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Annual Meeting to be held March 3rd

February 17, 2010

Hundreds of mature street trees in Southwood Park are ash trees and we are in danger of losing them all.                   

Interested in knowing which trees are in danger? Just go outside and look for street trees with bright green dots spray-painted at the base facing the street. 

Last year, throughout the city, ash trees on park strips (aka street trees) were marked with the green dots to indicate they had been treated against ash tree killer emerald ash  borers under a Parks Department program initiated by Chad Tinkel, Manager of Forestry Operations.

Interested in learning more about the future of the program and its impact on our highly prized tree canopy? Come hear Chad Tinkel, our guest speaker.  Please come to our Annual Meeting at 7PM on Wednesday, March 3 at 827 West Rudisill, known as Brown Gables to Taylor alumni. Out of consideration for our neighbors, we ask that you do not park on the street, but at First Missionary Church, five houses away.

We will also have a brief State of the Neighborhood session, an open forum for residents concerns, followed by a regular session meeting of the Board of Directors.

The meeting will be an  excellent chance to meet other people involved in the future of our neighborhood. As always, if you have any interest in volunteering, please come! We can match your interests with a volunteer job.

What issues should the Board address?

February 17, 2010

People were well-behaved with their comments. So, we can share each and every one. Your suggestions of what issues the Board should address, collected from ballots, were: 

Children at play signs to combat speeding.

Flooded streets due to clogged stormdrains.

Replace trees that are cut down.

People need to shovel walks – many do not.

Leave white lights on Roundabout all year.

Keep the security. They are awesome!

E-mail notices of meetings.

A maximum amount of community organized to voice concerns for who purchases the Taylor U. campus in the future.

Increased security when homeowners are on vacation.

Grass not mowed, lawn care – condition of houses – shutters and gutters hanging.

It would be nice to have photos of those we vote for.

High security when we have robberies in broad daylight.

Be aware of the amazing number of crows. Why? How to manage as children begin to play outside.

Continue Dirt Day – it is a great service!

Leash ordinance for dogs and cats.

Ask city to replace street trees more quickly.

Security cameras in alleys with dues money.

Remind our members of their obligation to clear snow and ice from their entire sidewalk. This is getting worse. People are getting very lazy.

Barking dogs! Speeders!

Sidewalks not cleared of snow. People not cleaning up after their dogs.

Empty homes – some for 5 years.

Pet owners cleaning up after their dogs on walks.

You are doing a good job!

Lawn maintenance and alley upkeep. Speeding on South Wayne.

Rising cost of association dues again.

Stop sign on Sherwood/Beaver, due to new fence is almost a blind stop. Solution: switch stop signs to stop Sherwood.

Keep up the great work! We love our neighborhood!


Enforcement of stop signs, esp. Sherwood/Stratford with the new “fast” street, before a kid gets killed.

Taylor U house at Indiana/Rudisill should not be used commercially.

I think the security service is a needless expense and is very ineffective.

Salt barrels at intersections.

Vehicles parked in the street at the end of private driveways make in hard to pull out of driveways.

Good neighbors 101

February 14, 2010

In doing a little research for this article I was informed that this has been an ongoing issue in the neighborhood for quite awhile. So with that in mind, I will just quote the City of Fort Wayne’s Neighborhood Code Enforcement:

“Animal waste left in public areas and in neighborhood yards is a familiar complaint. And, while the neighbors might enjoy seeing your dog, they do not enjoy seeing what he leaves behind. As a reminder City sanitation law requires citizens to remove animal feces immediately from public lands and from the property of another. Citizens must also maintain animal areas in a sanitary manner regularly and as often as necessary to prevent odor, or health and sanitation problems.  When sharing common areas, be considerate of where you take your dog to urinate. Although it is not a legal requirement to remove animal urine, allowing a dog to eliminate in public areas where children play is inconsiderate and just bad form. If you encounter an on-going problem concerning sanitation, report the concern to Animal Care & Control at 427-1244. If at all possible, a timely photograph of an owner allowing a dog to leave feces behind has been known to result in a timely $50 citation.”

— Jeff McCarthy

Green City Newsletter – February

February 12, 2010

It case you haven’t seen it before now, here is the Green City Newsletter for February: Green_City_Newsletter_February_2010

This is a newsletter written by the City. If you like it, subscribe to it!

SWAP agenda for February

February 11, 2010

SWAP (Southwest Area Partnership) will meet at 7pm February 17 at Bethany Lutheran Church. While all residents are welcome to attend these meetings, only one “designated voter” from each Association is allowed. Southwood Park’s designee this month is Board Member Dick Beam.

Street repair and lighting, and homeowner programs from the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services are the main topics. Here is the agenda: SWAP Agenda Feb 2010.

Here is a link to this month’s BZA notes:

Board of Directors election results

February 10, 2010
The ballots were counted last week for the Board of Directors election. We had six candidates. There were five three-year terms contested and one two-year vacancy to fill. The results follow:
Ryan Keirns                        221            three years
Pat Thomson                      216            three years
Steve McCord                    212            three years
Steve Nagy                         207            three years
Cheryl McCarthy              156            three years
Kelly McCaulley                154            two years
Thank you to all voters and all candidates!

Snow, snow, snow

February 9, 2010

I know it should seem common sense, but these two points always bear repeating this time of year:

  • Please keep an eye on our neighbors who may have a hard time clearing their walks and drives. There are many elderly who could use a hand.
  • If you are able to park off the street, it will make snow removal for city crews much easier. After plows are able to clear main streets, they will move to side streets. Our city crews do a great job! If we can make their job any easier by removing vehicles from the street and keeping them off the street, we’ll be rewarded with fewer walls of snow to navigate.

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