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Happy Earth Day, Southwood Park!

April 22, 2021

Happy 🌎 Day Southwood Park! Yesterday may have been unexpected but most of our trees stood stoically beautiful under the heavy snow. Let’s plant more, replace what has died plus an extra one or two and give our neighborhood healthier air, shade, and a beautiful canopy for generations to come. 🌳🍃♻️

HB 1164, the 5G Tower Placement Bill Heads to Senate Committee on April 1

March 30, 2021

Historic Southwood Park strongly opposes HB 1164, which will be considered in the Indiana Senate Utilities Committee tomorrow, April 1.

HB 1164 blocks local governments, neighborhoods, and homeowners from guiding 5G tower site selection by prohibiting local control over density, height, and location of small cell towers.



Utility companies want a path of least resistance. Communication companies do not want to co-locate with existing utilities where they belong, in easements along alleys and the rear of properties. They want the easiest locations and cheapest for them: in front of houses along the street. And they do not want to co-locate with each other, either. We can expect a Verizon pole every other block. And an AT&T pole. And a Frontier pole. And a pole for each of the other companies entering the 5G market.

Neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places are being denied thoughtful Section 106 reviews of tower placements. What does this mean? Cell towers use bandwidth regulated by the federal government. Since this involves federal law, review of tower placement should be discovering that these towers have an adverse effect on historic properties and landscapes. But, preservation advocates are being denied information on upcoming and on already processed Section 106 reviews. State officials are giving these towers are “green light”, as applications falsely claim “co-location” in many instances.

To reiterate: we believe these poles should be co-located with other utilities in utility easements. We believe neighborhoods should be beautiful, not industrial. Every neighborhood, everywhere should have this consideration as a matter of equity. We contend that the arrival of 40 foot (or taller) towers in front of anyone’s house will bring property values down. Our property values should not be infringed for the benefit of Verizon’s balance sheet.

How can you help today? The priority is to put pressure on the State Senators who represent our area and encourage them to oppose HB 1164.
Senator Dennis Kruse (R – District 14)senator.kruse@iga.in.gov | 317.232.9400Legislative Assistant: Jake Torriejake.torrie@iga.in.gov | 317.233.0930

Senator Liz Brown (R – District 15)senator.brown@iga.in.gov | 317.232.9400Legislative Assistant: Kaitlyn Gomezkaitlyn.gomez@iga.in.gov | 317.234.9426

Senator Justin Busch (R – District 16)senator.busch@iga.in.gov | 317.232.9400Legislative Assistant: David Boyerdavid.boyer@iga.in.gov | 317.232.9488

Senator Andy Zay (R – District 17)senator.zay@iga.in.gov | 317.232.9400Legislative Assistant: Kate Semmlerkate.semmler@iga.in.gov | 317.234.9441

Leaders from the Packard Area Planning Alliance, the Southwest Area Partnership, and the City of Fort Wayne have contacted state legislators. We ask that you join contacting your legislators as soon as possible and encourage others to do the same. Call. Email. Social media. Whatever you can do helps!

Steve McCord
President
Historic Southwood Park Neighborhood Association


UPDATE! April 22. From Wildwood Park Facebook: Here is an update on 5G legislation from Jim Sack, president of the West Rudisill neighborhood association and the 5G point person for neighborhoods that belong to Southwest Area Partnership: “The cell tower bill was amended by the Senate after much statewide opposition to various provisions and now gives us, as an association and as individuals, a seat at the table to determine the location of these soon to be ubiquitous “small” cell towers. I argued for these changes during two short appearances before the house and the senate committees that conducted public hearings. The bill is not fair to us, but is much better than the original version. FYI, all local legislators, save one, Phil GiaQuinta, voted against local involvement in citing and density, and for control of our Right-of-Way by Verizon, ATT and a dozen other companies who may all wish to install a tower in front of your home. And, another FYI, the quadrant to which we belong, the Southwest Area Partnership…, will pressure both the city and the cell installers to place the towers with full consideration to the beauty of our neighborhoods.”


