get the Welcome Folders picked up.
  2. We will have people reach out to our Area Reps. to find out where they have been. Mike Stone, Lou Bernard, and Scott Prigan will start making phone calls.
  3. Membership Drive: All volunteer slots have been filled. We need each Committee Chair to write an article to explain what you do, especially in this Forester coming up.
  4. Mary Lutz is chairing the 161 Task Force. She is coordinating the 161 Clean-Up and planter boxes at the entrance to Forest Park. Lisa Dove used to share the box with Bob Hinebaugh, but water is an issue. There is no access to getting water now that Carfagna’s is leaving.

Social Activities Report Position is Vacant

If you are interested please contact Mike Stone msto0103@yahoo.com

NCC Representative  Ken Gilbert kgilbert78@att.net

  1. Dave Leland (Rep.) was at the meeting. Is working on HB99 (School personnel carrying firearms)–making sure there is adequate training. Also working on other bills: a criminal justice bill forgiving student loans for working in the public sector and bail reform.
  2. 3 hotels have been taken over by the Shelter Board. NCC wants to help, but we are getting overwhelmed by panhandlers. The next meeting the Shelter Board will be attending to explain their position/process. If you have concerns, please email Ken or attend the next meeting. Check their website for details: https://www.columbusncc.org/news-and-events/ncc-meetings/
  3. The Library move is coming up.
  4. The Fourth of July Parade is cancelled.
  5. If you are having issues with Rumpke picking up your yard waste, please file a 311 report.

NCC Development Representative Ed Vanasdale evanasdale@insight.rr.com Dave Paul dwpaul@fpcivic.org

3 Cases on agenda. 1) A graphics case on N. Hamilton Rd. 2) An apartment unit wants to add 72 units on Cherrybottom Rd. 3) On Cleveland Ave., there is a house that is planned to be leveled and an apartment complex to be built. NCC did not support this for many reasons.

Website Administrator Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

www.fpcivic.org is the site. Check it out for updates.

Old Business  Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

  1. Sign Committee: We are getting the final estimate. We should have a complete plan by next month.
  2. We still need someone to start up the Block Watch again. Ed Vansdale will be willing to help you start up.
  3. Lou Bernard will contact Rick Bennett about getting information about name badges/tags.

New Business  Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

  1. Devonshire Neighborhood is having a Food Truck Friday in the area. Check the Nextdoor App or the schedule in this Forester. If you are interested in trying this in Forest Park, please contact Scott for details.

8:53 adjourned

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting Minutes: April 13, 2021

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting

13 April 2021 – Online Zoom Meeting

Meeting called to order and Pledge of Allegiance opened the meeting @ 7:02 PM by Scott Prigan

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report   Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

Cheryl, our Treasurer, received notification of EIN from IRS. We have subsequently submitted the Form 1023 Application for 501c3 status. Now it’s just a matter of waiting. This opens the door for many grants for people in FP who are doing good work in the community.

Vice President’s Report  Ryan Finke ryan.finke@gmail.com

Absent – at hospital with his wife who is delivering twin girls.

Secretary’s Report Lou Bernard loubernard3@gmail.com

  1. Attendance will be taken on Zoom.
  • Officers Present: SP, LB, CL, RW, DVM, SL, AR, ER, MS, EV, KG (Social Activities Chair remains vacant)
  • Officers Absent: RF, MS
  • Area Reps in Attendance:, 9, 11, and 12
  • Area Reps Absent: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14 (Areas 13, and 14 remain vacant )
  1. There is a correction to last month’s minutes. It was reported that the Forester Editor needed $70/mo. to upgrade the Microsoft license. That was corrected to $70/yr.

 

Treasurer’s Report  Cheryl Lutman cllutman17@gmail.com

Note that this month we had a couple of large expenses. The first, for $275, was the fee charged by the IRS with our application for 501(c)(3) status. The second, for $204, was the renewal of our post office box.

