Neighborhood Association – AVV Ensanche A Thu, 11 Aug 2022 19:14:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Neighborhood Association – AVV Ensanche A 32 32 All new horror and genre books are coming in August! Thu, 11 Aug 2022 19:14:57 +0000 Head below for a list of genre titles – horror, mystery, short fiction collections, and more – available to you in August! Keep track of all new SFF releases here. All title summaries are taken and/or abstracted from the copy provided by the publisher. Release dates are subject to change. Discover Tor Nightfire for a […]]]>

Head below for a list of genre titles – horror, mystery, short fiction collections, and more – available to you in August!

Keep track of all new SFF releases here. All title summaries are taken and/or abstracted from the copy provided by the publisher. Release dates are subject to change. Discover Tor Nightfire for a more comprehensive list of horror, dark fantasy, and bizarre fiction titles released this month, including anthologies, collections, and reissues.

First week (August 2)

The devil bring you home —Gabino Iglesias (Mulholland Books)

In debt due to the illness of his young daughter, his marriage on the brink, Mario reluctantly takes a job as a hitman, surprising himself with his penchant for violence. After a tragedy destroys the life he once knew, Mario accepts one last task: to hijack a cartel’s shipment of cash before it reaches Mexico. Along with an old friend and cartel insider named Juanca, Mario embarks on a near-suicidal mission, which will leave him with either $200,000 or a bullet to the skull. But the path to reward or ruin is never as straight as it seems. As the three complicated men travel across the endless landscape of Texas, across the border and back, their hidden motivations are uncovered alongside nightmarish encounters that defy explanation. One thing is certain: even if Mario makes it out alive, he won’t come back the same.

The Wild Hunt —Emma Seckel (Tin House)

Islanders have only three rules: don’t stick your nose where you don’t want to, don’t mention war, and never let your guard down in October. Leigh Welles hasn’t set foot on the island in years, but when she finds herself called home by the unexpected death of her father, she is determined to forget the sorrows of the past: the abandonment of her mother, the icy distance from her brother. , the indescribable tragedy of World War II – and start fresh. Fellow countryman Iain MacTavish, an RAF veteran with his eyes on the sky and his head in the past, is also in desperate need of a fresh start. A young widower, Iain struggles to regain the normal life he knew before the war. But this month of October is anything but normal. In October, the sluagh are restless. The ominous bird-like creatures of Celtic legend – whispered to carry the souls of the dead – have haunted the islanders for decades, but in the wake of war there are more wandering souls and more sluagh. When a young man goes missing, Leigh and Iain are thrown together to investigate the truth in the island’s dark heart and reveal their own hidden secrets. Rich in historical detail, a skilful speculative side and a deep imagination, the propulsive and transporting beginnings of Emma Seckel The Wild Hunt unravels long stories of love, loss and redemption.

Second week (August 9)

women could fly —Megan Giddings (Amistad)

Josephine Thomas has heard every conceivable theory about her mother’s disappearance. That she was kidnapped. Murdered. That she took on a new identity to start a new family. That she was a witch. It’s the most disturbing accusation because in a world where witches are real, a particular behavior arouses suspicion and a woman – especially a black woman – can find herself on trial for witchcraft. But fourteen years have passed since her mother’s disappearance, and now Jo is finally ready to let go of the past. However, its future is uncertain. The state requires all women to marry before the age of 30 or register in a register that allows them to be watched, thus losing their autonomy. At 28, Jo is ambivalent about marriage. With her ability to control her life on the line, she feels like she’s never understood her mother better. When offered the chance to honor a final request from her mother’s will, Jo leaves her usual life behind to feel connected to her one last time.

Ruthless (Immortal Enemies #2)— Gena Showalter (HQN)

Micah the Unwilling, fae King of the Forgotten, can tame even the most violent beasts. Forged on the battlefield, this iron-willed warrior regards his soldiers as his family, and he will stop at nothing to reclaim their dispossessed lands. Preparing for war against a sadistic foe, he is disciplined and focused, until a savage beauty he met long ago wanders into his camp. Aoibheall’s Viori possesses a terrifying ability to sing monsters to life. Having spent her childhood in a forest, raising herself and her fearsome creations – the only friends she has ever known – she is ill-prepared for the Scarred King and his fearsome brutality. Not to mention the fierceness of their connection and the sensuality of his touch. But the real problem? His brother is Micah’s biggest enemy. And although the sensual king makes her burn, she must stop him, no matter what.

The day before —Katelyn Monroe Howes (Dutton)

When Alabine Rivers, a politically active young woman with a bright career and a romance ahead of her, hears the devastating news that she has terminal cancer, the only thing that comforts her is the possibility of a second life thanks to the estate. emerging from cryogenics. . A century later, scientists have indeed discovered how to bring back the dead from preservation, but humanity has found itself locked in a philosophical battle over the ethics of this new divine power, a battle that has turned violent: those who are resurrected, the Awakened, have been declared illegal and must be shot on sight. This is the world into which Alabine is brought by the Resurrectionists, an underground militia fighting for the rights of the Awakened. Finding herself in a completely unknown world, and where she is a stranger for the first time in her life, Alabine must figure out how to survive and figure out her place in this new world, all while being haunted by lucid memories of her past. life and the man she loved.

Third week (August 16)

No new titles.

Week four (August 23)

Reluctant Immortals — Gwendolyn Kiste (Gallery/Saga)

Reluctant Immortals is a historical horror novel that looks at two men from classic literature, Dracula and Mr. Rochester, and the two women who survived them, Bertha and Lucy, who are now undead immortals residing in Los Angeles in 1967 when Dracula and Rochester make a shocking return to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. Combining elements of historical and gothic fiction with a modern perspective, in a story of love, betrayal and coercion, Reluctant Immortals is the lyrical and harrowing journey of two women of classic literature as they bravely claim their own destiny in a man’s world.

Meet us by the Roaring Sea — Akil Kumarasamy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

In the near future, a young woman finds her mother’s starfish body on the kitchen floor in Queens and embarks on a journey through language, archives, artificial intelligence and television to come back to herself- same. She begins to translate an old manuscript about a group of female medical students – living through a drought and on the brink of war – as they create a new way of life to help the people around them. In the process, the life of the translator and the manuscript begin to become entangled. Along the way, the arrival of a childhood friend, a stranger, and an unusual AI project will force her to question her own moral compass and sense of kindness. How involved are we in the suffering of others? What does true compassion look like? How to create a better world?

