Kinvara Community Council Meeting Wednesday 17th February 2016

Present:
See sign in sheet.

Minutes:
the minutes from the previous meeting in January were read and signed.

Matters arising from the Minutes:
Arising from the Minutes a question was asked if Community Alert is active in Kinvara and if so can a sign be erected saying this and giving the text number to call. A suggestion that the residents in the area of the Pier be asked to sign a petition saying that they wanted the Pier area left the way it was. A discussion on Traffic Management took place and Joe Byrne said that no land is available to develop as a car park. He said there will be a roads and paths upgrade when the sewage plant is completed and a Traffic Mangement plan will happen then. Joe said there will be consultation with the Community Council about this. Stan said we don’t want metered parking. Cllr Byrne stated categorically that there would not be metered parking in Kinvara. Maria asked if local employees could park in the St Josephs church carpark in the Summer to reduce congestion on the streets. Joe and Angela said its not an exclusive park for school staff but it is used for School Bus turning in term time. John said that this suggestion could be put in the Community Council Newsletter.

Correspondence to the Secretary:
Maria read out the minutes of a meeting held with the Childrens Centre and also a subsequent email on review of accountancy practices. Killian said that the main fundraiser in the past was a visit from Santa but last year it couldn’t be held as there weren’t enough helpers available.

Kinvara 1916 update: 
Eilish said the remembrance stone is ordered and will be placed in the flower bed at St. Josephs. The event will be held on Tuesday 29th March. Thomas Quinn has done drawings for 6 locations and a procession will proceed to these ending at the stone. The exhibition in the Meeting Room as last year will occur also. The County Mayor will attend. Families from the US also will attend. A grant to do permanent drawings and a booklet is submitted. Maria and Angela will manage the tea room and sandwiches for about 100 people.

Tree of Hope:
Gerhard brought up the idea of a Tree of Hope. This is a place of reflection and a tree with a bench as a comfort for people affected by suicide. He discussed ways of improving mental health. Everyone is to try to think of suitable locations.

Digital Mapping of Graveyards: 
Joe said that Marie Mannion is very involved with digital mapping of graveyards. Eilish said that Christy Cunniffe wants to be put in touch with someone in Kinvara who has the information already collected. A suggestion was made that Liz or Geraldine would get in touch with him.

A.O.B.:
John asked if anyone was interested in putting on any events for Bealtaine. Joe said existing events such as Fleadh na gCuach and any KAM events can be put in the Bealtaine booklet which the County Council are putting together.
Joe suggested that the Community Council write to the Electoral Officer Marian Chambers offering the use of the Centre as a Polling venue for future elections. Ballindereen have done this and the Centre is ideal for this purpose. Joe said that some small path and road improvements will be done locally in the next while. Joe has organised a road into Killina Graveyard and improvements in Mount Cross graveyard. The Community Alert group would like to hold a meeting on text alerting here. Everyone agreed with that.

The next meeting of Kinvara Community Council will be held on Wednesday 16th March at 8.30pm.