NAAA Neighborhood Meeting
UPDATE: The NAAA has posted a calendar of stadium events through the remainder of the year here: Navy Stadium Events.
On Thursday, August 23rd at 6 PM, NAAA will be holding it's second annual Neighborhood Meeting at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The meeting will take place in the Akerson Tower North Club (same location as last year).
Parking may be accessed by entering the stadium parking lot at Gate 5 on Taylor Ave. It is free and one should drive around to the east side and park near the tower. Take the elevator up to the top floor. A map is available here if you need it - NAAA Meeting Map. Follow the red arrows (on the map) from Gate 5 around the stadium to the Gold Side.
This is your opportunity to speak with the NAAA directly regarding stadium events. Please bring your questions, comments, and suggestions. The outcome may be actions/steps to help keep our neighborhoods safe and as hassle free as possible.
May 1 Meeting Background Information
First, I would like to thank the many volunteers who participated in AHIA's Greenscape Events, especially Nina Fischer and Grant Garcia. We enjoy many community perks, because of generous neighbors who give of their time and talents. Thank you.
On May 1, we will gather to discuss the issue of the Williams Drive Dock, and to a lesser degree the general need for a capital facility plan. Our goal is to facilitate a meeting that allows the community to meaningfully weigh the potential options and to decide on a path forward in a manner that is open and transparent.
The newly posted document outlines a few critical issues and choices. It aims to be balanced and neutral. My hope is that by providing this in advance, you will feel prepared to fully participate in the May 1 meeting. As always, if you have questions please feel free to reach out by e-mail or through Facebook. I will do my best to reply in a timely fashion to keep the dialogue going.
Special General Membership Meeting
A "Special General Membership Meeting" has been called by the AHIA Board regarding the situation that has developed regarding the replacement of the dock on Williams Drive.
This meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Germantown Elementary School.
A letter from the AHIA Board President, Scott Gibson, can be found on the page created for the dock replacement here: Williams Dock Replacement. Additional information will posted to that site as it becomes available. Two quotes for replacing the dock can also be read at this site.
Any questions should be sent to either Scott Gibson, firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the general neighborhood email account (which will be distributed to the board) at email@example.com.
A public meeting was held today by the Department of Planning and Zoning to consider a Preliminary Forest Conservation Plan to construct a new commercial building for the Absolute Fire Protection at 39 Hudson Street, an industrial development in the headwaters of Weems creek with potential impacts on Weems Creek. Formal comments had previously been submitted on this project, together with West Annapolis Civic Association, Admiral Heights Improvement Association, and Annapolis Environmental Commission.
In response, the project has been amended for smaller buildings footprint, smaller parking footprint, retention of more forest, and introduction of a step pool stormwater management system. Because of a technicality in the No Net Loss provision of the Forest Conservation Act (FCA), regrettably there will be no 1 for 1 replacement of removed trees and over an acre of mature forest will be lost.
We gratified by the success in improving this proposed project and by the willingness of the developer to respond to many of our suggestions. Looking toward the future, a worthy goal is amending the FCA to remove the technicality that still allows net tree removal rather that 1 for 1 replacement.
BGE is working on securing and/or relocating gas meters located near vehicular traffic. This includes meters located near garages. They have already started work in our area.
For more information, you can visit www.bge.com/meterprotection and read the official letter here: BGE Meter Relocation Letter.
The Church and State 5K will be taking place on Saturday, April 22 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The event will begin at Germantown Elementary school and will travel through the Admiral Heights Neighborhood. You can see the full route here: 5k Route. Approximately 200 participants are expected this year. You can see their full flyer for the event here: 5k flyer. More information can be found at www.weemscreek.com.
Organizers for this event have a clean-up crew in place and will leave the neighborhood as clean as possible. Participants have also been notified to stay on sidewalks and/or the side of the road.
The City of Annapolis has finally approved a landscaping plan for the Sampson-Porter circle. Over a year of back and forth has netted us a win (thanks to perseverance of Nina Fisher). Now the hard part - WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Planting day will be Saturday, April 29 starting at 9 a.m. The rain backup date will be Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. There are roughly 100 plants to put in the ground, so bring gloves, little trowels, post-hole diggers, elbow grease, etc if you have them. For those interested, the approved drawing can be found here: Sampson-Porter Circle Plant Diagram. Please contact Grant Garcia (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or for more information.