Seton Hill Newsletter

Cherry blossoms in springtime

There’s a lot happening in Seton Hill, and a lot of exciting events to come, so the Seton Hill Association president, Wayne Reed has put together a newsletter for you. We want to ensure you’re informed of what’s going on, and if you have questions or comments, you know where to direct them. A preview is below, but for the full newsletter, please click here.

A Seton Hill President’s Almost Spring Reflection

February in Baltimore was the warmest on record but winter’s last gasp in March has been challenging. Spring arrives on 3/20/17. Many thanks to all of you who have actively participated in Seton Hill Association. Inc. (SHA) related events including restaurant night at West Madison Craft Bar and the Community Walk with the Baltimore Police Department, Councilman Costello, and other representatives from City Council as well as City agencies. Our numbers are increasing from the previous year for those attending our last two community association meetings. The SHA Executive Board has put a great deal of effort in getting the speakers out for the issues that most impact our lives and we continue to advocate for the safety and prosperity of our neighborhood.

If you’re already a member of the SHA please continue to tell us what’s on your mind and join with us in implementing changes that benefit all of us. Attached I’ve highlighted events/special requests. I’m your elected President of the SHA –Wayne Reed. You may reach me by sending an email to president@setonhill.org. Please go to our website (www.setonhill.org) and Facebook page often for regular updates on our events and advocacy. Last, we’re a volunteer board with no source of revenue other than membership dues or donations so please consider joining or making a donation to the SHA. You can also sign up for membership or donate by credit card online or you may contact our Membership liaison to make arrangements for obtaining the membership form or paying by check/cash. The SHA is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt neighborhood association. Volunteers are always welcomed.

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2/14 Feb General Meeting Summary

Hello Seton Hillers! Did you miss the Seton Hill Association General Meeting on 14 Feb? Here’s a brief summary of what happened. Actual meeting minutes will be posted online shortly.

Firstly, thank you to everyone who came out! A special thanks to our guests, Ashe Smith (State’s Attorney’s Office), Liam Davis (Office of the Council President, “Jack” Young), and Obie Chinemere (Office of 11th District Councilman Eric Costello).

Crime and Safety:

Major Kevin Jones briefly reflected on the success of the January 2017 “community walk” with the Baltimore City Police Department, Council staff, and our City Councilman Eric Costello. A reminder was provided to call x911 to report crime or suspicious activity. Neighborhood patrols are largely determined by x911 call data.

The Seton Hill Association is your partner in advocating for additional resources to increase security for the community so always send an email to president@setonhill.org when you make a x311 request for lamp poles that are out, trees that require trimming, or other hazards. Increasing security will always be a priority of Board members and future meetings will detail partnerships, educational outreach, or opportunities for all to get to know each other creating a stronger neighborhood.

Street Repairs:

An update was provided regarding activities related to the nearby street collapses (sinkholes) and area projects resulting in revised street patterns and occasional interruptions in water service.

Parking:

Dawnn McCleary, SHA Secretary/Parking Chair shared that the board had studied several parking changes in response to membership concerns voiced via social media and in person at recent Seton Hill events. A motion was unanimously approved in favor of proposed parking changes. Ms. McCleary will continue to navigate the detailed notification process working with the Parking Authority to effectuate the changes.

CHAP:

Mr. Eric Holcomb, Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) discussed home exterior modifications required for our neighborhood since we are an historic district. CHAP and the Seton Hill Association are mindful of recent front door break-ins. Once the immediate safety needs are addressed, residents are advised to work with CHAP to ensure that all notifications and processes are followed so residents are not in violation and cited.

Real Estate: 

Adding new residents in vacant dwellings and empty lots is a priority, as occupying these spaces helps to increase overall security. Realtors from Maison Realty presented their marketing plan for Seton Hill. More information will be forthcoming about co-sponsored events and activities. All are encouraged to send in stories or identify people who have recently moved to the neighborhood or conversely have lived in Seton Hill for a long time to share their stories. All correspondence can be sent to president@setonhill.org.

Upcoming Events: 

Be on the lookout for fun getting-to-know you events such as having breakfast as a community at New America, attending an Orioles game, and participating in the 8/1 National Night Out.

Prizes:

Four lucky people received door prizes from Michaels Craft Store door! Congratulations!

A Final Reminder:

The Seton Hill Association is dependent on membership dues and donations – if you can, please give here: http://www.setonhill.org/become-a-member/

Questions or comments? Please email president@setonhill.org