AN EasTport Welcome


The ECA is a non-profit, member-based community association.  We engage in activities that improve the quality of life in the Eastport Community and build relationships with our local officials. 


Membership is open to homeowners and renters who reside in Eastport.

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Vic Pascoe - vice-president and Membership chair


As Membership Chair, Vic will be the one handling your Membership renewal check and compiling the ECA Membership list. ECA email outreach is built from the Membership list. “We now have over 550 members and our goal for 2016 is to climb over 600 members. Having high membership levels allows us to be a strong force for our community, influence our City leaders on issues important to Eastport, and to generously give funding to many volunteer groups that help and service our neighbors in Eastport. In 2016, we are sure to have some controversial issues to discuss including Eastport development proposals, our infrastructure issues like roads, sidewalks, etc. and the parking and traffic study being conducted by the City.” Please make your dues payment early, dues are due no later than March 15th. We charge $20 per individual household and $30 for all other households. $30 gives your household 2 votes in any Association business or voting throughout the year.

New Grants Program


The ECA has a new Grants program to support organizations that improve the quality of life for residents of Eastport.  The funds supporting these grants are the result of the success of our Eastport Home & Garden Tour and the generosity of our residents.  Click here for the Grant Guidelines and Application.

ECA invites proposals from nonprofits and individuals supporting projects and causes in education, the environment, general welfare and civic life. 
Deadlines for Requests:  
Spring Grants - March 15, 2016
Fall Grants - September 15, 2016  
Do you support or participate in a program in Eastport that you think deserves a boost from EC?.  Explore the possibility of an ECA Grant. If you have received a grant before, you can apply again. Send your applications or any questions to Grants@eastportcivic.org.  Debra Dillon is the new Chair.

ECA COMMITTEES


Architecture & Zoning:
  Eric Pilka, Chair
Communications:
  Susy Smith, Chair
Eco-Action:
   Diane Butler, Chair
Grants:

   Deborah Dillon, Chair

Home & Garden Tour:
   Marcia Marshall, Chair
Membership: 
   Vic Pascoe, Chair
Safety:
​    Daniel Orr, Chair

Membership: Renew, Renew, Renew


In 2015 we increased our membership to 528. In 2016, our goal is 600 members.. You can renew your membership (and that of your spouse) by sending a check in the envelope enclosed in your January newsletter mailing or online HERE. Even though it is easy to purchase one membership for your household, we urge you to spend the extra $10 and join for your spouse as well! It’s a matter of numbers: if we can show our neighbors in other districts that we have a full complement of members, our clout on the city council and in other city affairs is strengthened.

SNOWSTORM PHOTOS REQUESTED


Many thanks to the patient Eastport residents who eagerly awaited the snow plows but stayed off the roads to allow essential personnel to do their jobs.  Please send your photos of the snowstorm to: communications@eastportcivic.org

Marine & Maritime Career Fair


Saturday, February 27, 12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM
Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road  

Eastport Yacht Club Foundation is sponsoring the 6th Annual Marine and Maritime Career Fair with a goal toward maritime and marine awareness. EYC Foundation welcomes exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers and attendees.  Registration and other information is available at eycfoundation.org.  EYC Foundation is committed to a robust future for marine and maritime workforce and have partnered with AAC Public Schools and the National Sailing Hall of Fame.  Tim Wilbricht, Chairman, can be reached at 410-507-4359 or 2016careerfair@gmail.com.

ALDERMAN'S NOTEBOOK


I will be hosting a Town Hall meeting Thursday, February 4 at 7 PM in the Eastport Fire Station meeting room. Leo Wilson will be presenting the proposed plans for the Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC) building program on the Eastport side of Spa Creek. This is independent of any plans for repairing or replacing the fire damaged AYC club house.


Ross Arnett, Alderman, Ward 8

RECAP OF THE JANUARY ECA MEETING


As Guest Speaker at the January ECA meeting, Mayor Pantelides gave us a report on his accomplishments in his first two years and a report on the current and active projects in Eastport.  The Mayor and Police Chief Pristoop responded to many questions about crime levels in Eastport. The Chief noted that there continues to be an increase in the number of guns in Annapolis, but that Eastport is only responsible for 1/5th of the crime in Annapolis--less than the population percentage.  The Mayor, clearly frustrated, added that it is important to keep pressuring HACA for safe units and that he looks forward to making appointments to the HACA Board when vacancies come up.
Leo Wilson, architect for the Hopkins Warehouse property, said that the project is close to finished with permitting and will be starting construction.  They plan to remove the existing structure in pieces so as not to block up the neighborhood.  He was clear that if there is a problem or suggestion to call him directly.  Leo Wilson, Hammond Wilson Architects, 410-267-6041.

