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Property issues a hot topic for Northwood Civic

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Neigh­bors at last week’s North­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing dis­cussed a few top­ics — a used-car lot at Castor Av­en­ue and Bridge Street and a couple of prop­erty is­sues in Frank­ford.

But the pres­ence of former pres­id­ent Joe Men­kevich guar­an­teed a lively meet­ing.

Men­kevich served as pres­id­ent un­til 2007 and had a close ally in board mem­ber Len Wil­li­ams. However, the oth­er of­ficers and board mem­bers faul­ted the duo for the way meet­ings were run and oth­er sup­posed short­com­ings.

Men­kevich and Wil­li­ams resigned be­fore the board could im­peach them, with the then-vice pres­id­ent an­noun­cing, “Our long night­mare is over.”

Wil­li­ams died in 2008. Men­kevich gen­er­ally stayed away from the monthly meet­ings.

However, the former lead­er at­ten­ded the Jan. 17 meet­ing to out­line reas­ons that the or­gan­iz­a­tion, in his view, is los­ing its way.

Men­kevich cited a fail­ure to pro­duce a treas­urer’s re­port and read the minutes of pre­vi­ous meet­ings. He be­lieves the as­so­ci­ation should pay more at­ten­tion to its bylaws and bound­ar­ies and not ig­nore what he con­tends is an il­leg­al group home in the neigh­bor­hood. And he poin­ted to dwind­ling at­tend­ance at civic meet­ings.

Joe Krause, the newly elec­ted pres­id­ent, tried to lim­it Men­kevich’s com­ments.

“Don’t pull a Barry How­ell on me,” Men­kevich said, re­fer­ring to the former pres­id­ent with whom he of­ten feuds.

Frank Ben­nett, the group’s new vice pres­id­ent, prom­ised that there will be a treas­urer’s re­port, com­mit­tee re­ports, mem­ber­ship ap­plic­a­tions and oth­er re­forms im­ple­men­ted in the near fu­ture.

“We’re about trans­par­ency,” he said.

Men­kevich walked to the front of the room to shake Ben­nett’s hand.

Two people vo­lun­teered for va­cant po­s­i­tions. If the board ap­proves, Tom McA­voy will be the new treas­urer and Wal­ter Mell­bourne will be­come sec­ret­ary.

At one time, Men­kevich vowed to nev­er help the as­so­ci­ation again.

“I’m re­vers­ing my­self,” he said, adding that he plans to find new-neigh­bor wel­come pack­ets left over from his pres­id­ency and bring them to next month’s meet­ing.

North­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet again on Tues­day, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., at St. James Luther­an Church, at Castor Av­en­ue and Pratt Street. ••

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