MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF THE 15th MARCH 2017
MINUTES FOR THE MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING OF THE
NEW KILLARNEY-RIVIERA ASSOCIATION
HELD AT THE MALL MANAGEMENT OFFICES (1ST FLOOR OFFICE TOWER)
ON WEDNESDAY 15 MARCH 2017 AT 17H00
PRESENT: Wayne Ford (Killarney Village); Deon Pelser (Brenthurst Court); Dalien Rutenberg (Glenhof); Margaret Urban (Hanover Gate); Ruth Kuper (Gleneagles); David Kramer (Chartwell); Faye Susser-Sher (Whitehall Court).
The chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Charles Whyte (Beverley Heights); Paulo Joaquim (Sevenoaks); Elena Joaquim (St Johns Wood); Mike Kalk (Brenthurst Court); Harry Rutenberg (Sevenoaks); Clr Strike Rambani (Ward Councillor); Julie Wilson (Killarney Hills); Vivian Cobbett (Biarritz); Trish Terry (Gleneagles).
3. DISCUSSION OF TIME CONSTRAINT
• We will strive to keep the discussions short and relevant, so as to finish by 6pm.
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
• The Minutes of the previous meeting were taken as read, and were approved.
5. SECURITY FEEDBACK / SECTOR CRIME FORUM
• Captain Moonsamy was not in attendance, and no crime statistics were available. Apparently the students are demonstrating again in town. The crime statistics will be circulated when they become available to us.
• The problems in 1st Street continue, particularly at the taxi rank. The Mall is continuing to negotiate with the two taxi associations to establish a formal rank on Mall property, and hopefully this will alleviate much of the problem in 1st Street, although probably not all of it. They hope to have a decision soon, but they still need to consult the affected buildings, and the actual construction work will take more time after that.
• The car washers (and their customers) should be filmed red-handed if possible, as the JMPD reacts much better when we have film to back up our complaints. We can also send that film to the media, and if they take it up then it puts more pressure on the JMPD.
• The JMPD have created a new call centre hotline number – 080 872 3342. This can be used for all traffic issues and by-law issues. Please would you all report all issues regularly, and get reference numbers. If more people phone to complain, our cases will be given higher priority.
• If you call the SAPS patrol van and get no response, please call the Hillbrow Joint Operations Command Centre on 011 488 6712 or call 10111.
6. FEEDBACK FROM COUNCILLORS
• There were no councillors in attendance – Clr Rambani had apologised.
• There will be a by-election on 5 April to elect a new ward councillor for ward 73. Please ensure that you are registered to vote.
• Court action is underway against the owner of Martindale Mews by the Council, to remove illegal shacks and to ensure that the by-laws are complied with in future. This is not a quick process.
• There is a hole in the fence around The Wilds, at the corner of Newton Road and Houghton Drive. Smash-&-Grab operators use the hole to escape into The Wilds after committing their crimes. Please would the councillor report this urgently to the SAPS and the Park Department?
7. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
• The Lhenveolan building in 1st Street started to repaint their exterior, but this work seems to have stalled. We don’t yet know the reason.
• We continue to pursue action against the various fibre-optic companies to properly reinstate the pavements and streets that they dig up. The serious Telkom ditch across 2nd Street at the corner of 4th Ave has been repaired by the JRA, but other issues persist. The Vumatel manhole covers are still upside down, which is a safety hazard. Wayne is pursuing this with Vumatel.
• Some of the road markings in 1st Street have been repainted recently, and a damaged road-sign was reinstalled. Hopefully other streets will also get some attention.
• Please use the number 0860 562 874 to report all road and pavement-related problems to the municipality. This includes all cases of rubble being dumped on pavements, potholes in roads or pavements, road signs in need of repair, streetlights not working, blocked storm-drains, or traffic lights out of order. You can also report all of these issues to the new call centre hotline number – 080 872 3342.
• We will be repainting the street names on the kerbs over the next month or two. If you have a painter on your staff who is interested in earning some extra money, please do let us know.
• If you see illegal notices on fences or trees advertising services, you are allowed to remove them. However you are not allowed to destroy them, so please keep them at your reception in case the “owner” arrives to demand the return thereof.
• It was confirmed that Kayte Denham and Pam Golding Properties continue to hire Nolicent Ntete to look after the park for us. Benson, who is responsible for maintaining the ablution block, works for a service provider which is under contract to the Council. Neither man is employed by the NKRA.
• The project to enhance the speed-humps in 4th Ave that guard the pedestrian crossing will be revived once we have a new ward councillor.
• A shack has been built on the highway embankment, opposite the east end of 5th Street. Please would the councillor report this urgently to the SAPS and the JRA and the JMPD?
10. FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIP
• The 2017 membership invoices have been sent out, and already some buildings have paid.
• If your building has not received an invoice but would like to join the NKRA, please would you contact us?
• We will ask the various heritage bodies to support efforts to make Killarney part of a future heritage trail.
• The Mall is improving their internal signage, to help visitors to find the shops they seek. The Mall will be asked to include directions to the library in this project.
The meeting was closed, with thanks to the Killarney Mall for the use of their boardroom.
Our next meeting will be held on
WEDNESDAY 19 APRIL 2017 at 5pm
PLEASE PASS ON THESE MINUTES TO OTHER RESIDENTS IN YOUR BUILDINGS