Fifth week (August 30)

suburban hell —Maureen Kilmer (Putnam)

Amy Foster considers herself lucky. After leaving town and moving to the suburbs, she quickly found her footing with neighbors Liz, Jess and Melissa, grinding together from the outskirts of the PTA crowd. One night during their monthly wine date, the crew concocted a plan for a She Shed clubhouse in Liz’s backyard – a space all to themselves, with no spouses or children allowed. But the night after christening the She Shed, things start to feel…off. Little did they expect, Liz’s little home improvement project would unleash a demonic force that turns their quiet enclave into something out of a nightmare. And that’s before the homeowners association got wind of it. Even the calmest mothers can’t justify the strange burn marks, self-moving dolls, and horrible smells that surround their possessed friend, Liz. Together, Amy, Jess, and Melissa must battle the evil spirit to save Liz and the neighborhood…before the suburbs go from hell to hell.

number one fan —Meg Elison (MIRA)

On her way to a speech, best-selling novelist Eli Gray gets into a taxi and accepts a drink from the driver, convinced that all is well. She wakes up chained in the basement of the stranger. With no close family or friends expecting her to check in, Eli knows she must save herself. She soon realizes that his abduction wasn’t random, and while she thinks she might recognize her captor, she can’t figure out what he wants. Her only clues are that he knows her books very well and is deeply invested in the fantasy world she creates. What follows is a test of will as Eli stands against a man who believes she owes him everything and is determined to take it from him.

Chattanooga Unity Group Concerned About Decision To Require Runoff In Municipal Elections Tue, 09 Aug 2022 19:54:41 +0000 NASHVILLE — Marie Mott, who led local protests in response to the 2020 killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, got the most votes for the District 8 seat on the Chattanooga City Council last week. But she hasn’t won yet. Mott and incumbent nominee Marvene Noel will face off in a runoff […]]]>

NASHVILLE — Marie Mott, who led local protests in response to the 2020 killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, got the most votes for the District 8 seat on the Chattanooga City Council last week.

But she hasn’t won yet.

Mott and incumbent nominee Marvene Noel will face off in a runoff election on Sept. 15, an extra step mandated by a city council resolution this year, which Unity Group is questioning.

Mott received 557 votes to Noel’s 341. The run-off was triggered because Mott failed to secure a majority by securing more than 50% of the vote.

“While we do not dispute the validity of the need for a special election, we believe the process identified in Resolution 31030 was not properly communicated to voters,” Unity Group Co-Chair Eric Adams said. in an email to the Chattanooga Times. Free press. “It could very well have been a determining factor in the outcome of the election. Voters have the right to have clear and accurate facts that help them to be as informed and educated as possible about the election and the issues.

“The city charter should not be left to interpretation,” Adams said. “These should be rules of governance that all citizens of the city can easily refer to and discern. That is not the case today, and until it is, the protections, processes and procedures are likely to be in jeopardy; the fairness and integrity of elections may be called into question.”

The Unity Group was formed half a century ago to encourage black Chattanoogans to run for office, unify disparate community groups and push for economic power. Mott and Noel are black.

The procedural change was made on February 8 in a 7-1 council vote, establishing the rules for the District 8 special election. Previously, the person with the most votes was declared the winner of these elections, whether or not the candidate obtains a majority.

This time the council instead demanded a majority vote, to match the norm for mayoral and ordinary council elections.

By the previous standard, Mott would have been elected.

Last week’s nonpartisan election for District 8 was set to fill the remainder of the term of former Councilman Anthony Byrd, who resigned from the nine-member council to become the new City Court clerk in Chattanooga. The contest was placed on the same ballot as contests for county-level general elections, including county mayor as well as political primaries to determine candidates for state and federal office.

The run-off will be a stand-alone contest for voters in Chattanooga areas including Alton Park, Avondale, Bushtown, Courthouse, Downtown, East Chattanooga, East Lake, Eastside and Ridgedale.

Mott, president of civic engagement for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County branch NAACP, received 46.33% of the 1,202 ballots cast in Thursday’s election.

Noel, who had previously competed with several others to win the March 8 interim nomination to represent the seat until the election, won about 28.1% of the vote. Noel is a past president of the neighborhood association Orchard Knob and sits on the board of directors of Park Ridge Health System.

Third place, Malarie B. Marsh, will not participate in the second round.

At the same meeting in February in which the city council voted to require candidates for the special electoral council to receive a majority of votes to win, members also voted 6 to 2 against requiring a pledge of the person they nominated to fill Byrd’s seat not to run for the seat.

They ended up appointing Noel to the seat on March 8. She said shortly after that she intended to run for the seat.

Although the board has no legal authority to prevent the appointee from seeking the seat, verbal commitment has sometimes been requested in the past so as not to give a appointee an unfair advantage over other candidates.

Mott was a leader of the Chattanooga Black Lives Matter protest movement and still has charges pending from that time. She is scheduled to appear Aug. 24 before Judge Don W. Poole on one count of disorderly conduct, one count of obstructing a highway, one count of reckless fire and two counts of vandalism.

Mott has pleaded not guilty to all charges, which are misdemeanors.

Mott took to Facebook in July 2020 to acknowledge removing the flag from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office outside the downtown jail and then burning it during a protest.

“I took down the flag that belongs to the sheriff from the flagpole in front of the county jail and burned it,” Mott said.

Efforts to reach her for this story were unsuccessful.


In response to Adams’ criticism, former council chairman Chip Henderson, still a member of the Lookout Valley council, said in a phone interview on Sunday that he thought the change to a plurality vote was necessary. .

Henderson said after Byrd announced he was stepping down and before anyone announced he was running to replace him, he began researching “how the charter actually dealt with the councilor’s replacement.”

Henderson also asked a staffer to remove board minutes from past cases involving the departure of a board member.

“It was quite simple, they would be replaced by the majority of the existing council and they would have a special election at the next available election,” Henderson said.

“Now that hasn’t resolved a trickle one way or the other,” Henderson said. “So looking at the minutes and the process of the previous councils, one thing they did, they asked the candidate or the replacement to make a commitment not to stand for election. What I was trying to to do was simply to establish a process, present some recommendations to the board.

One was the advice asking the person seeking to be a custodian to pledge not to run. His fellow board members refused.

“The other recommendation was that we give this election the same dignity as the other eight of us, and that would be winning with 50% plus one,” Henderson said. “The remaining eight members of the board won with a majority vote, so I thought it was important that the seat had the same dignity, that the election had the same dignity.”

The only invalid vote came from Councilwoman Jenny Hill of North Chattanooga, who said she preferred “ranked choice” voting, which allows voters to select more than one candidate, in ranked order, and their choices are used to conduct an “instant second round” among candidates to find one with majority support.

“The reason I had concerns was that the run-off election is tough on the candidate and it’s also tough to just get voters back to the polls,” Hill said. “So ranked choice voting is something that I see as a positive avenue to help us get voters to participate in elections and feel like their votes really matter. And I say that for all [city] elections.”

In two 2008 special elections for city council, candidates won by having a plurality of votes, not a majority, according to a review of past special council elections by Chattanooga City Attorney Phil Noblett, that he provided to Hamilton County Elections Administrator Scott Allen. and Henderson.


Allen said in an email to the Times Free Press on Monday that early voting was scheduled for Aug. 26 through Sept. 26. 10, with times and location to be determined.

Noel told the Times Free Press that she was disappointed with the voter turnout last week.

“I feel good for the second round,” she said. “I will continue to work hard to retain my seat and serve the people of District 8 and bring District 8 to where it needs to be.

