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Treasurer’s Report

September 16, 2009



BALANCE ON HAND:  April 1, 2009                                                                                                         $19,619.67 



          Dues:   ’06 (1), ’07 (3), ’08 (6), ’09 (17)                                                          $     980.00

          Newsletter Ad                                                                                                             35.00


      TOTAL RECEIPTS                                                   $  1,015.00                                                                         




          Roundabout     -Electricity                                                         $   32.05                

                                     -Water                                                                     32.11           $     64.16


          Security Patrol (Apr-June)                                                                                      3,825.00

          Postage              -Postmaster  (Postage Due Acct.)                    25.00

                                       -Newsletter (Bulk Mail)                                   385.00                 410.00 


          Newsletter         -Printing                                                                                           400.18                                     

          Returned Check                                                                                                             50.00

          Beautification    -Tree Treatment                                               171.20

                                       -Fertilizer                                                           495.00

                                       -Flowers                                                               76.91

                                       -Mulch                                                                267.50               1,010.61


           Dirt Day              -Dirt                                                                                                  843.50

           ARCH                  -Tour Sponsorship Money                                                        $  500.00


       TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS                                                                                                        $ (7103.45)


BALANCE ON HAND:  June 30, 2009                                                                                                      $ 13,531.22 


Respectfully submitted,

Steven J. Nagy, Treasurer

Fall Beautification Dates set

September 3, 2009

Fall Beautification Dates: October 24 and November 7

This has been a fantastic year for most of our SWP public “pocket” gardens, but it takes more than sun and rain to keep them so attractive.  Please join us on OCTOBER 24 at 1pm at  the roundabout to tidy up and plant spring bulbs there.  We’ll also be planting spring bulbs at our restoration project gardens at Pettit and Tacoma and Pettit and S. Wayne.  If there’s time and willingness, we’ll also do some tidying at the other gardens AND watch a few strong and clever neighbors level our three stone benches.  Just bring a trowel and a kneeling pad if you have one.

After fall comes the holiday season and we’ll kick it off on NOVEMBER 7 at 1pm by stringing colorful lights on the roundabout (and by doing a final tidying up there).  This year, because the treetops have become a bit too tall for us wimps, we’ll be keeping the spotlights on the trees and stringing lights on the shrub hedge instead.

All are welcome to help.  It’s great to get children involved at these events.  We’ll supply the rakes and yard bags for the tidying up chores.  Rain day will be the following Sunday for both beautification dates.

Agenda for the September Board Meeting, Wednesday Sep. 2, 7PM

September 2, 2009

I. Call to Order

II. Welcome and Open Forum for Residents’ Concerns

  1. Kelly McCauley – new ideas
  2. Letter from Jay Reed, 902 Prange
  3. Call from Jane Inman re:4405 Indiana
  4. 4239 Indiana ongoing problems
  5. Brown Gables – zoning issues?

III. Roll Call – Establishment of a Board Quorum 

IV. Presentation of the Agenda – Steve McCord

V. Nomination of new Board Member: Cheryl McCarthy

VI.  Secretary’s Report  – Ryan Keirns

VII. Treasurer’s Report/Submission of Bills

VIII. Committee Reports

  1. Ad-Hoc Home and Garden Tour – wrap-up
  2. Beautification

                1. Fall needs: Pat

                2. CEDIT: Steve M.                                                              

  1. Public Relations- Steve M.                                                                                                         
  2. Membership-Deb
  3. Nominations – expiring terms: Keirns x2, Steve x2, Pat       

IX. Unfinished Business

  1. Arlington stop signs petition – Dick, Tom
  2. Security update
  3. SWAP Reports for May, June and August; agenda items for September?
  4. Taylor Meeting – June 29th
  5. Legal opinion on Amending Constitution to allow voluntary members from other adjoining subdivisions (Old Mill, Section H) – Andrew

X. New Business

  1. No solicitation policy
  2. Incorporation; tax-exempt status
  3. Broadway/Bluffton gateway initiative – Lori
  4. Mayor’s Sidewalk Initiative
  5. Southwood Park Sidewalk Initiative?
  6. Insurance for pillars
  7. Name change to add “Historic”; amend bylaws & constitution
  8. Create a special account/trust for Home Tour proceeds – Steve
  9. Trust project possibilities

1.    Defray historic district sign costs

  1. New security patrol signs
  2. Decorative street signs
  3. Pillar tuckpointing and cleaning
  4. Benches and gardens on South Wayne; Crestwood; Pettit
  5. Greenway connectivity from Stratford – paving?

I. Other

XI. For the Good of the Order

XII. Adjournment


Next regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4th at the Friendly Fox Meeting Room.

Wondering what’s going on at the Taylor campus? So are we!

September 1, 2009

Ten to twenty Southwood Park residents were amoing those attending the “Project Rudisill” forum concerning the future of the TUFW campus in June. Association President Steve McCord and VP Pat Thomson were among them. Our table of attendees stressed viability of a future use and compatibility with the surrounding neighborhoods. While it’s true that the campus has been an anchor for us, it is important to realize that we are a stable neighbor for the campus. There’s a lot to be said about having a campus in a safe, friendly and inviting neighborhood!

You can read a report of the meeting prepared by the organizers and posted on the City’s website here:

We are patiently hoping for some positive word of progress on the fate of the campus.

Add your voice to the City’s sidewalk connectivity program

September 1, 2009

Southwood Park residents, please be sure to add your thoughts to the City’s survey:


The Fort Wayne Comprehensive Sidewalk Connectivity Plan is a 10 year plan that will provide guidance on how and where to fill in sidewalk gaps along Fort Wayne’s major roadways, through the use of new sidewalks and shared-use paths.  The plan will prioritize pedestrian capital improvements within the City of Fort Wayne.  Finally, the plan will assist with the drafting and passage of a “complete streets” ordinance through Common Council.


Former foreclosure on Tacoma comes full circle to become an Award Home

August 4, 2009

4230 TacomaRobin and Rosemary LaRue bought 4230 Tacoma Avenue as a foreclosed property about five years ago. Since that time, they have put in alot of work to their home, both inside and out. Their neighbors must have appreciated the work, because they nominated the home for the Award Home sign!

The house has well spaced plants that really take advantage of the hardscape terraces in the front yard.

923 Pasadena nominated by neighbors

August 4, 2009

923 Pasadena923 Pasadena Drive was nominated by neighbors to receive the Southwood Park Award Home sign. Congratulations to Mike and Kathy Stone for the hard work they have completed to make their house and yard a proud part of the neighborhood! The landscaping efforts really look great!


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