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AWCC Membership Meeting – November 12, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, November 12th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Guests
    • Officer Burford, Pittsburgh Police
    • Molly Onufer, Mayor’s Office
    • Councilwoman Harris’s Office
    • Senator Wheatley’s Office
    • Erin Tobin, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • 7:50 – October Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 7:55 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:00 – Ways and Means Update
    • Christmas Tour Update
  • 8:10 – Housing & Planning
    • WANID Update
    • CCAC Workforce Building
  • 8:25 – Friends of Allegheny West
    • Block Grant Update
  • 8:30 – By-Laws Committee
    • Proposed Boundary Change
  • 8:45 – Nominating Committee
  • 9:30 – New Business
  • 9:35 – Adjournment

Letter from the President – October 2019

Fall has arrived and there are some important civic events to add to your already busy calendars:

On Wednesday, October 16th, a Pennsylvania Historical Marker will be dedicated to honor Dorothy Mae Richardson who was a lifelong resident of the Northside. In the mid-1960s, Richardson and her neighbors enlisted city bankers and government officials to help improve their neighborhood. Together, they convinced 16 financial institutions to give out conventional loans to the community, which were used to finance the rehabilitation of dilapidated homes. This effort laid the groundwork for the new field of community-based development and led to the founding of Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Pittsburgh in 1968.

One of the projects made possible by NHS was the rehabilitation of a row of dilapidated houses on Western Avenue in Allegheny West known now as McIntosh Row. Allegheny West Civic Council still owns and has its office at 806 Western, in McIntosh Row.

The dedication will take place at 4:00 pm on the 16th at 1419 Arch Street and a reception will be held afterwards at The Mattress Factory. Everyone is invited to attend. It would be great to see an Allegheny West contingent joining the celebration of such an impressive woman whose work many years ago helped make our neighborhood what it is today.

Tuesday, November 5th is Election Day. Among the items we’ll see on our ballots is an amendment to the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter to establish a dedicated Parks Trust Fund:

Shall the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter be amended to establish a dedicated Parks Trust Fund beginning in 2020 to: improve, maintain, create and operate public parks; improve park safety; equitably fund parks in underserved neighborhoods throughout Pittsburgh; be funded with an additional 0.5 mill levy ($50 on each $100,000 of assessed real estate value); secure matching funds and services from a charitable city parks conservancy; and assure citizen participation and full public disclosure of spending?”

AWCC allocates time on every membership meeting agenda to discuss what’s happening in our park, Allegheny Commons. Please take some time to research the pros and cons of this ballot measure and make sure to vote on the 5th.

AWCC Membership will vote to approve the slate of officer nominations at the General Membership meeting on Tuesday, November 12th. The slate of nominations will be presented at the October 8th meeting.

Ann Gilligan
President, AWCC

AWCC Membership Meeting – October 8, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, October 8th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – September Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 7:35 – Guests
    • Officer Burford, Pittsburgh Police
    • Molly Onufer, Mayor’s Office
    • Councilwoman Harris’ Office
    • Senator Wheatley’s Office
    • Erin Tobin, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • 8:00 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:15 – Ways and Means Update
    • Christmas Tour Update
  • 8:25 – Housing & Planning
    • WANID Update
    • Historic District Expansion
    • Bear Dog Bicycle Relocation
  • 8:45 – Nominations
    • Nomination Committee: AWCC 2020 Officers
  • 9:00 – Old Business
    • Friends Committee: Block Grant Update
  • 9:10 – New Business
    • Parks Conservancy, Allegheny Commons, Promenade Project Letter of Support
  • 9:15 – Adjournment

AWCC Officers: 2020 Slate of Nominees

President: Ann Gilligan
Vice President: Tom Barbush
Secretary: Bob Griewhan
Treasurer: Cathy Serventi
Sargent-at-Arms: Sara Sweeney
Membership: Tim Zinn
Housing and Planning: John DeSantis, Robin Zoufalik
Ways and Means: Annette Trunzo
Communications: Trish Burton
Friends of Allegheny West/Green Space: Diane Caruso
Property: Michael Shealey

AWCC Membership Meeting – September 10, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, September 10th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – August Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 7:35 – Guests
    • Officer Burford, Pittsburgh Police
    • Molly Onufer, Mayor’s Office
    • Councilwoman Harris’ Office
    • Ms. Sacoyia Reed, Senator Wheatley’s Office
    • Erin Tobin, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
    • National Aviary (converting their tent into a permanent structure)
    • Greg Manley, Pittsburgh Firewalk (series of fire-lit storytelling carnivals in Allegheny Commons)
  • 8:10 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:20 – Ways and Means Update
    • Christmas Tour Update
  • 8:30 – Housing & Planning
    • WANID Update
    • Historic District Expansion
    • CCAC New Workforce Building
  • 9:00 – New Business
    • By-laws Committee
    • Block Grant
    • Membership Dues and November Elections
  • 9:15 – Adjournment

AWCC Membership Dues

Just a reminder that Allegheny West Civic Council dues must be paid by October in order to vote (for the new board) in November. Annual dues are only $3 (yes, you read that right) and a lifetime membership is only $45 (and then you never have to bother to read about dues again). You can drop an envelope with your check or cash – include your name – through the door of the AWCC office at 806 Western Avenue.

AWCC Membership Meeting – July 9, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, July 9th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – June Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 7:40 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:10 – Ways & Means Update
    • Tour & Tasting Recap
  • 8:15 – Housing & Planning
    • WANID Update
    • Historic District Expansion
  • 8:30 – Adjournment

Seeking Members for the Ways and Means Committee!

Attention Neighbors: We need people who are interested in fundraising activities to join the Ways and Means Committee. We put together the various tours, raffles and special events for the neighborhood. Please consider becoming involved in the planning of upcoming events.  Committee meetings are on the second Monday of each month at the AWCC office (806 Western Avenue) at 7:30 pm. For the July 10th meeting, there will be  a debrief from the Wine Tasting Tour and discussion of preliminary plans for the Victorian House Tour. Hope to see you there! Any questions, please contact Annette at act1@pitt.edu.

AWCC Membership Meeting – June 11, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Guests
  • 7:50 – May Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 8:00 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:20 – House & Planning Committee Report
    • Western Avenue Neighborhood Improvement District (WANID)
    • Historic District Expansion
    • Norfolk Southern Double-Stacked Trains
  • 8:45 – Committee Announcements
  • 9:00 – New Business
  • 9:10 – Adjournment