“I would have liked more registered voters to show up and vote. I’m not sure why they didn’t, but that’s an area we probably need to work on. We’ll go around and try to figure out which direction we’re going to go and how we’re going to deal with it, but hey, I’m here to win it. Period.”

Journalists David Floyd and La Shawn Pagán contributed to this report.

Contact Andy Sher at or 615-255-0550. Follow him on Twitter @AndySher1.

Two years after the derecho, replanting efforts focused on private property take root Sun, 07 Aug 2022 11:00:00 +0000 David Maier follows his Friday routine of caring for neighborhood trees in Cedar Rapids. “What can we do as residents, as community members and as people who have a network to help make a difference? he asked to help find ways to recover from the August 10, 2020 derecho. (Geoff Stellfox/The Gazette) David Maier follows […]]]>

David Maier follows his Friday routine of caring for neighborhood trees in Cedar Rapids. “What can we do as residents, as community members and as people who have a network to help make a difference? he asked to help find ways to recover from the August 10, 2020 derecho. (Geoff Stellfox/The Gazette)

David Maier follows his Friday routine of caring for neighborhood trees that have been planted to help rebuild the tree canopy of Cedar Rapids devastated by the August 10, 2020 derecho. (Geoff Stellfox/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS – When David Maier emerged from his home in southeast Cedar Rapids on Aug. 10, 2020, he found the tree canopy in tatters.

The mature trees that had protected the historic homes for decades had crumbled after losing a battle against the wind. Chainsaw-wielding neighbors soon poured into the streets, filling the air with the rumble of shredded wood.

“It looked like a war zone,” said Maier, a 54-year-old chief financial officer. “It was just complete and utter devastation.”

Gusts of up to 140 mph tore through Cedar Rapids on that fateful day. Every block suffered damage. Pieces were torn from homes, businesses and infrastructure. The crops bowed to the dominance of the storm. One of the storm’s many lasting legacies was its brutal blow to the canopy of Cedar Rapids: it wiped out about 65% of the city’s trees.

To help restore the canopy, the Cedar Rapids City Council in February approved a $37 million ReLeaf plan — a collaboration between the city and the nonprofit Trees Forever that aims to plant more than 42,000 trees. on public land for 10 years.

The public sections of the ReLeaf plan are relatively well-defined, guided by the number and location of tree losses, says Trees Forever ReLeaf program manager Kent VonBehren. But more emphasis will need to be placed on the other component of the plan – private properties – to fully revive the tree canopy of Cedar Rapids.

“Much of the focus so far has been on the public side of the plan,” VonBehren said. “One of the things that keeps me awake at night is how we’re going to do this on the private side.”

Of the 670,000 trees in Cedar Rapids believed to have succumbed to the derecho, about 85 percent were on private property. As the city rushed to create a recovery plan, several organizations quickly launched tree adoptions, including Trees Forever and Monarch Research. These adoptions continued in subsequent seasons.

Now, two years after Cedar Rapids was robbed of much of its precious greenery, Trees Forever and Monarch Research are rooting deeper into communities to replenish bare private properties. To fill the graves of the half a million trees around homes, businesses and open spaces, organizations rely on perhaps the most powerful tool of all: community members themselves.

“It’s going to require a level of citizen involvement – probably beyond anything we’ve done,” VonBehren said.

Arrival of the captains of the neighborhood trees

Trees Forever has facilitated just over 10,000 tree adoptions in the area since the derecho, said VonBehren, who estimated that 80% ended up in Cedar Rapids residences.

These distros are available for those who can take advantage of them, VonBehren said. But some residents might not be able to participate, for example, if they don’t have a car, don’t have time to salvage the trees, or can’t afford to take care of them. And once trees leave adoption sites, their final destinations are unknown, making it unclear whether they go to particularly needy homes.

This fall, Trees Forever is testing a more neighborhood-focused, community-focused approach, inspired by a full-fledged version currently thriving in Nashville, said Dina Haveric, ReLeaf’s new outreach and communications manager. . The organization will appoint neighborhood tree captains to help distribute free trees and ensure private canopies can flourish where they are needed most.

“The tree adoptions have been great. It was quick and it was gone,” VonBehren said. “But now we think we’ve tapped into something that we can do even better.”

The pilot program will focus on an unadvertised neighborhood in southwest Cedar Rapids. Once appointed and equipped, Tree Captains will go door to door and ask how many trees their neighbors might need. This issue will be submitted to Trees Forever, who will bring the trees for a day of distribution. Once the program is in effect, there will be 30 to 80 trees per neighborhood per delivery day, Haveric said.

This week, Trees Forever will recruit one or two tree captains to help lead the pilot neighborhood, VonBehren said. The program will ramp up in the spring to reach other Cedar Rapids neighborhoods identified by ReLeaf as having the greatest need.

“We will provide the trees, the guidance and the information, but a lot of it is neighbors helping neighbors,” VonBehren said.

Turn colleagues into ambassadors

Since its pilot planting season — launched a month after the derecho — Monarch Research has been a major supplier of trees to private landowners in Linn County.

To obtain trees on private property, the nonprofit partners with for-profit companies that purchase trees for their employees. It also partners with non-profit organizations that distribute trees to their employees or the communities they serve. And, starting last spring, Monarch Research gave private owners the option to purchase a minimum of 25 trees directly from it.

Now Monarch Research is moving into a more advanced phase of its plans, said co-founder Clark McLeod, using what he calls the multiplier effect where former tree beneficiaries pay the action forward.

“A number of these employees have already obtained all the trees they need,” he said. “We are offering (more) trees to these employees to take and help other people – their neighbor, their friend, their church.”

Monarch Research has always encouraged participants to share the love by donating trees to neighbors. But starting with the spring planting season, people who get trees through their employer can sign up to become volunteer ambassadors. It’s a commitment to take care of the trees and find them a good home, McLeod said, as well as follow up with the landowner for any help with planting and watering.

Formalizing the process will help Monarch Research know for sure where its trees end up, and the nonprofit will send out surveys to verify the trees about a year after they are distributed.

Ahead of its fourth planting season which is currently underway, the non-profit organization has planted approximately 42,600 trees. Forty-four organizations participated, along with 96 schools and over 100 woodlot owners. By the end of this year, Monarch Research is expected to have distributed approximately 55,000 trees in total. Its long-term goal is to plant 150,000 trees by 2026.

Residents leave a local legacy

A few weeks after the storm, after being bombarded with before-and-after photos of windblown treetops, Maier and her husband decided to do something about it.

“I said, ‘Listen, we’re done crying. We will move forward,” Maier said. “What can we do as residents, as community members and as people with a network to help make a difference? They have joined a wave of residents who are going beyond replanting their own trees and helping more trees find new homes.

For example, after the derecho deformed most of the bulky bushes in her garden, Katie Fisher, 37, of Cedar Hills, decided to revive what she calls her “woods in the middle of Cedar Rapids.”

Lured by Trees Forever’s subsidized trees, she lined up for a day of distribution – and ended up walking away with trees for her garden and her parents.

