Since initially being informed of the State’s decision to declare the Culver Road Armory surplus property, UMNA and twelve other community organizations have been meeting regularly to influence its development.
One of the best ways to get to know your neighbors is to organize an old-fashioned block party for your street. The easiest way to do this is to just hold the block party at someone’s house and hand-out flyers up and down your street announcing the event. Then you would pick a theme for food and activities, or just hold a free-for-all pot luck supper. Activities could include anything from organized children’s games or bike parades, pop-corn machines, display of fire department equipment, balloons, etc. on down to do nothing but talk to your neighbors. While informal, even these small block parties often benefit from an ad hoc block planning committee just to spread the work and insure a successful event.
But sometimes you want to do more by blocking-off your street. This gets a little more complicated since you can’t just block off any ole street without City approval. To block off your street, you have to apply for a City “special event” and a street closure permit through the City’s Special Events Office. To close the street will require a petition with signatures of 60% of the residents. While this is a pain, it can often be a good way to meet your neighbors and to publicize the block party. (Note: don’t let the 4 page special event form scare you to death. It is used for major parades, large festivals, races/walks so much of the form does not apply to block parties. Also don’t read the fine print of the special even form too well since some attorneys have been known to have apoplexy regarding some of the liability language). Someone will have to deliver the petition (along with the permit application form and a check for $20) to the Office of Special Events in room 202A of City Hall. The City will deliver barricades and trash boxes if you need them (8’ long barricades cost $7 and the trash boxes are $3). The City will notify the Police Department and they will often stop by to say hello.
Other than the permit forms, block parties which close the street will require the same or greater planning and organization as the off-street parties. Generally, the larger the block party, the more work and the more need for a planning committee. But large or small, UMNA certainly supports any efforts you make to sponsor block parties and to get to know your neighbors better.
If you have any questions, please give me a call at 442-2035 --John Thomas
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