A couple of items:

  1. Has been tasked with going through our records to determine who our paid up business members are. Sadly, after exhaustive research in both the paper and the online records, that information is not noted prior to January, 2021. Treasurer found receipt of memberships, but the name was not noted in the Treasurer’s log. When CL took over, she accepted two business memberships – Dennis Gullick with New York Life and New Horizons School. She will continue to note business members in my records so we have that information going forward. She also forwarded information on to both Sheldon and Alan.
  2. Welcome Folders:  Treas. Is looking into where we purchased them, and for how much. Also looking into the advertising in the folders.
  3. The budget is about done. Because she only has three months under her belt right now, and because 2020 was such an odd year for expenses, she is going back a couple of years to determine exactly what our budget should be. If any of the chairs for the various departments have any input, she would be happy to listen!

Public Relations Report Mary Sguerra Mary.Sguerra@HERrealtors.com

ABSENT-No Report

May 12th deadline to get info to Mary if you are interested in having your name in the garage sale advertising flyer.

Forester Editor’s Report  Rita Woeste forester_ed@fpcivic.org

  1. Rita needs everything by Thursday.
  2. till looking for bios from Area Reps.
  3. Deadline for June Forester (membership mailing) will be May 14th.
  4. Rita will work to get copies of Forester to Business Reps.

Supplemental Security Report  Daryl Van Mercetta dvanmercetta@gmail.com, Katie Van Mercetta kvanmercetta@gmail.com, Scott Clinger (CPD Liaison Officer) SClinger@columbuspolice.org

  1. There have been numerous people requesting vacation house checks. Please use this, it is a service we provide to FPCA members.
  2. Scott Clinger: A neighbor on Cherrywood Ct. called Channel4 and blew the story wide open. It coincided with his arrest. He is in custody. See this link for the story: https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/former-correctional-officer-charged-after-neighbors-terrorized-on-cherrywood-road/
  3. Norwood Suites is under a court order for being out of code. Officer Clinger went to check info to see if they were following the court order. They are deficient. The city attorney is working on this. The suspect in the murder was apprehended. The panhandler issue seems to be worsening. A tarp was set up at the exit, Officer Clinger will contact ODOT about this. Bike patrols are starting up again. Wave hi as they go by. July 1st is the deadline to get your driver’s license and expired dags under the COVID rules.

Business Representative  Sheridan Landin – sheridanlandon@yahoo.com  Alan Ray – aray.bergahorn@gmail.com

  1. 2 new business members.
  2. Working with Joel Kin on advertising for the business members.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Welcome Committee Chair  Ellin Ray – eclaire1226@gmail.comStill has Welcome Folders for these areas 1, 2, 5, 6, 8,11,12, and 13. We are looking for the area Reps to contact Ellin to pick up the Folders to distribute them.

Volunteer Coordinator Mike Stone msto0103@yahoo.com

  1. Welcome to Glenda Wylder (New Area 3 Rep)
  2. Discussed the Membership Drive: dates, volunteer sign ups, etc. If you are interested in helping, contact Mike Stone.

Social Activities Report Position is Vacant

If you are interested please contact Mike Stone msto0103@yahoo.com

NCC Representative  Ken Gilbert kgilbert78@att.net

  1. Ken Gilbert has been appointed as the new representative to the Northland Community Council.
  2. The Karl Rd. Library is open, and also has many online resources.Graffiti on the Morse Rd. has been directed to the police. If you see graffiti, please report it (614) 645-4545.The city attorney is keeping an eye on the local hotels in the area to make sure they are adhering to code.
  3. 25 volunteers helped out with the 161 Clean up. Future dates are on the FPCA website calendar.
  4. Councilman Remy discussed the plans to divide the council up into districts.

NCC Development Representative Ed Vanasdale evanasdale@insight.rr.com Dave Paul dwpaul@fpcivic.org

  1. 2 cases: A FP neighbor wanted to increase her numbers in her home-based day care. Variance was denied due to issues of the site ; New shopping area on Hamilton Rd.-it was a graphics case.
  2. The old library will close in mid-May to move books over. The old library will be demolished in June. The new library will open in September.

Website Administrator Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

www.fpcivic.org is the site. Check it out for updates.

Old Business  Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

Ken Gilbert has taken over the role of NCC Rep. NCC was notified of the change.