“It was exciting to drive through the pickup line and see how many cars were in line for the trees,” said Fisher, a mortgage lender. “We planted three trees on two different properties on the same day. It was fun to take ownership of the space.

Other residents have banded together with their neighbors to take full advantage of tree distribution opportunities, such as Douglas Wagner, 54, of southeast Cedar Rapids near Brucemore.

After moving into his home a year after the derecho, the radio host was looking for a cost-effective way to bring his once tree-covered yard and neighborhood back to life. Monarch Research’s opportunities for woodlot owners to purchase trees piqued his interest, but the minimum order of 25 trees would be a perfect fit for his backyard.

“The guy mowing my lawn would kill me,” Wagner said with a laugh. Instead, he invited several of his neighbors to band together for the purchase and share the resulting trees.

Seeing healthy tree canopies in other cities brings tears to his eyes, Wagner said, and he’s excited to infuse his area with a little more critical native habitat for the creatures.

“If you’re planting something that’s an ornamental tree, you might as well plant a polystyrene cylinder. It’s inert to nature because there’s nothing living on it,” he said. “That’s one of the big things, trying to bring more of these native trees back into the biosphere, into the neighborhood and into our backyard.”

As for Maier and her husband, they began their efforts in their own neighborhood, raising funds for stump removal and purchasing native trees from local nurseries. But they quickly focused on reforestation of the nearby Wellington Heights neighborhood.

The duo partnered with Monarch Research and the Linn County Tree Equity Program, which planted 1,200 trees on private property last spring, and created the Wellington Heights Tree Equity Program. They raised money for the Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association and Monarch Research donated trees.

Between spring and fall 2021, Maier and her husband planted more than 100 trees in the Brucemore and Wellington Heights areas, both on private and public property. They have also sponsored residents for the Trees Forever TreeKeepers program for tree care training.

Maier said his replanting efforts had slowed because he was focused on keeping his local fleet of trees alive. Two years after the derecho, he still spends four to six hours a week watering trees that are not on his property, which he considers his “babies”.

And, as the holiday season approaches, he plans to decorate budding trees with Christmas decorations, just like he did last year.

“I will continue to do this every year,” he said. “And I look forward to the day when I can no longer reach any of the branches of the trees.”

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The St. Pete developer wants to turn the strip mall into housing. Some neighbors are worried. Fri, 05 Aug 2022 20:43:09 +0000 Plans are underway to turn a former strip mall in St. Petersburg into a mixed-use development with rent-stabilized apartments. Local real estate investment firm Stoneweg bought the Coquina Key Mall, located at 4350 Sixth St. S, for $7.3 million last year. According to plans submitted to the city, Stoneweg will build 458 apartments, 20% of […]]]>

Plans are underway to turn a former strip mall in St. Petersburg into a mixed-use development with rent-stabilized apartments.

Local real estate investment firm Stoneweg bought the Coquina Key Mall, located at 4350 Sixth St. S, for $7.3 million last year.

According to plans submitted to the city, Stoneweg will build 458 apartments, 20% of which will be reserved for tenants who earn between 80% and 120% of the neighborhood median income. This represents between $65,700 and $98,520 for a four-person household in Pinellas County.

Facilities will include a swimming pool and dog park. There will also be 21,000 square feet of retail space.

Kyle Parks, a spokesperson for Stoneweg, said he was using private sources of funding to build this project and would not receive government grants or tax credits. The developer will use the city’s Workforce Housing Density Bonus Program to maximize the number of units allowed.

“Our goal with the Coquina Key redevelopment is to create positive change in the community without disrupting it,” said Sharmane Bailey, associate director of corporate communications at Stoneweg. “Our hope is to provide a quality product that brings workforce housing to the community, supports local small businesses, and encourages other developers and retailers to invest in this area of ​​St. Petersburg.”

More than 75 people submitted public comments to the city about the proposal. Some neighbors criticized the project through a online petition.

A point of contention is the height of the development, which will reach seven stories at its peak. Current zoning restrictions allow a maximum of four floors. Stoneweg asks the city to change the zoning accordingly.

Only part of a building will reach seven floors, according to the developer’s plans. Parks explained that the tallest part of this building will be in the center of the property so it doesn’t tower over nearby single-family homes.

Neighbors also raised concerns about the lack of a large grocery store that could replace the Save-a-Lot that once stood on the mall. The mall also previously had a CVS pharmacy.

“This zoning change will allow Stoneweg to significantly increase the population of the area, while significantly reducing the retail space needed to serve this population,” wrote Walter Borden, president of neighboring Bahama Shores Neighborhood Association. , in a public comment to the city. . “Closing the area’s only grocery store and not replacing it leaves the community and its new tenants in a food desert.”

Parks said Stoneweg had contacted more than 15 supermarket chains, but none had expressed interest in renting space at the property.

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“We continue to try to find a smaller local grocer to fill one of the allocated retail spaces,” he said in an email. “In total, we would like to secure 6-7 additional vendors providing quality supplies and services to the community.”

Stoneweg will present its proposal to the St. Petersburg Community Planning and Preservation Committee on Tuesday. The project must also receive approval from the development review board and the city council.

If all goes as planned, construction should begin this fall.

Mattie Foster McKenzie – Wed, 03 Aug 2022 21:08:56 +0000 Mattie Foster McKenzie was born on October 15, 1936, to Ernest and Georgia Foster in Tifton, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ernest Foster, Jr; two sisters, Annie R Collins and Odessa F Hurt; husband of 51 years, Mr. Charles E McKenzie. Mattie graduated from Ballard-Hudson High School in Macon, […]]]>

Mattie Foster McKenzie was born on October 15, 1936, to Ernest and Georgia Foster in Tifton, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ernest Foster, Jr; two sisters, Annie R Collins and Odessa F Hurt; husband of 51 years, Mr. Charles E McKenzie.

Mattie graduated from Ballard-Hudson High School in Macon, GA. She was a 1958 graduate of Talladega College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and was inducted into the Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She earned a library certification, UTK 1972, and earned a master’s degree in education in administration and supervision. , UTC 1974. She taught briefly in the Bibb County, Georgia (Macon, GA) school system before moving with her family to Chattanooga. She had a long career as a teacher, librarian, library supervisor, and retired from Chattanooga, Hamilton County Schools as an instructional media services supervisor. She was honored as a gold graduate and received a gold diploma from Talladega in 2008. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Chattanooga, TN.

Many affiliations included Lifetime Membership, Pearl Soror-Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, American Library Association, NEA/TEA/CHCRT, NAACP Lifetime Membership, Washington Hills Neighborhood Association, and The Sophisticates Bridge Club . She was honored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority African American Hall of Fame. She was also honored as a Southeastern Legend Soror in Knoxville, TN – February 2020.

