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Minutes of the General Membership Meeting of the Westmoreland Association
November 15, 2004
The meeting was called to order at 8:05 p.m. by President Walter Mugdan. A
motion was made and seconded to read a synopsis of the minutes from the
September meeting, and Secretary Susan Keenan complied. Treasurer Frank Keenan
gave the Treasurer�s Report, indicating a balance on hand of $14,180.02 as of
November 15th. He noted that the books were closed for 2004 and that a total of
90 families had paid their dues. A motion was made to accept the Treasurer�s
Report, the motion was seconded, and the report was unanimously approved.
Mr. Mugdan proceeded to discuss the subject of the neighborhood�s forestry and the need to replace those dead or diseased trees that have been removed recently by the City Parks Department. He noted that the reverse side of the November meeting notice contains the appropriate Tree Request Form. Upon completion, the forms can be sent directly to Community Board 11 or given to Mr. Mugdan for the proper disposition. The question arose as to the procedure for having the City determine whether or not a tree is impaired and should be removed, and Mr. Mugdan advised the members to call 311 in order to arrange for an evaluation by the Parks Department. The beauty of our area is due in large measure to the lovely trees that grace the neighborhood and he reiterated the importance of keeping our community �green� by taking advantage of the free tree replacement program provided by the City.
Mr. Mugdan reported on action he had taken with respect to a car apparently abandoned on Little Neck Parkway - a report was called into 311 and he wrote the local precinct and asked that it be removed. Cards were then distributed to those members interested in Senator Padavan�s �Cease and Desist Order� as respects unwanted real-estate broker solicitation.
Next on the agenda was a discussion of Covenant issues with respect to two area properties. Mr. Mugdan announced that a Board of Directors meeting was scheduled to take place immediately after the general membership meeting for the purpose of making some decisions on the extent and nature of the Association�s involvement in these matters.
Of concern with the former Rogutsky house at 40-07 Westmoreland Street is the use of the building as a professional office by the new owners of the property and the fact that a Certificate of Occupancy dating back to 1947 purports to authorize its use as a two-family house. The other property, located at 252-22 44th Avenue, was sold to a company called WorldEx International which immediately demolished the small one-family house located at the site. Permits posted cover only the demolition and fencing and it was noted that outdated zoning information is indicated on the fence permit. There is no permit posted for new construction. From information obtained from other 44th Avenue residents, it appears that WorldEx�s original intent was apparently to erect a building containing both commercial and residential units. After a meeting with Mr. Mugdan on November 11th during which various zoning and covenant issues were discussed, the new owner asked, among other things, if the Association would object to the erection of 2 semi-detached two-family houses at the site. Covenant and zoning restrictions notwithstanding, 44th Avenue residents declared that overcrowding on a small street and parking problems would cause safety issues if such structures were to be erected. These comments were noted and would be considered during the Board of Directors meeting to follow.
In order to prevent future problems with those properties up for sale or newly-purchased, several suggestions were made:
That signs be posted opposite houses up for sale and at risk of being demolished advising that covenants and restrictions apply to the property and will be enforced, and directing those interested parties to our web-site for further details
That local real-estate brokers be invited to one of our meetings for the purpose of
educating them on the covenants and answering any of their questions
That members keep a copy of the covenants with the deed to their homes
The meeting was adjourned at 9:10PM
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