New Business  Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

None

8:45 adjourned

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting Minutes: March 9, 2021

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting

9 March 2021 – Online Zoom Meeting

Meeting called to order and Pledge of Allegiance opened the meeting @ 7:01 PM by Scott Prigan

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report   Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

  1. Scott welcomed all to the meeting.
  2. Block Watch needs a new leader. Ken Gilbert and Ed Vanasdale are willing to help out. Contact Ed @ evanasdale@insight.rr.com if you are interested.
  3. Ryan Finke is requesting to be nominated as Vice President. Mike Stone gave the nomination speech. Ryan introduced himself. Ryan was unanimously voted into office.

Vice President’s Report  Ryan Finke ryan.finke@gmail.com

We would like to welcome Ryan to his new position. Congratulations!

Secretary’s Report Lou Bernard loubernard3@gmail.com

  1. Attendance will be taken via Zoom Participation List.
  • Officers Present: SP, RF, LB, CL, MS, RW, DVM, SL, AR, ER, MS, EV, KG (100% attendance) (Social Activities Chair remains vacant)
  • Area Reps in Attendance: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9
  • Area Reps Absent: 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (Areas 3, 13, and 14 remain vacant )

Treasurer’s Report  Cheryl Lutman cllutman17@gmail.com

  1. Emailed Feb. financials to all. Check the budget in this month’s Forester.
  2. Working on gathering the list of business memberships by going back through the past year’s records, this should be done by next week.

Public Relations Report Mary Sguerra Mary.Sguerra@HERrealtors.com

We are going to be having the Annual FPCA Garage Sale on May 15th. The form will be in the April and May Forester, if you would like to advertise.

Forester Editor’s Report  Rita Woeste forester_ed@fpcivic.org

  1. Articles are due March 18th. Rita would like bios of area reps. and board members.
  2. Articles for the April issue are due on April 14th, due to tax day, the printer needs them a little earlier.
  3. Rita needs to have an upgrade for the MS Office program she is using — $70/year – this will be paid from the Forester budget.

Supplemental Security Report  Daryl Van Mercetta dvanmercetta@gmail.com, Katie Van Mercetta kvanmercetta@gmail.com, Scott Clinger (CPD Liaison Officer) SClinger@columbuspolice.org

  1. Cherrywood Court–We are starting to get video and pics of the culprit. Police are making patrols to check things out.
  2. Call 911 for shots being fired.
  3. Panhandlers are around. Drive carefully around them. Remember they continue to be in the area because they are making money. Officer Clinger believes if people stopped giving them money, they would leave.
  4. Unemployment fraud scams are on the rise, contact the Attorney General, and check with your credit companies.
  5. People have been stealing catalytic converters in the area. Just be aware.

Business Representative  Sheridan Landin – sheridanlandon@yahoo.com  Alan Ray – aray.bergahorn@gmail.com

  1. They have not been out to check on businesses. Hoping the nice weather will allow them to get out and talk to the area businesses.
  2. If there are any businesses who would like to join please contact Sheridan.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Welcome Committee Chair  Ellin Ray – eclaire1226@gmail.com

  1. Still have bags of Welcome Folders for 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13
  2. Ellin needs more folders. Treas. is looking into finding where the last ones were purchased so she can order more.

Volunteer Coordinator Mike Stone msto0103@yahoo.com

  1. VP role has now been filled.
  2. We have secured a few more people for Forester delivery. Thank you.
  3. We need an Area 3, 12, and 13 Reps. We also need a Social Activity Rep.
  4. We are still looking to make connections into the Nepali/Butanese community. Ryan Finke may have a contact.
  5. 2021 Membership Drive Discussion. The membership drive is coming up. Last year everything was put together in the houses of members, and then distributed. What is the vision for this May-June? Door-to-door? There was an in-depth discussion, it was decided to be scheduled to go out in June 2021, and distributed.

Social Activities Report Position is Vacant

If you are interested please contact Mike Stone msto0103@yahoo.com

NCC Representative  Ken Gilbert kgilbert78@att.net

  1. Ken Gilbert has been appointed as the new representative to the Northland Community Council.
  2. The Karl Rd. Library is open, and also has many online resources.
  3. Graffiti on the Morse Rd. has been directed to police. If you see graffiti, please report it (614) 645-4545.
  4. The city attorney is keeping an eye on the local hotels in the area to make sure they are adhering to code.

