Minutes of November 10, 2011 Corktown Citizen District Council meeting

Minutes of November 10, 2011 Corktown Citizen District Council meeting

The meeting was called to order in the Gaelic League's Hall at 6:41 PM. Roll call of CDC Members and their vote to accept a brief agenda was then followed by Introduction of Guests who came to hear Jacob Kinde and Ben Newman of City of Detroit give some updates from Detroit WorksProject. CDC Members present were Dorothy Bennick, Ronald Cooley, Judith Christensen, Jennifer Wallisch and Mark Crowley, with more than 20 in attendance.

Old Business: Dorothy Bennick raised we have CDC guidelines of uniform Bylaws, useful to update earlier Corktown CDC Bylaws if needed, and Judy C raised that we could discuss it at January 2012 meeting - Since voters accepted last Tuesday,we may be able so see how the City of Detroit handles rollout of its City Advisory Council to do some of functions the CDCs do.
New:The floor was quickly given to Jacob Kinde who handed out analysis maps to discuss how City of Detroit is currently targeting some areas to get grant money as City checks if right areas are targeted; looked at 2009 data, 2010 Census, market analysis, physical characteristics and the environment of communities to see where there are gains and losses. Talk about using TRF, The Reinvestment Fund, which was helpful when done in other cities. City looked at about 40 block groups and found 2 steady areas- feel that building up stronger areas will also help nearby neighborhood areas too, and Corktown counts as a stronger neighborhood. Although not one of the three areas chosen to track strategic focus, City Council has approved $150,000 for lighting in Corktown. (& Nearby SW Detroit is one of the 3 areas chosen where City tracks how well code enforcement and investments will work to improve the community).
-Ron Cooley asked how to expand boundaries to include N. Corktown in our neighborhood - don't want to be divided & separate like Ireland & N. Ireland). Discussed made points that 1) it seems possible to pursue and expand boundaries, and 2) pursue grand money like through Citizens Bank Fund which could probably benefit N. Corktown since it has areas that are more stressed. Step 1 is Communication on boundaries to get that in motion. Mark Crowley noted, original boundaries were drawn as the Historical District only & Dorothy Bennick said Planning & Development drew the boundary lines so we will have to ask them about it.
Announcements: Ron Cooley invited everyone in the room to come to Monday's Town Hall Meeting at the IBEW Hall 6:30 PM Nov. 14th, to add their input about the neighborhood and get it in motion, developing new community leadership. He noted the issue of lighting is one of several- how can we get improvements? ...Dorothy said CDC has one contact person and Jacob Kinde says his office add help on some things as he works for Karla Henderson who is over housing, but some issues like lights get be more difficult to improve than some issues as City is so financially strapped... Ron encouraged everyone possible to attend and get the ball rolling in the Corktown community again.
Next meeting was set as Monday, December 19th at 6:30 PM & this meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM to allow for socializing until 8.
Submitted by Recording Secretary Judith Christensen who asks for Dec. minutes to be taken by a CDC volunteer due. (j won't be able to attend do to a prior commitment