Madison East End Association Meeting

Of all the neighborhood associations to which I belonged, the Madison East End Association is easily the worst.  In the three years that I have been in the neighborhood, I attended only three meetings because I did not know when they were.  I almost walked out the first meeting because of the racial trash that the speaking was throwing at us.  Not every problem has a racial basis.  Most decisions are probably not based on race, so why do we keep hearing race as a basis?

While Mr. Mitchell was handling other business, Dee started the meeting.  We began with a prayer.  The first order of business was trees.  The City is planning to put trees in the neighborhood without consulting us.  Some of us do not want a tree in front of our homes because of health issues, especially allergies.  Others do want them.  The City is planning to put them where they want to put them, not where we want or need them.

Mr. Mitchell came in and had another prayer.  I call it a "personal pep rally to God."  A woman said that it was an angry prayer to God.  Either way, I definitely did not feel comfortable at all with his "prayer".  He then said that we have to stay together as one and stop criticizing the kids.  I wanted to deal with the issue at hand and not be so concerned about the kids since this is not an issue at the moment.

We also discussed trash and recycling.  We are wondering how the trucks will get through the alleys when the City issues the new trash cans next year.

Dee told us that she has children coming to her house for help with school work.  Mr. Mitchell said that he will try to get access to the building for this so that we can expand.

Major Steven Ward of the Baltimore Police Department spoke.  He told us that job opportunities are listed on the District's Facebook page.  We need community involvement.  Christopher asked about block watch.  He still has his number and so does Deacon Michael.  Major Ward also gave some updates and safety tips.

The meeting ended with another prayer by Mr. Mitchell.

There are many people who want to make this a good neighborhood, but many are frustrated.  We need to hear more positive things and to encourage each other.  If somebody has an idea, let's hear it.  What we hear might not be good, but there might be something to learn from it.
 

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