His survivors include his beloved daughter, Carol A McKenzie; brother, Henry E. Foster of Dallas, TX; other family members include brother-in-law, William D Hurt, sisters-in-law, Annie R Armour, Mary E. Lewis and Lou E. Foster. “Adopted Children,” John Nolan, Terrell and Jermaine Borders; nephews, Anthony, Ronald and Andra Taylor, James, Alvin and William Massengill; William McCleskey, Freddie Armour, Eric Lewis, Stanley, Tony and Vincent McKenzie, Mark and Alvis Collins; nieces, Janice King, Carlette McKenzie, Sharon Scaife. and Alicesa Foster; other members of the family circle include Dorothy McKenzie, Eric (Celeste) McKenzie, Shavonne Holt, Ronald Taylor, Jr., Terry McKenzie, Carlisha McKenzie, Barbara Shepherd, Jacqueline M Heathington, Evelyn Shropshire Jewell Cousin, MaryJo Gilbert, Grady, and Christine Hicks , Fred and Cheryl McCray, Edward and Atheria Freeman, Audra Ingram, Gary and Terryl James, Gwendolyn and Daphne Moore, D’Wanna Young Mann, Terry and Jennifer Woods and Marilyn B. Brown; many extended family members residing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Virginia, Georgia, Arizona and California.

Public viewing will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, August 5 at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 6 at John P Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 423-622-9995.

Interment will be at Hamilton Memorial Gardens, Route 153 North.

Officials attempt to explain details of Ohio’s new concealment law | News, Sports, Jobs Tue, 02 Aug 2022 04:38:48 +0000 Warren Assistant Law Director/Police Legal Counsel Traci Timko Sabau, left, answers a question from Warren resident Susan Carney about Ohio’s new concealed carry law. More than 40 people attended a meeting in Warren about the new law. Staff Photo/Bob Coupland WARREN — On June 13, a new law went into effect […]]]>

Warren Assistant Law Director/Police Legal Counsel Traci Timko Sabau, left, answers a question from Warren resident Susan Carney about Ohio’s new concealed carry law. More than 40 people attended a meeting in Warren about the new law. Staff Photo/Bob Coupland

WARREN — On June 13, a new law went into effect in Ohio that allows qualified adults to carry a loaded, concealed handgun without obtaining a license, taking a firearms course or undergoing a background check .

More than 40 residents, Warren city officials and council members attended a briefing Monday hosted by the Warren Northwest Neighborhood Association to hear from local law enforcement and legal experts about the new law. Portage of Ohio.

Warren Police Chief Eric Merkel and Deputy City General Counsel/Police Legal Counsel Traci Timko Sabau spent an hour explaining aspects of the new law and answering questions about the use of firearms for protective purposes.

“Laws are constantly changing in different states with covert carry,” says Merkel. “If you’re going to haul hidden out of state, whether you have a license or not, I recommend that you check each state and check their laws and if hauling without a license means the same as in Ohio.”

Merkel said that of the 26 states that have transitioned to unlicensed portering, most have done so in the past 10 years.

He said if an Ohioan travels with a firearm in Pennsylvania, he or she will be fine with an Ohio concealed carry permit.

“We have trained our agents and are working with the legal department on this. We follow the law and make the most of it,” says Merkel.

Law enforcement is adapting but will see what the long-term impact, if any, of the new law will be on public safety and gun violence in general, he said.

Timko Sabau said that under the new law a person can carry a firearm inside a vehicle.

“(According to the old law), if you completely separate your weapon from your ammunition in the vehicle in a locked box or in the trunk, you can transport it in a car”, she says. “The constitutional postponement says that it is not necessary to separate everything or make it inaccessible. It may be on you.

Timko Sabau said private businesses can post signs prohibiting the presence of firearms indoors.

“If you post this sign and someone walks in with a gun, that’s not a gun charge but a criminal trespassing charge,” she says. “If someone walks into a business and consumes alcohol with a gun, that’s a gun charge.”

But Timko Sabau said police were banned from enforcing gun bans in a car park.

Churches may prohibit weapons inside a church building unless permitted by that church.

Warren resident Susan Carney asked if someone breaks into a house, does the resident have to announce she has a gun? Timko Sabau said the use of lethal force is fully permitted to protect oneself inside a home or vehicle in the event of serious injury or death. Ohio “defend your territory” The law allows a person to protect themselves with a gun when they think they are in danger even if they could have fled or retreated, she said.

“If you ever pull that trigger it’s because someone walks through the door of your house or gets into your car and you think your life is in danger and that’s why you pull the trigger and act on it” , said Timko Sabau.

Bob Weitzel, vice president of the neighborhood association, said many people face situations where they feel they need to use a weapon to defend themselves or help stop someone else from getting hurt. be injured.

Merkel and Timko Sabau recommended that anyone carrying a firearm receive the necessary hours of training in a classroom and instruction at a shooting range.

Under Ohio law, a concealed handgun can be carried in some places but not in others:

Prohibited transport zones:

law enforcement offices;

Correctional institutions;

Airport passenger terminals;

care facilities for the mentally ill;

Courthouses or buildings with a courtroom;

The universities;

places of worship;

Government facilities;

School buildings, buses and security areas;

Private property with appropriate signage.

Authorized transport zones:

Roadside rest areas;

State parks and forests;

Private plane ;

Private vehicles;

Unsecured areas at airports, such as parking garages;

day care centers;

School premises if the weapon is locked in a vehicle;

Private employer parking areas with weapon locked in vehicle.

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Fear, sadness and determination in Boston after the murder of a 15-year-old boy Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:38:13 +0000 The tragic shooting death of a 15-year-old boy sparks calls for more action to reduce violence – and deep sadness in a small neighborhood trying to cling on to progress. Curtis Ashford Jr., 15, was playing basketball nearby and, shortly before someone shot and killed him just before 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, he told his […]]]>

The tragic shooting death of a 15-year-old boy sparks calls for more action to reduce violence – and deep sadness in a small neighborhood trying to cling on to progress.

Curtis Ashford Jr., 15, was playing basketball nearby and, shortly before someone shot and killed him just before 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, he told his mother he would be home by 8:00 p.m. she said. local TV channels.

The police report from the scene of the shooting, which is only a few paragraphs long, describes officers called to the first block of Ellington Street near Erie Street at 7:27 p.m. Wednesday for calls about a shooting. Officers say they found someone “with an apparent gunshot wound in the back”, and firefighters, emergency medical responders and cops all administered first aid within minutes of the call.

The boy was quickly brought to Boston Medical Center, but a doctor pronounced the boy dead 22 minutes after the initial 911 call.

That shooting happened in Councilman Brian Worrell’s home neighborhood, and in a phone call with the Herald, he spoke of the “need to get out of this mentality that is part of our everyday lives.”

Worrell said the city needs a ‘holistic’ approach that involves ensuring city resources are as accessible in historically underserved and high-density minority neighborhoods like this on the Dorchester line. -Mattapan.

“I don’t want anyone to think this is normal, that we’re stuck with this,” he said. “Everyone will have to show up – and our community needs to show up too.”

The Erie-Ellington neighborhood – named after the streets where the tragedy took place – is a small area bounded roughly by Columbia Road, Washington Street and Blue Hill Avenue. It is one, according to residents, that has come a long way, thanks to the hard work of the people who live there; Worrell has described it as “night and day” since childhood, and it’s a neighborhood that has grown from the depths of vacant homes and desolation to a place where families settle.