Trees Now Available

March 24, 2021
Our shipment of bare root 1-2 year old saplings from the Indiana DNR Forestry Division has finally arrived!
Growing mature trees from young saplings takes time and effort but the rewards are huge!  This year we are offering 5 species of trees that will not only benefit our neighborhood but also native birds, mammals and pollinators.
Below are the addresses of Beautification Committee members and the tree species they are hosting. You will also find information sheets to help you with planting and a fact sheet about your chosen tree.
White Oak – Steve McCord – 4125 Indiana Avenue
Shagbark Hickory – Sierah Barnhart – 4617 Arlington Avenue
Black Oak – Sam Welch – 4717 Old Mill Road
Scarlet Oak – Kim Fenoglio – 1301 Sunset Drive
Chestnut Oak – Erika Stuller – 1125 W. Lexington Avenue

Planting instructions:  Tree planting instructions

Happy planting and thank you for your commitment to our tree canopy!
– Sierah

Dumpster Day and Pocket Garden Cleanup – April 24th

March 22, 2021
Feeling the urge to do some Spring cleaning? We are too!
On Saturday April 24, 2021 there will be a dumpster made available to Historic Southwood Park residents on a first come first serve basis from 8:00 AM to noon. Last year, the dumpster filled up before noon. If that happens again, we will have to close it and have it hauled away early.
Among other items, lawn debris is not permitted in the dumpster. If you have lawn bags you’d like picked up please place them on your curb (no alleys) between March 29 and April 9. When they are ready for pickup call 311 and a truck will be haul it away within 2 business days.
Last year you all blew us away with your hard work on cleaning out and prepping the pocket gardens for the year. If you are available to help again this year please use this link to sign up! volunteersignup.org/JBMWL
Thank you for all your help!
-Sierah

Neighborhood Seedling Tree Program Coming Soon

March 19, 2021

The trees of Historic Southwood Park are always one of the “top assets”, literally and figuratively, in our neighborhood surveys!  We have to plant new trees to help maintain it.

The Association will have five varieties of upland hardwood trees available for you to plant.  There will be 20 seedlings of each variety.  Addresses where they will be available will be announced soon.  Do you have a space to plant one?  Give it enough space to grow, away from buildings, and at least 15 from utilities.  Plan now!  Keep watching this website and our Facebook page for the announcement trees have arrived.  Locations will have a sign like this:

White oak   

Black oak   

Scarlet oak   

Chestnut oak   

Shagbark hickory   

Here are instructions for planting your tree in PDF form:  Tree planting instructions

Once upon a time, parts of Southwood Park were covered in valuable trees.  The developers referred to our area as a “forest primeval”.  The photo below shows a map of a small portion of the neighborhood, the 4200 block of Tacoma Avenue.  All of the dots on the map were mature trees that existed at that time. White Oak was the most common tree on the map.  Many came down as houses were built, and many others died over the last century. Of all the dots on the map of that block, less than half a dozen still stand.

We want to replenish that valuable canopy!  You can give one of these “tree babies” its forever home.  The Association also helps our tree canopy with other programs, like our Emerald Ash Borer treatments, our support of the City Street Tree Program (do you want a free street tree planted in your park strip?), and the purchase of some larger trees this spring for the Westover Road esplanade to replace the ones lost to old age.
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Let’s keep the WOOD in SouthWOOD Park!

 

These Are the People in Your Neighborhood: Parkview Family Medicine on Rudisill

March 9, 2021

If you’re looking for a new doctor, you don’t have to go far!  We are fortunate to have a Parkview Family Medicine Clinic in the neighborhood.

It’s located on the Summit Campus.  It’s walkable!

 

Sewer Rehabilitation Work Coming to Historic Southwood Park

March 2, 2021

We appreciate investments in our infrastructure, even the ones we can’t see!  Sewer work is beginning in Southwood Park.

You may have received a flyer already if work will commence on your block.