NCC Development Representative Ed Vanasdale evanasdale@insight.rr.com Dave Paul dwpaul@fpcivic.org

6 cases were heard, but nothing really affecting FP at this time.

Website Administrator Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

www.fpcivic.org is the site. Check it out for updates.

Old Business  Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

Sign Committee: 3 businesses are being contacted for bids about the sign. The 5 signs that are still standing will be replaced first. Phase II will involve possible replacing the other 5 where the posts and signs have been removed. All is contingent upon the replacement costs.

New Business  Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

  1. Bonnie Freeman: Block Watch – needs to get re-established and maybe needs their own Zoom account. Discussion took place. If we can get someone to take over the Block Watch, we will work with them to get a Zoom account if they need one. Any volunteers to head up the Block Watch?
  2. Katirna Kerns in a new Area 1 Rep.
  3. Thoughts of having an outdoor meeting? Discussion was had. Look for an announcement as the weather continues to get better.
  4. In the pool area in FP West-construction is going on!!! Yay!!
  5. Mr. Frankenfield had the idea that area reps and board members need ID badges especially when going door-to-door. The executive board will look into purchasing laminated badges for everyone. Thanks for the great idea!!

8:26 adjourned

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting Minutes: February 9, 2021

Forest Park Civic Association Meeting

9 February 2021 – Online Zoom Meeting

Meeting called to order and Pledge of Allegiance opened the meeting @ 7:02 PM by Scott Prigan

7:02 PM Meeting called to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Guest Speaker: Scott Clinger (FPCA Liaison Officer)

  1. There was an Amber Alert that had a positive ending today.
  2. Cherrywood Court Issue (Someone is regularly dumping nails and other debris at the entrance of the court). Officer Clinger believes this is targeting someone in the court. There is very little evidence. We need the neighbors in that area to work together to gather evidence/pictures. He is letting people in the precinct office know what is going on. They will do frequent checks and go by to patrol the area.
  3. Concerns were brought up about the shooting on Hazelwood. The police have issued a warrant for the suspects arrest. The CPD doesn’t want to release any more information due to a potential court case.
  4. There have been a rash of stolen cars and purses out of cars at gas stations, WHILE PEOPLE ARE PUMPING THEIR GAS. Take the keys out of your ignition and if you are alone in the car, lock the doors or secure valuables. The criminals are using this time that we are distracted to their advantage.
  5. Contact information: Scott: 614-645-1418, sclinger@columbuspolice.org

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report   Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

  1. Very important that we reboot The Block Watch Meetings. We are looking for a volunteer to lead the meeting.
  2. Still looking for a VP. Please we need a volunteer. As a VP, you are also the primary delegate to the NCC.

Vice President’s Report  Position is Vacant

If you are interested please contact Mike Stone.

Secretary’s Report Lou Bernard loubernard3@gmail.com

  1. Attendance will be taken via Zoom Participation List (28 people attending).

Officers Present: SP, LB, CL, MS, RW, DVM, KVM, SL, AR, ER, MS, EV, DP (100% attendance)

Area Reps in Attendance: 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12

Area Reps Absent: 1, 3, 6, 8, 13, 14

  1. Review new guidelines for meetings-shortened reporting time.
  2. Minutes from last month were reviewed and accepted. They are posted on the website as well as in the Forester.

Treasurer’s Report  Cheryl Lutman cllutman17@gmail.com

  1. Expenses are below budget and that seems primarily related to COVID, much due to the difficulty to do events and activities at this time.
  2. She is pleased to see our income and memberships still coming in, despite all the COVID uncertainty.  She may need to make slight adjustments to the income numbers as she had a couple of questions on items.  They won’t affect the amounts – just where they belong on the report.
  3. She will prepare a 2021 – 2022 budget and circulate prior to the March meeting.  If anyone has any input on their specific line item(s), please let Cheryl know. (See the budget in the Forester.)
  4. Treasurer’s report was reviewed and accepted.

Public Relations Report Mary Sguerra Mary.Sguerra@HERrealtors.com

  1. Discussions on the options for the possible Spring Community Garage Sale – (May 15th). It was put to a vote —  It will be held this year!
  2. Zoom links to the meetings are sent out through the email list we have collected when people become members. If you need a link, get in touch with Mary or Lou Bernard (Secretary).

