ATA March 10, 2022 General Membership Meeting Minutes


WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 2022

ATA’s monthly meeting was in person at the Parks and People Stone House and online via Zoom video conference call on Thursday, March 10, 2022, 6-8pm. ATA President Graham Coreil-Allen opened the meeting. The minutes from the January meeting were read by John Kwamya, corresponding secretary, and approved as read. President Graham Coreil Allen welcomed members and began the meeting.

Longtime West Baltimore public safety advocate Reginald Williams reintroduced himself in his new position with the Mayor’s Office Of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE). Williams provided updates on the city’s efforts to reduce crime through the Gun Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS).

Mike Hilliard shared information about the Mediation Responders proposal. Many people in Baltimore City currently call 911 with low-risk issues that do not need an armed police response. Other cities are launching programs to create trained civilian responder teams who can be dispatched to handle these calls, helping to connect people with services, reduce arrests and unnecessary reliance on police, and de-escalate conflict in the long term. ATA President agreed that the Board would consider issuing a letter of proposal.

Local resident Monalisa Diallo shared about the Neighborhood Housing Services neighborhood ambassador program & Build Leaders. State Delegate Melissa Wells shared legislative updates. Alfonso Pearson reminded residents of the upcoming groundbreaking of a new community-oriented Chase Bank branch location to be constructed at Mondawmin Mall. State Delegate Brooke Lierman shared why she is running for Maryland State Comptroller. 7th District Councilman James Torrence shared updates on efforts to abate illegal dumping in our area and citywide.

President Graham Coreil-Allen shared proposed updates to the ATA By-Laws, including switching ATA to quarterly meetings. Minor grammatical corrections were discussed. Residents also suggested that any member be empowered to propose issue specific ATA meetings between the quarterly meetings. A motion was made to pass a resolution adopting the By-Laws updates as discussed.

President Coreil-Allen announced the upcoming Community Clean Up on 3/19/22, and the upcoming 3/19-20 Canopy Crosswalks Install & 4/2 Volunteer Day.

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