The Mayor's report can be reviewed here:Page 1 Page 2  Page 3

HOME AND GARDEN TOUR


ECA will host its 11th annual Home & Garden Tour on

Sunday, June 12


How You Can Help
Winter is when we identify the homes and gardens. This year the homes will center around Second & Third Streets. In the Spring, we will need help to interview the homeowners, solicit the support of local businesses, promote the event, sell tickets and assemble a robust corps of docents to welcome and guide guests on the tour. If you’d like to get involved, let us know at tour@eastportcivic.org.

Please remember, the Home & Garden Tour is our only fundraiser and supports our community grants program.

Marcia Marshall will manage the committee until we find a co-chair.

BUDGET REPORT FROM ALDERMAN ARNETT


Two years ago I started talking about the ten year budget projections made by the Finance Department. Those projections portend an unsustainable situation over time without major tax increases, reductions in services or a combination of both. We have been squeezing by over the last two years without significant changes. There have been no property tax increases nor reductions in City services. It's now time to pay the piper.  
  
The current budget was passed without a significant surplus. Current indications are that spending will exceed the budgeted amount and that we will run a deficit this fiscal year, thus depleting the fund balance we worked so hard to achieve. In addition, for the coming budget (FY 2017) projected spending at current levels of service will exceed projected revenues from all sources, thus another deficit. Further, the gap between revenues and spending are projected to continue to increase each year from here on.
  
The Mayor submits the FY17 budget on March 14 and the development of the City budget begins.  We will be looking for either three to four million in new revenue or commensurate reductions in services, just to stay even. The Administration is looking at some ideas to reorganize and down size departments and some ideas about out-sourcing of services. These actions may help in the near-term, but will not be enough as the budget gap grows. This day has been coming for a while and now it's here. 
 

I'm planning a Town Hall meeting on February 18 at 7PM at the Firehouse. I will discuss this and other issues of interest to Eastport residents.  With all the work ahead I for one am looking forward to 2016.


(To read Ross Arnett's full report, please click HERE.)

WINTER PREPAREDNESS


Mayor Mike Pantelidies and the City of Annapolis would like to share the Community Winter Preparedness packet (HERE). This document provides the community residents and stakeholders with a better understanding of the Department of Public Works Snow Emergency Response Plan as well as the city's operational procedures for inclement weather. 


We had a weather record shattering end of 2015, but “normal” winter has not gone away. The City of Annapolis has guidelines on what to expect from the City, where to go if you and your pets need shelter and what you must plan to do.

Yes, you do have to remove the snow from Sidewalks in front of your house. Yes, in a snow emergency, side streets, dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs are only addressed after everything else is addressed. Yes, parking along Snow Emergency Routes is prohibited. Yes, sometimes impound and towing by the City in snow emergencies. Yes, the City may open parking garages during a snow emergency. Yes, Annapolis High School is the Pet Friendly shelter.

To access City information and learn about how to make a plan for your family, and your pets, to make a kit for your car as well or find out if it is CODE RED, your contact information is:

Office of Emergency Management (410) 216-9167

www.annapolis.gov/oem
www.facebook.com/annapolisOEM
@annapolisOEM

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact the Office of Emergency Management.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Feb 22nd, 1:30 PM- 6:30 PM
Heritage Baptist Church on Forest Drive


All donors are welcome and appreciated.  

Report it:  Report street lights out, sidewalks in need of repair, garbage & recycling issues, and more. 

2016 ECA Meetings & Events

  • ECA General Meeting - Thursday,  March 17 
  • ECA General Meeting -

      Thursday, May 19 - Annapolis Maritime Museum

  • ECA General Meeting - Thursday, September 15
  • ECA Annual Meeting - Thursday, November 17
  • Greenscape - Saturday, April 23
  • Home and Garden Tour - Sunday, June 12
  • Annual Membership Picnic - Thursday, August 25