“We’ve been working to make our community more like a village,” said longtime resident Marilyn Forman, president of the Erie-Ellington & Brinsley Partnership Neighborhood Association.

Take the playground right next to where Curtis Ashford Jr. was shot. She said that ten years ago some kids showed up at the neighborhood association meeting and said they would like to have a nice park, a place where people don’t “do gang stuff. and where the ground is not strewn with needles.

So the community succeeded, with the help of the city and local businesses – and now it’s a shaded corner park with picnic tables, benches and a large playground, and the community plans a small dedication at the library outpost next month. They were able, as Forman put it, to “repel the undesirable element” of people committing crimes and carrying illegal weapons.

“But this kind of thing is instilling fear in people again,” she told the Herald. She said she wanted to call a community meeting this week in this park “to say, ‘Listen, we have to be the ones to bring our community back.’

But also, in light of the tragedy, “I want us to be a supportive family for his mother – not just today and tomorrow, but next month and beyond.”

At one point, Forman took a minute to answer another call — it was Andrea Campbell, the former district councilman and current candidate for state attorney general.

For the elect, Forman said, “They need to be there when they hear the town cry.”

A little later, Campbell told the Herald of the shooting, “Receiving this news is devastating. A 15-year-old kid… You don’t want these to be the reminders that we have work to do.

Officials who showed up at the scene Wednesday night asked for the community’s help in locating the shooter and said more work was needed to prevent tragedies like this. Mayor Michelle Wu called the shooting “absolutely unacceptable” and said “we are all robbed of the potential” of the teenager.

City Council Public Safety Chairman Michael Flaherty said Thursday, “As a family and our entire Boston community mourns the tragic loss of a teenager, city leaders must continue to work to end to gun violence in our city and be more responsive to calls from communities. For the safety.”

The Herald wrote about Ashford’s father 14 years ago when Curtis Ashford Sr. was stabbed to death in South Boston. According to witnesses and friends at the time in June 2008, he was a good guy trying to break up a fight. His death broke the hearts of friends and family, according to the article that mentions then-baby Curtis Jr.

BOSTON, MA.- Remains of police tape at 28 Ellington Street in Dorchester, scene of a fatal overnight shooting, July 28, 2022 in Boston, MA. (Photo by Amanda Sabga/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
Police discuss crime prevention after 80-year-old man was attacked at his Summerlin home Wed, 27 Jul 2022 04:53:00 +0000 LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — Neighbors in the Sun City Summerlin neighborhood are still stunned after a violent crime this weekend. A man beat, whipped and attempted to shoot an elderly man who had just returned home from golf. Police continue to ask the public for help in locating him. “Someone out there knows who […]]]>

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — Neighbors in the Sun City Summerlin neighborhood are still stunned after a violent crime this weekend. A man beat, whipped and attempted to shoot an elderly man who had just returned home from golf. Police continue to ask the public for help in locating him.

“Someone out there knows who this person is. Someone recognizes the person. Someone recognizes the car. And please contact us. We need to hold them accountable for this action,” the Commander of Summerlin Regional Command, David Sims.

Several neighbors, who did not want to be identified, told FOX5 on the spot that they believed the criminals were targeting the over-55 community and monitoring people as they left and returned to their homes.

“That’s always a possibility we’re considering,” Sims said.

The 80-year-old escaped his attacker and ran for his life to a neighbor after being beaten and robbed. FOX5 spoke to the victim. He says he was forced to open his safe and get the key to another safe after the attacker repeatedly threatened to kill him. He says the thief held an ice pick to his throat. The attacker then attempted to shoot the man when he escaped from the house. However, the gun did not fire because it was unloaded. The victim says the attacker did not see a magazine full of bullets in the safe when he grabbed the gun. The assailant fled when the weapon refused to fire.

The commander calls this kind of attack rare. But says people should do a few things to stay safe, including closing their garage doors. The victim’s garage door was open at the time and the attacker entered the garage. He says having a surveillance system helps police when trying to track down suspects.

“I think the public would be surprised how many break-ins we have and people have surveillance systems on, but they’re not on. They have security and alarm systems, but they’re not activated when they leave,” Sims said.

Sims says there have been 41 break-ins in the neighborhood since the start of the year, but says that’s fewer than the same time last year. There are nearly 8,000 homes in the Sun City neighborhood. The Commandant credits the neighborhood for its active involvement in the fight against crime.

Mitzi Mills, executive director of the Sun City Summerlin Community Association, says the association has worked hard to educate residents about crime in the area. The association emails residents when crimes occur. She says the association holds Zoom meetings on Fridays to discuss crime and other topics, and the association even has a monthly magazine. She says LVMPD is involved in efforts to educate residents about crime prevention. And she says community patrols are going around the neighborhood. She says anyone living in the neighborhood can sign up to receive “bomb emails” by send an email. She will verify that they live in the neighborhood and send news about crime, COVID and community events.

Anyone who knows anything about the assailant is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. Callers can remain anonymous.

Twin Cities Boulevard Update, July 2022 Mon, 25 Jul 2022 13:08:00 +0000 It is difficult to hold officials accountable at an accountability forum if they do not attend. Despite the lack of representation from the mayors of Minneapolis or Saint Paul or the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Our Streets Minneapolis staff presented a concise version of their vision to approximately 40 people at their Corporate Accountability […]]]>

It is difficult to hold officials accountable at an accountability forum if they do not attend.

Despite the lack of representation from the mayors of Minneapolis or Saint Paul or the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Our Streets Minneapolis staff presented a concise version of their vision to approximately 40 people at their Corporate Accountability Forum. boulevard Twin Cities of July 19, including some elected officials or their collaborators.

Transportation Policy Coordinator Alex Burns laid out the basics of the MnDOT’s Rethinking I-94 project, which spans 7.5 miles between downtown Twin Cities. “The highway is at the end of its useful life, so it’s time to do a collective vision and buy-in from the community,” he said. This is a unique opportunity to reinvent and right past and present wrongs. “Anything done in the corridor will affect eight neighborhoods in both cities and have five to six decades of impact.”

  • 1 in 20 Minneapolis residents lost their home to I-94, I-35, or Highway 55 (24,000 people total).
  • 6,000 people were displaced in Saint Paul.
  • 80% of black Minneapolis residents lived in areas where highways were marked.
  • 80% of Saint Paul’s black population lived in Rondo.
  • These communities have been specifically targeted.

What is less remembered is that the harm is continuous. The impact has never ceased: the maps show it. “Highways are rivers of pollution in the communities they pass through,” Burns said — levels are 2.5 times worse than those deemed safe by the MPCA. 94% of the I-94 corridor area is of environmental justice concern. Asthma hospitalization rates in the Project Corridor are more than nine times the state average.

  • At the same time, households in the I-94 corridor are less likely to have cars – carlessness is four times higher than in the region as a whole and twice as high in both cities.
  • Highways were promised as an economic boon, but median income declines near the corridor. Redesigning I-94 must invest in nearby communities.
  • And then there are the climatic effects. Reducing car driving requires big investments in infrastructure to decarbonize transport.

