WILDEMERE BEACH ASSOCIATION …Preliminary
Minutes General Meeting Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Wildemere Beach Congregational Church
Bob Rudd called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
New Officers – Bob introduced the new officers and board members.
Bob Rudd, president, Brian Doheny, vice president; Connie Pino, recording secretary; Lucille
Dente, treasurer. Board members include: John Reilly, Joe Puzzo, Carol Klingele, and Anita
Treasurers Report – Lucille Dente reported that there is a balance of $_______.
in the treasury. Dues for 2008 were due in January. Members are encouraged
to pay their dues promptly.
Park Update – Sharon Poole reported that a work party met on Friday, May 3rd. She
thanked the volunteers for their work. Members are invited to come and help complete the
composting and then the mulching. Any member who would like to volunteer can contact
Sharon at 878-4155.
Bob Rudd reported that Wal-Mart has given our association $3000.00 to pay for our
Park gardening supplies. Walnut Beach was very helpful in that it will hold the funds for us
since we do not yet have a non-profit number.
The park looks awesome and more and more neighbors are enjoying using it.
Beach/Neighborhood Clean up – John Reilly thanked the members who helped pick up
the neighborhood in spite of the inclement weather on May 4th. He hopes to organize
another day for neighborhood clean up.
Flags Update – Thom Bach reported that he is working with suppliers and will provide us
with the opportunity to purchase Wildemere Beach flags at cost. A sample of the flag was
shown and may be seen flying outside Bob Rudd’s house. The flag is beautiful and we look
forward to having them decorate our homes.
New Business – Blighted houses and repeated police visits to the same house were
discussed. There has been some improvement at 217 Broadway. Several visits by police to
14 Wildwood is a neighborhood problem. Bob said that is was important that individual
homeowners report their concerns to the appropriate City department i.e. the Health
Department for health concerns; the Police Dept. for drugs/speeding/noise concerns; the
Zoning Dept. for zoning violations. It is important to call the City repeatedly until they
address the issue.
Bob brought up the possibility of organizing a Block Watch. If anyone is interested in
helping with this project, please contact Bob at 877-1951.
John Reilly and Kat Jannuzzi expressed their concerns regarding the large growth
in the number of feral cats. They have contacted the Animal Control officer and are
looking for City help in neutering the cats. Kat reported that Joanne Conte has
trapped cats and has paid for spaying and shots ($3000.00). They would like the
WBA to help them get City support. The cats do carry diseases and are a health concern
for the neighborhood. John Reilly will compile info and work with the Animal Control
Officer and the ASPCA.
Meeting Dates – Bob suggested that we meet on the second Wednesday of odd months
Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov. The board will make arrangements.
Guest Speaker - Greg Sarno from Beach Recovery discussed options for beach
replenishment. He also gave us information about the Bill which was passed at the State
level for a pilot sand reclamation project including Milford and Fairfield beaches. The Bill,
which was passed in
July, 2006, has been referred to the Army Corps of Engineers.
Mr. Sarno discussed his unique beach recovery technique and the expertise that his
has to properly install a system and to get through the complicated permitting processes.
After his presentation, a discussion was held about how we can work together to engage the
State and Federal government and the Corps of Engineers to help us retrieve our beach
A committee of 15 very interested people was formed. Any member who would like
to join the committee may call Connie Pino at 878-6443.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. Approximately 38 people were in attendance.