April 2014 Minutes

St. Mark’s Area Civic Association 

Minutes of the April 29, 2014 Meeting


The meeting was held in the Parish hall and started at 7:00.  There were 49 souls present.

Officer Mike Keaney gave his police report.   There were 99 documented incidents of which 33 were of a domestic nature.  There were 9 arrests.  .

Lt. William Fleming and Deputy Kenneth Green of the MBTA Police also spoke about crime on the T and answered questions from those present.  Lt. Fleming said there was only one major incident recently at Shawmut, but with the warm weather coming, the number may rise.  He said there have been various incidents in South Boston and Dorchester and some arrests were made.  One of the major problems is that people use their cell phones to spread the call for a rumble.  The police monitor Facebook, but the kids seem to be one step ahead.  A complaint was made that there isn’t always someone staffing the booth at Shawmut.  The policemen explained that there are staffing problems when someone calls in sick.  However, CSA’s are sometimes on the platform when school lets out.  There was a complaint about bad lighting and a member said that the busses leaving Ashmont don’t always stop at the stop sign when leaving the station and that could potentially cause an accident.

Brian Rachmaciej of 1 King Street presented his proposal to erect a pergola and a spiral staircase.  He had built a roofdeck, but the pergola was about 2-3 inches higher than the city allowed; so he needs the variance.  After a question and answer period, the request was approved unanimously.

George Morancy, Craig Galvin, and Kevin Deabler presented their request to build a three-family house with parking on a vacant lot at 115 Florida St.  After a question and answer period, the request was approved unamiously.

Mai Phung did not appear for his variance request at 389 Adams Street; so the civic association could not support his proposal.

A couple of members had questions about tree cuttings on Wrentham and other streets.  President Hurley will try to get someone from the city to come to our next meeting to address the problems and answer any questions.

The meeting was adjourned 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,



Douglas Shaheen






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St. Marks Area Civic Association
The St. Marks Area Civic Association is a group of community conscious residents who want to improve the quality of life in our section of Dorchester. We meet in the lower hall of St, Marks Church, at 1725 Dorchester Ave on the last Tuesday of each month