The vision of the boulevard

In its simplest form, Twin Cities Boulevard would be:

  • Replace the I-94 trench with a multimodal boulevard, reconnecting all neighborhoods.
  • Restore housing and commercial spaces. There is the width of a football field: the vision of the boulevard is based on the cession of the land to land trusts, keeping the public lands public.
  • Implement policies to prevent displacement and advance restorative justice. Our Streets’ experience with Bring Back Sixth, in collaboration with the Harrison Neighborhood Association, is an example of this type of work.

Examples of freeway removal are posted on the Twin Cities Boulevard website. Rochester, NY is new. Larger and better known examples are the Embarcadero in San Francisco and the Cheonggye Expressway in Seoul.

Our Streets Minneapolis has unveiled a new rendering of the Twin Cities Boulevard vision, this time looking west on an imaginary boulevard in Saint Paul.


Three community members expressed their support for the boulevard’s vision.

Catherine Reid Day, volunteer door knocker. Catherine grew up in Des Moines and remembers the freeway crossing, taking away many houses and preventing her from easily accessing her high school. While going door-to-door with Our Streets in Union Park, she met a man on Marshall Avenue who talked about the businesses he could walk to that were wiped out by the I- 94.

Abdulrahman Wako, executive director of the Union Park District Council. Although the UPDC endorsed the vision for the boulevard, he said he spoke as a resident who had lived near I-94 for four years, with only railroad tracks separating it from the freeway. He agreed it’s a river of poison. “I-94 dilutes the community and takes away the health of the community,” he said. Recently camping in the Grand Marais and BWCA, he saw how calm it is, how balmy the air. Then coming home made him realize how polluted the air in the house is and how hard it is to get along. “Why didn’t I know that where I live is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle? Because I am assimilated to it. What happens with this highway will affect future generations, he said – the choices we make must be the best for the future, both for the climate and for health. We have to make different choices to get the future we say we want. We have to realize the contradiction of rebuilding while saying you want something different in the future. We must have the courage and the strength to make new choices.

Zak Yudhishthu, student representative of the Macalester Groveland Community Council and member of Sustain Saint Paul. He is excited about public space, reconnecting the urban fabric, and allocating land for repairing past damage, housing, and community enterprises. But one of the most important reasons for the boulevard is the climate. “As a youngster, I’m used to inheriting decisions made by previous generations – it’s a chance not to make another bad decision leading to climate damage.” He grew up in Oregon, which is destroyed by wildfires every year and getting worse. Private car travel is a big contributor to carbon use, he said. “We have to invest so that we don’t push cars into our cities.”

Community engagement and support

  • Our Streets canvassers and volunteers have knocked on 4,900 doors since February in Seward, Rondo, Frogtown, Hamline-Midway, Union Park and Cedar-Riverside.
  • 10 to 20% of people open their doors.
  • Of these, 95% support the boulevard as an option or the option, with 1% disagree and 2% unsure.
  • What people like: It’s ambitious (climate/environmental justice), it addresses the whole corridor, transit/walking/parks, health and returning neighborhoods.

They received 425 survey responses via their website:

  • The main positives identified about the boulevard were faster public transport, space for housing and businesses, ease of crossing, greater accessibility, space for markets and community gardens.
  • Most important questions: How will traffic be affected and how will conversion be funded?

Campaign Update

Our Streets currently asks three things of leaders:

  • That the MnDOT include the Boulevard in the list of alternatives to the project
  • That the MnDOT amend the Rethinking I-94 Purpose and Need documents to allow for fair review of the Boulevard, and that the amendments include changes from the October 2021 Community Letter
  • That the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul apply for a Reconnecting Communities planning grant to study a freeway to boulevard conversion

The new MnDOT commissioner sent a letter in late spring pledging that a freeway to boulevard conversion be evaluated as an alternative in Rethinking I-94. But there are other aspects of the boulevard’s vision that are important, particularly with regard to restorative justice, so this commitment is not enough, according to Our Streets.

Communities reconnected the grant has a deadline of October 13. Grants are specifically put in place to repair damage caused by past infrastructure and should be used to study conversion. Our Streets asks that the grant application be written to comprehensively assess the impact of the project and be led by a company with no financial interest in the expansion/reconstruction of the highway, but rather has experience with conversions.

This would be a grant application from both cities (thereby reaching out to mayors, heads of public works, city council members) – but Our Streets is also asking MnDOT, counties and the Met Council of the sustain.

So far Angela Conley, Hennepin County Commissioner and Minneapolis City Council member Robin Wonsley spoke about their public support for Twin Cities Boulevard, and Wonsley supported the grant application publicly.

Because no mayor’s office was represented at the forum, Our Streets closed the Accountability Forum by urging people to call them (Jacob Frey: 612-673-2100, Melvin Carter: 651-266-8510).

  • Share your support (what is one of the reasons you support Twin Cities Boulevard for Rethinking I-94?).
  • Highlight the Reconnecting Communities grant program, which is exploring the idea of ​​converting the freeway to a boulevard to assess impacts on equity, transportation access and climate.
  • Ask for their support for their city to apply before October 13th.

Our Streets Minneapolis plans to host another accountability forum on September 27, just weeks before the Reconnecting Communities grant application deadline.

Deeper in Lake Elaine: Residents argue lake not to blame for country club’s bankruptcy | Local Sat, 23 Jul 2022 13:30:00 +0000 The Continental Country Club in Flagstaff is bankrupt. The question is why. A July 14 article for the Arizona Daily Sun explored the issue through testimony from the country club owners’ association executive and other residents. In short, Continental’s response was that the prohibitive cost of maintenance and the legal battles over their inability to […]]]>

The Continental Country Club in Flagstaff is bankrupt. The question is why.

A July 14 article for the Arizona Daily Sun explored the issue through testimony from the country club owners’ association executive and other residents. In short, Continental’s response was that the prohibitive cost of maintenance and the legal battles over their inability to maintain the leaking Elaine man-made lake were insurmountable. He asked residents to vote to approve a $2,000 special assessment payment and a 20% increase in annual dues to help the country club emerge from bankruptcy and turn Lake Elaine into something less expensive. .

But some lake residents on the other side of the legal battle have a different perspective. They say Lake Elaine can be fixed and Continental can afford it, but is using bankruptcy to evade legal obligations established in 1990, suggesting the Lake Elaine problem is being used to distract from a bigger problem. important: decades of financial mismanagement.

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Much of these allegations of mismanagement are based on an October 2020 reserve study of Continental’s reserve fund to assess how it would “maintain reserves above an adequate and not excessive threshold for one or more years.” significant expenses.

In 2020, Continental knew it had big expenses coming up, and the study was designed to help it understand how to keep money in the bank.

“A reserve study is not something to be taken lightly,” said Dan Penoff, a lakeside resident who has nearly 30 years of experience serving on association boards. owners outside of Continental.

For him, the results of this 2020 study were “disturbing”.

