Rock Alley Action Team


Meeting Minutes: Thursday, September 8th, 2011


Attendance: 10

1. Recap of Last Meeting

  • a. Focused on OPDC’s resources (specifically legal resources)
  • b. Perhaps have a lawyer step in (which OPDC has available)
  • c. However, we may need to hire a specialized lawyer to deal with our specific situation
  • d. OPDC’s lawyer can provide a connection for us to do so
  • e. Not necessary at this point, but something to keep in mind
  • f. Additionally considering bringing in a landscape architect (and/or professional surveyor)
  • g. We need to ask the architect what trail is needed
  • h. The firm used to create the master plan does have one available
  • i. Looking into hiring a student from CMU or WVU

2. Still no response

3. Website Concept For Design

  • a.
  • b. Phil Garrow gave an overview of the website
  • c. He’s provided a brief introduction paragraph and a map, but he needs help filling out the other pages
  • d. Homework: visit the website!
  • e. Contemplating creating a Facebook group so that everyone can share information with one another
  • f. We need somebody to run this group and the website—Maybe the Promotions & Distributions team

4. Things to Consider

  • a. Area was designated as a greenway, which could be a potential problem with putting in trails
  • b. Dave claimed that he has documentation stating that we are permitted to install trails when we designated the site a greenway
  • c. The regulations put in place might force us to make a wider trail (ADA compliance)
  • d. We need preliminary fundraising for these costs
  • e. Community Design Center is a possibility (applications due November 1st)
  • f. Entranceway to Greenway
  • g. End of September
  • h. Two day project

5. What Do We Want?

  • a. We want a connection between Oakland and the Eliza Furnace trail at the bare minimum
  • b. Ideally we would want an ADA compliant path, but that could turn into a multimillion dollar project
  • c. So what if it costs more money? Let’s find the funding
  • d. This will help us get the best project (shoot for the stars)