Forester Editor’s Report  Rita Woeste forester_ed@fpcivic.org

  1. Some of the Feb. Foresters will be a little late in getting to you. With all of the ice and snow it is making it dangerous to deliver. One of our delivery people fell on the ice. Please be careful. Get better fast, George!
  2. Articles due Thursday, February 18th — PLEASE.
  3. Thanks to Dennis and Stewart for their “Area Rep” bios. We need lots of new articles! Area reps. send your bios to Rita for upcoming “Meet Your Rep” articles.

Supplemental Security Report  Daryl Van Mercetta dvanmercetta@gmail.com, Katie Van Mercetta kvanmercetta@gmail.com

  1. Daryl has been getting lots of people calling him and asking him to “step-in” to confront neighbors about their poor behavior or code violations. Remember, this is NOT Daryl’s job. He is the liaison between the supplemental security company and the FPCA. He does not drive the security car or work for the company. He does not get involved in disputes in the neighborhood. You can call him to arrange for the security company to do a check on your property if you are on vacation. If you see something that does not look right, you need to call the Columbus Police Department.
  2. Officer Clinger gave the information that Daryl had in his report.
  3. He will continue to work with the residents of Cherrywood Ct. and Officer Clinger.

Business Representative  Sheridan Landin – sheridanlandon@yahoo.com  Alan Ray – aray.bergahorn@gmail.com

  1. Horizon School has renewed its business membership.
  2. C. Lutman will be going back through records to find business records for memberships for the past year. A. Ray will be working to create that list, but it has not been created yet.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Welcome Committee Chair Ellin Ray – eclaire1226@gmail.com

  1. Ellin has Welcome Folders for each area ready to pick up.  Please send her a text message to 614-506-3386 to arrange a time to get them.  Thanks!

Volunteer Coordinator Mike Stone msto0103@yahoo.com

  1. We are still looking for a vice president and social committee chairperson.
  2. Information about a Block Watch Coordinator will be created by Mike’s committee and given out.
  3. We are also looking for a back up coordinator for the Forester delivery. They would help with coordinating the delivery each month. This is not the head coordinator, just a back-up.
  4. Mike apologized to anyone who tried to get on his Membership Zoom meeting. He had the wrong time, new Zoom meeting and time – Feb. 24th @ 7pm. Email will be sent out. Topics: media support, social media support, and brainstorm for summer membership drive.

Social Activities Report Position is Vacant

If you are interested please contact Mike Stone.

NCC Representative  Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com  Ken Gilbert gave a report.

  1. Discussed new policy at CPD as to how they will be handling non-violent crimes.
  2. Library is moving along–moving in at the end of May. Going to be opening in the Fall.

NCC Development Representative Ed Vanasdale evanasdale@insight.rr.com Dave Paul dwpaul@fpcivic.org

  1. Two graphics/sign applications and 2 rezoning applications:
  • The Space Shop, old Giant Eagle, sign needs a new permit to use the sign. It was approved.
  • The former Huntington Center @ Morse Rd & Cleveland Ave. is being purchased by Toyota for dealership.
  • 5555 Sinclair Rd. – old Al Rosa Villa. Redeveloped as affordable multi family housing. Now looking to rezone it. It was supported.
  • National Church Residence looking to develop corner of Cleveland Ave. and Bretton Woods Dr. Redeveloped into 62 units multifamily affordable housing.
  1. Former Sequoia Pool on Cherrywood. Still owned by the United Muslim Society. They are approved to operate at a   church. It appears they are currently adding to the facility for a prayer area.
  2. If you have any questions feel free to contact Dave.

Website Administrator Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

  1. FPCIVIC.ORG is our website. Make sure to sign up for updates.
  2. When you become a member, your email address is added to the Listserv – it is this list that gets emailed out the Zoom links.

Old Business  Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

  1. Dave Paul to share what he learned about the old swimming pool site behind the Sequoia Bowling Alley. (See above report)
  2. No movement on signage issue.
    1. 5 signs still left: Teakwood at Aqua / Maple Canyon at Sumac  /  Northtown at Kilbourne  /  Minerva Park Pl.  / Satinwood and Pegwood – 5 missing signs and/or posts.
    2. The sign committee will have a meeting after the FPCA meeting tonight.
  3. No movement on 501(c)(3) issue. The IRS is moving very slow due to the shut down.

