Washington Hill Organizational Meeting

On Saturday 9 May 2015 citizens from Washington Hill met at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church to discuss forming a new community association and the Washington Hill Mutual Homes will be a part of this new organization.

Citizens for Washington Hills go back to Betty Hyatt who was directly responsible for the co-op.  We have the original maps for urban renewal.  We have talked with the Community Law Center.  Katy just finished the University of Baltimore Law School.

Jane Thompson is the organizer of this meeting.  Joan Burns is the vice president of the board of directors of the Co-op and Elaine is the secretary of the board.  Eubie Barker teaches at Penn State and he lives here and there. 
Katy is on the steering committee of the new organization.  It has to be a new organization, probably the Washington Hills Community Association.  It will be separate from the old organization. 

Katy told us that The Baltimore City Housing Authority is in the process of doing a development in the Perkins Home.  This abuts us.  There will also be developments in the area.  One is on Chapel Street.  We are seeking to have an initial board of directors.  We need about five dedicated volunteers.  We need general members as well.  Our most important goal today is to get moving.

Eventually we would like to ask members to pay dues, maybe $10 a year.  Although not really discussed, this does several things.  It forces some type of commitment to the members, it gives the organization a realistic membership, and it puts some money into the treasury, however small the amount might be. 

Eubie suggested that each association president pays for membership.  He said that there is a possibility of looking for a graduate student as an intern to help with some of the leg work.  We discussed this possibility.  Community service in the public schools was also suggested.  We can work with the schools to offer credits.

Somebody asked if we have any connection with the library on Orleans Street.  Not in an official capacity, but they will post anything we ask.

Is there any issue that we need to address now?  Joan said that the City should contact us when there is new construction going on. 

An eventual goal is to have an architectural review board.

It used to be that Washington Hills was one of the strongest community associations in the City.  When Washington Hills talks, the City listened.

A woman suggested connectivity and community events to get people connected.  Another woman said to partnership with the schools.  Tasha Johnson has some of the historical documents of Washington Hill.  She has the by-laws.  She was on the old board.

Christine Bond was a resident of Washington Hills for over 30 years.  A woman wants somebody to enforce the upkeep of property.

Katy will send out an e-mail talking about what we talked about today and what our next step will be.  If you have not heard from her within a week, send her an e-mail.  Christine said that Hopkins was a good friend of Washington Hills.

Although the number might seem small, it is a good number for the size of our neighborhood.

Those at the meeting spoke very positively about Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and we hope that the church will be a vital part of the community.


 

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At first it looked as if new construction was beginning just a few blocks from Holy Trinity Church.

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Katy tells us our options and possibilities.

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Eubie is a professor at Penn State. I did not get an opportunity to ask him if he knows the difference between Penn Statae and State Penn.

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