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Board Meeting Monday, April 21
The regular GPNA Board of Directors meeting is this Monday, April 21st. The meeting will be held at our center, 1094 E. Kentucky Street and will start at 6 PM. This will be a very busy meeting with 16 items on the agenda. Included will be updates on recent zoning votes taken by city government, a report on the first Railway Corridor meeting held and a report on the Road Diet plans being developed for E. Breckenridge and E. Kentucky streets by city Public Works. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited.
New Life in GermanParistown- 125 Trees Planted
Thanks to the lead of a young lady who grew up in the neighborhood, one Valerie Magnuson, we have many new trees growing now. Our neighborhood is spruced up literally and the trees and plants are looking forward to spring. There were more than 100 new trees planted on March 30th. A large number of volunteer foresters and residents gave of their Sunday to do the plantings. The process was well organized and relatively quick. The job was to plant the trees to all who had ealier signed to receive them. The challenge of course was to make sure each tree was planted in its space correctly. Thus the need for those many knowledgeable foresters. Some of the trees were planted on public right of ways, but most were placed onto privately owned properties. We offer great thanks to the organization where Valerie works, Louisville Grows. We appreciate their choosing our neighborhood. We were so impressed with the dedication of of their staff and volunteers going door to door in extremely cold weather to make the offer and gain the sign ups. And some final kudos are in order. Jim Gravatte helped us implement an effective Plan B in the St. Therese Gym parking lot. He took charge and kept the home made soup warm and ready to be served. In addition Arby's at Blankenbaker gave us a price on a fine meat platter that saved the association on our anticipated food cost. Thank you Bruce Ewing. Louisville Grows did its part too in providing the soup and an early morning bagel breakfast. It was a great day, blue skies with fun meaningful work performed by all! Thanks to everyone who gave of their time.
- Keep Up with What's Happening and Spread the Word-
Our Facebook Page can be found at this web address/link-
Board members Jeff Cross, Tomy Molloy and Amanda Keeton also produce a quarterly GPNA E-Newsletter that we will advertise and email blast out.
We also place all our updates via Danny Mac's okay to his Germantown-Schnitzelburg Facebook page.
Membership to GPNA-
The annual membership fee is by donation amount of your choice. The recommended amount is $5, but ANY amount chosen is accepted. While they last we will be given at no cost to those signing up the booklet "A Short History of Germantown and Paristown". The paperback contains a a well researched description of GPNA's 40 years of activities. It also contains unique color photos. There is also a section that details the process so you can follow to research your home, and thus learn the history of your residence. The little blue book is chalk full of interesting facts including explanations about shotgun houses, the history of our many mills and our many churches.
Status at 3-29-14 of all 2014 GPNA Approved Work Items
1. Website- Mark Muse, a VOA-Ky. volunteer has provided a plan for social media options for our considering including some changes to our website. The E-newsletter Committee will be reviewing Mark's report.
2. Shotgun Festival- The committee concluded why mess with a proven formula. Our plan is to replicate last year's event at the same place and involve a number of the same bands. The date for the festival has not been finalized but most likely will stay on the last Saturday in September.
3. Monday Bingo has started a new raffle and it appears to be helping attendance. We do see business advertising for the event as an option to pursue to help create more income. Business Committee to meet and discuss a recommendation to make to the board before June 1.
4. Rain Garden monitoring- Of course the nature of any Rain Garden is it not needing a whole lot of maintenance. John helps oversee the overgrowth and works to set up the garden for the start of the season and works to shut it down for the winter. Bill is the person who cuts the lawn at our center and also cuts the grass edge area of the Rain Garden. These two persons helping us the way they do will continue. A number of board members are willing to work at the Rain Garden if for some reason that is needed. With warmer weather now we are keeping a closer eye on how well the plants are doing.
5. We are proud of GPNA connection with the Center For Neighborhood' Neighborhood Institute. Board Members Amanda Keeton and Mary Hardesty are representing GPNA in the 2014 class. Thank you ladies!
6. GPNA is in the first phase of developing a plan that will generate fund raising support for Germantown Mission Inc. for he purpose of supporting preservation causes. Our intention is to convert this added financial support in a way that we will become more active in protecting our neighborhood's historic shotgun houses, our mills and our many other historic buildings/churches. The goal is to see the plan shared in late 2014. These efforts will be tied to the associations involvement with the federal grant being implemented now by the city. This grant will make recommendations on the Railway Corridor and include suggestions on how to improve Beargrass Creek appearance and access in our area.
7. GPNA is participating jointly SACC on the Goss Avenue Beautification Project. This too is currently in the planning phase. Thanks to Councilman Jim King we have an advocate that will be assisting us in finding the money needed to implement a final plan. The goal is to see work started on this in mid-year 2014. We thank Mike Morris, President of SACC, who is the true point person on this project.
8. The most immediate project that has already received the board's approval via a special meeting is that of seeing 100 trees planted in our neighborhood. The organization that is leading this cause is Louisville Grows and we have their staff person Valerie Magnuson to thank. March 30th is the day all the plantings will take place. Our center will be a beehive of activity come that day. I can report this is now a completed with all goals met.
9. Two other events we are working to see happen are Canning Classes at our Center and a late Spring Farmer's Feast. Both are in early planning stages. The success of last fall's event at Hope Mills was overwhelming. The goal is to replicate the last event.
10. The association continues to work with 4th District Police to help monitor with those frequently share crime activity stats. Officer Hagan is available to you and will help implement community policing strategies that our police want to see advertised and supported.
11. A project we are looking at is to build a ramp to allow handicap access within all the rooms of the first floor at our center. We will be working with Beacon House on this project and hope to see this build before August of 2014.
Come Out an Play
We have the best neighborhood association bingo in the state-
Our Monday Bingo is in its 28th year of continual operation. Doors open at 9 AM and games start at 10:15 AM. The last game is normally played out by 12:15 PM. Our gaming license number is 00058 and posted. This long running weekly event offers residents a unique and fun experience. It certainly allows new and regulars attending to get to know each other and learn about the neighborhood. Bingo is held at our GPNA center, 1094 E. Kentucky Street. The location is just west of St. Therese Catholic Church. We can lay claim to this "best" title because we know of no other neighborhood association with a state gaming license approved to operate bingo sessions. The money raised has been so helpful in meeting our budget projections.