New Business  Scott Prigan scottprigan+fpca@gmail.com

  1. Graffiti on Morse Rd. Railroad Bridge by Sinclair Rd.- it has been reported to the city.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM

Keeping in Touch: Meetings and Communication in an era of Pandemic

When we are trying to do the things of a community in the pandemic predicament, Communication is important enough to be capitalized. And ironically, this period will make us better and stronger in the long run. I’ve seen this with churches and other organizations as well. I can remember back in the day when it was a Big Deal that a religious congregation managed to make a conference call so that shut-in folks would be able to hear some of the music and a sermon. Now we are in an era when we are figuring out how to do an entire religious service, a board meeting, a city council meeting, or even a happy hour through some shared means such as YouTube or Zoom. And this is something that will continue when things return to “normal” — whatever that may be.

So let me share a few things about communication, in the narrow context of how to participate in our Forest Park Civic Association meetings, but likely applicable to all kinds of things in our 21st Century world.

Where do I get the news — and not “fake news” — or just the end of the “telephone game,” where the message gets transformed as it goes from ear to ear to ear …  ?

At FPCA, you want to check the web site, https://www.fpcivic.org/

Don’t look to Facebook first (in anything!) At Facebook we are not the customer: we are the product being sold. Facebook’s secondary business is in capturing eyeballs (to sell stuff). Facebook’s primary business is in capturing information about the persons associated with those eyeballs, so that they can sell us, and make even more profit. They can even glean this information when you are not on their site (or Ap), through persistent sign-in, buried links, beacons, aggregation of information from other sources. (“Big Brother” is not the IRS, or even the NSA; it’s Facebook, Google, other mega tech corporations.)

Now it is possible  to use Facebook somewhat to get our message out. (We syndicate a link to many posts from our web site to our official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fpcivic/ .) But be wary of anything on such a secondary source. Whether it’s the FPCA, the Columbus Dispatch, a governmental agency, or anything else; check the original if you have any doubts. (Likewise, if you ever get a “message purporting to be from me, your pastor, imam, doctor, etc., telling you to buy gift cards and send info … it’s just another lower level scam trying to make profit at your expense!)

Another new phenomenon in our current tech world is “zoom bombing” or similar. An ill-intending party gets hold of a meeting link, and either infiltrates the meeting to disrupt it — OR lurks in the meeting seeking to glean personal information (including on chats) to use for identity theft, harassment, or other nefarious purpose. For this reason we will not publicly post a link to our meeting, and ask you please do not post any meeting link on any social media! (There might be a time in the future when we can “broadcast” our meetings … on Youtube or the like. This is less risky, as it exposes only what is seen “in the room” in a unidirectional manner – like traditional TV.)

So, for some concrete suggestions on how to participate in our meetings (and generally keep in touch) at FPCA.

  1. Join Forest Park Civic Association   Before we start any list, this is the prerequisite. Don’t be Freddie Freeloader. Be one of us!  This will take care of getting you on our email list, so you receive the meeting link when it is available. Mission accomplished. (Please do not post any meeting link on any social media!)
  2. Should you be a member and not be on the list (change email, etc.), contact Mr. Dave Paul. He will gladly update your email address for the contact list (technically a “listserv”). But remember, Dave is a volunteer, and a busy guy, so get in touch with him promptly, and be patient, if you need a change: dwpaul@fpcivic.org .
  3. If you have procrastinated, or it is otherwise closer to a meeting date, contact your Area Representative or an FPCA officer for a link. Don’t wait to the last minute, and use the email addresses on the Contact FPCA page. This is a good opportunity to check out which Area you are in, and connect to your Area Rep., through the Forest Park East and West Maps! (Texts to random phone numbers, comments on unrelated web site articles, screaming at the postal carrier are not effective strategies.)
  4. Subscribe on the web site for things posted at the official source as well. (Things don’t get algorithmed down there because we refuse to pay Facebook! Anyone who has tried to promote their small business knows about this)
  5. Did I say, Please do not post any meeting link on any social media!

It’s so good to be sharing a place we can all call HOME.

Your president, Scott Prigan.