Minutes from the General Meeting October 12, 2015

1.     Meeting Called to Order at 7:00 by President Maryann Polizzi 
2.     Roll Call and self-introductions
3.     There was a motion to approve the minutes from the September 14, 2015 general meeting.  The motion was made by Linda Brower and seconded by Bob Rashkin.  The motion passed.
4.     The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Chip Guthrie.  For the period from 9-1-2015 to 9-30-2015, the beginning balance was $3,284.81.  SPPA took in $20 in dues and made disbursements of $150 ($50 to Anastasia’s Angels and $100 to South Grade Elementary School.  The ending balance was $3,154.81.  A motion was made by Art Broughton to accept the report.  The motion was seconded by Theresa DeVeaux and the motion passed.
5.     Deputy Eley from the PBSO updated the members on crime in our neighborhood during the last month.  Although there were two robberies and one stolen vehicle recovery nearby, there were no incidents in the SPPA area during that time.  Deputy Eley reported that it was a very slow month for crime in our neighborhood and he attributed it to residents making phone calls when they saw something suspicious.  He also reported that with regards to city-wide cases of interest, the PBSO had made 33 arrests in the past month involving drugs and prostitution.  He encouraged residents to keep calling in suspicious behavior.    
6.     Mary Lindsey had several announcements for the group.  The Veterans Day Parade is November 11 at 11:00 a.m.  While the NAPC is not having a float this year, everyone is encouraged to come out and march together.  Lineup will be on Lucerne at 10:30.  This year’s parade route will be shorter and will not include Federal Highway.  Also, the NAPC, College Park Neighborhood Association and the Friends of Lake Worth Library each received a $5,000 grant.  The $15,000 with go towards the installation of 34 Little Free Libraries around Lake Worth.  Ten of the libraries are going up on public property including one in South Palm Park.  Volunteers are asked to help paint the libraries on Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 to 3:00.  All skill levels are welcome and paint brushes are needed.  This will take place at the Lake Worth City Warehouse located at 1900 2nd Ave North.    
7.     Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell was on hand with some announcements as well.  The PBSO C.O.P. Program (Citizens on Patrol) is looking for volunteers to help patrol neighborhoods in Lake Worth.  Vice Mayor Maxwell also addressed the problem of bicycle thefts in Lake Worth.  Bicycle thefts represent roughly 12% of crimes in Lake Worth and they negatively affect our crime numbers.  To combat this problem, the city will be starting a voluntary bike registration program involving registration, labeling and a bicycle sticker.  More information about this program can be found here:
            http://www.lakeworth.org/topics/2015/10/20/bikeprogram/
Finally, Vice Mayor Maxwell encouraged all residents to attend commissioner’s meetings, stating that it’s important for residents to attend to see what issues are being discussed.
8.     Rebekah Andino and Valerie Valcourt from South Grade Elementary School were on hand.  The SPPA received a letter of thanks from South Grade Principal Michael Riley for its $100 donation to be used for the purchase of books for the school.  The students were extremely appreciative and sent along handmade thank you cards.  Ms. Valcourt spoke about the school’s Safety Patrol program and its importance to the students and the school.  Students involved in the program take a trip to Washington DC.  The cost of the trip is $875 per student and many fundraising activities take place to defray the costs.  Last year 22 students were able to make the trip and the goal this year is to bring 48!  As one of their fundraisers, students will be selling Domino’s Pizza discount cards for $10.  The cards offer a purchase match, for example, if you buy one pizza, you get one free and if you buy 10 pizzas you get 10 free.  Dominos gives the school $5 for every $10 card sold.  These fundraising efforts will be posted on our Facebook page.    
9.     Ron Richard was presented with the Volunteer of the Month Award for all of the great work he has done helping South Grade.  Congratulations and thanks to Ron for all of his hard work and generosity.    
10.  Crime Watch Report.  There was a discussion of activities permitted in South Palm Park.  Chris Diserio will reach out to the Parks Department for clarification.  If anyone is having trouble getting through when calling the non-emergency number (688-3400) Captain Baer said he is working on the problem with Communications Leadership.  Residents may also try the old Lake Worth PD non-emergency number (561-586-1611).
11.  Social Committee Report.  Danielle Herbert and Ron Richard are planning a Holiday Home Tour to be used as a fundraiser for SPPA.  The event will involve more homes and be “less intense” for hosts than the progressive dinner.  Stay tuned for details.
12.  Maryann thanked everyone for the donation to Anastasia’s Angels in honor of her husband Ray. 
13.  Maryann is asking for help with the implementation of the Communications REAP Grant.  Please contact her if you can help. 
14.  Our presentation to the Lake Worth Commissioners is November 3.  If anyone would like to help with the presentation, talk to Ted Johnson.  Ted is also looking for pictures to be included in the presentation...pictures of the neighborhood or pictures of events that have taken place here.  If you have some good ones, please forward them to Ted Johnson. 
15.  Volunteers are needed for the NAPC Front Porch and beer tent on November 6.  We need eight volunteers and the tips earned are given back to SPPA.
16.  Thanks to Dennis Calovi who conducted the audit of SPPA.  Because the fiscal year ends October 31 and not December 31, dues will need to be paid soon.  Dues are $20 per family or $10 per person.  A huge thanks to Dennis for all of his hard work on the audit.
17.  Contact Maryann if you are aware of potholes in the neighborhood that need fixing or streetlights that need maintenance.  Vice-Mayor Maxwell mentioned that the city will begin installing new streetlights throughout Lake Worth.  Lake Worth will also be getting a number of solar panels at the landfill and upgrade electricity to make the city more energy efficient.  There will be no out of pocket cost to the city for this initiative. 
18.  Sign up for the Lake Worth newsletter at LakeWorth.org
19.  Block Captains / Directors please see Maryann if you need meeting flyers printed.  If you are not receiving SPPA emails or you have a new email address, please forward email addresses to chris.diserio@gmail.com.
20.  Thanks to the Beach Club for hosting and for providing the $25 gift certificate.  Raffle winners included Theresa, Linda, the Broughtons and BJ Hawk.
21.  There was no new business.
22.  The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:25.

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Chris Diserio