Not only did the reserve study show that Continental had monumental expenses ahead — including a lump sum payment of $600,000 due in 2021 — but that to reach a recommended level of around $5 million in reserve funds by 2050, Continental is expected to begin making massive annual fund contributions ranging between $310,000 and $1 million per year. At the time of the study, Continental’s reserve balance was $54,291. By the end of the year, they expected to be able to increase that figure to $125,000.

“I just see it being mishandled,” Penoff said. “Honestly, I can’t imagine a professional management company letting that happen. One who was, you know, competent.

Financial mismanagement goes back further than the 2020 study, said resident John Nilsson. He recalled “clear statements” in Continental’s board meeting minutes that “reserves were grossly insufficient in 2014.”

“There was no follow-up and the reserves are still woefully insufficient,” Nilsson said. “Lake Elaine is not the reason the Continental Country Club went bankrupt, it was just a straw after years of what I believe is gross mismanagement.”

The Legionaries of the Lake

The perceived pattern of mismanagement plays into the perspective put forward in court by the lakeside landowner class – the “lakeside legionnaires”, as they call themselves.

In their amended disclosure statement, the Legionnaires say the problem with Lake Elaine is not that it is unsustainable, but that “the Association [Continental] simply failed to do any real repairs or maintenance of the lake for almost 30 years. They say their view was upheld in 2020 by the courts, noting that “[Continental] argued then, and now argues, that he did not have enough money to fund the repair of Lake Elaine, but that did not convince the Coconino Superior Court, which found that the Association knew that she had the responsibility to maintain the lake but did not do so. The Court further concluded that failure to plan does not amount to failure to comply. »

While Legionnaires don’t deny Continental’s precarious financial situation, they don’t believe it prevents or excuses them from meeting legal obligations surrounding Lake Elaine. In their statement, they note that shoreline owners “have been very willing to work with [Continental] negotiate a creative solution that would allow for the repair of the lake as part of a holistic approach [Continental’s] great financial challenges.

In their view, Continental refused to meet with them halfway and “tried to use the bankruptcy process to block enforcement of the 1990 settlement judgment and the 2020 contempt judgment.”

“The owners of Lakeside have attempted to negotiate flexible options that allow the lake to be repaired over time,” reads the Legionnaire’s statement. “But [Continental] withdrew from those discussions and instead filed for bankruptcy.

One such “flexible option” that Legionnaires believe would be acceptable to them is a plan to fill Lake Elaine at a lower elevation below where the majority of lake liner failures and leaks occur. are produced. A 2019 report by engineering firm Terracon assessed that the lake’s lower elevation would have “relative stability.” The same report, however, concluded that any plan “should include the possible replacement of revetment below this elevation”.

Outlined in its amended disclosure statement, Continental has included a “small lake” option in its plan to emerge from bankruptcy, but with one caveat: the club no longer wants to be responsible for maintaining the lake. As part of the option, he would cede the Lake Elaine footprint to the lakeside owners and provide them with $2.5 million from proposed payments of $2,000 so Legionnaires can implement a larger lake. small” or any other solution the Lakefront Group deems appropriate with available resources. , and thereafter maintain such improvements as they deem appropriate without further input from [Continental] or its broader membership.

Based on their statement, the reason Continental wants to part ways with its responsibility to maintain Lake Elaine has to do with its skepticism about the possibility of a “long-term sustainable lake.” They stick to the claim that maintaining the lake in the manner described in 1990 is “no longer physically possible, economically feasible, or ecologically sound”.

Although the court concluded that it was possible to maintain the lake and that Continental had a responsibility to do so, the engineering reports that informed the decision paint a more complex picture. The aforementioned 2019 Terracon report indicates that there are viable solutions to infilling Lake Elaine – including the short-term use of the existing liner or a longer-term “geomemembrane liner” – but is quick to say that the porous limestone and geological conditions in the area are “problematic for a lake or reservoir”. He goes on to say that “it can certainly be argued that this site was a poor choice for a lake or waterhole of any significant size.”

Another 2019 engineering report from Natural Channel Designs came to similar conclusions, saying that “the geological and environmental setting of the lake presents significant challenges to its continued existence.”

Place and time

The issue is further complicated by the fact that Continental and Legionnaires don’t seem to agree on the cost of repairing and maintaining even a “small lake” option. In their disclosure statement, Continental says they are “informed and believe that the Lakefront Group has separately evaluated [the small lake option] and concluded that the costs of implementing [this option] are significantly lower than [Continental’s] Estimated at $3 million, but discussions between the parties to date have failed to reconcile these differences.

In either case, for Legionnaires, handing over the deed to the lake is not an attractive option, and it requires shoreline property owners to “address the problem that [Continental] established.” What they want is for Continental to take responsibility for repairing the lake and “also pay money for the Lakeside owners’ attorney fees – which are damages that the Lakeside owners suffered as a result of [Continental’s] rejection of the settlement order of 1990.

But for Continental to do all that, they will need the money, and they don’t deny that they need the money for more than Lake Elaine.

In a statement to the Arizona Daily Sun, Continental’s public relations manager Heidi Goitia said, “While Continental certainly has obligations other than those of the Lakefront Group, such as managing its appropriate capital reserves to ensure the good maintenance of its equipment and common areas, this was not the main cause of the bankruptcy filing.

For these reasons, they continue to urge mainland residents to vote to approve the $2,000 special assessment payment and 20% increase in annual dues, suggesting it is the fiscally responsible thing to do.

“The dues increase and dues increase are an important step to fund the reserves,” Goitia’s statement said. “It is dishonest for a group to put the blame on the reserve study and then not vote to fund the maintenance and improvements identified in the study.”

On this point, the legionaries agree. They might dispute the right way to move forward with Lake Elaine, but they seem to agree that voting to approve the special assessment is necessary to help Continental emerge from bankruptcy.

“It’s not true that the Lakeside Homeowners want to go bankrupt [Continental]“, indicates the press release of the legionnaire. “The owners of Lakeside Homeowners would lose as much as any other homeowner if bankruptcy ends in liquidation.”

In a recent newsletter to Continental residents, Chief Executive Tahlia Murray confirmed that if she cannot emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is forced to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Lake Elaine’s lawsuit will cease, because “the HOA cannot be sued by the owners of Lake Elaine or any other entity” under Chapter 7

Yet Chapter 7 and the ensuing liquidation of assets is in no way in Continental’s best interests.

In the same bulletin, Murray quoted Patrick A. Clisham of Engelman Berger, the Continental Country Club’s legal counsel, as saying, “Chapter 7 means chaos. There are no positives.

As dissatisfied as legionnaires may be with the current state of Lake Elaine and the solutions offered by Continental, “A successful vote is actually in everyone’s best interest,” said Legionnaire and lakefront resident Tim Harrington in an email to the Arizona Daily Sun. “We support the vote for additional funds for the homeowners association.”

Whether Continental will get the votes it needs to avoid Chapter 7, what will ultimately happen to the controversial Lake Elaine, and whether the organization will be able to repair its long-term financial situation remains to be seen.

Voting to approve these additional funds ends on July 28. More information on the voting process for neighborhood residents can be found at