Dear GNL Members and Friends: The Ghent Neighborhood League has
resumed meeting in person. Our next membership meeting is this Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Ohef Sholom Temple, 530 Raleigh Avenue. Norfolk, Virginia. Please enter through the parking lot doors. There is a ZOOM option available to GNL members who prefer to meet virtually. The agenda is as follows:


  1. Call to Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Safety Report – Officer Charles Dreer, Community Resource Officer
  4. Guest Speakers:
    Susan McBride, Division Head, Historic Department, City of Norfolk and Architectural Review Board

    Norfolk Preservation Collective
  5. Committee Reports
    – Communications Committee Update – Jason Edelman
    – Treasurer’s Report – Robert Kelly
    (copies at meeting)
    – Nominating Committee – Jeremy McGee
  6. Approval of Minutes – November 2022 and October 2022 (copies at meeting)
    MOTION TO ACCEPT THE NOVEMBER 26, 2022, AND OCTOBER 19, 2022, GNL MINUTES EN BLOC WITH THE FOLLOWING CORRECTIONS: Correct spelling of “Sholom” wherever it appears as “Shalom”. For October Minutes, please identify Jean Webster and Jeremy McGee as present. Karen Reynes was present on ZOOM and Jean Webster presided. Also, In October Minutes, Page 3, correct portion of bullet to read “a former president of a local civic league commented.” November Minutes, IV, Tree Committee, please change from four new trees to three. Under V, Approval of Minutes correct sentence to read “The minutes of the meeting of October 19, 2022, were postponed”.
  7. Old Business:
    Elizabeth River Trail Signage on Mowbray Arch – No update
    Scooter Corrals – No Update on residential hotspots
    Mosquito Control – No update
  8.  New Business/Announcements
  • STREET SWEEPING REMINDER – The City of Norfolk has the most comprehensive street sweeping program in Hampton Roads.  The City strives to sweep all streets in the City that have curbs and gutters once a month.  Check the website for a calendar by your address and the schedule map.  There is also signage on each street.  Please note that there is new signage in Stockley Gardens.  The City offers tips for helping the street sweepers do their job:  Do not place yard debris, grass clippings, or blow/rake leaves into the street; Remove any large limbs or other heavy debris from the gutter line; and MOVE YOUR VEHICLES FROM THE STREET ON SCHEDULED DAYS.  Tickets are given for vehicles that are not moved.  
  • Annual Ghent Business Association Celebration 2023. The party will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023, 6 PM to 8 PM at the Historic Martin Mansion.  Tickets are $30.00 per person and will include, wine, beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, awards ceremony, networking, fellowship and FUN!
  • The 2022 City of Norfolk Resident Survey is complete and the results are available on the www.Norfolkgov webpage. The survey participants were randomly selected city-wide.  Major findings are that 65.8 percent of participants agrees with the statement, “The City welcomes everyone”.  The top five major City services that need to be addressed are as follows:  police services, public schools, enforcement of codes/ordinances, overall quality of services provided by the City, and traffic flow.  
  • There is new signage and street cleaning in Stockley Gardens.  The signs indicate the day and hours for no parking but not the why.  The why is street cleaning.  
  • Public Works will be busy in Ghent repairing infrastructure:  The stormwater system repair in the Hague in front of the Chrysler Museum will need more work.  The first attempt to repair the box culvert needs more attention.  This work is not connected to the Hague Seawall Repair along the rest of the Hague.  
  • A repair is underway along Llewellyn and 20th Street. It has been disruptive but a last section should be completed soon.  The repair may result in some flooding improvement in that area.  
  • Nominating Committee is seeking interested individuals who would like to serve the community.  
  • Engage Norfolk is coming on Sunday, March 19, 2023, from noon to 4 PM.  More details to come.  
  • ERT Volunteer:  The Elizabeth River Trail is looking for volunteers to be trail ambassadors, to adopt a section, cleanups, and beautification and trail maintenance.  Internship opportunities are also available.  For more information,
  • Jam’s Jamz, Fruit and Nut Tree Adoption Fair will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at Lafayette Park, Shelter 2 from 10 AM to 1 PM (weather permitting).  Three hundred fruit and nut trees, shrubs and vines will be available for adoption at no cost.  One per household while supplies last and you must be a Norfolk resident to participate.  More information is available at  
  • Any issue with trash, neighborhood nuisances, or any city service should be reported to Norfolk Cares using one of the below channels.

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