Older, Past WACA Postings
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A great time was had by all.
WACA Commuity Meeting was 6:30 PM May 7, 2015 at the Bean Rush Cafe. Welcome to our new board and officers!
- President: Kristy Myers
- Vice President: Kurt Riegel
- Secretary: Trudy McFall
- Treasurer: Deirdre Ralph
|At-Large Board Members
- Mike Christman
- Josh Cohen,
- John Goodburn
- Brian Lease
- Geoff Riefe
West Street Library Replacement/Expansion
There has been a negotiated compromise, with a planned library size somewhere between that passed by the County Council, and Shuh's wishes, story here. County Executive Schuh had proposed a $9.5 million cut, scaling the project back to 28,053 sq.ft. For technical reasons involving meeting modern standards, this will actually reduce library capacity for collections and essential services below their present level.
Complete information, Library CEO Skip Auld's presentationis posted at westannapolis.org/library . How this evolves depends on clearly visible expression of citizen sentiment, so give your opinion.
We've modernized and redesigned the web site to make it more attractive and usable to residents. A few of the categories have moved around, but most everything is still here. For example, the Residents Directory is under the Search tab at the top. We hope you like it!
The WACA board decided to encourage residents to rely more heavily on our neighborhood Facebook page. Other tools like the old Yahoo systems will continue as residents desire, but we expect a gradual migration toward Facebook for residents wishing to alert one another to events and issues. For the old Yahoo Group click to join and Heidi Petras will confirm your registration. She also administers the neighborhood Dinner Club Group. , reachable by clicking at the bottom left of every page here on the
Hello West Annapolis Foodies! If you would like to join the WA Cooking Club, please let me know and I will sent you an invite. It's time to begin the 11th year of our club! We all share a passion for food, both cooking (hopefully!) and eating it! Here's to a year of adventurous cuisines and gourmet ingredients!
Let me know if you would like to host this year. So far the following months are booked: September - Ari and Kevin Blankhorn October - Heidi and Steve Petras Months still open: May, June, July, August, November, December I am looking into a wine tasting for us at Wine Cellars of Annapolis - any other ideas? Thanks and look forward to seeing you all soon! - Heidi Petras, 105 Tolson Street
Fun challenge results! We were looking for a replacement for the logo at the top left of this screen (which we had ripped off from the Western Australia Cricket Association.) Imagine our delight when Jan Eden, out of the blue, dived into the task and created the logo you see there now! Our great thanks go to him for his contribution to our neighborhood.
Rolling Recycle Bin. Get 'em while they're hot! One new bin is issued free to Annapolis citizens who can prove residency with a water bill. Pick up at Public Works on Spa Road.
Dog Poop: We love dogs but some need an occasional reminder about their droppings. Not only must we pick up & bag their droppings, we must deposit those bags in our own trash, not a neighbor's.
Keep an eye out and, if necessary, give gentle reminders of a need for responsibility. Let's help keep it possible to walk dogs without creating a feeling that dogs are a problem. They need our help, our love, and our best behavior.
Peddlers, Fact and Fiction. There's been much talk in our community about door-to-door peddlers, permits and badges, and concerns about annoyance and security. Contacting Chief Pristoop and DNEP Director Maria Broadbent, it turns out that much of what we thought is true about City law, is not true at all.
Fact: This ordinance controls peddlers in Annapolis. Only one certificate of exemption and zero licenses, have been issued. Those exempt are supposed to file exemption statements but few do and this appears not to be enforced.
Fiction: "All door-knockers must be licensed." Some sellers of tangible goods must be, but very few knockers must be licensed because allowable exceptions are very broad. For example, Those not selling anything are allowed. (political, religious, surveys ...) Selling services, as distinguished from tangible merchandise, is allowed. (yard work ...) Selling tangible merchandise for future delivery is allowed. (magazines ....) Selling perishable foods produced by the seller is allowed. (waterman-caught crabs ...) Non-profit organizations are allowed. (501c3 charities, Girl Scouts, school fund raising ...) "Sellers must display a badge or permit." No, nothing is required to be displayed.
In summary, hardly any door knockers are violating the law if they are doing what they say they are doing. However, suspicious persons should be reported to the police, for example if there is reason to believe they are posing as a seller to case a house for burglary.
Generator Etiquette when power fails during severe storm events.
Please remind children to wear helmets when riding bikes and scooters. It's the law for kids under 16.