posted Jan 3, 2011, 9:20 PM by Vinicius Fortuna
updated Jan 27, 2011, 9:42 PM
New on-line contact and Attendance sheet set up by Vini Fortuna.
Note future RIRA meeting dates and put them on your calendars.
Re-opening of the Tram. Many RIRA
members were in attendance and got to test out the new system and ride in the
RIOC has instated open office hours; RIOC Community Liaison, Erica Wilder, will
be available every Wednesday, 3-5 p.m. Main Street WIRE and Roosevelt Islander blog will be
broadcasting this information for community awareness. It’s important for the community to use
this service or it will be discontinued; please drop in and introduce
yourselves to Erica.
Hydrofracking was brought to RIRA’s attention in the last Common Council by
Vice President Ellen Polivy and we’ve now heard the State Assembly has passed a
moratorium bill, previously endorsed by the State Senate that will hold off any
further drilling until May, 2011.
Community Board 8 (of which Ellen is a member) has come out against
hydrofracking and she will keep us apprised of any changes.
Katz has suggested to the resident RIOC Board Directors that it would serve the
community well should they meet occasionally with the residents. Speaking at the Board meetings is a
formal affair. A less formal setting
and more convenient time, perhaps at one of our “watering holes” would be more
conducive to communications. Lynne Shinozaki has suggested that RIRA host the first meeting and to that end Katz
will see if the Directors are amenable to this idea at the next RIOC Board
meeting, December 15.
Tonight RIRA will be electing Committee
Chairs and assembling committee members.
Written reports from the Chairs the Friday before the RIRA meeting are
required. Only if a meeting is
held after this deadline or there is late-breaking news, will oral reports be
accepted. In January the Council
will elect a Public Purpose Funds Committee Chair and assemble the committee
members, whose responsibility is to suggest to RIOC the allocation of $100,000
to Island groups requesting financial aid.
Happy holidays to everyone.
By Matthew Katz