City press release follows:

Pipe-Lining Less Disruptive Method for Sewer Improvements
Within the next month, a contractor working for Fort Wayne City Utilities will be making sewer
improvements in a few areas of your neighborhood. An innovative process known as “cured-in-place”
pipe (CIPP) or pipe lining will be used to rehabilitate certain sections of badly deteriorated sewer lines
and manholes. Instead of digging up and replacing the old pipe, the CIPP process lets the contractor
insert a special lining inside the existing pipe, creating a new smooth-surfaced, long lasting pipe inside
the old sewer.
The first step in the process will involve a general survey of the area where the project will take place, to
ensure current conditions will not be altered. The contractor – SAK Construction – may send a crew into
the neighborhood to make a visual survey and/or videotape of existing conditions above the sewer lines to
be fixed. You may see workers in existing public easements in front of, beside or behind your home.
They may take photographs or use a video camera to document existing conditions. These employees
will be wearing yellow safety vests and will have identification. If you have any concerns about their
activities, please call 311. You may also ask them to produce their identification.
The next step in the pipe lining process, which may happen a few days to a few weeks later, is cleaning
and measuring the sewers that will be rehabilitated. Typically this work will be done from the street, but
crews may also need access to easements in front of, beside or behind your home. They will use the
existing manholes without any excavation needed. Again, the contractor’s employees will be wearing
safety equipment such as yellow vests, they will be in marked vehicles and they will have identification.
Shortly after the sewers are cleaned, the actual installation of the pipe liners will begin. You will receive
a door hanger or a letter from SAK Construction at least 24-hours prior to the beginning of the work. The
door hanger will further explain the lining process and will give you specific information about the period
of time when you will be asked to limit your water use. The length of time varies, but is typically a few
hours. This work is all completed through the existing manholes, without the need to perform any
excavation. The actions suggested by the contractor will help protect your plumbing during the lining
process and will help minimize disruption and inconvenience to you. The door hanger will also include
the name and contact information for the project crew leader who can work with you to answer questions
or resolve any issues.
City Utilities appreciates your understanding and cooperation as we work to improve our service to you.
If you have any questions or need more information before the project begins in your neighborhood,

please contact the City’s Project Manager, Khylei Myers, at (260) 427-2597

7 Things to Do, Eat, and See in The ’07

January 20, 2021
Our intrepid board member Sierah Barnhart penned and photographed this piece for Input Fort Wayne, helping share our part of town to everyone.

Water Main Replacement Begins on South Wayne and Tacoma Avenues

January 8, 2021

City Utilities has begun Phase 2 of the Arlington-Sherwood Area Water main replacement project.  This will take place on South Wayne and Tacoma Avenues in Southwood Park and Fairmont.  Wondering why they are doing this?  There have been dozens of water main breaks in the area in the last few years.  In fact, there was another break this week on South Wayne north of Pasadena.

Here are some recent highlights from an email from City Utilities:

  • Crews are wrapping up marking of utility lines and sidewalk slabs that will be temporarily removed during construction.
  • Staging will take place in the yard area of the Summit property on the north side of Rudisill.
  • Work is expected to begin next week. [Editor: It has, in fact, already begun.]
  • As part of the project the intersection of Maple Grove and South Wayne will close for about two months.  [Editor:  This is weather dependent.  It could take longer.]
  • We are just starting to get forms back from property owners wanting to replace their private service line.

Watch for a letter from City Utilities in the mail.  Please return the forms about water service line replacement.

Expect a mess and delays in the area.  If you don’t live there, you’ll be better off driving an alternate route.

Feel free to send questions during construction to Nick Rupley at Nicholas.Rupley@cityoffortwayne.org.  If problems are unresolved and persist, please inform the association at southwood_park@yahoo.com.

January 31 is Due Date

January 2, 2021
Annual dues notices were mailed on 12/31/20. Please note that because of an administrative error on behalf of Above & Beyond Community Management, the due date is incorrect. It states 1/1/21 but should be 1/31/21. No interest or late fees will be accrued until after January 31.
You may also pay them online this year at abcmanagement.org/historic-southwood-park
Thank you and a happy and safe 2021 to all!