2006-08-10 / Top Stories

New CB 17 Chairman Ready To Tackle Local Issues

By Dara Mormile

Approaching issues with an open mind is one way officials of Commu-nity Board 17 are helping the communities within their district.

"We work in coordination with other community boards and elected officials," said District Manager Sherif Fraser. "But we have a lot of active groups within our district that are helping the neighborhoods progress."

With CB 17's help, Fraser said, twelve new block associations have been established and, in turn, the associations bring issues that need to be addressed to the board.

"There are over one hundred active block associations and several active merchants associations," she said. "We work very closely with the organizations like the Church Avenue Merchants Association. Business owners regularly come to our meetings to tell us what they want improved."

CB 17 encompasses East Flatbush, Remsen Village and Ditmas Village. It is bound by East New York Avenue and East 90 Street and Utica and Clark-son avenues, then west on Clarkson to Bedford Avenue, along the Long Is-land Rail Road tracks to East 98 Street and East New York Avenue. It is comprised of 50 board members and 13 committees that handle an array of issues such as youth programs, planning and zoning, sanitation, transpor-tation and social security.

Nine-year board member Lloyd Mills was elected chairman in July and hopes to directly influence improvement within the community.

"I travel around the neighborhood and see deteriorating road conditions, trees that need tending to and potholes that need to be fixed," he said. "Those are some of the things I'm working on with the board members to improve."

Fraser said that CB 17 faces similar issues that plague other Brooklyn neigh-borhoods. She added that with the help of local council members Yvette Clark, Charles Barron and Kendall Stewart, these issues are being ad-dressed.

"We're fighting downzoning, oversaturation of group homes and our cap-ital budget submissions being turned down by city agencies, just like many other community boards have to put up with," Fraser said. "But we keep making the same requests each year.

"One of the things we're in dire need of right now is to have repairs done to the Engine Co. 310 firehouse on Snyder and Utica avenues," she added.

"We've been putting the repairs in the budget for five years." But, Fraser said, she is confident that under the new leadership of Mills, ongoing issues will be addressed.

Residents are invited to bring their concerns to CB 17 on the third Wed-nesday of every month at 7 p.m. Meet-ings are held at different locations. To find out where future sessions will take place, call 1-718-467-3536.

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