Eight Streets Neighborhood Association

Meeting Minutes, 3 March 2004

Greeting & Introductions & Announcements:

South End Neighborhood Coalition: SENC is has restructured to have general meetings every other month with the intent of leaving the interim months for concentration on action by committee members. Eight Streets Delegate Tim Kozlowski is serving on the SENC Trash Committee.

Alliance of Boston Neighborhoods: Our delegate to ABN has recently relocated so we need to find a new one.

Eight Streets NA is holding an afternoon social this Saturday, 6 March, from 2:30 to 5:00 at The Dish.

Vice President John McLachlan continues to be involved with the U. S. Postal Service committee which seeks to improve service to the area. Contact information for USPA complaints is available on our website.

Berkeley Community Gardens - Fence replace on Berkeley street has been postponed again. Existing gardeners 2004 signup is 3/20 at the Berkeley YWCA. New gardeners lottery will be in May. Complete details at www.berkeleygardens.org.

Presentation on Outdoor Seating at 46 Waltham for Union Restaurant:

Mr. Jeffrey Gates of Union was considering adding outdoor seating for his restaurant in the courtyard at 46 Waltham St., which abuts a residential block. After receiving negative feedback from those who would be impacted, out of respect for his neighbors Mr. Gates decided against moving forward with the concept.

Presentation for Support of Valet Parking License:

Mr. Garrett Harker (General Manager, B&G Oysters, Ltd. and The Butcher Shop) and Mr. Christian Straub (Managing Partner, Ultimate Professional Valet Services) were present to seek support of their application for a valet parking license to service both restaurants and to be located in front of B&G (550 Tremont). They would like to have 2 spaces available from 5:00 PM until closing (1:00 AM., although they anticipate that the City may only grant this until Midnight) utilizing a dedicated parking lot at the corner of Columbus Ave. & Berkeley St. (with overflow spaces available at 131 Dartmouth St.).

With the feeling that a well-managed valet service is of general benefit, Membership voted to support this application [NOTE: support letter sent to Mr. Dan Nuzzo, BTD, with a CC to Mr. Harker, on 4 March].