MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF THE 18th MAY 2016
MINUTES FOR THE MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING OF THE
NEW KILLARNEY-RIVIERA ASSOCIATION
HELD AT THE MALL MANAGEMENT OFFICES (1ST FLOOR OFFICE TOWER)
ON WEDNESDAY 18 MAY 2016 AT 17H00
PRESENT: Wayne Ford (chairman); Estelle Jacobs; Katia Lodder; Dalien Rutenburg; Raphael Ndlovu; Deon Pelser; Mike Kalk; Jo Marais; Julie Wilson; Alexandra Leisegang; Ruth Kuper; Vivian Cobbett; George Kymdell; Margaret Urban; Captain Moonsamy (SAPS); Rochester Shen; Trish Terry; Christa Roller; Boris Yawitch; Eugene Rheeder; Shaneiu Moabelo; Clive Humphrey; Steven Letswela; Khotso Fenyane.
The chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Harry Rutenburg; Charles Whyte; Yogan Naidoo; Clr Mia Snyman; Peter Merzbacher; Edna Peres; Dean Dada.
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 unable to give detailed crime statistics, as the people who produce these reports for him have been at a conference this week. However he stated that there have been no significant shifts in the crime patterns over the last month.
• Mr Clive Humphreys attended the meeting, along with several of his colleagues from a company called the Control Group. They provide a community-based service similar to a panic button. One level of the service sends a panic alert to specified neighbours, and would be valuable to elderly or infirm people living alone in a complex, who may need help from their neighbours from time to time. The second level of the service sends a panic alert to a control centre, who would then communicate with the SAPS patrol vans to ensure rapid response. There is also an option which links cameras to a smart-phone or laptop, to allow people to monitor their homes or gardens or garages or businesses etc by remote. The cost of the basic starts at R169 per month, per household. Brochures will be circulate as soon as they are made available to us.
6. FEEDBACK FROM COUNCILLORS
• Clr Mia Snyman was unable to attend, due to council business. However she did provide written feedback in advance.
• The Telkom excavations are being repaired in bits and pieces, but new trenches are being dug at the same time. The project is still in progress, and there is no end date yet. The dangerous exposed wiring in the two lamp posts at the corner of 2nd Ave and 1st Street, has been covered with a temporary cover. The request for extra speed-humps has not yet received a response.
• The excavation in Riviera Road outside the petrol station is starting to become a problem again. This predates the fibre-optic project.
• The project to boom off Upper Killarney is progressing, with a proposal to gate 9th Street at the intersection of Newtown Road. It was emphasised that all the affected residents need to be consulted first. Some attendees at the meeting who live in the affected area, were not yet aware of the project. A petition is being created.
• The damage to park benches was reported, and City Parks reacted by totally removing the damaged benches. It is not clear if we will receive replacement benches. The councillor will be requested to look into the situation for us.
• The dangerous tree in 2nd Street was reported, but there has been no action yet.
• We are still waiting for the Constitutional Court to rule on the voters’ roll for the local government elections. Clr Snyman has reported that if you were on the roll before then you will still be on the roll now.
• The meeting with the new JMPD regional officer has not yet been rescheduled.
• The councillor will be requested to investigate installing traffic-lights at the intersection of Oxford Road and Anerley Road, as the traffic here is very difficult in rush hour. Alternately, we request that the council at least implement a No-Right-Turn system at this intersection, to ease the traffic flow into Oxford Road. Cars edging forward in an attempt to turn right into Oxford Road not only hold up traffic in Anerley Road, but they also obstruct the Gautrain bus, which turns up into Anerley Road from Oxford Road, thereby blocking Oxford Road as well.
• The new traffic lights at the intersection of Oxford Road and Federation/3rd Street serve primarily the many vehicles attending the school, as well as the temple attendees and the business traffic higher up at PPS. Commuters passing through Killarney also use this road to take advantage of the traffic lights, but Federation/3rd Street is a very narrow road, with a dangerous blind corner.
• The intersection of 7th Street with Anerley Road is becoming dangerous as the traffic flow increases, because it is a blind corner for the traffic approaching from all three sides. A circle or a three-way stop would be very valuable, and not particularly expensive. The councillor will be requested to look into the situation for us.
• Riviera Villas in Riviera Road, cnr 2nd Ave, have had a serious loss of water pressure for the past month. Mentone Court has had reduced pressure as well, but no explanation is available. The councillor will be requested to look into the situation for us.
7. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
• The new jungle-gym in the park was unveiled at a formal event on 7 May. Thanks to all those who attended. Some extra signage is needed, otherwise the project is now complete. We look forward to suggestions for further projects.
• It was agreed at a previous meeting that the NKRA will source a new netball pole, to replace the sponsored pole that got completely worn out after just six months. A price has been obtained from a specialist sports-equipment company, for about R3000 (delivered and installed). This new pole will be made of reinforced steel, and will have two hoops – a lower hoop to accommodate the smaller children as well as the full-height hoop. It was agreed unanimously that the NKRA should proceed with this project. Katia will approach the Mall management for a possible contribution to help offset the costs of this project.
• The details of the project to add artwork to the drinking fountain were finalised and approved. It was agreed that the structure must be covered with smooth white pebbles, for a more natural and robust finish. The sandblasting must be done on matching white tiles, using blue ink – as close as possible to Delft. The mosaic-work incorporated into the pebbles should use one extra colour only, and should be kept bold and simple rather than intricate. The artist will develop three images of indigenous birds for the sandblasting – grey louries and hadeda’s. The sponsor’s logo will also be sandblasted. The deposit will be paid over ASAP, so that the work can commence.
• Renovations have commenced at Lhenveolan in 1st Street, and this will include the repainting of the exterior. The building is not going to be sold, but is being retained in the family and will continue to be rented out.
10. FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIP
• Montevideo are joining the NKRA. Welcome aboard!
• Nolicent, our excellent gardener in the park, is still trying to find accommodation in the area to reduce the time and cost of commuting. He is willing to work for a few days in your building in return for the use of a staff room. If you can assist here, please would you let us know?
• The Mall is manufacturing another batch of sponsored trolleys, for buildings to keep in your garages for the use of residents. They will be available from September. Please let us know if your building wants to participate.
• Lucas du Toit of IDWorks gave an update of their project to build up a database of recommended tradesmen. Participants who have performed badly have been delisted, and the community is urged to recommend additional people who have given you good service.
The meeting was closed, with thanks to the Killarney Mall for the use of their boardroom.
Our next meeting will be held on
WEDNESDAY 15 June 2016 at 5pm
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