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Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations
Meeting Minutes of February 6, 2002
Albany Public Library
Howard Stoller, CANA Chair, called the meeting to order.
MINUTES: The January 9 minutes will be corrected to include the following:
GUEST SPEAKER: Helen R. Desfosses, Albany Common Council President
NEW BUSINESS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The chairman reminded members to remit their dues that were due on January 31, 2002. Bills have been sent to all neighborhood presidents.
Chairman Howie Stoller requested that members e-mail him so that their address can be put on the CANA mailing list. Communicating by e-mail reduces mailing cost. It is CANA policy that its mailing list is not distributed by its chairman to members or the public. The Chair forwards notices to members at his discretion, but does not show the names of members on those transmissions.
Members who are interested in participating in the proposed Crime Commission and Partnership to Reduce Youth Gun Violence were directed to speak with Leonard Morgenbesser.
As discussed at the last CANA meeting, the $6.2 million in bond funds originally assigned to the revitalization of Lark Street have been reassigned to a road reconstruction project on upper New Scotland Avenue. The Lark Street revitalization project will instead receive $2 million of the City’s funds, and the project will begin sooner but be less comprehensive than was originally considered. Representatives of the Lark Street and Center Square neighborhoods met with Mayor Jennings and with the Capital District Planning Committee. The CDPC will not act on the transfer of the funds until after a February 28, 2002, public meeting at which transportation improvement plans will be reviewed and CANA will present information for their further consideration. Definitive action by the CDPC will not take place until March.
The Albany City School District has a building advisory committee charged with soliciting input from the residents of the neighborhoods where there will be renovation and reconstruction of schools, and that committee has contacted CANA to participate. However, they have contacted members in some cases only hours before scheduled meetings that their participation is requested, and have not always contacted the right CANA representatives. Howie Stoller will communicate to the district’s advisory committee the need to keep CANA better informed of their meeting dates and times. Additionally, he will provide lists of the appropriate members to be contacted.
Helen Black volunteered to coordinate CANA’s "bottom’s up government " movement. Those interested in participating should contact her.
Howie Stoller will contact Bill Bruce regarding the schedule for neighborhood clean ups.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.
COUNCIL OF ALBANY NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS